this was required okay

Can we just talk about how fucking great the writing on this show is?

Okay, this one requires a little explaination.

At this point in the series, we’ve seen people shrug off injuries like they were nothing. Steven and the Gems (especially the Gems) tank a HECK load of hits. Just watch Pearl v Sugilite (Coach Steven), Pearlbot v Peribot (Back to the Barn), the Gems v the waterclones (Ocean Gem), Garnet v Jasper (Jailbreak), Stevonnie v Jasper (Crack the Whip), or any other fight scene you can think of. 

Now, the Off Colors (+ Lars and Steven) v Robonoids isn’t even that impressive of a fight. It’s fucking tense, sure, but there’s mostly just a whole lotta hiding. 

Until this moment.

Lars is terrified, but he gathers his courage and attacks one of the robonoids head-on. He leaps on top of it, clinging onto it for dear life as it tries to throw him off.

Then we get a bunch of this fuckery.

And HERE, in THIS exact moment, is where things go south. 

But the thing is, we don’t realise it yet. We as viewers are so absorbed in cheering for Lars, we don’t even THINK about the consequences this could have for him.

Now, another thing about Steven Universe is that things explode. And when they do, they explode impressively and they explode beautifully.

(from Laser Light Cannon)

(from Super Watermelon Island)

(from Serious Steven)

So when comparing those shots to this shot of the Robonoid exploding…

…this explosion is extremely underwhelming. 

Combined with the fact that we’ve never seen a character get seriously hurt in explosions before, we don’t see this as a threat. We are not worried in this moment because Lars just beat this fucker! We are relieved, we are happy, we are ready to start celebrating. Meaning that seeing this…

…over the sound of a flatline…

…is jarring as all hell, because it immediately tells us celebrating viewers that something is WRONG.

And Steven knows it.

The reaction of the Off Colors here immediately becomes dissonant and strange. After all, these gems don’t know about human deaths. Lars hasn’t poofed, so he’s fine…

…right?

no.

no he’s not.

he is not fine.

he’s dead.

And that’s the kicker. 

Steven Universe has been running for four seasons, and NOBODY HAS EVER DIED ON SCREEN BEFORE NOW!

We aren’t expecting it! We have gotten so used to death not being a real threat in this show because surely the Crewniverse wouldn’t dare kill off a main character that we’ve stopped factoring it in as something that could happen. 

Even the Off Colors are realizing it now. Even Paddy realizes it.

One of Steven’s best friends just died. For real. On screen. In a fight we would have written off as underwhelming if not for this moment.

What the fuck, Rebecca.

Sick

Tony has created a chatroom.

Tony has invited Bruce.

Tony: I heard a SNEEZE.

Bruce: Riveting information.

Tony: You know what this means?!

Bruce: Someone received Thor’s blessings?

Tony: SOMEONE IS SICK.

Tony: We need to find them and quarantine them. I will not have the Avengers benched just because they can’t breathe through both nostrils.

Bruce: snot…

Tony: what

Bruce: snot so bad

Tony has left the chat.

Y/N has joined the chat.

Y/N: it has begun …

Bruce: what?

Y/N: MY DESCENT INTO AGONY

Bruce: Did you finish your favorite book?

Y/N: I have a cold.

Tony has joined the chat.

Tony: So it’s you!

Y/N: Give me a hug, Tony.

Tony: No!

Y/N: Where is he, Bruce?

Bruce: Lab, as always.

Tony: STAY BACK!

Y/N: WE’RE ALL IN THIS SUFFERING TOGETHER!

Tony has been disconnected.

Y/N: Seeing Tony trip made me feel a lot better.

Thor has joined the chat.

Thor: I HAVE JUST SENSED A CHANGE IN YOUR HEALTH. IT APPEARS YOU HAVE A COLD. FEAR NOT, I, THOR, SON OF ODIN, SHALL SAVE YOU!

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just a witchy reminder

⭐️when my room isn’t clean, i feel my energy is trapped and muddled. take a moment to just tidy at least one thing in your room today.

⭐️make sure you’ve washed your face today. feel the air on your skin, and remember your skin requires care too. healthy skin = a healthier you.

⭐️it’s okay to take that nap today. sit your crystals under your pillow and let them charge with you. you need a break to recharge just like your crystals do.

⭐️thinking about going to the gym lately? do it today, even if you just walk on a treadmill for 10 minutes. come home, take a nice shower, and feel proud of yourself.

⭐️don’t feel bad if you haven’t practiced in a while. we all have busy times, low times, and slow times. your time to shine will be here again soon.

i love you guys, if you ever need anything, i’m here to chat!

anonymous asked:

So how would one differentiate between autistic people who are more "severe" than others? I don't mean to say that they have any less of a right to live than anyone else. But there is obviously a spectrum. How do you do you describe people as being closer to one side of the spectrum or the other? I'm not trying to be offensive or dehumanizing, I'm just wondering..

The autism spectrum really isn’t a better-to-worse spectrum; think of it more like this sort of spectrum:

(Taken from this post, which is itself a great explanation of autism.)

None of us are “more autistic” or “less autistic” than each other, but we do have more of an issue or less of an issue with the above subjects. Some autistics are nonverbal, while others have very little problem with language. Pretty much all autistics have sensory issues, but they can be wildly different sensory issues, and therefore cause different levels of difficulty making it through everyday life.

The issue really isn’t severe versus mild, it’s which traits make it easier or harder to pass as neurotypical. There are a ton of traits that aren’t as glaringly noticeable as being nonverbal or having a meltdown over being touched, and many autistics have spent their whole lives learning to suppress themselves and learning how to ‘script’, to mimic allistic behavior so that we don’t stick out as abnormal. Some traits can be suppressed or mitigated (at least for a while), others can’t, but being able to blend in better doesn’t mean your brain isn’t autistic.

So generally, you might say something like “[person] is an autistic who is nonverbal” or “[person] is an autistic who has difficulty with their motor skills” or “[person]’s autism causes such a sensitivity to sound that loud noises cause them severe pain” or “[person] is autistic and needs help remembering to eat”, and so on. 

We’re all autistic, but the nature of our specific struggles differ, so it’s better to describe a person’s specific issues without making it about “more” or “less” autism. It’s okay to say something general like, “[person] requires a lot of assistance because of their autism” or “[person] has special needs because of their autism”, but try to make it simply a fact, rather than a label that carries some judgment to it, like ‘low-functioning’. 

And at the same time, if you know an autistic who would be deemed ‘high-functioning’, don’t assume that they aren’t struggling just because you can’t easily see it, or expect them to behave “normally” because they’re “not *that* autistic”. They’re having trouble with something, they’re just trying to hide it. Give them room to be different and need help.

Hopefully that all makes sense and you can get what I mean. Thanks for wanting to understand!

anonymous asked:

I keep seeing posts from writers saying they don't like kudos and they only want comments. I thought kudos were a good thing?

Kudos are a good thing. 

I get excited by my AO3 “You’ve got kudos!” just like I do for comments, and I know other writers do too. I think the issue stems from a difference in perspective between writers and their audiences. 

Writers see giving kudos as meaning, “This fic meets my minimum requirements for liking a thing. It’s not great, but it’s not that bad. I can give it a thumbs up, sure. Why not?”

On the other hand, readers often mean, “This was great! I really liked it! Good job, Author! Thumbs up for you!”

Because authors know how important feedback is to us, we tend to write comments for the good stories and kudos for the “okay” ones. If we don’t like it at all, we pretend we never read it by doing neither. 

Unfortunately, we assume readers approach things the same way. That’s why we can sometimes be dismissive of kudos. We’re looking at it from our perspective rather than from the reader’s.

This is also why we get discouraged if we have 1000 hits and 20 kudos. To us, that means that 980 people didn’t feel like our story met the bare minimum requirement to be considered “okay.”

Traffic lights are killing kink fic

Dramatic title, but this rant has been building for some time and I need to get it off my chest. Friends, fellows, lovely fic writers: kink fic in fandom lately sounds like someone is reciting a How To BDSM 101 manual and it’s really starting to grind my gears.

It seems lately that, more often than not, any fic I open with even the teeniest bit of kink spends about half the fic being excruciatingly boring and samey about making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to consent and who is spanking who in bed. As an Actual Real Live Kinky Person, let me tell you about some things that are seriously pissing me off.

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Can we talk about the importance of the “you knew it was me” scene and basically the whole room of requirement scene?

Okay so.
Draco has a wand pointed to Harry’s face. And so do two other people. And what does Harry James Potter do? He ignores the other two and talks to Draco.

“You knew it was me.” After everything, Harry just wants Draco to know that Harry knows he isn’t the terrible person he shows himself to be. After what happened in the manor, when Draco saved his life, Harry doesn’t feel threatened, even at wand-point, he wants to know why Draco did it. And Draco is hesitating. Draco is about to lower his wand. He’s about to make the choice Harry deems him capable of making if it weren’t for his company. Harry wants to let Draco know that there’s time to make the right choice. He wants to know why he didn’t give him away at the manor, when it would have made everything so much easier. And during the Fiendfyre, when Harry goes back, he just immediately reaches for Draco, doesn’t look at anyone else. And before Harry even reaches out Draco already knows he’s come back for him. Like… this scene is glorious.

Cloud Divination (Nephelomancy)

Cloud Divination is the art of discovering the past, present, and future through the aid of clouds.

This type of divination is very open to interpretation since it’s determined by:

  • Color (Red= passion/anger, Pink= romance/relationships, Black= negative energies/death etc.) 


  • Direction it moves in (N= Adaptability, charm, creativity, sociability, wit S= Physical strength, health, adventure, loyalty W= Confidence, business, energy, persistence E= Trust, sincerity, love, compassion)


  • Position of the cloud (High clouds = high chances of something happening Low clouds= low chance of something happening Center = neutral)


  • Shape or formation (this can mean physical shapes the clouds make such as hearts or the splitting/reforming of one or more clouds)

How to preform Nephelomancy

This practice it best preformed on a mountain top or hill where it is easier to see a wide range of the horizon

*The sky should also be bright or clear to get more accurate answers*

Lay down and look at the sky, have a specific question in mind to ask the clouds. Phrase this question to be as specific as possible so the answer can be clear.

(ex. Will I be able to repair my relationship with my friend?)

Close your eyes and clear your head of distracting thoughts, focus on the question you want answered.

When you’re ready open your eyes and look for any formations or colors in the sky

(ex. if the clouds were connected together high in the sky and are a white/pink hue there’s a high chance you can repair the friendship)

The most important thing to remember about cloud divination is that you should not force any shapes or colors you immediately see to fit into your answer. This practice requires a lot of patience and it’s okay if you don’t get an answer immediately, hence the importance of a specific question. It can take multiple tries to get one answer.

Once you’re finished remember to thank the clouds and nature for their guidance!

i’m going into my junior year of high school, the time when many students are getting ready to apply for college. many of my friends and peers have been concerned about what, exactly, they should be doing to prepare this year, and when. so, we held a college information session. this may be geared towards my specific area/region, but hopefully everyone can take something out of this. here are some tips that we learned:

ON COLLEGE VISITS

questions to ask:

  1. what is your freshman retention rate?
  2. what is the percentage of students that graduate in 4 years? (new statistic: ¾ of students don’t; the average student takes 5 ½ years to graduate)

make sure there is written documentation of your visit

when reviewing applications, colleges note “touch points”– these include things like taking an official tour, sending in those cards you get in the mail, or something as easy as emailing one of their admissions counselors with a simple question. they’ll keep your information, and it may give you an advantage over other students because you showed you’re seriously interested in their school. so, even if you’re taking an informal campus tour, make sure to stop in the admissions office and fill out one of those cards with your information. it’ll be added into their system as a touch point– and you’re already one step ahead!

TESTING

some things to remember:

  • the SAT and ACT are, for the most part, equally accepted by colleges.
  • certain schools may require an SAT subject test. make sure to check out programs you’re interested in so that you can prepare all of its requirements.
  • the SAT is a test of aptitude, while the ACT is more knowledge-based and straightforward. 
  • if you’re bright and a good test taker but maybe you don’t get the best grades, the SAT may be more fit for you.
  • if you’re more studious and focused on grades and retaining information you’ve learned in class, the ACT may be a better match. 
  • a guidance counselor recommends: take both tests once, and whichever you feel you performed better on, take it again. 
  • many colleges like to see growth in scores because it shows you’re really working towards something. this may change depending on the selectivity of the school, but consider this before only sending your best score. 
  • if you know what colleges you’re interested in, check and see what they prefer/require before taking the tests. most likely, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run.

SO, WHEN SHOULD I BE DOING ALL OF THIS?

here’s a timeline of what was recommended for your junior year

October: 

  • take the PSAT again (this is the year that you can qualify for NMSQT). i’m not sure if this applies everywhere but i know where i live, this is a requirement.
  • if your school uses Naviance, make sure you have your login information. you should be using the tools it provides to research colleges and find out more about jobs you may be suited for.

November/December

  • take the ACT or SAT. if you’ve already taken the SAT, i suggest taking the ACT before doing the SAT again. 
  • this is around the time you should start visiting colleges if you haven’t already. if you can’t go to schools, look for information sessions and college fairs near you. if you’re on a college’s email list, they’ve likely sent you dates that they offer tours or perhaps are even hosting information sessions closer to you.

April/May/June

  • start asking for letters of recommendation!! many teachers give letters on a first-come-first-serve basis, so get ahead. usually you want to have 2-4 of these. think about programs and schools you may apply for, and think about what subject teachers may be most helpful in your application. also, check schools’ websites and see what they recommend/require. outside letters are also okay, if they’re from someone who knows you and your work ethic well. 
  • consider taking the SAT or ACT again. 
  • schedule your senior year. it’s no longer a time to slack off; colleges now look at your grades as late as third marking period. continue to challenge yourself, but also take electives that interest you to get a better idea of what careers you may want to pursue.
  • get the Common App essays from your guidance counselor. you should at least think about these over the summer to get an idea of what you’ll say in your application essays.

August

  • this is when the Common App is available for that year. many, but not all schools, use this. do your own research to decide if it’s a necessity for you.

MISC. TIPS

  • very few students partake in college interviews anymore. requesting and interview may set you apart from other students (touch point!), but it is definitely not required or even recommended by the vast majority of schools.
  • if you know you will be going to grad school or a higher ed program, think about where you want to concentrate your money. a cheaper but respected undergraduate school may be a great idea to save money for a great graduate school. (you probably don’t care where your doctor went for their undergrad, but where’d they go to med school?)
  • MAKE SURE YOU’RE MEETING YOUR SCHOOL’S GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.
  • check to see what courses certain colleges recommend you take in high school. this may be a good way to plan the rest of your high school schedule, and also gauge whether or not you can achieve a college’s expectations.

shoutout to all the trans and nonbinary people who have chosen to keep their birth names !! regardless of your reasons, you’re no less trans or nonbinary for not having changed your name !! even if your name is traditionally seen as matching a gender you don’t identify with, that’s okay !! you are not required to change your name, you are still trans and/or nonbinary enough !! lots of love to each and every one of you !!

If you really wanted your Overwatch fanfiction to be true to the source material, you’d use a random number generator to determine which hero to insert into each role, then work backwards to devise any required narrative justifications.

Like:

“Okay, so it’s a meet-cute coffee shop AU. *rolls dice* D.Va is chatting up *clatter* McCree, when her bitter ex *roll roll* Zarya shows up. The ensuing drama is sorted out by long-suffering barista *clatter* Doomfist.”

buzzfeed.com
Plant A Garden And We'll Reveal Your Personality Type
How does your garden grow?
By Matthew Perpetua, Cates Holderness

“Matthew, when are you gonna make a gardening personality quiz? There’s a woeful lack of gardening stuff on BuzzFeed dot com the website, and it’s a travesty.”

“That would require me to know about gardening.”

“Okay, fair. But…hear me out…*I* know about gardening.”

“…wanna make a quiz with me?”

“YEAH I DO.”

canadianwheatpirates  asked:

haiku-robot has really improved with the syllables recently. i'm so impressed :D

I’m so very proud! That robot’s learning quickly, too quickly perhaps…

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite canonverse destiel fics?

Aww man nonny this list is gonna get long! Okay so first of all I have very specific requirements for my canon verse reading material. In that it has to be during or post season 8, Dean is bisexual and not just “gay for Cas but otherwise straight” and preferably Bottom!Dean or at least implied switching, as otherwise its out of character in my head. I also do not read Major Character Death or anything too extreme in terms of trigger tags. All these fics have a happy ending but MIND THE TAGS.

FYI for me MCD means that either Dean or Cas are separated by death at the end and it ends a tragedy, I don’t read those. I DO however read fics where they BOTH may die and reunite in heaven together to live happily ever after in their own personal heaven. I think one of the fics in this list has that kind of ending. 

In no particular order:

The Path of Fireflies

The Chronicles of Dean’s Bisexuality

The Pillow Verse

The Prophet Must Die

Dream as if You’ll Live Forever

The Dance of Inanna - This is the one where they both die and go to heaven.

State of Nature - Alternative season 11 which gave me extremely high expectations of the Darkness which the show obviously failed to meet.

The Cabin

The Most Important Thing - Fantastic fic with Claire Novak

Contrapasso - This one gets pretty dark and doesn’t have many tags. It isn’t too horrific but just be warned.

What is Hidden, What is Seen

The Mirror - Absolutely heart breaking at times but one of my faves

The Story of You and Me

Dream of Now - I love Cas so so much in this fic. He majorly turns me on ;)

To Mend the Cracks With Gold - Again an amazing story

The Law of Equivalent Exchange - READ IT OMG READ IT I LOVE IT

What Has Eight Tentacles and Isn’t Allowed to Eat Pie? - This is the cutest! Do NOT be put off by the tentacles. It is 100% pure gross fluff

My Heart Is Beating From Me

A Turn of the Earth

Happily Never After

Forget Me Not

If You Get Lost You Can Always Be Found

Its a Long Life to Always Be Longing

Return

Same Deep Water

The Guardian of Angels

Hurry Up and Wait

Ultraviolet

Plot Holes

Circadia - This is a really gripping story that I found difficult to put down. If you are a Cas girl it will hurt so much but you will love it.

Raspberry Cliche

Let It Be - Technically this is canon divergent from the night Mary died (where John died instead) but I heartily recommend it because it is an amazing take on what the boys lives would have been like had Mary raised them instead. 

I also highly recommend anyone who hasn’t already to read Redemption Road. It is a 600K behemoth of a fic but was written with a lot of love, a truly gripping plot and a whole new world of interesting characters.

I have so many more faves, but I don’t always save them to my bookmarks and then I lose them and wonder what happened to those fics… I used to have one about the God of Dreams and Sleep and he takes Dean, and Sam and Cas have to rescue him and my god it was abstract and awesome but I haven’t been able to find that for years. *sigh*.

But anyway. Enjoy!

Shout out to those people who have been trying to lose weight but have instead gained weight due to stress and depression. Everything is going to be okay. Weight loss requires patience. It may mean starting over on your journey many times. But do not be discouraged. Forgive yourself and understand that you may not see physical changes for months, sometimes years, but that’s okay. Every effort adds up, no matter how small. Keep at it and don’t give up.

So y’all remember how Keith snapped at Pidge in Some Assembly Required for thinking “about [his] girlfriend”?

Okay so now do you remember when Pidge told everyone she was a girl and and everyone was agreeing and Keith went “oh yeah me too”?

Keith thinks Pidge is a lesbian and is 1000000% okay with it.

God I love gays who stick together