in honour of lithub making a list of âbest 50 novels under 200 pagesâ with a pathetic showing for women of colourâŠ hereâs a list excluding whites and men:
Iâm going to give you the best piece of Adult Life Is Hard advice Iâve ever learned:
Talk to people when things go to shit.
I donât just mean get it off your chest, although thatâs good. I mean: Somethingâs wrong with your paycheck/you lost your job/you had unexpected emergency car repairs and now youâre broke so your credit card payment is late. Like, not just 15 days late. Weâre talking, shit got crazy and now youâre 90 days late with compounded interest and late fees and the Minimum Payment Due is, like, $390, and youâve got about $3.90 in your bank account. Call the credit card company.Â
I know itâs scary. I know you feel like youâre going to get in trouble, like youâre gong to get yelled at or scolded for not having your life together. But the credit card company isnât your parents; theyâre just interested in getting money from you. And you canât squeeze blood from a stone or money from someone who doesnât have any. So what you do is you call them. You explain youâre experiencing temporary financial hardships, and youâre currently unable to bring your account up to date, but you donât want to just let it get worse. Can you maybe talk to someone about a payment plan so you can work something out? Nine times out of ten youâll be able to negotiate something so that at least itâs not just taking a constant, giant shit on your credit score.
- Canât pay your power bill? Call the power company.
- Canât pay your full rent? Talk to your landlord.
- Had to go to the hospital without insurance and have giant medical bills looming in your place? Call the hospital and ask if they have someone who helps people with financial hardships. Many do.
- Got super sick and missed half a semester of class because flu/pneumonia/auto-immune problems/depressive episode? Talk to your professor. If that doesnât help, talk to your advisor.
You may not be able to fix everything, but youâll likely be able to make improvements. At the very least, itâs possible that they have a list of people you can contact to help you with things. (Also, donât be afraid to google things like,Â âI canât pay my power bill [state you live in]â because youâd be surprised at what turns up on Google!) But the thing is, people in these positions gain nothing if you fail. Thereâs no emotional satisfaction for them if your attempts at having your life together completely bite the dust. In fact, they stand to benefit if things work out for you! And chances are, theyâll be completely happy to take $20 a month from you over getting $0 a month from you, your account will be considered current because youâve talked to them and made an agreement, you wonât get reported to a collections agency, and your credit score wonât completely tank.
Hereâs some helpful tips to keep in mind:
1. Be polite. Donât demandÂ things; request them. Let me tell you about how customer service people hold your life in their hands and how many extra miles theyâll go for someone who is nice to them.
2. Stick to the facts, and keep them minimal unless asked for them. Chances are theyâre not really interested in the details.Â âWe had several family emergencies in a row, and now Iâm having trouble making the paymentsâ is better thanÂ âWell, two months ago my husband wrecked his bike, and then he had a reaction to the muscle relaxer they gave him, and then our dog swallowed a shoestring and we had to take him to the emergency clinic, and just last week MY car broke down, and now my accountâs in the negatives and I donât know how Iâm gonna get it back out.â The person youâre talking to is aware shit happens to everyone; they donât need the details to prove youâre somehowÂ âworthyâ of being helped. They may ask you for details at a certain point if they have to fill out any kind of request form, but let them do that.
3. Ask questions.Â âIs there anything we can do about X?âÂ âWould it be possible to move my payment date to Y day instead so itâs not coming out of the same paycheck as my rent?â The answer may beÂ âno.â Thatâs not a failure on your part. But a good customer service person may have an alternate solution.Â
Anyway! I hope that helps! Donât just assume the answer isÂ ânoâ before youâve even begun. There is more help out there than you ever imagined.
Hey guys, this is an old post, but itâs still relevant, and I thought Iâd re-up it for living in COVID times when a lot of people are losing income. Donât be afraid to toss that in when you call to ask for help!Â âIâve experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19âł is gonna be all you need to say for most places, because wow let me tell you how much this is the case. A lot of places are setting up COVID-19 specific relief policies, so this may be even easier than normal.Â
Good luck, stay safe, stay inside if you can, and wash your hands. <3Â
Base code has been updated!
Fixed a responsive issue with the sidebar on smaller desktop sizes.Â
The theme has been simplified to be more of a blank slate. I kept all of the things that I felt was important to cover. This includes global appearance options, responsiveness, CSS grid and flexbox introductions, and theme garden submission requirements.Â
It can still function as its own (simple) theme if you donât want to use it as a base code. If you do want to make your own theme with this, please tag me in your post so I can see what you made!
If you want more explanations in the code, please let me know.Â
(Arfid and abuse Anon again sorry) I guess itâs a question of whether if 1. severe anxiety every second day over going without substantial food or 2. just eating the same thing every day - like which would be best for me in the long term because both arenât ideal but I donât want to hurt my body
So this is Ellyn SattersÂ âHierarchy of Food Needsâ. The most basic needs that must always be met first are at the bottom, and the luxuries of food and eating are at the top.
I want you to notice that the bottom category is âEnough Food.â Meaning that if you have trouble eating enough each day due to being poor, having mental health issues that you cannot address right now, or living with abusive people, or any reason at all, your top eating priority should always be eating enough, no matter what that food is.Â
My personal rule of thumb in life is that eating something -- anything, even pizza every meal every day -- is better than eating nothing. And eating enough food is more important than eating whatever combination of micro- and macro-nutrients are being touted this week in diet culture.Â
Hope this helps!
also WHY does every american lit or american history or w/ever course contain the entire history and writings of england & greater europe up until the colonies but NO documentation of the oral histories and stories from actual native american tribes and look at how that influenced and was influenced by european traditions to create the âamericanâ story. like i KNOW why but christ
the first ever anthology of native american poetry was published this weekÂ and barnes and noble has a 1998 anthology of native american playsÂ and those are literally the only two anthologies of native american literature i could find and i am PHYSICALLY INSISTING that u buy them and support the native activists and authors who pushed for them to published because holy shit yâall
I remember seeing a different post pointing out that Native Americans are basically already living a post-apocalyptic world.
The apocalypse happened here in 1620.
Thereâs a really well done graphic novel anthology by Indigenous Canadian writers and artists that is based off this concept.
below are comprehensive lists of indigenous writing by indigenous authors, chosen by indigenous peoples. enjoy and reblog to spread the word.
indigenous writing by indigenous authors (written by a cherokee woman) <â list includes brief summaries and reviews
indigenous books chosen by a cherokee man <â the list includes brief summaries/reviews of each title
a list of books by indigenous authors (by a cree woman) <â the list includes brief summaries of each title.
if you have other books or authors you would like to recommend, you can come submit them to our blog or our ask box. feel free to add onto this post with more recommendations and ideas as well
All About Image Descriptions
TL;DR- A post all about writing image descriptions on Tumblr.
Why are image descriptions important?
What are image descriptions and how do you make them?
Image descriptions are plain text (Generally, text you can copy and paste) descriptions of images, gifs, videos, and other media. On Tumblr, there are several kinds of image descriptions.Â
This is a picture of me. An image description for this picture might go something like:
[Image Description: A picture of a person sitting on a brown couch. The image is cut off at their chest. They are looking straight at the camera, and are smiling slightly. Their hair is brown and asymmetrical and falls to the right side of their face. They are wearing glasses and a white tank top with a ruffled edge. Behind them is the back of the couch. On top of the couch is a long, light brown pillow with dark brown jagged patterns on it. Behind the couch is a white wall and the edge of a windowsill.]
How descriptive you are will depend on how much time (And spoons) you have.Â
In general, I like to bold text in brackets. This is because it helps it stand out to people who arenât using screen readers. Organizing your image description so that people who -can- see it, can read it, is another part of accessibility.
For pictures and gifs with words, you would start out with a normal image description that would also include aÂ âwith text that readsâŠâ somewhere in it.
[Image Description: A black and white gif of Emily Osment in the film Cyberbully. She is standing on the right side of the screen. She, and the person on the left side of the screen, are facing each other. Her hair is either short, or pulled back into a ponytail, and appears blonde.She is wearing a short sleeve shirt with flowers down the front. Her left bra strap is showing and she has a bag over her right shoulder. Her words are subtitled at the bottom of the image, saying, âYou should know that your words actually hurt.â]
I also have the tendency to italicize quotes to make them stand out from the rest of the image description.
[Image Description: A slightly blurry gif of comedian Bo Burnham making a visual pun. He is wearing a short sleeve gray shirt with a light gray object on it. He is sitting on a green couch. Behind him is a white wallpaper with green birds on it. Captioned under him in yellow saysÂ âMy puns arenât just badâŠâ He pulls up a white piece of paper that saysÂ âMy punsâ on it. He rips the paper, smiling through the tear as he says âTheyâre tear-ableâ]
So thatâs how captioning works when a gif is longer. But how do you write a description when two people are talking?
[Image Description: Two people as simple light gray silhouettes on a light blue and tan wavy background. One person is reaching out toward the other and is captioned sayingÂ âLet me help you!â and the other repliesÂ âThank you.â]
The more complicated the picture, the more you have to combine these elements. But, usually, pictures and gifs donât contain more than a few lines, which helps to keep image descriptions small.
So thatâs how you do single images and gifs. But what about comics, which have lots of words with their pictures, or infographs which are word heavy pictures with lots of smaller charts, diagrams and other images?
[Image Description: A black and white three panel comic. There is a robot with one, black eyes stands to the right of a man wearing a tee shirt, pants, and a hat. Behind them is a white background with part of it shaded gray using pixels. The robot introduces the man,
Robot, pointing to Chad: âThis is my roommate Chadâ
Chad, waving:Â âHi there.â
Robot, making a thumbs up:Â âHeâs a cartoonist and the best buddy a robot lie me could ask for.â
Chad smiles and holds his hands on his hips.
Chad, frowning and looking down at the Robot:Â âBy the way, your part of the rent is due.â
Robot, looking annoyed:Â âHeâs also slightly annoying.â]
For more complicated comics, or at least ones that change their view, perspective, etc, the new setting also should be described.
[Image Description: Â A person sitting in front of a desk for an interview. They have short brown hair and are wearing a tie. The person behind the desk is wearing glasses and is holding a paper. The person behind the desk, presumably a manager, asks the other person, an applicant for a job position a question.
Manager, holding onto the edge of their glasses in one hand, and a paper with the other: âMr.Idangam, please describe yourself at the present moment.â
The next panel zooms in on the applicantâs face.
Applicant, smiling with eyes closed: âI am a man who is describing himself at the present moment.â
The panel under that focuses on the managerâs face.
Manager, taking their glasses off:Â âWelcome aboard!â
The door of the office is show open. Above the door is a sign that readsÂ âGrelling & Nelson Incorporated.â The applicant and the manager are shaking hands across the desk.]
The easiest way to put in a change of setting is to describe it immediately before the dialogue in that scene.
[Image Description: An infograph about what happens in an internet minute. There is a clock in the upper left corner with boxes coming out of it. Each box has the name of a website, and each is tagged with a fact about the website.]
In a minute on the internet hereâs what happens:
And future growth is staggering:
Today the number of networked devices are equal to the population [A picture of a black stick figure standing on the planet with the symbol for wireless coming out of their head. The symbol is five curved, yellow lines.]
By 2015, the number of networked devices will be double the population. [The previous picture now has two wireless symbols coming out of their head, and a 2X over them.]
In 2015, it would take you five years [A red arrow with the wordÂ âIPâ on it is shown linking up this information to the next] to view all video crossing IP networks each second.
So thatâs what an infographic might look like with an image description.
[Video description: A video of a cat that visits the person who is taping the video. The catâs name is VeeSee, or Visitor cat. The cat is gray and and brown, with the brown striped slightly on their body. The catâs tail is long and their eyes appear green. In the video the person taping follows the cat into the kitchen.]Â
Video Taper:Â âMreow, mreowâ
[VeeSee meows back and then turns around from the camera and begins to walk into the kitchen. The video taper follows VeeSee as they brush up against a chair in the kitchen and walk to a door leading out of the house.]
Video Taper: âMreow.â
[VeeSee meows as they rub against a cabinet.]
Video Taper: âMreow. VeeSee, tss tss. Visitor cat, pff pff.â
[VeeSee looks back at the camera and meows.]
Video Taper: âMreow.â
[VeeSee meows in response and walks towards the camera. The video taper meows at VeeSee as they walk to a waterbowl]
Video Taper: âMreowâŠMreowâŠMreow.âÂ
[VeeSee meows back and sniffs the water bowl.]
Video Taper:Â âMreowâŠ Dâaww, it looks like heâs preoccupied.â
[VeeSee drinks some water.]
A few helpful hints:
So this is everything Iâve learned about writing image descriptions! I hope youâve enjoyed.
Love this post. Showed it to a friend on twitter who uses screenreaders, they saidÂ â if everyone described images like that poster did, the internet would be a richer place, but they donât.â Please signal boost.
Alright so. I have fucked my taxes up before. It was the year of no jobs and I cashed out a 401k to make my car payment and then forgot to report that as income.
Hereâs what happened:
I got a bill from the IRS and had to pay what I owed plus a little extra for interest cause I was paying late.
The lessons here:
1) The IRS will not call you. Anyone calling saying they are from the IRS is a scammer.
2) The IRS isnât gonna take you to court if they can solve the problem with one letter.
3) Accidentaly fucking up on your taxes if you made a good faith effort to file correctly isnât illegal. To get you for tax fraud they have to be able to prove you did it on purpose. Hence why all I got was a bill. They knew that I could reasonably claim to have fucked up accedntally and as long as I paid up they did not care.
how to make a zine as a gift for a friend - based on their blog
1. pick a friend, preferably one whoâs on tumblr (or you know, has a birthday coming or something)
2. scroll their tumblr for a while to get a hold of their aesthetic - colours, shaped, feeling, everything. I stalk medieval-dreamsâ blog today: it has dark greens, grey, copper, mountains, lakes, animals, fire and all things medieval.
3. still on the blog: search for quotes, poems, lyrics and save them for later
4. use a a4 paper to make the booklet (tutorial). it will look like this:
5. start with the backgrounds. use the colours you got to know earlier. use magazines, coloured paper, wrapping paper, old newspaper / book pages
you can open the zine and see all of the backgrounds together (the one with the wrapping paper will be the cover of mine):
6. use the quotes, poems, lyrics you found on the blog. pick out the best 3 or 4, write them on small pieces of paper and stick them in
7. draw something (and donât worry, i canât draw a lot of things either, it doesnât have to be perfect)
8. make a playlist! you can use songs you found on their blog, but itâs also nice if you choose songs you associate with them or think they would like them
10. congratulations, itâs finished! <3 give it a little bow or something, and itâs a lovely present
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