No one ever tell me anything bad about the person who runs this account.
the person who runs this account, Katie Gouldin, is an evolutionary biologist who has an EXCELLENT podcast called Creature Feature which compares and contrasts the weird behaviors of man and beast! she is super cute and funny too!
If your dialog feels flat, rewrite the scene pretending the characters cannot at any cost say exactly what they mean. No one says “I’m mad” but they can say it in 100 other ways.
Wrote a chapter but you dislike it? Rewrite it again from memory. That way you’re only remembering the main parts and can fill in extra details. My teacher who was a playwright literally writes every single script twice because of this.
Don’t overuse metaphors, or they lose their potency. Limit yourself.
Before you write your novel, write a page of anything from your characters POV so you can get their voice right. Do this for every main character introduced.
Things That People Have Said To Me Since I Started Working In A Yarn Shop
“i need more of the rowan felted tweed, i’m making some first-world-war balaclavas and i’ve run out”
“i’m making my husband an x-files themed jumper for christmas and i can’t find a good colour for the spaceship”
“do you have any wool/acrylic blends on sale, i’m making hats for the seamen’s mission to give to sailors and i know they say to use acrylics because they’re cheap but it gets awfully cold at sea and i worry”
“i need some black wool for gloves, but it has to be flame-proof because i’m making them for the beltane fire-jugglers”
“could you see if you have another copy of this pattern for a baby shawl, i’ve knitted it in different colours for all of my six children and twelve grandchildren but it’s started to fall apart a bit"
[from a blond, six-foot surfer dude] “yeah, do you have any really light needles, i’m going backpacking around argentina and i want to do some socks while i’m on the coach but there isn’t much room in my rucksack”
“which of these colours do you think would be best for a knitted corgi”
“do you have any patterns for dog hats”
like honestly you don’t even understand how happy this makes me, like half the time these women are really self-deprecating about it - “oh this is probably a really silly question”, “you’re going to think this is really weird but -” - and i’m just like no!! this is amazing!!! yes, we do have patterns for dog hats!!! please tell me all about why you’re knitting a dog hat!!!!
and i mean, some of the stuff they make is unbelievable. there’s one lady who knits wedding-ring shawls, these enormous lace shawls they do on shetland that’re about six feet across and made out of yarn that’s basically thread, which you can pull through a wedding ring because they’re so fine. and there’s another lady who knits dolls about three inches tall and she’s like eighty and she’s done maybe two thousand of them and i found this out yesterday when she came in for a pattern for an entire knitted nativity scene, including the animals and the star. and there’s all the ladies who knit clothes to donate to the refugees and tiny, tiny clothes for premature or stillborn babies at the maternity unit and hats for the seamen’s mission and jumpers for the homeless, and all the ladies making this incredible stuff for their friends or their relatives or just because they feel like it, and it’s just, they’re my favourite, every single one of these people is my favourite
people who say shit like “oh i hate these days’ music!!! all it is about is sex and drugs that’s why i listen to bands like led zeppelin!!!” are so astonishing like honey i dont know what kind of led zeppelin they distribute where you live but i can think of only like 2 loop zoop songs that are not about sex or drugs and theyre probably about lord of the rings
this post hasn’t left my mind since i’ve first saw it
people jest but this is literally how i worked out i was gaslit for like 15 years of my life
People who “want trauma” are recognizing, on some level, that they were traumatized but in a way that’s not “socially recognized” as trauma. What they really want is for people to see that they’ve been traumatized and be on their side
I think it’s also important to talk about mental illness, and how the pain and trauma of being mentally ill as a kid is often diminished because of the lack of outside actors. If you spent your childhood being suicidally depressed because your wee little kiddo brain decided to be a chemical shitshow, it doesn’t matter how much mom and dad loved you, that kinda thing fucks you up. And having people only look at your external surroundings and argue that “nothing bad happened” ignores all the pain you went through internally. So wishing you could have something external you could point to in order to justify that pain and enduring stress – just so people could understand – makes sense.
And you should take more from this post than just “Leave people who ‘want trauma’ alone”. This applies to way more things like this. If someone’s behavior seems to make no sense, you’re often not seeing the whole picture.
“I’m bisexual which means that I like all genders and yes that includes men unfortunately 😐😔” well guess what. I’m bisexual and I love men. I love them so much and I’m at all not ashamed or embarrassed about it. How about that.
AND a race one since the most affected regions will be
Africa, Asia and Oceania
as a friend pointed out, this headline makes it sound like supply will be dwindling. supply is fine. people will be *priced out*.
this is fucking MURDER.
insulin has been mass produced (from animal extracts) since -1923-. slow acting insulin has existed since the ‘50s, and ‘human’ genetically engineered insulin (derived from E. coli bacteria) has existed since 1982.
insulin treatment for diabetes is not some new or ‘unproven’ treatment. according to beyondtype1, “Humalog rapid-acting insulin came on to the market with a list price of $21 a vial in 1997.” adjusting for inflation, a vial these days should cost about $34 at most. instead, it costs over $300. there is NO reason for it to be steadily gaining in price to the point that diabetics are unable to afford their lifesaving medication, other than the sheer inhuman greed of pharmaceutical manufacturers.
let me reiterate: life without insulin (for Type 1 diabetics in particular) is a slow and painful death sentence. the ability to treat diabetes is a relatively modern phenomenon that has allowed countless people to live full, healthy lives. we should be expanding full covereage and access to insulin to diabetics the world over, and it should be FREE.
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What if they go underground? the rangers become MI6
They would have to look completely different, practically speaking- unseen movement in a city is entirely different from in a forest. There would probably be an emphasis on knife skills and unarmed combat, because bows aren’t super practical and there are metal detectors everywhere. They may learn to shoot for tradition‘s sake, but it wouldn’t be necessary skill.
You know what would be a necessary skill?
Rangers in a digital age would have to be at the forefront of technology. Probably not pioneering it in mainstream spaces, but they would probably host Gatherings online on a site of their creation, for example- especially helpful for Rangers that are abroad.
Am I saying that Rangers run half the piracy sites on the internet? No, I’m saying they run more than half. Probably observe and have connections in close to the whole network.
You’d have to ditch the uniform, too. They’d probably keep records of what they looked like, probably even have a few, but you wouldn’t wear one. What would you wear instead?
Jackets and hoodies (can hold a lot of stuff, easy to move in, pretty common and therefore unobtrusive.) and Hi-vis jackets and suits (If you look Official, you can get away with pretty much anything, and they know that). It’s probable the oakleaf pendants are continued though- perhaps as a bracelet or embroidery if the pendants are too obvious. Am I saying retired rangers have oakleaf tattoos? I am absolutely saying retired rangers have oakleaf tattoos
It would also make a lot more sense for the Lost Stories to be stories and documents that were passed on through the corps than found in a dig, especially if the dig went as written.
But what, I hear you asking, do they even do?
I don’t know! Perhaps they still work for the throne. Unlikely, but possible.
More likely, I think, they do what they’ve always done. Protect the kingdom. The government doesn’t always have the best interests of its citizens at heart, especially now.
The Rangers run surveillance, organize and protect protests and protestors, spread information, plant seed-bombs, and tell the lost stories of history.
for approx. 6 hours, once a month (on average), I’d really like to be a countess
also I feel like aspirational fashion doesn’t get talked about enough in dress history discussions
because like. working-class Victorian women on their days off (or at church, or attending a party) didn’t go around in hard-wearing, drab dresses and aprons. they saw the same visual media their employers did. they were aware of the same fashion trends. they had aesthetic sensibilities like every other human being. and, while limited by their means and by social norms around “dressing above your station,” they tried to emulate the same styles
(A group of woolen weavers from Dewsbury, England, who went on strike in 1875. I see plenty of ribbon trim, fringe, patterned fabric, knife pleats, trendy silhouettes, fashionable hairstyles…obviously not their working clothes, but they didn’t just pull those gowns out of thin air for the photo.)
I think there’s this idea that the upper classes swanned around in their finery and everyone else wore rags. and while western society has long been highly stratified and those differences are absolutely necessary to talk about- we have to remember that we’re dealing with PEOPLE here
and people like looking good to the best of their ability
It’s also important to note that in an era when most women had at least basic sewing skills, it was possible for many women to make dresses that matched the styles of the day as long as they could get fabric.
They might only have one good dress like that, and it would probably be one they toiled over for a long time. But you bet they would pull it out every time there was a party or other special occasion!
i did NOT open my eyes while counting . i found you all so fast because im a fucking boss at hide and go seek okay. i DID NOT–i swear i didn–you guys are insane. youre all fucked in the head. im not playing with you anymore
I know the news is in the pocket of the ruling class and everything but I can’t fucking believe ppl in philly created an entire fucking les-mis style blockade around a city block to stop cops from evicting houseless folks and that wasn’t major breaking news.
Like CHAZ was in the news for fucking weeks meanwhile philly had a colossal group of homeless people set up a tent city, a bunch of black bloc folks erected a barricade by breaking into construction sites and stealing supplies, then used that barricade as a bargaining chip to negotiate the city into giving 100 homes to public housing, and nobody fucking knows about that except for a few of my friends irl. What the fuck.
Is there anything about this online at all? Twitter threads? Pictures? Any media from the activists?
Yeah! So I actually didn’t expect this post to leave my little online circle but I saw you and somebody else mention it so. Sorry if this is messy, I’m no source of authority here.
https://philadelphiahousingaction.info/ is a great place to start. They actually have an entire page on press behind it. I’d also recommend looking through their twitter @PhlHousing. Philadelphia housing action is as close to an organizational body behind the two encampments as exist.
There were 2 encampments, camp JTD and camp Teddy, which was parked
right out side the philadelphia housing authority. Basically what the
Philadelphia Housing Authority was doing was taking row homes that were
designated as “public housing”, refusing to let anyone rent, letting the
property value go down, and then selling to private investors, some of
which are owned by the mayor. As a protest, a large group of homeless folks set up encampments on public property, declared them sit ins as to make them protected under first amendment rights, and then proceeded to set up camps at some point in late june.
On their instagram, @campjtd, they posted this on september 27th
this thread from unicorn riot on twitter does a pretty good job of covering it, with some images here and there
The camps themselves were actually very well run, they had access to porta-potties, clean running water (I have no idea how they set it up but I spent a couple nights there on lookout, they had sinks for washing they had set up outside and for drinking water). Tents were donated so new residents could set up sleeping areas if they didn’t have one themselves. A steady stream of food, toiletries and other essentials were donated by dozens of local activist groups and individuals, they had grills and stoves for cooking hot meals, medical tents with on site street medics from volunteers and various groups. It was really incredible how well everything ran.
Below are some more pictures of the camp from their instagram
I don’t know much about camp Teddy, as I only ever went to JTD, but a very large number of people lived there, and eventually police started routinely circling the camp and demanding it was disbanded, and threatening to mobilize, only to be met with enough pushback to prevent them. Some images of the event were posted on their instagram
and actually this video is of the police delivering the order to disband
Eventually from enough pushback 50 homes were given away to people living at the camps, but the struggle isn’t quite over as many of the homes were in a dilapidated condition and many individuals wound up not receiving a home. As of today (6/10/21) I believe both camps have been disbanded, and no further organized action has been pursued, but it was still a mind blowing radicalization in resistance.
I can’t stress enough please go through https://philadelphiahousingaction.info/, I am not an expert, I am just a random kid who happened to be there at the right time, and all information I picked up was through word of mouth.
I remember finding out that the person was going “is this allowed” to the girl bc the ‘guy’ in the photo is actually a realistic sex doll called a “sinthetic” that she was on a date with. They cost thousands of dollars.