well...the point was to show faithfulness

Sigiling Selfies: How to Anti-Taglock Pictures of Yourself

So @dontusemycauldron mentioned this to me at some point, and it took a few days for it to really sink in. They told me how some people put sigils on their photos to prevent people from using them as taglocks for things like cursing. And I went, “well holy shit, that is fucking clever,” and proceeded to do it with every single one of my selfies I’ve posted to Tumblr. Not because I’m concerned, but I like to put faith in preventative measures. 

I decided I was going to show you guys how to do it - at least with SAI, because that’s the program I tend to use for art things now (and I can’t find a good crack of Photoshop anymore). However, any art or digital media program that makes use of layers and transparencies can be used for this technique.

First off, you want your sigils. I made two personal ones, and I also made two for Tumblr use. However, I’m going to recommend that you create your own sigils with your own statements of intent, if you can.

“This photo is bound from being used as a taglock.” 

“This photo is not successfully used as a taglock for cursing.”

Ideally, you want digital sigils with transparent backgrounds, so you can avoid as much visual disturbance to your picture - you don’t want people to see or know there is anything over top of it, right?

Anyway, now on to the (SAI) tutorial!

Open your selfie and your sigils; you can switch between them along the bottom of the SAI window. Copy and paste the sigils onto your picture. I do this by clicking on the sigil’s canvas, hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C, then selecting the canvas with the selfie and hitting Ctrl+V. I can show the screen commands, however, for those that aren’t so tech savvy:

The “paste” option is also in the “edit” menu, as you can see. When you’ve done that, your selfie should look something like this:

Well, you know, you won’t look like me…but your sigils will have pasted in the top left corner of your picture. And they’re very obviously visible. BUT fortunately we’re not done with it yet. 

Arrange your sigils over top of the face part of the selfie, however you want. I didn’t specify before, but the icon that looks like the cross with the arrows on each end (highlighted in blue here) :

…that’s the move tool; click on that, then on each separate layer, and you can move the layer around as you wish.) You definitely wanna do this before you change any of the transparency of the sigils, while you can still see them. Ultimately it doesn’t matter how you arrange them, just as long as they are on your face. Mine look like this:

It almost makes a heart shape, lol. So, those familar with SAI know where to look to see the layers. Mine were on the left-hand side by default, I know that is something you can change, however. They look like this:

On the bottom you can see the separate layers - your picture, and the sigils each on their own layer. Above that, you can see the “mode” and “opacity” tools. Those are the ones we care about.

Experiment with the mode if you want - it isn’t required, but it can help. I like to put mine on “overlay,” because it adds to the visualization of the sigils seeping into the picture and blending in to it. You need to click on each separate sigil layer to apply the mode. That makes it look like this:

And with that we’re almost done! Finally, just change each of the sigil layer’s opacity to 1% by clicking on the opacity bar and dragging it almost all the way down. You want them to not be at zero because they still need to be on the pictures and not “off,” but if you put them at any higher than 1%, you can still see them, and you definitely do not want people being able to see the sigils. Once you’re done that the selfie look like this:

Can you even tell there are sigils over top of that? There are. Four sigils, now, actually, lol. And this is how the layers look over on the side in SAI:

As you can see, the mode has been set to overlay on both, and they are both at 1% opacity. From there, save your picture (file, save as), feeling free to specify in the title that one has been magic’d. Then, you can upload them without any worry!

Of course, this can be done with sigils for other purposes - I just made this post with the intention of preventing selfies being used as taglocks, because that’s what I did to mine today. However, you can easily apply any sort of glamours to your selfies, if you desire. 

I hope this helps anyone, or inspires anyone! Let me know if you have any more questions, or if I wasn’t so clear about things! This is my first time making a tutorial for any art program, I dunno if I did any good… But, yeah, just let me know if you have more questions or anything! :)

The biggest thing that stuck out to me in arrow 5x15 is that scene where Oliver was in the hospital and the doctor ‘prescribed him a girlfriend’. He called Susan and she didn’t answer. They were fighting and she knew he was in an accident and in the hospital and she still wouldn’t answer his call. She’s not there for him when he needs her to be. But replace Susan with Felicity in this situation and she would have already been on her way when he called. I can’t help but think there is a point to this scene beyond just Susan. I think they are showing us all the reasons that Felicity is perfect for Oliver, and therefore showing him. When Felicity finally gives him a sign that the door is open he’ll run through it. I still have faith in them. I think he needed to see all the reasons they worked so well beyond the pure love of it all and I think Felicity needed to better understand the weight that Oliver struggles with and why he has such a struggle with it. 

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Waiting as Obedience

Text: Ruth 3:14-18,
Proverbs 31:10-11,
Matthew 22:23-33

Have there been times in your life when you’ve felt a strong call by the Lord to pursue something? I have. I often start strong, feeling bold and excited, my heart ready and willing to obey. I can’t help but think, This is it! This is the moment life changes because I said yes!

Then, inevitably, a bend or a bump in the smooth, straight road I envisioned leaves me doubting. But wait. I said yes. I was obedient. So why is this still so hard?

Ruth has said all the right yeses in her story. She has been faithful to her mother-in-law Naomi in many ways, but especially so where Boaz is concerned. Ruth has truly put herself out there in trust, and it seems everything has been leading up to this moment.

What a surprise it must have been to be told simply to wait—and not for a certain amount of time, but indefinitely. (Indefinite waiting is the worst kind of waiting, if you ask me.) Ruth was instructed to wait until Boaz found the nearer kin, or redeemer, and ask if that man would marry Ruth, per the custom of their culture (Ruth 3:12-13). And who knew how long that would take or what would happen?

We aren’t told if this frustrated Ruth, but it frustrates me for her. This is the point where I’d likely throw in the towel, caught up in a thought spiral that goes something like this: Well, it’s all over now. I’ll be married to some man I’ve never met, these past few months will have been a total waste, and all I’ll have to show for it is a sore back and some barley. Perfect.

But Naomi—the same woman who once named herself “Bitter”—offered enough faith for the both of them. She encouraged Ruth, saying, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out” (Ruth 3:18).

Wait, and then wait again. Isn’t this the way of life? Nowhere are we promised an easy time just because we obey or come to what we believe is a capital-A Answer. But our Father waits too—both with us and for us. His Word says that He longs to be gracious toward us and show us compassion and mercy (Isaiah 30:18). “His steadfast love endures forever,” through all things, all the time, just like the psalm says (Psalm 118).

This doesn’t mean that things will turn out exactly the way we think they should. But it does mean that God’s hand is always at work in our story, even when we can’t see it. Even when we’re waiting. God’s plan would have still gone ahead of Ruth, even if Boaz came back to say he couldn’t marry her. She would still have been God’s daughter, and His covenant promise to her would still have been true.

In your waiting place, cling to the hope that God will not leave our stories unfinished or unredeemed. They may not look how we expected but, as with Ruth and Naomi, our story is His story. We can wait with hope, and we can trust and obey with confidence. Thanks be to God.

- she reads truth

Castiel, Prince of Hell. It’s catchy. It rhymes.

I warned y’all that this speculation might piss people off, so I’ll just go ahead and throw it up there in the title so that way you can skip it if you so choose.

We know we’re in for a hell of a cliffhanger this year. (”You guys are going to hate me.” - Mark Pellegrino. Or something like that.) I mean, we always are, because that’s what the show does… but how about more of one than usual? 

Could Cas be next season’s Big Bad, as a Prince of Hell?

Yeah, yeah – I know. Many of you are just gonna smile politely, nod, and whisper to each other about that one lady yelling about glowing eyes again. (I do yell about eyeballs a lot. Have I mentioned that I like glowing eyes today? Well, if you didn’t know - I dig glowing eyeballs. That said, there’s way more to this than glowing eyeballs.)


But hear me out if you have the patience, because I have a bunch of words here explaining why I’m seeing this (even though I’m gonna say there’s like… a 7.3% chance of this actually happening, just because I like pulling totally random stats out of my butt). I already know @mittensmorgul​ does NOT see this happening at all. But if/when it doesn’t happen, maybe somebody will be inspired to write an awesome canon-divergent fic over the summer.

So, if you’re interested, surge on ahead.

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Contradictions in the creator quotes

I now stand firmly corrected in my misassumption that the big reveal would mean we would revisit the entire show in light of the ending and see an intricate plan. An emotional context we the audience were meant to miss. I was right. As were others. Problem was, it was a sister all along. Unfortunately the sister rugpull rather than a romance rug pull is the less convincing story arc. What we got instead was a finale that makes in retrospect much of what preceded it seem nonsensical at surface level if we accept the finale as the “solution” or the definitive story. How did we get that wrong? I was never a conspiracy fan. It relied on too much “it can only mean one thing” from mountains of data. When the narrative and the claims of creators lying as a benevolent secret keeping was all that was necessary to see a romantic endgame. I opted always for a simple solution. The simplest most probable answer. And that was heavily reliant on my trust in Mofftiss as good storytellers and good show runners. That was for me my biggest error.

If this was not “gay” but “trash”, how did it to get to be *this* trash?
How is it we were so wrong in predicting the endgame across various different theory camps of this fandom? What weaknesses on their part were we overlooking? Or not privy to? Or ignoring. Or not adequately assessing - so that coincidences were ironically a sign of laziness, or clever writing instead turns out to be poor writing - a series of tricks rather than a plan?

Because the end result is simultaneously infuriating and “Meh.” Two things that should not comfortably go together. A rug pull should leave you so impressed you don’t mind being infuriated. You applaud and shout, “oh you tricked me! Well done! How DID you do it?!” And yet, here we are.

Some fans are deciding to keep the faith - hoping for a final rug pull that will show they really were as good as we believed. I’m not there. I am opting to make a deduction and coming to a probable conclusion based on the data we have. No conspiracy. No cruel intentions. Just a series of unfortunate events.

For as much as I am loathe to say this, I think from an executive production point of view, the absence of someone like Steven Thompson means the absence of a critical third voice.
I don’t know why he left but he should have been replaced by *someone*. Mofftiss were clearly given far too much credit and license. Where was the necessary script editing to rein in their now glaringly patent self indulgent natures?
Keeping secrets to the degree they have, and being allowed to, has been proven a big executive error. Because no one was able to say hold on, how will this play out coherently? Virtually every single thing that frustrates the viewer from TEH on right through to the last frame of TFP could have been avoided if they had had a 3rd voice they listened to and who had the authority to thoroughly critique their plans. They were over indulged in all the wrong places.

TAB was a masterpiece but I suspect not for the reasons *they* think it was. They literally do not appear to have seen what it was they were writing. Or they did and defied the results on screen.
Every critique I have, or have seen, comes down in the end to that. Letting them keep secrets from their cast and crew was a glaring warning that there was no one with the authority or the necessary expertise on board to keep them in check and join up the dots.

Moffat and Gatiss have clearly been working without an outside writer’s voice who has authority that they would listen to. Since TEH it has been a problem that only compounds. The errors build on themselves.
It resulted in a finale that many critics and fans are unconvinced by for *multiple different* reasons. It was only at the end that we see just how much they were driving the show haphazardly and possibly the wrong direction.

There’s an analogy that comes to mind. One reason a manager is paid more than their secretary is that if the secretary makes a mistake their errors have less consequences in the grand scheme. You will likely notice their failings very quickly. The manager meanwhile has the ability to make errors that will not only have bigger impact but will not necessarily be immediately obvious. The more power you have the longer it will take for the true and full negative impact of your decisions to be realized. Because as a decision plays out it creates other decisions in a ripple effect that take time to play out. Of course you can offset this by critiquing the decisions before finalizing them, and thinking through what the consequences might be. If you don’t then what will happen? You can only trust the manager. You assume *they* have thought it through and assessed the potential flaws and risks and negative outcomes. That they have a plan to offset any negative consequences or prevent them from happening.
Making sound decisions demands either a high level of self-critique or a system that lets criticism in. To test your plan. To raise the issue of unintended consequences. Not with an intention of blocking success but to *ensure* it.

This show was, I fear, failing at that far earlier than anyone really knew and I don’t think TBTB see it even now. A clear warning flag that many of us picked up on at the time was AA not being told Mary was going to be revealed an assassin. That was an error that not only impacted her performance (think of her as a secretary who realizing an error she didn’t even mean to make or even knew she was making then has to then self-correct on the fly). but it crucially should have signaled a much bigger managerial error that would have a series of far more fundamental negative results. That secrecy meant that no one else got to say, um… are you sure about this plot line? Have you planned any of this out adequately and considered the long term consequences on the narrative? Because if you head down this path you may not be able to undo it. You can’t just make it up as you go. Think this all out. How will this all fit? What ongoing story are you serving here? Where do you want to land?

But the manager was trusted rather than questioned. The only negative consequence was thought to be its impact on Amanda. No biggie. She’s a professional. She can recalibrate to accommodate the performance errors she unwittingly made. Tiny errors that Mofftiss assumed were no big deal, having incorrectly assumed that it would be a better surprise reveal if she was acting blind of what was to come. But that meant she was serving a different story than them. She had no choice but to. It put emphases in potentially the wrong places. Her fellow actors are in turn then reacting to her acting choices and she is reacting to them. But that notion that if they don’t know anything, or, “just assume your character knows nothing because it doesn’t matter”, is not how acting works. They didn’t trust her. I suspect they were doing this all along to their actors. Not actually trusting their skills or adequately hearing their own unfolding insights from inside the characters. So that the cast were acting repeatedly on false sets of assumptions. So too probably were the directors and crew. As a result, what shows up on screen is not what they all think they are making. They all think they are making a slightly different show.

And the widest gap is between what Mofftiss had in their heads and what was on screen. Next down the pecking order is what Martin and Ben thought they were doing. In light of TFP there are acting choices and editing choices over which take of a scene to use (going by the commentaries) that suggest there was no 3rd party with the authority to hear their conversations and say, have you considered that the actors understand the characters better than you do? If that’s true, how might they see the path they are on? Do you realize that if you use this take you are placing an emphasis you should then follow through on.

And no one had the power to point it out and not be shrugged off. So in retrospect, there are scenes that now seem totally overplayed or emotionally on the wrong foot. And the problem is, which ones were out of character in light of TFP? Because I think that’s up for debate.

This was a show attempting to be very clever and yet apparently was very much NOT thought through. The fundamental fan error was assuming stuff could not possibly be coincidence. Others went further and assumed not just endgame narrative but an incredibly intricate conspiracy that they were hiding in plain sight so the fans could guess what the end game was.

But that was never the only option. The one thing that kept getting sidelined was the possibility that they thought they all knew what they were doing but didn’t. That their plans were flawed. And that it wasn’t that they were intentionally writing a narrative that fans could subtextually read. Rather the creators could not see it. Which produced a ton of unintended coincidences. They wrote it and acted it and designed around it and scored it and could not see the wood for the trees. Because what Mofftiss said ultimately ruled at the end.
And that is paradoxically *why* the love story works. Why there are so many coincidences. Because the story we read fitted the rules of storytelling even while Mofftiss tried to defy those very rules. To insist they weren’t telling it.
They simply ignored what many others could see - the story they were telling in spite of themselves. They assumed their intent was more powerful a force. And in that burned the heart out of their own show. So that the finale focused on Sherlock and Eurus in a self indulgent Bond meets gothic horror genre fantasy when in fact this was always meant to be about Sherlock and John. Even platonically, they failed in TFP to deliver on that adequately. They shoved it to the side so it was virtually a subplot. The wrote the wrong kind of ending for a story they were all unconsciously writing, acting, directing, designing, scoring. The very heart of ACD’s stories. The bond between the 2 heroes. A love story, even if one that was limited in its physical or sexual expression.

They tried to refocus at the end on John and Sherlock and in their fast cut blink and you miss it montage they made yet another massive error. A huge one.
They gave Mary the voice that rightly belonged to go back to John - the Boswell, the blogger, the original storyteller. So he could explain what he and Sherlock are. They did it in TAB. Sherlock understood that in TAB. That John’s public narrative is not the truth. That there is an emotional story the public doesn’t see. An emotional Sherlock the Strand reading or blog reading public doesn’t see. They should have let Sherlock’s intuition and unconscious insight be proven right in real life in the 21st century. They should have replayed that aspect of TAB in the real world. Instead, confusingly, they did the exact opposite - so much so John couldn’t tell if Sherlock was faking his own self destruction.
He couldn’t tell the story if he tried. He needed a second opinion. A big clue that they had made a mistake - the same mistake that led them to introduce Mary’s DVD messages:

Mary was never the storyteller. But they tried to make her one. It was a very flawed decision. One of so many. All interlinked. And all ultimately as result of not thinking it through. They stopped serving the core story and served themselves on a personal fan boy level. They tried to be clever and completely missed the emotional context which they claimed was what this show was supposed to all be about. At a surface textual level. And a brief montage of the future feels like a rushed and inadequate pay off to that original intent. With the wrong narrator - with Mary as our intermediary - we are now inexplicably kept more at a distance from them than we were at the start. After going through hell with them.

I suspect that around TRF they began to lose the plot. They began to think details don’t matter. Even though they then discovered fans were weaving intricate explanations for how sherlock lived they persisted in letting details go. Waving it all off to please themselves and evade scrutiny. Mistake.
All the contradictions in cast and crew commentaries and interviews point to that. And fans, me included, assumed they were smarter than that. We kept trying correct the story to make it make sense by assuming they must be telling a different story. Problem was we didn’t give enough air time to imagining a trash ending and looking for clues of what it might be. We wrote far too generous meta. We gave them way more credit than they were due. They really weren’t the storytellers we thought they were. They were just fan boys amusing themselves for a rug pull that was in the end not very interesting or as original as they think. And certainly not groundbreaking.
Rather than correcting what everyone else got wrong, they hatched up an inadequate plan and made poor decisions. Everyone else put far too much trust in them as writers. And it all culminated in an ending that throws up huge retrospective questions about swathes of what preceded it. It potentially breaks the story so that a rewatch will not make sense.

I see little or no reason to come to any other conclusion. It fits all the rules of probability. They just weren’t good enough writers. They put ego before the heart of the narrative and were indulged by too many others.

There may be other probable conclusions. But the least generous is the most sense making one to my mind right now. It requires no leaps of logic.

I am not sure who would read this but I just need to let some things out. You know what’s frustrating? It’s when fans are the ones who doubt DAY6. It happens all the time. Whenever they do something, I noticed that there are always people asking, “oh what if this doesn’t become successful? How are they going to be “successful” if they don’t appear on variety shows?” Recently, I’ve seen someone mention disbandment or jype stopping investing in them. It just does not make sense to me.

They are less than two years old. Some things in life take time to fully blossom so we cannot expect DAY6 to hit it off the bat. I know that fame would be good but being known for their music, I believe will make day6 happy more than anything. People have mentioned that some stan “personality over music”. Yes, sure, but not everyone does. As long as there are people who are willing to listen to them and watch them perform, that’s great. Think about coldplay, for example. Do their fans all over the world wait for them to appear on “variety shows”? I don’t think so. Seeing their personalities is a great thing but if people want to stan a group more for their how they act than their music, maybe day6 isn’t the one. The boys have great personalities but at this point, I don’t think that is their best selling factor.

I wish we would have more faith in them that they will do well even if it’s a slow process. Slow is good, it helps with their longevity. It’s better than to be a group that got famous quickly but couldn’t maintain momentum as they went on. As for jype’s investment, it involves a lot of experimentation cause they’re not the typical idol group. Why would they stop investing on something that they built for so long and has so much potential? 

I hope we could just watch day6 with so much positivity cause they really deserve more cheers and less doubting from us. They will fall and fail at times of course, that’s part of growth, but that doesn’t mean they will not rise. It’d be fantastic if we can stop measuring day6 compared to other groups. We can instead, measure how much they’ve grown because boy, they’re maturing so fast. Anyway, I’m done. thanks lol

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foreshadowing in the buffyverse (part 2)
dawn’s arrival in to the world and buffy’s exit from it

This is one of the more well known examples of foreshadowing in the show but also the most intricate. Dawn’s presence is first hinted at in 3x22 (“Miss Muffet”) by Faith and is then referred to as such again by one of Glory’s victims in 5x2. The 730 stands for the number of days in two years. Two years pass exactly between this episode and 5x22 (withing the show) when Dawn is destined to die (hence the countdown). This number shows up on Buffy’s clock in 4x22, however Tara points out that it is “completely wrong” as one year has passed and now only one year remains of the “countdown”. Faith mentions “little sis” in a dream in 4x15. Both these scenes take place in Buffy’s bedroom which is the first place the audience ever sees Dawn. And Tara’s warning (originally intended to be delivered by Faith for continuity) “be back before Dawn” is given in the previous episode to Dawn’s first appearance. Faith is also responsible for foreshadowing the time of Buffy’s death. During the bodyswap of 4x16, Faith uses a credit card (either Buffy or Joyce’s), with the expiration date of May 2001. Buffy’s death takes place in the same month of the same year and this episode (5x22) aired on May 22 2001, almost 730 days (so roughly two years) after 3x22 first aired on television.

Reading your opponent (like a picture book)

Habits in combat, everyone has them. Whether you do Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu or some other awesome martial art, everyone shows what they are doing, before they are doing it.

Unless you have become really well practiced, the past 25+ years

Humans are gregarious primates. This means that they mostly live in big groups and enjoy being social with each other. Being in that social environment all the time means that people interact with each other, all the time. In a speaker based society like most of the West (where the speaker is responsible to express how they feel) this means that we always give away how we feel in this exact moment:

  • Slumped shoulders, head down? Not a happy camper.
  • Children who dance and play around? Happy!
  • Frowned face and a stern face? Oof..
    Etc.

Skipping the lecture, what does that have to do with fighting?

EVERYTHING.

Everyone during sparring (or a form of it) is busy with both mind and body simultaneously. The thing is, those two cannot be completely separated. So when the body is going to make a move, the brain already thought of it.

The brain is always first and subconsciously, your body will give off a signal that something’s going to happen.

This can translate itself in many forms:

  • Eyes widening
  • Pulling back the front defending arm
  • Flaring nostrils 
  • Crawling in closer to the opponent
  • Licking the lips or pursing them
  • Frowning or blinking multiple times
  • Even pulling back a little, to go forward again

Originally posted by cat-skill

You could say that everyone has their own little ‘ticks’. They are signs of an attack coming, and they will give you out to the opponent if they are skilled themselves.

Maybe you are thinking now: “uhm I’ve been practicing for a few years, I’ve never noticed that.”

Metsuke

Did you ever look for them? Did you ever train yourself in looking and the art of Metsuke (the art of observing)?
When you have practiced it enough you will be able to use ‘mokushin’ which we can literally translate to ‘your mind’s eye’. You will be able to read the poor sucker that is your opponent and make sure nothing gets by you.
Mind you though, this takes years of practice. There won’t be a magical light bulb moment that say “a-ha! That’s it!” No. But the more you can use it, the more you will be aware of the fact that you can.

So what’s your tick?

Do you know what you do? Probably not. Someone else has to point it out for you.
I had no idea why I was so predictable until somebody showed me. This revealed an ‘oooooh….’ - moment and I was able to work on my obsessive need to to crawl in (for almost exactly every time: 3 steps) the opponents’ space. Apparently my face was a big traitor in the beginning as well…

With help from my Sensei and one of my faithful sparring partners, I was able to work on it (and I still am working on it, every week). Now my face is calm and my predictable state is gone. 

Something I can recommend is to make videos of yourselves. You can study yourself and your opponent and analyze what you are doing.

How to be less predictable

Okay now that I have introduced you to ‘Metsuke’, it’s time to lose your punching bag status. Sure you can read the opponent and react to them, but so can they.

Originally posted by blazepress

If you are predictable you might just be a punching bag.
(saves us the trouble of chasing after you)

Here are some tips to start you off with:

  • Don’t just stand there, be dynamic in your movements.
    The way contenders in kumite competitions do it might be a big overdone for the dojo but at least they are a hard target to hit!
  • Keep your guard UP. Especially if your opponent is taller than you.
  • Keep your guard forward. Keeping your arms close to you means you’re inviting them for a hug, a painful one.
  • Have a stance.
    Don’t stretch your legs but keep them bent. They allow you to move, which refers to my first point.
  • Don’t show your BACK.
    Now I’ve sparred with quite a few people who were active in the tournament scene. I never had easier opponents. Why?

Let’s go back to the first picture:

If the blue dots are potential targets, I’d have a fun time. Their backs are wide open! Their legs are on one line which makes it easy to sweep and the one in aka (red) has a low guard. Mind you, these are competitors in the Team Kumite Competition 2014 World Karate Championships. Their lightning fast reflexes will probably save them. 

BONUS: THE TIP TO BE LESS PREDICTABLE

If you took the previous points in, well done. There is one more thing that I see bothers pretty much every coloured belt, and sometimes even black belts:

There is no variety in their attacks.

When you practiced for a little while and you found a combo that works for you, you will do it. All. The. Time.

I had one, or two:

(Surikomi) Mawashi geri – tobikomizuki – Gyakuzuki
(round house kick – front punch – back punch)

BORING.

I mean, there’s nothing wrong with this, but fact is that everyone knows what’s coming after two attacks.
You have so many options to choose from, why stick with this? Because they work? Well for now maybe, but never for long. You have so much to combine:

  • Punches
  • Kicks
  • Movements
  • Attacking and reaction TIMING
  • Sweeps
  • Strikes
  • Locks

Okay the last ones might be only for the higher belts (it’s different from dojo to dojo), but the first three are already available from the first week you start practicing! 

Mix it up, don’t be boring. Even with the most basic things you’ve learned you can make many combinations. This will make you harder to read and less of a target because… 

You make sure you will be a surprise during the whole fight!

Originally posted by firatdere

So if you lost at life, I’ll help make you a winner
If you’re and down out, I’ll point you up and in
And if you need the proof, just look at me, you sinner!
I am the king of sin

Jack as Jonas Nightingale works ok just listen pleas e

Where Did PLL Go Wrong?

Originally posted by dilaurnts

So we’re less than 6 episodes away until the very end and since PLL isn’t on tomorrow due to some idiotic decision by Freeform (At the time ABC Family), we thought we would list where and how we think PLL went wrong. These are just our opinions, we have a “PLL Goodbye Letter” planned soon. Anyways so PLL will always have a special place in my heart, despite how terrible and confusing it’s gotten, and thankfully we’ll always have the good first 2 seasons to look back on. But every show has a end date and PLL is long past it’s end, imo the show should’ve ended years ago but we’ll get to that in a minute. The mysterious charm from the early seasons is gone and sadly we’ve had to deal with one confusing story line after another, plus millions of plot holes. But hey it’s PLL!!!!!

Too MANY Seasons! (Seriously way too many!)

No one wants their favorite TV show to end right? But isn’t it better to end a show when you’ll miss it as opposed to when your barely able to stand it anymore. ABC Family dragged this show out wayyyyy too long, we discussed this in another post about why the ratings went down. Marlene originally planned 5 seasons, had she and the network of followed through with that plan the show still would of ended with over 100 episodes and the ratings might not of gotten as low as they are now. I was expecting the show to end with S5 but after reading interviews, I assumed they would renew it for a 6th and final season. However I was not expecting them to do a 2 season renewal. This was too much and the network got greedy of the show’s success. It’s taken forever to answer our questions probably because of the double renewal. A show should only be dragged out for so long and in our opinion 5 seasons or a shortened 6th final season would’ve been enough. Tbh I don’t remember being that thrilled about a S7. 

Filler Episodes Galore!

Some filler episodes haven’t bothered me, the barrel episode (S5E16) was one of them I enjoyed, the fan base seemed to hate it. However filler episodes that focus on Hanna’s fashion career, Aria’s drama with Ezra, and story lines that literally do NOT matter are what bothers me. When we don’t get any more info on “A” or a current mystery, the episode feels pointless and stale. Take almost all of 6B for an example, while S7 has been better it hasn’t impressed us overall tbh regardless if these last episodes are amazing they won’t be able to make up for any filler we got at the beginning of a season. They might’ve reduced S6 and S7 to 20 episodes but that didn’t mean we did not get fillers. S6 and S7 should’ve been shorted to 10-13 episodes imo. The writers apparently love filler episodes. The fan base does not.

Enough With Irrelevant Characters

The show already has too many new characters, it’s even worse when you introduce a character in 601 and make her RC/BW, characters we saw in S3 and S4. That is what was the final straw with me hating 610. Sara might’ve been introduced as a storyline in S4 but we did not meet her ACTUAL character until 601. It was annoying enough they gave Sydney such relevance during the recent episode. She better of been lying in that limo. But maybe Syndey is more relevant, idk who knows anymore. Then we have Shana who ended up being Ezra’s shooter. We will go back to that in a minute. 

Confusion! Who Is “A” and Who Is NOT “A”?-

Honestly the reality with this show is anyone can claim to be “A” and it will instantly confuse the fanbase. Having Shana in the black hoodie in S5 was especially confusing. So she wasn’t “A” but she was wearing the black hoodie? Was she working for “A”? What even? During those “A” endings which “A” is who? The fan base has to assume answers, this show is extremely confusing. People act shady, are they connected to “A”? What even? Aren’t there other outfits people could wear without confusing the audience? 

Making The Ships She #1 Priority, and NOT The Mystery 

When I started watching this show, I watched for one reason, the mystery. I loved the persona of “A”, it was creepy, fun, exciting, and how the writers wrote the omnipresent character of “A” was what drew me to the show. This is why the show will always have a special place in my heart. The original mystery was so intriguing and fun. However as the show went on, the writers shifted towards the ships and made them the #1 as opposed to the mystery scenes we used to get. Honestly this is not what I signed up for, I get having romance, it’s nice to blend both the romance and mystery together, but it seemed Marlene and the writers turned it into a full on romance show. Because of the ships imo they couldn’t go THERE with main love interests. Toby being on the “A” team was an amazing twist and they wasted it by caving into Spoby. What a cop out that was. The special-ness of the show was ripped away when we got non-stop shipping scenes. Again this is just my personal opinion. 

Aghhhhh, That CeCe Reveal 

Honestly, I never imagined I would be disappointed with 610. Some people might’ve enjoyed it, that’s great if you did, but I couldn’t enjoy it. The episode was outright awful. Seriously that holograph screen was just……ridiculous and corny, CeCe’s story made no sense at all, and the worst part in my opinion was Sara Harvey. The dialogue felt off and it felt insulting, I was considering dropping the show at that point honestly the episode was that awful. Regardless if the writers fix these plot holes, it won’t undo the amount of disappointment that the writers caused on the fans. Nope, not gonna forget that awful episode. Because of that episode I don’t have much faith in the writers at all. Well the bright side of the episode was the girl’s emotional goodbye scene. 

The Time Jump + 6B 

Not gonna lie, I wasn’t too pleased when I heard they were doing a time jump, especially a 5 year one. The dynamic of the girls being teenagers would be gone, the show wouldn’t be the same. The writers probably did this because of the cast getting tired of playing teenagers (Which is understandable), but they didn’t handle 6B right imo. It was pure filler, it feels so good to vent about this season now. The dynamic of the show did change, Spaleb was pointless because Haleb ended up getting back together which resulted in Spencer getting hurt, the girls drank ALL the time (Seriously we get it, they are over 21, and are adults), and Uber A wasn’t that scary with their emojis, according to Marlene Amoji was Uber A/A.D. Gosh this “A” has so many names (Big Bad, Uber Bad, Uber A, Amoji, A.D., so on). The season just felt disappointing and boring. 7A was better but in my opinion it felt dull , but the bright side is 714 did in fact give us major answers so I really appreciate the writers for that. Overall my interest really went away after 610, my friend and I decided to give the time jump a chance, and while I was tempted to drop the show MULTIPLE times, I decided why not? Might as well just finish this show out. We’re almost done anyways. Had I of dropped the show I might not of met so many PLL accounts and so on, so there’s something positive to find I guess. Speaking of the current seasons, what happened to us getting “A” endings? We’ve only gotten a few this season and they are imo one of the most iconic parts of the show. Are the writers lazy or do they just not want to write anymore A endings? 

Unanswered Questions & Dropped Storylines

We could be talking about this forever, it seems that we are starting to get our questions answered. Hopefully a majority of remaining questions and dropped story lines are answered on the show and not another interview that Marlene did with 610. There’s some hope these questions will be answered now, 714 proved to be a very successful and information packed episode. 

So overall those were are thoughts. We have had fun watching this show for the most part but in all honestly I’m exhausted from this dragged out show and ready for it to end, all good things must come to an end. The main reason why I am watching is to finish the show out, say I finished it because half the time I’m terrible at finishing TV shows, and find out who the heck A.D. is. Tbh we’re not even sure if this person is Lucas, or Melissa, or Spencer’s twin. We might as well just sit back and enjoy these final episodes. Just pray we’re satisfied enough when 720 airs and this show is finally over. 

Again these are our opinions, but what are your thoughts on PLL over the years?

-OMGTheBusyBees

You know what amazing show gets kind of ignored?

Dollhouse. Dollhouse is so damn good and so many actors do such amazing work on it but nobody seems to ever talk about it.

Originally posted by earpwave

Dichen Lachman gives a ton of flawless performances (I say a ton because she basically plays several parts)

As does Enver Gjokaj.

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Amy Acker, who is amazing in everything I’ve ever seen her in, has what is perhaps my favorite role of hers here. 

Originally posted by lrbcn

Fran Kranz became one of my favorite male actors with this show and Cabin In the Woods. He plays a “sociopath in a sweater vest” and oh does he ever do it well. 

Originally posted by geniusbrink

Olivia Williams plays the head of the LA Dollhouse, and is she EVER a force to be reckoned with.

Originally posted by urukhai

You may have noticed that I haven’t talked about Eliza Dushku, the lead. Now I LOVE Eliza Dushku. I’m more than a little bit obsessed with Faith Lehane. But she is not the high point of this show. If only because the other actors are SO DAMN GOOD. 

Things you should know before getting into this show:

It starts slowly. FOX wanted them to make the first several episodes pilots, so you go over the same things over and over. By the time you get to episode 6 things really start moving.

For the second season, they knew they were going to be cancelled, so they shoved several seasons of material into one. The result is a wild, wild ride. 

I’d put a trigger warning for rape on the whole show.

“The manager has shown faith in me and we have a good relationship as well.  The fans have been different class. I don’t have any worries about next season.I am looking forward to this last game. We need the three points of course and then we’ll be in the Champions League.

I felt sharp. I’m glad to be starting and glad to be providing some chances for the boys as well and it’s a great victory for us. We rose to the occasion, we showed what we were about, we worked hard and kept the ball well and we did everything the manager asked of us. It’s a great feeling. This was an important game for us. It was a big one. We came here with the right attitude. We knew what we had to do and it’s great to get the victory.” - Daniel Sturridge on his Liverpool future and the big win at West Ham.

While reading through BNHA one of my favorite parts (one of many anyway) was the scene where Tsuyu has a talk with the group that rescued Bakugo because it honestly highlights one of my favorite aspects of this series.

We’ve seen her character be portrayed as very calm and collected, usually always has the greatest insight and intuition even in this most hectic situations, she’s rarely ever shown to falter. So this was the first time we have her showing regret, feeling remorseful for comparing the group to the villians for ignoring the rules and trying to rescue Bakugo on their own without permission from their superiors.

Now that line could’ve easily been unmentioned after it was brought up since at this point it was well after that line was said and the rest of the cast had moved on and forgotten about what she said. But keeping faithful to her character Tsuyu never keeps anything to herself if it bothers her and always says what’s on her mind, and she needed to personally apologize for what she said so she can move on and continue being friends with her classmates with a clear conscience with the knowledge that she was sorry

Horikoshi put time aside in the story to give some great depth to a side character, which is one of BNHA’s greatest strengths,its good focus on the extended cast and characterizing them very well, the feeling camaraderie and friendship amongst the the class can be felt very well even if their also competing against eachother as well. How the group just surrounds Tsuyu and reassure her that their still friends and the love her just really gets to me


pretenderoftheeast  asked:

Hi, PQ, been a while! If you don't mind me asking, do you have any particular opinions on the other Ironborn players like Gorold Goodbrother, Dunstan Drumm, Baelor Blacktyde, Germund Botley, House Harlaw (Hotho and Harlaw) and any I might have missed?

Hey there :) outside the dynamics of the modern Greyjoys, there are two areas of Ironborn history and culture that interest me: the magical/religious background and the on-and-off sustainable contact points with the mainland. Both of those larger narratives are exemplified not only within House Greyjoy, but among the larger community. The magical/religious backstory is brought up through the Farwynds as well as Damphair and the Crow’s Eye, and the while the struggle over the relationship with the mainland is given its most personal and poignant expression in Theon’s POV, it also shows up everywhere from the drowning customs to Baelor Blacktyde’s faith to the Reader’s library. Part of what makes the Ironborn work so well is that those aforementioned internal and intra-familial dynamics are mapped onto the story’s larger political and magical structures. Theon’s identity conflict ends up ripping a whole in both the Stark cause and his Dad’s (admittedly already terrible) plan. Euron’s manipulation, abuse, and murder of his brothers is the vessel by which he seizes power and his own personal measuring stick of success. And Asha’s chapter titles speak to how she’s struggling to remake both her own identity and her people’s in the midst of (male-driven) narratives seeking to forestall or absorb hers: The Kraken’s Daughter, the Wayward Bride, the King’s Prize, the Sacrifice. I get that not everyone likes the tone or the specific characters at work here, but in terms of your basic “variations on a theme connecting protagonists and environment” structure, the Greyjoy plot-cluster-crescendo from ACOK through AFFC and ADWD to what we’ve seen (from three out of four POVs) in TWOW is rock solid. 

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“… Is ‘mercy’ so powerful…? Even if you gain no LV? I don’t want to be weak, Frisk. I don’t us to be hurt. No more, not anymore. Show me your way, then. Prove to me… that you can win the game with mercy.”

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Aaaaand cue REDEMPTION RUN, where Chara learns the meaning of M E R C Y and their soul can rest in peace, rather than being corrupted, and you atone for your sins by making everyone happy. Be a good kid, okay?

Phew, well, this was an adventure :D Hope you all enjoyed the comic!

Headcanons/explanations under the cut~

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anyways, what I feel, what we feel, as lgbt muslims watching the show and about that subplot in particular has value and deserves to be heard. I know very well what it’s like in muslim countries. I know what awaits me there. don’t believe I don’t think about it every single day, when I think about going back to the homeland. throwing that reality in my face as a gotcha thing, which was not warranted at all, was not a very nice thing to do, to say the least.

the fact that homophobia is, indeed, institutionalized in MENA countries doesn’t mean my point doesn’t stand, seeing as this show takes place in the western world and is framed towards a western audience, with perceptions already dangerously leaned towards seeing my faith and my religion as inherently hateful, a perception which has caused me and other muslims to be taunted, insulted, harassed and dehumanized on a daily basis.

I very much dislike the fact that y'all non muslims like to pick which voice to listen to according to which narratives make you more comfortable but I’m not surprised.

this post was about my feelings as a gay muslim, about this tendency this show has to exclude us from our own communities by depicting the muslim world and gayness as something that cannot coexist. it was not that persons place to come into my post or tone police me but y'all went with it because you’d rather keep criticism under locked doors. you’re not interested in hearing about muslim voices in the fandom and how they feel. you’re interested in your own agenda and sets of beliefs and it’s exhausting and disappointing that I ever expected anything else.

waterangelz127  asked:

#19 Unpopular opinion about BTVS

An unpopular opinion…hmm, lemme try and pull something out that I haven’t said before

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Okay, how ‘bout this: I don’t really buy into Fuffy. I guess this is more of an opinion about the fandom, but still. The ships involving Buffy, Angel, Faith, and Spike all make sense to me except for Fuffy (plus the love triangles and that weird one where all four are in some sort of love ball all the time). Obviously, Bangel and Spuffy actually happened on the show. Check. Spike and Faith have enough in common that I could see them being together at a certain point in the show (maybe around season 4). Check. Spike and Angel have hella history that I don’t think would result in love, but could certainly result in infatuation. Check. Faith and Angel… well, it’s sort of like the ship that didn’t sail, but it was about one night alone together from being canon. Check. But Faith and Buffy… I don’t get it. I don’t see sexual tension or longing or anything. To me, all their relationship really was, was Faith looking up to Buffy and Buffy looking down on Faith, which resulted in the two being, at best, frenemies and, at worst, mortal adversaries. I know some people ship them because they just like the idea of it, but I also know that some people really see evidence of Fuffy in the show. I, personally, don’t see that anywhere.

Thanks for the ask! 

P.S. Sorry if you like Fuffy, and I totally just offended the heck out of you!

Let's talk about the man who ordered the rescue of Brendol and Armitage Hux

Not too long ago, I made a post that simply stated “what if Snoke was the one who told Hux he should rule the galaxy?”. In this post, I want to talk about the thought process behind that idea, and on top of that, explain just what the deal is with that guy from Aftermath: Life Debt who I won’t shut up about and why he’s relevant to the other Star Wars character I can’t shut up about, namely, our boy Armitage Hux.

Pretty much everyone in the Hux fandom knows about the basic facts we learned from exactly two scenes in Life Debt. Hux is a bastard. His mother was a “kitchen woman”. His father called him “weak-willed, thin as a slip of paper and just as useless”. His first name is Armitage.

However, I want to discuss further than that. I want to talk about the the fact that Brendol and Armitage Hux were deemed very useful in the eyes of one Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax.

Who is Admiral Rax? Well most of the villain B-plot of Life Debt revolves around this question. Out of seemingly nowhere, he rises to take control of the largest faction of the splintering Empire, but he has apparently been part of Palpatine’s inner circle for more than twenty years. Best Girl Rae Sloane spends some time digging through archives just to find something, anything about this guy, and all she discovers is a holo of him as a teen palling around with good old Pal Teen.

We actually know more about Rax’s backstory and personality from the book (along with the indisputable fact that he is The Worst™) and I am ever so eager to talk about it but here and now, we’re talking about what he has to do with the Huxes.

Rax is the one who orders the rescue of Brendol and Armitage Hux. This is not because he’s casually going around helping Imperials get out of shitty situations. No, far from it – his usual strategy is to kill them or let them fall into the hands of the New Republic, because he thinks much of the Empire is corrupt and useless and needs to be weeded out. But he doesn’t want to weed Commandant Hux out. In fact, he elevates the man to a position in the super special “Shadow Council”. It’s in the first meeting of the Shadow Council that we get the well known discussion of Armitage’s bastard status and the quote about his “weak-willed” nature. Later, we learn that Rax considers Hux to be the only member of the Shadow Council (not counting Rae Sloane, perhaps) worth keeping around.

In their [the councilmembers’] eyes, the firelight of uncertainty and fear. That is fine. [Rax] needs them only so long. All of them but Hux. Hux will be necessary.

Hux will be necessary. What for? I think the answer is obvious: because of the Commandant’s vision for a new kind of army, one that is *cough* “exceptionally trained, programmed from birth”. In other words, Rax has plans that extend decades into the future, allowing time to build up this new army.

He has envisioned the First Order, in other words.

There is a lot of other evidence to indicate that Rax is Supreme Leader Snoke, but I honestly think this is the most convincing clue. If he’s not Snoke, he served Snoke or is replaced by Snoke at some point, but Rax is certainly the founding mind behind the First Order.

Then we have the famous exchange that Started It All:

[Rax] shows his teeth in a grin. “For now, rescue. Hopefully [Hux] will appreciate our efforts and in good faith he’ll join us. He has a child – a bastard boy, as I understand. Not born of his wife, Maratelle, but of some… kitchen woman. Don’t worry about the mother or the wife, but a child is a child, and blood is blood, so make sure the boy finds rescue as well.”

[Rae Sloane:] “Is it wise to devote resources to rescue his boy?”

“The Empire must be fertile and young. Children are crucial to our success. Many of our officers are old. We need that kind of vitality. That brand of energy you get with the young. The Empire needs children.”

First, I want to point out that Rax uses the name of Hux’s wife, which I think indicates that he knows Hux personally, enough to remember the details of his family life. Second, I want to point out Rax’s phrasing “in good faith” because he uses the word “faith” a lot. “Have faith in me,” he tells multiple people on various occasions. It’s a little mystical for a naval officer, and that adds to his Snokeyness. Also he almost definitely has the Force. So there’s that. But thirdly, he already seems to have his eyes on Armitage Hux. Perhaps for just the reasons he gives: he wants a new generation of officers. But lil Armie is the only child we ever hear him looking to rescue. Interesting.

Which finally leads us to the idea of him (as Snoke) giving Armitage Hux the idea to become Emperor. If he has had his eye on teeny Huxy for a long time – and if teeny Huxy showed potential, which I’m sure he did – then Rax could easily have begun to favor him or suggest paths of glory to him. The reason why I imagine him doing this is mostly because he does this with Sloane.

Sloane narrows her eyes. “[…] You are little more than a shadow – and yet you lead the Empire.”

[Rax:] “Secretly. You’re the grand admiral here, I’ll remind you.”

“In title, yes. And your leadership is not that secret. You’re out in the open more than you think. Word will get out.”

“And when it does, I will confirm that I remain your most trusted adviser – a war hero who supports your candidacy for Emperor.”

Spoilers: she doesn’t trust him one bit.

If Rax is the sort of villain who wants to rule from the shadows, controlling the official head of state, then it’s not a stretch to imagine that Hux’s belief that “it is his destiny to sit on the throne that rules the galaxy” was instilled in him or encouraged by the Fleet Admiral/“Counselor to the Empire”/Supreme Leader who first brought him and his father into the First Order.

Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts on the matter. If you have any questions about Gallius Rax please direct them to me, I seem to be the resident expert on that sack of shit fascinating fellow. And any questions about Life Debt, Brendol Hux, or anything else mentioned in this post. I am quite up for sharing thoughts, opinions, or headcanons.

anonymous asked:

At this point, what I want most is for the show to keep Emma and Hook's development/make sure that they get to keep their happy ending/beginning. I don;t want Emma dead and Hook mourning her/trying to move on. And given how much work has goen to CS, I have faith that this will be handled well.

Captain Swan has had great development and been handled very, very well. I have no reason to doubt that they will do everything they can to preserve that story.

anonymous asked:

I love the music f(x) is given/choose for their album but, and I feel like I've said this a hundred times over the years lol, what's the point of having good music if they can't perform it much? They're given things that SM KNOWS wouldn't fly with other groups (which is what makes them unique and the way their voices blend so well with each concept) and at this point idk if that's supposed to be a show of faith in their abilities or something done out of spite to get them to fail eventually

I think it’s almost both TBH. The stuff they’re getting is weirder and weirder and I think SM is just sort of like they’ll pull it off or they’ll fail and it’s whatever to us.