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Bee emoji reviews

apple going for the somewhat realistic interpretation, but those wings are just… wrong, and takes away from the rest of the image. 3/5

a friend. the innocent, humble friend that beesshould be portrayed as. i can overlook anatomical errors when it ends up being so damn friendly. 5/5

i appreciate the attempted art direction here, the top-down view is a unique twist, but mamma mia could someone at microsoft hold off from selecting the thickest black border available? 3/5

this bee is curious, inquisitive, and i’m sure they could warm up to being a good friend. 4/5

that’s one fat fucking bee. how does its small wings lift its fat body off the ground? i think this bee’s going to care about what we think is impossible. 2/5

this is a much more preferable interpretation of the top-down bee. reasonable line thickness, doesn’t look nearly as threatening. 4/5

similarly, this is acceptable. focuses more on gradients than flat colors, which i think is an interesting change of pace. 4/5

that’s a wasp. an aggressive, unpleasant wasp. that wasp is not my friend - it is a threat. and we shouldn’t be portraying bees as threats. 2/5

absolute adorable friendliness trumps technical anatomy. this bee is my best friend. 5/5

what the fuck is this shit

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Here’s how ‘Roanoke’ connects to every  'American Horror Story’ season

American Horror Story season six ended with a bang Wednesday night. Roanoke was a wild installment full of unique twists, gruesome murders and, of course, wild connections to previous seasons. We detailed all of the connections you may have missed. Also, last night’s finale answered a big question from season 2.

spider emoji review

sleek and elegant. everyone hates on apple emojis but i like most of them and she is no exception. excellent attention to detail with the legs too. a little lacking in personality though.  4/5

the shading or whatever art term describes those grey parts is just so weird to me. she is not a Friend and i don’t trust her. 1/5

i like the addition of the dots but hate the fucking border. someone needs to stop microsoft honestly 3/5

fuck samsung this looks like a beetle with eight legs. the colors are awful and her tiny fucking legs will not hold up her body. 0/5 

a better-executed version of the facebook one. the eyes truly show her beautiful personality and her muted black color scheme is very striking!! 5/5

I actually like the design a lot on her. very unique twist on the spider design. but she doesn’t really have personality. she’s beautiful but she’s not my friend. 3/5

I LOVE HER!! So beautiful and so soft!! i adore the minimalist design!! i don’t even need to see her eyes i already trust her with my life. 6/5

love the smile but she’s pretty ugly. like i can tell they tried to make her seem friendly but she’s just a lil unsettling. love the perspective though very different. 2/5

i love spiders but this one seems sinister. i support and respect her but i would give her her space. also weird shading. 2/5

Since my sister, Natali, and I were little girls, my mother and father made sure the kitchen was the centerpiece of our household. We had dinner as family every night and ate delicious cookbookitalian-style meals that were made with love from recipes that had been passed down for generations on both sides of my family. Recipes from ancestors in Naso – a town in Messina Province of Sicily – Santa Lucia and Venice live on through my family, each with its own distinct twist in flavor. The uniqueness of this cookbook and our family restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, lies in the influence of the immigration of our families from Italy through Ellis Island to New Jersey (where my father was raised) and West Virginia (where my mother was raised).

The smell, every Sunday, of a pot of fresh “gravy,” as we would call it instead of “tomato sauce,” is one of the fondest memories I have from my childhood. I recall the smell of roasting sausages as they were dropped delicately into a slowly simmering 9-12 hour sauce. I remember the smile as my butter knife snapped open the outer layer and the juices filled my plate, sopped up by fresh pasta and followed by a crispy chopped salad made by my mother. Red wine that my father and grandfather Giuseppe made in our laundry room in the basement, sifted through cheesecloth as it was poured for everyone at the table.

We would say a prayer and then eat as a family. We ended each prayer in memory of my father’s sister, Joanne, whose name has become the symbol both of our family’s majestic accomplishments and of our losses along the way. We always knew there was a plate at the table missing, and we ask that when you prepare these traditional family dishes you honor the memory of those you love and those you’ve lost, and cook with the intention of strengthening the bonds of family and friendship in the place us Italians think is best: The Kitchen.

Love, Stefani Joanne Germanotta

Joanne Trattoria Cookbook is out now! Buy your copy by clicking here.

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Identifying historical romances set outside the British Isles or North America can be a bit of a chore. Here I’ve put together a batch of stories located in one of my favourite countries, France.

Asterisks denote romances set partially (*) or mostly/entirely (**) in continental France as defined by its current borders, including Provence, Languedoc, etc.. Standard warnings apply to some of the older titles. As for diversity, a regrettable consequence of being a little-used geographical setting is that diverse characters remain rare even as boundaries have expanded elsewhere in the genre.


Night Fires by Karen Harbaugh **. French Revolution. Vampires with a unique twist, redemption.

Whisper His Name by Elizabeth Thornton *. Regency. Heroine opens book business, scholarly hero has secret profession, light suspense.

A Wheel of Stars by Laura Gilmour Bennett **. Medieval / Timeslip. Templars, Cathars, Inquisition, troubadours.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase *. Regency. Forced marriage, heroine-as-saviour, rakehell hero, clever repartee, perennial romance reader favourite.

The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham **. Medieval. Heroine is a skilled archer, swashbuckling adventure, Robin Hood & King John.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig *. Regency / Contemporary. First in the Pink Carnation series. The dual narrative framework alternates between Eloise, a modern scholar researching “that demmed, elusive Pimpernel”, and British spies romping about in Napoleonic France.

Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran **. Victorian / Belle Époque. Jilted bride decides to ditch nice girl image, black sheep hero, road trip.

The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen *. Georgian / First French Republic. First in a trilogy about French brothers. Governess, spies, rescue mission.

Storm Winds by Iris Johansen **. French Revolution. Dark suspense, graphic violence including rape (not involving h/h), class divide, Marie Antoinette.

Moonrise by Roberta Gayle **. Victorian / Second Empire. Art world, artist heroine, seafaring hero, poc h/h, Paris.

A Bed of Spices by Barbara Samuel **. Medieval. Forbidden love, Jewish hero, Christian heroine, hero is medical student, virgin hero (IIRC), Black Death.

Ruthless by Anne Stuart **. Georgian / Ancien Régime. First in the House of Rohan series. Rakehell hero, sexually abused heroine, bluestocking heroine, May-December.

The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne **. French Revolution. Third in the Spymasters series – in which France is a recurring location - but chronologically the first. Secret identity, spies, suspense, sexually experienced heroine.

The Heart’s Wager by Gayle Wilson. Regency / Bourbon Restoration / The Hundred Days. Friends-to-lovers, physically scarred hero, heroine brought up in gambling den, spies.

King of the Castle by Victoria Holt **. Nineteenth century. Gothic. Heroine is an art restorer, château set amid vineyards, dead first wife, promiscuous hero.

Dance by Judy Cuevas (also known as Judith Ivory) **. Edwardian / Belle Époque. Independent heroine who produces and directs films; starchy, self-denying, head-of-the-family hero; heroine jilted hero’s brother. Their backstories are encountered in a connected book, Bliss. A third historical, Beast (as the title suggests, a Beauty and the Beast tale), takes place in France and on an ocean liner.

Don’t Tempt Me by Sylvia Day. Georgian / Ancien Régime. Fourth in the Georgian series. Erotic romance. Twin sisters, mistaken identity, spies, suspense, amnesia, rake hero.

Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels by Anne Golon **. 17th century. Not a standalone as the book finishes on a disconsolate cliffhanger and forms the first installment in an extended adventure romance series. Still, no list of historical romances set in France would be complete without this vintage classic. Long wildly popular in Europe, the Angélique series was known for its action-filled blend of intrigue, history, and lustiness, including pirates, slavery, and the court of the Sun King. In line with some earlier romances, expect a strongly heroine-centric storyline in which she (due to plot-spoiler circumstances) has more than one relationship yet recognises only one true love. If you enjoy Bertrice Small, Angélique may very well work for you. In addition, some of the books have been made into feature-length films, the first one twice (1960s and 2013).

A Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua **.17th century. Erotic romance. Loose retelling of Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, debt-ridden but resourceful heroine, childhood crush, privateer hero, acting troupe, deception, thievery, revenge.

The Protector by Madeline Hunter **. Medieval. Fifth in the Medieval series. Alpha heroine, warrior heroine, heroine prefers convent over marriage, alpha hero, honourable hero, sieges and battles, Black Death. I only recently discovered the story deals with Brittany, then an independent Duchy in the grip of succession struggles in which England and France aggressively meddled. Those familiar with my blog will probably not be surprised to learn that the Breton setting has made it shoot up to the top of my TBR. [ETA 11 Feb. 2017: Cannot disagree more with reviewers who’ve deemed the hero honourable. He’s an old school romance misogynist. The other major negative is the slut shaming and all other women being belittled unless they’re the heroine in another book by the author. Strong points include the fluid writing style, an interesting, smart, and capable heroine, and decent historical texture. Blood pressure warning re. said negatives. Hero: D (a few, small redeeming moments rescue him from an F). Heroine: A. Story: B.]

The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abé *. Georgian / Ancien Régime. Fourth in the Drakón series. Dragon shapeshifters, hero-in-pursuit, disabled hero, heroine betrothed to someone else, the-trouble-with-ghosts.

The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick * (?). Medieval. Tournaments, separated lovers, miscarriage, court of King John. This is a romance that pulls toward romantic historical fiction (Chadwick later transitioned to biographical historical fiction).

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart **. Since nearly seventy years have passed since its original publication, I’m now classifying this vintage Gothic romance, written and set in the 1950s, as a historical romance. Cinderella, governess, child-in-peril, hero who may or may not be a villain. Also set in France are Thunder on the Right, Stewart’s first effort and a very purple gothic (though published second), and Madam, Will You Talk, a taut, atmospheric romantic suspense in which the heroine’s superb driving ability plays a central role.

Maiden of Fire by Deborah Johns **. Medieval. Templars, Cathars, Inquisition, heroine with a secret mission, scribe heroine, hero belongs to enemy force, forbidden love.

The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale *. Georgian / Ancien Régime. Friends-to-lovers, cross-dressing heroine, angry heroine, recluse hero, disabled hero, hero-in-pursuit, pet wolf, revenge. And yes, that’s Fabio on the original cover.

A Lady’s Secret by Jo Beverley *. Georgian / Ancien Régime. Malloren series but works as a standalone. Road trip, heroine in peril, kind and fun-loving hero, heroine born out of wedlock, famous but secret father, competent and adventurous heroine, scene stealing Papillon.

Surrender to a Stranger by Karyn Monk **. French Revolution. Rescue missions, commoner hero is spy, noblewoman heroine is betrothed to someone else, adventure, suspense, revenge. (Note that Goodreads and Amazon synopses are messed up, conflating two unrelated novels. For example, the hero’s name is Armand St. James, not Damien Powell.)

Rake Most Likely to Rebel by Bronwyn Scott **. Regency / July Monarchy. Fencing, secret identity, blackmail, cross-dressing heroine, heroine expert at her profession, duteous hero expected to marry someone else, hero not a rake despite book title.

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You gave the boys a short glimpse of your black eyes and Sam’s shocked expression alone made you grin like crazy. Who would have thought that the face of your Ex-boyfriend could give you so much satisfaction!
Dean, on the other hand, was already aiming a loaded gun at you.
“What’re you smiling at, you little bitch?! You better leave (y/n)`s body now or I’m going to send your pretty ass straight back to hell!”
A deep, dark laughter escaped your lips at the older Winchester’s words.
“How can you say that, Dean? It was you guys, that let me rot in hell for over 240 years and now you think I’m possessed?! Are you trying to insult me?!” You switched back to your black eyes and grinned at the Brothers.
“No, no honey, that’s all me. Good ol’ (y/n). Well, more like a twisted, unique, darker version of me. A version that wants to get revenge on the Brothers who thought I wasn’t worth saving! But still - me!”

Michael Jackson was inspired to do a scene with Lisa Marie Presley in his You Are Not Alone music video (1995), by Maxfield Parrish’s painting Daybreak (1922) [pictured above].

The director of the music video, Wayne Isham, said: “Having done videos for so long, nothing strikes me as strange anymore. Everything has a unique twist. But, the one that ranks at the top is probably Michael Jackson “You Are Not Alone.” We had planned out all these elements for the video and then Michael had this idea where he wanted to use this Greek, classical-styled, artistic imagery. And, he wanted to appear in it naked with his wife, Lisa Marie Presley. Like they were Greek gods. It had nothing to do with the video we were doing, but I said, “OK, that’s cool. We can shoot it.” We set it up and as we’re ready to shoot, he leads me into the trailer and says,“Have you asked her?” He wanted me to ask her to appear in the video. He was too shy. So I asked. And we did it.”

It took five days to complete shooting of this clip for You Are Not Alone, and another five days to edit and create the special effects.

According to Isham, the very last scene of Michael and Lisa Marie was filmed without the couple’s knowledge.

the signs as new* broadway musicals in 2015

aries: school of rock

taurus: an american in paris

gemini: amazing grace

cancer: fun home

leo: on your feet

virgo: the last ship

libra: the visit

scorpio: dames at sea

sagittarius: finding neverland

capricorn: hamilton

aquarius: allegiance

pisces:  spring awakening*

*i included deaf west’s spring awakening revival because it is such a progressive and unique twist on the show. (and there were 11 new musicals on broadway this season. so…yeah.)

Our professor is-!? (ART CONTEST!)

Yup! You heard it here, folks! It’s time for our first contest! That’s the most fun part of the region, right? So, let’s not waste time! It’s time to kick off the design submissions for our Professor!

Sadly, we didn’t receive many suggestions for what the professor should be like, but that’s okay! So, we as the mods have taken it upon ourselves to take both prompts we receive, and put them together into one big megaprompt! Of course, we’ve taken a few liberties with it, just to be a bit more freeing. Thanks to @skellcity and @madamecat for the help!

In a unique twist, Professor [Name] is not much older than the protagonist. They serve a dual purpose as both the Professor and the main Rival. They may be “quirky”, but otherwise friendly and chipper conspiracy theorist-type person. Certainly fitting for a region full of Ultra Beasts!”

 So, there you go! Only the first bolded line is really required, but feel free to use the rest as inspiration! Maybe they’re as quirky and friendly as above, or maybe they’re snide and paranoid. Boy, girl, or any other gender identity! We’re welcoming all takers, so please, feel free to throw your hat in the ring! You might just get picked!

The winner will get to decide the shiny palette for the Starter line of their choice! (Once we get there, heh heh…) The deadline is February 23, 2017! That’s two weeks from now! So, without further adieu, let’s get drawing! Good luck!

anonymous asked:

heartyrice & royallunatiic && son-goku-black

positivity meme 

     *small gasp* Senpai’s 


                                                          @heartyrice


jshsrt sweet heart right here I honestly adore their blog, I am the biggest lurker I gotta keep updated with my fav blogs so, ofc, I read their threads as often as I can B) because I really enjoy their writing! Also please look at their theme it’s honestly so beautiful and it makes me very happy; the colors are very nice too aaah. But seriously they write an amazing Gohan muse who, just like the others, has a unique twist on their muse that makes them different and intriguing! 100% recommend <33 beautiful soul. 


                                                           @royallunatiic


B) Yes I did use that icon up there on purpose just for you. But aahh the moment you go on their blog you already get the whole ‘prince’ vegeta vibes from their setup ! I just sit here, silently wiping away a single tear. No but honestly, U!13 Vegeta oml, they also write their muse so well and it’s always so much fun to see them online and doing stuff, cause again, I be lurkin. Also, the tiddie icons. Get me every time. The mun is also just *hugs* you deserve all the love my friend. 


                                                    @son-goku-black


I know they are on an indefinite hiatus atm, but I am sending my love anyway and I do hope that things are going okay! If you do return to read this, please know that you are very important and that if you need to rest and take a break to cope with things, you must do that <3 Look after yourself first and know the people here support and love you. *sends all the hugs and kisses* take care and keep awesome my friend ! 


ALL IN ALL THESE THREE BLOGS ARE AMAZING AND THE MUNS ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY N I ADORE EACH ONE 

I was tagged by @bye-onara! I love filling these out and the unique twist of answering and asking questions was so much fun to do :) Thank you so much for tagging me!

RULES: Always post the rules. Answer the questions asked, then write 11 new ones. Tag 11 people to answer your questions, as well as the person who tagged you.

THEIR QUESTIONS

1. Do you think astrology has any truth behind it?

Honestly, no. It’s one of those things I wish I could believe in but I don’t think I ever will. The night sky has always fascinated me, and I can’t deny that when staring at Ursa Major from my bedroom window I don’t feel something of the mysterium, tremendum et fascinans that comes with such a powerful sight, but I don’t think they signify anything greater about the nature of our existence.

2. Do you believe in “soul mates”?

Equally, something I wish I could believe in. I don’t believe in soul mates, no. I believe there are some people who you just click so well with that they may as well be your soulmate, but I don’t believe it’s anything to do with destiny or fate. As charming as the idea is, I like the knowledge that the relationships I value most are as organic and natural as any other, rather than predestined or somehow forced. 

3. Describe your aesthetic.

Well, that’s a hard question. I don’t really have one specific aesthetic, rather I take elements of lots of different aesthetics and combine them into one big mess of a look. Some of my favourite aspects are:

  • Pastels
  • Early 2000′s pop-punk
  • Florals
  • Steampunk
  • Casual goth
  • Noir detective
  • Dapper gentleman
  • Classic Hollywood

My summer aesthetic tends to polarise between pastel/floral and a look I like to call “snapback douchebag” though.

4. What style of clothes makes you feel most confident?

Any of the above, really. I kind of love wearing just enough makeup to look really intimidating, though.

5. Do you like wearing makeup?

I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. Because of my skin it can be really uncomfortable if I’m not using the right sort, and usually the right sort is unjustifiably expensive. Most of my life I spent wearing no makeup whatsoever and even now I only wear it occasionally. I think makeup can be really useful in pulling together a look, though, and when it turns out right I love wearing it. 

6. Where do you want to live when you’re older?

As much as I’d love to keep living on this little island, I think I’ll most likely end up living in the UK. I’d like to stay near the coast, but it would also have to be somewhere from which I could easily travel. I would love to live in Los Angeles, in a suburb like my family do, because I can’t deny that I loved the city when I visited and I love the vastness of it all as well. The only place I would sacrifice the coast for, though, is Paris. I’m as in love with Paris as I am with L.A., so I’d love to live in either of those cities, at least for a short while.

7. Do you prefer books or movies?

In my heart, I will always prefer books. There are some things that just don’t work as well in films, and I’m a big fan of fairytales. I can’t read as much as I would like to these days because I just don’t have the attention span, so I tend to listen to audiobooks or read online, which I find easier.

8. If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?

Probably flight, or teleportation. Both would be really convenient for transport and while teleportation would be the most efficient, flight sounds like it would be a lot more fun. 

9. What scares you?

Death, the idea that nobody will ever love me because I’m a horrible and narcissistic person, and authority figures. 

10. Do you prefer the heat or the cold?

The cold, by far. I overheat really easily and summer makes my skin feel dreadful, not to mention I just love being able to huddle up under my massive weighted blanket of an evening when it slips just a little too cold for my duvet. 

I couldn’t see an eleventh question that you’d written out, but I just figured I’d do the same eleventh question that you answered. So, 11. Is there a place that brings you serenity? Where is it?

I don’t get much serenity over here, I’m always buzzing out of my skin to move, travel, do things and explore new places. So it stands to reason, I guess, that I find it easiest to relax when I’m away from home. Sitting in the living room of a wooden lodge or a old cottage, looking out of the window over a little village. A notebook in my hand and one of my instruments beside me. That is serenity, to me.


And for the second part of this, I tag @strangerdarkerbetter, @finnisnowdeadrip, @strangerdarkerbetter, @wetsocks–24pair, @windsweptarmadillo, @baz-pitch-is-alive, @assetbucky, @homjom, @luuxraay and @shark-myths

MY QUESTIONS

1. What is something you’ve seen in person that you never thought you’d see in person? (E.g. rare or bizarre wildlife, a dream destination, a celebrity)

2. What book/movie do you keep saying you want to read/watch but know you probably never will?

3. What song will you forever associate with school dances or discos? 

4. What’s your favourite supermarket to shop at? Why is it better than all the others? 

5. Do you have any local myths or legends? 

6. How did you meet your best friend? 

7. Think of the best teacher you ever had at school, what were they like and why were they the best?

8. Have you ever had any funny holiday/vacation mishaps? 

9. Speaking of holidays and vacations, what are the best and worst holidays you’ve ever been on?

10. Do you collect anything? Did you collect anything when you were younger?

11. What led you create a tumblr blog, however long ago that may be? 

madness2-4  asked:

5, 35, 36, and 74 for those video game asks my dude

Thanks, my dude

5. Game with the best soundtrack?

Dang this one’s tough, umm it’s a tie between The Last of Us, Skyrim, and Banjo-Kazooie. They execute their game’s intended vibe so well and they have such a unique twist to them that really makes each soundtrack unique and special and ahhhh sorry these answers might be a bit long, I’m passionate about vidya gams.

35. Best protagonist?

Link because he has managed to be kept mostly constant throughout his existence yet there’s always a unique spin each game that makes him so fun to play and learn about. And it’s been the same protagonist since the series beginning and it’s like watching your child or friend grow up.

36. Best antagonist?

Hands down, Benny from Fallout: New Vegas. I love that beautiful jackass

74. Which game has the best lore?

Definitely the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series 

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