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08/27/2014

teppagan:

Babymetal Meets Big Four Of Thrash

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08/27/2014

ungaming:

This is the story of a music journalist. He was a pretty successful music journalist. He had an ostensibly full-time gig at a pretty mainstream outlet. The pay wasn’t great but it was enough to live on, and he was pretty thrilled he got to write about music for a living. He worked from home, mostly. No real point to an office in this day and age when your outlet’s writers are all over the country. Each day the big recording studios would mail out new and upcoming albums and singles to him. Sometimes he’d get tickets to concerts that he had to review. Sometimes he’d write more what he’d call “culture” stories that weren’t about a particular album or concert but maybe some artist had done something in the public eye or said something on twitter. He really loved pop music in all its guises and the cultures surrounding it so the whole thing was pretty sweet.

Every morning he’d go to his local cafe for breakfast. It was good to have a routine where you left the house when you work from home. One day, there was this women busking with a guitar. She had the most chilling voice he’d ever heard and her fingers moved across the guitar strings like a spider’s legs move across a web (he liked that line, he wrote it in the Notes app on his phone). He had no change on him, but he did stop and listen for a while. When he got home, the new Kanye West album was in his letterbox.

The next day, she was there again. She was playing a different song, but it was no less beautiful. It was also unlike anything he’d ever heard. This day, he’d broken a $10 note at the cafe so he threw in a $2 coin to her guitar case and went on his way. When he got home, he started his review of the Coldplay concert he’d been sent to last Saturday.

She was outside the cafe everyday from then on.The music journalist started leaving home a little bit earlier just so he could stop and listen for a time. Every day he made sure he had $2 to give her. Sometimes they made eye contact and smiled in that way you smile at someone when you recognise them as part of your daily routine.

Three months passed. He’d given her about $180 in total by this stage (not that he was counting). One day, he happened to be walking by as she was replacing a guitar string. He was saddened he wouldn’t hear her unique brand of music today, but threw in his $2 all the same. She thanked him, and said he was too kind. He said it was the least he could do. He paused, then, and told her what a unique voice she had, and asked why she was out here busking. She shrugged and said she’d gone to the big record companies and no one seemed  interested in her. It was too weird. There wasn’t really a market for it. She did have these CDs she’d burnt, but never really bothered to market them. He insisted she sell one to him (she said $3, he insisted on $5). 

He listened to it at home while he wrote about the upcoming Taylor Swift album. The production was rough, and it had clearly been recorded directly into a laptop’s mic, but the strength of her voice and her nimble control of the guitar was still clear. It was unlike anything the big record companies were sending him.

He decided to write a story about her. He wrote about how great her voice and guitar sounds were, how unique and utterly unlike anything he was reviewing was like. He wrote about how excited it made him. He said, explicitly, that anyone in the area should go down and listen to her and buy her CD. He didn’t see any need to mention he’d been throwing $2 her way every day for the past three months. It seemed irrelevant

Over the next few days, comments started appearing on his story. Some people agreed that she was great and they were glad they bought the CD. Others said she was alright but didn’t see what the big deal was.

Nobody ever demanded to know if he had ever given her money.

Nobody claimed this coverage of an unknown artist beyond the record label paradigm was a sure sign of a music journalism conspiracy. 

His editor didn’t have to write a clarification that stated the outlet’s writers would no longer give spare change to buskers playing music on the street

The end.

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08/26/2014

Vote With Your Page View

It feels like every week brings a new controversy about some internet celebrity doing something that pisses a lot of people off. This feels especially prevalent within the gaming community, where a very vocal and social justice-concerned subset of developers and critics are constantly in conflict with an equally vocal subset of consumers that see “social justice” as a dirty term. Now, this isn’t really about any particular controversy, or who is right - this isn’t even necessarily about the gaming community, though they are definitely the driving force behind these thoughts. It’s about the reaction of people on the edge of nearly every creator-related controversy who try to position themselves as neutral parties and say “why am I a bad person for liking [a creator]? Can’t I just enjoy [a creator’s] content without agreeing with everything they say?”

The short answer is, not reeeeaaaaally. You can certainly enjoy someone’s work without agreeing with everything they say, and it’s pretty rare to find content creators (or even friends) that you agree about everything with. But the idea that you can consume what someone creates and remain a neutral observer is a myth. On the internet, the very act of passively consuming what someone creates often translates into an active show of support. This is especially true when we’re talking about internet celebrities and (semi-) professional content creators (which we are), where consumption frequently equates to a financial benefit for a creator. Views on a partnered video or a stream result in greater income from ad views. Same for ad-integrated articles, blogs, comics, personal sites, etc. Supporting someone through consumption is a tacit endorsement of that person - of their beliefs, their actions, and their values, even if you are not explicitly speaking out in their favor.

"I don’t like what this person does, but I enjoy what they make" doesn’t really mean what you think it does. It doesn’t excuse you from responsibility for what you consume, it just means that whatever a creator does or says isn’t bad enough to make you stop consuming their media, and by proxy, supporting them. When you give someone your page view, you are casting a vote in their favor, and saying that you support them in all they say and do - regardless of whether that appears in the content they make, or in a social media feed on some other site. No one sees a page view and magically knows that, even though you watched that video, you really wish they would stop/start doing [whatever].

Voting with your dollar is an important part of being a modern day consumer, and it’s something that everyone who spends money has to make choices about on a daily basis. We constantly weigh the price, convenience, and quality of products against the ethics and practices of the corporations and institutions that we support - their stand on marriage equality, their usage of child labor, their treatment of animals - all of these things contribute to our actions as consumers. What we need to understand is that many of the same mechanisms that are at play in offline consumption are also at play on the internet. Looking at something online is no longer a free action (if it ever was). Your page view translates to real world money for someone on the other end of the screen, and no matter how far you try to remove yourself from the “rest” of a person’s actions, that is not a neutral action. Once you become another of their consumers, you’ve voted. And it is up to you to take responsibility for that show of support and what it really means.

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08/22/2014

memoryradio:

Ashes like snow

7406
08/22/2014

gravi-teamfalls:

This season has awesome color styling, and its thanks to our amazing Color Stylist Daniaelle Simonsen!

Cleanup by Erik Elizarrez, character design by Ali Danesh & Robertryan Cory. Prop design by Sarah Craig

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08/19/2014

klaufir:

These are the first ten pages of my comic Homunculus.

For those who haven’t seen me talk about this before, I started the comic almost a year ago but have made very slow progress on it due to school, graduation, work, and other life obstacles. As of now, I’m only on page 36. I don’t want to post it all until the entire chapter is finished (for immersion reasons) but this is only the intro, so I’ll make an exception.

Homunculus can best be described as a psychological fantasy/drama about a group of soulless beings called homunculi that are created by a lonely, outcast scientist. It follows their struggles to understand themselves and eachother as their creator struggles to turn them into human beings. It deals with themes of isolation, identity, morality, loss, and acceptance. 

When the whole first chapter is ready (hopefully this year), I plan on launching a kickstarter so I can devote all my time and attention to this, because it means so much to me. I’ve been concepting and developing it for years. I’ve sown all my fears and dreams and vulnerabilities into it. It’s the most personal thing I’ve ever done. Most of my paintings and illustrations are also directly related to this story.

If you want to see more of this comic, please share this - It would mean the world to me. Soon there will be a time when I need to ask for help in making this a reality, and the more people that see this now, the better. Thank you so much for reading, and even moreso if you end up sharing it.

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08/14/2014
furryemoji:

PARTICLE EFFECT - OVERFLOW PARADISE
The last two months of my work are finally finished!!! Seven tracks of audio maximalism to end your summer right! This has been incredibly fun to put together, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. You can listen and get it on bandcamp here. Give it a listen and please, if you like it, share it around!!!!! THANK YOU
Art and design by Carpet!

furryemoji:

PARTICLE EFFECT - OVERFLOW PARADISE

The last two months of my work are finally finished!!! Seven tracks of audio maximalism to end your summer right! This has been incredibly fun to put together, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. You can listen and get it on bandcamp here. Give it a listen and please, if you like it, share it around!!!!! THANK YOU

Art and design by Carpet!

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08/14/2014
thehandyarchaeologist:

this movie was pretty cute.

thehandyarchaeologist:

this movie was pretty cute.

4229
08/13/2014

gravi-teamfalls:

Shapeshifter transformations and special poses by Robertryan Cory. With help from Gravity Falls alum Chris Houghton! http://chrishoughtonart.tumblr.com

4
08/13/2014

Soundcloud stream is up and running now!!

14
08/13/2014
PARTICLE EFFECT - OVERFLOW PARADISE
The last two months of my work are finally finished!!! Seven tracks of audio maximalism to end your summer right! This has been incredibly fun to put together, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. You can listen and get it on bandcamp here. Give it a listen and please, if you like it, share it around!!!!! THANK YOU
Art and design by Carpet!

PARTICLE EFFECT - OVERFLOW PARADISE

The last two months of my work are finally finished!!! Seven tracks of audio maximalism to end your summer right! This has been incredibly fun to put together, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. You can listen and get it on bandcamp here. Give it a listen and please, if you like it, share it around!!!!! THANK YOU

Art and design by Carpet!

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08/13/2014
carpetbones:

Vacation.

carpetbones:

Vacation.

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08/13/2014
Played 62,313 times.

yazzydream:

I already quoted this, but it was too good not to clip.

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08/12/2014
ggariba:

Hey guys, I’m fortunate enough to be a part of the “MeatBall Head” Art show curated by the awesome nicocolaleo in L.A.
This one was fun, I rarely use line and have been having fun with it lately working on comics and planting Easter eggs in my pieces,would’ve liked to have planted more but eh, next time. Hope you like it.
Unfortunately I won’t be there but my piece will- along with some other awesome artists who I work with( wscottforbes, halfglovepunch , perinm & shaburdies ) and some who I follow on tumblr. Go check it out if you’re in the area at at Meltdown Comics/Nerdist Showroom on August 16th ! Should be a good time :).
-G

ggariba:

Hey guys, I’m fortunate enough to be a part of the “MeatBall Head” Art show curated by the awesome nicocolaleo in L.A.

This one was fun, I rarely use line and have been having fun with it lately working on comics and planting Easter eggs in my pieces,would’ve liked to have planted more but eh, next time. Hope you like it.

Unfortunately I won’t be there but my piece will- along with some other awesome artists who I work with( wscottforbes, halfglovepunch , perinm & shaburdies ) and some who I follow on tumblr. Go check it out if you’re in the area at at Meltdown Comics/Nerdist Showroom on August 16th ! Should be a good time :).

-G

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08/12/2014

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