this was a pretty good short


I made a Twitter thread a while ago about applying for jobs and I also got an ask about some of the specifics about how I wound up here, so in spite of the fact that this video makes me C R I N G E, I’m gonna share it and we’re gonna do some STORY TIME. Mostly this is me sharing the specifics of my own, personal story but maybe there’s some broadly useful stuff in here, idk.

Also, a fair warning that my ~*story time*~ got away from me, so I’m putting it under a cut. The tl;dr version that’s more broadly useful is:

  1. job applications are learning opportunities and you should make sure you’re learning things as you go about it
  2. your application should be a tailored narrative of your career trajectory
  3. don’t sell yourself short or forget that you hold cards in the process as well
  4. the goal is a good fit for everybody, and that includes you; not every job is going to be that good fit for you

but then, I’m not a hiring manager so, really, wtf do I know

(seriously, take everything I say for the anecdotal nonsense that it is)

I found the listing for my job here on Tumblr. At the time I was freelancing and mostly pretty happy with it, but since I wrote my MA thesis on Nerdfighteria and had always kind of wanted to get into video, this looked like a really cool opportunity to work on great stuff & learn a lot.

The application asked for a reel, which I did not have, since I was mostly doing Virtual Assistant work at that time.

A huge part of why I applied was because I thought the application process itself would be a great learning opportunity.

I really didn’t expect to get the job. I can’t stress this part enough. Like, really didn’t even think I’d get an interview.

The whole thing, to me, was just a good exercise. It had been a while since I had applied for anything (I was freelancing on referrals from the get-go) and mostly I was eager to see what, exactly, I could put together in lieu of a reel.

I spent a week working my way through some Lynda lessons on After Effects (this wasn’t my first time using it, but I had only used it for suuuuper basic stuff). Much of what is happening in this video is stuff I figured out how to do while I was making it. That was, again, the point.

I bought a shit ton of green fabric. I rounded up all the lamps I could find. I had a vague knowledge of the fact that shadows = bad for keying, but really knew fuck all about lights. (tbh, lighting is still kind of a mysterious magic trick to me.) I spent probably an hour moving the lamps around, standing in front of them, recording it, and then looking at it until I could find what looked the least shadow-y.

I also watched a SciShow video on the slowest speed setting so that I could try to reverse engineer the basics of what was happening. I was literally just looking at it to see, “ok, but can I do that?” (Answer: not really, but A for effort.)

I wrote a very silly script that was a very carefully selected understanding of how I had been spending my time. This part is super important and broadly applicable whenever you are applying for a job: a huge part of applying for a job is creating a narrative. 

(Important note: this does not mean lying.)

Obviously your life has (probably) not actually been a series of carefully chosen moments leading you to this ONE. JOB. But it’s important to find ways to talk about the things you’ve done that highlight how/why they are relevant. In my experience, humans have a pretty natural tendency to do this narrative reframing of their past as having led them clearly to their future. Use that. What is the version of your trajectory that most sounds like you’ve been gearing up for this job all along, acquiring skills both obvious and unexpected that would be useful here.

That’s the guiding principle of everything I’m saying in this video.

It’s also worth noting, though, that I laid my cards on the table. That is, I wasn’t trying to lie about anything and I was up front about where I was at. It wouldn’t have served anybody to try to be misleading about that fact.

So that was the application process, for me. It’s a tricky balance of being honest but also a carefully selected kind of honest. And keeping in mind that this is as much about deciding whether a company is actually good fit for you as whether you’re a good fit for them. I remember during my college admissions process, one school that I thought I really wanted to go to had a weird religious essay on the form that caught me off guard and made me reevaluate whether that was a good fit. Likewise, I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the 9-5 thing. Freelancing had lots of great perks that offset some of the overwhelming stress.

Something else that I did, that I recommend with a very cautious asterisk, was googling the people interviewing me. Again, partially this was, “OK, I know these shows they make, and I know vlogbrothers videos, but who are all of the other people who I would spend my days with.”

I had no idea who Nick was before I started, because I never paid much attention to the credits. But he was the one who called me to arrange the interview, so I googled him and found a great interview he did about why Crash Course matters, and there were a few specific things he said that stood out to me as, “yes, this is also why I think this matters and why I want this job.”

The asterisk here is: don’t be creepy. It’s a hard line to walk, but, ya know, don’t talk about your interviewer’s swarm check-ins or whatever.

In my case, I knew that in addition to concentrating on that narrative of how and why I should end up here, I had these other points to hit on in the interview. Again, don’t lie. This isn’t about saying shit solely because you think someone wants to hear it; this was about leveraging a piece of common ground I knew we had.

Lastly, I’d add that it’s good to be careful about how you walk the line between being excited about a company’s work and being a little overzealous. It is, at the end of the day, still a job, and you don’t want to come across as so enthusiastic that maybe you’re missing that point. That’s a really nuanced thing for which I have no easy answers.

A lot of this stuff is just luck. I gave a lot of advice where I could, but, at the same time, there’s also this weird combination of personalities that make a thing work or not. There’s a thing in hiring called the “airport test” which is: “could I be stuck in an airport with this person?” and that is a whole other weird, wholly qualitative element of hiring that ends up making a huge difference.

There’s the official bits and pieces that make up a job application, but then there’s the trickier interpersonal stuff about how that job fits into a team. Something not explicitly stated in my application, but which I’ve since learned mattered is that what I lacked in technical know-how, I made up for in cultural knowledge about YouTube. My manager is a former film school teacher who learned the YouTube stuff on the job; he knew he could teach me anything technical I didn’t know much more easily than he could teach someone the culture in which we create.

IDK. I could legitimately talk about this forever.

anonymous asked:

omg i would *love* if you were to expand on school stuff for trans!peter like ,,, michelle being supportive ,, the whole "penis parker" thing ,,

-Peter came out pretty young but he was in middle school

-he didn’t want to go through the hassle of changing everything and making everyone adjust

-so he waited until high school to do all the legal name changing

-midtown isn’t actually his zoned school

-it’s specialized for science and technology so it takes applications and he got in

-meaning most people from his middle school aren’t actually going to high school with him

-making his transition a lot smoother

-the only people going to midtown with him was Ned and a few others

-one of them being Flash Thompson

-Peter was always really smart but his middle school didn’t have a decathlon or anything like that

-so he was never on flash’s radar except for in Robotics Club

-which wasn’t really competitive except for against other schools so flash never had a reason to bully him

-maybe a snide remark here or there about girls in STEM but nothing really personal

-then in 9th grade when Peter shows up to academic decathlon try outs his hair is a bit shorter but may and Ben haven’t put him in T yet because it’s expensive

-flash thinks he looks familiar but doesn’t realize until the teacher says “parker”

-and flash is like ??? Parker? Parker’s a girl

-so after practice flash goes up to Peter and he’s like “so parker thinks she’s a boy now? Is it because you know girls can’t do math and science?”

-“well, first of all, I am a dude. Second of all,
who here is the alternate?”

-Peter is super sassy because he had a good day and flash doesn’t scare him

-and flash is like really angry now Bc his ego is bruised

-and he’s like “well, KAREN, ” and spouts some random rich kid shit

-and peters actually hella hurt but he does home

-may comforts him but it’s hard

-she says they should be able to save up for t shots in 9-12 months

-so his mood is a lot better

-the next day flash corners him and uses his deadname again

-this time Ned is with him and loudly calls him Eugene before he can even finish saying it

-Ned straight up yells it the third time flash tries

-Peter gets really overwhelmed so he’s glad Ned’s there with him

-because flash could easily pin peter in like 10 seconds

-the next day flash shouts across the cafeteria “hey penis parker!” And other offensive things related to him being trans

-Peter actually almost calls May to let him come home early

-he’s humiliated because all of flash’s little friends laughed and made it a big deal

-so not only do flash and his friends know but now so does roughly ¼ of the student body and more
because word will get around

-Ned comforts him through a panic attack

-nobody except flash and his friends give him shit for it though

-most people just call him Parker anyway and none of his teachers fuck up

-ned tells him to report flash but Peter knows that’ll just cause problems

-Flash harasses Peter at decathlon meetings but it’s usually before or after

-mostly because his team mates will usually defend him

-thankfully he doesn’t really have any classes or interactions with flash all of 9th grade other than lunch but flash makes use of his time

-the last few months of 9th grade Peter starts taking T

-then he gets bit by the spider which amplifies effects of T and gives him crazy muscles

-then the whole tony stark thing at the beginning of 10th grade

-tony started paying for Peter’s testosterone (creating a new kind to work with his DNA), binders, and eventually surgery if he ever wants it

-that whole year flash calls him “penis parker” and he has gym with Peter now

-meaning Peter uses the locker room with him

-or well he used to

-now he just changes in the bathroom because one time his clothes straight up got stolen and he doesn’t need that now

-Although it’s ok because MJ refuses to call flash anything but “Eugene” and “Asshat”

-And Ned is lowkey ready to roast flash anytime anywhere

-his status as “alternate” is really helpful

-he has two awesome friends though and tony once made an appearance picking Peter up from school so nobody gives him shit about the internship anymore so all in all he’s having a pretty good time compared to 9th grade

Dishes Best Served...

Commissioned by @theanimangaofitall Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy it <3 (also it won’t tag you for some reason???)

Pairing: Nalu

Works count: 2.5K

Lucy glares at the dirty pile of dishes in the sink, unamused with what she sees. Her hands settle on her hips, foot tapping against the wood floors, and she counts several different ways of killing her fiancé with one of the dirty spoons sitting harmlessly on the counter where it shouldn’t be.

She’s been gone for three days, away on assignment for Jason, her boss at the magazine Sorcerer Weekly, to interview the famous Runway model Mirajane Strauss, and she gave him two things to do while she was away. Two very simple things that she prayed he would be able to accomplish: do the dishes and feed their pets.

Judging by the state of her kitchen sink, Lucy can only hope that Happy and Plue aren’t dead.

Now, Lucy loves Natsu, she really does. He means the world to her and she’s able to forgive him for anything short of homicide, with some exceptions, of course. Sometimes, though, he makes her want to kill him with a rusty spoon and bury his body in Gray’s backyard. Illegal, maybe, but Gods does he deserve it sometimes. He’s her best friend and the love of her life, but he’s also a slob and sometimes she regrets ever moving in with him.

Lucy growls under her breath, eye twitching as she stares at the pile of dishes that’s at least twice the size of what it was when she left earlier in the week, a marvel in itself, considering how much she knows Natsu can eat. She doesn’t know how the hell he manages to look like a walking marble statue when he puts away his own body-weight in food every day. That’s hardly an exaggeration either, but fuck, if that’s what gives him his crazy stamina than she can deal with it from now until they’re eighty and gross and sex completely off the table.

Well, she doubts sex will ever be completely off the table, but she’s not going to risk breaking a hip to get some, be it with Natsu or not. She figures she’ll marry at least twice in life. Lucy plans to be happily married to one Natsu Dragneel from spring of next year until the time he unceremoniously dies from doing something stupid, like trying to back flip off moving car, or ski down the staircase. Lucy guesses she’ll be around her mid-thirties at that point, and will marry again by forty to fill the empty void in her heart where Natsu once was, the dumbass.

Though, there’s also a very good chance that he’s about to die at twenty-three for being an absolute fuck-nut and not doing the damn dishes. She asks him to do fix two things, and he makes one of them worse.

Lucy has a feeling she’s going to cry when she sees what the rest of the house looks like.

And maybe she’s just a little bit bitter than Natsu didn’t come to greet her at the door like he usually does, always more than excited to have her back home. It’s been a good five minutes and she hasn’t seen him anywhere yet.

Sure, she’s home a good half-hour earlier than expected, but does that really make a difference? She wanted to surprise him a little, but now she can’t even find him. And she knows he’s home. His motorcycle is in the driveway, and she knows he would rather risk getting her foot shoved up his ass than ride in a car, but that doesn’t explain where he might have gone.

Happy and Plue also aren’t anywhere to be found, which is mildly concerning and Lucy’s fear for their lives spikes for just a moment, though she knows Natsu would never intentionally neglect to take car of them. It’s just odd, really. Plue is always the second one to greet her at the door, jumping on her and giving her kisses, nearly shoving her back out the door with his lap dog mentality, despite being damn near one-hundred pounds. Happy isn’t usually this shy either, coming out whenever he hears the door unlock.

A pout forms on Lucy’s lips, and she slowly spins around, glancing around the otherwise immaculate kitchen. Her eyes narrow in confusion, Lucy not understanding. It’s cleaner than when she left, and it even looks like he dusted above the cabinets, the one place Lucy is too short to reach. That’s peculiar for two reasons. One, she finds it hard to believe that Natsu would go out of his way to dust when he has a mild allergy, but can’t do the dishes, which is something she actually asked him to do. And two, she’s pretty sure neither of them have dusted up there for a good year, considering they both hate doing it, meaning there had to be some kind of dust bunny army up there.

She’ll have to thank him for that, but not until after she chews him out for not doing the goddamn dishes.

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anonymous asked:

The good the bad and the dirty by p!atd

I got real stuck between Mccree/Genji and Mccree/Hanzo
Can I do poly is that allowed?
Because Mccree is the Good, Hanzo is the Bad, and Genji is the Dirty
Reasons: Mccree is well.. Pretty obvious? And Hanzo well, he killed his brother, and Genji was a playboy when he was younger branding him the dirty

I think upon meeting Genji in Blackwatch, he and Mccree definitely did not like each other.
So the phrase “If you wanna start a fight. You better throw the first punch. Make it a good one.” Applies there really well, it can also be applied to the Dragons short between Hanzo and Genji where they fought.

and I feel like this is a Mccree to Hanzo phrase:
“I know what it’s like to have to trade the ones that you love for the ones you hate.” because Hanzo did kill his brother, someone he loved, because the empire he hated told him so.

Hanzo to Genji phrase, kind of fitting for after the Dragons short if Hanzo joined Overwatch:
“There’s only two ways that these things can go, good or bad and how was I to know that all your friends won’t hold any grudges?” this is a clean way of showing Mccree and Zenyatta’s friendships to Genji.

and final analysis:
Mccree on his Deadlock days:
“Turn the memory to stone and carve your shoulder, hey holy roller.” 
But also the memory both Genji and Hanzo share of the fateful night.

missfox116  asked:

Can you do a backstory on Sally and her past life in LA and possibly some broken relationships that she's been in and how she sees Lightning (due to her perspective on guys after her breakups) when they first met?

Here goes nothing! This ended up being basically a one-shot that grants a look into her life in California and what things were like for her there. I kept it short for simplicity’s sake, because there are SO many directions a prompt like this could go. It also gives little clues as to why she treats Lightning like she does in Cars 1 - unfazed by his attempt to hit on her, and why she typically wouldn’t go for guys like that. I didn’t actually include that moment in the fic, as we get a pretty good picture from the movie itself. I hope you like it! :)

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domesticbanting  asked:

hi atori, im dropping in to say that i love your gifs <3 they are always so wonderful and bright and vibrant and clean and ahhhh so good. i hope you're having a good day and if not that your days may improve soon <33

maddi this message made me smile so wide u have no idea! i havent had tumblr on my phone since yesterday, so for now i just go on tumblr on ipad, which makes pretty much every gif on this site looks like that had been forced to enlarge in order to fit in the bigger screen (in short: ugly). normally i would sometimes feel my gifs look alright but sometimes i think they’re not good enough, now i cant see what my gifs are supposed to look like so i feel they’re just all ugly all the time lmao. so this ask really made me feel that someone likes my gifs and they aren’t all so bad :“)

recenty quite a few people have been doing some crush asks on their blogs, i meant to send you one but i don’t feel comfortable with telling people about my latest crush publicly, and everyone is sending fluffy cute asks but i don’t really have that kind of stories to tell lol but i’ll say something about an old crush here:

when i was in sixth form (or, sicth form) i had a crush on this adorable clerk at the school office. it’s just a silly tiny crush, like i didn’t mind if she didn’t even know who i was i just wanted to see her around, anyway she had a boyfriend so it’s not like i’d have a chance lol. on the last school day i gathered all my courage and went and asked her to take a picture with me, which is not normal, as no one would ask people who aren’t students, teachers and janitors for pictures dgjkvhkckyj and then one day after i graduated i went back to school to take a certificate thing, i told her my name and then she got her colleague who was responsible for certificate distribution to handle this. after i got my certificate she wasn’t in the office anymore so i was a bit sad bc i wanted to give her some snacks (as a friendly gift, seeing as… i just wanted to be non-creepily friendly cgjvhlbl). i asked her colleague to hand on the food instead. but it’s not ended yet!! she later looked up my name on facebook and dm’d me to say thank you! what the fuck!!! after internally screaming for hours i sent her a friend request which she accepted :^)

now i’m working as a clerk at a school office, it’s in no way a dream job of mine (hell the salary is low as fuck i just ordered a laptop and that cost more than the amount i make per month) nor did i deliberately get a same job as her, but school office staff are generally likely rude towards students here :(, and then there she was, really nice and sweet and wonderful, therefore i always try my best to be kind towards students who come to the office so their school life could maybe become a less stressful one :D

IKYSS Update

So it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. Sorry life has been busy.

Anyways, good news pretty much all around.
First draft of chapter 24 is done.
First three scenes of editing are done.
I’m on schedule to hopefully update by the 25th.
The chapter is already over 11.5k. (I’m 400 words short of AIFOL which is the longest chapter so far and sits at 11,910 words.)

Never say I don’t love you guys.

anonymous asked:

18, 20, 47, 98

18, Phobia: Hmm I literally hate bugs, but tbh after injuring my knee twice it’d probs be an unconventional phobia that involves that???
20, Height: I’m literally so short, I’m under five feet, it’s a struggle
47, Have I Ever Had a Crush on A Neighbor: Nope, tbh I don’t really know my neighbors lol
98, Have I ever Forgotten Someone’s Name: Ehh a few times at a camp where I just met the person but I’m generally pretty good with names.


..and then they got eaten by mama dragon. the end.

Remember back when I used to draw Acno and Anna as childhood friends and Acno collecting lizards as a hobby? So I was throwing out some things and found some old sketches of this, and since I still have a soft spot for this au why not use them?

i’ve been waiting for In a Heartbeat for so long and!! it’s here!!

it’s very sweet, i love it so much from the style to the character design to the backgrounds….. hhhhh!!

i felt a giant pang in my heart as i watched it, Sherwin’s heart and its over-eagerness… but like. that’s what it feels like, yeah! it’s such a simple way of showing that, but god, is it a pretty accurate picture. i feel ya, Sherwin, i feel ya. the whole things a bit more bittersweet for me, but ITS STILL GOOD FOLKS

Castlevania Netflix
  • has Trevor Belmont start off with throwing knives, analogous to how every Belmont pretty much has the knife subweapon to start with
  • managed to make the horribly over-designed Belmont Family Crest from Lords of Shadow actually look good in a simplified manner on Trevor’s tunic
  • has Trevor Belmont pick up an axe and throw it as well as have to get holy water as subweapons just like how you have to pick up subweapons in the games
  • has the entire rpg trope of “talking to the shopkeepers and townsfolk for info” like in Castlevania 2 or Order of Ecclesia 
  • has Trevor Belmont use a short sword and the Vampire Killer in tandem like fuckin Reinhardt Schneider from Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness
  • has Alucard straight up use his special teleporting sword strike attack he has from Symphony of the Night and his playable appearance in the non canon Julius Mode of Dawn of Sorrow
  • has Sypha get petrified by a Cyclops that Trevor has to free her from by killing it
  • explicitly mentions a family bestiary, which is the name of the encyclopedia in various Castlevania games that documents defeated enemies and weaknesses, which Trevor references
  • has Sypha use two different spells she has command of in Dracula’s Curse and Castelvania Judgement with shocking accuracy
  • has Sypha and Trevor use a Double Crash/Crush that resembles a cross between Cocytus from Harmony of Despair or Portrait of Ruin with Sypha’s own Ice Storm combined with Trevor striking out with his whip
  • features the Belmont clan being cast out of society due to people fearing them like in the early games
  • has Sypha dressed as a man to evade accusations of her being a witch
  • has Dracula’s Castle itself be a chaotic place full of intensely advanced devices unfitting for the era this entry is set in
  • has Dracula be directly, explicitly compared to Satan, which fits the role he has in the series proper
  • has a religious leader antagonist that manages to bring Dracula back through his own darkness and cruelty, not unlike Shaft or what Celia Fortner and Graham Jones attempted with Soma
  • has Sypha manage to convince Trevor to help multiple times, matching and foreshadowing how their apparent future married life/family life went: with Sypha having the final say in most matters related to them
  • follows the plot of Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse extremely closely, but with added racy elements like dick jokes

as a long time Castlevania fan I am BLOWN AWAY by how true to the games this series was!

about the netflix castlevania series...

I know, I’ve been busy.  I’ve been raving over this series for the past week but I couldn’t get to a proper keyboard so I can a Proper Rave™ complete with gifs and sparklies.  


Fine, fine.  I’ll be a proper grown up.  I’ll stop sulking and wait patiently. 

Let’s get on with the List of Things That I Really Love About Netflix’s Castlevania animated series:

a.  Dracula - First off, Dracula is not a precious misunderstood Woobie Destroyer of Worlds.  He’s evil.  He’s got a dangerous labyrinth of a castle sitting smack dab in the middle of a forest of skeletons that are impaled on very long sharp stakes, his victims from years ago.  Dracula is bored, mean and absolutely disgusted with humanity.  Apparently, the only reason he doesn’t seem to be concocting some sort of Evil Plan to Cover the World in Eternal Night™ in the first few minutes we see him is because he can’t be arsed to anymore.  

But he is a lot more complex than your average moustache-twirling baddie and in less than five minutes we get the idea that there’s still some ounce of humanity left in everyone’s favorite Evil King Vampire.  He basically gets this OH NO SHE’S ADORABLE AND I LIKE HER SEND HELP look on his face once he gets properly acquainted with one Dr. Lisa Fahrenheights.  

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b.  Lisa Fahrenheights - People who’ve played Castlevania:  Symphony of the Night will know who she is and in the game, she’s pretty much portrayed as some sort of sanctified figure in a Certain Person’s memories.  In this series, Lisa Fahrenheights is smart, sassy and willing to tell off the most dangerous vampire in the world for his bad manners.  And while our acquaintance with her is painfully short, it gets pretty clear why Dracula would fall arse over cape for her.  

And surprisingly, she genuinely seems to love him back and is apparently willing to believe he can be better than his Evil self without forgetting that he IS a terrifying Evil Dark Lord With Fangs™.  We only get like 10 minutes to have her around and I’m actually willing to buy into the Dracula/Lisa love story far more than I did with Twilight or the Star Wars Anakin/Padme romance.  

She’s genuinely a good person without being insufferably saintly and I hope we get to see more of her in flashbacks as this series progresses because LISA FAHRENHEIGHTS DESERVED BETTER GDI.  

Seriously, in the Great List of Incredibly Stupid and Boneheaded Ideas™, accusing Dr. Lisa Fahrenheights Tepes (somehow, I get the feeling she and Vlad had a long and lively discussion about being his Princess/Lady/Countess and she stuck to her guns about being a Doctor) of witchcraft and then burning her alive at the stake is probably in the Top Three.  Right beside the one that says, “Do not kill the Cinnabon Roll Son of the Dark Lord of the Sith while Darth Papa is actually there to see everything.”  

Unfortunately, since this is the Middle Ages and we have all that bullshit about wise women being falsely accused and the Church being corrupt, so this clusterfuckery happens and of course, Vlad eventually comes home to find the house he built for his beloved destroyed and that he’s too late to save her.  He can’t even get the chance to possibly turn her into a vampire.  

Of course he’s pissed off. 

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i feel like im never going to be good enough for anyone.
not pretty enough
not thin enough
not tall enough
not big enough
not short enough
not anything enough
im destroying myself inside and out trying to make others happy
im bottling up my feelings so i dont potentially hurt those i love
i feel like im not even living for myself anymore, im just trying to make others happy.