I think I’m gonna make a CRoven side blog….
I think I’m gonna make a CRoven side blog….
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not to be a communist on main but these are literally the modes of alienation under capitalism that marx described
PLEASE be a communist on my posts its literally capitalism thats making me feel this way
I CANNOT believe that my little pony alpha kids post with roxys cutie mark being a fucking martini glass 😭 like yeah? that’s the thing that makes her special? pony alcoholism? I gotta know her pony name
She has played by the rules.
I live in Seattle. I used to live in Berkeley. My favorite Indian place is in Berkeley. This is also my mother’s favorite Indian place.
So now, when I travel to the Bay Area, I go to our mutual favorite Indian place, buy her favorite curry, and freeze it solid before I fly home. I carry it in my backpack, and aim for femme-presenting TSA agents because I know my bag will get searched, and they’re more receptive to the beleaguered eldest daughter trying to be Dutiful ™ routine.
But as the curry is a solid when I pass through the checkpoint, they have thus far always allowed it on the plane.
I have special dietary needs that cannot be catered for past security. And if I don’t eat or drink every four hours, my body starts to shut down. Talking seizure-like migraines, fainting, and abnormal heart rhythms. I’ve been advised to take broth with me the next time I fly by a doctor to ensure I have access to a good source of nutrition and electrolytes to avoid feeling like I’m having a heart attack at 30,000 feet.
Me: “And how am I supposed to do that? Keep it in tiny travel bottles?”
Dr who also has the same condition as me: “You could, or you could freeze it. It’s technically solid.”
And it apparently works for her so… guess we’ll find out?
Under US law if you can take as much “medically necessary” liquid - including food and drink - through the TSA as you need. I’ve taken full meals on ice, multiple protein shakes, liter bottles of water, the works. You just need to let them know before your bag goes through the X-ray. If it’s a liquid they’ll hand-test it for explosives.
“TSA allows larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip, but you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.”
Generally they don’t give you shit once you tell them it’s a medical requirement. If they do ask for a supervisor. I’ve never had to go further than that. They’re not allowed to ask what medical condition you have and you do not need a doctor’s note. (I used to carry one just in case but I’ve never once needed it so now I don’t bother.)
I don’t think there’s ever been a funnier piece of lore in a video game then the etymology of the word “gun” in FFXIV
@wibbley-wobble So in XIV lore there was a queen named Gunhilder who ruled a country that was conquered by the big bad guy nation, galemald, and she had a royal guard called “gunhilder’s blades” who fought with swords that had triggers on them and were used for channeling magic, and these were called gunblades after the royal guard, When garlemald conquered bozja they copied the design of their swords but garleans can’t use magic so to adopt their fighting style they switched to a mechanical design that used black powder. Later on firearms were developed off of this concept and since they were “gunblades without the blade” people started calling them guns.
masterpiece world building actually
you know what’s even better? that lore is a magicalized remix of the word’s irl etymology and i think that’s brilliant
Oh. it’s just real. It was really that silly.
Yall hyped up dimescu or whatever her name is for her to be killed like first thing 😭
ik “blorbo from my shows” is a meme, but the heart of it (tagging a post with a character/fandom thing) has been an issue since for so long. I remember seeing people tag shit about religious discrimination with like voltron characters, seeing people use real life tragedies as prompts for fandom things, tagging posts about activism or struggles as a minority by bringing up your favourite fandom character. in that same wheelhouse there’s been people who write OTP prompts who come up with shit like “imagine character A sees someones hijab ripped off and–” or “imagine character A (a PoC) is pulled over by police and character B–”. like. can we just acknowledge how massively fucked up it all is? how someone’s post about activism or their experience with racism will get tagged with “omg this is JUST like [fictional character]”? how people will see someone’s traumatic experience being assulted because of their religion and turn it into some fun fandom thing? can we step back and realize this is fucked up and not normal behavior?
The meme “blorbo from my shows”, yes, that’s fine, its a funny meme. plenty of people tag relatable jokes or meme posts with fictional characters or ocs.
However, as I stated, the concept of tagging a serious or personal post with “#[fictional character]” is not a funny thing. Nor is turning real world issues into fandom prompts. I cannot put into words how weird and disrespectful it feels to have people tag me talking about serious struggles in my life (facing racism, islamaphobia, ableism) as fandoms or ships. Nor can I put into words how gross it feels seeing people make cutesy otp prompts out of traumatic events I’ve been through, or make light of times I’ve been in serious physical danger.
I have not forgotten how during the height of the George Floyd protests people would make BLM headcanons about their fandom characters. Or people writing how they thing fictional characters would respond to horrific tragedies or political events. I’ve seen people turn mass shootings, war, and genocide into fandom prompts. This is not a new issue either, I remember people turning the issue of gay marriage legalization in the United States into a fandom thing.
None of that is normal. None of that is okay. I don’t know how to tell some of you guys that you need to realize how fucked up that behavior is. You need to stop treating people, activism, and tradegies like fandom prompts or otp inspiration.
listen people are starting to realize tumblr isn’t dead we all need to be as cringe as possible for the next few months, it’s vital to our survival
I love that op said “be as cringe as possible” and my main man Tumblr replied with giffs of Superwholock in that exact order. I love you all so much.
One of the things that sucks about being an animation nerd is having to live with the fact that, from a technical standpoint, the Hotel Transylvania movies are absolutely ground-breakingly staggeringly incredible.
As completely ignorant on animation, why is that? How is Hotel Transylvania any good??
The short version is that they’ve been figuring out how to plug the strengths of traditional animation into cg animation.
Longer version: cg animation is essentially puppet animation. You build a model, paint it and dress it up, and then move it around. That’s why Pixar’s first animated film was about toys, and their second one was about bugs: it’s much harder to make something look convincingly soft and fleshy than it is to work with something that’s supposed to be rigid.
Working inside this paradigm, the progression that makes sense is to work on developing more and more articulated puppets. Figure out how to add fur (Monsters, Inc.), move fish (Finding Nemo), get to the point where you can actually make human puppets who look appealing (The Incredibles.) In 2012 the big animated feature films showed off huge strides in particle physics (The Guardians), and hair (Tangled, Brave). Character effects and lighting were really hitting their stride, and the general movement was towards more detailed models, increased realism, richer and more intricate environments. The models only had so much range before they started to break, so squash & stretch was never going to be as pronounced as something from drawn animation could be. Hotel Transylvania challenged that.
As a show creator and director, Genndy Tartakovsky’s always shown a preference for stylization. He’s also got a reputation for incredible and deliberate timing, spectacular silhouettes, dramatic movement and clear staging, and just overall really good at directing animation. He wanted Tex Avery-type animation in CG and by golly, he did it.
Look at how exaggerated those shapes are, and how snappy, smooth, and fast the transitions between each one: that’s not something that was really being done. The motion-blurring alone was so defining that apparently Sony calls it a “Genndy blur.”
Animation is essentially the art of movement: the better the movement, the better the animation, and the Hotel Transylvania franchise has spectacular movement.
The model is actually being resculpted for maximum exaggeration, and the smears and blurs make the transitions between each pose fast, energetic, and snappy.
Like. Look at that movement. Look at how tightly he’s rooted while the follow through of his clothing sells the hard stop of each hip bump. Look at how sharp and deep his knees are bending, the way his weight shifts onto his heels and that tiny little side step at the very end, where he keeps his weight on his right foot for a split second before popping over to his new position. And he’s dancing the Macarena because he had to find the most brain-dominating, toe-tappingist song in the universe to win a DJ battle where a Kraken was being driven into a murderous rage by a mystical melody and it had to be counteracted by another song.
Somebody once described the Hotel Transylvania franchise as “like seeing Lamborghini making a clown car,” and honestly, that’s kind of what it’s like.
disabled adults don’t have “the brains of children” they have the brains of adults with disabilities. just because you can’t understand the difference doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist
infantilization of disabled people is not a new concept but it’s fucked up to remove agency and respect for a person on the basis that they are not like you. also, children aren’t stupid, they’re little humans who just don’t have as much experience as adults. that’s the difference. treating someone like they’re an idiot who can’t think for themself because you think their 18+ years of life “don’t count” is degrading and dehumanizing.
The other day I came across this awesome program by accident (I don’t even remember what I was actually searching for, but on the several times I’ve looked for a program like this I’ve had no luck). It’s cool enough that I wanted to share it.
It’s called DesignDoll (website here) and it’s a program that lets you shape and pose a human figure pretty much however you want.
There’s a trial version with no expiration date that can be downloaded for free, as well as the “pro license” version priced at $79. I’ve only had the free version for two days so far, so I’m not an expert and I haven’t figured out all of the features yet, but I’ve got the basics down. The website’s tutorials are actually pretty helpful for the basics, as well.
Here’s the page for download, which has a list of the features available in both versions.
There are three features the free version doesn’t have:
- Can’t save OBJ files for export
- Can’t download models and poses from Doll Atelier (a sharing site for users; note that the site is in Japanese, though)
- It can’t load saved files
The third one means that if you make a pose, save it, and close the program, you can’t load that pose/modified model later. You have to start with the default model. I found that out when I tried to load a file from the day before (this is why reading is important…). Whether saving your modifications (and downloading models and poses) is worth $80 is up to you.
But, the default model is pretty nice and honestly if all you’re looking for is a basic pose reference it should work fairly well as it is. Here’s what it looks like:
There’s a pose tag that lets you drag each joint into place and rotate body parts. The torso and waist can be twisted separately, and it seems like everything pretty much follows the range of movement it would have on an actual human.
Even the entire shoulder area is actually movable along with the joint! See, like how the scapular area of the back raises with the arm:
The morphing tag is one of the coolest features, in my opinion. It lets you pick and choose from a library of pre-set forms for the head, chest, arms, legs, etc. It has some more realistic body shapes in addition to more anime-like ones. Don’t like the options there? Mix a few to get what you want! Each option has a slider that lets you blend as much or as little as you want into the design.
So you, too, can create beautiful things like kawaii Muscle-chan!!
The scale tag lets you mess with the proportions and connection points of different joints. This feature combined with the morphing feature not only allows more body shape variations, but it also means that you can do things like make a more digitigrade model if you want. (The feet only have an ankle joint, but for regular human poses that’s all that you really need, so whatever.)
Or you can make a weird chubby alien-like thing with giant hands and balloon tiddies if that’s more your thing.
The ability to pose hands to the extent it allows is far more than I could have hoped for from a free program. Seriously, you can change the position of each finger joint individually, as well as how spread out the fingers are from each other. Each crease on the diagram below is a point of movement, and the circles are for spread between fingers.
And to make it a bit more convenient, there’s a library of pre-set hand poses you can pick from as well, and then change the pose from that if you like.
In both versions, you can also import OBJ files from other places for the model to hold, like if you wanted to have them hold a sword or something.
Basically, this program is awesome and free and you should totally check it out if you want a good program for creating pose references.
I just wanted to add a little more to this. If you have trouble figuring out how light sources work in your drawings this also allows you to choose where to have a light source.
That shaded ball on the left is your light source. You can see how moving the point changed the shadow cast.
Oh and all those other nifty looking things in that bottom bar there, yeah it’s what you think. You can change the model color to one of these presets or even customize your own palette.
Plus for all you lovely people who want something a little more simplified to use as a pose reference
You can turn your model into the classic wire frame.
Why reblog this? Because for more visual creators, this will be like the lumberjack discovering chainsaws. “Reblog to save lives” as the saying goes.
This has been extremely useful right now thank you!!
*pretentious about liking pixies*
does anyone remember before gay marriage was legal in the US there were these fan girls at protests that had signs that were like let my babies get married with pics of like johnlock and destiel and all that does anyone have those pics i cant find them and i need to know i didnt just dream that shit