1. just some ads for LoK I made a few days ago for a contest on the avatar subreddit, as an excuse to teach myself some photoshop basics. Top design could have been much neater if the photoshop selection tools weren’t malfunctioning, but it’s my preferred one in any case

     
  2. Get on my level fkn scrubs

     

  3. "

    Skyward Sword’s world is like living in a house with no doors and no ceiling.

    To get from one room to the next, you have to climb up the wall at designated points where ladders are bolted on (the orange bird statues/save points). It’s frustrating, it’s limiting, it’s fuckin sloppy. It creates this disconnect between each of the areas and limits the way you experience the rooms/world—which are already pretty simple to begin with.

    It’s not even as convenient as the warping mechanics from OoT or TP! Warping would take you from ANY point to any other point on a set list. Not only did the bird statue save points of SS not take you FROM any given point, but they didn’t even bother taking you TO any point (even one on a set list). The save points were not a convenience for the player; they were a solution to a problem the game invented for itself.

    I see it like this: it’s the difference between getting a shiny new suit of armor that helps you advance unharmed through enemy hordes, and getting a pair of ragged jorts to replace the ones you are wearing because you accidentally shat yourself. And you still can’t advance easily through enemy hordes; you’ll just smell less while suffering through the agony of multiple stab wounds.

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    Are you mildly interested in hearing my mixed but nevertheless overenthused opinion on Skyward Sword’s game design, in the wake of Egoraptor’s new Sequelitis episode?

    (No? That’s alright.)

     
  4. Oh my god I cannot handle the Zelda Wii U hype. Lemme explain why.

    The fact that Aaron Diaz (comic visionary and progressive mind who came up with this) was in talks with Nintendo about his videogame idea starring Zelda as the female protagonist is HUGELY cool. Diaz’s influence is clear in the more technologically advanced slant on LoZ (which I’m a little skeptical but still cautiously optimistic about) that he pitched in his comic, so his ideas about a female protagonist may have stuck as well.

    The “Link” shown in the Zelda Wii U trailer is… still Link, I think (Aaron himself is similarly convinced that the protagonist is still Link, though maybe not male), but he/she/they seem somewhat gender ambiguous. There is still a possibility that the protagonist is a girl that looks like Link, my only doubt stemming from the fact that the protagonist lacks visible breasts—which obviously isn’t a strictly male trait, but Nintendo hasn’t been the most progressive about female body types even in the recent past… seriously, the Zero Suit Samus redesign for the new Smash Bros is even more regressive and impractical than her Brawl design.

    Beyond the character design and the new higher tech aesthetic, I’m super looking forward to a more explorative, open-world style that Aonuma is promising. Change is always good, and few franchises need it more than LoZ. Even if Nintendo doesn’t end up as forward-thinking as I hope, Zelda fans have a lot to look forward to in the wake of this E3.

     
  5. aw jeez aw jeez

    Thanks! I’m glad someone agree with my assessment of the episode. It’s heartening to be among progressive peers—as self-aggrandizing as that sounds. This is why I enjoy Tumblr.

     

  6. Oh jeez I’m not sure how I feel about the newest Adventure Time episode “Breezy”. It’s very well-constructed, as typical of most of Adventure Time, but my god. It delves some heavy shit, which is arguably not handled as well as it could have been. I get the feeling the character development within the episode should have spanned several episodes, to give the changes the proper time to be settled in the right way. Spoilers ahead: do not read until you’ve watched the episode for yourself.

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  7. "Never feel too good in crowds,
    With folks around, when they’re playing
    The anthems of rape culture loud,
    Crude and proud creatures baying."
     

  8. Ugh I don’t think I can watch It’s Always Sunny anymore. It’s a damn shame, because I really do love the show and think it has plenty of innovative and fun comedy. But at this point in my development I really cannot handle the proportion of its humor that relies on rape jokes and other shit like that. I was kind of astounded when I revisited the show today; I didn’t remember how many bigoted and inexcusable jokes there are. I guess that is sort of good news, in that I’ve seen personal growth since the last time I watched the show, but I’m still sad.

    Charlie Day and company have proven that they can do better than that, but they aren’t showing it right now.

     

  9. SO. I just binge watched three movie in a row: Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox (both Wes Anderson films), and Kung Fu Panda 2. 

    Now that I see it with new eyes, Rushmore’s protagonist Max is such an asshole—and I’m glad the last half of the movie is this slow-burning story of redemption. I am also very glad Wes decided to include 2 very admirable (yet still flawed and human) women, Rosemary and Margaret, to contrast the selfish assholitude of Max and Herman. The ending of the movie leaves me feeling ambivalent due to its ambiguous nature, and I still am not entirely sure what to feel about it. But that’s one sign of a good movie: it’s really got me thinking. Rushmore is still up there in my list of favorites, and along with his movie Fantastic Mr Fox, Wes Anderson proves to me that he never disappoints.

    Finally, my sister and I watched Kung Fu Panda 2, which is still one of my favorites. It’s that rare example of the sequel which surpasses its predecessor. It took the comedy and drama of the first film and gave them both more substance, with a fantastic premise to boot. This premise (revealed in the first minute of the film, so it’s not a spoiler) involves the development of gunpowder as a weapon, which outmatches the capabilities of kung fu and threatens the safety of China’s citizens. It’s a fantastic premise which is based in actual history, which gives the story some extra drama and cultural context. Really well handled too. I have to admit I am also a huge sucker for tradition vs. progress storylines, though.

     

  10. It’s literally too fun to learn guitar. My fingers hurt but they hurt good. I already have memorized three chords. No wonder guitarists have a massive ego boner about themselves—they play the best instrument.

     

  11. No, not that Joseph Fink.

    Let me tell you a sad, but informative story.

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    Kitty Genovese worked as a bar manager in New York City in the 1960s. She lived with her loving partner Mary Ann Zielonko, but was sadly killed in what became an earth-shattering, globally publicized case.

    On March 13th, 1964, Kitty was stabbed in two separate but consecutive attacks by a sick, sad man by the name of Winston Moseley in the parking lot outside her apartment complex. She died as a result.

    Many neighbors heard her screams and cries for help, though most people didn’t interpret them as such. The New York Times ran an article claiming 37 people witnessed the murder and failed to call the police.

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    This has since been debunked, and it is now understood about 12 people saw or heard portions of the crime—though no one witnessed the entirety of the act.

    However, it did spur the development of the new psychological theory of bystander effect (AKA “Genovese syndrome”), which explains that people are driven to inaction in a crisis because—when people are in groups where responsibility is not explicitly assigned—the responsibility for taking action is diffused. That is to say, each person thinks the others will be the ones to call the cops or intervene, or they assume that everything has already been taken care of.

    A courageous Ms. Sophia Farrar came quickly to Kitty’s aid when she was dying in an alley near her apartment complex, even though the attacker could have still been around. She got a rightful commendation for her bravery in the later conviction of Moseley.

    However, only two people actually saw the stabbing. Karl Ross, who saw the second stabbing, quickly called the police. And a previous witness who saw the first stabbing but said nothing:

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    Joseph Fink… why does that sound familiar? 

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    Oh. 

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    Oh, dear God. 

    Guys, don’t be a Joseph Fink. Be a Karl Ross. Or even a Sophia Farrar. We could all use some more Karls and Sophias in this world.

    P.S. Rest in peace, Kitty, knowing that even in death you shined a light on the unknown flaws of society. You have not passed away in vain.

     

  12. get it

    What do you call it when the first chairs of the school concert band play their parts so loudly that it blows the roof off the local Catholic church they were performing in?

    Ex cathedra   (x)

     

  13. Anonymous said: my dad is has a mental disorder and that causes him to get moodswings and he gets mad about everything one second and he is really nice the next second. he also can't recognize if he is doing something wrong. my mother can't convince him to get therapy since he denies that he has a mental illness. what should i do? I have 1 more year of high school left.

    I’m terribly sorry to hear of your situation.

    That is incredibly difficult, and I don’t have personal experience to draw any wisdom from, so I don’t think I can really guide you by myself to any significant capacity. So instead of getting misguided life advice from someone who has not experienced the exact situation you are in, please, seek the help of a family counselor or personal therapist to help guide you through this if you think it can help.

    Also, whatever you do, make sure to keep your best interests at heart. If he ever does really hurt you emotionally or physically, please seek help (whether it be professional therapy, which you could discuss with your mom, or Child Protective Services if things get serious). No one ever deserves mistreatment or abuse, especially at the hands or from the words of a loved one.

    I would hope that gentle persuasion could eventually convince your dad to seek help, but because he is a free agent like any other person, there’s almost nothing you can do to force his hand in this matter. Please try your best to keep yourself emotionally healthy through these tough times, and please consider seeking therapy as an individual or as a family. Maybe if you approach it as a family rather than forcing your dad to do it alone, he will be more open to the idea of getting professional help. He might feel less judged or outcast if your whole family dynamic gets evaluated by a group counselor rather than just his personal mental state. And when getting that help, the therapist could zero in on your dad’s behavior and how it affects the rest of the family.

    Again, this is just an ideal scenario. You should not feel like you have failed if this plan doesn’t come to fruition the way I have described it. As I’ve said and will continue to say, the most important thing is making sure you’re keeping yourself healthy and your head high. Whether this means professional counseling or simply enduring the struggle for one more year, make the right choices for YOU. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope I have helped in some way.

    EDIT: A fellow blogger has notified me that they have experience with this situation, and has generously offered to give you some advice if you’d like it. Please talk to them if you’d like!

     

  14. that one time I came up with a rap on the fly

    1. Aleko: Seriously, there's a stubborn little piece of food stuck between my teeth from that beef noodle soup I had earlier.
    2. Michaela: Flosssssss.
    3. Aleko: I know.
    4. ♪ Gonna be brushin' and flossin' and straight up tossin'
    5. this shit down the drain, gonna rinse, make it rain.
    6. Let it flow from my mouth like this rap goin' south
    7. South in terms of quality.
    8. On that lyrical note I'm gonna shut down my throat and sail this boat down the Nile,
    9. 'Cuz my raps is Ra and y'all haters gonna drown, 'cuz y'all are doggy-paddlin' in denial.
    10. Michaela: LOL I need to go get cracking on this chem book.
    11. Aleko: Girl, you study that chem and be a sharp femme,
    12. Realize your potential, it's but eventual
    13. that you'll be a straight up Renaissance gal.
    14. Kickin' ass, taking names, sail your yacht down the Thames, be the Mona Lisa's only best pal.
    15. You're the reason she hides that beautiful smile 'cuz you both are privy to the flyest of styles.
    16. Go fly near the sun 'cuz don't you know son, that the only thing that'll melt is that big ol' star heart
    17. 'Cuz Icarus and Daedalus struggle to even pedal a bike, but you fly up Olympus like it ain't no big hike.
    18. Flap your wings and soar to the sky 'cuz you so fly it even surprises the all-seeing Oracle at Delphi.
     

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