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Boyfriend Material

All I can think about anymore is Peter Parker haha
Tom Holland is just such a cutie!!!
Also, Luke Mitchell from AoS liked one of my tweets today :-)

Title: Boyfriend Material
Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader
Summary: Fighting against Peter in Civil War and walking away with more than just a few bruises
Word Count: 1,114
Warnings: CA:CW spoilers (a little bit), fighting, mild violence

Your name: submit What is this?

               "Y/N, take care of that damn spider,“ grumbled Sam through the coms. 

           "On it,” you replied with a nod.

           You teleport over to the young hero, catching him by surprise. You’re only a few feet away from him, arms raised and ready, but he doesn’t attack. He just stares for a few moments, looking at you.

           "Mr. Stark, I know you said to web them up, but do I have to?“ Peter whined, causing you to raise an eyebrow. "They’re hot.”

           You laugh at Peter’s compliment. “You haven’t done this superhero thing for very long, have you?”

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Oh, so you DO want a mobile design for this site?

I was working web design on campus at my university. Each department had their own page that fits underneath the school site as a whole.

My boss comes to me with a design that she has in mind and that we’ve had several meetings about over the course of a few weeks. I point out that a few of the features she is mentioning work well on desktop, but don’t translate to a good mobile experience. I could finish the site for her in a day if we only worry about the desktop, or a week if we want to have a good mobile-minded design.

She tells me we shouldn’t expect any mobile traffic and that 99% of our users are going to be on desktop. Whatever. I make the site as she wants, including the non-mobile-friendly bits on the “article” pages we put up.

A few weeks later her boss goes to her complaining that the site doesn’t look right. He’s using a microsoft surface tablet. She asks me to redesign the pages to “look good on tablets.”

I do just that, but because I’ve had to go out of my way to make bad code first for a stupid deadline, I have to re-write most of the site to be responsive. Some of it was already built-in (we were using bootstrap) but the “special features” she insisted on were not. Over the course of the week I get every tiny detail figured out and consistently have to check the site with her and her boss to make sure it’s just how they want it.

When I was done the code was functional, but the class-names on the home page were changed to things like “.thisisstupid{}” and “.itoldyouso{}”. For a few of them I think I used foreign language rage-faces and emojis. I switched roles shortly after this on campus and started working for someone else, but I was still their go-to guy for problems related to the site so it never got handed over to another dev.

TL;DR - Boss made me do twice as much work so I filled her CSS up with passive aggressive class names.

EDIT: To clarify for all you salty web devs out there, this was a student job that literally any student with a basic web course under their belt would have qualified for. I was only a few semesters in when I started there. Maybe if I was getting paid more than “barely above minimum wage” I would have cared more about professionalism and whether or I’d pass “code review.” Lighten up.

SECOND EDIT: I eventually was given another redesign on the site so I fixed most of the class names at that point. The only ones left in prod when I left were things like “.fancynavicon{}” and “.fancyheader{}” which, while arguably unprofessional, were accurate descriptions of those elements. So no, I didn’t make a mess for the next guy.

Elsa Schiaparelli with painting and sculpture in her apartment for Harper’s Bazaar, March 1940. Photograph by François Kollar.

“In Schiaparelli’s apartment: her jacket of black moire with a Finnish webbing belt.” A darker tone was set in the fashion of Schiaparelli when France declared war on Germany in 1939. Schiaparelli’s Spring 1940 collection featured “trench” brown and camouflage print taffetas.

The corporal rushed down the barracks and halted before Louie. He wore the webbed belt that Louie had seen on him his first day in Omori. The buckle was several inches square, made of heavy brass. Standing before Louie, the Bird jerked the belt off his waist and grasped one end with both hands. “You come to attention last!”
The Bird swung the belt backward, with the buckle on the loose end, and then whipped it around himself and forward, as if he were performing a hammer throw. The buckle rammed into Louie’s left temple and ear.
Louie felt as if he had been shot in the head. Though he had resolved never to let the Bird knock him down, the power of the blow, and the explosive pain that followed, overawed everything in him. His legs seemed to liquefy, and he went down. The room spun. Louie lay on the floor, dazed, his head throbbing, blood running from his temple.
When he gathered his wits, the Bird was crouching over him, making a sympathetic, almost maternal sound, a sort of Awwww. He pulled a fold of toilet paper from his pocket and pressed it gently into Louie’s hand. Louie held the paper to his temple. “Oh, it stop, eh?” the Bird said, his voice soft.
Louie pulled himself upright. The Bird waited for him to steady himself. The soothing voice and the offer of the paper for his wound were revelations to Louie:
There was compassion in this man. The sense of relief was just entering his mind when the buckle, whirling around from the Bird’s swinging arms, struck his head again, exactly where it had hit before.
Louie felt pain bursting through his skull, his body going liquid again. He smacked into the floor.
For several weeks, Louie was deaf in his left ear.
The Bird continued to beat him, every day.
As his attacker struck him, Louie bore it with clenched fists and eyes blazing, but the assaults were wearing him down.
The sergeant began lording over his dream life, coming at him and pounding him, his features alight in vicious rapture. Louie spent hour after hour in prayer, begging for God to save him. He lost himself in fantasies of running through an Olympic stadium, climbing onto a podium. And he thought of home, tormented by thoughts of what his disappearance must have done to his mother.
—  Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

The Challenge : Captain America First Avenger WWII costume

For Edinburgh Comicon 2015 this was to be my ultimate challenge - I’ve never cosplayed properly before, not to this extent, so this is how I made (IMO) cap’s coolest costume. Everything here purchased off eBay unless otherwise specified. I’m based in the UK so getting WWII US army kit was really hard!

1. The Jacket

Replica imitation leather jacket (£45). Cost a bit more to buy from the UK rather than china but worth it for the shipping time and without hidden import tax costs.

2. Trousers

WWII Replica Paratrooper Pants (£50). These have a generous fit and I needed a belt so maybe buy a size down.

3. Helmet and Goggles

M1 Helmet with liner (USED) (£25) US Paratrooper Leather Chin strap (£10)

I couldn’t in the time frame find the correct goggles so pictured above are Genuine 1940 issued RAF ski goggles. (£24)

4. Accessories 

M1938 WWII Replica Canvas Gaiters (£19) They didn’t have US army shoes in my size (5) so I used some spare brown leather rocketdog boots I had lying around.

US Leather Pistol Hip Holster WWII Repro (£17) US Canvas Webbing ammo belt and suspenders WWII Repro (£34)

Leather US Paratrooper Repro Gloves (£19) I didn’t end up getting the last part which is a bandage pouch x2 - I’m so small if I’d added these to the webbing it wouldn’t have worked. But they’re around £7 each.

5. Making the Shield and Spraying the Helmet

Made a template from paper and then cut the shape out of thin plywood (£15 from B&Q) 

Attached two leather handles at the back - one adjustable with a wingnut. Also attached an upside down picture frame hook for attaching onto the back of the webbing.

Used System 3 Acrylic paints, masking off lines with insulation tape.

For the stars used a paper template then off-white model spray paint. Finished off with clear matte varnish spray.

Sprayed the helmet directly with navy model paint. Used same off-white paint as above for the “A”. Dented it about a bit afterwards and didn’t use any varnish.


“Hey Everyone” - Spider-Man’s New Suit is Old School Perfection

By now, everyone and their dogs have written about the newest Captain America: Civil War trailer

Actually, hang on, let me rephrase that: By now, everyone and their dogs have written about the last ten seconds of the newest Captain America: Civil War trailer. You know, the part when a certain friendly neighborhood wall-crawler shows up. The only part that at least 10% of ticket-buyers will care about once they walk into theaters on May 6th. 

Personally, the second I heard that oh-so familiar “THWIP” sound, and saw Cap’s shield get snagged by a strand of super webbing, my heart stopped, and I’m pretty sure I fell off of my chair and walked through the gates of Valhalla for a few seconds. This is it! Spider-Man is finally actually interacting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe! If the movie was just this scene and this scene alone, I would still buy a ticket to see it 37 times.

The footage is less than 24 hours old, and yet the Internet has already (predictably) formed its own loud opinions of Marvel’s take on their flagship superhero. The loudest voices are almost violently critical of how Spidey’s new costume looks, and I’m just here to clear the air.

This is the best Spider-Man costume we’ve ever gotten, and we should be damn appreciative of how perfect it is.

Raimi’s take on the classic reds-and-blues was slick, though too detailed and maybe even a bit too dark. Yeah, I loved the mirror lenses on the eyes and the raised webbing was a cool visual, but did Spider-Man’s insignia really need the ultra-realistic mandibles and leg joints? Webb’s initial abomination for the first Amazing flick was a Nike-sponsored garbage fire, but it was fixed drastically for Amazing 2, which gave us the enormous white eyes and brighter colors. However, I still have no clue what they were going for with the logo’s long bottom legs.

Now we’re looking at the Russo design, and it’s not as wonky as some fans may think. To me, this is exactly the kind of suit I was hoping he would be wearing while fighting alongside the Avengers. Why? Because Marvel is now directly involved, and Marvel clearly wanted to reward fans for their patience. 

First of all, the suit itself: It is sleeker than the more “texturized” suits of Spidey movies past, but it’s also not as “plasticky” as some people are claiming it to be. The texture of the fabrics is all there, and when you actually look at it up close (as opposed to on your YouTube app at 720p), you can see the dips in the spandex where the webs are, the folds in the waist area…and, of yeah, the extra web canisters on his belt! 

I’ve heard complaints about the significantly smaller spider insignia on his chest, and I have to ask…why? It’s perfect! It’s not trying to be too “cool”; it’s simply the Spider-Man logo, in all of its smaller, simplistic glory. 

(Also, I know I’ve personally been waiting for a studio to finally make the logo on his back correctly. It’s only on-screen for a split second, but…)

(Thank you, Marvel!!)

Fans of the Webhead should recognize these designs almost instantly: this costume is classic John Romita Sr. Romita took over the monthly Spider-Man book in 1966 from co-creator Steve Ditko (remember that name, True Believers, I’ll be mentioning it again shortly), and became one of the biggest visionaries behind the character. Romita changed the costumes color from the original red-and-black to red-and-blue, and made the eyes wider and more expressive. 

Speaking of the eyes, a lot of people are upset about the fact that the MCU’s Spider-Man has narrowing eyes a la Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool. In my opinion, this made the entire costume for me. Knowing that Peter will be fighting alongside his own personal long-time hero, Tony Stark, it only makes sense that Tony would’ve outfitted him with a more high-tech version of the classic suit. In this case, it actually suit the character, as well: Pete’s a photographer, and his eye lenses actually widen and narrow the way a camera’s aperture would. You can even hear the tiny little mechanisms “churr” a but when they move, like a camera lens that’s zooming out.

What I love most about this spectacular little feature is that, within a few seconds, Spidey’s eyes go from the wider, more classic Romita-styled eyes to the more narrow Ditko-styled eyes. And somewhere in-between those two different sizes, we even get what looks like an Alex Ross-esque look. For a Spidey fanatic, that’s fucking incredible.

Look, I know what you’re all thinking. Sony has done this to us three times now. For all we know, poor Tom Holland could also end up pointing finger guns at a jazz club, or coming up with the idea for his costume via an underground lucha wrestling ring like his predecessors. However, judging strictly by the amount of tender loving care Marvel has put into this suit alone, I’m actually legitimately excited to see this new amazing, spectacular Spider-Man swing back onto the silver screen.

Please fire me. I work in construction which requires a lot of different tools for different jobs. When I was called to a job last minute, I was berated because I didn’t have the necessary tools. After we concluded that I couldn’t have known what to bring, I asked my boss, ”Do you expect me to pull tools out of my ass? What do you think I am, a spider?” He did not get the joke…at all.