Thursday, July 31, 2014
Freehand nails!  Usually I am all AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT about freehanding nail designs, but I’ve just been on kind of a kick lately. (If two in a row can be considered a kick.)
Nails’ Inc Porchester Square as a base, with Essie Mesmerize (blue) and Nails’ Inc Westbourne Grove flowers, with Nails’ Inc Chelsea accent dots.  Topped with OPI for Sephora Matte topcoat.
My ability to make decent looking flowers with a dotting tool is VARIABLE but making it matte somehow makes it all look pretty fun.  It’ll probably come off pretty quickly though - I’m thinking something more classic for the wedding I have to go to on Saturday.

Freehand nails!  Usually I am all AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT about freehanding nail designs, but I’ve just been on kind of a kick lately. (If two in a row can be considered a kick.)

Nails’ Inc Porchester Square as a base, with Essie Mesmerize (blue) and Nails’ Inc Westbourne Grove flowers, with Nails’ Inc Chelsea accent dots.  Topped with OPI for Sephora Matte topcoat.

My ability to make decent looking flowers with a dotting tool is VARIABLE but making it matte somehow makes it all look pretty fun.  It’ll probably come off pretty quickly though - I’m thinking something more classic for the wedding I have to go to on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I cannot TAKE this lady at work, who is ENDLESSLY HELPLESS.  She’s a delicate fainting flower of indecision and I am SO TIRED OF HERRRR

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the problem with buying you a wedding gift off of your registry is that everything you selected is ugly

Friday, July 11, 2014
covenesque:

tiraspark:

goodstuffhappenedtoday:

Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity

A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.

Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.


After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.


The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.


The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.



More at the link.


Fucking beautiful. But, you know, teenagers don’t do anything important

Swell kid!


I would have a lot more respect for the people on Extreme Couponing if they did this with their massive hauls.

covenesque:

tiraspark:

goodstuffhappenedtoday:

Teenager buys £600 worth of shopping for 4p and donates food to charity

A teenager collected hundreds of supermarket coupons to buy £600 worth of shopping for 4p so he could give the food to families.

Jordon Cox, 16, scoured endless websites and magazines and gathered hundreds of coupons for dozens of products.

After spending hours each day searching the internet for coupons, he managed to collect 470, which he took to his local supermarket, and filled three trolleys with food and household items.

The bill came to £572.16, but once the coupons were factored in the bill was reduced to just 4p - a saving of 99.81 per cent.

The teenager, of Brentwood in Essex, donated all his food to the charity Doorstep which gives food to disadvantaged families.

More at the link.

Fucking beautiful. But, you know, teenagers don’t do anything important

Swell kid!

I would have a lot more respect for the people on Extreme Couponing if they did this with their massive hauls.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

raptorific:

thegollux:

raptorific:

strejdaking:

raptorific:

I’m of the opinion that people who are like “batman is a whiny, brutal, self-obsessed jerk who sucks as a team player and loses most of his value as a superhero without his gadgets” are either thinking of a bad parody of Frank Miller’s version of Batman, or maybe Tony Stark. 

Uhm, I’ve read quite a few Batman stories and he really IS a whiny and self-obsessed jerk at times. Like, have you read the last story about how Dick became Nightwing? He was cartoonishly dickish in that. Or what about his most recent act a assholery, when he decided to make everyone (even ALFRED) believe Dick is dead for NO REASON except him being paranoid dickhead.

Pretty much all recent Batman comics are bad parodies of Frank Miller’s version of Batman. 

It’s neither helpful nor accurate to say “people who think this way about batman are incorrect” when what you really mean is “but you have to ignore the last several years of actual published batman comics for this to be true in reality the way it is true in my head”

The people who wrote the last several years of actual published batman comics straight-up ignored the last several decades of actual published batman comics, as well as the equally valid actually produced Batman movies and animated series, so I don’t really care much about that.

This whole post has been about people writing sucky versions of batman, specifically by emulating Frank Miller. There is no version of batman “in reality.” There is no “true” or “prime” or even “canon” batman. He’s pretend.

There are literally hundreds of “canon” versions of batman. They’ve rebooted him a billion times, each time with alternate versions, individual writers’ interpretations, and then there are individual adaptations in private continuity, and all of them are equally “canon” in that all of them are fanfiction of the original Batman, whose creators died decades ago. 

I personally think that DC Comics is producing some of the shittiest Batman fanfiction out there lately. I prefer Bruce Timm’s Batman Fanfiction, or Christopher Nolan’s Batman Fanfiction, or the “Arkham” fanfiction.

And I wasn’t saying they were incorrect to think of Batman that way. I said that interpretation of Batman was shitty. The version of Batman I described is a poor imitation of Frank Miller’s already shitty Batman fanfiction. That version of Batman is shitty, and I don’t like that people have been writing him that way lately. 

Well now you’re moving the target.  If it’s writers you’re condemning who are conceiving of a shitty version of Batman, I actually agree with you.  But you said “people,” and writers are only a fractional subgroup of, you know, all people.

Where I don’t agree, is with your declarations about Batman canon.  In two distinct ways.

Obviously Batman isn’t a real person, thank you so much for reminding me he is pretend!  But that doesn’t mean his character doesn’t have a reality of sorts.  And that reality/canon is anything and everything DC comics says, and nothing else.  Are you trying to claim that everything not actually written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane is somehow “Batman fan fiction?” That’s patently not how comics works.  That’s not how a lot of media works!  That’s not how tv shows work, that’s not how certain book series (Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, to name just 2 examples) work.  Bill Finger, Bob Kane, even Robinson and Roussos and Sprang all put together cannot be said to be the Only True Batman artists/writers.  The arbiter of Batman Canon is, and always will be, DC Comics.  (And by extension, their parent company Time Warner.)

And that’s important.  Because yes, Batman contains multitudes.  He evolves over time; he gets rebooted; his continuity is … complex.  Sometimes he’s a brutal violent dick as imagined by Frank Miller. Sometimes he’s a campy playboy as portrayed by Adam West.  Sometimes he’s silly and sometimes he’s beautifully “dark deco” and sometimes he’s a straight up murderer and all of these are Batman, even if I think some of them are bad Batmen or lazily written Batmen, or missing-the-whole-goddamn-point Batmen.  But for every change they ever make to his personality or his costume, he’s never been anything but white, rich, cis, and male.  And I can personally write all the rule!63, POC, or trans man Batman fan fiction I want, but it will never mean what it would if DC Comics published a story with any of that.  The distinction between “created by fans” and “authorized by DC Comics” is vital, and claiming that “it’s all fan fiction” elides the importance of what it would mean to see any of those nonexistent Batmen in print at my local comic book store, or in a Batman movie.

I also disagree with the idea that all Batman portrayals are equally canon, because whenever you have a character that spans media types, there’s going to be one that’s dominant.  Star Wars movies are canon-dominant to the extended universe of books and video games.  Star Trek and Doctor Who television episodes are canon-dominant to the tie-in books.  And Batman comics are canon-dominant to the movies, cartoons, and video games.  Which isn’t to say that these other forms of media are not canon!  They were approved by DC/TW; they are sold as Batman stories: they’re canon.  But when people think of Batman, he is first and foremost a comic book character.  The movies and the cartoons and the games are all varying portrayals of the comic book character.  It doesn’t make the Batman of “Brave and the Bold” not Batman.  But the comic book Batmen are the dominant Batmen, in all of their tangled, rebooted confusion.

Being dominant doesn’t make them better, of course.  The current trend for Frank Miller’s grimdark Batman is lazy and shitty, you are 1000% right about that.  But if somebody is trying to get into Batman for the first time right now, today…  Well.  They’re probably going to pick up one of the 50,000 Batman comics currently on the shelf of their local comics store, and they’re probably going to be introduced to that “whiny, brutal, self-obsessed jerk who sucks as a team player and loses most of his value as a superhero without his gadgets.”

raptorific:

strejdaking:

raptorific:

I’m of the opinion that people who are like “batman is a whiny, brutal, self-obsessed jerk who sucks as a team player and loses most of his value as a superhero without his gadgets” are either thinking of a bad parody of Frank Miller’s version of Batman, or maybe Tony Stark. 

Uhm, I’ve read quite a few Batman stories and he really IS a whiny and self-obsessed jerk at times. Like, have you read the last story about how Dick became Nightwing? He was cartoonishly dickish in that. Or what about his most recent act a assholery, when he decided to make everyone (even ALFRED) believe Dick is dead for NO REASON except him being paranoid dickhead.

Pretty much all recent Batman comics are bad parodies of Frank Miller’s version of Batman. 

It’s neither helpful nor accurate to say “people who think this way about batman are incorrect” when what you really mean is “but you have to ignore the last several years of actual published batman comics for this to be true in reality the way it is true in my head”

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Anonymous said: If you were to make a Japanese character say something like "Herro, Rousy bird!!" in an attempt to show he is still learning English would that be racist? If yes then what if a Japanese person who lives in Japan says it is fine?

yoisthisracist:

I love how racists can always so conveniently find one person to tell them that their racist behavior is acceptable, and how, magically, that one person’s opinion is so much more valid than the opinion of everyone else who says otherwise. Fuck off.

I’m gonna be way way more helpful than this asshole deserves.  

If you have to show that your character is “still learning” English, how about having him actually MAKE A MISTAKE instead of using a racist as shit stereotyped accent? Yes, the L/R distinction is hard, SO IS A LOT OF OTHER SHIT in English!

Try googling “most common english errors japanese speakers” for examples of real problems people have.  Maybe his sentences are structured like a Japanese sentence with the verb at the end. Maybe he fucks up near-synonyms when he’s trying to think of the right word choice. Maybe his English is fucking great but when he has to tally up his bar tab and tip he has to do the math in Japanese.

In other words: do your fucking research and don’t rely on bullshit stereotypes.  YOU RACIST FUCK.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

waldorph:

when you talk to yourselves (i know you do), do you address yourselves? Do you say, “Goddamnit, [first name]” or “[last name], you fucked up” or “Self, you’re a piece of work.”?

Friday, June 13, 2014
bebinn:

Paul Valette, a 64-year-old Army veteran, spends his Saturday mornings guiding patients safely through crowds of protestors into Planned Parenthood. Valette is part of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, an all-volunteer group promoting peaceful access to women’s health clinics.

Yay WACDTF! I actually was volunteering at this very same PP earlier in May.  I can’t wait to do it again!

bebinn:

Paul Valette, a 64-year-old Army veteran, spends his Saturday mornings guiding patients safely through crowds of protestors into Planned Parenthood. Valette is part of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, an all-volunteer group promoting peaceful access to women’s health clinics.

Yay WACDTF! I actually was volunteering at this very same PP earlier in May.  I can’t wait to do it again!

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
fuckingrecipes:

 


did-you-kno:

Source



WE CAN ALSO USE COW’S BLOOD TO FORM BRICKS AND BUILD A HOUSE. 
Isn’t learning fun?

Has this happened on Hannibal yet? Has he made blood meringues?  Surely he has done this.

fuckingrecipes:

 

did-you-kno:

Source

WE CAN ALSO USE COW’S BLOOD TO FORM BRICKS AND BUILD A HOUSE. 

Isn’t learning fun?

Has this happened on Hannibal yet? Has he made blood meringues? Surely he has done this.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Let’s see how many Discworld fans this gets to

coto524:

GNU John Dearheart

RIP, Maya Angelou.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014