The Circus Dictionary is a database of circus moves from various disciplines, including contortion, acro balance, juggling and more. The site provides short video clips demonstrating how to do each move as well, which is pretty cool. I thought I’d share it because I’m sure some people might find it useful for learning how to do new moves and tricks, and it might also be useful as a reference for artists and writers out there, too!
Dark-Winged Angels: Roberto Ferri
Something I was experimenting with today.
Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
the salt is so fucking real
Diversity always wins. Diversity isn’t going to leave music, or TV, or film no matter how many backlashes and reversals there are.
The “fake geek girls” aren’t going to leave your subculture; the “PC police” aren’t going to stop criticizing it. “Angry black women” aren’t getting off your TV and neither are angry Asian men. The “PC diversity brigade” of science-fiction writers is going to keep winning Hugo and Nebula awards, and someday my wife’s going to be one of them.
Critics like Anita Sarkeesian will keep on pointing out what’s bad in games so we can start looking for ways to make games better. Indie designers like Zoe Quinn and Kellee Santiago will keep pushing the boundaries of gaming at the fringes so that people like Manveer Heir and Rhianna Pratchett have breathing room to explore what mainstream “AAA” games can be.
Reactionaries know they can’t win. Their anger stems from their desperation. Read the #GamerGate tag for a while and realize the obsessive fixation on the “corrupt agenda in the gaming press” is, underneath the anger, fear. For all the damage they do, for all the people they hurt, they’re going to lose. Indeed, to react as they have is to prove that they’ve already lost.
After all, #GamerGate, did you think we’d crumble? Did you think we’d lay down and die?
No, not us. We will survive.
Arthur Chu, Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage (for the Daily beast)
A damn good article about how the very real violence resulting from what we call “culture wars” is yet another case of history repeating itself. Hopefully the determination of those willing to analyze, question, and hold media accountable for the narratives it tells us will ensure that this backlash will once again be the harbinger of social change.(via medievalpoc) —
|Anonymous asked: if you don't mind, why do you like the ancillary justice books? What should I expect if I tried them out?|
OH HO HO, anon, what a can of worms you have opened
so i’m guessing you’re vaguely aware of the premise but for completion’s sake: the ancillary books are about breq. breq was originally justice of toren - a gigantic imperial troop carrier - or rather, justice of toren one esk nineteen. the ships and stations are run by sentient ai, and in order to facilitate this, they plug in human bodies - prisoners of war recently defrosted from cryosleep, usually - as walking, talking extensions of the ship. these are ancillaries. they are the ship - there’s no part of the original mind left - but they still have human needs and human emotional reactions. only now breq, as she’s taken to calling herself, is alone, and possibly the only part of justice of toren left, and well outside of radchaii space.
the empire (it’s called the radch, members of it are radchaii, if you think ‘highly effective space romans’ you are not a million miles from the truth) has a long and illustrious history of fucking shit up and taking over the universe. something’s gone very badly, horribly wrong and breq is not sure what (although being a centuries old space ship means that she saw a lot of the events relevant to what’s going down right now). breq honestly doesn’t care that much right now. breq has a plan. breq is getting revenge.
that’s basically the point at which you enter the story.
now, why do i like them? partially because they’re a ticky-box list of all my favourite tropes, plus a whole bunch i didn’t know i had. human-centric military space opera hiding behind a veneer of hard sci-fi? check. weird alien designs? check (they’re not in it much yet, but it’s inevitable). stoic but unbelievably badass (probably) female main character? check. an excellent sense of humour? check. world building that seems amazingly cool and then when you think about it for more than two minutes you realise it’s actually horrific and awful? check
the books do a really great job, in my opinion, of balancing enough flashy cinematic action scenes (just enough, not too many) with some really technically brilliant exposition that appears to be timed exactly to hit all my buttons. i really like how important linguistics and anthropology are in the books.
the characters are great. the characters are so great.
furthermore, although there are definitely some pacing issues, particularly in the first book, leckie is a masterful prose stylist. these books are serious page turners and a joy to read. there’s a very noticible improvement between justice and sword, too, and i feel confident saying i think she’s going to keep get better. have you read the vorkosigan books by mcmasters bujold, anon? because that’s the nearest comparison i have to the sheer unmitigated joy of reading the ancillary books. they are so much fun.
tl:dr - high-concept space opera, i literally did not put sword down until i’d finished it, and i grinned like a fool for probably 60% of it.
I was only going to draw the alphas but then I started thinking of baby betas..
Former Ghibli animator Hiroshi Shimizu will be the animation director of canadian “Urbance” TV series.
But the project still need support on Kickstarter :
Oh wow, it’s been a while, huh?
This week I was sick so I was in my bed reading different fanfictions… And you know what? For me there’s no other fandom that has that many talented writers as DCU Batfamily. So I read some of your works on AO3 and you guys as awesome as I remember. No, you are better than I remember! You guys rock! And Timmy will be always my number one superhero! Though, I couldn’t read new 52… Tim was not Tim and I dropped it. Is it got better, though?
So yeah, here’s a casual Tim :3