Everything's Coming Up Rainbows~
In a classic experiment, the psychologist J. Philippe Rushton gave 140 elementary- and middle-school-age children tokens for winning a game, which they could keep entirely or donate some to a child in poverty. They first watched a teacher figure play the game either selfishly or generously, and then preach to them the value of taking, giving or neither. The adult’s influence was significant: Actions spoke louder than words. When the adult behaved selfishly, children followed suit. The words didn’t make much difference — children gave fewer tokens after observing the adult’s selfish actions, regardless of whether the adult verbally advocated selfishness or generosity. When the adult acted generously, students gave the same amount whether generosity was preached or not — they donated 85 percent more than the norm in both cases. When the adult preached selfishness, even after the adult acted generously, the students still gave 49 percent more than the norm. Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do.
alliartist:

I have wanted to make an animated illustration since, about, a million years ago. 
Hey, wow, this is my 7,777th post.
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Done in Manga Studio 5 & Photoshop CS3
Took so many hours. 

alliartist:

I have wanted to make an animated illustration since, about, a million years ago. 

Hey, wow, this is my 7,777th post.

Done in Manga Studio 5 & Photoshop CS3

Took so many hours. 

c-is-for-circinate:

Natasha Romanoff thought of the day:

So, the MCU wiki timeline (which is a crazy conglomeration of so many details that it’s actually pretty hard to read) has Natasha’s birthday as November 22, 1984, which is extremely specific but matches what we learned onscreen in Cap 2.

It lists her as going into the Red Room program in July of 1995, when she’d be 10, which I absolutely consider canon.  It says that within three years she’s excelling at everything, doing missions, got the nickname Black Widow, which, okay, sure, I’ll buy it.  And it says that SHIELD decides she should be eliminated, and sends Clint after her, in January of 1998.

Now okay, I do not buy that!  (Especially given that the wiki’s only citation is the Avengers movie, and I think I would have remembered that bit of information in Natasha’s brief backstory blip.)  I do not buy that Natasha ended up working for SHIELD when she was thirteen years old!!!  Personally, I’d move the date forward about eight to ten years; she’s been with the Russians her whole childhood, if it could be considered a childhood, and up into young adulthood, but she’s starting to get old enough to have thoughts about self-determination and other things existing in the world than what she knows.  Everything fits.

But I’m thinking, right, what if it’s not complete bullshit?  What if it’s not?

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god I LOVE this idea.

"Was she a spy too? Do they start this young?"

"I did"

I’m so tired. I’m so tired and so unmotivated that it’s all I can do lately to get out of bed. Fuck.

evilsupplyco:

Exhale the smoke from your lungs as you speak, fire heart, so I may taste your ambition.

Your whispers are sparks setting fire to all they touch.

klaine-run-the-world:

Bless.
….what did you do?

I was trying to write a warm fuzzy to give to K to also thank them for being there for me when I was freaking out in the green room. And then I was like “I should give her things!” because I like to give people things. So in the end I went over there with a care package, with cupcakes, and with a really awful, long letter that basically said “you are an awkward, kind person and I really like you so much” but took 2 pages to say that.

WHY DO I PUT FEELINGS OUT THERE

CONCEAL, DON’T FEEL