Mar. 11th, 2017

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A sudden simultaneous influx of academic, bureaucratic, financial, and stress-related issues rarely goes well. I’m okay, just - I’m REALLY looking forward to the end of this school session.
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Oh. That was fun. @deadcatwithaflamethrower you’ll find this interesting.

I was doing my rounds and noticed the smell of cooking oil left on. Happens all the time…cooks get lazy or forget. We have big ass fryers.

So I go into the dining room to get to the kitchen and hear this weird three beat screeching sound and the hairs on my neck stand up. Usually going in there isn’t a big deal…not on the 3rd floor. But I don’t like dark dining rooms anyway. Creepy factor 10 usually.

So I hear it and know I’m being watched by something. Creepy as fuck. I huff at it, and go turn off the fryer and it keeps following me. I get outside the kitchen into the hallway and it’s still there.

I snarled at its general direction (behind me) and said “Go away”…and it backed off but didn’t vanish. Followed me downstairs and stared some more but I thought it was gonna go back upstairs since I’m not providing any entertainment for it. I’ve told it to scram several times and told it I had to turn off the fryer. Got a kind of grumbly feeling from it. But kinda accepting too?

And now it’s bopping around in the men’s bathroom….I think. Definitely in that area. There are 3 doors, an exit, a bathroom door, and an entrance to a meeting room. All within 10 feet or so.

That is SO COOL.

….wait is that the proper response? Because I don’t have another one. THAT IS SO COOL.  *entranced*

…had a high school teacher once who swore that her house was haunted by the spirit of the previous owner - a little old lady. Apparently, whenever the floors creaked and noises came out of nowhere, this teacher would sit bolt upright and yell “Mrs [NAME], you’re freaking me out!” And the noises would stop.
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I use to try avoid post like these but, karma has a funny way of working. I know that I don’t post a lot and am not really that popular but my family needs help. My dad, Carlos, fell down a flight of stairs and hurt his arm and shoulder and is now unable to go to work. He is has a very strong sense of pride, so he didn’t even tell me. (machismo, but anyway)  I just noticed that my family back home was struggling more than we usually do. I’m in college, so I don’t regularly get to see them. My sister told me what happened, and how there isn’t enough money to make bills. 

He’s a good man and I am soooo soooooo lucky to have this man as a father. He was the best father to me when I came out, and actively worked to make schools more accepting of the LGBT+ community ever since. He has ALWAYS been serious about keeping our roots (Afro-Cuban), and our religion. If anyone was down the would always make time to make people smile.

He actively tries to make peoples days brighter, whether it’s at work or in the grocery store. I know that he’s in a bad place right now, and just won’t mention it. He went to the doctor yesterday and was told that he needs to have the surgery as soon as possible to prevent any permanent damage to his shoulder and arm, he estimated that he would need the surgery by May 5th before the injury does damage to his nervous system. My mother and my sister are constantly at their alter praying for change in this situation.

So, all my siblings and I are starting a GoFundMe campaign for him so we can pay for the surgery. I completely understand if you can give any donation (I’m a college student, I know), I would just ask to please please please share, or pray to whichever god(dess) you worship, or even do a small spell for us to reach the goal. I just want my dad to be back the goofy, kind man that he is.I can’t thank you guys enough for even reading this. 

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR US

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Please AT LEAST reblog this
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My name is Andrew, and I am a transmasculine person living in Boston, MA.

I came out as trans/gender-nonconforming when I was 19, and I started taking testosterone as a necessary component of my transition when I was 22. Now, at 24, after quite literally years of deliberation, I feel that in order to feel safe, comfortable, and secure in my body, pursuing top surgery is mandatory.

For several years, I have felt disconnected from my chest. It makes me feel anxious, restless, uncomfortable, and depressed. I often wear what is called a “binder,” or chest compression device, to flatten and hide my chest. However, binding can have serious short and long-term effects on health. It inhibits breathing, causes lightheadedness and indigestion, and extended use can damage the skin and ribs permantently. It is not safe to bind for more than eight hours daily, or while physically active. When I am not binding, especially while at the gym or exercising generally, I feel anxious, scared, depressed, and insecure. I also worry that in certain spaces, my chest might “give me away” as a potential target of violence or discrimination.

I have many reservations about asking for money. However, without financial aid, I will not be able to afford this surgery in the near future (housing and food is priority). It is not a medically urgent surgery, but it is high-priority for my phsyical and mental health.
I have chosen Dr. Peter Raphael, a plastic surgeon in Plano, Texas, to do the surgery. The total cost of the surgery is $6,750. My health insurance will not cover the cost of surgery upfront, but there is a chance that they will partially reimburse me after the fact.

IF this is the case, and I am able to get a partial reimbursement for the cost of surgery, I will match a portion of amount I fundraise, dollar for dollar (up to $2,500-3,000) to donate to fundraisers of other trans and gender non-conforming folks (not just limited to medical fundraisers!)

I plan to cover my own travel costs and co-pays, and I will continue to save whatever money I can on my own for the cost of the surgery itself.

Please do not feel obligated to contribute. I won’t be disappointed or mad if you are unable or unwilling to donate. And lastly, please do not compromise financial security for me. I feel uncomfortable enough as it is asking for help!

As always, thank you for your continued support of my transition.

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Can I get some more reblogs on this? It’s okay if you can’t donate, but please share widely! I love you all so much.
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Repost of Collin Rees’ Twitter updates [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] 03/10/17

Beautiful resistance rises in DC – thousands out on miserable day to stand w/ those fighting for clean water & existence! Powerful – native youth from Standing Rock forming the front [line] of massive march! Sleet is coming down harder & temp is dropping, but crowd keeps growing! Too important to stay home. Filling the streets & overflowing! DC looks wayyyy better today than it does on a normal day. [An] iconic moment as #NativeNationsRise march heads to Trump Hotel & erects tipi on front plaza. “We come from Chaco Canyon, where we also fight extraction. If we stand together, we can win.” Amazing native youth! Rally filling park in front of White House! We’ll be here to #resist for as long as we need to be.
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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

PRE/POST TFA:

In The Days Still Left by carefulben, 46k wip

Know Thyself by theascetic, 92k

An Advisor To Wake Up To by GreyLiliy, 20k wip

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger by hollycomb, 36k

My Skin Is Theirs by Clarice Chiara Sorcha, 10k

Take the Current by lobstergirl, 17k wip

AU:

Life After Death and Taxes by Anorlost, 177k wip, vampire au

Twilight Omens by limit_breaker, 23k wip, swayed by FO

Deus Ex Machina by ballvvasher, 20k, ex machina au

Scoundrel’s Gambit by Gefionne, 19k, smugglers au

The Other Side of the Coin by Gigi_Sinclair, 11k wip, smugglers au

Auld Lang Syne by Star_flaming, 33k, hux staying with mom

How to Get Away with Murder by hollycomb, 12k wip, hunger games au

LIGHT SIDE AU: 

Breaking Cover by GreyLiliy, 168k wip

Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad by Vadianna, 27k

MPREG:

I Don’t Want Love by saltandrockets, 88k

Son Of Mine by ballvvasher, 148k wip, warnings!!!

HAUNTED HOUSE:

what’s real or isn’t by brawlite, 45k wip

Ghost Encounters of the Hux Kind by carefulren, 25k

First Order Investigations by MistressEast, 26k

How to Kill a Living Thing by hedgerowhag, 25k

HUMAN AU:

Sweet Home Arkanis by Gefionne, 61k wip

Family Values by SpookMouse, 16k

Quarry by samzillastomps, 50k

Kylux Animal Welfare AU, 41k

Reconditioning by JinxedAmbitions, 81k wip

Fanboy by helvel, 12k wip

Scattered Silver at Your Feet by MargaretKire, 17k

Control Risk by littlesystems, 25k

Friends With Renefits by MoonwalkingCrab, 37k

Skin Deep by Misaya, 15k wip

Swipe Right for Slow Burn Regret by JinxedAmbitions, 20k wip

breezeblocks by bioticnerfherder, 17k wip

They Go Wild by GravityDefyingHair, 32k wip

All The Way To Your Door by kyluxtrashcompactor, 44k

Take the Dive by JinxedAmbitions, 62k

HUMAN AU, ACTORS/MUSIC/DANCING:

The Secret Heart by slutpunk, 48k

ren, solo by dadcastellanos, 40k

Bohemian Rhapsody by for_autumn_i_am, 18k

Pointe Shoes and Prana-Bindu by GenerallyHuxurious, 10k wip

HUMAN AU, KYLO REN WITH A SWORD:

Swords and Slippers by TheCrackedKatana, 38k wip

Incense and Cinnamon by MargaretKire, 49k

HUMAN AU, MAFIA:

Bloodsoaked Lullabies by Ficlet-Machine, 53k wip

Like I Never Said Farewell by LazarusIsRisen, 43k wip

HUMAN AU, BOOKS:

None of Your Business by samzillastomps, 20k

stet by acroamatica, 17k

Parchment & Vellum by Gefionne, 32k

HUMAN AU, BODYGUARD:

Does It Have a Name by Arision, 40k

The Bodyguard by soIiIoquy, 33k wip

HUMAN AU, UNI:

Vitas Brevis, Ars Longa by baethoven, 45k

Anyone But You by zamwessell, 14k

HUMAN AU, BENARMIE:

Cornflakes and Other Lists by Star_flaming, 35k

The Brief Wondrous Return of Vampire Boy by hollycomb, 21k

BONUS! When Hux of one kylux universe meets another:

Modern Emperors by fedaykin, GenerallyHuxurious, 56k wip 

fic descriptions in alphabetical order under the cut - 

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Hi everyone,

I find myself in a delicate situation once again because of my stupidity. I have a commentary to hand in for Sunday night in my history seminar. Problem is, I need to work on my oral presentation for my anthropology seminar which is Monday and I am meeting up with my group Sunday. Top it all, I am working Saturday and Sunday at Macdo.

So please, PRETTY PLEASE, if you know or can search a bit an article that could be related to this problematic:

En quoi est-il possible de dire que Nasser, avec sa politique et la nationalisation de la compagnie du Canal de Suez, s'impose comme un dirigeant clé pour le Tiers-Monde pour ainsi changer les rapports de force Nord-Sud d'alors ?

Or in English: In what is it possible to say that Nasser becomes a key leader for the Tiers-Monde with his natiolisation of the Suez canal to change the relationship between North and South?

My English is a bit wonky, sorry, but if you can find any academic article related to the subject please message me! Thank you for your help!!!!
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Victor Nizovtsevsiren song

more art by Victor Nizovtsev

Oh my gosh

@darthrevaan
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… YES. (Combining two of my favourite things, how could I say no.)

How about:

a) Newt is one of the wood elves, who have an affinity for nature anyway (and he hangs out with Radagast a lot), whereas Graves is one of the ‘high elves’, perhaps from Rivendell, who stumbles over Newt while on an errand for Elrond, delivering some kind of message to Thranduil. He probably gets attacked by the spiders, defends himeslf and then Newt swoops in and is all like ‘no no they’re harmless’.

b) Newt as some kind of high-born elf and Graves as his very long-suffering assigned guard. Trying to stop Newt from getting himself killed accidentally is a full time job.

“No, Newt, going to Erebor to poke around and wake the dragon is not a good idea.”

“Could you please not fly away on an eagle every time you think I’m getting overbearing, I’m supposed to be keeping you alive.”

“Yes, the watcher in the water seems to be some kind of creature, no, we can’t go and have a look. It eats people, Newt.”
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Headcanon: Real!Percival Graves took lessons from the Sam Vimes School of Policing.

…I now can’t stop imagining Graves displaying the classic Sam Vimes reaction whenever someone mentions ‘the divine right of kings’.

For your consideration: Picquery getting Graves to do things simply by telling him to stay out of it while counting on his immediate ‘the hell I will’ reaction.

Percival Graves. In the Congress Chamber. With the axe.

Percival Graves reading ‘Where’s My Cow?’ to the occamys every night at 6 o’clock. Percival Graves struggling with the Summoning Dark. Percival Graves defeating the Summoning Dark by being aggressively himself.

Percival Graves holding up his right hand and gravely intoning “I comma square bracket recruit’s name square bracket comma do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit’s deity of choice square bracket to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of New York -”

The threat of Percival Graves going spare hanging over every auror who messed up. ‘Graves will go spare’ is the ultimate deterrent whispered to the foolish who’re about to do something stupid.

Percival Graves wearing his shoes down until they’re about to fall off, because it lets him feel the city streets through his boots.

Percival Graves sitting on the steps of the Woolworth building with a cup of hot chocolate.

Percival Graves and Gondulphus ‘Old Stoneface’ Graves.

Percival Graves falling for Newt Scamander, the man who’s far too attached to dragons and literally spends all his time caring for his creatures.

Percival Graves struggling through the need to make all the shit he sees in his work easier to bear through alcohol. Percival Graves keeping a bottle of firewhiskey in his desk drawer just to prove that he can, never touching it.

Percival Graves and the Beast.

Percival Graves stopping a war by arresting both sides.

Percival Graves whispering “You’re nicked, chum!” as he tackles the serial killer who killed two of his aurors.

Percival Graves insisting on going after an unpredictable serial killing dark wizard himself, having given strict instructions to his aurors to keep out of it because they’ll try to do it by the book and it’s going to get them killed.

Percival Graves, due to an accident with a time-turner, being his own mentor.

Percival Graves being slightly horrified by just how naive his younger self was. Jesus Christ, kid, stop expecting the best of people (even if you’ll always defend them) and definitely stop blindly taking orders from those crooked aurors you had to call boss.

Percival Graves thinking longingly of Picquery‘s term in office, carefully keeping his face straight as he hears his younger self talking enthusiastically on how the latest Presidential candidate is definitely For the People, and how thing will be so much better when the current President is gone.

Is this really me? Graves wonders. Did I really have the political awareness of a head louse? And the self-preservation instincts of a lemming?

Percival Graves close to losing all hope stuck in the past, when his pocket watch - the one that Newt gave him after the Niffler refused to return Graves’ old one - is returned. He draws his fingers over the engraved initials, thinks of the future waiting for him and soldiers on.

Percival Graves, ordered the rioting population to take down that fucking barricade! And re-build it at the end of the street! And build another one at that corner there! Move it, people, they don’t have much time!

(On an aside, I considered Percival Graves arresting a dragon, but then realized that Newt would pout at him. And give him the wet, teary eyes, and - well, Graves would be very distracted.)

Oh, but no - Graves arresting the dragon saves the dragon from a rioting mob and Newt got to smuggle him out later.

Percival Graves arresting President Picquery because she was implicated in some crime, then working tirelessly to prove that she was framed.

Percival Graves breaking ranks and abandoning the ceremonial parade he was supposed to have been leading to chase after a pickpocket.

We’re talking about the Niffler here, right? Because Graves would totally throw over a ceremonial whatnot in favour of chasing the Niffler.

Percival Graves, constantly annoyed by the press - especially when they print satirised cartoons of him.

Well, not only is it a pickpocket, but Newt would be very sad if the Niffler got lost again. Also, it’s become - almost a game with the niffler, by now. 

Percival Graves, staring down the length of the War Table at the rest of Picquery’s advisors after someone makes a reference to Old Stoneface Graves, who lead the city’s militia in an effort to bring some sort of freedom and justice to the place. And was he Director at the time? Good heavens, yes, as a matter of fact he was! Was he hanged and dismembered and buried in five graves? And is he a distant ancestor of the current Director? My word, the coincidences just pile up, don’t they?

Graves probably has the Niffler trained by now. Something shiny in exchange for causing havoc at just the right time so he can get out of a boring meeting/stuffy ceremonial whatnots.

Percival Graves is starting to hate the word ‘coincidences’. Coincidence my ass. He’s proud of his ancestor even if no one thinks he should be.

…oh god(s). An unimpressed Graves nick-naming the Niffler Nobby Nobbs, because even after their accord, it’s still snatching things from his pockets.

Percival Graves, whose scorn for ‘coincidences’ is matched only by his utter fury and loathing of Clues. And don’t get him started on detectives, he absolutely hates it when someone deciphers everything about a person by the stains on their collar when in fact they could simply be a slob and chosen to wipe their mouth after lunch.

Do you think ‘Old Stoneface’ Gondopholus Graves chopped the head off of some would-be king who tried to secede from the newly-formed MACUSA and form his own kingdom?

Nobby Nobbs the Niffler, OMG that’s perfect. (Does that make Pickett Colon?)

When there’s magic involved clues might as well be called misdirection and left at that. Only really inept criminals make it that easy, and those are hardly worth chasing because they usually end up putting themselves out of the game without any assistance on Graves’ part.

I was rather thinking a MACUSA president who went a bit nuts/dark. Can’t quite see how a king would play into it unless we went some kind of fairy route…

Pickett is too industrious to be Colon; I’m honestly not sure if we’ve seen a Fantastic Beasts character that could serve as a good counterpart for him. (although I’m tempted to name the Erumphet…)

Percival Graves, who doesn’t give a bloody damn that one of his aurors is a werewolf and simply utilizes their talents to best advantage.

An early MACUSA president who went dark/insane, called themselves a ‘king’, and ran headfirst (no pun intended!) into Old Stoneface Graves.

Percival Graves who has some reservations when it comes to employing a vampire (mostly because he’s seen too many grizzly vampire-related deaths), but does so anyway. The vampire and the werewolf becomes best friends and a major headache for him to deal with, but they do their job well so it’s worth it to him.

Personally Graves thinks that the whole beheading thing might have been a bit over the top, but the ‘king’ definitely had it coming. There will always be a Graves around to stop people like him.

Percival Graves, who doesn’t care what you are as long as you DO YOUR DAMN JOB. (The zombie auror gets some raised eyebrows, but Graves ignores it; he’s one of their best, and besides, he always stitches his bits back on.) Anyone messing with them will get the book thrown at them - literally; Graves has been known to use The Laws and Ordinances of MACUSA and the City of New York as a blunt force instrument on previous occasions, and everyone eyes the apparently-innocuous book on the side of his desk with the gravest suspicion.

Percival Graves, being introduced to a foreign wizard who wants to make a Complaint about how casually everyone is treating him - “I am the King of Magical [fill in blank]!”

“It’s a pleasure. I’m Director Graves.”

“ - And I demand that you and your show me the respect that I am owed - wait a minute, Graves? Graves as in - as in - “

“Yes, that Graves.”

“I have to go now lovely to meet you so sorry affairs of state goodbye!”

(There has been at least one occasion where people swear they’re seen Graves conjure an axe and walk casually past a room where Picquery is debating with foreign representatives.)

His version of The Laws and Ordinances is heavily annotated with practical tidbits such as ‘delightful idea, not actually workable’ and ‘what idiot thought to put this in, we’re not some kind of police state’ and ‘NO’. There is after all the law, and The Law. Not that anyone who gets hit over the head with the tome appreciates this.

Graves got very good at the axe conjuring charm. He doesn’t ever have to actually use it after that one time he almost split the table in half, but it works wonders to get everyone to agree on a compromise post-haste. (It doesn’t escape the more observant of politicians that Graves is usually the one who proposed the compromise.)

His version of The Laws and Ordinances might also have a reinforced binding, with steel plates cunningly inserted into the leather covers. It makes for a lovely heft, even though the grip is slightly awkward. Also, if anyone ever asks why the book is so damn heavy, Graves can, without cracking a hint of any smile, respond that it’s because it’s full of justice.

Not that Graves would ever threaten a foreign representative. He’d the Director Of Magical Security and Law Enforcement, after all, would he do something like that? Casually conjure an axe just because he was irritated? The axe is a reminder that Graves takes his job - and The Law - very seriously indeed. Very seriously. 

…I think that the first time Graves actually used the axe-conjuring charm was when he buried an axe head into a table in front of the Magical Congress - who were taking advantage of Picquery’s ‘illness’ (attempted assassination via poisoning) to push her out of office, and in fact had been implicated in the murder attempt. Everyone was suddenly reminded that he was the direct descendant of Director Gondolpholus ‘Suffer-Not-Injustice’ Graves.

…I have to wonder how much the rank and file actually know about ‘Old Stoneface’ Graves? I don’t think it’s exactly common knowledge; oh, it’s there in the history books if you care to look, but it wasn’t the brightest spot in American History and a lot of schools skim over the era.

Picquery typically responds to Graves’ most recent Graves-ism by heaping him with rewards, gifts, and titles. She finds that the expression on his face is priceless every times. (This is also why Graves technically has the second-highest social status in MACUSA, not that he’d admit it under torture).

The book is full of justice! Graves’ face is so serious every time someone receives this answer that not even his aurors aren’t entirely sure if he’s joking.

Tina knows because she’s the kind of person who will research her boss at three in the morning because youo can never have too much knowledge, but most of the aurors don’t. As a whole, they aren’t exactly a history-conscious bunch (it wasn’t one of the subjects needed to pass the auror exam - Graves thinks this is stupid and is working to change that; if those who’re supposed to protect them forget the mistakes of the past, who is going to remember?).

Graves hates hobnobbing with a vengeance. He would take the axe with him just to have something to fend off vapid high society asshats with, but Picquery explicitly forbade it.

The fact that Graves has been known to use said book to deflect spells and apprehend suspects doesn’t help. It actually has a lot of aurors warily eyeing their own copies of the book.

I wonder if Graves has an axe - loving framed and carefully polished - mounted on a wall in his office. It’s old and chipped in places, but some visitors can’t help but stare at it and wonder - is this THE axe? (It isn’t; Graves conjured it, and then spent an afternoon carefully aging and chipping it before mounting it in his office. He also went out and got some lessons on how to properly swing an axe, because as long as he’s using the thing, he might as well learn how to do it correctly).

On that note - Percival Graves, who carefully and thoroughly traps all the entrances and exits to his home and office, maintains them religiously, and  regularly sends an auror squad around to arrest the would-be assassins who fall into the alligator pits.
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