tricks of the trade

How to be a Parent:  An Illustrated Guide, by John Winchester.

1.  The first thing you need to acknowledge is that being a parent is scary.  It’s a big commitment, it’s full of trials and tribulations, and it will, in all likelihood, lead to your immediate death.

2.  And even if it doesn’t, it will most definitely lead to the immediate death of your significant other.  

But fear not!  With these helpful tricks of the trade, you’ll get “this parenting thing” down in no time at all!

3.  Feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a parent?  Need a break?  Don’t worry!  There’ll always be a small child available to do it for you!

4.  And the best part is, once they get old enough, you won’t even have to worry about providing them with emotional support!  They’ll just rely completely on each other!  

(Of course, there’s always the chance of developing unhealthy codependency, but you can deal with that later.)

5.  In fact, there are few responsibilities children can’t carry on their tiny, impressionable shoulders.  Worried about home security?  Buy the little suckers a gun!

6.  Running low on cash?  Teach ‘em to hustle pool!

7.  But don’t feel too guilty if they start taking up illegal activities as a lifestyle – I’m sure that has nothing to do with you.

And if, by chance, they DO resort to stealing food for some shallow, self-centered reason like “feeding his little brother” or whatever, don’t hesitate to leave the little rugrats to rot.  Tough love all the way!

8.  Similarly, don’t feel bad if in spite of your best efforts, some of your kids still turn out to disappoint you, doing something stupid.  Like attending an ivy league college instead of hunting vampires like the rest of us.  What a goddamn loser.    

9.  Still find yourself getting tired of them?  Don’t worry!  It’s never too late for straight-up abandonment!  

10.  And if you don’t agree with this list of rules, that’s fine.  Go ahead.  Be a loving, kindhearted father.  It worked out just great for all the other parents on this show. 

Note:  For surrogate parents, this may not apply.


Painted outdoor furniture, string lights and colorful accessories set the stage for a summer get together. 

If you paint outdoor chairs or tables, be sure to pick the right type of paint. Rustoleum 2X spray paint is a great choice, as is Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior (be sure not to use interior paint). A semi-gloss sheen makes painted furniture easier to clean.


Here’s something new I’ve created for all of you, I hope the format is helpful. Feedback and Questions are always welcome, please tell me what you think.

Acting and Body Language tend to go hand in hand, as such I will be working to explain and elaborate on some useful tips and tricks of the trade that should be vey helpful in your in person deductions. 

Loki’s plus one

for Hurricane’s fantastic ‘verse Ticks of the Trade. Loki takes Tony to Asgard as his plus one to the ball and they make out in the dining hall.

Hurricane, I owe you so much more than this shitty drawing. In honor of your awesomeness, I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: CotBP while doing this. I was waiting for the opportune moment.

omg Will’s place is between James and Jack #facepalm don’t get between my bbs.

30 Days of Crochet Day 29

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from crocheting?

I have tons of tips! Well…

1. Always keep a careful count of your stitches

2. NEVER stray from the pattern even if you think you know what you’re doing.

3. Keep your tension relatively even or you’ll use more yarn and your project could look funky.

4. Magic rings really are magical! Use them more often than a ch 2 because it’s easier to close the little hole in the middle with a magic ring than a ch 2

5. Learn as many stitches as possible to expand your skills

6. Math! Unfortunately math is pretty important when altering patterns or designing your own.

7. when working in a round ALWAYS use a stitch marker. Even if it’s a piece of contrasting yarn. You’ll thank me later.

8. When making stuffed animals (amigurumi) always pin the parts together before sewing so your finished product doesn’t look all lopsided and disproportionate.

9. Do NOT change hooks unless your pattern calls for it

10. Gauge is SUPER important

11. Don’t be afraid to unravel a portion of your project if you make a mistake.

12. Always double check your project to make sure there are not any mistakes.

13. I’m running out of tips

14. I’m done

We always advocate that your room should be layered, built over time with interesting things you love and that complement your personality. But literally layering? Yes, we’re fans of that too. 

Layered rugs add dimension to a room. Here, we pair a natural jute rug with a boldly patterned wool bright. To layer in a living room, use a jute rug large enough to fit under your seating area’s furniture. Use a bright rug that is larger than your coffee table to add a pop of color. To layer in a bedroom, use a jute rug large enough to fit under your bed and bedside tables. Use a bright rug tucked under the bottom feet of the bed, or to the side of the bed in smaller rooms. 

SNSD Reaction: To your group debuting

SNSD Prompt: F(x) and snsd reacting to you debuting

Originally posted by 151kamii


Taeyeon tries really hard to tell you all of the secrets and tricks of the trade of the industry. She wants to take care of you and not let haters get to you. She will totally look for you at music shows, maybe hugging you whilst you watch your members get jealous because they know that you’re totally her favourite.

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She’ll probably not interact much with you, mainly because she doesn’t trust a lot of people. Jessica will be courteous and kind towards you, and will continue to reciprocate the gesture if you are respectful. She likes formality, so calling her “Noona” or “Unnie” is quite important for her and she’ll consider you to be rude if you don’t do so.

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Tiffany ends up being your ‘mom’ sunbae. She practically knows your schedule inside out, even though you may not see each other a lot. She was anticipating your group before your debut, and often gushed to Taeyeon about how cute your group was. So she practically adopted you as her child and protected you against the haters, she also texts you (if she has to be up too) to check if you’re awake for your schedule.

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Sunny doesn’t really know what to do. She ends up accidentally bumping into your group and invites you over to her radio show. It ends up getting your group extreme popularity because of your personalities and humorous nature. You basically end up being eternally grateful to her, and she treats you like you’re her younger sibling.

Originally posted by s-ooyoungs


Likes to converse with you on music shows, and is the type to make fun of your height. Due to her tall-ish stature, she loves to make jokes about it and sometimes will take your things and hold it up so you can’t reach it. People love commenting on your friendship, and how Sooyoung is a great sunbae to you.

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Hyoyeon likes to feature you on her reality shows, often putting photos on Instagram that feature you and your groupmates sitting inbetween her and Yuri. They absolutely adore you guys and she tries to support you as much as she can.

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Honestly, the only thing Yuri kinda warns you about is the fact that there are cameras everywhere. She’s had a fair share of embarrassing photos in her lifetime, so she likes reminding you that there are cameras everywhere, and covers you if need be.

Originally posted by sooyyoung


When you find her MC’ing your next music show, she would totally force you to do aegyo and laugh with you.  She also sometimes helps you with your personal talents, as she knows that it’s hard to develop ones that are suitable for variety.

Originally posted by dazzlingkai


Even if she’s the maknae, she is very mature and understands the industry very well. She tries to advise you to do different things, and explore the concept of the acting world, and even getting a solo career. She’s your girl for contacts, she’ll set you up with anyone you need, whether it’s a composer or producer or dancing coach.

One of the enduring pleasures of the movies is the thrill of succumbing to the medium’s capacity to toy with our senses. While advances in technology continue to introduce ever more complicated tricks to the trade, the innovations of cinema’s most passionate and playful magicians remain influential long after their tools have been outmoded. In The Art of Effects, a new program premiering tomorrow on the Criterion Channel, we pull back the curtain to reveal the mechanical ingenuity behind some of film history’s grandest illusions. The first installment in the series showcases beloved comedic daredevil Harold Lloyd at the height of his powers, focusing on the famous scene in the 1923 classic Safety Last! that depicts a hapless department-store clerk climbing the edifice of a skyscraper. 

The Art of Effects