we are young and stupid and raised by wolves

(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 20-something years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)

 

copperbadge:

mysweetetc replied to your post “mysweetetc replied to your post “What do you think of Comixology now…”

no, I’m scared too! I’ve just always been both impressed and a little astonished by those who stick to strict boycotts of ever-increasing mega-corporations. But I applaud the dedication.

It’s honestly not that difficult. I mean — objectively it might be, but for me, it’s just not super hard not to shop at Amazon. Keeping track of what sites Amazon owns is the hardest part. (It would be way harder to boycott, say, Kraft foods, because those motherfuckers own everything.) 

I don’t really buy books that often; usually I get them from the library or from other bookseller websites. Most of the stuff that I would buy from Amazon I can get just as easily from Target. Sometimes tech stuff (adaptors for my power cords, new headphones, etc) can pose a problem, but Google has a shopping page that is usually pretty reliable. There’s a Walgreens walking distance from my apartment, and a hardware store walking distance from work. 

I do live in a city, which makes things a lot easier because there are large retail areas that I can access on foot or via public transit. And I make enough money that I can afford to pay a little more than I otherwise might, though at this point Amazon’s not usually much cheaper than anywhere else, if it’s cheaper at all. I think a lot of people who shop there basically shop there out of habit rather than thrift. 

There is an economic factor to boycotting, but I think these days the bigger factor is an energy one — you CAN find everything at Amazon, and it’s easier than shopping four different places or price comparing across websites. And that’s legitimate, it’s an issue of having the spoons. But I have the energy and ability to shop elsewhere, so I do. 

That’s good. It’s reassuring to know it is a pervading myth that it’s all cheaper on Amazon. Yeah, I resort to them when I don’t know what kind of store will have what I’m looking for, or when it seems just too out of the way and I don’t mind waiting for it to be shipped. Oh, also their wish lists are useful for buying presents for long-distance friends.

I have torn feelings about Amazon because while I hate their bullying tactics and eradication of independent bookstores and general fuckery — my step-father first got published through HarperCollins, which treated him awfully in both marketing (even Orson Scott Card said so, though I know most of the time his opinions are shit) and being honest about sending him royalties, so eventually he got his rights back and self-published his books through Amazon. Despite the troubles he had with HarperCollins, he formed an audience through them that followed him to Amazon, so he’s actually doing really well now, enough to support himself and my mom in retirement. And that’s better than most authors are able to pull off, I know.

So when it comes down to a difference between 15% and 70% royalties, it’s hard to argue with that. (Although of course with the second option, you’re doing the marketing yourself, and I don’t know how easy it is to get your books into bookstores nationwide.)

Anyway, now he’s very pro-Amazon and encouraging me to self-publish as well with them, and I’m torn between wanting to start my career on a well-known platform and not giving my soul to a bullying mega-corporation. And yes, I know you’ve found alternatives to self-publishing too. :)

petite-madame:

Smoking!Sam. (Manga Studio 4 - Photoshop CS6)

Postcard for the great Quickreaver to thank her for her kindness and for offering me a mug with this design. Honestly, it was perfect for me xD Thank you ♥

theycallmethemoose:

imanerdidontcare:

THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I mean, look how quickly the expression changes from “Gotta fix my hair” to “I’m a badass with a gun and I’ll shoot you dead, mother fucker.”

Oh my god Sam what are you even doing

theycallmethemoose:

imanerdidontcare:

THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I mean, look how quickly the expression changes from “Gotta fix my hair” to “I’m a badass with a gun and I’ll shoot you dead, mother fucker.”

Oh my god Sam what are you even doing

emilysidhe:

swiggityswagurfab:






This guy would survive a horror movie.

This guy would survive a horror movie.

Every single time this comes up on my dash it gets funnier. Like I just fell of of my bed from laughing so hard

He hit him with a lamp. 

I love his freedom pants.

im crying omg

He thinks so fast!  It’s like he’s prepared for this.

nevermind the door just behind him

emilysidhe:

swiggityswagurfab:


This guy would survive a horror movie.

This guy would survive a horror movie.

Every single time this comes up on my dash it gets funnier. Like I just fell of of my bed from laughing so hard

He hit him with a lamp.

I love his freedom pants.

im crying omg

He thinks so fast!  It’s like he’s prepared for this.

nevermind the door just behind him

bidonica:

thepondsaregone:

thorinoakenbutt:

castielandpie:

poryqon:

it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same

I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life

For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw

WHAT

but WHYYYYYYY

lol, it never occurred to me that this would give non-Americans trouble. Actually, it never even occurred to me that they should be pronounced the same. I suppose because I grew up singing the names of all the states in alphabetical order in school…

rdjpwns:


Sam and his dragon for SPNAC18!
[Dean version] [Cas version]

Totally realized that some people did dragon characters instead of characters with dragons and now I feel like an idiot lol.

rdjpwns:

Sam and his dragon for SPNAC18!

[Dean version] [Cas version]

Totally realized that some people did dragon characters instead of characters with dragons and now I feel like an idiot lol.

Chick

copperbadge:

TRAMADOL MIDNIGHT THEATRE

Title: Chick
Rating: PG
Summary: The gossip magazines just found out about Clint’s daughter Isobel. Clint’s freaking out, but Steve’s totally got this covered.

"Well, it had to happen sometime," Tony says philosophically, when JARVIS puts up the People Magazine cover on the big screen in the kitchen. It’s Saturday morning, and those fucks didn’t even warn any of them, and Clint is white as a sheet and holding Izzy more tightly than she’d like to be held.

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So cute, omg, I love healthy!protectiveness

jkimisyellow:

bile100:

bile100:

bile100:

sizvideos:

Bird Cuts Pieces of Paper to Make Her Tail Longer

YAS BITCH NEW WEAVE!!!! 22 INCHES!!!!!! YAAAAS!!!!

22 INCHES!!!!!!

NEW WEAVE!!! 22INCHEs!!!!!

100% SYNTHETIC REMY. SLAAAAAAAY

She has yet to confirm the news herself, but there was no denying that Scarlett Johansson is expecting after she was spotted running errands. The 29-year-old was spotted out and about in New York City yesterday and was sporting, what appeared to be, a very obvious baby bump.

(x)

I secretly want Scarlett Johansson to just be trolling the shit out of the entire gossip news industry, and the first time she’s asked a direct question about it, she pulls up her shirt and there’s a giant bag of popcorn strapped to her torso.

(via copperbadge)

emilysidhe:

mindfulwrath:

thatisludicrous:

lanii-girl:

hold on, lemme just grab this FREAKING BASEBALL FLYING AT YOUR HEAD AT 100 MPH for a second ouchie my hand

her mouth is hanging open ldkjlgkj

I’d like to speak to you about the Avengers Initiative.

How did he know to look back just then?  Did he hear the baseball coming at them?

emilysidhe:

mindfulwrath:

thatisludicrous:

lanii-girl:

hold on, lemme just grab this FREAKING BASEBALL FLYING AT YOUR HEAD AT 100 MPH for a second ouchie my hand

her mouth is hanging open ldkjlgkj

I’d like to speak to you about the Avengers Initiative.

How did he know to look back just then?  Did he hear the baseball coming at them?

(Source: 4gifs)

humansofnewyork:

"Right after I lost vision in my eye, I was so bad at walking that I ran into a girl eating ice cream, and knocked her cone out of her hand. She screamed: ‘Are you blind!?!?’ I turned to her and said: ‘I am blind actually, I’m so sorry, I’ll buy you a new cone.’ And she said: ‘Oh my God! I’m so sorry! Don’t worry! It’s no problem at all! I’ll buy another one.’ So we walked into the ice cream store together, and the clerk said: ‘I heard the whole thing. Ice cream is free.’"

humansofnewyork:

"Right after I lost vision in my eye, I was so bad at walking that I ran into a girl eating ice cream, and knocked her cone out of her hand. She screamed: ‘Are you blind!?!?’ I turned to her and said: ‘I am blind actually, I’m so sorry, I’ll buy you a new cone.’ And she said: ‘Oh my God! I’m so sorry! Don’t worry! It’s no problem at all! I’ll buy another one.’ So we walked into the ice cream store together, and the clerk said: ‘I heard the whole thing. Ice cream is free.’"