I thought to let you guys know that I may not be very active online for some time. There’s some details under the cut if you want to know why. Otherwise, I’ll see you guys later and wish you the best
If you see someone crying or obviously upset, smile at them, or ask them what is wrong. Just paying attention to a person can help so much. Sometimes, talking to someone really IS all that they need.
Creative kid. More creative mom.
fucking idiot got owned
A fictional character being sexualized is not an example of a real issue. Sexualization is fine. Being sexy is fine. Being sexual is fine. Having sexiness as a character’s defining characterization is fine. It’s fictional.
All or most characters being sexualized is moderate issue. The idea that this “normalizes objectification of women in society” is stupid and there is no evidence for this. It is just a talking point that people regurgitate without any data. There is more data to support the idea that video games and movies DO NOT directly influence how we act in our day to day lives, than there is data to support the idea that it does (I don’t think there’s any?). It is exactly the same argument as saying playing violent video games makes you violent, a statement that has been debunked over and over and over.
However, when sexualization of female characters becomes the standard or commonplace, we have a moderate issue, because A. It’s trite and boring. and B. it becomes a general issue because then we have a centralized medium that does not fully represent different types of characters, and I think it is important to have different types of people represented in media (especially in media that is intended to be perceived as “realistic”, as a lot of video games and movies are). However you don’t solve this issue by criticizing pre-existing media with sexualized characters, because pre-existing media is not the problem. It doesn’t matter that Bayonetta wears no clothes. Bayonetta is Bayonetta, that’s her character. That’s how the dudes who made her wanted her to be, so that’s how she is. They are allowed to make whatever they want to make, and you’re allowed to like or not like it. But people like the dudes who made Bayonetta should not be the only people who make media, and that’s where the real issue lies. That’s what you need to be yelling about. Not about Bayonetta’s outfit.
(I’m just using Bayonetta as an example, I don’t think anyone is currently talking about Bayonetta).
The vast majority of Western media is still made by heterosexual white dudes, and that’s probably not any individual white dudes fault, nor is it the fault of anything they’ve made. But the attitudes and institutions that for whatever reason keep women and other groups from being equally represented in media are what we need to focus on and what we need to be discussing. Not whether or not Lara Crofts boobs are too big.
"whisper seductively" Play Team Fortress 2 with me
Pyro looks like he saw something teriffic B) could it be that it was………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..The statue? 8’))))))))))
Or he saw this message reminding him of the statue
If that’s the case, the statue must have told Pyro not to play with fire for it could melt it
Talk shit, get lit (or cut up with an axe in this case)
Just wanted to draw maskless Pyro like in that particular part in the comic (~´v`)~
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.
Oh yeah, this is a great website! Totally try it!
(And it’s started in Pittsburgh, too, so I did need to reblog a good thing that came from here after last weekreblogging that “Suit/Sh*t yourself” incident in the Trib. XD)
THIS IS WHAT I USE TO LEARN GERMAN
AND IT’S AMAZING
It’s super good! I’ve been using it for a while, haha. Would recommend!