Tired of Good Vs Evil?

I have other type of conflicts for you:

Order Vs Chaos

Tradition vs Progress

Discipline Vs Harmony

Selflessness Vs Egoism

Bacon Vs Tie      

Safety Vs Freedom

Individuality vs Community

Emotions Vs Stoicism

Romanticism Vs Enlightenment 

Nature Vs Nurture   

Bacon Vs Broccoli

 Pacifism Vs Self-Arming


Talent Vs Hard work

 Passivity Vs Action      

Performance Vs Technique

Law Vs Good

Order Vs Harmony

Science Vs Nature

Human morality Vs Non-human morality (especially if both sides are “good”)

I did a thing! I translated to Spanish the original Gender Roles Chart made by @siryouarebeingmocked to explain some inconsistencies between feminist theory and what actually occurs in real life.

I hope y’all like it, and I hope it does SYABM’s original some justice! >:]

7 links to what google knows about you

- History https://www.google.com/history/ – Here is your entire Google search history

- Ads  http://www.google.com/settings/ads/ – Here is what Google thinks what your interests are and shows you ads based on these interests.

- Location History  https://maps.google.com/locationhistory – Here are the places where you used Google to do anything.

- Takeout  https://www.google.com/takeout – Export every information Google knows about you.

- Dashboard https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard – An activity page that tells you about all the Google services you are using.

- YouTube search history https://www.youtube.com/feed/history/search_history – YouTube saves all of your searches too.

- Permissions  https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions – You can see here what permissions you gave to the extensions and sites you use.

[Korean] Classroom Expressions

Classroom expressions (but you could probably use some in real life)

  • Please look here. - 여기 보세요.
  • Please listen. - 들으세요.
  • Please write. - 쓰으세요.
  • Please say it in Korean. - 한국어로 마롸세요.
  • Please practice with your partner. - 짝하고 연습하세요.
  • Repeat after me. - 따라하세요.
  • Please say it one more time. - 다시 한번 말해주세요
  • Please speak slowly. - 천천히 말해주세요.
  • I understand/ I see. - 알겠어요.
  • I don’t understand. - 잘 모르겠어요.
  • I have a question. - 질문이 있어요.
  • Is it right? - 맞아요?
  • Yes, it is right. - 네, 맞아요.
  • No, it’s wrong. - 아니요, 틀려요.
  • Please help me. - 도와주세요.
Money in relation to worldbuidling [part 1]

     [PART 2 is here]

    Now when I have your attention, let’s have some theory here! I will not try to load you with all stuff from university  economics course, but we will go over the basics. I hope it may help some of you in real life too.

   We all use money for many things but, have you ever thought, what exactly are they? Money is an item or verifiable record that is generally used to get for goods, services and pay debts. 

    Simple, right? Now, as well as many other things in the world money have functions. Which are:

  1.        Tool of exchange.
    This is the basic function of money as a valuable good. Basically it means that you can exchange money for things or services and the other way round. Or even money for money.
  2.          Measure of value.
    Different kinds of goods are equal and share with each other on the basis of prices (exchange rate, the cost of these goods, expressed in the quantity of money). Product price performs the same measurement function as the length of intervals in geometry or mass of the bodies in physics. You don’t really need to know what space or weight is to make a measurement, an ability to compare the desired value with the standard will be enough. Currency unit is a standard for the goods in our case.
  3.        Medium of circulation
    Money is used as an intermediary to handle the goods. This function is crucial ease and speed with which money can be exchanged for any other commodity (liquidity). When you use the money commodity producer is able, for example, to sell the goods today, and buy raw materials only after day, week, month and so on. In this case, he can sell his goods in one place and buy the required ones in another. Thus, money is a means of overcoming the temporal and spatial constraints in the exchange.
  4.        Instrument of payment.
    The money is used for registration and payment of debts. This function takes an independent value for situations unstable commodity prices. For example, some goods were bought on a credit. The amount of debt expressed in money, not in the amount of purchased goods. Subsequent changes in the price of goods have no effect on the amount of debt to be paid in cash. Money performs this function when we have monetary relations with financial authorities. Money plays the similar role when any economic indicators are expressed in them.
  5.              Storage of funds.
    Money, that is accumulated but not used, allows a transfer of purchasing power from the present into the future. Storage means function is performed by money that doesn’t participate in the money circulation. However, keep in mind that the purchasing power of money depends on inflation.
  6.             World money.
    Money functions as a universal means of payment, the universal means of purchase and universal materialization of social wealth. World money is usually considered reserve currencies. For direct cross-border payments money from different countries can be used.

   Now when you know what money is and what is their function, let’s move to more practical things.

   What amazes me quite often and not in good way, is how fantasy writers treat metallic money. People just don’t understand that you can’t go around throwing gold and silver like they are nothing but banknotes.  Why so?  You see, back in days things were different.  But before I move to explanation why it’s an atrocity, let’s have a brief look on the history of money.

     Money not always and not everywhere were, you know, coins made of metals. Hence our next thing to discuss: commodity money. It’s a type of money whose value comes from a commodity of which it is made. They consist of objects that have value in themselves, as well as value in their use as money. Things that have been used as mediums of exchange include gold, silver, copper, bronze, gems, salt, peppercorns, tea, large stones (such as Rai stones), decorated belts, shells, alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, candy, cocoa and coffee beans, cowries, barley, animal pelts, cattle, bird feathers, carved bones  and many others.

    As a matter of fact, commodity money is to be distinguished from representative money which is a certificate or token that can be exchanged for the underlying commodity, but only as the trade is good for that source and the product. A key feature of commodity money is that the value is directly perceived by the users of this money, who recognize the utility or beauty of the tokens as they would recognize the goods themselves. That is, the effect of holding a token for a barrel of oil must be the same economically as actually having the barrel at hand.

  Representative money is something that is not in the physical form of currency, but represents the intent to pay money. For example, paper check from a bank. The check is not a physical piece of money, but it implies the intent to repay.

    Ok, done here.  Now in relation to worldbuilding you - most likely- will deal only with commodity money. Unless you have chosen a time period, when paper checks and alike are already in a widespread   use. Such as 19th century or 1950s,  for example.

    So now, I think you’ve made your mind with physical parameters of your setting, done with geography, flora, fauna and more or less sketched a couple of cultures. So probably, you have also set your mind on how and where your OCs are going to travel or at least where they buy food and clothes and weapon and other things. Or where they steal all the things, if that’s the case.

   Now, ask yourself – do the money my OCs use are coins?  Shape doesn’t have to be round and flat. This one actually came from the fact that first it was easier to make a metal rod and then cut it into little round slices. Russian rubles, for example, are called so exactly because this is how they were made. Ruble literally means “a cut-off piece”.

   Shape can be anything you want. Round with a hole in the middle, as in traditional Chinese money – it’s easier to carry it around. It can be shaped as their sacred animal (detailed or not) or a horse-shoe shaped like West African manilla. Basically, anything you want. So feel free to go wild. I will touch this more next time.

   Now, remember what I have said about throwing around gold and silver ?

    Okay, let’s apply common sense here:

1.      She might get herself in trouble – people might simply steal stuff from her, because fools and money part their ways fast. She can get herself killed in the worst scenario.

2.      People who throw money around attract attention and this is not what you want if you are on the run.

3.      She will look like spoilt brat literally bragging “look at how much money I can spend on a simple porridge, you filthy peasants” in the eyes of the local population or even her party.  Don’t know what is worse.

4.      Author didn’t do the bloody research.

   So for the sake of simplicity, let’s have a look at some prices in England and France. Money goes as follows:

·         1 pound = 20 shillings (s)

·         1 crown = 5 shillings

·         1 shilling = 12 pence (d)

·         1 penny = 4 farthings

·         1 mark = 13s 4d

    During the Medieval period, the major type of food consumed was cereal, such as wheat, corn, maize and so on, with meat and fish being relatively expensive and thus, more scarce. We can determine that the average annual consumption of cereals worked out at 300kg per person, or 1200kg for the average family of four. We also know the average number of working hours available annually, and with these two pieces of information it becomes easy to work out average wages - if we know food prices.

·         England 1320    160kg cereal cost 37 shillings

·         France 1339-69  100kg of cereal cost 50 shillings

     Thus in England the minimum hourly wage had to be 1.75 pence. Similarly in France it would be 2.5d. In most cases of course this food would have been grown by the family themselves, or in the case of labourers in cities provided by their employers. On top of this, there would almost certainly have been a payment in cash; to the farmer this would have been in the form of extra crops for barter. Such pay merits would probably have been on a similar scale to that suggested next:

·         Unskilled Labourer   Ѕd/day    3Ѕd/week

·         Skilled Labourer     1-2d/day 7-14d/week

·         Skilled Craftsman    3-6d/day 14-42d/week

    This gives an average conjectural weekly wage as follows:

                                           France       England

·         Unskilled Labourer    15ѕd     21d

·         Skilled Labourer      19-26d   24-31d

·         Skilled Craftsman     34-54d   38-59Ѕd

Those persons who are self-employed would have to pay for their own food as well as making a bit extra if possible out of their profits.

   I mean, why would anyone in their right mind pay money that can be used to buy a ton of stuff for a simple room in a tavern and some shitty meal?

    Okay, I hope I made this part clear. We will talk about designing money and working monetary relationships into your setting in the next part.

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GI Intelligence Dept.

So here’s a potentially handy link for anyone who wants to go way overboard with Agent Carter/Captain America fic research (not that I know anyone like that, or happen to be anyone like that …). This site is meant for WWII reenactors. It has a huge list of resources intended for bringing your reenactment character to life, many of which ought to be equally useful for capturing the 1940s milieu in fic. Highlights include a page with replica paperwork (ID cards, ration books, train tickets, passes for weekend leave, etc.), an overview of general 1940s pop culture, specifics on various aspects of uniforms and rank insignia, the contents of an American GI’s footlocker. and details on performing everyday tasks that might not be familiar to people in the 2010s, such as how to use a WWII-era camera.

Hi everyone! So I thought I’d make a list of some of the extensions that make my life easier and hopefully, it will make yours easier too

AdBlock - Download

Now that’s an obvious one. Removes all ads from pages and although some pop-ups still manage to find their way on my computer, it’s doing a great job.

Checker Plus for Gmail - Download

Tells you when you receive an email and you can check your inbox with a simple click on the taskbar button.

FontFace Ninja - Download

Ever wondered “what font are they using for this title”? Well this is for you. This tells you the font of anything on any page.

Forest: Stay Focused - Download

Tiny tree grows when you stay away from websites that are distracting you and it dies if you don’t.

Grammarly - Download

Sort of like autocorrect but in Chrome and better than autocorrect.

MuteTab - Download

Tells you which tab is playing music/making sound and you can mute it.

Oh My Word! - Download

Highlight any word and save it for later in a personal dictionary.

Pomello - Download

This one is actually a Chrome App. Do something by using the Pomodoro technique. Set up a timer and finish your task before the end of the time you set! You get breaks between tasks and if you’re not done with your task when the time ends you can always finish it after a small break! (you have no idea how many times this app motivated me to finish my essays)

Save to Pocket - Download

Pocket is an app (IOS - Android - Windows Phone - Kobo) that allows you to save a page for later. You can tag the pages to find them easily. You can also save a page from your computer and read it later on on your phone! 

Tab Snooze - Download

Save a tab for later. It closes the tab and opens it when you need it (later in the day, tomorrow, in a week, anytime!).

Turn off the lights - Download

Makes everything dark except the video playing.

Twinword Finder - Download

An upgraded Ctrl-F. Highlights the word you’re looking for and anything related to it.

Now I thought I’d put all the “new tabs” extensions together so here they are!

e-Clock - Download

Aka the one I’m using on the picture
Simple minimalistic clock + day + weather for the week + pretty picture in background

Momentum - Download

Aka the one that says “Good Morning, your name”
Clock + Good Morning, your name + To Do list + weather

Tabtics - Download

Pretty background picture + clock + tip/advice for the day + weather