I was really upset to just read that one of my favourite authors as a young teenager, Ned Vizzini, committed suicide yesterday. He struggled with depression his whole life and he wrote great novels for young people who felt alone, sad or unsure about their place in this world. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is one of the few books I brought with me when I moved, it had such a hopeful and optimistic tone about mental illness and that’s why I think I’m so upset about this.
I’m trying to put my finger on why I feel so unnerved by all this. I think it is because this was a man who fought a hard battle and wrote books about it that spoke to people who were also going through the same things and he ended up losing his battle. The problem with depression is it never really goes away, it just takes a sideline until it sees an opportunity to flare up again. It’s not fair.
I think the best way to honour Ned’s memory is to keep talking about mental health and keep talking to each other. The holidays are a hard time and please, be kind to each other. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Although Ned’s story has an unhappy ending, yours doesn’t have to. Here are some resources (feel free to add on):
- Suicide: 800-SUICIDE (800-748-3433) / 1-800-237-TALK, 1-800-784-8433
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Rape/Sexual Assault: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
- Self Harm: 899-DONT-CUT (800-366-8288)
- LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
- Sexuality: 800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743) / 1-888/THE-GLNH
- Grief Support: 650-321-5272
- Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696 AA/ALA (family & friends of recovering alcoholics): 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666)
- Domestic Violence: 866-331-9474
- Teen Relationships: 650-259-7136 Eating Disorders: 847-831-3438
- Post Abortion/Pro-Voice: 1-866-439-4253 Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- Runaway:1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
A combination of 800 follower milestone, commentary on mah eyes, guilt over lack of updates, celebration of almost making it through the term, a dash of procrastination, and maybe a wee too much aggression over learning proper anatomy.
Tada! Another reference/ guide thing!
Skull reference by Starbat
(Incidentally this is very quick and took me a fraction of the time it takes to make a Gargle update, so I’m not ditching my blog duties to make this)
HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZING
For all the artists out there.
One of Square Enix’s best character designers is leaving ⊟
I love Akihiko Yoshida’s work. You’ve seen his distinctive style in Bravely Default, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII, The Four Heroes of Light, the Final Fantasy III remake, and other games. Look at this gallery — everything’s beautiful!
He announced his departure in a personal message printed in The Art of Bravely, a Bravely Default art book that released in Japan today. Though he’ll no longer be at the company, Yoshida expects to continue his relationship with Square Enix and work on the Bravely Default series. In fact, we saw his name attached to the Bravely Second announcement yesterday.
We don’t know yet where Yoshida’s headed next or if he will remain in the game industry. You can see more of his work at this wonderful Tumblr dedicated to Yoshida’s art.PREORDER Bravely Default, upcoming games, our holiday gift guide
Back in march we kickstarted the Story War card game and our most ambitious stretch goal was to make a cartoon based on the game! And now, 8 months later, it’s finally here!
The cartoon was written by KC Green and it was animated and voiced by the insanely talented Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera! We also collaborated with Tom Milsom and infinitefreefall on the score and Josiah Files on the backgrounds! Also the original character designs were created by Vondell Swain! We spent months writing, re-writing, drawing and re-drawing storyboards and animatics until our eyes fell out of her heads to get to this point!
We hope you guys enjoy it!
im excited how this took shape from the weird boards and script I gave them to deal with earlier in the year. Brad, Lindsay and everyone made it sweet and good. Check it OUT. CHECK IT OUT.
A gigantic brick of talent and charm, right here. View the whole thing!
The animation is so good and it’s just aaahhhh aaahhhh!!!
This is pretty serious stuff. Bayer might be about to overturn the EC’s decision to ban the pesticides implicated in killing off the bees! If they win this case, it could be truly disastrous for both the bees and our own future. Please share, and please see the SumOfUs link (no affiliation) to make a donation to help the campaign to save the bees.
Early in 2013, the European Food Safety Authority stated that three specific neonicotinoid insecticides (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) pose an acute risk to honeybees, and the European Commission proposed a two-year ban on them.
This is due to go into effect on Dec 1st – and the ban was introduced because of mounting scientific evidence that these insecticides, produced by Syngenta and Bayer, have been the agents responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder – a major problem threatening both the bees and the safety of our own food supply!
However in a horrifying twist, and despite huge public opposition, Syngenta and Bayer are now suing the European Commission over their “right” to continue to produce the pesticides which have been implicated in the massive die-off of millions of bees. Yes, their “right”. Because as we know, corporations’ sole agenda is to make money. They cannot let a trivial thing like nature get in their way.
These insecticides continue to be produced and used on a vast scale in the USA and in other countries and are huge moneymakers for the chemical corporations…
This threw up a few red flags when some of the links led to wiki pages but I looked up the lawsuit and it seems to be legit. Bayer is trying to lift the ban on pesticides that have been linked to the death of millions of bees in Europe. This is, unquestionably, terrible enough on its own, because bees are amazing little insects and deserve all our love, but if all the bees in the world go extinct, human life as we know it will change drastically. Produce will virtually cease to exist. That is a big freaking deal.
In addition to the donation page listed above, SumOfUs also has a petition going around that is still in need of signatures to help stop this. And it needs to be stopped. We cannot risk losing any more bees.
Bees get a pretty bad rap, but honestly? The scary, stingy things you’re afraid of? Most likely wasps. Bees, particularly honeybees and bumblebees, are just these fluffy little cuddle balls that fly around and pollinate stuff. They won’t sting you unless you’re a direct threat to them, because if they sting you, they’ll die. Don’t be scared of bees. Be scared for bees.
I’ve done as much looking around as I can because I know Tumblr is a cesspool of misinformation, and this looks as legit as it gets. Please tell people, sign the petition, and donate if you can.
And in the meantime, if you’re a gardner, please try to encourage bees to come to your garden. You can use the tips listed here. There’s also some information about different kinds of bees you might run into, in case you’d like to learn more about bees and why they’re wonderful.
Thanks for reading, guys. Please share this.
REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT, REALLY REALLY FUCJING IMPORTANT
I’m so tired of this. I’m tired of being scared. Just help save the damn bees, ok.
ETA: After a recent discussion with someone close to the person this letter was addressed to, I’m satisfied that the person in question has learned a valuable lesson and therefore does not need to be singled out by name any further. My entire intention in writing this letter was to try to educate,…
FUND THIS! LESS THAN A DAY LEFT!
Asian-American actress/filmmaker, Iyin Landre calls out Hollywood’s racial stereotypes against Asians in her Kickstarter Video
Los Angeles, CA – In three comedic yet painfully truthful skits, Iyin Landre reveals the racial stereotyping she has faced as an actress in Hollywood. From auditioning for nail salon ladies, to being asked by casting directors to put on fake “Asian” accents, Landre discloses the limited opportunities for Asian-American actors.
Like Julie Chen recently noted, the glass or bamboo ceiling for Asian-Americans is still very real today. Therefore, Landre has set out to defy these odds in her passionate and gritty film, Me + You, in which she stars, writes and produces.The storyis about an American girl who travels to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, the notoriously violent slums. Last year, Landre traveled to Brazil by herself to shoot a trailer, so as to come back and raise the funding for the feature.
One reason Landre created this project was because she grew tired of waiting for mainstream media to represent Asian-Americans as complex characters. She says, “In order to change stereotypes, we can’t just complain about it, we have to create new images and tell new stories to replace them with. We have to define ourselves, instead of letting others define us.”
Landre and her team are in the last week of their Kickstarter campaign for Me + You, to crowdfund $75,000 by 8:21 AM PDT on Saturday, September 21st.
As an Asian-American woman in Hollywood, Landre is forging a career path few have walked, since Asian-Americans are still grossly underrepresented in the entertainment business. The first and only Asian actress ever nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress was Merle Oberon in 1935. And while Asian-Americans attend opening weekend movies 6% more than the average American, and spend 35% more on entertainment in general, they comprise only 0.4% of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Landre expects Me + You to be completed sometime in early 2015, after Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014 and before the Olympics in 2016.
To view the Kickstarter campaign of Me + You, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2063940185/me-you-feature-film-set-in-brazil