Wow! I’ve never gotten more than MAYBE 15 notes in my many years on tumblr. Thanks, witch fam!
UPDATED*** Here are some app links for @valicorne and others who requested. They should all be free. Some of these are also in the Android Marketplace, and for those that aren’t, there are comparable ones.
And my mom has a baller sigil making app on Android I envy: Sigil Automatron. Anyone know of a comparable one for iOS? (I don’t want just a paint or photoshop-like app, but one specific
To making sigils)
Not all the full names show in the screenshotted app view, which is why some of you struggled to find them. Sorry!):
1. Tarot Card Memorizer: Pretty self explantaory. This is a nice reference when you’re trying to learn card meanings.
2. Pendulum Charts Free - a plethora of charts. I like using that on my iPad, not super useful on a smaller screen, aka my iPhone. Can also use to reference for making your own charts on paper, or woodburning like I’m working on.
3. Golden Thread Tarot - Really nice free eversion of great physical deck. Nice for witches on the go, or witches on a budget.
4. Crystals And Gems - Handy reference guide for both physical and metaphysical attributes.
5. Mighty Timer - temperature, time, and amount of tea you need for the perfect cup. Great kitchen witch app, especially if you grow some of your own herbs for tea, like I do.
6. TimePassages - Free daily horoscopes, meanings, planetary bodies glossary and then some paid options for chart downloads.
7. Herbs Guide - Herbs for health and cooking. ***never take any information found on the Internet or via apps as medical advice. Seek professional medical help if you have an issues. This witch is very pro-science and modern medicine, despite making teas, tinctures, and herbal salves. Those are merely supplements to help relieve symptoms.
8. Dreamboard - my favorite digital dream journal
9. Runes - pocket advisor - Get one, two and three rune readings. Also helps you learn the meanings of elder futhark runes.
10. SkyView Free -This overlays constellations and other astronomical information when you open the app and point it at the night sky. Uses your camera and GPS to know what it’s looking at. Works inside, too. I impress the heck out of people when I whip this out at stargazing events.
11. Best Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Guide Pro - This app, containing six broad sections - guides, application, single oil, oil blends, aromatherapy and weight loss. Again, this is not to be used in place of proper nutrition and medical attention, and be very careful when using essential oils. All need to be diluted with carrier oils, and some are dangerous if you’re pregnant, etc.
12. Spellcaster - tarot cards, horoscope and pre-written spells. Not my favorite, but fun to flip through.
13. Celeste -LOOOVE. Celeste allows you to calculate a natal chart, which you can view on a zodiac wheel. You also get a description of all the planets in signs, not just the sun sign.
14. Star Chart - This is similar to skyview. I haven’t played with it too much so I can’t vouch for it quite yet. I think I prefer the skyview interface.
15. Free Candle - Different candle options, and you cna blow them out. Great for on the go candle magick/meditation, and for those who aren’t allowed to use candles in apartments/dorms/etc.
16. The Pocket Pagan - “This unique Pagan app includes a map of the USA and Canada filled with Pagan, occult and New Age stores, a handy correspondence guide for quick magickal look-ups, and a calendar that shows you the next full moon and Sabbat dates. Quick links can help you find the latest news, blogs and videos too. One little widget shows the real-time moon phase too.”
17. Moon - current moon phase - Love this. Very simple interface for when you JUST want basic full, new, waxing, waning moon info.
18. Herbs in Magick - The application contains information about more than 200 herbs and their magickal use. No internet connection
Wherein Summer Intern Alexandra Greenway discusses this week’s Silent Sunday Nights pick: ASK FATHER (’19)
Hello! It’s me! I’m back and ready with another silent film to put on your radar: Harold Lloyd’s ASK FATHER (’19). Much like last week’s MASTER OF THE HOUSE (’25), this one is for sure required watching – but for quite different reasons. While MASTER OF THE HOUSE was a social masterpiece, ASK FATHER is one of Lloyd’s many achievements in slapstick, the tour de force of the silent era. Like Keaton and Chaplin, Lloyd did all his own stunts, often putting himself in danger. On one occasion, Lloyd blew off two of his fingers after what was mistaken for a fake bomb exploded in his hands while he was using the wick to light a cigarette. For the rest of his career he disguised his deformity with a prosthetic glove which, although useful, was pretty noticeable.
These stories are mind-blowing when compared to today’s film production, but the thing is – they’re pretty dime a dozen. Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd all did their own stunts which – AGAIN – is AMAZING. But what I think is most significant to recognize is how influential the camera work of these films is. For a long time, film theorists have analyzed film by cataloging a film language. What does the light suggest about the mood? What does the editing suggest about the characters’ inner consciousness? How does the soundtrack support or contradict the context of a scene? These are the kind of questions most often posed by film analysts. But silent film can point to a new way of understanding film, Gilles Deleuze’s ‘movement-image’.
I’m not gonna get too heady here, I promise. All I’m tryna do is emphasize the importance of slapstick in silent films to how we understand (and probably why we appreciate) movies. Now, Deleuze (like many scholars) is a deep, heady, wordy guy. He’s a philosopher, so his job is talking, thinking, and writing about the kind of stuff that most of us sort of nod along to in between more pressing concerns like, “how do I register for health insurance…?”. “what’s wrong with my foot?”, “is there a squirrel stuck in my wall or am I under demonic possession?”, etc. In any case, he’s come up with this idea of a ‘movement-image’ as a way to re-think not only cinema, but our understanding of the world. To Deleuze, cinema is not just a bunch of still images played in succession, it is a new way of viewing, a way of creating that is spontaneous and not necessarily causal. The image does not build the movement, the movement defines the image. Basically: gifs. A gif (which is really just a capsuled version of video media) captures emotion that exists without context. It’s not a photograph, but it’s not a video. It’s a Deleuzian dream – so tell THAT to your professor who thought your inclusion of Mean Girls highlights in your final presentation was trite.
Why do I bring all this up? To point out that silent films are not fossils – they don’t belong in a museum/attic/basement/tomb/forgotten storage cube. They are just as relevant - if not more relevant – than ever. There’s a reason that a lot of gifs come from film – especially silent film. The images are so striking, they evoke something intangible yet extremely visceral. Silent films (perhaps like all relics) point us to the core of our film appreciation. They are basic at times, but they are the building blocks of cinema, not to mention media in general. Harold Lloyd is why we have Tarantino, Kubrick, Varda, Spielberg, et al. So – like I said last week – we should savor them.
Tune in to ASK FATHER this Sunday, June 18th, at midnight on TCM. We’ll also be showing THE FIRST AUTO (’27), another can’t-miss from the silent era. I’ll see you next week – and in the meantime, tune in to TCM for all the classic content your heart can desire.
Follow this ONE SIMPLE TRICK and get abs in ONE MONTH!!!
There are some things in the fitness community that I absolutely hate. There are a of half truths and whatnot’s that go around on tumblr and other image hosting sites that are being less than honest with people that are barely starting out, and it really strikes a nerve in me when I see people purposely lying to sell their products/services, get likes/notes, etc.
It strikes a nerve in me because it sets up high expectations of yourself. It makes you feel terrible about your own progress, and makes you want to quit. “They managed to [look some way] in a month? I’ll never be able to do that. Might as well not try.”
So what can we doing to misguide you guys? Camera tricks, misleading text, the works. The above “before and after” picture? I took the “After” first and the “Before” after filling up on food and soda. I’m angled differently in the “after” to make my body look sleeker than it actually is. I can even choose an area with different lighting to make changes look even more intense. And you know what? People can do a lot of this with these methods.
I could slouch my shoulders, look miserable, stand unflexed and give off an image of someone unhappy and unhealthy. Yet two seconds later, after flexing and posing, and I make it seem like after training/using some product, I have turned my life around.
THIS is how badly I can mislead you: using 1. different lighting, 2. posing, and 3. switching the “before” and “after” pictures around.
And it can go even further:
NEVER compare yourself to some of the progress pictures you see out there, especially if they’re attached to a product or service, and the time frame is too good to be true. Fitness takes a long time to reach, and looking the part even longer.
“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice.“
So you’ve been working out for a few weeks/months and don’t quite look the way you want to? That’s how it works. I look the way I do after 4+ years of manual labor, and 1+ years of body building&diet changes, and I’m still not where I want to be. I didn’t start looking the way I do until nearing up on the one year mark of heavy weightlifting. It takes time to get there, but eventually we get there.
Don’t let some pictures on the internet ever stop you from doing something. Don’t compare. Never, ever compare. Just keep going. I have suffered far too long comparing myself to others to let anyone else fall into the same trap.
Hi guys! So, after my meta of this last episode, I got an anonymous ask about my take on Cas’ I love you, and I since I saw that some other people like @mijrake and @tinkdw had replied to my post and were wondering about this as well, I decided to look into it to see if my hunch was right.
As a recap, the question was -
That I love you - was it for Dean? Or was it a plural?
- and my initial assumption was, yeah, definitely a plural, and not for Dean (or not in any overly romantic sense, anyway).
First, I have to say - I understand why other people’s interpretations will differ from mine, and I agree that the camera work on this show is completely Destiel-friendly, but what I also think is that camera work is not what defines what’s going for most people - actions and words is how the audience understands a story, because that’s the instinctive, ‘natural’ way to make sense of real life as well. The vast majority of viewers (and I’m including myself here, because I only know the very basics of how movies are made) won’t know anything about silent storytelling, subtext, camera angles, framed ships on the walls and beer labels. Plus, they’re watching this show like they’re watching dozens of other shows - simply because it’s fun, or because it’s on, or because yeah, I’ve missed a couple of seasons but holy shit, this looks good so let’s give it another chance. They’re not going to read meta online and watch gifs in slow-motion until they can’t function and turn and toss in their beds wondering what Cas really meant, which is why subtextual-only building of gay relationships is dishonest and queerbaiting if it doesn’t follow through. This is, after all, the main reason why most people aren’t even aware that Destiel is a thing - because most of it is still in the subtext.
And coming to the language thing - I’m an interpreter and a translator, so I face this kind of situations every day. In interpreting, everything is generally way too fast to make informed decisions and educated guesses, so you simply do your best, but when translating I often agonize over what to say, especially when working on UK texts, because I know how understated people there can be, so I’ve normally got this text saying one thing but I know, I’m sure of it, that it actually means something else, and what the hell do I do with this now and just kill me.
In this case - I’m sorry guys - from what I’ve seen most people don’t agree with me, but I’m not changing my mind. I would never translate Cas’ I love you as a singular. Never ever. It would be dishonest of me, and definitely an overinterpretation. A casual viewer wouldn’t even notice the camera pan to Dean, or would assume it’s normal in a platonic way - Dean’s the one Cas has the profound bond with, after all - he saved Dean from Hell, rebelled against Heaven because Dean asked him to, and is generally learning how to think and feel for himself from Dean. Most of the time when Cas is speaking we get a reaction shot from Dean, not Sam, but reaction shots in themselves are not enough to assume two characters are in love with each other and want to bang right, left and centre. And, well, I’m not a fansubber, but I like follow the work of the Italian fansubbing community and 99% of the time they do an outstanding job, so I’ve gone tinkering around on their websites and this is what they did -
Conoscervi…è stata la cosa più bella, per me. E tutte le cose…che abbiamo condiviso…mi hanno cambiato. Siete la mia famiglia. Vi voglio bene. A tutti voi.
- and, to me, it makes perfect sense. The verb to love in Italian - amare - is profoundly connected with romantic or sexual love, and it’d be beyond weird to use it with a family member. Voler bene is the expression we use for that, and is how Cas’ I love you - I love all of you is translated as.
Compare and contrast with Metatron’s taunts - He’s in love with…humanity - which was translated as È innamorato…dell’umanità: that was the right choice, because ‘in love’ is the unambiguous expression for romantic love, just like innamorarsi di qualcuno in Italian. In fact, all the most famous instances of I love you directed to family members were inevitably translated with voler bene.
Va tutto bene. Perche’ sei mio fratello. E ti voglio bene comunque. [5x11, Sam]
Lucifero…Tu sei mio fratello e ti voglio bene. [5x12, Gabriel]
In Italian, amare can be used with family members and friends but not as a direct ti amo - only in a kind of I love my friends way. This is recognized by the fansubbers, who do use the word when the context is more general:
Deludo le persone che amo. Ho deluso papa’ e adesso credo di aver deluso anche te. [2x22, Dean]
E quando cederai alla fine, e credimi, cederai, Sam…e tutti quelli che conosci e ami…potrebbero essere morti da tempo. Tutti eccetto me. [10x22, Cas]
Translating Cas’ I love you as Ti amo would have been incorrect, out of context and dishonest, especially since Cas just said all three Winchesters are like family to him.
So, look - what annoys me about stuff like that is that what we’re doing right now is the inevitable result. The whole point of inserting ambiguous scenes is to keep everybody happy and get people talking about what happened so we won’t lose interest in the show. Some people right now are elated because my God, Cas told Dean he loved him, while other people feel tricked and let down by the fact the scene wasn’t clear enough, and the thing is - there is no right or wrong answer because that’s how the scene was written in the first place - ambiguously. The words mean one thing, but the way they’re framed into the conversation means another. They could be directed at Dean, but Cas looks away from him, but we still get Dean’s reaction shot. And so on, and so forth. One could easily write a novel about how this scene was written, played and shot, and I’ve got no doubt we will do that, just as we wrote novels about all those other moments who meant everything and nothing, all at once.
Just for fun: here’s the work of the other fansubbers in romance languages.
French: Vous connaître…Ce fut la meilleure partie de ma vie. Les choses qu'on a partagées m'ont transformé. Vous êtes ma famille. Je vous aime. Je vous aime tous. [PLURAL]
Portuguese: Conhecer vocês…foi a melhor parte da minha vida. E as coisas que…as coisas que fizemos juntos, elas me mudaram. Vocês são minha família. Eu amo vocês. Amo todos vocês. [PLURAL]
Spanish: Conoceros…ha sido lo mejor de mi vida. Y las cosas…Las cosas que hemos compartido juntos, me han cambiado. Sois mi familia. Os quiero. Os quiero a todos. [PLURAL]
So, please - there were a lot of significant things going on in this episode, and as a determined and obsessive and combative Cas girl, I was blown away by Cas acknowledging and accepting his place at the Winchesters’ side and formulating those human feelings that have been flickering on and off in his chest from the start, but personally, I’m also not going to kid myself here. This did not make Destiel canon: like many other choices they’ve made other the years, it made Destiel easier, believable, within reach and a natural conclusion to this story they’re telling - but for the moment, that relationship is still subtextual and it’s up to them to bloody get it out of the subtext, not up to us to drag it out - and that’s simply how the rules work.
Prompt/plot: the reader is from our world and she notices a strange looking door. She goes through it and it takes her to Middle Earth. The door closes behind her and disappears. She then meets the company, and has no choice but to travel along the company
Requested: Yes! By the lovely @17baldwinn! Thank you so much honey!
Warning(s): some cursing
Word count: 1,891
A/N: I’m so incredibly sorry for not updating! I checked and I didn’t update for almost 2 months! I feel really bad so I’m gonna try my best to update more, but no promises! My school year isn’t very long anymore and I still have loads to do. Enjoy reading, my loves! Also, I made the reader for this mixed because I feel there’s quite a lack of POC in the fandom and as a mixed girl myself, I like to see more of it and so be a part of the change! AND it’s gonna be multiple parts!!
Hello guys! Here is the much anticipated, but most likely not at all awaited, Question Time video. I’d like to give a round of applause to iMovie, with which this would not have been possible, and to my beloved iPhone who came through in a pinch to make this movie what it is (my camera and laptop decided not to show up to work that day). Regardless, I hope you enjoy!
You’re not particularly into BNM, the new rising kpop group, but your best friend has fallen head-over-heels for their adorable maknae, Lee Daehwi. Your days in college are filled with working on your photography portfolio in hopes that a magazine will hire you, while your best friend’s is filled with stalking keeping up with BNM. However, when one day, your best friend decides to attend a fansign with your best camera, your entire world changes.
A multichaptered fic ft. Park Woojin, the trainees of Brand New Music, Yoo Seonho and the pd101 boys. In this story, your best friend’s name is Lee Seonmi; you two have been friends since high school, and you attend university in Seoul and room together.
Chapter Three: New Beginnings?
Your camera gets screwed over by none other than BNM’s manager. God really must hate you
ft. Yoo Seonho as a barista again!
Slowly but surely we’re getting to the Woojin interactions haha
You yanked your phone out of your pocket, quickly checking
the time. You had class at 9, and since it was one of your art classes, you
really didn’t want to be late, so you had left the house extra early. Seonmi,
unlike you, was still sleeping at home, as her classes were all in the
afternoon. It was 8:30, and you still had plenty of time.
Soon, all the university students got off at the respective
university stop and you followed suit. However, instead of following them
directly to campus, you opted to walking over to the café where Seonho worked
for a bit, since you had a good amount of time before class.
You carefully readjusted the camera bag over your shoulder,
making sure that you didn’t drop it. After class, you wanted to try taking a
couple pictures at a nearby park, so you figured it would be smart to bring
along your camera. Once you had your camera secured on the front of your body,
you continued down the street towards the café. It had rained the night before,
so the pavement was still wet and the gutters had rushing water.
You got to the crosswalk and punched the button, pulling out
your phone to text Seonho that you’d be coming. Out of nowhere, a black van
turned the corner, making you look up. The driver was familiar—all too
familiar. However, you didn’t have time to contemplate where you’d seen the
driver before, because the sharp movements of the van’s turn splashed a huge
amount of water from the street onto you.
You stared after the van in shock before realizing what the
water had hit head-first—your camera. With a shriek, you raced towards the café
and fumbled with the front door.
jason brody. from los angeles. great grades, an athlete in college. only odd jobs after graduating. last year alone registered for six skydiving trips, two parasailing, four mountain climbing, and seven snowboarding. you’re a daredevil, huh?
I want to start photography. Which camera would you suggest? Any tips? ((You're the only photograph I dare to ask bc you are nice and stuff and the internet is so big and Google isn't helpful.))
since apparently it’s a long rant day here it goes it’s a tricky question because, you see, the photography projects I love can be made with a phone camera or for instance a disposable camera for 10$? but if you’re asking me what kind of camera you should buy for commercial work like if you wanted to shoot fashion or product photography or I don’t know - weddings and babies? - *shudders* then I’d go with something like canon 6D or something on the same level as this one - is it pretty expensive? yep. Is it still manageable to save up for? also yes. speaking from personal experience here, I’ve already mentioned it before but half a year of working as a barista at a coffee shop got me a canon 5D mark iii so everything is scientifically proven by me, all trustworthy information and such. my advice is this - ditch the kit/starter lens that usually comes with the camera, just buy the body and one good fixed lens (fixed means it has no zoom, forget about that) it will teach you how to move a lot while shooting and not just stay rooted to the spot because your eye has to get used to finding interesting angles no matter what you shoot. my personal recommendation would be a canon 50mm f/1.4 (not 1.8, I know it’s cheaper but no). also to be fair you can start making photographs with anything - developing an artistic eye is much more important than having an expensive camera, so if you have any option, be it your phone or your granddad’s old film camera - start shooting with that!
So re-watching episode 1 and I notice something funny: there’s several times in the episode where we see Yusaku through the lens of a nearby camera. Interesting, but then it doesn’t happen again in future episodes.
Not only that, but in the first on-screen duel Playmaker has, we see Ai/Ignis clearly watching the duel in hiding. Then a few episodes later (I think ep 3 but I’m not positive), we learn that Ai knows that Yusaku doesn’t like attention. He dismisses it as “knowing many things when you’re on the net,” but that got me thinking.
What if the camera-scenes in Episode 1 aren’t just funny shots- what if Ai was actually watching Yusaku specifically? If so, it explains why Ignis knows that “Yusaku doesn’t want to stand out” and tries to excuse having this knowledge with a vague statement about the internet itself- he doesn’t want Yusaku to know that he used to spy on him. As I looked into this, I started noticing a number of interesting things.
Long ramble-list beneath the cut, you can skip to the second list to find the conclusions I draw from the evidence listed in the first list.