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Under Wraps AU

Character A is a monster that’s living amongst humans. Using baggy clothing and bandages to cover up their scales/invisible skin/wings/etc., Character A has been able to pass as a human and been able to go to high school.

Character B is an athelete that left their backpack in their gym locker after PE class. Walking into the locker room, Character B accidentally catches Character A in the middle of changing their clothes.

Okay, but imagine a Magic/Mermaid au where Merman!Lance has a sort of bioluminescent sort of thing going on. 

The glow just sort of mystifies Warlock!Keith whenever Lance does the thing, and compliments Lance for it. Telling him that it’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen and Lance just sort of light’s up and Keith compliments him even more. To the point where Lance dives back under the water to try not only to stop glowing, but to also slow down his rapidly beating heart. 

Because oh no he really, really likes the cute warlock that saved his life. 

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In the small town of Sunderland, Mass., is a 300-year-old, family-run plot of land that fuses fine art and farming.

Mike Wissemann’s 8-acre cornfield maze is a feat of ingenuity, with carefully planned and executed stalk-formed replicas of notables such as the Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein and Salvador Dalí.

But how do those pictures come to life? Maybe you remember Skill-o-Gram puzzles, in which the clues are squares that have labels like A-4 or F-5, each one holding part of the design. When those parts are copied into a blank grid, they create a whole picture.

Corn is also planted on a grid. By breaking the field into squares on paper or computer, each one holding a piece of the picture, and scaling up, you’ve got a blueprint. But in a cornfield, the picture is pixelated, so it’s kind of like creating a giant halftone photo, using the density of the corn to make the image darker or lighter.

At Treinen farm in Lodi, Wis., the maze’s theme and method are much different. Designer Angie Treinen was inspired this year by all of the cute things she found on the Internet: ninja kittens, cupcakes with faces, unicorns, narwhals and rainbows. Her style is based on the Japanese art style known as “Kawaii,” which means “cute.”

Treinen’s is a century-old, family-run farm. About 15 of the farm’s 200 acres are devoted to the corn maze. Here, maze cutting is still designed and executed the old-fashioned way, by using a lot of graph paper and elbow grease.

With GPS And Graph Paper, Farmers Find A-maze-ing Ways To Bring In Cash

Photos: Courtesy of Warner Farm and Courtesy of Treinen Farm

(Context: Our party, with me as a druid, is attempting to rescue captives of a huge orc camp by scaling up a cliff wall.)

DM: Realistically speaking, you will each only be able to help one captive every 10 minutes get to the top.

Warlock: Cut the losses.

Druid(me, kinda OOC): You know, I’m pretty sure I could do 2 at a time with these bad boys *lifts shirt to reveal his massive pecs*

DM: You… no… ughhh; roll for… athl…pec-grippiness?

Druid(still kinda OOC): *rolls nat 20* Just lightly drizzle me in honey baby.

DM: Porn… we are creating porn.

d sharp is not the same as e flat

we’ve been having a sharps vs flats war on this blog, and I have good news for both sides: this war is not about nothing, because sharps and flats are not the same. 

I’m going to paraphrase an article from a 1930s music magazine by sid hedges:

a pianist can never play perfectly in tune. if a piano were perfectly tuned it would be possible to play upon it only in one key. this peculiarity is due to the fact the octave does does not split up in 12 equal parts–and consequently, the semitones are of varying sizes. a piano tuner has to “split the difference” between varying notes so that all of the scales sound fairly accurate. a pianist has to make one note serve for d sharp and e flat, when actually they are not the same. a violinist, making their own notes, is able to observe the proper distinction.

if you sing up the the scale of e major, you will find yourself making the d sharp (the leading tone) very sharp. if you sing up the scale of e minor, you will instinctively make your e flat very flat–considerably more so than the note on the piano. 

a violinist can test the matter with the same two scales. first, they play up an e major scale, ensuring their intonation is flawless, and put a pencil mark on the fingerboard where d sharp is. next, they play a c minor scale and find that the e flat lands about a quarter of an inch below d sharp. 

so, there you have it.

I wish I could enter and manipulate other people’s dreams at will. I’d craft up some terrific nightmares for a few special people… though one in particular claims to sleep only 2-4 hours per night. Catching him in a REM cycle would be extremely difficult. But boy, he’d be so busy trying to learn to lucid dream, he wouldn’t get anything else done.

It’s @diminuel‘s Naga!verse again!

@bella-monoxide asked for “… Dean’s feathery tail tuff secretly flirts up on Cas …” and then this happened.

I feel like they’re at a super serious political function and Dean is trying to lighten the mood. Turns out Cas is ticklish. Also, when he gets shocked his feathers floof up, and it’s hard to get them to settle down again, which Dean finds adorable and hilarious.

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On the second day of Christmas, PatronusxCharms gave to me… 30 pretty posters from talented visual development artist Dylan Bonner!  ❤

Dylan is an up-and-coming concept artist whose Disney-inspired work will be a delightful addition to any young Sim’s playroom or school. Also included in this set are a handful of mermaid and Audrey Hepburn prints because once you start going through Dylan’s portfolio, it’s hard to choose a favorite piece! As with yesterday’s gift, this BGC poster is just 50 simoleons and can be scaled up once should you wish to see all of the pretty details in each painting. Enjoy!

❤  DOWNLOAD [simfileshare]

PS: To find my CC in-game more easily, just search for “patronusxcharms”!