Gentrification is violence. Couched in white supremacy, it is a systemic, intentional process of uprooting communities… [Its] central act of violence is one of erasure.
…“Girls,” for example, reimagines today’s Brooklyn as an entirely white community. Here’s a show that places itself in the epicenter of a gentrifying city with gentrifiers for characters – it is essentially a show about gentrification that refuses to address gentrification. After critics lambasted Season 1 for its lack of diversity, the show brought in Donald Glover to play a black Republican and still managed to avoid the more pressing and relevant question of displacement and racial disparity that the characters are, despite their self-absorption, deeply complicit with. What’s especially frustrating about “Girls” not only dodging the topic entirely but pushing back – often with snark and defensiveness against calls for more diversity – is that it’s a show that seems to want to bring a more nuanced take on the complexities of modern life.
In an appallingly overwritten New York magazine article with the (I guess) provocative title “Is Gentrification All Bad?,” Justin Davidson imagines a first wave of gentrifiers much the way I’ve heard it described again and again: “A trickle of impecunious artists hungry for space and light.” This is the standard, “first it was the artists” narrative of gentrification, albeit a little spruced up, and the unspoken but the understood word here is “white.” Because, really, there have always been artists in the hood. They aren’t necessarily recognized by the academy or using trust funds supplementing coffee shop tips to fund their artistic careers, but they are still, in fact, artists. The presumptive, unspoken “white” in the first round of artists gentrification narrative is itself an erasure of these artists of color. Gentrification’s insidious violence: The truth about American cities | Salon (via america-wakiewakie)
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Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.
We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.
But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.
This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere—especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.
You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.
Anonymous asked: I was wondering, when you're designing a character, what is your thought process like? Are there certain things you keep in mind, or elements that you're trying to hit when drawing? All your characters have a vibrancy and life to them - what do you think helps achieve that? Your work is so gorgeous and I just want to be able to pick at your brain for a bit haha.
I usually am keeping two big things in mind when designing a character: 1.) the character’s personality and 2.) big shapes that support that.
Some great examples of character-based drawings are these Sherman sketches by Shane Prigmore! You can see it isn’t necessarily just about posing the character like… looking excited, if they’re excitable, but also to be able to think of things they’d actually do. Like put a burning match in their mouth:
But shapes that support a character’s personality are really important too! I personally think The Incredibles is one of the most well-designed movies in term of strong shapes, here’s a couple great examples of Edna designs:
The one at the top is about as basic as you can get, but it shows a real streamline of the shape language in her final design. They all support what sort of character she is, too: Large room for pushed expressions, but simple modern shapes, and very short. So goooood! Mr. Incredible is a great design, too, since he has the shapes of a super buff hella strong man (big shoulders, kinda an upside-down triangle overall) but also the shapes of a dude in the middle of a midlife crisis (slouching posture, and a protruding gut). As you can see, shapes in character design are just as important as really letting the character’s personality shine through!
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: Do you know any master list's for writing prompts?
Here are some writing prompts I found!
- Daily Character Development
- 30 day character challenge
- Sunday Scribblings
- Prompt Generator (2)
- Seventh Sanctum
- One Minute Writer
- 365 Character Questions for Writers and Roleplayers
- 501 Writing Prompts
- Yeah Write!’s masterlist of prompts
- Prompts & Pointers
- Character Writing Excercizes
- Inspiration Finder
- Hourly Writing Prompts
- Writing Prompt Generator
- 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
- 30 Writing Prompts
- 40 Clothing Challenge
- 10 Drabbles Challenge
- 30 Drabbles Challenge
- 40 Prompts
- 30 Phrase Prompts
- Write One Leaf
- The Story Starter
- 250 Erotic Prompts
- 75 Prompts
k-fgt asked: I'm having a hard time drawing different glasses from different angles, sort of like a 3/4 view, could you help me with that ?
hope that helps! AND IF u need more help, LOOK FOR SOME GLASSES WEARING PEOPLE n snap their photos