putsch: ([jojo] lipstick lovin')
The Sports Anime Shipping Olympics is one of those amazing, long winded events that lasts all summer so everyone who ever liked a sports anime can go all out in creating as much content for it as physically possible. It lasts for a long time, with varying bonus rounds and two giant main rounds for your OTP of choices.

And honestly, it can be a lot. So if it's your first SASO, let me give you some tips and tricks based off my experiences to make this summer fun for you.

1. Don't get caught up in how hard everyone else is going.
For some people, having fun means doing 10 fills a day, keeping all of it immaculately organized in a spreadsheet, all while keeping tabs on everyone else to see who has the most points and where do they need to pick up the slack to make up points for their own team.

But obviously that's not a good time for everyone, and for some of us there's no way to keep up with that kind of pace. So try to set goals for yourself, and stick to them - even if you feel pressure because other people are writing or drawing so much more than you, it's okay. The points are made up anyway, no one is winning real money here.

2. Never be scared to prompt something!
You think no one will fill your request because it's too niche? No one will get the joke? No one likes your fave rarepair? Trust me - there are 300-some people in SASO. Someone out there has your back, so always prompt something! You never know what you'll get.

3. Write scenes, not stories.
The word minimum for SASO is 400. 400 words is less than a page in Word. There's no need to go make something huge and intricate, so try not to wind yourself up making something big. Think of a scene, a moment. Maybe with the prompt you can write the couple having breakfast. Texting on their phone. Keep it simple, because it's all you need. This goes for art too - just sketch comics can be more than enough to meet requirements.

"But Kat, this is someone's request, they're going to want--" SHHHHHHHHHHH. Shhh. Everyone in SASO knows the rules, they know what they're going to get is most likely a little comic or a drabble. And that's okay - it's the nature of the beast. Sure, writing or creating something enormous is fun, can be great, it would make someone really happy - but never feel crushed under the weight of making that one big thing when you can branch out and make so much more.

4. Keep track of your work (and your friend's)!
Bonus rounds can get up to 60 pages long if people post lots of prompts, and no one has time to go through that manually to find their own work, or to find a prompt they were curious about, or something their friend wrote. Make a spreadsheet, a google doc, anything where you can easily save links with your own work or work you want to check out later so you don't without worry about losing them forever.

Note: For bonus rounds it's very, very important to prompt and answer fills with the correct headers so the mods catch your fill and count it up correctly for your points, so make sure you do that so you get credit!
[Example: FILL: Team Kuroo Tetsurou/Sawamura Daichi, G]
[Example: PROMPT: Team Kuroo Tetsurou/Sawamura Daichi]

5. Communicate with your team
Unless you're on Grandstand, you are going to be with a team all summer, creating content together, sharing stories with each other, brainstorming ideas to make the biggest and best main rounds you can, trying to do the best by your team. So MAKE SURE YOU TALK TO YOUR TEAM.
Do you see a bonus round prompt someone might like? Share it so they see it! Proud of something you wrote or made? Share it so they know what you can do! What help finding a specific kind of bonus round prompt? Ask your team for help! Not feeling well? Tell your team so they don't worry about you when you suddenly disappear. Have an idea for main rounds? Share it, maybe it'll be really good! Have something cool you wanna try? Bring it up, why not! Do you not want to be a part of the main round, and focus on bonus rounds? Tell your team early, so things can change accordingly.

This is really important, because a lot of teams break down because people don't talk to each other. So please, please please PLEASE make sure you talk to your team! It's always sad to see a team burn out, or for a main round to be a little less than stellar because it was only one or two people pulling it together at the end of the race.

(**CAPTAINS - THIS IS TRIPLEY IMPORTANT FOR YOU. You'll feel a little bit like an asshole, but it's up to you to make sure your team is still together. Be that person who does 30 messages in a row in the group chat and then messages everyone on the side. It's worth it, trust me.)

6. Remember to pace yourself and REST!!
6 bonus rounds, 2 weeks each. 2 main rounds, with 1 month to work on them each. The only rest period is the break day in between bonus rounds (which is new to this year), and during the voting period for main rounds. Even though it's over the span of 3 and a half months, this is a lot. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're trying to write 4 things for bonus rounds because the prompts are just so good but you have to make something for main rounds too.

Pace yourself. Breathe. Your health comes first, and it always should. In the end, teams are here to help each other no matter what, so let them help you when you need it.

You're going to do great.

If you remember all that, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to totally rock SASO!!
putsch: (Default)
yes i will do this every year why not fight me?

beeep )
putsch: (Default)
A little late this year, but details!

1: What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Backpacked, hiked in the Himalayas, tried so many different kinds of foods, went to Nepal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan(!!!!), New Zealand, and France, finished a 1 year job contract, moved out of my first apartment, went hiking through a water filled cave, cooked thai food in the USA, met baby seals, had business lunches with old people in hopes of landing something good, worked on a travel writing website, attempted NANOWRIMO, became a regular on bakerstreet and other RP memes after years of radio silence all thanks to gay sports anime, learned how to work a cafe/bookstore! Wow! That is a lot! And literally 99% of those things happened between Jan-June of 2014, making this year really unbalanced....

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't think so because I didn't do a lot of art related things I meant to do, but I really really want to get into the habit of drawing a lot again.

3: Did anyone close to you give birth? my brother's best friend older sister had a baby??

4: Did anyone close to you die? same friend of my brother lost his dad. but he had been sick since i was like, 11, so it wasn't a surprise

5: What countries did you visit? Other than new parts of Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, New Zealand, and France.

6: What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014? lmao a job in bangkok again fuck this usa noise

7: What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? All the dates related to my backpacking trip because it was seriously the greatest thing ever and idk why i'm not backpacking again right now

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year? BACKPACKING IN ASIA LMFAO!! i can't believe it was just 7 months ago it feels like 100000 years ago sobs

9: What was your biggest failure? basically everything that happened after i got home from france. i couldn't get any kind of job in my field, and when i got close i would get shafted by some luck of the draw thing, plus i didn't gather the nerve to up and leave for thailand or new zealand for real, instead getting suckered into my family's bullshit and staying in the states.

10: Did you suffer illness or injury? other than getting sick around christmas no

11: What was the best thing you bought? i paid for everything in regards to my backpacking excursion, and that takes the cake easily.

12: Whose behaviour merited celebration? my friends who supported me through my whining bullshit of the second half of this year when i basically fell into a pit of misery

13: Whose behaviour made you appalled? The entire fucking world. (keeping sana's answer bc seriously the world is a piece of shit)

14: Where did most of your money go? TRAVELING, getting a 3ds

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about? guess what BACKPACKING LMFAOOOOOOOOO

: What song will always remind you of 2014? anything nicki minaj or FEMM

17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? sadder, fatter (my american weight is back in full swing), and poorer.

18: What do you wish you’d done more of? traveling and not staying at home dealing with all the bullshit related to job hunting.

19: What do you wish you’d done less of? Slacking off and listening to my parent's bitching

20: How did you spend Christmas? Opened presents, hung out with my family, ate.

21: Did you fall in love in 2014? with backpacking and traveling, like, damn.

22: What was your favourite TV program? Brooklyn 99, all the gay sports anime

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Stupid people, my dad again

24: What was the best book you read? Skullduggery Pleasent and Cinnamon and Gunpowder

25: What was your greatest musical discovery? FEMM and nicki minaj.

26: What did you want and get? a 3DS, chances to catch up with old friends.

27: What did you want and not get? A job in my field, people in my family not being absolute cunts.

28: What was your favourite film of this year? GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying? being able to travel made everything so good, and i was able to shop for myself a little bit more this year than i have in the past (normally i'm way too stingy), plus for whatever reason, gay sports anime just make me so fucking happy no matter what anyone says

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? either classy and femm cute as hell or a hobo. no inbetween.

31: What kept you sane? The people I talk to regularly, mostly online.

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Chris Evans, Nicki Minaj

33: What political issue stirred you the most? lmao oh jesus definitely ferguson, and all the shit that happened afterwards. goddamn.

34: Who did you miss? a few of my college friends.

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014. no one else's happiness has any baring over my own. i need to do what i want to and need to do at any point in time, regardless of what others say or think.

36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I traveled the world
Looking for lovers
Of the ultimate beauty
But never settled in
I am a Wanderlust King!
I stay on the run
Let me out
Let me be gone!

--wanderlust king, gogol bordello
putsch: ([lingfan] surpise!)

DO YOU WANT A POSTCARD?!?!?!??!?????



putsch: ([hyuuga] blood bath)
after 16 months, 10 different countries, more flights, apartments, homes, hostels, and adventures than I can shake a stick at, my southeast asia adventure is coming to an end tomorrow at 4PM when my flight out of new zealand takes off. it's so fucking weird. i'm looking at pictures of people back home and i can only think of how much i've changed, my world view and tastes have change and how everything back home is just... the same. it's not even a lot of stuff i like anymore which is the weirdest part. like how has this happened. why am i going back? i mean, that's the thing.

i'm not excited to head back home. i really, really don't care about anything in the states. sure i could probably find some decent work or do something, but now i'm still seriously considering moving to new zealand so i can work and get out of the english teaching circuit, or i could do it in portugal or thailand again or something. it wouldn't even be hard, and that's the craziest part. up and fucking off to a new place to settle for a while seems to be one of the things i'm best at.

i know i've got time to think about it - my brother graduates and that's a whole thing and then the next week i'm going to france for a week and a half. i can put it off until after that cause i know what i want to do, but my family wants me to stay, i've got some friends i'd like to catch up with, there are ideas i have about what to do, but that's just about it. i'd almost rather move out, meet some new people, do more crazy stuff. i just can't see myself working in an office on normal hours, simple life you know?? it doesn't feel right anymore.

i'm sure i'll figure it out, but at the same time, damn.

i just can't believe this is over. two and half months of the most fun traveling i've ever had and 14 months of learning, teaching and living across the earth? it's something else yo. i'm not even sure i can describe it, but it was honestly the greatest thing i've ever 100% done for myself.
annapurna base camp trek!

guess what it was awesome )
putsch: ([jojo] lipstick lovin')
I do this meme for every new year, so high time I do it now:

2013 IN REVIEW )


Dec. 1st, 2012 08:49 am
putsch: timepunching ([doom] YOU FOOL)
okay so I'm gonna send christmas cards this year because fuck you why not!!

If you want one, leave me your address and you shall receive! All comments are screened obvs.

Bonus round: give me the name of your favorite band, album, or song and i'll draw you something special (IT MIGHT NOT BE A SURPRISE AT ALL BUT IDC I'M GONNA DRAW THEM ANYWAY)


Oct. 16th, 2012 11:56 pm
putsch: (Default)
lmfao okay so today was my first day at my unpaid internship at the UN, like, officially doing work and shit. cause yesterday was me just dealing with paperwork and being talked at and doing really a lot of nothing. so here's the breakdown:

•because of a bus schedule mess up and the trains i got there about half an hour late (930). the thing is, i thought i had to come in at 10 today until about 9pm last night, when my boss texted me the change. okay, great.

•finally get in, get my papers back to get my pass. she's like, go to the pass office then go to the conference building across the street and go to (hands me a list of meetings on paper) here, here, and here. and i'm just like wow, okay, can you give me a ride? because she and the other delegate were leave and she says "oh we're going to pick up an ambassador first."
and she just left.

•so i had to work with the secretary there to find out the address, find this hole in the wall office myself (i actually texted my boss to double check the address, and at first she was like "WHITE BUILDING!!", "ma'am i need an exact address." "oh yes it's ___"), get the pass myself, figure out where the delegate entrance was bc they didn't tell me that either (i tried again to text her and she just told me WHITE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET in a block where ALL THE BUILDINGS ARE WHITE), i ended up wandering outside the UN plaza for 10 minutes before spotting these really obvious UN dudes and followed them inside and finally found the conference rooms on my own.

•it's not until after i get inside, find the big plenary conference room, and find the seat for armenia she comes and finds me, touching my shoulder and getting all in my face being like OH GOSH I'M SO GLAD YOU GOT HERE OKAY!! yeah you were a real fucking help with that one. i really liked doing the 10 block walk alone and then standing around like an idiot trying to find things.

•so then she just leaves not long after, and i swear to god the guys from australia and argentina sitting next to me must've thought i was the biggest goddamn retard bc i had no idea how to work the headphones with the translators speaking and i clearly had no idea what i was doing there at all. woops.

•sat in on three informal meetings and the first one i nearly fell asleep in multiple times because a)so tired from the commute and generally not sleeping ever and b)everyone in the un talks so fucking quietly like. this is a regular classroom sized room with 30 people and you're basically fucking whispering whAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

•also thank god i packed my own lunch because lmfao un food is disgusting. the apple turnover lena bought me at lunch was so gross i can't even imagine the other stuff there.

•the only reason i had a good snack was because the mission of the NETHERLANDS, OF ALL HILARIOUS KARMA PLACES, had out a table of free food like mini sandwiches and cookies and fruit and salad and i just could not stop my internal laughter bc like
even after my study abroad only the netherlands cares about me eating.

•basically informal meetings are literally the most informal things. countries present resolutions they want to pass to other member states and get their input, show off new changes and get ideas, all that jazz, but the most amazing thing is that people leave their phone ringers on, text, answer calls, go in and out at will, hell they even talk to each other through the fucking meeting AND THIS IS WHILE THE SPEAKER IS DOING THEIR BULLSHIT WHISPER SO YOU LITERALLY CAN'T HEAR SHIT? my entire job is taking notes so kindly SHUT THE FUCK UP.
•not to mention people on their laptops or ipads just checking facebook or dicking around not paying attention at all and im like
wtf is even happening i was so worried about seeming professional and really NO ONE GIVES A SHIT LMFAO.....

•it is so obvious who is a high ranking, paid official and who is the bum college child so desperate for work that they are stuck at the un. the officials are in nice suits, all talking to each other and laughing and joking with one another, and the students are in anything from casual to business professional (apparently the un really don't give a shit about dress code) and have the same dead ass look in their eyes. also none of us ever speak in any meetings it's just diplomats we're literally there just to help them collect paperwork and take notes on meeting procedures it's such bullshit anyway.

•everyone speaks the ""language"" of the un which basically means how obnoxious and formal can we sound so we don't step on anyone's toes! this leads to the great un drinking game i just came up with:
STEP 1: anytime someone says "the language of the resolution", "thank you for presenting this", "the delegation (insert country here)", and my favorite "i have to get orders from capital".
STEP 2: die within 2 hours.

•oh and while plenary had an interesting moment of palestine ripping israel a new one (saying their illegal occupation of territories is ruining any chance at substantial women's rights gains because you know THEY'RE KILLING THEM OR THROWING THEM IN PRISON) and a few other countries agreeing with them, the informals had none. some discussions went around but mostly people were arguing over wordings, having certain reforms mentioned in the resolutions at all, and it was really all so fucking petty.

•also in the middle of the day i had this huge break so i walked back to the mission which was a fucking stupid idea because my legs are killing me
•on the plus side, me and the secretary girl got to spend a lot of time making coffee, joking about me living in the basement of the mission, and her telling me to steal the mission's wine and get drunk on the job. i mean. what are they going to do dock my pay?

so what i'm trying to say is:
despite wanting to work as an international official as a kid so i could do good and travel the world, my dreams have been promptly shattered by seeing the inside of the un today. basically, if you're not an ambassador or big time official from on high you're nothing, the job can be interesting but overall I'm working long hours, have a long commute, and i'm not getting paid a dime. really it's work anyone could do, but they just love using their name to get suckers like me to do it for them. so yeah.

sorry to ruin anyone's un dreams.
putsch: ([yukisasu] dorks)
MOVED MY ICON COMMUNITY: [community profile] narben
you can either enjoy my newest post OR spam me up for stuff

putsch: ([kyubey] fuck you ok fuck you.)
god i have a fucking problem

436 legend of korra icons ep 8-12 so spoilers

help me

I've decided to do this Art Challenge because I've wanted to get my creative groove back on now that I'm sitting around for long periods of time unemployeed as shit! I'm also trying to write but... not quite as successful with writing.

I'm posting these on my Tumblr, not here. Well maybe if I come up with a really fucking good one I'll post it here.

But for now just spamming my sad little tumblr.

Now excuse me while I watch Italy VS Germany football.
putsch: (Default)
So this morning I finished playing the game Journey, and it's probably one of the best games I've ever played.

► Storyline: Because there is no dialogue, you have to figure out the story for yourself at the cutscenes. And even then, you don't realize what they have to do with you and your quest until the 4th or 5th cutscene. The focus is on your exploring, the literal journey, not the end point. You don't even think about the ending until you get to the last cutscene.

► Graphics: Stunning. Like, 5000/10, everyone should get on this level kind of graphics. The shimmering sand is so amazing it almost seems like water at times and your character's cloak looks so real you could reach in and feel it. Everything is fluid and every pixel has a purpose. Just amazing. And since you can control the camera, you can zoom in on stuff or pan out to get the full panoramic view of the place, and it's really breathtaking at some times. I was so impressed by it I NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT IT LMFAO!!

► Music: I'm currently looking for a download because I want it on my ipod for me to listen to over and over again it was that good. Between that and the graphics it set the atmosphere of the game up perfectly. You get totally immersed in the world.

► Gameplay: The system itself is really simple, you can do three things: walk, fly/jump, or call. You can't die in game because there aren't any enemies (well except at the VERY end but that's not important), and there isn't anything else to do but explore and solve the puzzles. Somehow, that still manages to be entertaining. The visuals&music help distract you from when you're walking through a desert for long periods of time going from point a to point b. There is also a mechanic where if you are online, and other people online are playing Journey, you start playing it together. So if you are playing and all of the sudden there is a random second person with you, THAT'S WHY LMFAO! It's not the computer. Again, this is something the game doesn't tell you about, so if you don't know it kinda sucks.

► Length: The game is about 2 hours long (3 if you do a LOT of exploring, 1 if you rush through it), and I'm not sure if that's a bad thing. I think if it was much longer the game would feel like it was dragging, but with this it felt like just enough of the game. As much as I would've loved it to be longer so I could've enjoyed it more, its probably better this way because you can replay it over and over and never really get bored of it. The game is also pretty freaking easy so that helps the replay value too. Don't have to worry about having to overcome some hideous challenge to finish the game again.

► Overall: You can't go wrong with this game. Unless you are only capable of playing first person shooters with blood and guts everywhere or real-time strategy games with tons and tons of complicated features, BUY IT. So far I think it's only on the PS3, but hopefully it should be released onto other platforms later. 9.5/10 would play again.
putsch: ([orihime] naw brah)
Does anyone know if it's possible to get money for academic research if you're not a student at university or a professor?

The problem is I have a great idea for a project, but I don't want to go into grad school. Grad school just seems like a bullshit waste of my time and money. I know I can do it, and I have the ideas outlined, I know what I'd need to do in order to get it all done, but I can't do it alone. Like, is that even a thing? Can I be a rouge anthropologist, trying to study the laws and cultures of marijuana and prostitution in order to figure out how to implement both legally in an American context? I've already written a thesis on video games so if I'm going to be a true anthropologist of recreation I might as well go all out.

I've been looking at government grants but I don't think that's what I want, and scholarships are aimed at students and students alone. Anyone got any ideas?
putsch: ([gintoki] no 1 currr)
Officially graduated from Bryn Mawr College on Saturday. It was probably the most surreal experience of my life. Even now it doesn't seem real.

Nearly all of my family came down, so I got to see them which was nice even though they were like "WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU!!" the whole time and I kept being like "hAH... yeah.... gREat........" Apparently I was the only one not excited about graduating because the reality of bmc no longer being a part of my life still hasn't hit me. (wait until late august/september, I'm gonna be a bawling mess).

I requested that my parents don't ask me about jobs/future plans until this next upcoming Sunday as a graduation present, so this week will be proper downtime. It's nice.

Sunday just as I was about to leave I realized my dorm key was missing. I spent an hour looking for it but alas, nothing. I left my room unlocked and reported it gone so now I'm just hoping for the best, ie it's found or Bryn Mawr doesn't make me pay for it LMFAO. Woopsie.

I've been playing a lot of Skullgirls. It's really fun and SO pretty. All the backgrounds and sprite animation was hand drawn, and it just looks fantastic. Even the minor characters seem downright fantastic, especially the fish people man they are cuties.

Tonight I'm gonna see Avengers again with my mom and brother. I'm really excited to see it a second time, cause the last time I saw it was the midnight show at King of Prussia so the theater was really loud, I probably missed a few things. Hopefully though I won't be getting emotional over some parts in front of my family that would be kind of embarrassing....

Uh.... nothing else. Legend of Korra is the shit and if you're not watching it then YOU KNOW WHAT


Also to any Rurouni Kenshin fans on here - Nobuhiro is doing a remake series to align with the live-action film. I cannot even begin to explain this excitement.
putsch: ([orihime] naw brah)
{o7} MISC


Page generated Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios