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Make ALL the icons! [38, various]

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It's been a while, but here are some random icons I've built up in the interim.(I freely admit that I didn’t draw any of these, so no one freak out.)
Sources include, in no particular order:

  • Wonderella

  • Slayers doujins

  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

  • Saber Marionette J

  • Rokumon Tengai Mon Colle Knights

  • Cyberteam in Akihabara

  • miscellaneous Touhou Project MADs (these are probably sized wrong, oh well)

  • Akatsuki no Yona

  • Inu Yasha

  • Sensei no Ojikan

  • Nowhere Boy

I can probably dig up specific if necessary, so feel free to ask. Enjoy everything.

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No Rest for the Wicked is finally updating again~

/vanish into the mist once more

As an aside

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I'm not actually dead; it's simply that I realized I had bought some server space and might as well put my own blog there, one where I could PLAY BY MY OWN RULES. Of course I still check this blog with regularity to see what friends have to say. However, new content goes on the new blag.

"As good as it's going to get"

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I just want people to care about the infrastructures we're building.

"Didn't you learn anything from Darryl? Anything?"

"You're damned right I did," I said, losing my cool. "I learned that they can't be trusted. That if you're not fighting them, you're helping them. That they'll turn the country into a prison if we let them. What did you learn, Van? To be scared all the time, to sit tight and keep your head down and hope you don't get noticed? You think it's going to get better? If we don't do anything, this is as good as it's going to get. It will only get worse and worse from now on. You want to help Darryl? Help me bring them down!"


Based on a work at craphound.com. Creative Commons License
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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Originally posted by whatpipeswhy at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Warning for typical generic signalboost crap incoming.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c

Expanding on a dream

All you lions

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Long post is long. Writing a lot always soothes me when I'm nervous.
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Look out, Layton!

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A CHALLENGER APPEARS
Light of sanity

Seriously, Puzzle Agent 2 is deranged and follows a kind of logic only an actual forest gnome could comprehend.

I would pay to see a standoff between Professor Layton and Agent Tethers.

On vampires and death

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Reposting from my tumblr.

reasoningwithvampires:

What I hate the most about New Moon: Meyer romanticized suicide.

I understand that teenagers (and grown-ups, too) have volatile emotions. A broken heart really can seem like the end of the world. People get depressed and feel like they have nothing to live for. I know.

Though I’m not a person who has been suicidal, I am a person who has agonized over how to help someone who is. From this vantage point, I’m especially wary of dangerous influences.

Depression and suicidal ideations are real and should be taken seriously. These are issues that have a perfectly valid place in discussion and literature. The subject of suicide isn’t the problem; the presentation is.

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When you purposely write a bland protagonist to make it easier for the reader to relate to that character, you have an obligation to get the message across that suicide isn’t the answer. I’m not swayed by the fact that “it’s just a book,” because if readers can be inspired to greatness by books (and I believe people can be), the flip-side is that books can ignite destruction.

Darlings? Please know that suicide is not the answer. Please.

As someone who IS grappling with depression and suicidal thoughts, this needs to be repeated.

The very thought of a book that romanticizes this is loathsome to me on a personal level. I’d even call it evil. Actively malevolent.

If a friend told me in seriousness that killing myself would be a great idea, I would probably conclude that they had bad intentions, that they were trying to harm me deliberately. I apply the same standard to books. A book that encourages suicide is harmful and malevolent and wrong. It should not be listened to.

There have been books that saved my life. It breaks my heart to think: what if, during some dark night of the soul, I had picked up New Moon instead of Deep River? If I had found “love, life, meaning…over” before “such is the person I wish to become”? What if I’d retreated into my beloved books for answers, and the answer I had gotten was “do it — you have nothing to live for”?

I can only pray for those for whom that is what is actually happening.

(Memo for other aspiring writers: it’s…not actually terribly hard to not encourage your readers to off themselves. The two writers I referenced above never made a point of having characters spout “being alive is fun!” or anything. It’s a show-don’t-tell thing. I’d consider it a win if you don’t, for example, portray it as sweet and wonderful that your characters jump off cliffs. Endo’s favored tack of human condition/myriad ways people find meaning in life/soup is optional.)

An Improvement

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http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/post/2161076521


OK, this was intended as a silly commentary — but seriously, this is a way better idea than the actual Twilight books. I think even fans of the book will not be able to disagree with me on this.
Picture it: a girl moves to a small town with her single dad, and she is lonely and friendless — until she adopts and tames the neighborhood’s scary stray dog, that is. They go on adventures for a bit, learning about friendship and trust and loyalty! And then it turns out the dog is also a vampire, at which point they battle against the evil vampire cats or whatever. A touching story of the bond between humans and animals that will delight readers of all ages! Plus, instant Newberry Medal! Also: the dog would be cuter than the Neanderthal-esque actor cast in the films.

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