z x y

like of course trump can’t automatically do all the garbage that he wants to do. there’s a specific way our government is set up and he can’t automatically get around all of that. but he’s setting a precedent, and that’s not okay. it’s 2016 and WHITE NATIONALISM is being ENCOURAGED in MY FUCKING COUNTRY - i don’t care if trump ‘can’t do x, y, z’. you’re right, but that doesn’t make any of this magically okay.

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I was thinking about it obviously, because they set up this big mystery, and I was like, “Oh, they’re going to kill Wes. That makes sense.” I thought they were maybe going to kill Wes the end of last season, because there’s so much story, and they go through it so fast. But the thing that has me more interested than that is we were talking about an idea of having just little instances of Wes with other characters prior to it, just to see another side of his relationship with other characters. That intrigues me much more, because the thing I was thinking about recently was like, “How funny, Wes is never going to X, Y, Z, like finish law school or do this.” I mean, are they ever going to finish law school? How does the show operate outside that? I’m sure they will work it out if they get to it. But I was, like, “He’s never going to get his happy ending. He’s never going to come out of it. That’s kind of sad.”

This Generation: *helps the legalization LGBTQIA+ marriage, actually gives a shit about modern racism instead of brushing it under the rug, accepts each other regardless of gender identity, sexuality, religion, etc., promotes body positivity more than ever before, advocates for the rights of women, and is considered to be way more liberal than previous generations*

Last Generation: ugh, this generation is so shallow! Kids these days don’t care about anyone but themselves and their phones! They play on their devices all day without making any difference in the world! So lazy and selfish!

Things CGs miss when they don't have a little...

Grabby hands
Bedtime stories
“Do I have to do ____.”
Being the big spoon.
Kissing ouchies.
Saying, “I’m so proud of you!”
Being looked up to.
Calling them cute pet names like sweetheart, lemon drop, darling, precious, little one, pumpkin, tator tot, etc.
Having someone who needs them.
Pouty faces.
Forehead kisses.
Artwork made just for them.
Hand holding in public not because you’re a couple, but because you have to make sure they don’t cross the street alone.
“But whyyyyyyyy?”
Being called mommy, daddy, big, or whatever.
Being serenaded in nursery rhymes.
Reminding them to do x, y, z.
Cute speech patterns.
Being the person that makes their world go round.
Having someone be the reason your world goes round.

writing an essay in college is very different from writing an essay in high school. personally, i write more research/history papers than literary essays (the liberal arts life and curse), so this is going to be a post on how a general research-y essay that has a thesis and arguments. 

intro

  • don’t open with a quote and don’t be overly broad. 
  • avoid generalizations 
  • your intro should address the topic of your essay (ex. the significance of gardens in renaissance society), and then narrow down to what you want to talk about in regards to your topic (ex. the political influence of the Medici gardens during the renaissance)
  • thesis! it should include the argument you want to make about the narrowed down topic, and three (or however many your class requires) reasons to support it. I like to think of it as W = X + Y + Z. 
  • your thesis explains who, what and why in a concise manner. 

body

  • topic sentences should not be a word for word copy of your thesis.
  • the order of arguments in your thesis is the order of your paragraphs 
  • depending on the length of your essay, there should be at least two justifications to your argument. 
  • so, just as the intro has a formula, X = A + B, and so forth. 
  • A and B should be backed up with some sources/quotes. don’t forget that if you are quoting from class notes to put either the prof’s last name, or (class notes)
  • be sure to have clear and concise arguments, don’t be flowery
  • USE WORDS THAT ARE ACCURATE. thesaurus is great but if you use a word that sounds cool but doesn’t capture the meaning you want to convey then don’t use it, because it may just change the meaning of your argument
  • quote whatever isn’t yours. it is completely fine if 90% of your sentences are quotes. its weird to get used to, but don’t worry about it. 

conclusion

  • the worst part in my opinion. 
  • synthesize don’t summarize. show how your arguments relate back to the thesis.
  • try not to copy paste your thesis into the conclusion, word it so that the readers understands that through XYZ, you were able to conclude and support argument W (referring back to the thesis formula)
  • do not add any new information, do not add quotes. 
  • your final sentence should tie up the essay in a pretty bow, but try to avoid clichés 

protips

  • when writing the body paragraphs, your ‘weakest’ paragraph should be in the middle, strongest as your last, and the second best as your first.
  • if you’re stumped on the intro, skip it. write out the body first, then the intro and you’ll be able to concisely word your thesis
  • think of your essay as an infomercial. your intro is the loud and clear HERES MY PRODUCT, the body is blasting information on why the product is so cool, and the conclusion is the final push for the viewer to buy that product. make your teacher want to agree with your thesis! 
  • use a mix of paraphrase and quotes!
  • don’t forget your works cited lmao (the MLA Handbook is a gr8 tool, also OWL Purdue)
  • prime time for essay writing is in the morning or at night, but make sure you edit it meticulously 
  • EDIT ON PAPER NOT ON YOUR SCREEN

stay humble, study hard 

Anon

I don’t get why some people hate the idea of Yang getting a prosthesis because of X, Y, Z, reason. Like, y'all. She’s still a disabled character with or without it. It’s normal for people today to get prosthesis to return (or achieve) to a more ‘normal’ life. There’s nothing wrong with that! It doesn’t mean these people aren’t strong or don’t accept what’s happened to them. For some it even means that they do accept it, and are ready to move on.

In 2013, the percentage of high school graduates hit an all time high with 81 per cent. All over the world, there are more people than ever searching and applying for tertiary education.
Teen pregnancy hit an all time low in 2013, heavy underage drinking is only at 17 % and the number of children and young people in court is the lowest is has been in 20 years.
Over the last few years, there has been a revival of the civil rights movement, the feminist movement and the lgbt movement. Young people all over the world are more likely to be accepting towards minorities, individuals and foreigners than any generation before us.  

And yet, older generations talk about us in demeaning tones. We have been coined as the ‘me, me, me’ generation, as the ‘I want it now’ generation, as a generation of people who only care about themselves, a generation of narcissists. Apparently, research shows that about 30 per cent of today’s youth has narcissistic tendencies.
Now, one may say that every generation in history has seen the younger generation as reckless, disregardful of the future and lazy. But this is different. This is different because unlike other generations before us, we are not at one, but at many turning points in history. we are the first generation to grow up with the internet. Never has the world been such a globalised community, never have the borders of countries meant so little. Never has technology moved so fast, never has information been as easily accessible as it is today. We are the first generation that, if we do not agree with what we learn in schools, we can educate ourselves, we are the first generation that can connect with people from america, from germany, from china, from south africa, from brazil,  and build friendships all over the world.
But not all is positive. We are also a generation that may be facing more threats to humankind than have ever existed in one time period before. Global climate change, oil and other natural resources running out, and a new face of terrorism in the form of ISIS and Boko Haram. The global economy is falling apart, and is responsible for the fact that we will be the first generation to be less wealthy than our parents, that most students in Australia will start working already in debt because of student loans.
A world in ruins is what my generation has been saddled with. We’re the ones who are holding on to each other despite our differences and telling each other it’s good to be who we are, whether we’re gay or straight or black or white. We have to save the environment, end wars and find homes for the asylum seekers this system has created, we have to cure poverty and wage inequality and food distribution, and as if all that was not enough it is harder than ever to get a job in this society, harder than ever to pay for education.
And we are the lazy ones.
Why? Because we like taking selfies? Because we like spending time on social media? Because we like spending time with our friends? Are we uncreative and stupid because we are not afraid to say “I’m awesome and I truly believe that”?.
We are proud of ourselves. We tell each other to love ourselves. That doesn’t mean we can’t feel for other people. And what good has ever come of being modest? Yes, society sees this as the ideal, but are we really happier if we constantly deny every compliment we get?
As cliche as it sounds, I believe you must love yourself before you can love and have a healthy relationship with anyone. As for the claim that we are uncreative; have you ever seen the internet? It is probably the biggest platform for creativity that has ever existed, because, as trivial as they are, memes are probably one of the most creative things humans have ever come up with. Recycling someone  else’s idea, putting your own twist on it and making it your own is what human civilisation is all about.
Even if you only look at one platform, you see it bustling with creativity. Youtube culture has enabled every one of us to have an audience to spread our message all over the world if we want to, enabled some of the best comedians to have their own space and make their own material, independent from any boundaries a company or studio might restrict them to. 4chan, while maybe not being the best example in decent human beings, has brought up on of the biggest activist groups of recent years, anonymous. On fanfiction.net or archiveofourown.org, users write entire books, that are not restricted by age, usual genres, or any of the conventional book themes. All over the internet, there are small groups and communities bonding over their favourite book, movie, TV Show, video game, over their desire to learn, over everything. And all of them have such a huge creative potential, all of them create so much information every day that it is almost unfathomable to the human mind.
Of course not every person our age is a shining beacon of hope, integrity and creativity, not all of us can change the world. But we all believe that we can. And we have to. Because if we don’t, our world will never be saved from past mistakes.
And that is what I want you all to learn today:
We are not vain because we love ourselves, and we are not bad people because we like using the internet. We are contributing to the biggest pool of information ever created by humankind.
There is a lot resting on our generation, and the problems of the future often seem unsolvable. But I believe that we all have the potential to save the world. Love the person you are and the person you’re becoming, because we will be a generation that people will look back to and say “They did something truly remarkable.”

—  My speech for english
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Happy 20th Pokemon!

My Collection organized for the occasion :)

I have a video I uploaded to my youtube that I’ll also post.

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Because the thing I was thinking about recently was like, “How funny, Wes is never going to X, Y, Z, like finish law school or do this.” I mean, are they ever going to finish law school? How does the show operate outside that? I’m sure they will work it out if they get to it. But I was, like, “He’s never going to get his happy ending. He’s never going to come out of it. That’s kind of sad.” - Alfred Enoch

If you take the letters from the word ‘wizard’ and replace each one with the letter on the opposite end of the alphabet (A=Z, B=Y, C=X) you end up with 'draziw.’ Basically, if you reverse the alphabet to spell 'wizard,’ it spells 'wizard’ in reverse. source

Pluto Generations

Pluto is the slowest moving planet. It spend anywhere from 10 to 30 years in one sign, and because of this, Pluto influences many of the things we see in entire generations. Pluto tells about life challenges, how week seek out power, and the drastic differences between generations. Find out where Pluto was when you were born and what this did to the generation below. (All the information about the generations comes from the notes I took during a “Generational Differences” class)

Pluto in Cancer: 26 May 1914 - 14 June 1939

  • Duration: 26 years
  • Generation: Traditionalists
  • How does Pluto in Cancer affect the Traditionalists?
    • Cancer is known for being a traditional sign, so having Pluto in Cancer during a generation called “The Traditionalists” is no coincidence. This generation is known to be extremely conservative and hold family values high. Cancer in Pluto has influenced people to be very loving and caring towards their families and close friends. They may not be logical thinkers, but they understand the depth of things. It is difficult for Cancer in Pluto to deal with any change. (Once again, The Traditionalists). They expect young people to be their definition of respectful which means being disciplined and understanding. They find it hard to let go of their traditional values (For example, a man must marry a woman and vice versa), so conflict between this generation and Millennials (who’s Pluto in Libra and Scorpio influences them to fight for justice and equality) is expected.

Pluto in Leo: 14 June 1939 - 19 August 1957

  • Duration: 19 years
  • Generation: Late Traditionalists (1939-1946) and Baby Boomers
  • How does Pluto in Leo affect the Baby Boomers?
    • Leo is a fire sign, and know for being competitive, yet optimistic. The Baby Boomers are known for going after what they want, specifically in the work force. They believe teamwork and optimism are important. Pluto in Leo is optimistic and a great leader. The placement of Pluto in Leo influenced this generation to be very enthusiastic and risky. Pluto in Leo is are much more creative and colorful (color television began in the 1940s, how ‘bout that?) people than Pluto in Cancer, so conflict between these two groups is expected. They don’t stand for people who are constantly negative and will surely point it out when you’re being that pessimistic.

(Here’s where the dates get crazy)

Pluto in Virgo: 19 August 1957 - 5 October 1971, 17 April 1972 - 30 July 1972

  • Duration: 15 years and the months between Libra
  • Generation: Late Baby Boomers (1957-1965) and Early Generation X (also Generation Jones) 
  • How does Pluto in Virgo affect the Gen Xers?
    • Gen Xers were a very independent group. They also became very skeptical about things and felt the need to analyze for themselves. Having Pluto in Virgo, a very analytical and logical sign, definitely influenced this thinking. They value a work life balance, and are great at organizing ways to do this. This new value and interest in work can be seen because now both parents in household were working, despite this, they didn’t hold much value in their careers. To them, it may be “just a job”. They can be very conservative, but nowhere near as much as the Traditionalists. They value honesty and believe that one earns respect. They can be critical towards others, but also hate criticism. Millennials and early Gen Z people tend to notice this hypocritical nature, especially when Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are criticizing them. Virgo and Capricorn are very compatible, so there is a chance that late Baby Boomers and early Gen Xers will get along with the Gen Zers. The relationship for those Virgo x Capricorn will most likely be parent (who had children late in life) to child, and sometimes be young grandparents to child.

Pluto in Libra: 5 October 1971 - 17 April 1972, 30 July 1972 - 5 November 1983, 18 May 1984 - 27 August 1984

  • Duration: The few months between Virgo, 12 years, and 4 months the following year
  • Generation: Late Gen X (1971-1980) and Early Millennials (1980-1984)
  • How does Pluto in Libra affect this time?
    •  Pluto was in Libra in the middle of two widely different generations. It’s much harder to see the similar affect Pluto in Libra had on these generations. This placements influences people to want to explore and understand the world. It also influences people to want to create harmony and justice within the world. This is very obvious to see in  Millennials, as many of them identify as feminists, fight for racial equality, and fight for LGBT+ rights, however this is less obvious for the Late Gen Xers. They were growing up with the early Gen Xers who had Pluto in Virgo. Pluto in Libra influences the Late Gen Xers to compromise with the Early Gen Xers who uphold their own values. Those born between 1971 and 1980 are what I like to call “Millennial Xers.” These “Millennial Xers” allowed for the Pluto in Virgo values to rule their life. However, now that Millennials are in their 20s and 30s and beginning to enter the world, these “Millennial Xers” are expressing their Pluto in Libra influences much more.

Pluto in Scorpio: 5 November 1983 - 18 May 1984, 27 August 1984 - 17 January 1995, 21 April 1995 - 10 November 1995

  • Duration: The few months between Libra, 12 years, and 8 months later that last year
  • Generation: Millennials! (also Generation Y)
  • How does Pluto in Scorpio affect the Millennials?
    • The Millennials are all about diversity and technology. Pluto in Scorpio has influenced these individuals to be intense and have strong emotions. They fight for human rights and have a talent for helping those that are considered different become accepted. They focus their mind on more taboo things such as sex, the occult, death, and the mind. They try to remain positive, but definitely focus on darker things. Because of this, there may be conflict between these Millennials and Baby Boomers who value positivity and lighter topics. Pluto in Scorpio are strong people who question all the rules, and can gain much power if they try to. Having Pluto in Scorpio can explain the interest that Millennials have in sex and taboo things (like astrology!).

Pluto in Sagittarius: 17 January 1995 - 20 April 1995, 10 November 1995 - 27 January 2008, 13 June 2008 - 26 November 2008

  • Duration: The few months between Scorpio, 14 years, and 6 months later that last year
  • Generation: Late Millennials (1995-1999) and Early Generation Z (2000-2008)
  • How does Pluto in Sagittarius affect the Early Gen Zers?
    • I’m very very excited about this one, because, boy, does it explain A LOT. Having Pluto in Sagittarius influences people to be blunt and expressive. They want to be the center of attention and can be extremely impatient. They have this optimistic belief that they can do anything they set their mind to. All things that the young people in the world now have been known to do. They value freedom and want to find this for other people who don’t have it (EQUALITY!). They don’t conform, are bold, and free-thinking. They think on a global scale now and want to explore the world and history (may explain their interest in old things: vinyls, comic books, etc). They are less likely to believe in religions and may even create their own. Why do Millennials not get along with their elders? First, Cancer and Virgo are two of the least compatible signs of Sagittarius. To refresh your memory, this means the Traditionalists, Late Baby Boomers, and early Gen Xers are very incompatible with Millennials. Yet, Millennials are the stronger and more expressive ones who are willing to fight back when someone questions them.

Pluto in Capricorn: 28 January 2008 - 13 June 2008, 26 November 2008 - 20 January 2024

  • Duration: The few months between Sagittarius, and 17 years
  • Generation: Late Generation Z (2008-2024)
  • How will Pluto in Capricorn affect the Late Gen Zers?
    • We’re not really sure how this group of people act right now, as the oldest ones are only 8 years old (as of 2016) and the majority have yet to be born. Having Pluto in Capricorn should affect this generation to be patient yet ambitious. This will be very different from the previous generation who’s almost never patient. The older generations who shame Millennials often are less likely to shame those with Pluto in Capricorn. They are organizers who want to create structure among the chaos. Last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution, where structure in the chaos paid off greatly. These people want to create order and know that persistence pays off. They are likely to be great politicians, which is good news for those living in America right now during this very odd presidential election, but also for the rest of the world which seems like it’s just going farther and farther downhill. We put a lot of hope and faith into this generation to make the world better, and with Pluto in Capricorn, they may just succeed.

I see many people argue that “autistic people are kinder/more intelligent/more inventive/more useful than neurotypicals!” in some attempt at removing the stigma towards autistic people and I just really want those people to realize that by arguing that you are arguing that autistic people have to be better scientists, etc to be as valuable as neurotypicals - that our worth comes from being exceptionally good at something, that it isn’t an inherent part of being human. Every time you’re arguing that autistic people have worth because we’re better at X, Y, Z you’re conforming to the notion that people’s worth is defined by how good they are at X, Y, Z and that does more harm than good. Don’t go with the whole “autistic people are the next step in evolution” shit, don’t argue that we have value because we can be useful scientists and inventors - argue that all autistic people have inherent value regardless of our achievements or our talents or our kindness of whatever. Argue that our value is inherent and intrinsic, that it isn’t something we have to prove or achieve. Now that would be progressive. 

ATTENTION!

Hey!

Yeah you.

Are you a baby boomer?

Do you often scoff when you see people on their phones?

Do you talk about “this generation” in a negative way?

Then come here.

Little closer.

Did you know…

that phones…

and computers….

aren’t just light boxes?

That’s right!

Get this!

They’re communication devises!

That means that they’re devises used for communication.

Did you know that texting isn’t just typing words? 

Those words you type are actually sent to someone.

That person can actually send you words back.

And you two can have a conversation.

Imagine that! People using their phones to hold a conversation with people they care about.

You can even do this if your friend or family member is somewhere far away.

Distance doesn’t mean you can’t talk to someone everyday when you have a phone!

Did you also know that people can use phones and computers to read?

That’s right. Free of charge too.

Usually they read other people’s amateur work and leave comments.

These can be encouraging, or criticizing.

Either way they help someone with their writing skills.

Speaking of writing.

Did you know your phone can be used for that as well?

Even if you’re far from home when you’re inspiration hits, you can still sit down and write.

Isn’t that just the best?

Did you know that if you use a computer or a phone to write, you can back everything up on the internet without having to retype it all?

Did you know that you can share your experiences in real time with anyone you care about that can’t be there with you?

All you need to do is take a picture and hit send!

People can actually see the highlights of their baby cousin’s birthday party even if they live in another county.

Speaking of which.

You can also send pictures of yourself.

It takes only a few seconds to send your sick friend your smile.

Speaking of friends.

Did you know that you can meet people in so many new ways using the internet?

Being in the same place is never an issue.

Instead you meet people based on interest instead of locations.

You can meet people that like the same band as you in the comments of the music video.

You can meet people that enjoy the same humor as you when you share a video.

You can meet people that share so many things with you because they came to the same place.

Even if it wasn’t at the same time.

Did you know, that on the internet your words are what speak for you instead of your looks?

All anyone has to see is a profile picture.

So you’re more judged on what you say and like.

Your personality and intelligence is the first thing people see, instead of you looks.

Did you know…

that when I’m on my phone….

I’m not just staring at a screen?

Guess what?

I’M DOING THINGS AND USING MY PHONE AS A TOOL TO DO IT!!!!

So hey.

Yeah you.

SHUT-UP!