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A visual guide to @chronicolicity‘s ‘Resistance is built on hope’ - Virginie ‘Jyn’ Erso.


i wanted to make something cool and accurate but i made this instead (with dumb princess diaries and deadpool references i know forgive me)

anyway this fic is superflicious wonderful amazing and everybody needs to read it and send love to the author (also much love to @runakvaed and this flawless edit without whom id never have discovered it) 

anonymous asked:

Ulaz for the prompt thingy.

He’s considered unsociable and “quirky” in many regards. By human diagnostics he would absolutely be autistic but the galra don’t have standards of that.

He has excellent hearing and sensory sensitivity. Favorite thing about being on the communications outpost? He doesn’t have any conversations that don’t come with a volume control.

A really finicky eater. But also forgets to eat… frequently. Astronaut food saves his life, it is all uniform taste and texture and he doesn’t have to prepare it he can just shovel it into his mouth when body needs sustenance and the nutrient content sorts itself out. (Hunk is mortified)

He was a fully licensed surgeon under the empire, so he’s been to imperial medical school. Came to the Blade partially through his studies, and was motivated largely by trying to reconcile personal, strongly-held feelings about the morality of medicine with what the empire was doing (even on the civilian end of things, a considerable amount of galra medical knowledge was gained through druid experimentation on prisoners) and nearly dropped out of school before he was approached by someone working with the Blade.

He comes across as humorless in most situations but does have his own brand of very deadpan wit. He also tends to have a very strong sense of gallows humor, considering for most of his life, the reality of his world has been blood, sinew, and injury.

Strong stomach- it’s very difficult to make him nauseous. This was the main reason he was chosen to infiltrate the gladiator pits, besides his medical training- to really be above suspicion he would have to be able to respond to prisoners in just about any state and not bat an eye.

That said he has a hard time understanding what’s gross to other people. Sometimes he can go “well, yes, these are rather a lot of organs, I can see your point,” but other times it’s like “…do you mind?”

Basic Skincare Cont.

Actives/Exfoliation

Ok, actives are what you’re going to want to use to combat things like acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, roughness, acne scars, etc! Most of these work in similar ways, by increasing cell turnover, so it’s just a matter of what works best for you/what you prefer. This is also a good time to address the myth that if you’re breaking out from something, it’s just “purging”. Purging only occurs from actives or certain clay masks, so if you’re breaking out from a cleanser or moisturizer, or your Clarisonic, stop using it! With actives, however, you can definitely go through an initial purging phase when your closed comedones come to the surface. 

Acne/Clogged Pores/Sebaceous Filaments
Ok, so clogged pores, acne, and sebaceous filaments respond best to BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), retinoids, and benzoyl peroxide. All of these can be drying, so they need to be introduced slowly and used with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Salicylic acid is the most readily available BHA and it helps your skin shed, so it’ll bring clogged pores to a head and prevent more from forming. A good drugstore option is the Stridex Maximum Strength Pads. You have to use the ones in the red box because those are the only ones at the correct pH for exfoliation. They do have menthol so they can be a little irritating, but if you can’t use them on your face, these are a good option for body acne because they’re pretty inexpensive and easy to use. I’ve also had great success with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, which is pricier but lasts a long time. Benzoyl peroxide is another option for acne that works by killing bacteria. 5% is pretty much the cap when it comes to effectiveness, so anything higher is just going to be more expensive and needlessly drying. I’ve never used benzoyl peroxide because it can be kind of harsh and will bleach your clothes and towels. Retinoids (Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, etc) need to be prescribed by a doctor and work similarly to BHAs but are stronger. They need to be used very consistently and you need to build up the strength, but are very effective, so if that interests you, speak to your dermatologist or primary care doctor! Just be sure to apply retinoids to a completely dry face, since contact with water can make it irritating. 

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is basically your skin increasing melanin production in an area in an attempt to heal, accounting for the dark brown, purple, or red spots we get after acne, an ingrown hair, etc, has healed. Like BHAs, AHAs also increase cell turnover and result in a more even appearance in the skin. The most common AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid, and as with other treatments, you should start at a lower percentage to build up you skin’s tolerance. I use Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel, but some other brands that make AHAs are Garden of Wisdom, Makeup Artist’s Choice, Nip + Fab, and Alpha Hydrox. You can also treat PIH with retinoids, Vitamin C serum, and niacinamide. Vitamin C and niacinamide both inhibit the production of melanin, and the latter can be found in the Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser I mentioned in my previous post. I also mentioned that sunscreen is very effective in reducing and preventing PIH, but it becomes doubly important when using an AHA or retinoid, because both thin the skin and increase sensitivity to the sun. 

Physical Exfoliation
I used to be a big fan of physical exfoliation, but if you introduce chemical exfoliants into your routine, you’ll find you don’t need to do it at all. If you’re going to exfoliate physically, be really gentle. Stay away from any scrubs that use beads without a uniform texture, like crushed walnut shells, salt shards, sugar, etc. Those jagged pieces will cause microtears in your skin and let bacteria in, and the overexfoliation and drying will compromise your skin barrier, letting even more bacteria in. If you absolutely need to exfoliate, look for a scrub with jojoba beads, which are spherical and dissolve in water (unlike plastic microbeads, which don’t dissolve and pollute bodies of water), or something like a konjac sponge, which is really gentle and hard to exfoliate too much with (and fun to use). If you introduce a retinoid, you might get tiny flakes while your skin adjusts to it, and a konjac sponge is a great option to get rid of those. Otherwise, I definitely recommend chemical over physical exfoliation. 

The term jade for the ornamental stone most identified with China is a total misnomer. In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors learned of a stone worn by Mesoamericans as an amulet to cure colic and similar maladies. The Spanish called it piedra de la yjada (in Latin, lapis nephrictus), meaning “stone of the loin,” and brought fine examples back to Europe. In translation from Spanish to French, the phrase was misprinted as pierre le jade.

In the mid-seventeenth century, the New World sources had disappeared, and Europeans forgot the material but not the name; they applied it to the stone of numerous carvings arriving from China. In 1780, geologist A.G. Werner described the traditional Chinese carving material and labeled it nephrite, after the Latin term. In 1863, French chemist Augustin Damour chemically analyzed a Chinese carving of a somewhat harder stone and found it was different from nephrite. He labeled this material jadeite, derived from the “original” term jade. It was also learned that the nephrite stones were sourced in China proper, whereas the jadeite was sourced from northern Burma (Myanmar). In 1881, Damour discovered that Burmese jadeite and the original Mesoamerican material were mineralogically identical. Nevertheless, the common term jade persists for both jadeite and nephrite. To make matters even more complicated, other stones that appear similar or have been used in similar manner in ancient cultures are also simply called “jade.” Such is the confusion with the most important ornamental gemstone.

The special quality that nephrite and jadeite jade share is exceptional durability; nephrite is one of the toughest substances. Both rarely yield to a hammer blow—a convenient field identification technique (obviously not suggested for art or artifacts.) This property means that jade can be carved into remarkably fine and intricate forms with minimal risk of breaking.The differences in quality and prices of jade are great. Color and translucency are the major considerations in evaluating both nephrite and jadeite. Most of the jadeite mined is used as so-called utility grade for making bathroom tile. The rarest and most valued color for jadeite is pure, even, and intense emerald green. When this color is combined with maximum translucency and smooth, uniform texture, the stone—known as Imperial jade or fei tsui—commands an extremely high price.

This post is an excerpt is from the 25th-anniversary edition of Gems & Crystals From One of the World’s Great Collections by George E. Harlow, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and gemology expert Anna S. Sofianides, featuring photography by Erica and Harold Van Pelt, published this month by Sterling Publishing Company.


I was reading Lynda Barry’s 1986 collection Everything in the World and thinking about Matt Groening’s strip, Life In Hell. 

Barry and Groening are old buddies. Everyone knows that. You can see that the comics are friends with each other, too. They share mannerisms and personalities, just like people who spend a lot of time together.

James L. Brooks invited Matt Groening to pitch an animated short to the Tracy Ullman show because he saw the strip in the paper and liked it. The first Simpsons short aired in 1987. 

I can only imagine that Brooks would also have been exposed to Ernie Pook’s Comeek, and with his sensibility, appreciate both comics.

Groening’s drawing style is “cleaner” than Barry’s - it’s all linework, in lines of uniform thickness, with no texture or decoration. It probably seemed more saleable. 

But another part of Groening cartoons being more mainstream-friendly was that they can be read as being from a default perspective. This is of course, not true - the point of view isn’t objective or universal. It’s the doms: white and straight and able and cis-male. 

The Ullman shorts went on for a little while. Fox bought a season. On network TV, The Simpsons became foundational. Everywhere you looked, there it was. Pictures of the Simpsons were on everything, many products and toys. 

The writing was so good, it stuck to everything it referenced. It became a handle for references without any other available context, which, if you were a kid, was often the case. It was so wonderful that it ate culture, becoming it.

It was certainly at least 60% of everything for me. 

What if all that good stuff that was shared in the Groening/Barry personality - the wit, the silliness, the anger - was still present, but it was bundled with the force of Barry’s feminism, her sensitivity to language, her incorrigibleness? What if Barry herself had been a role model with as much clout and visibility as Bart Simpson? You turn on the TV at night and see an hour of Barry-style reruns every night for ten years? You go to a 7/11 in 2003 and see digitally-enhanced Lynda Barry drawings all over the place?

I know that’s a fantasy with a lot of connective tissue missing. One pitch doesn’t mean Ernie Pook - or some version - would have taken over the world. But what if it had? A lot of things would have been different. 

That’s what I was thinking about in this comic. I guess it could have been much longer. Here it is at The Miscellany. (The version above is slightly shortened.)