this is mostly just a mess

anonymous asked:

OH MICHELE THAT WAS ALL WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED FOR MY BABY!!! I LOVED IT, but now I'm very interested in Remus as a barista too. please write sore headcanon about it ♥♥♥

omg i’m so in love…. my heart is a slut from Remus Lupin

  • he’s a mess, let’s be honest
  • he shows up to work punctually, but mostly because he wakes up late and runs to the store
  • so he arrives very flustered and his hair is dishevelled and he’s trying to catch his breath
  • sometimes he puts his apron on the wrong way…. well actually, most of the time
  • and he won’t notice until he tries to put something in his front pocket and his fingers just glide down
  • and OH NO now it looks like he was touching himself and the customers in the line are all looking at him funny
  • but when he gets into the groove of working, he’s a master
  • juggling cups and making coffees like a pro
  • whenever a little kid orders a drink he puts in the effort to draw something cute on their cup (even though he wasn’t an amazing artist or anything)
  • like one day a girl who was wearing an Elsa shirt came in and ordered a hot chocolate - Remus drew little snowflakes all over her cup and her face lit up when she saw it
  • but when cute girls or boys his age came into the store he never attempted to draw anything - let alone write his number down
  • although he would get many tips from them, sometimes even a flirtatious wink or a napkin left on the table addressed to him with a number and lipstick stain
  • sometimes he ended up gathering the courage and calling them - going on dates that ultimately fell through because it was hard to find someone he really connected with
  • he has a great work ethic - he’ll stay back sometimes for even hours at a time if someone forgot to show up, or the store was a little more busy than expected
  • BUT OK LET ME SELF-INDULGE AND TURN THIS INTO A READER X HC POST
  • you showing up late at night, just as Remus is closing the store
  • you knock on the door, eyes frantic and pleading until he comes and lets you in
  • “I have an assignment due at 9am tomorrow morning and I haven’t started it yet-” “say no more”
  • he’s a sweetheart, and although he looks super tired, you notice how beautiful he is
  • he chats with you with a lazy smile, a yawn leaving his pretty pink lips and his hair falling onto his face as his head hangs as he pours your coffee
  • and you notice his apron’s inside-out but before you can think to tell him your eyes are drifting around his body - taking note of the curve of his neck, and the mesmerising scars across his face
  • so as he gives you your drink and tells you it’s on the house, you can’t help but stand there, stunned
  • he asks if you’re alright and you nod like an idiot because wow this boy is such an angel but you don’t know how to tell him that
  • and maybe it’s your sleepy, unthinking brain, but you blurt it out 
  • you tell him that he’s the prettiest boy you’ve ever met, and of course he blushes, busying his trembling hands with the rag he’d been cleaning with
  • but he knows you’re in a hurry, so he takes a pen, and scribbles down his number on your cup
  • “you do that often?” you ask. “it’s actually the first time i’ve done it” he responds. 
  • suffice to say, after you had finished your assignment in the early hours of the morning, you sent him a text and found out he was working again that day
  • so you had a cute impromptu date at the coffee shop during his break
  • and he found he liked looking at you and listening to you talk as much as you did him
yall somethin weird happened today

so i was hanging out with my friends and one of them gave us these token things and we called them friendship tokens. we were making a vid for his youtube channel, and i was just kinda sitting there messing with them and he said and becka is messing with their tokens.

with their tokens.

now, this may not seem strange, but see, im not out to this friend yet. he doesnt even know what demigirls are (probably) So it was most likely just a slip-up that he didn’t “correct” but it made me rlly happy.

ineptshieldmaid  asked:

Sam I have an important Chicago question: just north of the DuSable bridge there is a statue of what looks like Abe Lincoln excitedly taking a man in a knitted sweater on a first date. I only saw it from a bus, so didn't get either a photo or an explanation. Can you explain this phenomenon? Are Abe and Sweater Man happy???

*head in hands* FUCKING SEWARD JOHNSON

You have triggered the rage within me, so now you will ALL be treated to an outside-the-readmore screed about SEWARD GODDAMN JOHNSON. 

I don’t normally attack artists because a) it scares my friends who are artists (I love you all, you are beautiful, don’t be afraid) and b) honestly most artists don’t deserve the level of vitriol I’m about to employ. I want you all to remember that the seething hatred I feel for Seward Johnson is driven in large part by class consciousness. 

But not entirely. So let’s begin. 

First what you have to know is that Seward Johnson is a “sculptor”. If you google “seward johnson sculpture” you’ll get an idea of his work, most of which is terrible. I feel okay calling his work terrible because he is also the scion of the family that founded SC Johnson Johnson & Johnson (my bad), so he has all the money he needs and could step back, do his art for funsies, and let people with actual talent or two original thoughts in their heads exhibit their art, but he doesn’t, he forces his terrible art on all of us. 

The reason I harbor such animosity towards Seward Johnson is that he has been exhibiting on Pioneer Plaza (that area north of the DuSable Bridge) for almost a decade now, and when I worked in the north loop I had to walk past his art every day. It was bad enough when the sculpture was American Gothic, rendered without talent or meaning into three dimensions and provided with luggage. 

How very fucking dare you, you talentless hack

These things are sculpted out of what amounts basically to styrofoam painted in rubberized/weatherized paint, so they are fragile, and tourists were constantly climbing on Farmer’s shoes and falling into them when they found out it wasn’t the cheap but supple fiberglass you would expect of a tacky monstrosity more suited to a roadside motel than the business district of a major metropolitan city. (I would imagine this is why Abraham Lincoln And The Mayonnaise Sandwich has a little fence around it.) 

But American Gothic Motel Attraction was mostly just annoying because it was meaningless, derivative, and CONSTANTLY covered in gawkers getting in everyone’s way. 

Additionally, Seward Johnson’s sculptures on the Plaza are very popular photo spots for tourists, who carry lots of cash and are constantly distracted, which means beginning with The Assault On American Gothic it became a very popular spot for pickpockets. Which means members of our staff, who had nothing to do with this mess, got pickpocketed as collateral damage about once a week during the exhibition of…. 

Forever Marilyn.

SEWARD JOHNSON GO FUCK YOURSELF

This is a very famous image of Marilyn Monroe which is horrifying for the following reasons that Seward Johnson appears not to have understood nor cared about:

a) The day this was shot, on an open set with people leering at her all day, her husband, professional athlete and dirtbag Joe DiMaggio, found out about the filming. Rather than comfort his wife, who had been through some shit already that day, he became angry she’d been showing her panties in public and beat her so badly the neighbors called the police on him. Joe DiMaggio also go fuck yourself. 

b) IT’S IN A MOVIE INFAMOUSLY SET IN NEW YORK. To quote a local newspaper, “Did Chicago lose a bet?”

c) Yes, you can look up and see her panties. While this is juvenile, it’s not nearly as juvenile as the literally thousand of photographs I angrily photobombed of some douchebro from Fuckville Middle America in a backwards baseball cap standing between her legs with his face tilted upwards and his tongue out. 

Oh and btw before it was unveiled it looked like this: 

For literal days, before it was installed, she had a bag over her head. (For more on this, though the pictures are now missing, you can read my reaction post here.)

In any just world, there would be a trap door between her legs and everyone who tried to do the upskirt shot would fall into a pit where they would be forced to give five dollars to women’s shelters before they were allowed to leave. THAT would have been interesting art. 

Sidebar, both as contrast and because I love it: Marilyn left a few years ago and was briefly replaced by a refreshing and beautiful piece called The Watch, by Hebru Brantley. The Watch was playful and interesting and didn’t have a single upskirt. Hebru Brantley is a wonderful artist in his own right, but he was also a welcome breath of fresh air after Johnson’s mediocre tribute to sexual assault. 

The Watch was a temporary installation, however, and eventually along came Abraham Lincoln Approves Of White Men

It is an unfortunate coincidence that Confused Closeted Republican there is wearing khakis and a white shirt, the new uniform of the alt right, and it’s also coincidence that this is facing Trump Tower, but it’s not exactly helping Seward Johnson’s cause that he chose the blandest outfit possible for Paean To Confused White Bread. The sculpture is meant to be Lincoln, the darling of Illinois, welcoming a visitor to our fair city, but it sure does look like fresh meat is about to get a free trip to Boys Town with the Sixteenth President of the United States. 

This is what I mean when I say Seward Johnson lacks not only skill but also understanding: he clearly didn’t know that Lincoln’s sexuality is under enough debate to have its own wikipedia page, and he either didn’t know or didn’t care that Marilyn Monroe was nearly killed by her husband for shooting that scene. All he cares about is image and he’s bad at reproducing image. That is not a well-executed rendering of how human beings are, and dynamically speaking it’s boring. If he were good at visuals or if he had something meaningful to say I would be less angry, but he is mediocre at best and the statements his sculptures make are banal pap if they make any at all. 

But he is rich, and I guess either he likes Chicago or he’s got blackmail on Sam Zell, owner of Pioneer Plaza, so he gets to spatter his hideous, meaningless masturbation in my city. And lest you think Seward Johnson got here on his own merits, Forever Marilyn, now on tour from coast to coast, is owned by The Sculpture Foundation, which is heavily subsidized by Seward Johnson. He basically founded a nonprofit to ensure his work gets toured around and publicized and to ensure that if no museum wants it, it has a place to go to die (Palm Springs, CA). 

In short, I hope Abe and Sweater Man are happy, because at least then something good has come out of Seward Johnson’s astounding mediocrity. That said, if you are passing his latest work, spit on it for me. As performance art.

kellymarietran: Guys, can I tell you a secret? I avoided public social media for a long time purely because I was afraid. I was terrified of being picked apart, of being scrutinized, of being seen. It took me a year of self-work — and some really amazing, supportive friends — to make me realize that it’s none of my business if people like me or not. It doesn’t change my goals, my dreams, what I want to do with the opportunities I’ve been given. We live in a world that profits off our insecurities. We need the most expensive makeup to be beautiful, the newest clothes to be desired, the most likes on social media to be validated … the list goes on and on. Well, here’s a photo of me — hair up, no makeup, no filter. I’m an incomplete, imperfect, broken mess and I’m here to say that IT’S OKAY to be imperfect. Actually, our imperfections are what make us special, as cliché as that sounds. Don’t let the masses make you believe that you’re not enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Love yourself, and embrace your messiness. That’s where your power lies! (I honestly just wrote this in my journal as a reminder to myself, because hey, I’m mostly a strong person, but life happens, and I’m still figuring it out as I go. 💁🏻)

okay but what about a klance social media au

  • Lance is a popular youtuber who does a hodgepodge of things from lets plays or makeup tutorials or even prank vids
  • Keith is on a whole new level of pining
    • he’s Lance’s biggest fan
    • never misses a show
    • knows Lance’s posting schedule
    • is ALWAYS in the first 100 people to like it
  • Keith decides to start up a channel to try and get Lance to notice him
    • Lance doesn’t, but people do
    • he gains thousands after one video he does with his brother, Shiro
    • before he knows it, he’s one of the fastest growing channels on youtube
  • Lance notices then
  • They become rival youtube stars
    • commence the twitter vaguing (mostly from Lance, but Keith likes to think he’s just humoring him by responding), constantly trying to out-do one another on every social media platform they have
    • Keith’s pining
      • HARD
    • Lance is honestly trying
    • People start #Team Lance and #Team Keith
  • Their fans start shipping them and literally the comments telling them to collab are in the thousands
    • they make a q and a video together
  • Lance thinks it’ll be a flop
    • its his channels most viewed video
  • Keith is a Mess™ throughout the whole thing but thinks no one will notice
    • they do
  • They start a collab channel and it quickly grows faster than their individual channels
  • Basically fan to rival to friend to collab partner to actual partner as in THEYRE IN LOVE

I have a new dress for you :) It comes in all 75 of WildlyMiniatureSandwich’s Sandwich palette, the white I used as a base and 5 random patterns (mostly floral).

Info

  • Basegame Compatible
  • New Mesh
  • All LoD’s
  • Everyday, formal & Party wear
  • Not available for random

Download - PSD (super simple, just separate layers for skirt/top)

Let me know if I’ve messed anything up. Feel free to recolor just don’t include the mesh.

Credits

EA for the meshes/textures I chopped up, @wildlyminiaturesandwich for the colors

Marinette Bourgeois

So, after seeing this gifset, I wondered what might happen if Chloe made a little mistake when she tried to call Marinette by her full name. @agrestenoir and @breeeliss encouraged me, and well, here we are. Hope you enjoy!


Every morning began the same way. Marinette was almost used to it now, even if she dreaded it. Chloe would saunter up to her desk and give her daily critique of Marinette’s appearance before tossing her hair and returning to her seat at the front of the classroom. By now, Marinette was accustomed to it, and the harsh words rolled off her much easier than they had in years past, but she was eager for the day Chloe grew out of it.

“Marinette Bourgeois…” Chloe began in that familiar lilt. “Who let you out of the house wearing that?”

“This dress is-” Marinette stopped, processed exactly what Chloe had said, then looked up at her. “What did you say?”

Chloe huffed. “Weren’t you listening? I asked you who-”

“No, the first part.” A slow, dangerous smirk spread over Marinette’s lips as she leaned closer. “My name.”

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Bruised (Richie/Eddie) 4/12

Summary: It’s 1993 and the summer from many years ago is dead and gone. Many have drifted apart from the Losers club and its at the point where there is no club at all. The atmosphere is cold just like the winter months and the only blushes to be found are the ones that are caused from the piercing spikes of cold that heat skin up. Being a teenage boy is hard; especially for the two boys that now count each other as strangers. In which both boys make a plan, but both disrupt each others.

Warning(s): Angst & Fluff

A/N: Shout out to @eddiekaspbraks for making THIS moodboard of this fanfiction series, it’s amazing and gO SEND THIS LOVELY BABE SOME LOVE !!  BONUS POINTS IF ANYONE CAN GUESS WHAT SONG I WAS LISTENING TO WHILST WRITING RICHIE’S DESCRIPTION THROUGH EDDIE’S PERSPECTIVE

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 (Soon) | 

It was now Monday morning and Eddie felt his numb fingertips jitter at the seams of his jumper, feeling the weaves under his senseless skin without his pulse guiding him. 

The pills were messing him up. Bad.

His doctor had prescribed the soft pink and white capsules in order to stop being gay, as if what he had was some sick mental illness. Eddie’s mother thought he was twisted, that the rumours weren’t true and that people were lying about her pride and joy. Several days later she realised that Eddie was in fact a homosexual boy. However, she refused to believe it and dragged him to every therapist and doctor in order to ‘save’ him.

He didn’t need saving, he was gay and that was that. He had only told Bill, Ben, Mike and Stan but somehow the word got around school, eventually a teacher had confronted his mother about the matter. He didn’t mean for everyone to know, but now that everyone did- the reaction he got towards his sexuality choice was repulsive.

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about nico's man bun and how it came to be

because let’s face it, it’s going to happen. i don’t really know if it’s going to be a permanent thing or not, but

  • it’s piper who first manhandles nico to sit on the floor in front of her chair and twists his still kinda short but shaggy hair into a tiny ponytail
  • there might be a little charm speak involved, but nico isn’t like, super mad about it, bc piper’s cool
  • nico thinks it looks absolutely ridiculous, mostly because his hair is still short, okay, not really any reason to put it in a ponytail yet
  • but he gets distracted with his mythomagic game with jason and forgets he has the hairdo still, and when he walks out to meet will for dinner will just
  • stops
  • and stares for, like, forever
  • (and maybe swoons just a little)
  • and nico doesn’t get what’s the big deal, then remembers the ponytail and yanks the hair tie out and messes his hair extra badly on purpose
  • “idk it looked really cute?”
  • “yeah well i don’t do cute so shove it solace”
  • flash forward nico kind of forgets mundane things like haircuts when he’s too busy helping out with sword fighting lessons and researching funeral rites and finding time to make out with will (all of these are equally important mind you)
  • and so his hair grows
  • and one day he’s sparring with jason and his hair just keeps getting in the way, no matter how many times he pushes it away
  • and he sees some young campers on the stands, doing each other’s hair and being all happy and gossiping and whatnot
  • so naturally nico stomps over and demands for a hair tie, and without saying another word he ties his hair back and goes back and continues sparring with jason like nothing happened
  • and he swears he was going to take the tie off as soon as they finished but will walked by on his way to his archery class
  • and damn that look on will’s face
  • it’s totally unfair how just one look can make nico feel things
  • so the updo stays for the night, at least until after dinner
  • it’s still less than half of nico’s hair, so when will’s kissing him behind a tree before camp fire he can still run his fingers through nico’s hair in that way that makes nico’s knees weak
  • so nico thinks that maybe, just maybe, he can give the hairdo another try, if it makes will look at him like that
  • nico keeps the hair tie and spends a ridiculous amount of time in front of the mirror next morning, trying to figure out if he should tie his hair up or not
  • he declares the whole thing stupid and marches to where piper is having breakfast with the rest of the aphrodite cabin, shoves the hair tie to her hands and demands that she do something
  • (the please is barely an afterthought)
  • (he doesn’t notice jason exchange money with some hermes campers with a smug smile on his face)
  • piper twirls nico’s hair into something she calls a man bun (and nico kind of hates it already) and even gives him a few tips on how to do it himself
  • nico is determined to never have to ask piper’s help again
  • he gets up and mutters a tiny little thank you before making his way to the apollo table
  • and oh
  • it’s all so worth it, because will can’t take his eyes off of nico
  • and even months later, when nico has mastered the man bun and even learned to add some little plaits to it, he still insists that this is all so that his hair doesn’t get in the way when he’s training
  • but basically the whole camp knows it’s mostly because will thinks it’s hot
Losers’ Club Head Canons

okay okay so @exceededexpectations and I were talking about the losers club and we got too carried away; you’re welcome

  • Mike, Bill, Richie, and Bev don’t sleep with tops on. Ben doesn’t sleep with pants on. Stan owns like 5 pairs of matching pajama sets.
  • When Richie and Eddie first start to date, Richie starts to wear tops to bed because that is the only way Eddie would cuddle. Even when Eddie isn’t there, he starts to sleep in tops because it reminds him of Eds.
  • Richie and Bev are 100% bffs and always have sleepovers. When it is just them they don’t bother with clothes because they don’t care about seeing each other naked.
  • Richie has seen Bev naked more times than Ben has tbh.
  • Everyone has seen Richie naked on many different occasions.
  • The first thing they did after killing pennywise was go swimming at the quarry to clean themselves. At this point, they had been through so much together that they just wanted to be normal kids so they just went skinny dipping.
  • After IT happened the Barrons stopped being where they would hang out. They did start going to the quarry a lot more and they built a treehouse at mikes farm which they would go to on the weekends.
  • Bev moves in with Richie a couple weeks after IT happened because his parents don’t care and they have a spare room anyway?! But she ends up in Richie’s room so much that they just bring the other bed into Riche’s and it makes his single bed a double. This makes a few problems down the road when Richie and Eddie start dating because ‘No Richie we cannot make out, Beverly is sleeping right there!!’ Richie talked to Bev about it and she said she would either spend the night at Bens if they wanted her to because she is a good friend and understands that Eds is small and awkward and doesn’t know how dating works. She does make sure she gets all of the details from Richie the next night!
  • Richie has ADHD so Eddie brings him calming tea like peppermint or chamomile. When Richie first drank it he really didn’t like it but he really likes Eds so he drank it. Eddie brought him tea every day after that and now Richie can’t go a day without drinking it.
  • Bev brings Ben granola bars so that he can not just eat salad when he tries to get fitter. Bill joins the track team with him all throughout high school so that Ben had someone to support him.
  • No one moves away, Mike goes to high school with the rest of the losers and becomes the biggest jock ever. He doesn’t turn into a massive dick-bag like the other jocks.
  • Ben and Stan lead a book club every week for the whole school and even teachers turn up because bless those boys. Richie and Eddie want to be good friends so they go to the first meeting. Everyone got really angry with them though and they are no longer allowed to go.
  • Every teacher both loathe and lives Richie Tozier because he’s fun but also a dick and they all ship Reddie because yes. Richie has a secret meeting with the Spanish teacher where they talk shit and drink coffee (unbeknownst to Eddie) every Wednesday.
  • Bev, Richie, and Stan sit behind the school in Ritchie’s shitty car and smoke during lunch and then join the rest of the losers who sit on the field to watch mikes practices and they make daisy chains and have grass fights because they are children. Stan started smoking after IT happened because he couldn’t deal with it. 
  • Stan is so fucking good at making flower crowns and he makes them from all of the losers but mostly Bill because you give flowers to the person you like, right?
  • When Stan gives Richie flower crowns Eddie has to spend the next few days picking daisy petals out because Richie’s hair is such a mess and they get stuck. He does try to wash them out but it never works.
  • Ben is really good at braiding hair, no one knows how he just is. Beverly grows her hair out a little longer because she loves when Ben plays with her hair. He does something different to it nearly every lunchtime. 
  • One lunchtime Richie dared Eddie to go grab the football from Mike, no one thinks he’ll do it, but he does and then he has to join the football team because not only does he get the ball from Mike but he keeps it away from the whole team and scores a goal earing a loud cheer from the other losers.
  • Mrs. K hates that Eddie started to play football because he could get hurt and get an infection. ‘You’re allergic to grass, Eddie. You can’t go out there!’ Honestly, fuck off let Eddie doing something for himself for once, football won’t kill him.
  • When Eddie makes the team he gives Richie his team jacket. Richie never takes it off because he loves his boyfriend and he wants everyone to know! Richie goes to every single football game because he really loves watching his boyfriend be happy (and Mike).
  • Sometimes all of the losers can go to the football game and they make signs. Every sign is either really fucking cute or it is a shitposting meme. This makes Eddie and Mike so happy and they try extra hard to win. Mike takes all of the signs home and puts them in the treehouse.
  • They all just become normal children who deal with depression and anxiety but they are all there for each other and there is no dumb dancing clown anymore just love and happiness!

If you want more, then just request it? This was really fun and I will honestly write about anything if it is to do with my children!  

How to handle a missing player

If I cancelled an RPG session every time someone wasn’t able to make it, my campaigns would never get anywhere.  So assuming it’s just one or maybe even two people missing, the show must go on!  Here’s a few ways I handle it:

1) The Sidequest

If I know a player is going to be gone ahead of time, I can make a plan for their character to split from the group.  Sometimes, it’s for just a small encounter: Your animal companion gets startled and bolts off into the woods!  You must chase her down.

The fun part about this is actually doing a one-on-one roleplay session with the player.  It’s usually quick and dirty; maybe take 15 minutes with just them before the rest of the players show up to your next session.  You can also do it by text or over phone.  These roleplays aren’t as immersive or polished as the big group ones, but for some reason I always really enjoy them.

I’ve also done more substantial side storylines, depending on the length of absence or the excellence of the narrative opportunity.  I once had a player who had to be out of town for two months get a pretty major B plot in my campaign.  We did the one-on-one RP through IM, and when he finally returned to the party, he had a sack full of cash and a story to share.

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2) The Surrogate

If a player is amenable to the idea, they may elect another player to control their character in their absence.  I have a couple guidelines about this:

  • You better trust your friend, because I am absolutely going to have your character do what they say, and there may be lasting consequences
  • It’s gotta be an individual.  I don’t have time for a group to form consensus on one character’s actions
  • I, as the DM, am not going to do this because I can’t authentically roleplay a character while also pulling all the strings in the narrative

This usually turns out pretty well actually, mostly because I don’t mess around with asshole players.

3) The Auto-Pilot

Usually employed when there isn’t time to prepare for a missing player, Auto-Pilot means their character stays present with the group, but doesn’t really do anything.  They just sort of fade into the background and don’t really take part in combat or social encounters.  The only exception is when it comes to something only that particular character can do.  For example, if the rogue is missing and the team needs a lock picked, I’ll let someone roll for it.

Auto-Pilot isn’t necessarily ideal, but it is convenient.  Mainly because you don’t have to worry about the process of reuniting the characters.  Don’t have to bother, because they were there the whole time!

Anyway, that’s how I do it!  And if players don’t like it, they should show up!

170811 - Meeting Monsta X at Starbucks in Berlin

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I met Monsta X on the streets of Berlin yesterday. Or at least two of them, my bias and bias wrecker, Jooheon and Kihyun. Nice.

Basically. My friend (from the Czech Republic) and I (from Sweden) had wandered around all day, visiting the kpop store and all that. Then we were standing by a pedestrian crossing, waiting for the green light. And suddenly this guy walked up to my side and I had to take a double take bc, ‘Is that Kihyun???????’. My heart dropped and I turned to my friend and was like “IT’S KIHYUN IT’S KIHYUN OMFG IT’S KIHYUN.” BC HOLY SHIT HALF A METER FROM ME STOOD THE ACTUAL YOO KIHYUN!!!! Sorry I’m still freaking out holy shit. He looked like a f**king god, looking all artsy in his round golden glasses and big camera. Plus: no make-up!Kihyun is 👌 👌 💕 👅 👅 😭 💖

Kihyun then waved to someone on the other side. We thought it was his manager bc what would he be doing all by himself in Berlin when his concert is just in a few hours?? Suddenly the light turned green and he went ahead of us, and since we thought that it was his manager on the other side of the road (we couldn’t see the person he was waving to yet) we didn’t want to ask for his autograph since they usually aren’t allowed to do that.

But then we saw who he was waving to. J O O H E O N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was also standing by himself, wearing slippers, shorts and a wind jacket. He looked so fluffy and smol and okay imma stop talking. So now we had to make a decision in 0.1 second, are we going to follow them and ask for their autographs or just go back home? 

We decided to follow them, walking about 100 meters behind them. After only a minute or two they went into a Starbucks and we stopped outside. After about two minutes of freaking out we decided that our last chance was to also go in, just look at them and then leave without bothering them. So now my friend was literally standing right next to Jooheon (who ordered an iced americano for Kihyun and a coffee with milk for himself bc that’s important information). When he’d ordered he stood beside Kihyun who were waiting for their orders. Then one of the cashiers recognized them and asked for a photo, and they actually agreed to take the picture so yeah. My hands were shaking so bad when I payed for my drink but I’m proud of my friend and I bc we actually managed to act like any other customers in the café (where are our Oscars?).

While we were waiting for my friend’s drink, the boys left the café and we were kind of sad bc yep they’re leaving and we’re not going to follow them. But then they sat down at a table outside! At this point a total of five girls + a really kind dad had noticed them. So we looked outside and saw that they actually signed autographes to the girls! So they basically only sat down to make those fans happy and sign their stuff (stan monsta x) And now we freaked out again bc neither one of us had a pen nor a piece of paper. But when we walked outside a girl let us borrow her pen and paper so that was really nice of her (I owe her my life).

While my friend was doing something else, I walked up to their table, Kihyun to my left and Jooheon in front of me. I just said that I was “so so sorry for disturbing them but can I please get an autograph?” Kihyun made his “pftttth” laugh with his eyes looking like half moon crescents (y'all know which one I mean), but he took my paper and signed it. Since Kihyun was to my left I couldn’t really look him in the face that well, so when I spoke I mostly looked at Jooheon. I was stuttering like an idiot in the beginning but I was shaking so much while trying to act cool and look calm lmao. I basically told them that I was “really excited for the concert tonight” to which Jooheon replied with an “oh really?~” AND HIS DIMPLES ARE SO FREAKING DEEP MAN I SWEAR TO GOD THAT BOY WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME. . So yeah I basically managed to keep eye contact with JH for like 15 seconds and then I just said “thank you so much and sorry for disturbing” to which Kihyun replied with a “It’s alright” then I  left so that I wouldn’t disturb them more than I already had.

A short clip of me saying the last sentence and Kihyun replying with “it’s alright”. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czvAkLV6-Kw

The video was recorded by smallestnose

So yeah, in totalt there were five people plus my friend and I who noticed them that time. Everyone was really respectful and left as soon as they got their autographs. My friend and I left (shaking like idek) and when we looked back when we had walked about 300 meters, we noticed that the boys had left.

So yep that was the first time I met an idol and talked to one. Also, you should know that I’ve always thought that I would be one meter taller than every mx member (I’m 175 cm [5'8 ish inches?]) but both Kihyun and Jooheon were taller than me. They looked 300x more beautiful in person and both of them were tanned and just yeah. Kihyun looked like a photography student who just walked out of class while Jooheon looked like a fluffy 22 y/o who just woke up, hair in a mess. 

So now I own a paper with their autographes (jh signed w J-honey i mean yes i’m dead) and I’m just so so so so grateful that they took their time to make their fans happy. A plus is that the concert also was bomb af.

Basically: never be one of those fans who tries to search for the location they last were seen, just walk around, do your thing. And if it happens it happens, ya know? 

@xiao-dan @this-is-entertainment @chim-kookie

The Backflip Bandit

So I had mentioned to a friend of mine that I was reopening a Pathfinder campaign and he showed interest in joining, so I gave him a trial run. If he liked it then he could stay. He made a Rogue Elf and wanted to be a generic thief. Since all the other players are level 5 already I gave all the new characters a good bit of downtime to catch up, so that means mostly 1 on 1 sessions of 90% improv with maybe some other players watching. A little note about this kid is he is a bit unpredictable when he is upset, and one of our other PCs just messed with him and threw him in a garbage can.

Me(DM): So you are in a Garbage can, what do you do?

Rogue: I sleep here for 12 hours…

Me: Ok… 12 hours pass, what do you do next..?

Rogue: I get up and look for some food.

Me: You smell freshly baked bread and follow the smell to a bakery.

Rogue: I sit down and smell for a half hour.

Me: Right… people look at you weirdly as you sniff the air for 30 minutes.

Rogue: I ask the lady behind the counter for a cake.

Me: She offers you one fresh cake for 10 gold.

Rogue: I buy it to go and take the cake.

Me: Ok.

Rogue: I roll acrobatics to do a backflip out of the store…*fails*

Me: … you try to backflip with a cake in your hands, but you instead land face first into the cake, hurting yourself.

Rogue: I sit there and shovel cake into my mouth in self pity.

Me: … everyone who sees you wonders if you are alright.

Rogue: I get up and smash my face through the display case…*fails strength check*

Me: You bounce your head off the glass.

Rogue: I do it again…*fails*

Me: Everyone is wondering if you are mentally insane.

Rogue: One more time…*succeeds*

Me: Everyone looks in shock as you smash your face through solid glass, taking 4 damage.

Rogue: I steal a cake from the display case and attempt to backflip out of the store…*succeeds*

Me: Everyone is too scared and confused to notice that you just stole a cake.

Rogue: I sprint down the road holding the cake high above my head until I reach the river. I roll acrobatics to cross the river with a backflip. *Crits*

Me(clearly confused and shocked): You make it across the river without getting wet, cake completely intact.

Rogue: I run to the farmland and look for animals… *succeeds*

Me: You find some cows..?

Rogue: Perfect…I place the cake on the ground and roll to tip the cow by backflipping over it…*SUCCEEDS*

Me: The cow has been tipped, it thrashes about on the ground for a while…

Rogue: I go back to pick up the cake and sit down next to the cow. I shovel some cake in my hand and ask the cow if it wants any…*Fails Handle Animal*

Me: The cow hoofs you in the butt from its downed position.

Rogue: Oh well, more for me.

This was an extremely random and exhausting encounter, I had no idea what to say or do after this. However, after he got this out of his system he became a little more serious and actually did some roguish things.

To this day he is referred to as “The Backflip Bandit” and rolls acrobatics for backflips CONSTANTLY to retain his title.

Though it may seem to be completely random, almost as if the entire series was entirely improvised with no plan, the Car Boys series can actually be broken down into 4 distinct dramatic sagas:

  • Episode 1-6 is the Saga of Beginnings. Starting with “Nick and Griffin Play BeamNG.drive,” where Nick first introduces Griffin to the came, continuing as they meet long time friends like Busto 1.0 and the Large Crusher, and finally culminating in “Nick and Griffin meet Busto 2.0,″ where The Boys unwittingly unleash their first major antagonist, transitioning straight into…
  • Episode 7-16, the Busto 2.0 Saga. Starting with “Nick and Griffin Launch OPERATION CONTAIN BUSTO 2.0,″ it chronicles the epic struggle to defeat the seemingly all powerful reality warper Busto 2.0. The Boys gain new tools and new abilities, finally culminating with “Goodbye, Gridmap” where The Boys finally manage to trap Busto 2.0 in the Large Crusher with Iron Man, finally defeating him forever.
  • Episode 17-27 is the Power Saga. Starting with “Nick and Griffin Move to Garfield Heights,” it’s a meandering, seemingly filler saga meant primarily to offer viewers a breather after the very tense Busto 2.0 Saga, but it’s also a way to showcase just how powerful The Boys have become, as they stretch and test the limits of these powers. It eventually does reach a dramatic climax in “Nick and Griffin  in VR City,” where The Boys realize that they are finally powerful enough to achieve their long forgotten goal- to truly set Busto 1.0 free, and send him to heaven.
  • Episode 28-38 is the Saga of The Blob. It starts off with “Nick and Griffin in: The Nokia Incident” looking deceptively like an extension of the previous saga, with The Boys mostly just messing around and experimenting with their abilities (though there is some foreshadowing when they go underwater in the Nuclear Wasteland and see echoes of The Vortex within the Tesseract), but everything changes when Nick foolishly brings the unstoppable horror known only as The Blob into the world, and from there it’s a race against time as The Boys desperately try to find a way to defeat it. The saga, and the series, finally reach their conclusion in “Nick and Griffin Reach The End,” when they trap both The Blob and themselves in The Vortex beyond time and space, sacrificing themselves to keep the world safe from The Blob forever.

acaramela  asked:

Hey can I ask you something and this is a thoroughly ignorant question but I'm Latina and I grew up learning that Castro killed his own people and that he just was a terrible dictator. I even have friends from around the region that support this and say that Castro and communism are responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people. Could you explain to me why this isn't the case? I just can't find any other reliable sources to inform myself. Thank you.

im sorry this is long, but read the whole thing, its all important information

First, Cuba isn’t a one-man or military dictatorship. A lot of people don’t know this, especially in countries allied with America, but Cuba is highly democratic, and even takes measures to stop corruption in politics. For example, elected representatives are paid workers’ wages, so there is no monetary incentive to run for office, all voting is by secret ballot, votes are counted in public, voting is voluntary, elected representatives can be recalled at any time, women make up 48.9% of the Cuban government (a hell of a lot more than the US which can’t even break 20% in its Congress), it is illegal to spend any money on political campaigns to advertise for particular candidates, and candidates’ biographies and their reasons for standing are posted on public notice boards so everyone has equal exposure.

The nomination and election of local candidates for office is done in public meetings, with return meetings happening every 6 months. There are limitations in higher levels of the government, where voters must choose to either accept or reject a single nominee, but as far as i know, the principles of recall and community nomination still hold true.

You can read more about Cuban democracy here:

Why Cuba Still Matters // Representative Government in Socialist Cuba // Cuban Democracy Fact Sheet // How to Visit a Socialist Country // 

As for the specific claim that Castro is a dictator, its on very shaky grounds (to say the least). Its true, of course, that Fidel and Raul have been the only presidents of Cuba since the revolution. However, the presidency isn’t chosen like it is in America, directly (well, its not even direct in America, but thats another topic). The presidency is chosen through the elected parliament (national assembly).

Delegates to the National Assembly are elected every 5 years, half nominated from municipalities and half nominated by mass organizations (like trade unions, women’s orgs, cultural orgs, etc.). Each nominee must receive at least 50% of the vote. All in all, there are 612 delegates, and 48.9% are women. 

The National Assembly votes on who belongs to the Council of State, which appoints the ministers, Presidency, and Vice Presidency. And following a 2011 Congress of the Communist Party, senior elected officials can only serve two terms (10 years) in office. That means in 2018, Raul Castro will step down and a new President will be chosen.

We should also talk about what exactly “dictatorship” means. All societies are dictatorial for some and free for others, because all states are institutions of class rule. Cuba, while I don’t believe it has a socialist economy (and thus not a socialist government) has absolutely shown what can be done with the support of the mass power of the people, and drawn a line between it as a free and independent country and imperialists.

So how is Cuba in service of its people? It raised literacy from 60-70% to 96% in two years- today 100% of Cubans are literate. It has a massive amount of doctors per capita and has lower rates of infant mortality, HIV, and malnutrition than the US. They have state subsidized SRS and HRT, some of the best current LGBT rights in the Caribbean, despite their historical struggles with homophobia. They are the most sustainable country in the world, despite the embargo. 

(The Embargo is absolutely devastating to the Cuban economy, too. Never let a discussion of Cuba’s economy go on without discussing the impact of the embargo)

Still, compare those achievements to Haiti. A country that has been and still is politically and economically crippled by US and French imperialism, which suffers under a neocolonial elite, which is paid starvation wages to make Levis and other commodities for the US, which receives little to no aid when natural disasters hit (which are exacerbated by the ecological devastation of the island).

What is really responsible for the suffering of the people, not just in Cuba, but in Haiti and all countries in the global south? Is it really the ideology of socialism that fights for greater rights and the accessibility to basic needs? Or is it capitalist-imperialism, which strangles Cuba with economic blockades, and parasitically leeches off of its neighbors?

As for the claim that Castro killed “his own people”… the phrasing of this (and of course this isn’t your fault, anti-communists always phrase stuff like this) makes it seem like its better if politicians kill others in imperialist war. Killing “your own people” is somehow far worse than killing the people of countries you want to invade or control. Castro and Che did kill people, yes Cubans. But again, we have to look at the class forces involved. Who were those fleeing? Who were being killed? Historical records show most were rich, white Cuban plantation owners or otherwise of the middle and upper classes, who backed the former military dictator Batista:

All weekend a Cuban exile contingent of right-wing ‘gusanos’ have been gathered on Calle Ocho street in Miami’s “Little Havana” to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. However the hatred was always mutual; as Fidel characterized the first 1960’s waves of wealthy white parasitic former land owners who were part of the Batista dictatorship he overthrew as “gusanos” (worms), based on their reactionary politics, intransigent support for the blockade, and desire to team up with the CIA to carry out terrorist attacks all across post-revolutionary Cuba. (Note, not all exiles fall into this category, especially more recent arrivals).

The zenith of gusano interference was the 1961 U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, which Cuba’s government defeated, and afterwards Fidel pointed out the wealth of many of the 1,100 exile soldiers that his troops captured (and later released back to the U.S. in exchange for baby formula). Within those 1,100 soldiers were: 100 plantation owners, 67 landlords of apartment buildings, 35 factory owners, 112 businessmen, 179 living off inheritances, and 194 ex-soldiers of Batista.

Over the decades since that time, the aging gusano contingent in South Florida has proven to be perhaps the most corrupt group (on a per-capita basis) in American politics—which is saying something. In their dying off ranks you can find Batista’s old BRAC secret police goons, ex Cuban mafia, CIA contract killers, and former oligarchs of vast latifundias. As essentially Miami is still controlled by the remnants of Batista’s dictatorship and their off-spring, a regime which killed 20,000 Cubans and tortured tens of thousands more.

(from here)

Almost all (and i only say almost because i don’t know of any who were not) of those executed were members of Batista’s army, informants, rich landowners who backed Batista, etc. And, contrary to the idea that these were executions against the people, they were actually popularly sanctioned:

Serving in the post as commander of La Cabaña, Guevara reviewed the appeals of those convicted during the revolutionary tribunal process.[9] The tribunals were conducted by 2–3 army officers, an assessor, and a respected local citizen.[105] On some occasions the penalty delivered by the tribunal was death by firing squad.[106] Raúl Gómez Treto, senior legal advisor to the Cuban Ministry of Justice, has argued that the death penalty was justified in order to prevent citizens themselves from taking justice into their own hands, as happened twenty years earlier in the anti-Machado rebellion.[107] Biographers note that in January 1959, the Cuban public was in a “lynching mood”,[108] and point to a survey at the time showing 93% public approval for the tribunal process.[9]Moreover, a January 22, 1959, Universal Newsreel broadcast in the United States and narrated by Ed Herlihy, featured Fidel Castro asking an estimated one million Cubans whether they approved of the executions, and was met with a roaring “¡Si!” (yes).[109] With thousands of Cubans estimated to have been killed at the hands of Batista’s collaborators,[110][111] and many of the war criminals sentenced to death accused of torture and physical atrocities,[9] the newly empowered government carried out executions, punctuated by cries from the crowds of “¡paredón!” ([to the] wall!),[100]

thats from wikipedia, no less

Always remember- all states are the power of one class over another. Whether that class is the working class by itself (or in alliance with a progressive and anti-imperialist bourgeoisie as in Cuba), or whether it is a reactionary or imperialist bourgeoisie armed against the working class of the world (as in the US)- states are not just democracies or dictatorships- but institutions of class power. Its interesting how we call Cuba a dictatorship when the rich landowners flee or face persecution or god-forbid *gasp* their land is redistributed to campesinos! But the United States, which has the largest (mostly black and brown) prison population in the world (both by number and per capita), which is established on stolen land, and which regularly exercises its power to interfere in and mess with other countries independence, is seen as “free.”

Here are some more resources on Cuba:

[Documentary] Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism // 20 Reasons to Support Cuba // Cuba: A Revolution in Motion // Cuba and its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion // Work and Democracy in Socialist Cuba // The Sugarmill: The Socio Economic Complex of Sugar in Cuba 1760-1860 // Cuba and the US Empire: A Chronological History // A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution // Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War // The World Economic and Social Crisis // The Economic War Against Cuba // Race in Cuba //