“Can we, like, stop speaking in code now actually, because I’m not anymore certain than I was two minutes ago that we’re talking about the same thing and I just want to know if you’re saying you like me back or if I just maybe read way too much into this entire conversation and made that part up?”
Recipe for this fic: 1 peaceful morning jog in the park 1 auto-mechanic hothead keith 1 soccer player sinamonroll™ lance 2 cups mutual pining A dash of angst All the sugar in the world Way too many bad pick-up lines And a burn so slow you could slow roast a whole Kaltenecker
I am writing to entrust to you the care and supervision of the young man who will be working with our custodial team starting this coming Tuesday. The young man’s name, as I’m sure you already know, is Keith.
When Lance is thrown through time, he finds himself one year in the future, in place of the Lance that should be here.
He finds his team to be remarkably familiar, yet distinctly different. They have more scars, a better grip on the whole saving the universe thing, and over a year’s worth of teamwork to bind them together. But the weirdest part? Keith seems to be a lot more touchy with him. Not that he’s complaining… much.
Some days, he woke up even more tired than he’d been when he’d gone to sleep, and willing his body to go through the motions was just—tough. Like wading through thigh-high water or running on soft sand that gave under the soles of his feet.
Keith has never really paid any mind to grand romantic gestures, let alone big celebrations and days dedicated to them. It didn’t make sense to him back then on Earth, still doesn’t make sense to him now that they’ve all been invited to the Festival of Love.
“Oh my god, are you always this annoying?” Keith fists a hand in his hair, tugging lightly as he tries to convince himself that the tingling in his stomach is frustration and not because the dumb quirk at the corner of Lance’s lips is kind of cute.
“Only with people who are cute when they’re mad,” he says easily, as if his own stupid words don’t embarrass him at all. Keith, however, tries to ignore how hot his cheeks feel and blame it on the sun.
Hit Korean boy band BTS is ready to take over Anaheim
Rap Monster, one of the seven guys in the South Korean boy
band BTS, says it was only at the end of 2016 that he and the others
realized how huge their band had become around the world.
“Somebody in the company sent me a message: ‘You got No. 26
on Billboard OMG congratulations,’” says Mr. Monster, the 22-year-old
rapper born Kim Nam-joon, by phone from Chicago where BTS was set to
play on Thursday before hitting Honda Center for a pair of sold-out
shows on Saturday and Sunday.
“At first I thought, 'Ha ha, your humor isn’t really very
good,’” says Rap Monster, the leader of the group and its primary
songwriter. “We didn’t believe it.”
But as more messages started to ping onto their phones he
says the BTS boys realized it was no joke: Their sophomore album,
“Wings,” entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 26 after its October
release, making it the highest chart position for any K-pop act – not
to mention one that sings primarily in Korean – and offering a bit of
foreshadowing for Billboard naming the record the best K-pop album of
Since then things have only gotten sunnier for Rap Monster,
Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. In February, “Wings” was
re-released in a new edition as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and the
combined editions have since sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide.
Music videos for “Spring Day” and “Not Today” were released a week apart
last month as well and exploded on YouTube where they’ve currently
racked up 59.2 million and 60.1 million views respectively.
“When we heard that and really got that, I was saying, 'OK,
this is going to be a whole other world,’” Rap Monster says of the
significance of the Billboard chart success and all that followed. “And I
feel like we should do something more, and dream something more.”
This past week they’ve taken a step toward something more,
playing their first headlining and sold-out arena dates in the United
States, after previously having mostly played on multi-artist billings
at KCON conventions held here.
“So many people just to see BTS was really an honor,” Rap
Monster says of the opening pair of shows at the Prudential Center in
Newark, N.J. “It feels dreamy these days.”
Not, mind you, that it’s been anything like an overnight success or an easy road for him and the other BTS members.
He grew up a top student in his school who loved American
rappers such as Eminem and Nas, performing even as he attended high
school and eventually catching the attention of BTS future manager Bang
Si-hyuk at BigHit Entertainment in South Korea. And though he says he
gave up on music when he was 16, lacking confidence in where he was
headed, he says Bang encouraged him to stay strong, believe in himself,
and sign on as the first to join BTS, even though at the time he wasn’t
sure who or what it would end up incorporating.
“I was not aware of the other members,” Rap Monster says.
“But I like the company and I respect them. And he promised to me, 'I
will make you do your music and get big someday, so please believe me.’
"So I believed him.”
The other six members soon were selected, each of them
bringing different talents on the mic or on stage. Songs were developed
by Rap Monster and the other members, with a team of producers working
to craft the best music from the raw material, the melodies and beats,
that they created.
“Our chemistry is different from other groups,” Rap Monster
says. “Everyone has their own points and characteristics. If I’m a bad
dancer, a good dancer teaches me. If I’m a good songwriter, I help the
others with a good melody.”
We ask the obvious question: Are you a bad dancer?
He laughs and answers: “Yes, I’m a bad dancer.”
Their music is different from a lot of K-pop acts that have
made ripples on the American airwaves. They’re not popular because of
the novelty aspect of their songs – think “Gangnam Style” by Psy from a
few years back. And they’re not quite as bubblegum as a group such as
Girls Generation or as eclectic as the synthpop of f(x), the first
Korean band to play the South By Southwest festival.
Instead, BTS often aims for that sweet spot where R&B
and rap get together, the kind of stuff Justin Bieber might be doing if
he sang in Korean and there were six Bieber variations with fashionable
hair and eclectic yet unified fashion choices.
“BTS music sounds like it’s from America,” Rap Monster says.
“We decide to always watch the trends and watch what’s going on over
the world. America’s the No. 1 market in the world so that’s why people
in America prefer us.”
As for communicating through the language divide, Rap
Monster says that’s partly handled by the group’s wildly enthusiastic
social media following: “Fans translate our lyrics and interviews,” he
says of a following that has landed them at the top of Billboard’s
Social 50 list for a total of 17 weeks since “Wings” dropped in October.
“They’re able to say, 'OK, BTS is talking about us and our lives.’”
And it’s partly addressed through lyrical subjects that
express the common hopes and dreams and fears and worries of any
teenager or young adult in any country.
“Our lyrics are mostly Korean but we always talk about the
young people’s lives and their minds,” Rap Monster says. “There’s
something similar between every young person in the world, in America or
in Korea. We share something together even if we use different
languages or live so far.”
American fans are also the savviest music lovers in the
world, Rap Monster says, which made heading out on this brief headlining
tour a little bit intimidating at first.
“We actually were scared of performing in America as a solo
act,” he says. “Their playlists are the best in the world. I was really
nervous for them.
"But after we were on stage our fear disappeared. They’re
like everybody, they’re like friends. Singing along all of the lyrics
even through the raps. They know how to play, the rhythms and the
An aside here to share our favorite piece of Rap Monster
trivia. You might be wondering whether he spoke through a translator. He
did not. His excellent English skills were polished in the classroom
but also at home through what he refers to as “a Korean mothers
“'Friends’ was really famous for the mothers in Korea for
English education,” Rap Monster says of the hit American sitcom from the
'90s. “It was kind of like a syndrome. Korean mothers make their kids
watch 'Friends’ even when they were eating food or playing.
"I think it really helped. It has like 10 seasons, I think,
and I watched it like more than five times through the 10 seasons. They
use the gestures and expressions, like, Americans use, right? I think
that naturally teaches me how to speak or how to make a gesture when you
try to express some emotions.
"Thank you, 'Friends,’” he says, laughing. “God bless 'Friends’!”
Rap Monster recently collaborated with the American rapper
Wale on the song “Change,” which like some of BTS’ other songs – and
unlike most K-pop – touches on politics and societal issues. He says
he’d loved Wale’s music for a few years when the opportunity to do the
song came along last year “like a miracle, like a dream come true.
"The song has already come out and we shot a music video
together, but still sometimes I lie in my bed and think, 'Did I really
do something with him?’” Rap Monster says.
He knows that boy groups from Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync to
the Jonas Brothers and One Direction tend to have a finite lifespan
before members get restless to move on solo projects, acting gigs and
other opportunities. But he thinks the variety of interests and musical
genres that individual BTS members have can be handled on the side or
even within the group, and BTS itself can carry on.
So while Rap Monster says he’d love to collaborate with
Drake or Miguel one day, Suga feels the same way about Kanye West and
Flume. Jungkook seems more inclined toward pop R&B – his dream
musical partners would include Bieber or Charlie Puth. V is a little bit
old school, having mentioned Norah Jones and the Fugees as on his wish
list. Rap Monster ticks off the rest of the band: Jimin digs Chris
Brown, J-Hope is into the similarly initialed J. Cole, and Jin is a fan
of old-school showman Bruno Mars.
“I always tell them that every time we have hits under the
name of BTS we shine the best when we are a team,” Rap Monster says. “I
know all the seven members, they love music, and I know their No. 1 wish
is for us to perform and make music and sing and dance.
"Maybe someday someone will want to be on a television show
or be an actor,” he says. “I just hope they know all of the popularity
and fame and money is from the name of our team. That’s not one person,
everybody contributes to the team.
"Nobody knows the future. I just hope it can last as long as possible.”
(tldr) Finally on my way home from a crazy 2 weeks of con crunch (without an actual con), travel and general craziness. To make a long story short, one of my best friends was chosen among 9 others to compete in the Swedish Cosplay Mastership and since he decided to go with KH1 Cloud we decided I would make KH1 Sora and be his assistant on stage in his performance. This was not only super fun but also INCREDIBLY nerve-wrecking because of that fact that the competition is broadcasted live on national TV… (This probably wouldn’t have been so much of a problem if we haven’t decided to do a fight scene with my friends 2m Buster Sword…with a steel handle… On a quite tiny stage…) And to add on top of everything, the KH orchestra I had tickets for was for the night before the competition. So basically I was in London the day before I was gonna help out on stage.
But with 2 hours of sleep we arrived back in Sweden, costumes finished and did the performance! No one fell off stage, yours truly didn’t get hit by a buster sword and we didn’t fall asleep. It went by without a hitch. And low and behold; MY FRIEND WON. I could seriously ramble on and on about how proud I am of him but gonna spare my cheesyness until a later time. Also bless @yumidun for being handsome af as Noctis and helping Elias and me not dying either on or off stage XD. We’ve spent a good few days celebrating by sleeping and playing vidya games but now it’s back to reality for me. Demu over n’ out.
NOTE: WROTE THIS ON APRIL 1ST BUT REALIZED NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE ME IF I POSTED IT LOLOL.
Hey there! Do you have any fanfic recs? I read the vampire!Lance one you made art for (beautiful, btw, like all of your work) and I was wondering what other works you enjoyed
Hey, sorry for the late answer! That fic was a part of the Big Bang but I DID make a fic rec post over here! Here is some more Klance fics though (Only finished) because there is so. dang. many. I can’t keep up no matter how much I’d try
N: Hello trainer of legend, i’ve been waiting for you. welcome to my castle.
Ghet: *approaches from the shadows*
WAIT WAIT wait HOLD ON A SECOND.
Um yes. *walks between trainer and N* ‘Scuse me son but um. Do you pay the rent?
N: .. well no but its not like we are-
Ghet: WELL THEN What makes you think you can call this YOUR castle?
N: I’m the King! I should rule over my cas-
Ghet: UM WELL YOU KNOW WHAT MY CASTLE MY RULES, I may be one of the seven sages but i’m still your elder so it’s overruled. It is “Ghetsis’ castle” now
N: DAD WHATTHE FUCK
Ghet: *gasp* Natural Harmonia Gropius did you just SWEAR at me??
N: Can’t we talk about this later?!
Ghet: UH huh sure one more bad word outta you and you are GROUNDED
N: I’M LIKE 20-
Ghet: TOO BAD KIDDO GO TO YOUR ROOM
N: *GROANS LOUDLY and walks away*
Hey, Sam! You said for your job you “synthesize data into manageable chunks.” I teach college composition, and one of the curriculum's assigned units is the synthesis paper. Since my own professional experience is limited to teaching, I was wondering if you could give me an example of what your end goal of synthesis would be, so I can give my students an example of the skill's worth besides "this is one component of your research/argument paper in the next unit." Thanks!
Sure. So, a little context – I work in a research office, and our clients are mainly fundraisers who are asking their donors for LARGE donations – generally $100K at minimum, and up to hundreds of millions of dollars. So the stakes are relatively high.
A great example for your students is the “one pager” we do. One of our main fundraisers attends a lot of galas and events, and he needs to know who will be there and how to interact. So he’ll send us a list of, say, 20 names. Our team will prepare a one-page biography on each person, which includes:
– Name of donor and anyone attending with them, how they’re related to our organization, and their photo – Full but brief work biography including college degrees – Spouse or co-attendee’s brief work biography, if any – Children, if any – Their previous giving to our organization – Their giving to other organizations – Their last meeting, if any, with the fundraiser who will be reading the bio
This is all stuff that takes maybe an hour to assemble per person, but finding some of it takes some fairly specialized skills, and it’s also an hour that the fundraiser doesn’t have to spend on it if we do it. Additionally it means they ONLY get the information they need – no extraneous facts sloshing around in their heads. The document serves as a record of the person’s current situation, so if in the future they try to remove a portion of their work or giving history from the internet, we still have that information in the document (and in our database, where the info is usually entered once the document is finished).
Another different less literary example is what we call “prospecting” – using a database of thousands of constituents to find new prospective donors. We are trained to take a list of between say, fifty and five hundred names, “pull” their info (giving to us, giving potential, interests, location, position and place of work, last time they spoke to us, etc) and pick out the best perhaps twenty names; we might do a little additional research to make our case, then present those names to the fundraiser who asked for them, who then goes out and asks them for money; what we’ve done is heavily increase the odds they’ll ask the richest people with the most interest in our org, giving them a better chance of landing a major donation.
Both the one pager and prospecting are different forms of information synthesis we perform, but the business applications are obvious – this synthesis is how you break down vital information to offer to your clients, employers, and colleagues. It’s the most concise way of reporting information, but also the most convincing, because you go straight to the heart of what they need to know.
Clarity in writing is so important for our job that I have literally been told in job interviews “We asked you to this interview because your cover letter was so much better than anyone else’s we saw”. I literally landed an interview on the strength of my business writing; they didn’t care that my degrees are in theatre or I started with the org I’m in as a receptionist. That’s how important it is to be clear and convey information well in prose.
I hope that helps – I think good information synthesis is the root of good communication, getting both what you know and what you need across as clearly as possible.
Feel free to use this post for your teaching or hit me up with other questions you may have!
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Last month, one of our satellites detected a signal that sounded like screaming. A little girl screaming in cold blood. At least, something that sounded like one.
I remember the moment that Jared turned on the speakers installed around the room and the sound came flooding through. The filters squeaked with static from the volume of the signal. Pain. Most of us covered our ears, it almost blew out our hearing. I held my hands to my temples and looked down at my coffee cup. The plaster was breaking and splintering with spiderweb cracks. Coffee was spilling.
Everyone else, though? I could hear their screaming from around me. Uma prayed to God for Jared to turn the speakers off. No reply from Jared. Another member of our team, an intern named Francis, was wailing like a banshee. Speakers were blowing up from the signal. Sparks fluttered at the edge of my vision. Complete chaos.
Something warm touched my hands and I knew right away that it was blood. For some reason, I didn’t panic. I just stood there with my hands over my ears and an overwhelming urge to not move. The warmth seemed more comforting than terrifying; I felt so sleepy. The signal itself was changing into Something Else. I get the worst headache when I try to remember anything about that Something Else, but I know that it was a voice.
The voice was singing. It was lulling me to sleep. Cooing. I closed my eyes. For just a second.
And I saw shapes in the dark underbellies of my eyelids. Swirling, twirling shapes of color swimming around the inside of my head. Recognizable forms. Fish. Fish of all shapes and sizes and kinds. Squids tickling worlds with tentacles writhing. Whales that graced the outlines of immense gas planets and stars in pods. I could see them all. Cosmic fish.
A wave of serenity came over me. All encompassing. Universal in its intensity. The same sense of calm I used to feel when I looked up at the model fish that rotated above my crib as a young child. I wanted to stay. I wanted to drown in it.
Thank god that I didn’t though because during those few seconds, the audio equipment blew out all at once. And the sounds were cut off. The signal and the voice.
I came back and everyone was safe aside from nosebleeds and headaches and being passed out. Jared had died, though. He was slumped over in his chair with blood dripping out from his ears and eyes and mouth. The others have concluded that the signal had caused a seizure, but I know that they don’t believe themselves.
I just can’t explain what or how this happened. I’ve dreamed about it and the strange numbing sensation that had flooded my thoughts when the signal was broadcasted across the facility and the screams from my fellow SETI researchers for weeks now. I’ve gone over the implications again and again in my head. But I still can’t understand why the signal had such an effect on us.
Or why I can hear distant singing whenever I stare up at the night sky.
After we got our
autographs, @birdie4573 @Pursuitofagood1 and I were standing at Sam’s table
talking about MPC. Sam thanked us for joining and talked a bit about the huge
impact MPC is having by funding Bloodwise. Then he asked where each of us was
from and we told him that we’re part of a group of 12 from all over the US (and
UK and Canada). Then Sam asked the name of our Peaker group. We instantly
become the human incarnations of this SpongeBob gif. After two full seconds of
silence, @birdie4573 told him that it’s #HMSPeakers (HMS is for “Her Majesty’s
Ship” because we’re all shippers), then quickly and masterfully changed the
topic. Who knows if he made the connection about the group name, but he also
liked @Pursuitofagood1’s #HMSPeakers tweet on Monday, so we know he knows about
A snapshot of my bookshelves, which I recently reordered just a bit. My Harry Potter collection—the button from my old book club, a cute fake Hogwarts letter, our team name from trivia night, and more—sits in front of my box set, which resides next to my favorite books. Underneath are an assortment; hardcovers reign on the bottom shelf. I love my bookshelves. They make the Cozy Sea Cove truly feel like home. ✨✨✨