Ardyn is clearly out of touch with the young people

Who the fuck uses the word ‘sycophancy’ these days??? U bet Ravus’ dead ass that he knew Ardyn was fake right away

“I may not know Noctis that well but he is a simpleton and doesn’t speak words with more than three syllables.”

A Collection Of Books By Neurologist Oliver Sacks

If you’re interested in neuroscience or psychology, I’d highly reccomend any book by Oliver Sacks! I get asked a lot about books to read so you can also check out this video I made with my top 7 and this masterpost which includes websites where you can learn more!

1. Migrane

For centuries, physicians have been fascinated by the many manifestations of migraine, and especially by the visual hallucinations or auras- similar in some ways to those induced by hallucinogenic drugs or deliria–which often precede a migraine. Dr. Sacks describes these hallucinatory constants, and what they reveal about the working of the brain. 

2. Awakenings

Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of these individuals, the stories of their lives, and the extraordinary transformations they underwent with treatment.

3. The Island of The Color Blind

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands, and this book is an account of his work with an isolated community of islanders born totally colorblind.  He listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow.

4. Uncle Tungsten

A book about Sacks’ childood;  his discovery of biology, his departure from his childhood love of chemistry and, at age 14, a new understanding that he would become a doctor.

5. An Anthropologist on Mars

This book talks about 7 seemingly paradoxical neurological conditions: including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of Tourette’s Syndrome except when he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds a new sensibility and creative power in black and white; and an autistic professor who has great difficulty deciphering the simplest social exchange between humans, but has built a career out of her intuitive understanding of animal behavior. 

6.  Seeing Voices

 A journey into the world of deaf culture, and the neurological and social underpinnings of the remarkable visual language of the congenitally deaf. Sacks writes “The existence of a visual language, Sign, and the visual intelligence that goes with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.”

Youtubers I like & watch... [Language/ Polyglot Theme]

I watch a lot of Youtube lol, so here is a list of some of the youtubers I like to watch regarding languages, language learning, polyglots… etc.                                      (Just to kind of be organized) 

These are just some for now


Polyglot Progress: makes videos on languages, language learning, etc

Ophelia Vert: language learner/speaker who makes videos on languages +

Ambie Gonzalez Tv: Polyglot, makes videos on languages, travel, Korean and Spanish content +

Azren the Language Nerd: Language learner/teacher, polyglot- knowledgeable and gives great tips

Jasmine Lipska: Makes content on positivity, language learning + ~studies/speaks Korean(+)

linguamarina: Makes content on language learning, travelling +

Language Learning Lounge: Makes videos on language learning & tips, plays games & streams in different languages

Steve Kaufmann - lingosteve: Polyglot, gives great knowledge on languages and learning ~wise

Langfocus: Gives detailed information on languages and their history

NativLang: Talks about languages, uses visuals and video to explain history and reason for languages in the past & present

Damon and Jo: Language learners and world travelers who make videos in different languages & gives travel tips & language tips

Lindie Botes: Polyglot ~ gives tips and advice on language learning; most known for learning/speaking Asian languages

Lina Vasquez: Gives tips and advice on languages and polyglotism (?) + 


if you make videos on languages, or similar topics, link your blog/channel

Very often, when I see a post headcanoning a character from an American cartoon as autistic, it includes a list of physical mannerisms displayed by that character that the post’s author regards as characteristic of autistic folks.

I’m frequently struck by the fact that the identified mannerisms probably aren’t meant to be characteristic; they’re just standard visual tropes for how American cartoon characters express themselves, developed to compensate for the fact that subtleties of body language don’t come across well in the bouncy, big-faced, rubber-limbed style of American cartooning. You’d be harder-pressed to find a character who doesn’t exhibit some or all of them!

Rather than suggest that people are reading too much into it, however, I’m inclined to look at it from the other direction: why is it that many autistic folks find the visual language of self-expression in American cartooning so familiar? What is it about the medium’s roots that caused those particular mannerisms of self-expression to be so deeply embedded in its idiom?

  • Tumblr: This film is pretty. I will make a gif set of it.
  • Tumblr: *slams the saturation to maximum and slaps color filters all over it, totally demolishing the visual language and aesthetic of the film*

lillysweetdreams  asked:

tell us about your hoh taako headcanon!!!!!!

I mean if u insist lmao

  • taako got really sick when he was a kid and as an impoverished homeless orphan he proooobably didn’t get as much healthcare as he should have, and his hearing was pretty much shot afterwards 
  • he mostly has a hard time distinguishing between sounds especially in a busy environment 
  • a lot of his kind of aloof ‘i don’t give a shit’ temperament stems from him just not knowing what the fuck is going on so he kind of makes that part of his image?
  • lup is really good and supportive though 
  • they develop the most scrumbled together pidgin sign language from like a few signs they made up themselves, plus little bits of elven sign language and like different dialects from a bunch of different deaf adventurers they’ve met over the like 50 years of living on the road
  • which ends up being super useful during the stolen century because it’s way easier to develop a visual language than to try to develop or learn a spoken one when the other party doesn’t have the same vocal cord arrangement. this is definitely how they figure out the animal language in the first year 
  • the rest of the ipre gradually catches on. barry’s first bc he hangs out with them a lot in the first year and realises they’re gossiping and he wants in on it so he kind of tries to figure it out himself.
    • (he really only figures out what his name is and then calls them out when they start talking about him)
    • (his name is just jeans)
  • and post voidfish taako is pleasantly surprised when his new boss and colleagues know the very specific sign language he pretty much made up himself. surprised and also weirded out
    • so does this red robe dude? i mean much apprec’d on the interpretation but also what the fuck?????
  • I’m sure there are useful spells to improve hearing that he’d either use or straight up invent himself (and i believe transmutation would be the school they’d be in, too)
    • “hello sir I want to tell you about my day” “oh yeah sounds great ango lemme just *turns off fantasy hearing aids* okay yeah go for it”
Hack The Planet: Sombra Stuff


Sombra’s base skins are named after natural colors:

Cidro (Citrus) / Incendio (Fire) / Mar (Sea) / Noche (Night) 

Her “Azucar” skin (Lit. “Sugar”) is based on the sugar skulls commonly associated on the skulls created for Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a very popular holiday in Mexico. These skulls are called ‘calaveras’ (Lit. “Skull”) and are created as offerings to the deceased. Sombra’s trademark hacking symbols (the skull) is based on the sugar calaveras as well.

Her “Los Muertos” skin is based on an in-universe gang known as Los Muertos (Lit. “The Dead”) that terrorize the city of El Dorado and like to wear glow-in-the-dark tattoos that make them resemble skeletons. 

Both her Azucar and Los Muertos skins have glow-in-the-dark tattoos, but Azucar’s is patterned on white sugar skulls while Los Muertos’ is patterned on neon skeletons.

Sombra used to be a member of Los Muertos, where she single-handedly leaked vital LumeriCo information and started a public overthrow of the power company.

Sombra was a member of the gang from a very young age, using her small stature and unassuming looks to steal data and give it to Los Muertos. Although some members of the gang show anti-omnic tendencies, most art of the gang shows that omnics can join if they want

Sombra’s voice line “Mess with the Best and Die like the Rest” is a reference to the movie “Hackers”, for obvious reasons. “Hack the Planet” is also from that movie.

Sombra’s playful ‘Boop’ she does to Katya Volskaya in “Infiltration” is actually a thinly veiled threat. Katya does this ‘boop’ to her daughter a sign of affection. Sombra did it to Katya to show that she has been watching the mother and daughter and can easily do more damage if she would like to.

Sombra’s “Amused” emote where she draws a data-chunked circle in the air while music plays, then laughs dismissively and disables it has a long history. During the “Quien es Sombra?” ARG, Overwatch players were desperately trying to figure out who Sombra is and where she was from. This led to people frantically searching the game for anything that could possibly lead to Sombra’s whereabouts. Some users on the Overwatch reddit found some texture artifacts in the skybox of El Dorado, with most believing it to be some kind of code or cipher. This was called “the Skycode”. Everyone was trying to decrypt it every way, from 3D visualization to language ciphers to data compilation, but nothing was working. Then some users decided to try and make the data into a song, and this is where the “Amused” song comes from. the theory that the Skycode was an encrypted song was very popular, but in the end the Skycode artifact was just that: an artifact. It had nothing to do with Sombra at all and was simply a quirk of Overwatch’s graphics engine. Thus, the “Amused” emote.

Sombra’s ammo counter on her gun is in Hexcode, a common data type used in coding and hacking. Her gun holds 60 bullets, with her counter listing “3 C (60 in hex)” then counting down through the values from there. Her full value table, with each bullet being one value, is below:

3 C (60) | 3 B (59) | 3 A (58) | 3 9 (57) | 3 8 (56) | 3 7 (55) | 3 6 (54) | 3 5 (53)

3 4 (52) | 3 3 (51) | 3 2 (50) | 3 1 (49) | 3 0 (48) | 2 F (47) | 2 E (46) | 2 D (45)

2 C (44) | 2 B (43) | 2 A (42) | 2 9 (41) | 2 8 (40) | 2 7 (39) | 2 6 (38) | 2 5 (37)

2 4 (36) | 2 3 (35) | 2 2 (34) | 2 1 (33) | 2 0 (32)| 1 F (31) | 1 E (30) | 1 D (29)

1 C (28) | 1 B (27) | 1 A (26) | 1 9 (25) | 1 8 (24) | 1 7 (23) | 1 6 (22) | 1 5 (21)

1 4 (20) | 1 3 (19) | 1 2 (18) | 1 1 (17) | 1 0 (16) | 0 F (15) | 0 E (14) | 0 D (13)

0 C (12) | 0 B (11) | 0 A (10) | 0 9 (9) | 0 8 (8) | 0 7 (7) | 0 6 (6) | 0 5 (5) |

0 4 (4) | 0 3 (3) | 0 2 (2) | 0 1 (1) | 0 0 (0)

Sombra’s Translocater is based on stolen and reworked tech from Tracer’s Chronal Accelerator. Sometimes when you Translocate as Sombra, she’ll say a sarcastic “Cheers, Luv!”. Also, during prematch banter, Sombra will say “Sometimes I feel sick after I translocate. I’m sure you know what mean, eh Tracer?” to which Tracer replies “Wouldn’t be a problem if you disappeared forever.”


Aquamarine and Topaz’s Designs Took Cues From Lapis and Jasper’s and For Good Reason

Visual language. Good artists know how to use it. Great artists know how to subvert it. Not every audience picks up on subversion well.

For a long time now, I’ve been certain that the Crewniverse created Jasper with the intent to play a long game and subvert the expectations set up by her character introduction. There’s no arguing that she got a classic villain intro, but her character arc has already brought her down to the lowest point possible, and there are still some viewers that have no sympathy for her. This would be less of a problem if such members of the fandom weren’t so fond of sending hate messages to fans who like Jasper, and maybe identify with her, and want to see her healed and redeemed. Their argument tends to focus on one main assertion: Jasper was Lapis’ abuser within Malachite, and there is no way for Jasper to come back from that without coming across as abuse apologism.

Fans who want to paint Lapis as a victim point to her trauma from her time in the mirror, ignoring that Jasper also has mental scars from the war. They point to how Jasper grabbed her to get to to listen to her fusion proposal, ignoring that she let Lapis go to make her choice and that the ocean that Lapis once used to fight off the entirety of the Crystal Gems was right at hand, giving her infinite options to take Jasper out. They ignore the fullness of Garnet’s statement “They are really bad for each other,” to only see how the relationship is bad for Lapis, not what Jasper suffers from it. They bought too much into the imagery the Crewniverse was trying to subvert.

The Crewniverse does keep an eye on the fandom, and while they have stated that the fandom has not affected the overall shape of the show’s plot, the crew does make note of when a message didn’t land so they can clarify it down the road. I think they looked at what bits of visual language Lapis apologists focused on for Lapis and Jasper, and took them to extremes when designing Aquamarine and Topaz, and I think the Crewniverse did so to clarify their intended subversion, to pave the way for both a greater examination of Lapis’ dark side and Jasper’s reformation. Let’s take a look at the two pairs.

This is the clearest side-by-side look at Lapis and Jasper in Jail Break (and the only image in this post I grabbed myself rather than taking from the SU Wiki, so I may need to apologize for the quality). Lapis looks small, delicate, and notably feminine is her dress. Just a few minutes ago, she was curled up in a cell, repeating her imprisonment in the mirror. You can’t see her wings here, but many hold tight to their image of Lapis as a sad angel.

Jasper is about twice her size and muscular, wearing a practical uniform and long hair that doesn’t so much make her look feminine as feral. A few minutes ago she was battling an embodiment for her demons from the war, who just happens to be one of our protagonists and a fusion, Garnet. Fusion has ended up being a repeated motif in Jasper’s arc. We’ll come back to that.

The main takeaway for a lot of people: small, delicate blue versus big, muscular orange, immediately forget that blue is a freaking force of nature.

Crank the comparison up to eleven. For our blue Gem we go from “delicate, traumatized angel” to “tiny, perpetually crying fairy.” And if you thought Jasper was big, Topaz is about the same size and shape as a refrigerator, not to mention masculine-looking to a point that I don’t think the Crewniverse is going to be able to top, what with the buzz cut and all.

Just to drive home that Aquamarine’s design is Lapis 2.0:

The only detail that makes this clearly Aquamarine and not a piece of Lapis fanart is the location of the ribbons.

So we’ve got another small, delicate blue and big, muscular orange. Aquamarine’s wand, like Lapis’ water powers, give her the ability to immobilize people at a distance. Topaz’s fighting style, like Jasper’s, gets her up close and personal. What is their dynamic? Aquamarine is unambiguously in charge. She gives the orders, and Topaz does it. Fuse. Unfuse. Capture. Release. Fight. Topaz has no agency in this relationship. She doesn’t even speak until she and Aquamarine are in separate rooms.

Sure, physically, Topaz can turn the tables on Aquamarine in an instant, but Aquamarine knows just the right emotional buttons to hit to make Topaz submit.

When it comes to relationship dynamics, physical strength has no bearing on who dominates.

Just to drive home that Topaz is Jasper’s counterpart:

All of Jasper’s losses have been to fusions: Garnet, Stevonnie, and Smokey Quartz. She has recognized now that fusion can be a real source of strength, but she has not had the option of a suitable partner. Her emotionally toxic fusion with Lapis caused the beginning of her fall. Her literally toxic fusion with one of the Corrupted caused her nadir, where her character arc still sits.

Topaz is a fusion, and that is the source of, not only her literal strength, but her emotional stability. Her component Topazes don’t know what they would do without each other and say as much from within their fusion. Aquamarine threatening their separation was enough to make Topaz flinch, and the subsequent death threat was barely necessary. Topaz was able to be a sympathetic character because she has the emotional support that Jasper lacks and is constantly seeking. That support being threatened slips her back into a mechanical villain role to carry Steven and Lars to their destination on Homeworld.

Now, I should say that I don’t think Lapis has quite the degree of sadism that Aquamarine has demonstrated. I think that her aggressions are motivated by past traumas that will be examined, as Jasper’s traumas will be examined. They are bad for each other. Neither are bad people, just people who are hurting and found someone convenient, but unhealthy, to hurt with. Lapis just lucked out falling into a support network while Jasper fell down a hole in the ground.

The point is that a vocal part of the fandom missed a huge part of Lapis and Jasper’s dynamic and lashed out at a faction of the fandom that saw the part they missed, and some of the most recently introduced characters take that vocal faction’s arguments and turn them on their head.

SKZ is an action, fully-animated webcomic with complex characters, story and world. It’ll update weekly/or/biweekly as we track the adventures of Dex and Skully, a cursed duo in a organization named Black Cauldron who fight against magical mayhem caused by witches.

CHL is a set of humorous one-shots based on the relationships of the characters. This is a silly love story that parodies classical fairy-tales by following the journey of a rotten prince, Oleander Snow, and his knight, Galevairum, as they find themselves in tricky situations.

Both of them take place on the same world, though in different time-periods. Deal with themes about “change” and “curses”. And have PG-13+ visuals with some inappropriate language.

SKZ releases (on tumblr), in December. CHL in 2018.

Thank you so much, if you want to see behind-the-scenes or get access to pages before the official release date. Support my Patreon~!  []


Art School | Sophie Roach (Austin, TX)

Drawing and painting her way through an imaginative landscape of intricate and visual entanglements is Austin native, Sophie Roach.  Her artwork has endlessly covered  surfaces from– guitars, beer cans, Vans, to entire rooms.  And if that isn’t already insanely rad, her organic approach and laid back attitude make her not only incredibly humble, but also a super awesome collaborator.  While finishing up one mural and starting up new projects, we had the chance to ask Sophie a few questions about her art, her career, and her approach – from finding her voice, attacking a mural, to digging the quietude one might find as a mail person hah!  

Photographs courtesy of the artist. 

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I was reacting against all the movies that had been made about same-sex love stories, or at least the ones about two women. They were so negative, and that seemed strange to me—more than strange, it just felt wrong. Because the story of Desert Hearts was so controversial in its time, I thought that it would be best served by having the style be very accessible. I wanted to cloak this film in the garb of a mainstream Hollywood romance. The goal here was to have an audience, because that’s how the Hollywood romance operates, right? I wanted this to be a very accessible movie, not a ghettoized film. So although I used to be an experimental filmmaker, I didn’t want any of that visual language in this film. I didn’t think it suited it.

Breaking Ground: A Conversation with Donna Deitch

Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts (1986) is now playing in a new 4K restoration at New York’s IFC Center

07.04.17 || langblr community listen up!! I don’t if any of y'all are aware of these dictionaries and if you are, then you will know how bloody USEFUL THEY ARE. They’re not only bilingual dictionaries but also VISUAL, so they have pictures accompanying the object/ verb. They are relatively cheap and are available in a variety of languages. They’re available on amazon :)

moonlitfern  asked:

Do you know of a good online source where I can read up on Celtic culture and religion/lore ? I've always been super interested in it but I admittedly don't know much and mostly rely on my circle of friends when I have questions, but it would be nice to know specifics myself. I know I could do a Google search but you been to be a good resource to come to :)

Hi there. If you’ve already leafed through the blog’s articles and links and are looking for more, I’ve compiled a few sources below for further quick reading:

1. Spirituality/Religion:

- Religion of the Ancient Celts by J. A. MacCulloch (online book)

- Celtic mythology and religion

- Spiritual beliefs, gods, animals

- Celtic Druidism: history and myths

- Overview of beliefs and spirituality

- Celtic religion (lengthy article) - pantheon, funerary rites, tribal rites, druids, etc

- Beliefs, practices, festivals

- Celtic polytheism

2. Mythology, folklore

- Celtic Folklore (comprehensive online encyclopaedia)

3. Celtic Cultures

- Brief overview

- Celtic Culture: Characteristics of Visual Art, Language, Religion

- Origin and background

- Ethnic and cultural identity

- Who were the ancient Celts?

Hope this helps! If anyone else has more online sources, feel free to add to the post.

Happy Birthday Lee Friedlander!

American photographer Lee Friedlander, born #otd in 1934, has one of the most inventive, prolific careers in the history of photography. Friedlander’s lively, irreverent glimpses of city streets and tongue-in-cheek self-portraits of the 1960s upended the earnest humanism of postwar photography. In the decades that followed, he evolved an influential visual language of the “American social landscape” that continues to inspire imitation. Explore works and past exhibitions at

[Lee Friedlander. “Provincetown, Massachusetts.” 1968. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the photographer. © 2017 Lee Friedlander.]

What I learned from my first semester at art school:
  • Everyone is gay
  • Everyone is really hot
  • Everyone has anxiety and/or depression
  • Scholars in the field of art history define contemporary aesthetics as ‘critical reflection on art, culture, and nature’
  • Seriously I know literally one straight person everyone is gay
  • If you lie on the floor in the middle of your dorm hallway nobody will get mad, they’ll just nod and agree
  • Finals week is when you stay up all night and inhale charcoal dust until your boogers turn black
  • Everyone is amazing at art and it feels amazing
  • You scream constantly but you scream together
  • As it turns out, not every building with pillars is the parthenon
  • I made earrings out of teeth but someone in my visual language class has a shirt they bleed on every time they get a bloody nose and they use it for blood splatter references so I fit in great