with great support comes great success!

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Olympian Shawn Barber comes out as gay
Barber holds the NCAA indoor pole vault record.

Shawn Barber, an Olympic pole vaulter from Canada, came out as gay in a cheerful Facebook post earlier this week. He wrote: 

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”

The Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed to Outsports that Barber did in fact write the post.

Barber instantly becomes one of the highest-profile and most successful current openly gay athletes anywhere in the world. He won the world championship in the pole vault in 2015. At the Rio Summer Olympics last year he finished 10th.

Congrats, Shawn! 

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Believe the hype: ‘Hidden Figures’ is as great as it looks

The choice to give Hidden Figures an Oscar-qualifying run ahead of its wide release next year was a wise one: This movie is a home run, a veritable fist-pump of a film that celebrates the tremendous success of these women while never forgetting exactly how difficult their journey to the stars was.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are all terrific — the latter coming off an incredible debut year as a film actress, having also co-starred in Moonlight — and the supporting ensemble is strong across the board. (Hidden Figures makes for a great best ensemble SAG nominee.) Their performances, with Schroeder and Melfi’s smart script in tow, keep these figures from becoming mere chess pieces in history. Their wants, their needs, their loves and their pains are rendered with specificity and sympathy.

In truth, Hidden Figures would have been required viewing no matter what because of its historical importance. But now, it’s a movie you’ll be anxious to see again minutes after walking out of the theater. Read our full review

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Nadeshiko Glass Cannon : Story of Hirate Yurina (平手友梨奈)

Today marks the day of Keyakizaka major debut. 6 April 2016, 20 girls were introduced to the press to become Nogizaka sister group. What kind of music they would produce, what kind of appeal they would develop to grow a fanbase, all was unknown. Among those girls stood a rather young and plain one, wearing a mushroom haircut. With a calm and poised speech, she declared her will to do her best on behalf of the group. Little did we know that she would become the unmovable center of Keyakizaka. The further we dove into her world, the more questions roses. Just who is Hirate Yurina? But this is precisely her appeal : this mysterious side of her. Fans wants to know more about her, and for each layer of her personality lifted, the more fascinating she become.

“Techi” comes from her name “hirate” (平手)and friendly suffixe “chan”. To make it more original, “Hirate-chan” became “Hiratechi” then “Techi”. Credit to  @yurina46tento.

Prior to their first release, Silent Majority, there was roughly 2-3 months of introduction during “Keyakitte, Kakenai?” their regular variety show. Hirate isn’t the extrovert kind of girl, and started the series as very quiet and humble. This shyness is quite understandable after all, this is the first time most of the girls step into the idol world. You could catch sparkles of excitement from her when MC (Tsuchida & Sawabe) talked about japanese comedians (she’s fond of them), but overall she was just waiting for the two host to ask her questions and react from it. It can be seen as passive. Furthermore, her lack of reactivity encouraged Tsuchida to tease her in some extent. It is true that, at the beginning, Yurina was intimidated.

A girl whose hobby is to listen to music, who practice basketball as main club activity, and dislike haunted house. Techi’s profile is not what you could call uncommon. To be honest, with girls with unexpected skills like Horsemanship or past modeling work, Yurina comes pretty average. But is it really a rebuke? To be reserved makes the girls look cute and innocent (and thus explain why people want to tease them). Granted, she is not creating opportunities of wide laughter in the studio like Oda Nana or Ozeki Rika, but many times her airheadness brought comical situation and liven up the mood. For example, when doing the monomane of GO!Minagawa (a comedian) she was the only one who accompanied the move with his “sound” signature, making her embarassed.

The innocence of a 14 years old, makes her lovely. It could be just that, but fate was preparing a different path for her. TAKAHIRO-sensei, the main choregrapher of the group, had authority of the first senbatsu choice as he was in charge of Silent Majority dance. And while Techi ability to dance and facial expression weren’t outstanding, he felt Yurina’s strong feeling toward her dear Keyakizaka, and his intuition lead him to chose her as Keyakizaka first center. From there, early fans witnessed a change. The change.

“At crossroads brimming with people, where will you go? (Being washed away) Wearing the same clothes, wearing the same expression…”  

Silent Majority, the first and most well known track of Keyakizaka. A rugged location, filled with an heavy atmosphere where girls in military outfits shout their opposition to a crooked society of hypocrite adults. This powerful message, needed the appropriate attitude to be conveyed accurately. Techi did better than that; she traded her feeble character and became an avatar of rebellion. Her grip exploding in strength, her stare you can’t escape from, and sharp moves made people forget she was only 14. Despite her discrete debut on Keyakitte, she turned out to be a formidable vessel to deliver the meaning of the song.

Was it thanks to an incredible amount of training? Sometime it’s about something else too. In Sekai ni wa Ai Shikanai, there was this particular shoot where the MV producer had to screen the girls at the Gymnasium, the choregraphy sequence in particular. While the girls started moving, Techi was remaining still, fixing her hands. “what is she doing?” he thought. Because she was supposed to move at the same time as the girls. And when asked, Techi said “i realized how grateful i was to be part of them, and wanted to picture it deep in my memories”. After consideration, the producer noticed that standing still when everyone else was moving, naturally created a focus on her. Also, her smile toward Yonetani nanami felt natural and expressed this very gratitude she talked about, making the scene soothing. He then decided to keep it.

If a song is bland and plain, to be cute or excellent in dancing won’t change anything. But when the song has the potential to be a tube, it’s important to choose someone who has the style/character that fits the song to release his full potential. Yurina has this particulary skill to “understand” a song. Listening the track over and over, feeling the emotion rushing in her mind, and finally embodying it. In Futari saison, each performance is different. Whenever she’s happy, and look at her comrades dearly, her dance will become lively. If she’s feeling down, her solo will have a tormented feeling on it.

“People often say they want to see the past me, but past is past, and all I can do now is now.”  -Hirate Yurina

There’s a theory that seeks to explain why Yurina did so well as Silent Majority center. An answer to where she draws all her bottomless energy. In a song that express anger, rebellion and freedom, the best way to convey those feelings is to actually have lived it in the past. This theory rose when fans noticed that during Yurina’s “jibun history” (my story) instead of taking pictures of her younger self or family, she’d prefered to talk about her favorite comedian duos. To incarnate “the girl in the train”, people speculated her past hid somber events that caused this emptiness within her. All in all, the reason why she fits so much in songs about pain and suffering is simply because she’s hurt as well. What makes her want to run forward so much, if not to run from a painful past?

The truth is, i was also fascinated by this theory. I wanted to know Techi’s past. However, i also realized that adhering to this theory was also comforting myself in what i wanted Techi to be : the girl from the train. But Techi is Techi, and the gloomy girl from the Yamanotesen and her are two different person. Hirate Yurina has this burning desire to change because deep inside her, she wants to live a fulfilling life. And by that, it means to live any kind of experience, to the fullest. Her way to apprehend a song is the same way she apprehend her life : She lives it and grows from it. The Yurina during the first Silent majority performance is not the same Yurina during Kouhaku utagassen. The yurina from the past is not the same Yurina as now.

And this is striking at how we also perceive idols. Fans knows : Stereotypes picture the idol genre as sub-music making money out of girl’s cuteness and innocence over delusional single middle aged japanese men. But the truth is, Idols are just the reflect of mankind : girls who want to find their way, who they are, through a bumpy road with many obstacles along the way. Instead of crying over their fate, they work for a way out. Even if there’s no guaranteed success, even if it’s painful, the girls show lot of courage and move forward. Yurina, with all her workload, opportunities, and newfound nakamas, embrace everything to grow and get stronger. This courage inspire me to do my best. Supporting her, is like supporting myself. By being courageous facing the future, she became a great idol. By being herself, she became a great individual being.  

“Backstage, Yurina is all lively and kiddy. But when the times come to perform, she switch on to Keyakizaka Ace. It gives me goosebumps” - Imaizumi Yui

Nadeshiko is an ancient japanese word for “loveable girl”. Glass canon is a gaming vocabulary that define someone with high attack/damage but weak defense. Yurina proved many times she had great mental resilience (able to perform 10 songs+ in ariake colosseum), although she also stated many times she doesn’t consider herself as “able” to perform as Keyakizaka unmovable center. A self criticism very severe, implying her power unleashed during performance lean on frailness of mind. She did thought of quitting, and with her young age, it can’t be helped to be inexperienced. A giant of paper, who risk of consuming itself if not able to manage his energy properly.

Center is a lonely place. Despite the light of the spotlight, the 0 position is actually a dark ceiling, where mistakes are prohibited, where there’s the most pressure. But I beg to differ, Keyakizaka is not all about Hirate Yurina. Those many hands bolstering her back, this warmth surrounding her, is what makes her keep going. Those experiences she mentioned earlier, are also meetings. Coming across her newfound nakamas changed her life. Moriya Akane with whom she can act like a spoiled child, Suzumoto Miyu with whom she can share her everyday life, and Nagahama Neru with whom she can confess her worries. Being around her friends, is also where Techi is in her most natural state. Her teammates put her at ease, as well as being fuel for doing her best.

Earlier we supposed Techi drew her energy from pain. My new theory, or faith, is that Techi draw her bottomless energy from gratitude. Even though she has been pro active to make things work, she always have this kind humility toward what the present brings to her, like american family who thanks God for the food. Doing her activities to the fullest, not wasting one bit of energy, is a way to express her gratitude toward the staff, her friends, and family. This is also Keyakizaka motto: humility, kindness, and bonds.

“She looks so serious and cool on Stage, but she did also pranked me when i was sleeping! And used a scooter in Handshake even though Staff forbid it! And…” - Suzumoto Miyu

There’s no “true” Yurina. No character, no fake attitude. The girl who entered Keyakizaka “in order to change”, like a diamond glass half-full, half-empty, has finally become whole by focusing on “becoming” instead of “being”. To follow Yurina, is like walking on a journey where each day is a surprise. Because we don’t know which Yurina will come up next. The 48group is about “Idols you can meet”. What if the secret motto is “idol you can see grow”? If that the case, Techi, from the very fiber of her being and will, incarnate those words.

A courageous girl, not naive but conscious, fragile but resolute, sometimes childish but always grateful. It isn’t this oversimplification where an Ace is a girl with perfect dance, singing or comical abilities. Techi has qualities and imperfection as well, but it’s how she faces it with a brave heart that makes her incredibly beautiful and interesting. All in all, her ability to absorb, convey, sublimate Keyakizaka46 songs justify her position of Ace. The potential of Yurina might look like exceptionnal, but is it really relevant, since what she’s only doing, is being herself? Maybe she just excels at… being human.

人間は面白い。

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“It is done. He will never hurt anyone ever again.”

-          Jack, Samurai Jack (Season 5, Ep. 10)

This week’s Toonami Trending Rundown is a doublefeature for the weeks of May 20-21, 2017 as well as the Memorial Day weekend of May 27-28, 2017 as Toonami celebrated the long awaited finale of Samurai Jack.

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anonymous asked:

we don't like to be queerbaited, it is a negative term you're right, but because of the lack of representation and how much we're just starving for a leading wlw relationship, we take on non-canon ships. it's just chemistry, we see it, and most of the time it doesn't become canon, but you ship what you ship. like supergirl. we have sanvers and that's fine, but i'm not into them, i instantly saw the amazing chemistry between lena/kara and started shipping supercorp knowing it will never be canon.

I get that. We definitely are still in need of more wlw representation but I do also feel like we have quite a bit to support with sanvers, pippy x tmi, amanita x nomi, wayhaught, lena x stef, Emily x Alison/ Emily x Paige, maxanne (only just lost that), vauseman, niylarke, annaleve, Arizona Robbins, Sara Lance…

It’s not a lot. It’s not enough. But I feel like we have options when it comes to shows/ships we wanna hype up and show our support and basically help be successful. It’s hard to resist, I know. I wish we could just have platonic female dynamics with good chemistry and enjoy the subtext when it’s there and simply appreciate the relationship as it is when it’s not.

But it’s like when writers realize they’ve got two actresses with great chemistry on their hands, their next great idea is to capitalize on that by drawing in viewers by being intentionally misleading and writing a full pseudo romance arc, queerbaiting, just call it that lol. They choose this instead of taking that chemistry and making something real happen between these characters because they don’t want to actually commit to an actual wlw relationship for whatever reason.

I understand but it’s like when/where do we draw the line. Aren’t we tired of being used for ratings and social media hits?

anonymous asked:

okay, so imagine bsd is a disney movie. if dazai, atsushi, akutagawa, odasaku, ranpo, fukuzawa, and chuuya (idk if this is too much, and i wanted to ask for any of the ladies, but ican't remember any of their names! if you want to add characters tho, feel free to!) are characters in this movie, which is their role? who is the princess, evil stepmother, loyal pet friend, etc. hope this makes sense lmao

(This is a beautiful ask and I’m gonna run away with it and do some more characters including the females! Some of these are exaggerated to make a more fairy-tale like character but the others also infuse their traits from within the actual series. I hope this is what you wanted

I also used tvtropes to help with this)

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Dazai Osamu: Reformed Villain/The Fairy Godmother. Despite a rocky start, he sees the error of his way due to the Decoy Protagonist sacrificing his life, and teaching him a lesson about life. He serves his role as a Godmother seriously even if it doesn’t appear so, and watches over the hero as a way to repent and fulfill the Decoy Protagonists wish. 

Edogawa Ranpo: Jerk with a heart of gold. Edogawa is a difficult character that’s met through the story, that has important information but charges with a price. He may seem to just be blocking the natural progression of the hero’s mission, but in the end, he gives the information that truly changes the game and leads to the hero’s ultimate success.

Fukuzawa Yukichi: Doting grandparent. Fukuzawa takes more of a passive role, acting as the grandparent to all those who he cares for. He may not always be open with his care for the others but he keeps a close eye on the actions of the hero and his fairy godmother to assure no disaster is imminent.

Kunikida Doppo: The finicky one. Kunikida tries to be the voice of reason to the fairy godmother, a royal advisor of sorts, but is a stickler for both rules and order. He becomes agitated if said order is interrupted, and often ends up scolding the hero for causing a mess.

Kyouka Izumi: Reformed Villain. Kyouka was born in darkness and lived in the darkness for most of her life, before she was rescued by the light and someone who becomes known as her own personal hero. She realizes the evils of her ways and yearns for change, even if the road is difficult and filled with many apologies.

Miyazawa Kenji: Hair of gold, heart of gold. Kenji is the fun-loving, cheerful character who has a kind word for everyone and a positive attitude that can inspire the main protagonist. He is often regarded as pure and innocent, despite his ability to fight, though he prefers to avoid violence.

Nakajima Atsushi: The hero. Atsushi is the main character, the hero is meant to right all the wrongs in the world, who follows a brightly lit path to success despite all the bumps in the road. He exhibits the kindness and greatness that rests within all people, and everyone has great faith in him.

Tanizaki Junichirou: The loyal animal companion. Junichirou feels like more of a background character than most, but he’s actually of great support to both the princess and the hero. He comes to be the little birdie who whispers in their ear, and gives the hero advice when it’s most needed.

Tanizaki Naomi: Spoiled but sweet princess. She gets everything she wants from her brother, but still cares deeply about her family, and her people. She may appear spoiled because she enjoys the finger things in life, but underneath she’s got a warm heart that shows through her passion for her Kingdom.

Yosano Akiko: Bitch in sheep’s clothing. Yosano is mistaken as the nice female companion, the one who just heals, and minds her own business. This is proven wrong when she feels insulted or as though she’s being attack personally, the big guns coming out as he true nature as a woman who can handle herself becomes apparent.

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Akutagawa Ryuunosuke: Stalker with a crush. Maybe not necessarily a crush, but he’s a bit obsessed with both the Hero and the Fairy Godmother for scorning him. His evil streak of death and destruction is just for attention, and often he finds himself ‘manipulated’ or used by the Diabolical Mastermind for his evil deeds.

Higuchi Ichiyou: Tomboy princess/the sidekick. Higuchi isn’t a stereotypical princess in that she’s unnaturally adventurous and willingly throws herself into dangerous situations because she knows she can handle herself. She is also a sidekick to the stalker with a crush, having a bit of a crush on him as well and dedicating herself to helping him achieve his goals even if it forsakes her own feelings.

Mori Ougai: Card carrying villain. A villain who is quite proud he’s a villain, and who lets everyone know just how evil he truly is. He fights for control over the kingdom, wanting his gang to run rampant on the town without opposition. He’s truly a force to be reckoned with, his darkness so prevalent it seems near impossible for the light to shine through.

Nakahara Chuuya: Fiery redhead. Chuuya is the token fiery redhead, whether you’re friend or foe, you’re very likely to set him off if you bring up the fairy godmother. He has a passionate and charming personality that hides the true fierceness underneath, but he soon gains a reputation not to be messed with, and most would point the hero away from the choice of having to deal with him.

Other

Oda Sakunosuke: Decoy Protagonist. Odasaku seems to have a good life, taking care of orphaned children while working under and organization it doesn’t seem he’s entirely happy with. But his tragic, sudden death serves as a catalyst to reform a villain friend, and send him into his true role of fairy godmother to protect the true heroes of the world.

anonymous asked:

How can you support Chris brown when he's an abuser

You want to know why I support Chris Brown? I’ll give it to you.

I’ve loved Chris since I was 9. I never liked music before but whenever I heard his song playing, I was hooked. I was thinking “music is good?” My family continuously listened to pop and rock. Things like Britney Spears and Godsmack. That wasn’t my thing. I didn’t have a thing. But after hearing that one song, Chris Brown was my thing. I even remember my sister being so proud because I started listening to music.

Yes. Chris has made mistakes. Haven’t you? If you’ve never made a mistake, props to you. But considering we are all human beings and we have all messed something up in our lives, I’m going to assume you’ve made some type of mistake in yours. Wether or not you want to dwell and relive that mistake over and over and over again is up to you. Chris doesn’t want to do that. But you, and many other people just like you, LOVE to throw it in his face and that forces him to be constantly surrounded by negativity. Imagine if you were in his shoes. Let’s say you fucked up. Big time. Would you want the whole world to bring you down about it, even six years later? I don’t think you would. So why do it to him? You’re not any better then him. You’re not any worse. We are all in this world together. So why does it always have to be negative? He’s proving himself.

Violence is inexcusable. Chris fucked up. I know that. He knows that. But over the six years after that incident, he has been proving himself. Proving that he is growing. Proving that his mistakes don’t define him. Obviously, he is still going to fuck up along the road. He’s done that. Sooo many times. But behind all the mistakes and lessons learned, he is a real dude. He’s just a man trying to live his life to the fullest. Nobody should take that privilege from him. He has a daughter now, and that alone has changed him immensely. For the better. Given the situation, Royalty is a blessing in disguise.

Instead of hating on him, don’t pay attention to him. If it angers you that he is successful, ignore him. Please. I support Chris because he’s REAL. He has REAL talent. He has a REAL heart. He’s overall, a legend. If you can’t, or don’t want to see that, okay. Don’t. But don’t come to my blog, asking me why I support him. I support greatness. I support Alexis. She’s great. She too, has made mistakes. She’s also recognized them, and she’s grown from it.  

Chris is still learning… In this world, we are all still learning.. How to be great. How to be better. Let him learn. Let him be great. I don’t want to force you to like him, or listen to his music. But all i ask of you is to stop. Stop bringing him down. You saying he is an “abuser” is abusing him verbally.

Watch this, please.
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Interview with Connor Franta

December, 2015 -  By Goodreads

Connor Franta’s journey from the Midwest to Los Angeles is a fairytale for the digital age. Boy grows up in a small town. Boy takes a chance and moves to the big city. Boy grows a massive YouTube presence, embraces his identity, and finds happiness and success. Though as with most success stories, the reality was full of challenges, hard work, and luck.

As a creative platform, YouTube has come into its own, and Frantacapitalized with his pitch perfect mix of humor, honesty, and accessibility that resonates with his more than five million subscribers. In addition to weekly videos, Franta exercises a creative eye on Instagram, has released musical compilation albums, and published his first book this year.

In his memoir, Franta proves that even at 23 years old, he has something to say. The Goodreads Choice Award winner for Memoir & Autobiography, A Work in Progress shares formative memories from his childhood, documents his path (so far) to self-discovery, and is a call to action for his readers to find their own passion. Regan Stephens spoke with Franta on behalf of Goodreads about “the realest thing out there” and living his life on his own terms.

Goodreads: Congratulations on the book’s success, including winning the Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir and making the New York Times bestseller list. Why choose now to write a memoir?

Connor Franta: I always make a list of goals for the year ahead. What would I like to accomplish this year? What would I like to do? What would be a cool area to dive into? For 2014, one of my goals was to write a book, so I though, maybe that would be a cool thing to think about toward the end of the year. But within the first couple of months [of 2014] I got in talks with my publisher, and they put something out. I thought, maybe this is a sign. I wanted to write a book and now someone is telling me I should. So I took that as a sign and began writing, and spent a year writing and released the book a year later.

GR: Who are you speaking to in the book? Who do you imagine your audience to be?

CF: Normally I’m used to speaking to my YouTube audience, and that’s mostly teenagers. But for the book I wanted to speak to more of a silhouette of a person, in a way. I wanted to put all of my thoughts and experiences on the page, hopefully in a way almost anyone could relate to, regardless of your age, or your gender. I wanted to tell my story and have it be able to really relate to anyone.

GR: Goodreads member Emily asks: “What is the most important thing you want your readers to take from reading A Work in Progress?”

CF: There are plenty of messages, but I really wanted people to get out that, although it’s strange that I’m 23 and wrote a book, I wanted to get across that I’m living my life on my own terms, and not terms that seem to be set for people, especially people nowadays. I’m definitely doing things a different way and I’m really enjoying that. I wanted to get across that you don’t have to do things like everyone else, and you don’t have to live your life like everyone tells you to. Do essentially, what you want, and do whatever makes you happy and passionate. Just go for it.

GR: What did you take away from writing a memoir, of going through the creation process, thinking about the way you live your life, and the people and events that shaped who you are?

CF: It was incredibly therapeutic. [Laughs] It was interesting to reflect—even though, again, I’m very young—it was really interesting to reflect on who I am and where I’ve come from, and the progression of my life. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and now I’m living in the big city of Los Angeles, and I was in the closet for 20 years of my life. For two and a half years I’ve been out of the closet, and I went from, again, a small town to having over five million [YouTube] subscribers who are constantly wanting information from me. It’s been a complete 180. It’s been a lot of change.

GR: You write about everything from early onset FOMO [Fear of Missing Out] and phone addiction to more weighty topics like identity and transformation. What propelled you to write about these things specifically?

CF: I went about my book very much like a school project. I love lists, I love planning things out, and I love a good bullet point. I very much scripted my book—these are the things I want to write about, these can be chapters, these are the things I want to include in those chapters—and worked on it from there. I thought about what was important to me, and I went through the process of trying to write about that. Some of the things didn’t work, and some of things I had more to say than others, and I went from there.

GR: Speaking of identity and transformation, those two things seemed to be recurring themes throughout your memoir. Your acceptance of your own sexuality seemed to be a fundamental turning point in your life. Do you think your career helped this process? As in, do you think the fact that part of your job involves introspection, self-awareness, and sharing yourself with your audience helped get you to this point? Would you have gotten here if you had any other job?

CF: I will say first off that’s a very interesting question that I’ve never gotten before, so kudos to you.

I definitely think that being in the space that I am, and being in the profession I’m in totally fast tracked my process. Because one of the main reasons I accepted my sexuality was because I watched YouTube content. I think I would have been doing that if I wasn’t a YouTube creator, but the difference is that I actually moved to Los Angeles because of this YouTube content, and in Los Angeles there are a lot of people in the LBGTQ community. Being surrounded by people in that community, versus in Minnesota, where there aren’t as many, I guess, in my direct friend group, but moving to Los Angeles, there were so many. I guess it normalized it for me and it made me think, “Oh, this is OK. People are this way and people are happy this way. That’s cool. That sounds great, I think I’m that too.” I definitely think it fast tracked it for me, and I’ve never thought about it before but I’m incredibly grateful for it even more now.

GR: You said: “I put a vast majority of my life on the internet.” You’ve built your career on candor and honesty with your audience. Is there anything you feel is totally off limits? And if so, do you feel guilty for keeping it private?

CF: Definitely. It’s something that’s been a learning process for me, and I think it’s a process for a lot of people in this space. I’ve learned that there are things I want to keep offline, and want to keep to myself. The details that I do keep to myself are incredibly special and I want just for me in a selfish way. And maybe that is selfish in my profession. I’ve found out that things like relationships, or even just my family life, or close friends who aren’t on the internet, I want to keep those details to myself. If I do share some of it, I definitely ask permission from the people in those realms.

GR: That was my next question. Do your family and friends feel comfortable being included in your stories, knowing they’re being shared with such a vast audience?

CF: My family’s been so great about it. Again to use this term, it’s been a learning curve for them. They’ve had to figure out as much as I’ve had to figure out. But my family absolutely loves it. My mom, my sisters, my brother, they all text me “Watched your new video, absolutely loved it.” Or, “That new instagram you posted was so great.” They’re incredibly supportive. When the hardcover edition of my book came out on Black Friday, my mom was like, “I raced out to get it since there are only a couple thousand copies worldwide, I got three of them!” She’s so great.

GR: Several times you come back to some advice, guidance, or thoughtful response from your Mom. Your parents and family are clearly incredibly supportive. What has their reaction been to your success?

CF: My parents are absolutely the best. Not just my mom, my dad too. But I’ve always had a special relationship with my mom. My dad is absolutely incredible too, and they’ve both been nothing but supportive. They love it, and they can’t stop asking questions, and talking about it, and are also respectful. They get involved when I want them to, and it’s just great. It’s the best possible situation anyone could be in.

GR: Goodreads member Karina asks: “When you were writing the book, was there that one person who you always went to for advice or when you needed an opinion on something? If yes, who was it?”

CF: To be honest, it was a lot of individual work. A lot of the book was just me writing, and then me with my editors. I would send it to them and ask if it was good, and they would say yes. I really did not show anyone the book, or let anyone read the book, until it was done.

GR: Even your mom?

CF: No, my mom didn’t read the book until it was printed. It was one of those things, I’m really, really particular about things I work on. Not just my book, but anything I work on. I’m designing some clothing right now and I keep telling people “I’ll show you soon, but it’s not done yet, and I don’t want you to get a different opinion until it’s fully done.” I’m really a stickler for details, and I want to make sure it’s perfect before I show it to anyone.

GR: You write about being on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs and seeing your peers in the YouTube community mixed with mainstream celebrities. You say “It’s happening, and quickly.” Can you expand on this? What do you think is the difference between a “mainstream celebrity” and a famous YouTuber?

CF: I think it’s been a strange wrench that’s been thrown in the spokes of the industry, that people can be successful in the entertainment industry without going through something as mainstream as movies or television. I think there’s been a huge stigma attached to the online community for so long, that it was really, really satisfying to see YouTubers, or people in the online community, on that red carpet mixed in with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. And to see the fans cheering louder for someone like Tyler Oakley than they necessarily were for someone like, probably not Miley Cyrus, but someone in the celebrity realm. They were cheering louder for them. It was very reassuring and satisfying, and a big F you to everyone who says it’s not a real thing, or it’s not important, or says it’s just people filming themselves in their bedrooms. A lot more effort goes into it than just ‘filming ourselves in our bedrooms.’ You have to be filmers, you have to be editors, you have to be personalities, technically you have to be on 24-7, you have to be vulnerable. So much goes into this that people don’t realize.

YouTube is the realest thing out there right now. People have been more obsessed with reality-based subjects like reality TV, and I think YouTube is as real as it gets. I’m very candid in my videos, I tell it like it is, and I talk about my life very openly. I find it great, and I think my audience finds it very refreshing. You really become familiar with your viewers, and they become more than a viewer or a fan. They become a friend.

GR: You describe the strange experience of walking to get a coffee in Orlando and being bombarded with young fans. Have you gotten used to this? How do you react to this in-person attention?

CF: It’s something that I’ll forever have to get used to, and I’ll forever be a little bit shocked that people wait at airports for me. It’s crazy to think that people are wondering what I’m doing, outside of me telling them. It’s definitely something to get used to, and in the book I talk about how when I started I never wanted that. In fact I really wasn’t much of an attention seeker growing up, I didn’t like attention. So, it was a weird twist of fate that I got a lot of attention, and sometimes I’m like, “I don’t want the attention, I wish I didn’t have it.” But those are the times I have to remember I’m just filming a video in my apartment. It’s technically a video blog to myself. Nine times out of ten it’s absolutely great to meet people in public, everyone is really sweet and really calm. After the coming out video especially, I get a lot of people who have very emotional stories they want to tell me, that’s just so rewarding to know a video I made really actually did good in the world.

GR: Goodreads member Pili asks: “If you weren’t a YouTuber what do you think you would be doing now?”

CF: I went to college for a couple of years, and I was going for a business degree, but I was also starting to focus on art my second year. I really think I would have eventually gravitated toward opening my own business or doing something in the arts, like a graphic designer, or a video editor, or even a cinematographer. I definitely think I would have found this passion, because obviously it’s been inside me for a while, I just had to discover it.

GR: Can you describe your writing process? Do you have any sort of ritual you follow?

CF: I definitely go through…Wake up. Oh, I’m going to write today, and then avoid it for a little bit. Then sit down…"Okay, we’re gonna do it.“ Pull my laptop forward, fill up my coffee, light a candle, and then let it go.

GR: What are you reading now, or are there books have you liked lately?

CF: I read The Girl on the Train. It was incredible. The way the perspective was written, it’s jumping back and forward through time. It’s a really unique writing style, and I found it so thrilling, both on the edge of my seat, and ready to cry. My mom read it, too, so I called her after I finished and we just gushed about it for an hour.

GR: What books or authors have influenced you?

My book was influenced by the comedic style of Ellen Degeneres’ books—I really like her memoirs. And aesthetically, it was influenced by Alexa Chung’s book, It.

GR: What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

CF: I’ve done a coffee line, and I have a record label where I release music compilations, all under the name Common Culture. Within this month, I’m launching a website where I’ll be releasing some other projects I’m really excited about.

Great News! Hot Toys is honored to have received the “2014 Best Products” award by Walt Disney Consumer Products Greater China. It is in recognition of Hot Toys’ great success and efforts in bringing fans a wide spectrum of high quality collectibles from Disney’s blockbuster movies such as Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, Star Wars, and more.

Thank you Disney and our fans’ support. We will keep going and continue to provide amazing collectibles in the coming years!

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Celebrating National Coming Out day with my best friend was a success. I never thought I’d be so comfortable and happy being myself and I owe most of this to mydrunkkitchen for showing me that nothing I did was wrong and that it does get better. I may still be going through a lot but to know I have so many great people supporting me makes me feel great. Thank you Hannah for helping me and being my biggest inspiration ever!

Much love, your best friend - Christa

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The other weekend, the 100% held a fundraiser at the Catskill Brewery. Needless to say it was a great success and I had such a wonderful time at the event. Thanks for coming out and supporting! It was great meeting you all! 

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It’s been 2 months since the draft and while Brent is on the road to gold, Dante has felt he’s been living in the shadow of his big brother. His art & design career has not jumped off and he’s still working on his degree. He is tired of feeling like he can’t achieve greatness. What he doesn’t know is that while he has an admirable jealousy of his brother’s success, his Brent himself is wanting everything Dante has. 

Jasma: Don’t worry so much, it’ll come to you when you’re ready. I’m here for you.

Dante: I just want to be able to support us. I’m tired of everyone giving me everything, I just want to feel like a man, have my own stuff. I know what we have is young, but eventually I’ll want to be able to give you what you deserve

Jasma: When we get there, I trust that you’ll be a great supporter.

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[ JMELO | 2013-11-10 ]

Now, you each have a message for your fans around the world.

Aoi: This was our first overseas tour in six years. It was fun to visit many places and see so many of our fans. There are lots  of J-MELO viewers in countries we still haven’t visit. We hope to come see you next.

Reita: Touring abroad made me realize we have friends around the world. I hope that more people will come together and visit us. We’d love to go abroad again.

Uruha: Touring South America and Europe was an incredible experience. We had lots of great shows. I’d love to go abroad again as soon as posible. Thank you.

Kai: We’ve only been to a few countries. I hope we can go to lots more countries and come back to Japan inspired. Then we can give back to oue japanese fans. Please keep supporting us.

Ruki: The world tour gave us a lot of great inspiration and motivation.We’ll definitely visit the same countries again. So keep an eye out for us. We’ll try to get more successful so can visit other countries. So look out for us there too.

Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products

By Scott Burke, SVP Advertising Technology

Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do. Today, I’m excited to announce the next step in our vision, that we have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Flurry, the industry leader in mobile analytics.

When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions. By joining Yahoo, Flurry will have resources to speed up the delivery of platforms that can help developers build better apps, reach the right users, and explore new revenue opportunities. Together, we will make Yahoo mobile experiences better through products that are more personalized and more inspiring.

Analytics are critical for all mobile developers to understand and optimize their applications. We are reinvesting in developers and continuing to build great analytics products. Our combined scale will accelerate revenue growth for thousands of developers and publishers across the mobile ecosystem.

Our combined offerings will enable more effective mobile advertising solutions for brands seeking to reach their audiences and gain unique insights across desktop and mobile. Our users will benefit from app experiences that are more personalized and inspiring.

Flurry has been delivering the platform and insights to help developers optimize and personalize their apps since 2008. The Flurry stats speak to their success.

  • 170,000 developers use Flurry Analytics  
  • Flurry sees app activity from 1.4 billion devices monthly
  • Flurry sees 5.5 billion app sessions per day
  • Flurry Analytics is in 7 apps per device on average
  • 8,000 publishers monetize with Flurry
  • Flurry works with mobile developers in 150 countries

As announced in Q2 earnings last week, Yahoo mobile usage is growing rapidly.

  • Yahoo’s mobile display and search revenue each grew more than 100% year-over-year
  • More than half Yahoo’s total monthly audience visits on a mobile device, and in Q2, over 450 million mobile monthly active users came to Yahoo, a 36% increase year-over-year
  • Time spent on mobile has grown 79% in the last year alone
  • The average Yahoo user now spends 86% of their time on smartphones in apps  

Yahoo’s growth in mobile traffic comes from great people and great products. Flurry’s success is the result of years of committed investment by a passionate team to create an indispensable platform for mobile developers. We want to harness our collective innovative spirit and bolster the mobile ecosystem by providing developers the analytics and monetization solutions to drive their success.

After the transaction closes, the Flurry team will remain in its present locations, where their vision, mission, and focus will stay the same. Flurry’s products will continue to operate and innovate with Yahoo’s support and investment. Today is an incredibly exciting day for Yahoo and Flurry. We’re thrilled to welcome this new star team to join us!

* The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. More information about the news can be found in the press release we issued today.

Thank you for a great 2013!

As 2013 draws to an end I would like to thank those that follow my blog, offer their kind encouragements and thoughtful observations. Your support inspires me to always improve.

To those that I follow - thank you, for gracing my dashboard with your creativity, humour and wonderful images. I look forward to seeing your work in the coming year.

May 2014 be filled with love, laughter, health and great success for each of you and the ones you hold dear.

All the best!

Edouard Garner aka bouncedlight

anonymous asked:

How does a developer decide when they stop supporting a game in terms of actively releasing any more new content updates or patches? Is there a checklist you can go through and say, "We think this game is finished" and any further work on it has increasingly diminishing returns? And is that point much sooner for a single player game versus a game with multiplayer content?

Oh, that’s easy. In the AAA world, we developers finish working on a game when the publisher says so, because the publisher is the one paying our bills. Usually this is planned out reasonably far in advance so that the team can scope and assign tasks to create as much quality content as we can in the time we have allotted. On the business side, the developer and publisher collaborate to figure out how much overall engagement there is with the game, and come up with revenue estimates for the continued support (paid DLC, microtransactions, GotY editions, bundles, merchandising, subscriptions, etc.). Eventually the projected return on investment will hit that tipping point, and that’s when they pull the plug.

As for when that happens… it’s always a case by case basis. It really depends on the game, the business model for continued support, how many are playing, how much they’re playing, who’s playing, etc. It isn’t necessarily different for single player or multi player, per se. You can look to the continued success and support of great single player games like Fallout and Skyrim as great examples of single player games with long lifespans.

It’s just that multiplayer content tends to be much more efficient at converting developer resources into player engagement than single player content. Gamers are practically insatiable when it comes to consuming content - hardcore players can easily consume months of developer work in mere hours. However, in multiplayer, the act of playing with others becomes new content for the players - you can play the same map, or the same mode, and have wildly different (and still engaging) experiences because your team members or your opponent is different. Meanwhile, single player content tends to be very similar on subsequent playthroughs.

Remember, the goal isn’t to champion either multi player or single player content. The goal is to keep as many people playing the game as long as possible because people who keep playing are far and away the most statistically likely to spend additional money, and there’s no universally optimal way for all games to reach that point. If we can get great levels of engagement via efficiently created single player content, we’ll do it. If we can get great levels of engagement via efficiently created multiplayer content, we’ll do that. Maybe we’ll get to do both. Maybe there isn’t enough initial player engagement and we do neither. Above all, however, it always boils down to efficient allocation of our limited developer resources.

anonymous asked:

Tonight Harry will top, he was so wild omg

I DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHO TOPS. LIKE LET THAT STAY IN THE BEDROOM/BACKSTAGE (WHEREVER) SHALL WE?

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT. THIS IS ABOUT HAVING A FUCKING GOOD SUNDAY THAT WE HAVE DESERVED FOREVER. THIS IS THEM BEING PRESENTED AS A GREAT BAND WITH GROWN-ASS MEMBERS, MAKING GROWN-ASS MUSIC.

LISTEN LOUIS NO-SOLO-IN-XFACTOR TOMLINSON KILLED IT AND HE LET HIS BF ENJOY OLD MEN’S COMPANY BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE LOVES THE ROLLING STONES AND THEY WENT WILD. THEY KILLED IT. SMASHED IT. BIG FUCK YOU TO EVRYONE. AND THIS WAS THE X FACTOR FINAL, A SHIT TON OF PEOPLE WATCHING AT HOME AND AT THE WEMBLEY. AND DID YOU HEAR NIALL? FUCK HE KILLED IT TOO. AND ZAYN AND LIAM?? THEY WERE ALL AMAZING.

DID YOU SEE THE INTRO MOVIE? NOT SOME CHILDISH KIDDIE SONGS LIKE WMYB, IT WAS ALL A SERIOUS GROWN UP BAND WHO SMASHES IT ON CONCERTS AND IS SO GRATEFUL FOR THEIR FANS. THEN THEY SING WITH THE FUCKING ROLLING STONES. NO I AM NOT GOOD. AND THIS IS THE REBRANDING. THIS IS A GREAT START. THEY NEED A FUCKING NEW TEAM BECAUSE THEY ALREADY BREAK THEIR OWN FUCKING RECORDS SO IMAGINE HOW THEY WILL PERFORM WHEN THEY HAVE A TEAM THAT ACTUALLY SUPPORTS THEM. 

THEY WILL MAKE HISTORY AND HAVE A SUCCESSFUL REBRAND AS A BOYBAND BECAUSE THEY ARE SO TALENTED AND DON’T EVER FUCKING TELL ME THEY ARE BORED, THEY LOVED IT, THEY KILLED IT, THEY WERE FUCKING COMING ON STAGE ALL.