“Female toplessness is legal in a lot of places in the US (although not where I live), and I’d be meeting the letter of the law with a couple of Band-aids. But I have a gut feeling that if I go anywhere that there are people—and particularly anywhere there are children—nobody’s going to be too happy about my Band-aids. The enforcement is social; women just don’t go around topless in the US.
It bothers me because it’s unequal, but it also bothers me in its implications: that my body is inherently sexual, and a man’s body isn’t. It feels like men are being viewed through the first-person lens of “it’s nice to feel the sun on my skin, and I don’t mean anything by it” and women are being viewed through the distinctly third-person lens of “it’s inappropriate for me, a heterosexual man, to see her sexy parts.” It ignores the experiences of people who are turned on by male chests and somehow manage to contain themselves when they see one.”—
Yeah, aolenalghdkljab I don’t know what to add because this sorta just sums it up. “yeah, you can go around topless, too.” but when you do everyone is telling you to put on some clothes and shielding their children’s eyes and avoiding you. I’m not trying to cause a row, and I’m not trying to get anyone to notice but they do because it’s so unusual to see a woman uncovered apparently. I, however, see plenty of men walking around topless all the time and no one shields their children or gets offended. Men and women are both built pretty nearly the same :|
ArtsyPoses - Relatively new, but very cool. The 30 second drawing tool seems to be glitching a little but that could be my computer being a dumb. Lots of unique poses and they’re looking to expand to other body types (if you read the FAQ they even said there are too many fit models).
PoseManiacs - Everybody knows this one! Great poses, you can interact with them (rotation, etc) and has a very cool 30 second drawing tool. Also I belieeeve this is available on iOS.
Pixelovey - Another fantastic drawing tool - I prefer it over PoseManiacs’ but I can NEVER FIND THE LINK :( Lots of options here, too.
CedarSeed - The drawings here aren’t great but there is so much information here.
Ctrl+Paint - So many digital painting tutorials. SO MANY. Ridiculously helpful in everything ever, and constantly updated.
The Angry Animator - Because come on, all sorts of handy animation tips. I linked directly to the walk cycle because I found it to be most useful but there are other things floatin’ around there if that’s your thing~
Constructing the Head/Face - Done by Stanislav Prokopenko, an instructor. Also really seems to know what he’s talking about. Saving images off of Tumblr seems to be hit-or-miss so keep this link handy as it may not save correctly.
Drawing Muscles - Some of you may remember this from all of James Phegan’s classes ever! Super handy, and this is a printable version of the giant jpg he used to e-mail us.
When you wake up and don’t remember your dream, but you know you’ve had one. Then, later in the day, you suddenly remember?
I had a dream that I was watching a woman who had befriended two killer whales, she was swimming with them in the sea. Like nearly all dreams, it had an air of impossibility about it; the woman could swim just as fast as the orcas - and they knew she needed air. So she’d grab their fins and they would jump with her through the roiling seas (or are they in the oceans?). Then I turned into her, and it was slightly frightening, having to hold your breath at just the right moment to avoid drowning. But exhilarating.
There were also some medieval people who wanted her dead, for some reason. It was much more interesting than I’m making it out to be. Then again, aren’t dreams always? If only one could go back and experience them again at will, but then that might destroy the awesomeness of it all.
Anyway, have a wonderful rest of the day followers :) I’ve got spring break starting tomorrow, so I might be away from the keyboard this weekend - I’m going to drive somewhere with my sisters and pups.
I've made a sort of pseudo pact with my mum and little sister.
My mum is going to go back to college with me, this time for something that she is really truly interested in, same as myself. My little sister will graduate high school and perhaps enroll in college or something - we haven’t got everything sorted just yet.
Anyway, upon achieving vast pots of knowledge I will fund a two-three week journey to another country. We’re currently thinking of Africa, Scandinavia or Asia (I realize those are not countries).
Is a black belt in any martial art not as impressive as I’ve previously been led to believe?
Internet searches are typically not exactly 100% reliable but…
I’ve read in a few places that in some disciplines one can expect to reach black belt in three to four years, and that there are even teenagers who are black belts who teach. I don’t mean to belittle their training, because I’m sure that they’ve worked for what they have and have earned it. But…is it poor form to feel a little deflated knowing that?
Obviously a black belt requires patience, discipline, and copious amounts of work. But in studying at a college, say, it takes a much longer to achieve mastery of a subject - doesn’t it?
So, does a black belt not signify that a person is a master? If not, what exactly does it signify, and what is the function of the belts?
But, even upon achieving mastery one can still learn. Are there ranks above a black belt, then? And is martial arts ever changing, or is it poor form to change it? I had a thought, but I’ve forgotten. Perhaps I’ll let this sit here until I remember.
n contrast to the “black belt as master” stereotype, a black belt commonly indicates the wearer is competent in a style’s basic technique and principles.Since in many styles a black belt takes approximately three to six years of training to achieve, a good intuitive analogy would be a bachelor’s degree: the student has a good understanding of concepts and ability to use them but has not yet perfected their skills. In this analogy a master’s degree and a doctorate would represent advancement past the first degree.
Another way to describe this links to the terms used in Japanese arts;shodan(for a first degree black belt), means literally the first/beginning step, and the next grades, nidan and sandan are each numbered as “ni” is two and “san” is three, meaning second step, third step, etc. The shodan black belt is not the end of training but rather as a beginning to advanced learning: the individual now “knows how to walk” and may thus begin the “journey”.
As a ‘black belt’ is commonly viewed as conferring some status, achieving one has been used as a marketing ‘gimmick’, for example a guarantee of being awarded one within a specific period or if a specific amount is paid. Some schools place profit ahead of ability when using these tactics and are sometimes referred to as McDojos.
If you believe Wikipedia. So, if this is to be believed then black belts aren’t necessarily masters or incredibly well renowned? But they can teach one basic form and function, though they have not mastered the art. How does one go about becoming a master, and what does it mean to be one?
Simply put, I’ve been rummaging around through the internet and have seen a few self proclaimed black belts (perhaps they are) and they just act…well, not with the restraint or discipline I’d imagine a master to have. I understand that everyone is their own person, however, so perhaps all this hubub about respect is - lost my train of thought.
But then what is respect, and how would one show it on a personal blog. Would you say that you cannot really judge someone from their blog? That would be an apt assumption, though I believe you can learn a lot from simply observing a blog.
Oy vey, now I’ve completely confused myself. I will undoubtedly tidy this post up come morning, or it will find itself deleted from here.
I’m tired and unable to collect my thoughts. It is past midnight - I’ve a poor sleeping schedule, so if this idea is a tad disjointed and I’ve somehow managed to offend you I apologize. Please, feel free to send me a message or reply if you’ve any input. Perhaps, though, this post will be gone in the morning once I’ve had a decent rest.
We had practice again this evening, and tonight was sparring. Well, I’ve discovered that I am not so light on my feet, I tend to stumble, and when I punch I have rather poor form, to say the least. I tend to not rotate my arm so oftentimes I’m punching with a horizontal fist. When doing a crossover I continue to forget to rotate my body. I’m a bit stiff at the moment.
All it means is that I need more practice, then I should be dandy :)
Sometimes I get really angry and I don't know why...
Well, I have an idea of why I get so angry. But, lately it’s been less pissed off and more of an excited-I-want-to-get-up-and-do-things angry. An excited, happy angry if you will. However, I hate being angry.
When I become angry it typically affects others’ moods, and I find that I become a really wretched companion. I’m not exactly sure how to combat this little mood quirk. I suppose the obvious answer would be to get off my bum and involve myself in some sort of activity, though.
But do any of you fine fellows experience a sobering lack of motivation at times? I find that I experience that quite often, and I find it difficult to exert myself in any way. Yet another barrier to overcome, it seems.
I’m trying to draw a girl, and I kind of like it :3
I kinda screwed up the proportions in uploading and jazz, but, that’s the gist of her. Still need to do something of a body and background. But all in good time. I kinda based her off myself, which is perhaps why I’m so smitten.
I kind of want to get a drawing tablet for my PC…but I don’t know which one to invest in. Some advice my sister gave me was to make sure it was a good tablet, if I ever do get one. So I’m stumped.
I could just draw it out on paper…so I’ll likely end up doing that. Bleh. I’m not so great at drawing, but practice makes perfect - yes?
Hmmmm, and like just about everything I think of getting or doing I’ve decided that since I possess a scanner, paper and pencils that I shall just draw on paper and scan it in. Hooray, saved money right there :P
Now, I will try to draw while simultaneously doing other stuff…maybe.
Interviewer:Give us your best tip for overcoming depression.
Stephen Fry:To regard it as being like the weather. It's not your responsibility that it's raining, but it is real when it rains, and the fact that it's raining does not mean that the rain is never going to stop. The only thing to do is to believe that, one day, it won't be raining and accept it so you can find a mental umbrella to shield yourself from the worst. The sun will eventually come up.
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson (via theremina)
I'm curious, what's so attractive or mesmerizing about butts?
I can appreciate their functionality, after all, they are an incredible muscle and I do suppose there is beauty in function. And if that’s what everyone means by them being attractive, then I suppose I get it. But, sexually attractive? Like…sexually?
I’m fine with me being hard to look at. Granted, I’ll just keep fewer mirrors hanging around, but I’m fine with it.
I’ll be better because of it or in spite of it. Appearance doesn’t effect my ability in anything else, at least I sorely hope not. Perhaps it will though, after all (at least in my experience) people have been more willing to extend a friendly hand towards an attractive woman than myself.
I’m annoyed with myself that I’m even caught up on appearance.
But, you know, whenever I take a moment and just look up at the sky I have a hard time justifying worrying about how I look.
Too many things to know and too many things left to do in this universe for me to care.
So this, patrons, is the last thought I will give about how I look.
I find it really hard to enjoy whatever aesthetic beauty my face might possess…
Not that being ugly is a bad thing, but I know quite a hefty majority of people I’ve met view it as one. I knew this girl, a nice enough girl who was very studious and a “good God-fearing” woman, but she thought that outward ugliness meant that you were a bad person on the inside too. Something about “God” making you ugly to match your personality or some hulabaloo. Consequently, she had no issue being rather untoward to those of lesser beauty.
That bothered me. Not only because I myself am no 10, but because a person can’t control how they look. The genes of your parents and their parents before them and et cetera decide how you turn out. Hell, if we could choose our looks I sure as hell wouldn’t look like I do.
That’s why it kinda really irritates me when people pick on someone else’s appearance. How the hell are they supposed to change that?! Costly and dangerous plastic surgery? No. Screw that. A person cannot choose how they look so it’s extremely unfair to judge them based on their proportions and ratios and all that.