Always speak politely to an enraged dragon

A hodge podge of reblogs with a political theme. But there will be other stuff as well.
Aug 31 '14
I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.

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Aug 30 '14

storyshots:

Drawing from films

Drawing from films is a ridiculously useful exercise. It’s not enough to watch films; it’s not enough to look at someone else’s drawings from films. If you want to be in story, there’s no excuse for not doing this.

The way this works: you draw tons of tiny little panels, tiny enough that you won’t be tempted to fuss about drawing details. You put on a movie - I recommend Raiders, E.T., or Jaws… but honestly if there’s some other movie you love enough to freeze frame the shit out of, do what works for you. It’s good to do this with a movie you already know by heart.

Hit play. Every time there’s a cut, you hit pause, draw the frame, and hit play til it cuts again. If there’s a pan or camera move, draw the first and last frames.

Note on movies: Spielberg is great for this because he’s both evocative and efficient. Michael Bay is good at what he does, but part of what he does is cut so often that you will be sorry you picked his movie to draw from. Haneke is magnificent at what he does, but cuts so little that you will wind up with three drawings of a chair. Peter Jackson… he’s great, but not efficient. If you love a Spielberg movie enough to spend a month with it, do yourself a favor and use Spielberg.

What to look for:

  • Foreground, middle ground, background: where is the character? What is the point of the shot? What is it showing? What’s being used as a framing device? How does that help tie this shot into the geography of the scene? Is the background flat, or a location that lends itself to depth?
  • Composition: How is the frame divided? What takes up most of the space? How are the angles and lines in the shot leading your eye?
  • Reusing setups, economy: Does the film keep coming back to the same shot? The way liveaction works, that means they set up the camera and filmed one long take from that angle. Sometimes this includes a camera move, recomposing one long take into what look like separate shots. If you pay attention, you can catch them.
  • Camera position, angle, height: Is the camera fixed at shoulder height? Eye height? Sitting on the floor? Angled up? Down? Is it shooting straight on towards a wall, or at an angle? Does it favor the floor or the ceiling?
  • Lenses: wide-angle lens or long lens? Basic rule of thumb: If the character is large in frame and you can still see plenty of their surroundings, the lens is wide and the character is very close to camera. If the character’s surroundings seem to dwarf them, the lens is long (zoomed in).
  • Lighting: Notice it, but don’t draw it. What in the scene is lit? How is this directing your eye? How many lights? Do they make sense in the scene, or do they just FEEL right?

This seems like a lot to keep in mind, and honestly, don’t worry about any of that. Draw 100 thumbnails at a time, pat yourself on the back, and you will start to notice these things as you go.


Don’t worry about the drawings, either. You can see from my drawings that these aren’t for show. They’re notes to yourself. They’re strictly for learning. 

Now get out there and do a set! Tweet me at @lawnrocket and I’ll give you extra backpats for actually following through on it. Just be aware - your friends will look at you super weird when you start going off about how that one shot in Raiders was a pickup - it HAD to be - because it doesn’t make sense except for to string these other two shots together…

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Aug 30 '14

sleepisfornerds:

Reblog  before this is taken down.

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Aug 25 '14

fatfeistyandfashionable:

manhatingbabyeater:

atomic-glitter:

fandomsandfeminism:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

It’s a tense night in Ferguson, but luckily no outbreak of violence. 

This is still going on. Do not forget

Don’t let the media make you think this is over. Those last few tweets are from today!

These are dated August 24, 2014

Still happening, still going on, just because the media has decided the story is old doesn’t mean the residents of Ferguson are safe or protected. Do not forget Ferguson!

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Aug 25 '14
the-exercist:

Resistance Band Kickback

Set Up: Secure one end of a resistance band to a stable object and the other end to one foot or ankle. Facing the object, stand back about two feet or until you’ve created resistance in the band. Reach forward and grab the object with both hands.
Action: Shift your weight to one leg. Keeping a microbend in your standing leg, tighten your core and contract your glutes to slowly raise the working leg out behind you until it is approximately parallel to the ground. Hold at the top of the movement, then slowly lower down. Complete all reps on one side then switch legs.

the-exercist:

Resistance Band Kickback

Set Up: Secure one end of a resistance band to a stable object and the other end to one foot or ankle. Facing the object, stand back about two feet or until you’ve created resistance in the band. Reach forward and grab the object with both hands.
Action: Shift your weight to one leg. Keeping a microbend in your standing leg, tighten your core and contract your glutes to slowly raise the working leg out behind you until it is approximately parallel to the ground. Hold at the top of the movement, then slowly lower down. Complete all reps on one side then switch legs.

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Aug 25 '14

the-exercist:

Baked Cheesy Tomatoes from Kirbie Cravings:

  • 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup pre-made marinara sauce

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Slice tops of tomatoes off, about 1/4 of the way down. Hollow out middle, removing all seeds. Add 1-2 heaping tbsp of marinara sauce into each tomato until it is close to reaching the brim. Add mozzarella on top.

2. Bake about 10 minutes on top oven shelf until cheese is melted and tomatoes are cooked but still firm. Turn heat to 375F and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble and brown. Eat immediately.

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Aug 24 '14

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Aug 21 '14

animationtidbits:

Tomm Moore - Secret of Kells Watercolors

God these are gorgeous.

(Source: theblogofkells.blogspot.com)

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Aug 11 '14

defeeler:

sushinfood:

vvankinq:

this is fucked up. this fucked me up. the teachers fucked up by not showing us this fuck up. fuck.

dear god

i’m 28 and never knew this

I’M RUINED

ife

(Source: yodiscrepo)

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Jul 25 '14

Scrolling through POF I just came across the realization that its like trying to find the perfect dog to adopt off the SPCA website.  

"Awww, that one’s cute.  A little older, but that’s okay.  Wait, shit.  It’s high energy. I can’t do high energy."

"Look at you!  You’re perfect, except…. yup, you got separation anxiety and require constant attention. Well that aint gotta work out."

"Prone to possessive behaviour.  Aaaaaaah no."

"You’re not even house broken."

Tags: online dating pet adoption

Jul 25 '14

The main problem I have with Men’s Rights Activists is that their name really doesn’t do them justice. They’re Straight Cis White Men’s Rights Activists. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for the inclusion of trans* men in their spaces.

I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign to end the social stigma around black fatherhood. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for better pay and equal career mobility for men of colour. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists actively campaign for more gay men’s rights. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists advise others in their group on how using f*ggot to emasculate men who aren’t part of their cause is alienating and marginalising other MEN.

I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support victims of male rape unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of rape. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support male victims of domestic abuse unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of domestic abuse. Men’s Rights Activists are hypocrites and frauds.

They’re bitter privileged white men who don’t want to campaign for the rights of men — they want to campaign to keep their privilege unchecked and their ability to discriminate against others. If you want to be a real Men’s Rights Activist — be a fucking (intersectional) Feminist. Peace out.

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Jul 22 '14
Good stuff to keep in mind.  

Good stuff to keep in mind.  

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Jul 1 '14

recipesforweebs:

So, as a chef and a former intense athlete, I have to be hella conscious about keeping in shape and not gaining a shit ton of weight by inhaling everything I eat 24/7. This is why, when I can, I like to work with healthier shit to combat all the creamy, sugar and fat filled delicacies I make like 24/7.

For everyone like me who’s working on staying in shape or being healthy, this recipes for you, my precious weeb losers.

Based on the Honey Lemon Slices from Kuroko no Basuke (my current obsession), I decided to do my own take on this insanely good for you Japanese treat.

OH. AND FUN FACT ABOUT THESE. IT’S A SNACK AND A DRINK ALL IN ONE. You’ll find out what I’m talking about later.

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Honey Lemon Slices
(serves: an entire fucking basketball team ayyoo)

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Ingredients-

  • 2 lemons
  • enough honey to fully cover all the lemons*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp  ginger
  • 7 mint leaves (for later)
  • 4 cups water (for later)

*So fun fact for all your plebs out there: there’s like 5 million types of honeys that vary in not only flavor, but texture. For this recipe, I used a creamy clover honey mixed with a more transparent, thick chestnut honey to combat the sweetness with some bitterness from the chestnut. Use whatever the fuck you want, but if you’re using a raw, or creamy honey, mix it with some water to make it more liquidy and stuff.

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Procedure-

  • Thinly slice the lemons, making sure you’re using basically everything but the ends and REMOVE ALL THE SEEDS HOLY SHIT.
  • Once they’re all sliced, mix your honey with the cinnamon and ginger until it’s all combined. Then, take a glass tupperware container thing and cover the bottom with a thin layer of your honey mixture.
  • On top of that, add one layer of lemon slices, and then just alternate between honey and lemon slices until you finished all the lemon slices. 
  • Once that’s done, pour in the remainder of your honey mixture so that it completely covers the lemons, and then cover that with a lid and throw it in the fridge.
  • Keep it chilled for at least 2 days, and no more than 3 days. Try and shake or mix the container at least twice a day so that the lemon juices can mix with the honey.
  • Once that’s all done, throw it in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes so that they’re hella chilled, and then remove the lemon slices from the container.
  • After they’re all plated and shit, combine 4 cups of water, 7 mint leaves, and hell, some ice cubes, with the liquid in the tupperware container.
  • Defeat your basketball foes with your incredible jumps and your moe qualities.

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TADAH MOTHERFUCKER. You just made a hella healthy treat for you and your shit weeb friends to eat and drink while you’re watching kawaii dudes dripping glittery sparkle sweat all over the B-Ball courts.

Make this during the summer when you want something cold, sweet and healthy to devour, make em when you’re sick to get some radical antioxidants and vitamin C or whatever, just make them all the fucking time I dare you, you pieces of shit.

ALRIGHTY. THAT’S ALL FOR THIS RECIPE. STAY TUNED FOR MORE RECIPES THAT WILL DEFINITELY NOT INVOLVE KUROKO NO BASUKE IN SOME WAY (maybe probably i think sort of)

Later, nerds. 

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Jun 29 '14

argonianbot:

i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is 

because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like

everything

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BUT AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH

REAL NAMES WHICH ARE GOOD FOR BOOKS

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AND THIS THERE’S MORE????

BAM, PLACE NAMES

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AND STILL MORE

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SO YOU SEE THESE LITTLE OPTIONS HERE

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PLEASE, PLEASE

GO AND TRY TO HELP A GOOD PERSON OUT

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Jun 29 '14
the-exercist:

Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel with one foot in front of you, knees bent 90 degrees. Keep your torso upright and rest your hands on your hips (a). Gently push your hips forward as far as you can, maintaining an upright torso (b). Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Quick Tip: Increase the intensity of the stretch by raising your opposite arm straight overhead.

the-exercist:

Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel with one foot in front of you, knees bent 90 degrees. Keep your torso upright and rest your hands on your hips (a). Gently push your hips forward as far as you can, maintaining an upright torso (b). Hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Quick Tip: Increase the intensity of the stretch by raising your opposite arm straight overhead.

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