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July 03 2017

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owls-parliament:

eliciaforever:

The Fighting Cholitas, Bolivia’s indigenous petticoat wrestlers

Holy crap

leadhoovesies:

freckledoctopus:

glitchmeow:

anime:

why do anime girls from the 80s and 90s look so much better than anime girls today

Three factors: Color, personality, and realism.

First, color and shading.

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The predominant style of the day in anime employs very crisp cell shading and eye-watering colors. Both female and male hair and eye coloration comes in any range of colors, from neon to pastel to white (although female characters most often display this). The typical color for skin in anime has gradually lightened to almost pure white over the years. Additionally, modern anime has a very specific, hard method of shading and highlighting that makes hair and skin look unnaturally shiny and often gross, lowering the realism value and throwing the texture of the skin into uncanny valley territory.

Secondly, anatomical proportions. Besides the shading, female character body and facial proportions have degraded so much that they are barely caricatures of human anatomy. Here are some examples of female anatomy in early anime:

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and some in modern anime:

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The biggest changes have been to the breast to waist proportion. For some reason, anime producers believe that an E-cup is the appropriate cup-size for an average 14 year old Japanese female. Bodies have also lost all of their depth (that come from an illusion of thickness necessary to two dimensional media) in favor of being skinny and flat (except for voluminous breasts, of course) and many normal, attractive parts of ladies (ribcages, stomach pooches, and natural folds) are simply smoothed over. Another noticeable change has been to the eyes and facial shape. Anime noses and mouths are apparently inversely proportional to eye shape, size, and distance apart. As the size of the eye increases, shape becomes more prominent, and distance towards the ears increases, the size of the nose, mouth, and chin decrease, contributing highly to the uncanny valley effect many modern any girls have.

Take these faces:

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vs these

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Thirdly, anime girls have lost much of their visible personality over the years due to moefication. This has happened to male characters also, although to a lesser extent. Anime girls are often not allowed to make cartoonish expressions (deemed unattractive) or generally change their expressions at all barring blush lines. In producers’ efforts to make the girls attractive to the audience in every frame, they sacrifice any personality that they might have. Anime girls look increasingly similar to one another, differentiated only by their hair style and eyes. Granted, there has always been a problem with female character same-face syndrome since the conception of anime (actually, in all drawn media) but as the number of female main characters in anime has grown, ironically, the problem has only increased.

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Wow! Anime girls with the same hair color that you can actually tell apart!

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And somehow, girls with all different colors that you can’t.

The screenshots in this post were taken from Urusei Yatsura, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Ranma ½,  Kimagure Orange Road, Ping Pong Club, One Piece, Angel Beats, Higurashi When They Cry, Sword Art Online, Shakugan No Shana, and Chobits. The examples above were not used to bash any anime, but merely to demonstrate the evolution of anime art tropes from the 1980s to now. The writing and plot of each anime were not taken into account at all.

So i definitely agree with some of these points for sure! but it also rubs me the wrong way just how biased some aspects of this post is because its blatantly comparing the best examples against the worst examples?

Ultimately its a style shift, just like how theres been a shift with western cartoons as well, meaning some stuff has gotten better and some worse.

I agree with the critique on body types, but your examples for expressiveness and same-face I think is rather unfair. Plenty of 90s anime also suffered from giant eyes tiny face syndrome, like Saber Marionette or Slayers 

while 2000s+ have lots of examples that break this mold too, like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and Mob Psycho 100

however i do agree that there has been a trend in more of the needs-to-be-cute-all-the-time thing which is valid criticism

i think the greatest misleading aspect to this post specifically is the last part about expressions, because its comparing frames from in-motion animation to promotional art. Take promo art of Sailor Moon and anyone would admit its very same-face-syndrome, yet there’s lots of examples of these characters expressiveness in the anime itself

stills of anime like Konosuba and NIchijou are also very expressive despite the promo art too —and dont adhere to the “not allowed to make cartoonish expressions” rule. i feel recent anime has been moving away more from that trend

Modern anime is also producing great stuff like Your Name, so I guess it’s also a matter of taste as well because i found this movie to be beautiful and the character design/style very appealing. technology has come a long way!

idk i guess my point is, i agree with part of the message of this post, but anime on this site so often gets painted with broad strokes in a bad light, to the point where jokes like Anime Was A Mistake get dropped often and earnestly, at least from what i’ve seen. Theres bad examples out there, but a lot more good examples too than what I think a lot of people would expect ^_^

Also imo Trigger diversifies their cast very well from Satsuki-sama’s eyebrows to Sucy’s everything.

The recent Pokemon anime season that’s based on sun & moon shows better facial animation and facial structure diversity than the early seasons.

Even attack on titan shows great diversity of its cast.

I feel that there was a trend of cookie cutter anime for the past decade, but I also think that there’s always been people trying to break out of that.

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masterofivy:

rittie:

libertarian-lady:

Sweet, free printer

chaotic neutral

FTW

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steampunktendencies:

Illuminating Installation Features “Floating Whales” with Entire Worlds in Their Bodies by Isana Yamada 

(via My Modern Met)

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misterfezsia:

Alphonse Elric <3

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r0ymustang:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - openings and endings

June 30 2017

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the-royal-flush:

“the less you own, the less that owns you.”

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emmastudies:

How to deal with procrastination

One of the biggest problems for students is procrastination! It takes different forms for everyone but ultimately it stops us all at some point. Since there are several reasons for procrastinating, I’ve put together the five main types and a few ideas on how to deal with it. 

You’ve got poor work/productivity habits. You leave things until the last minute since you “work better under pressure”. You probably think you’ll do something after you’ve finished something else, and then never do. You get distracted whenever you’re trying to study and will sit waiting to feel motivated but it never comes. For this I’d suggest:

  • create a productivity inspiring workspace - find somewhere that you can set up a study space, whether it is an actual office or just a desk. Organise everything that you will need. I have a selection of pens and my few notebooks on the top so I can easily access them. Remove anything that might cause you to be distracted and doesn’t need to be in your immediate reach. If you’re got space, put up some motivational pictures. This could be my motivational printables, some quotes or your own pictures. Plants are also proven to boost productivity, so might be worth putting a small one nearby!
  • create an action list rather than to-dos - write down a few manageable tasks that you need to do and be specific on the steps you should take. Writing the actions they require will help you see what you should be doing to complete something, instead of just the overall task. If you’re able to break it down, you can take actionable steps rather than mentally having to think of each point.
  • focus on 20-30 minute periods - generally, we lose focus after a while so taking regular breaks can help give you chance to relax and refocus. Apps like Forest allow you to set a timer and will give you off your phone at the same time. Obviously, if you’re being productive, don’t suddenly cut that off because it is “time for a break”. Here are some other free alternatives.
  • remove distractions as best you can - I’m always distracted by social media so I will use Forest on my phone or time-lapse myself so I can’t use my phone. With my MacBook, I have two accounts. One for university and one for everything else. I am not logged into any social media on my uni account so I can’t just check it for a minute then end up wasting 20 minutes :’-)
  • find an accountability partner - pick someone who you can rely on to check on you regularly and see how your tasks are coming along. You can send them your to-do list and then every few hours you can update them with your progress. You won’t want to let them down. Alternatively, you can study with a friend! Tumblr/Instagram is basically my partner!
  • use the two-minute rule - if something takes less than two minutes, do it. Don’t make an excuse, just do it. Tasks that are longer you can either delegate or defer. Here is a simple visualisation of what I mean.
  • record your progress - doing a simple “don’t break the chain” in your planner is a great way to see how productive you’re being and therefore get you more motivated to keep it up! The ‘100 days of productivity’ challenge might be worth doing!

You’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Everything seems to be mounting up and nothing seems doable. You don’t know where or how to start. For this I’d suggest:

  • ask for help - if you’re feeling like this, it is likely you need some help in some form or another. See if a family member, friend, classmate or teacher (or Google) can help or give you a starting point. Emailing your teacher is a great option if you’re a little nervous about speaking to them in person. Plus you won’t forget what they told you because you’ll have a response.
  • remind yourself that getting started is the first step - you don’t need to finish a task in a matter of minutes. Start doing something small. Maybe organise what you need, highlight the important bits of your assessment, or draft an essay plan. The secret to getting ahead is getting started!
  • divide and conquer - figure out what is the overall task that you need to do and split it into manageable parts. For instance, with an essay, the aim is to write it! Divide it into planning out what you want to write, any references you need, summarising a final draft and then writing each paragraph. By dividing bigger tasks into actionable parts you can reduce the obstacles and get through each part in a more timely manner.
  • reward yourself - create a system to celebrate completing a selection of tasks. By rewarding your progress you’ll build an incentive to work and reinforce productivity (great for your self-discipline!).
  • learn to forgive yourself - if you have an off day, that is okay! When the stress of your education is getting too much, it is necessary to have time out.  Remember to come back to it later and try again.
  • don’t over schedule - if you’re feeling pressure from the amount of work and then the added pressure of trying to stick to a time limit, you’re just going to go crazy. Set yourself flexible times to get something done instead of being heavily structured. Give yourself time for a break and the ability to change tasks.
  • stick with one task - it can be so tempting to multitask but try not to. Try to keep the focus on the what you’re doing until it is done. If you struggle with that, you could write down anything useful that you randomly think about for another task, use a break-time to think about that other task or alternate between subjects/tasks every few hours.

You’re a perfectionist. You either don’t want to start something out of fear you won’t get it right or you can get stuck on the small details. There is a pressure to achieve the unachievable. For this I’d suggest:

  • focus on getting started, instead of finishing - it is easy to get overwhelmed thinking about what something is supposed to be like finished if you’re a perfectionist. Take things one step at a time. It’s also useful to remember the sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to perfect it at the end!
  • make drafts - if you’re overwhelmed, take half an hour to map out your plan of attack. Drafts can take many forms: summaries, scaffolds/outlines, essay plans, post-it notes, etc. I find it much easier to get on with work if I have a bit of a plan.
  • remember that your perfectionist tendencies aren’t actually improving your work or productivity but hindering you - you’re continually setting yourself unrealistic objects and (like me) probably feel let down by yourself if you don’t reach them. Be realistic and focus on getting it done!
  • accept mistakes - you’ve written something wrong, don’t panic! Cross it out with a single line and move on. Things happen and you have to accept it. You can’t rip up the page every time you do something wrong, even if it is so tempting.
  • put things in perspective - is what you’re beating yourself up about right now going to mean anything in a week, a month, a year? Be honest if it isn’t, is it really worth putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
  • praise yourself through the process - try not to criticise yourself but recognise your progress.
  • don’t compare yourself - this is very hard not to do but remember we are all different. Just because “you’re not as good” or don’t understand something as easily as others, it doesn’t mean you’re any less! Everyone was a beginner once and we all learn at different paces. Work to your strengths!

You want to do something else. You find whatever you’re doing boring. You want it to be over with but don’t want to get started. The ultimate catch 22, right? For this I’d suggest:

  • remember that putting it off isn’t going to make it go away - if you leave it too long you’ll end up getting more stressed about it. Best to get it over with.
  • make a plan from the get-go - once you know something is coming up (e.g. a test, an assessment, etc) make notes on it! That could be questions, annotations, potential topics, citations, etc. By making the effort to spend time reading through, you’ll save your future self some stress. Especially if it’s a topic you have forgotten. That way your notes act as a reminder so you can get started.
  • set a finish time with a reward - tell yourself that if you finish something by a certain time and then you can do something else. Use your self-discipline to not go back on this. Set a realistic time and try to get it complete before. If you can think that you’re doing something fun once it is completed, you’ll be more motivated to get it done.
  • make a structure - for note-taking, it can be overwhelming looking at a textbook and thinking what you’re going to write out. Make a note-taking layout/colour code that works for you and that subject. Mine is here - it just gives me an idea of how I’d lay everything instead of going in with no action plan.
  • try to make it fun - this could be using YouTube to learn or starting a study group. Use different methods for memorising information such as flashcards, mindmaps or study guides (like question/answer).
  • make the effort to refocus - if you’re finding something boring and you’re unfocused, walk away for 5 minutes, get a drink and come back. If you’re really struggling, change topics for a while. Find a point where you can finish and start doing something else that is productive.
  • listen to some music - generally, music without lyrics are best for focusing. Spotify has a great playlist for studying called ‘focus’. However, I find my regular music good for getting me a little more motivated and awake. I also like writing essays to music because I weirdly sort of type in the same rhythm. Funny study hack I’ve found that works for me haha!
  • write your thoughts down - Another thing I’ve been trying is externalising my thoughts. If I get distracted by something or have a “gosh, I need to remember that” moment, I will write it down. By getting it out my brain and onto a bit of paper, I no longer have to think about it and can continue. 

You have no motivation. Often we feel that motivation is the only thing you need to get on with something, but this isn’t totally true. You need a mix of motivation and discipline. As the saying goes: “motivation may get you started, but discipline keeps you going”. To build your motivation, I’d suggest:

  • have a mass organise - usually when I’m feeling unmotivated, I’ll clear out my desk and sort out my computer. This involves throwing out stationery that doesn’t work or scrap paper. I usually make piles of spare stationery and will re-organise my desk drawers. For my computer, I will pull out all my files to my desktop then start working through them. I’ll delete duplicates, rename files properly, and put them in the right place.
  • find some new stationery - weirdly buying stationery is one of those things that instantly makes you want to be productive. Head to the shops and spend a little something on a new pen, highlighter or notebook!
  • film yourself - studying generally doesn’t give us any instant gratification which can make it feel like a drag. By filming yourself working you can get a little video at the end which shows your progress. I love watching time-lapses of myself because you see all the work you did super quickly. It also means I’m not touching my phone!
  • set yourself some goals - write down a few things you want to achieve, in the short or long term. Put it somewhere that you’ll be reminded about it! By externalising your goals, you’re more likely to make the effort to achieve it.
  • check/make a studygram and studyblr - this is one of most motivating this I’ve done. Having social media dedicated to studying has helped not only improve my work ethic but my whole attitude towards education. Getting involved in the community is a great motivator. Here is a post on how to set up a studyblr.

I hope this post gives you just a few ideas on how to tackle procrastination! If you’ve got any tips you’d like to share, please message me! x

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Apartment hacks masterpost

bonduelle:

Kitchen

Cleaning

Looking for a flat/moving

Organisation, storage

Decluttering

Decorating

Season-specific tips

Living alone / Sharing a flat

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femmebosskoopa:

cleopatronising:

What a concept

plot twist: someone actually paid attention to fight club’s point

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mjenai:

kada-bura:

Over the past few months I’ve created a character known only as the Sassomancer – a modern-day chaotic neutral necromancer who’s always backlit with sleeves of inconsistent lengths. 

This is the best.omg

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the-noise-maker:

teamnowalls:

probably-unreliable:

I never realized that Killer Croc is such an amazing boyfriend…….

goals

fucking goals

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feynites:

amuseoffyre:

luthienebonyx:

feynites:

h-brook-writes:

How the setting looks in my head:

How the description comes out on the page:

Okay so, bit of advice:

Break it down into its basic elements. What do we got? Mountains, clouds, field, water, sky.

What are the simple descriptions we can use that will immediately get across this concept in the least amount of words possible? Snow-capped mountains. Drifting clouds. Clear skies. Flowering fields. Pristine lake.

Character looked out and saw flowering fields, broken up by the mirror surface of a pristine lake. Fluffy clouds drifted below clear skies, close enough that it seemed like Character could reach out and touch them. Snow-capped mountains bordered the horizon.

If you want, you can then throw in some sensory information to round it out. What’s the air like, what’s the temperature, can one hear the wind blowing through the grass, or birds singing, etc, etc. You don’t want the reader to feel like they’re looking at a picture, you want them to feel like they’re standing in it, so sensory information is usually better at getting that across. If it doesn’t matter to the story how many mountain peaks are in the distance, then leave that to the reader’s imagination. What you really want is for your words to evoke the same feeling that the picture does.

And style, obviously, can come into play, and make things more flowery, or less. To add in more details, just lengthen the list of elements you want to describe, like including more about the flowers or grass or distant hills or visible greenery on the mountains, and go from there.

Also, take breaks. Your brain needs rest, too.

Also? What you’re writing is not an objective, dispassionate description of the scene; it’s a subjective description from the point of view of a particular character. 

So what sorts of details is your POV character going to notice first? And how much detail are they going to notice at all? Lots, or only a little bit? What sort of mood are they in? Busy and distracted? Happy and wanting to enjoy the great outdoors? Or maybe they’ve come out specifically to sketch this scene at this time of day?

Your character will always lead you in the right direction if you listen to them. If you’re having trouble with the detail, it’s probably because you haven’t thought through how your character feels about it in enough detail.

A lazy example :)

I sneezed again. We should have travelled in the fell season, before the snows. Summer was a bad decision. Never piss off a forest spirit, let me tell you that now. You’ll live to regret it. How was I meant to know I was squatting in a sacred grove when I went to take care of my very natural business?

I had been told we had come to mountains and lakes and wondrous lands to behold. Right now, there were kind of pointed blurs behind kind of shimmery blurs and until I could see or stop sneezing long enough to get my bearings - or, the Gods forbid, both - I had to trust my companion to guide me to the next path.

I was suddenly ankle deep in mud and water.

“Oops.”

My companion was an arsehole.

Yes! This too! Though it can also be tricky if you’re doing a more omniscient perspective, in which case your character’s POV isn’t going to inform as much of the prose. In that situation, you need to decide for yourself what style of narrative you want to use, independent of character input. This will help keep things consistent.

Sometimes you can even contrast the narration/prose with the character’s inclinations, which is especially good for comedy writing.

Example:

Character found themselves surrounded by flowering fields, broken up by the mirror surface of a pristine lake that stretched below an equally clear sky. Fluffy clouds drifted by, close enough that Character might have reached out and touched them. Snow-capped mountains bordered the horizon. Their verdant slopes held the promise of bountiful wilderness, virtually untouched by the hand of civilization.

“…I am lost as fuck,” said Character.

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sseureki:

#THEY ARE THE CUTEST

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merkymerx:

I was introduced to Over The Garden Wall in 2015 by Jin, and I loved it. It’s become one of my favorite cartoons.

Never did I imagine that years later, I’d be doing a cover for the official comic by BOOM! Studios. It will be released this September. The solicitation may be found here: http://www.cbr.com/boom-studios-september-2017-solicitations/

This time around, my art is going to be on the main cover! And it feels surreal that the creator, Patrick McHale, saw my work. As a fan of the show, I’m very honored to have been given this chance.

I hope you guys like it <3

June 26 2017

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r-n-w:

A short ‘n sweet explanation of the 8 schools of magic from 5th edition!

June 22 2017

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rhubarbstudies:

I’ve had this idea for a while, and I finally made it! If you have any more extensions that you use, feel free to add them to this post!

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