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The age of killing your darlings on TV for the shock factor is dead. It’s been dead since Game of Mainstream Appeal killed off Sean Bean for the eight thousandth (8000th) time in onscreen fiction. The only possible shock left (the only one) is to make your main character queer. This is the time of the Shock Gay. The Surprise Asexual. The Bi-the-Way.

Bring all your characters out of the closet to startle and amaze in 2k18. I will be shocked you had the guts. I will be thrilled. I will watch your piece of crap show

fun fact: companies sell products with inferior quality to eastern europeans as opposed to western europeans. it is known, but apparently legal. 

so, for example, the way nutella tastes in germany will be different to the way nutella tastes in bulgaria because the one in bulgaria is of a lower quality.

it’s so much fun being eastern european. 

and then some cocky western european shows up and says “well, it’s nothing personal, they’re just adapting the product to your tastes.” which is not only rude af, but wrong

Eight reasons to visit Colorado

Colorado is the home of the Rocky Mountains, the gateway to the West, filled with pioneer history, real life cowboys, hip towns, hot springs and some of the best hiking, biking, camping and climbing you’re ever likely to find – all only one direct flight away, with British Airways flying to Denver seven times per week.

Winter here is rightly famous, but the adventure lasts all year. In summer, wildflowers carpet the mountain slopes; in autumn, golden hues race through the forests. There are 300 days of sunshine a year, more 14ers (mountain summits over 14,000-feet) than any other state and a festival scene that doesn’t quit - from the spectacular Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival where hundreds of balloons fill the sky with colour, to the slightly mad Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (fancy chasing a steam train up a mountain anyone?), Colorado’s got you covered.


Powder dreams

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European ski resorts might get all the airtime, but for true winter junkies a Rocky Mountain trip is a must. Powder here is drier, lighter and perfect for carving, plus the runs are empty and enormous. The amount of choice is superb too, from the wide-open bowls of Vail and Breckenridge to the fast lines of Aspen and Snowmass, as well as more than a dozen other world-class winter resorts within a short drive of each other.


Elevated adventure

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Colorado is home to 12 national parks and monuments, offering everything from backpacking and horseback riding to rafting, rock climbing and even, in Great Sand Dunes National Park, sand boarding among North America’s highest dunes. Most ski resorts stay open year-round, switching from pistes to downhill mountain biking trails and keeping the lifts running for high-elevation hiking and easy-to-reach panoramic views. The town of Grand Junction makes an excellent adventure base-camp, with some of the best outdoor activities in the state right in its back yard.


Some like it hot

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Combining the spectacular scenery of the Rockies with five of the hippest hot spring towns in the country, the 720-mile Historic Hot Springs Loop is the best way to soak up Colorado’s healing waters. With 30 natural thermal pools open year-round, highlights include the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world at Glenwood Springs, the soothing natural vapour caves of Ouray and the bubbling delights of Steamboat.


National Parks

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Rocky Mountain National Park is legendary: a 415-square-mile wilderness of jagged peaks and high alpine lakes home to coyote, black bear and moose. The fun mountain town of Estes Park, a great base from which to explore it, is just 1.5 hours from Denver. There are lesser known national parks too such as Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a spectacular 2,000-foot gorge that rivals the Grand Canyon but draws a fraction of the crowds, and the cliff-dwellings of Mesa Verde, one of the best preserved examples of Native American culture in the country.


Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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If you’re after something a little less strenuous, try Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre – by day it’s a free city park just 30 minutes west of Denver with hiking trials and giant rock formations, by night, an outdoor music venue that has hosted everyone from The Beatles to local jazz, rock and bluegrass artists.


The Wild West

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From ghost towns and vintage trains to working cowboy ranches and the largest rodeo in the world, Denver’s annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (as well as the first: the Deer Trail Rodeo which started in 1869) – the Wild West is alive and kicking in Colorado. 

Saddle up or join a cattle drive, and you’ll feel the spirit of that old frontier still; footprints of dinosaurs embedded in stone, petroglyphs carved into cliffs, rivers where you can pan for gold. 

Want to look the part? Head to Rockmount Ranch Wear in downtown Denver, where Western icon, Jack A. Weil, invented the first cowboy shirt with poppers instead of buttons and popularised Western wear into popular culture.


Hop Heaven 

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With more craft breweries per capita than any other state, Colorado is heaven for hop heads. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest craft beer event in the country while the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is set in a spectacular valley. But, it’s the little-known gems that really catch the eye: The Grimm Brothers, serving fable-inspired brews in Loveland, and the mountain views from Avery’s enormous outdoor patio in Boulder, are two local favourites. 

Get the true lowdown on a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample everything from stouts to lagers.


Sports Mad

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Denver is Bronco’s country. When Colorado’s American Football team plays, the whole city dresses in orange to support. Catch games live at the Blake Street Tavern in the heart of downtown. But with seven premier sports teams in all, don’t stop there. On a warm summer night, hot dog in one hand, cold beer in the other, there’s no better place to be than Coors Field, home of The Rockies baseball team.


On the Rails

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The steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, built in 1882, cuts spectacularly through the canyons and remote mountains of the San Juan National Forest – a journey taken by Colorado’s first pioneers more than a century ago.  While vintage train lovers will adore Pikes Peak Cog Railway, near Colorado Springs. The highest cog railway on the planet, it climbs to the 14,114-foot summit of Pike’s Peak, the view from here inspired the song America the Beautiful

Plan your Colorado holiday with British Airways


Words by Aaron Millar

Header Photo by VISIT DENVER

When you overhear someone talking about one of your favorite Fandoms...

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I’ve been working on designs for a new project I was invited to. 

Mage Oikawa who wanders into the woods looking for a rare hearb and gets lost and meet the Forest’s Guardian, the Fairy King, Iwachan….. or smth xP

EXO Will Become the 4th K-Pop Artist to Perform at the Seoul Olympic Stadium!

EXO will perform 2 EXO’rdium DOT shows at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul on May 27-28th. It is the largest stadium in South Korea, with a capacity for concerts reaching 72,000.

EXO will become only the 4th K-Pop artist to hold a concert at the stadium. Previous K-Pop artists who held concerts at the stadium include: H.O.T. JYJ, and g.o.d. 

Michael Jackson was the first musical act to perform at the Olympic Stadium back in 1996, during his HIStory World Tour, playing 2 sold out shows. Other western acts who previously held concerts in the stadium include: Elton John, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, & Lady Gaga.

Congratulations EXO!

So you want to get into the dog world!

This last week at the borzoi nationals, I realized just how far I’ve come in the last four years, how much I’ve learned and how much I still have to learn!

I have a lot of half-baked ideas. I’m looking for people from all breeds to pitch in and see if we can make / build something awesome.

The Problems: 
Dog sports are aging out. All you have to do is attend any event and see that the ratio of young to older people is *heavily* towards older people.

Us young people have grown up in an era where “Adopt Don’t Shop” is practically a moral imperative. Those of us who actively choose to move towards purebred dogs face a lot of stigma from our peers.

Very few of us have solid connections into the dog world. So we turn to google to find breeders. Unfortunately, the mediocre and worse breeders are the ones who tend to have the best websites with the best SEO. Combine with the fact that even if you do locate a quality breeder, most will not take a chance in any form on a newbie, and you get newbies who get suboptimal specimens who enter the breed or performance ring(s) with NO idea of how to handle their dogs and no resources for improvement and get burned out quickly. 

The Dog World Establishment is pretty damn cliquey. If you get a dog from a disreputable or not well liked breeder, odds are good you’re not going to be welcomed into any fold with very open arms.

Learning dog conformation IS HARD AF. There are A LOT OF PIECES and finding someone who is not kennel blind enough to be able to be less biased and more straight forward about what makes a good / bad dog or not AND who is able to analyze, break down and communicate effectively to someone who has NO foundation or baseline for understanding this stuff is at this point pure luck.

Learning handling skills is HARD AF. And again. Unless you find someone WILLING to help you in the first place who also has the skills to analyze, break down and communicate to you small pieces of what you need to work on at a time, you’re up shit creek.

Learning how to effectively train a WORKING quality dog is a whole new experience from the pets you’ve had before who are fine just laying on the couch and easy enough to teach basic domestics. When you get a dog that’s smart, devious and has a temperament designed for having a job of some kind, everything escalates. And if you don’t know where to go for that kind of serious training (read: not petco level training), puppyhood can be super challenging.

Solutions:

We need a network of people who are available to mentor and help newbies. Regional, or better yet, state lists of GOOD obedience and handling classes perfect for people who are new. Lists of TALENTED mentors by breed who can teach from the ground up what makes a good dog, how to read breed standards and how to identify good breeders.

I think ideally, you should work with someone who ISN’T in the breed you’re shooting for, but has experience in that group. I was lucky enough to find an experienced sighthound owner who has been an incredible, analytical mentor who has helped me to understand, see and feel the mechanics of a functional dog in all breeds, sighthounds specifically and we’ve learned borzoi together. In shadowing her search for a silken breeder, I’ve learned so much about what I should have done and am doing for my next borzoi breeder. We need to identify people like those in any and all breeds that are willing to work with enthusiastic greenies like I was. Or else all this knowledge and expertise dies out. And WHAT A WASTE that would be!

I don’t know how to go about this or where to begin. I’m also terrible at effective tagging.

But I think this is a start. IF YOU ARE A PROSPECTIVE DOG WORLD NOVICE IN THE SEATTLE AREA, please know that I’m available to you. I will hook you up with the school and trainer I assist and teach at and with. Don’t be discouraged. This world is a hard nut to crack. The good news is us younger folks are pretty sick, by and large, of The Establishment in any arena and just want to learn and contribute. I think we can stand to change the culture of the dog world for the better. There’s a lot to learn and it’s SO REWARDING. I would hate to see this world die away and out. 

Let’s get a conversation going on how to make this shit better.

On the whole cal arts thing I’m just going to put my opinion that just it my opinion I’m not applying to art school or anything so I could and very likely be wrong so here we go

We could be comparing apples to oranges here cause they could be simplifying things so it’s easier to animate and shit mind you isn’t cal arts for animation? It’s very easy to say things are bad because if your like me you watch anime then you’ve become accustomed to detailed and complex anatomy in animation but let’s look at cartoons from this decade

Barring generator rex and Korra most of these cartoons have a simplistic style meaning it’s easier to animate these new design have a strong silhouette meaning it’s distinguishable those two things are what this person is very likely going for the fact their art is less detailed doesn’t mean they degraded as an artist but actually have improved in having a style that’s fit in a cartoon that’d be easy for people to draw remember folks the detailed shit is for illustration and not animating so if you’re so inclined to criticizing someone for having an art style that obviously is focusing on anatomy and strong silhouettes instead of gorgeous detail then you do the art yourself or commission someone to do but for fucks sake grow up and don’t be a dick to someone for having a “cringey” art style


Edit: I’ve been informed that the artist is a trans fetishist and is a jerk but that doesn’t lesson the fact that cal arts shouldn’t be blamed for this. If anything this should be a case of misplaced anger

Bts is nominated for their 1st ever Billboard Award for ‘Top Social Artist’ army’s this is massive news and a big achievement in it self as Bts is the only Kpop group nominated. Please we’ve made many dreams come true for our boys, Daesang, Artist of the Year, Album of the year, Icon of the year and now we have to work together to make another Dream come true. So far Justin Bieber has won all years in this category and 2017 he and other big names including Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez are nominated so don’t feel safe and when voting starts keep voting and DON’T STOP! This is our chance, so voting commences May 1st so please spread this for all army to see so we can bring these boys a Western Award.

Show starts May 21st 8pm or 4pm ABC will update about the voting procedure expect either a hashtag battle or voting via Billboards website. Will confirm which it is. Please spread!

Update: Fan votes will not alone help BTS win, mass streaming of their music will need to be done in accompany with voting - read more here Source 

How to vote: Source 

If link didn’t work the basis of voting is #bts to vote, voted or voting with the #BBMA. Do not start until may 1st as VOTEs won’t count. Remember to stream Mv’s, share and like to keep Bts in top social artist ranking as they count.