written magazine

I had tried to kill myself. I was an adolescent; I didn’t know what I was doing. Because I was 17, I was still in a children’s ward. Which was terrifying. I was in there with 9-year-olds who had tried to kill themselves. There was no TV, no music, no nothing. The day I got out of the hospital I was in the car and I was listening to Imagine Dragons. It was a fucking moment for me. I don’t think I realized how important music was to me before that. Three years later, I was opening their U.S. arena tour.
—  Halsey, Billboard Magazine

Article from SPUR magazine written by Naoko Utsunomiya.  

Translated by me (some parts are omitted):

~Yuzuru Hanyu, Opening A New Door~

At the end of summer, Hanyu was back to days of focusing on training. He also took part in a competition and he won it. It was not a big competition but most importantly, he succeeded in doing the quad loop (t/n. recognised as 1st one in competition history). It was at Autumn Classic held in Montreal, Canada.
The scores were not that good and the content was still lacking. But that is no big deal. Hanyu had a serious injury last season and he could not practise as he wished. His new skate shoes were also causing him to have back pain.
As such, just competing is already something extraordinary. He has, once again, climbed up another level.

After the silver medal at World Championships in April, he was in a lot of pain. Physically and mentally, there were many things he had to endure.

Regarding that period of time, Coach Brain Orser said this. “His feelings were very unstable. What he wanted to do, he could not do smoothly, and he became nervous. We worked to keep him in a good mental state. To avoid all kinds of unrest. That is our job.”

Jeffrey Buttle, choreographer of SP ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, said this. “Because the injury was serious, it was a high hurdle. There were some specific elements that he could not do. So he started to practise other elements. That was the bright spark in a bad situation. He needs to have the 'I can do it’ confidence. I think now is the period to grow that kind of mentality.”
Autumn Classic. There was no need to do it perfectly in any area, for that competition.

Hanyu of media day did not look like he was enduring something.
He looked like a champion. In other words, not any different from usual. No matter what kind of injury he has, he strives to “be himself”. That is definitely something that he is very strong at.

At the practice in Toronto, Hanyu jumped the quad loop many times. ISU judge Nobuhiko Yoshioka saw that and spoke of his surprise.
“I heard that his shoes were not fitting well, and he would not make it in time, and his condition was also very bad. As such, I did not have that much expectations…..”

However, what really happened was something else.

“From an incredibly beautiful eagle, he did a jump that made us think 'Ehh now that was a quad, right???’ The landing also flowed very beautifully and I thought, (he made it look like) a loop can be jumped as a quad this easily. It was really wonderful. I was so impressed.”

Yoshioka was not worried at all about the results at Autumn Classic. And he said these reasons why Hanyu will be alright.
“The quad loop at AC, from the point of Hanyu’s ability, it was not good. Although there was no under-rotation and it was properly landed, his quad loop is not like that.
His free skate was still not quite ready and I think that was due to his injury. He may not have had enough time to skate fully through the programme. The feeling of being a bit tired and having not enough stamina, the problem will be solved as the season progresses.”

[……]

We just need to watch him. We just need to wait.

When creating 'Let’s Go Crazy’ together with Buttle, Hanyu said many times, “Wow, this is the coolest!”

As the season progresses, that day will come…….

*************

–my partial translation; thanks to a friend for original article and this pic. 

And I want to say, thank you very much, Ms Utsunomiya.  

She was like Monday’s rain on a busy day, with nothing but heartbreaking silence and arousing pity, a dry mascara for the wet eyes of lust. Moaning about regret and loneliness.

She was like Tuesday’s bouquet of flowers, with a clear sky and candy pieces on her teeth. Chatting about love like the songs on the radio.

She was like Wednesday’s box of chocolate after a long day, with red painting on the nails, and a seductive phone call. Talking about comedy and feminism.

She was like Thursday’s rumor and hard homework, mind games played on cannabis, falling in love and betraying friends.

She was like Friday’s champagne with strangers and laughs in vain. Mouth for the public and hands for dinero, like a song you just want to move your hips to.

She was like Saturday’s affair and a bad hangover. Like the lies written in the magazines, and like too much salt in your meal.

She was like Sunday’s breakfast with croissant and strawberry jam, like a girly dress in the fresh spring, blushing with smarter boys. Flirting about a good girl and math.

—  7 Days, 7 Girls by Royla Asghar
Every ship is a woman,

even named after men—
HMS Nelson; USS John McCain—
every ship is a woman, by august tradition:

in copperbottom/ fighting trim,
each one is ‘she’  of
wave & wind—where

we  of womblike hydrostasis,
wake some amniotic ballast/ crew
the restive seas of danger: we,

our    mother/ maiden
will protect/ protectress
in     following order:

ship; shipmates;
self—for greater love
hath no man than this:

that, closing doors against
the turret flash, he seal
the men inside the magazine.

* * *

Written March, 2017.

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Rhett and Link (knowing no German) try to read and translate (via google translate) what an article in a German magazine has written about them.


Why you can’t rely on google translate!

Watch if you know any German (specifically 03:10 - 09:15 minutes), pretty funny. :)

20milligrxms  asked:

Hiya doll can I get a ship with one of the boys please xo I'm 5"1 and British and curvy and sassy! I have full front bangs, brown hair, big glasses and braces and freckles. I love to sing but my big passion is writing and I've written columns for magazines in the past. Despite my sassines I will go out of my way to make people happy and I always do little things to show people I care about them although this gets me in trouble because not all people deserve it. I'm also super flirty 💓💫👼🏻🦄🍑

I ship you with Jughead!

Originally posted by stydiaislove

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Take a moment to think about the fact that- in the world of FF8- there’s a popular pet lovers magazine where the main article is always about teaching your dog new tricks to use in battles.

And they actually use the word “battle”, too. Not “oh, your dog will rescue you with this trick when you’re in danger”.. no, it is commonplace for people in FF8 to just go around picking fights with monsters and bringing their dogs with them. So commonplace, someone is actually writing and editing magazine articles about it. Like it’s just a pastime.

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Patrick Purdy murdered five children at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California on January 17, 1989. After parking his car behind the building, he approached the children in the schoolyard dressed in military fatigues armed with a Norinco 56s rifle, and a Taurus PT92 pistol. “Hezbollah” was carved into the rifle and “Freedom” was written on the magazine, along with the pistol’s handle reading “Victory.” While his car exploded, he began shooting with the AK-47 variant, spraying gunfire in all directions. The attack lasted under three minutes and ended when Purdy shot himself in the head. Twenty-nine children were injured, as well as one teacher. The five fatalities were all Southeast Asian immigrants and between the ages of six and nine. Authorities maintained the shooting was not the result of a hatred for the Asian community and concluded Purdy was an unhappy loner who had a fixation on the military.

Breaking down racial constructs in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

**Written as a magazine feature for a course I just finished in Writing Cultural Criticism for the Media at Brock University.  Let me know what you think!**

Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is bizarre, poignant, and a spot-on parody of the present

Marcus Tuttle

A lot has changed in the last fifteen years. Selfies have made Sears portrait sessions obsolete. People now carry around tiny Macintoshes. And some dogs have anuses that are “purely decorative.” The present is a conglomeration of strange and scary oddities captured all too well in Netflix’s new must-watch series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

The vibrant sitcom tells the story of Kimmy Schmidt, one of four Indiana ‘Mole Women’ who survived fifteen years living underground as part of a doomsday cult led by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (John Hamm). With a new lease on life and a contagious nothing-can-stop-me attitude, Kimmy starts fresh in New York City with her roommate, the aspiring Broadway-Star-turned-knockoff-Times-Square-performer Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) and their street-savvy, raspy-voiced landlord Lillian Kaushtuppe (Carol Kane). 

Kimmy’s unceasing optimism and don’t-mess-with-me resilience makes her one of the most memorable sitcom protagonists in recent years. Her portrayal by Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) manages to off the most obscure bits of dialogue and slapstick with an ease, sincerity and contagiousness that makes the show live up to it’s ‘unbreakable’ title. 

NBC originally ordered Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt back in 2013, shortly after Fey’s critically adored 30 Rock ended. However, as the network began to lose viewers and strong sitcoms for its now-defunct Thursday Night Comedy Block (home of recent heavy hitters like “The Office”, “Community” and “Parks and Recreation”) Schmidt was eventually sold to Netflix on a two-season order. 

NBC’s loss is clearly Netflix’s gain, as Schmidt weaves Fey’s trademark style of feminist comedy that elicits roaring laughter and a serious consideration of the subtle and glaring inequalities between men and women. 

In a particularly iconic moment, Kimmy literally breaks the glass wall of Spirit Cycle, a ‘now-ist’, quasi-New Age spin class that encourages women to “follow [their] bliss”.  Recognizing how Spirit Cycle and its leader Christopher (proncounced Triss-toe-fay) is just another muddled, trendy, feel-good philosophy promising fulfillment in exchange for cult-like obedience, Kimmy asks the female participants, “Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? Replacing one stupid male authority figure with another…Is he different than any guy who tells you he’ll make you richer, or prettier, or safer if you just let him make all the decisions?”

But perhaps it is the sitcom’s opening song – an ‘auto-tune the news’ style telling of the Mole women’s escape – that sums up the show’s ideological standpoint so well.

“White dudes hold the record for creepy crimes. But females are strong as hell!” 

Embedded in the show’s feminist thought is an attention to how whiteness as an often-unacknowledged position of cultural and economic privilege. Soon after the ‘Mole Women’ escape the bunker one news headline even reads ‘White Women Found. Hispanic Woman Also Found.’

Dong – a Korean immigrant and eventual love interest to Kimmy – builds on the show’s deconstruction of cultural whiteness as he brags about his favourite show 6 White Complainers, or as it is known in America, Friends. He is even subject to the economic authority of Logan Beakman, a rich, white, self-professed ‘daddy’s boy’ that is jealous of Dong’s relationship with Kimmy and vehemently works to get Dong deported from the United States.

And of course there is the show’s underlying antagonist Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the cult leader who emphasizes the absurd effectiveness of white privilege as he denies allegations of kidnapping the ‘Mole Women’ in his trial and points randomly at various problematic truisms to win the favour of the jury. Statements like ‘He gives worse change than Obama. Not my President!’, ‘you know how long it takes for women to get ready’, and ‘if she had stayed in Burnsville like a real American I know for a fact all of you would be rich right now’ are cringe-worthy truisms that draw on tensions of race, gender and economics in order to strengthen his unquestioned authority as a white man.

In Richard Dyer’s seminal study of whiteness he argues that, “the position of speaking as a white person is one that white people now almost never acknowledge and this is part of the condition and power of whiteness: white people claim and achieve authority for what they say by not admitting, indeed not realising, that for much of the time they speak only for whiteness.”

And yet, Kimmy Schmidt spends so much time drawing attention to the absurdity of white privilege throughout the first season that by the time of the trial, even though the Reverend’s testimony manages to charm most of the jury, the audience is able to understand how the Reverend’s authority is the product of a particularly white form of male privilege.

There are parts where the show’s commentary on whiteness is a little rough, as with the particularly controversial casting decision of Jane Krakowski as the Loka Native Born Jackie-Lynn (later turned Jacqueline Voorhees when she considers the apparent glamour and autonomy attached to being white in America).

“If you wanna get anywhere you need to be blonde and white,” she argues.

Yet what is interesting is that throughout the series, Jacqueline’s character arc moves from her appropriation of hegemonic whiteness, which is embedded in her status as a ‘trophy wife’ in an unhealthy marriage relationship, to one that recognizes the strength afforded to her through embracing her Native heritage. 

Jane Krakowski nevertheless shines in the role, but it would be not be surprising if her casting comes off as a bit too culturally insensitive for some audiences to condone.

It helps that Jacqueline is also a much more self-actualized and independent woman comes to embrace her cultural heritage. She even chirps her GPS, saying, “I am so sick of men like him bossing me around. I have my own opinions. I can do stuff without you!”

There is something very rare and inspiring about how Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can turn such a dark premise into a very concentrated comedic achievement. The sitcom has rightfully been compared to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has the jarring hooliganism of 30 Rock and the staying power of Friends. The show may have been moved to Netflix so that it would thrive among a niche audience, but it is clear that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a fearless sitcom staple for an era increasingly invested in socially progressive narratives.

How many people become happy when they hear their name mentioned on a TV channel or (written) in a magazine or upon the tongue of a president or a minister and so on and so forth, what do you say to the one who has his name mentioned by Allah?! What is the state of the one who sleeps and his name is remembered by the Lord of the throne and the heavens and the earth?! Allah says “Remember me I will remember you.”
—  Habib Omar bin Hafiz

Rosa Alicia Clemente (born April 18, 1972) is a United States community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.[1][2][3]

Clemente was born and raised in South Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University.

Clemente’s academic work has focused on research of national liberation struggles within the United States, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party and the Black Liberation Army. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance (ASUBA) and Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. At Cornell she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico.

Clemente has written for Clamor Magazine, The Ave. magazine, The Black World Today, The Final Call and numerous websites.[4] She has been the subject of articles[5] in the Village Voice, The New York Times, Urban Latino and The Source magazines. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now! and Street Soldiers.[6][7] In 2001, she was a youth representative at the United Nations World Conference against Xenophobia, Racism and Related Intolerance in South Africa and in 2002 was named[citation needed] by Red Eye Magazine as one of the top 50 Hip Hop Activists to look out for.

In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions (KTSP), a full-service speakers bureau, production company and media consulting service. Seeing a need for young people of color to be heard and taken seriously, she began presenting workshops and lectures at colleges, universities, high schools, and prisons. Since 1995, Clemente has presented at over 200 colleges, conferences and community centers on topics such as “African-American and Latino/a Intercultural Relations”, “Hip-Hop Activism”, “The History of the Young Lords Party”, and “Women, Feminism and Hip Hop”. KTSP now includes an expanded college speakers bureau which has produced three major Hip Hop activism tours, “Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win” with M1 of dead prez and Fred Hampton Jr.; “The ACLU College Freedom Tour” with dead prez, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Mystic and comedian Dave Chappelle; and the “Speak Truth to Power” Tour a collaborative tour of award winning youth activists.

More Information on Rosa Clemente

I had the random idea the other day of making some FF8-magazine fanart/fiction and thought it would be fun to try and organize something where people could submit articles etc and we could put together an issue of Timber Maniacs or whatever. But I’m not great at organizing things and I can also be randomly busy from time to time.

BUT after talking to @silentstarlight about this idea in the dA chatroom, she suggested making a tumblr and that is a great idea! So the current idea is to make a tumblr that could work as a place to gather fanmade written material (articles from magazines, newspapers, books, websites etc, but also ads and pictures to go with the articles and things like that) from the FF8 world, so a very specific type of fan fiction/fanart haha. It would be a world building type of fanworks though!

However, it depends a bit if people think this sounds fun and would submit stuff? There wouldn’t be any deadlines and submits would be open all the time. So it would basically work like this; you write an article for any magazine within the FF8 world, or even for Selphie’s website, or maybe you’d want to make some ads that could go in a magazine/newspaper. A brochure for recruiting SeeD’s? Anything like that really! Submit a story as Irvine to The girl next door or maybe write for Pet Pals! We could probably invent some newspapers/magazines too! Maybe Ma Dincht submits a cooking recipe to a cooking magazine. And if artists wanna pair up to illustrate texts that could be cool, or screenshots/official art can be used, or just text would be fine. Then it gets submitted to that tumblr/or reblogged, and it would be a fun place to gather some different type of fanfiction/fanart!

This is just an idea still and if anyone have any suggestions I’m open for that. If this seems like something people wanna do though I’ll set up a tumblr. Also, would need a title for said tumblr if anyone have any ideas!

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The ABCs of 90’s Comics!

Q is for The Question!

The Question is one of my absolute favorite comic book characters ever. Yes, I say that about different characters, like eight times per list, but this time, it’s an absolute.  Created by comics legend Steve Ditko in 1967 for Charlton Comics as a backup feature for the Blue Beetle, the Question is Vic Sage, investigative reporter by day, faceless vigilante at night. When Charlton Comics sold the rights to their characters to DC Comics, the Question, along with other action heroes like Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, and Nightshade, were introduced to the DC Universe in the world shattering and restructuring Crisis on Infinite Earths. 

Once the Question settled into the DCU, he was given his own magazine, written by Charlatan Comics veteran and another comic book legend Dennis O'Neil, with art by Denys Cowan.  Sage was a resident of Hub City, a town so corrupt and crooked, its citizens went to Gotham City to relax. Seriously, it was corrupt from top to bottom, and Vic Sage was just the man to get to the bottom of it all.  Unfortunately, Vic wasn’t quite as prepared for Hub City as he thought he was. Encounters with thugs, crooked cops, and the mysterious and deadly Lady Shiva left Vic at death’s door.  How would Vic recover? 

That’s a good question. He was introduced to Richard Dragon, one of the DC Universe’s preeminent martial artists and owner of the pimpest name in the world. Dragon showed Sage how to focus his considerable anger into something useful, and turned the back alley brawler into a (somewhat) competent combatant. Sage, as the Question, returned to Hub City as a new man, no longer as self destructive as he was when he began investigating the city’s corruption.

O'Neil and Cowan put together quite a run with the Question, stretching over thirty six issues, two annuals, and five quarterly issues, with Cowan handling most of the art chores and O'Neil writing every issue except one issue of the quarterly series. I left the details on the series out, because one of my goals for this Tumblr is introducing and recommending comics, new and old. Most of the issues are still $5 and under, and the thirty six issue series was collected in six trades a few years ago. The original on-going series was published from 1987-1990, with the quarterly series starting in late 1990. So the Question barely slips in the door for this list of 90’s Comics, but when you make the rules for these things like I do, you gotta leave yourself a little wiggle room. 

cal as a bf would:

- purposefully get stuck in the rain with you and make out with you for 10 straight minutes 

- come up behind you and wrap his arms around you and nuzzle your neck 

- call you darling and baby girl 

- pick your favorite film on movie night because he wanted to see you smile

- keep a journal full of love letters to you that he’ll never show you 

- have a “wedding box” with written vows and bridal magazines that he’d keep hidden away for the future

- say he doesn’t like it when you steal his clothes but he secretly thinks it sexy af 

- always shut you up with kisses when you’re screaming at him 

- jokingly asking for nudes but secretly meaning it 

- send you flowers after a fight

- brag about you to the boys saying “guys she’s so fucking hot” and “how the hell did i get this lucky”   

Lauren Richardson tells Perrie Edwards she wants to "finally set record straight" in open letter

The girl who faced the wrath of millions of One Direction fans after she was pictured in the company of ex-band member Zayn Malik has penned an open letter to Perrie Edwards.

Lauren Richardson found herself at the centre of “did Zayn cheat?” speculation when she was seen holding hands with the singer when he was on tour with the band in Thailand. Shortly after he announced he was quitting the band.

Months later, the 26-year-old - who is now starring in the current series of Love Island - tells the Little Mix star she wants to “set the record straight” in a personal letter written in Reveal magazine.

Lauren insists nothing happened between them, apart from simply having “one innocent picture” together.

She says they were at the same club in the VIP section and she asked for a snap with the star which she later put online.

“I didn’t even fancy him, he’s not my type and he’s too young for me - I’m 26!”

Clearing up the confusion about the picture of the pair of them holding hands, she continued: “When we left the club, there were people trying to grab us girls to get us to go into other places and I don’t like people touching me so I had a little wobble. All Zayn did was grab my hand and say, ‘Are you OK?’ After that, I got loads of death threats.”

She says people commented on her weight and said she was ugly and “said things like I’m not as pretty as you”.

Once she got back home she reveals she had to jump over her fence to escape unwanted attention and when news broke Zayn had left the band, Lauren says her boss told her to go home because he knew the reaction she’d get.

She adds that she never posted it for fame or money and turned down lucrative offers to sell her story.

Source: The Mirror

My anaylisis of the “Louis is a dad crisis”

I’ve spent much time looking over the article written by People magazine, and things just don’t add up.

1.

The British boy band member and Jungwirth, both 23, met through mutual friends earlier this year after his split from longterm girlfriend Eleanor Calder in March and were spotted on a number of dates in May.

This was the time that Louis was being seen as a “party boy” clubbing every night. People magazine is counting her being included in a group of his friends while clubbing a date? Which seems odd when later they state that they are just friends.

2.

He has even been looking for L.A. properties near Jungwirth, and has flown across the world to be by her side for every ultrasound so far.

First, I don’t remember louis looking for LA properties, he was pretty much MIA in LA last time. Also, it says he has been to EVERY ultrasound… as in muliple. When in reality if she really were 2 months pregnant she would be getting her first actual ultrasound right around this time while louis is busy with tour stuff.

3.

“They are both really happy and although they aren’t in a relationship, their friendship is extremely strong and they are both really excited about the baby.

This part has no real evidence but it just seems kind of strange. They have only supposedly been friends for a couple months, and for me personaly i wouldnt be that comfortable raising a child with a friend i really recently started to get closer with. With Louis being busy with One Direction stuff I really don’t see when he had the time to develop this “extremely strong relationship”. 

kaeandlucy lucyelizabeth
Hi Lucy, I just printed out the article you’ve written for FLURT magazine and read it very carefully with highlights and dictionary.(pls forgive me that I’m not an English native speaker) There are so many powerful insights you shared in your article, which amazed me for a long while. Just want to say that you and Kaelyn are absolutely the most adorable, intelligent, trustworthy and sincere couple that I’ve ever seen! Countless thumbs up for Luclyn in my heart! Have a good day in VidCon and expect to your next YouTube videos! :)