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A Candid Conversation With 5 Women Leaders of Advertising and Media

If anyone is at all interested in advertising (you may have seen the topic pop up on my dash sometimes, it’s the industry I’m in), these are some incredible leading ladies in the industry and they have some really great comments to make on the large imbalance of women to men in the world of advertising, and where they think the industry is headed.

Filed under great article definitely bookmarking for future reference advertising adweek

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Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F

I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?

You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.

Average American Grading Scale:
A+- 97-100
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
B- 80-89
C- 70-79
D- 60-69
F- 59 and under

oh wow that is fucked up

why do they skip E in america

There’s an E in other grading scales?

And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below

Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier? 



You poor people…. Mostly in the UK a Fail is anything below 45%…. 59% here would almost be a C which is usually around 60%

but we don’t really use the whole ABC grading system until we get to GCSE’s at the age of 16. Up until then we use a Level system that works on averages across a whole bunch of things. 

But i can totally relate to poor Bart in this gif set… I had an experience very similar to this where i tried my absolute hardest on an assignment, i did it loads of time in advance, i researched it properly i checked and rechecked it, i had other people look at it and i was totally convinced i was gona get a B (i wasn’t being too ambitious, i was aiming for a B and anything above that was just gravy) …. and after all that hard work and effort i got a D

I was so disheartened by that… i just sort of sat there and thought ‘but that’s the best i can do, that’s all i’ve got… and it’s still crap, so what’s the point?’ … it really affected me. It still affects me.

I don’t know about anyone else but i was always fed the line of ‘so long as you do your best, that’s all that matters’ while i was at school, it was everywhere, the teachers said it, the TA’s said it, my parents said it, even my bloody text books said it. But it’s really fucking hard to believe when you try your absolute hardest and you’re sitting there with your D watching some suck up across the classroom get another A and say ‘oh it was just an easy assignment’.

It’s also really depressing when you skip out of school after you get your GCSE results and proudly announce to your mum that you passed every thing and got 5 B’s and 5 C’s and she purses her lips and mutters

'well… you could have done better'

I didn’t speak to her for a week after that…. yes i know it’s been 7 years but i’m still bitter about it and i still haven’t forgiven her, because with those 5 little words she took back 17 years worth of ‘do your best sweetheart’s and ‘i’ll be proud of you no matter what’s and she completely shattered any illusions i still had that i would ever be ‘good enough’.

So here’s my advice kids… sod trying to get perfect grades, trying to be a straight A+ student will wear you down and just isn’t worth it.

Find some thing you enjoy, find something you are passionate about and find it as early as you can and don’t let anyone tell you that:

'You should really stop devoting so much time to that hobby, you know that thing you really love [acting, painting, singing, dancing, designing clothes, cooking, whatever] and focus more on your studies'

Down that road lies depression, broken dreams and wasted lives my friends. Follow that road and you will become a grey person with a grey job and a grey life, no one wants that.

Don’t get me wrong you should aim to at least pass high school or whatever level of education is mandatory where you are. And if you pass it with B’s and C’s great, brilliant, you can do all kinds of things with B’s and C’s.

But find something you love and live it. If the thought of space gets you all awed and excited then go with that. Read all the books you can find about it, watch tv programs about it, go to the planetarium, go star gazing and teach your self the names of the stars and their stories and the teach then to your girlfriend cos star gazing is romantic as fuck.

If you love reading then read everything, not just the books set for homework, read award winning books, read independent books, read old books, read classic, read new books, find out your favourite author’s favourite authors and read those, go to underground poetry nights and open air storytelling events, facebook the authors and talk for hours about the ins and outs of their story.

If you love to cook then cook something different every day, set yourself theme weeks and only cook Greek food, try strange combinations, experiment, enter you county fair cake competitions and ignore the stuffy old ladies who glare disapprovingly at your clothes and your hair style as you set up your glorious chocolate and chilli wall of death next to their prim and proper Victoria sponges, watch cooking shows, hold guess the flavour parties, make too much food and invite the neighbours round.

If you love art then paint everything, draw everything, photograph everything,  learn new techniques, try different styles, doodle on notebooks and in newspapers, go to an art gallery and stare at you favourite piece for hours, enter art competitions, enter photo competitions, don’t be intimidated by mr big shot-5-time-champion-published-professional, he’ll never see you coming.

And don’t let anyone tell you that what you love is pointless or worthless or ‘won’t make any money’.

I know it’s hard and you will have pressure from all sides telling you what to do or where to go or what will happen if you don’t get such-a grade or get into such-a uni and that the only way to happiness and success to to have the best grades and go to the best schools and get the best degrees.


Academia is not the only way to go and it’s certainly not the only way to happiness and success.

The happiest man i know drives a forklift to pay the bills and to pay for expeditions he like to go on all over the world, he’s filmed and photographed some of the most amazing places on earth just because he enjoys it, From the Arctic to the Amazon. He was even hired by the BBC to lead a documentary film crew through Botswana, not because he fought and competed with others for the job but because his reputation and work got around and he was one of the best ‘cos he’d been doing it so long.

So please, find something you love and don’t let it go… you may not have the most glittering career, you may not be paid the most and you might not be able to turn your passion into a career; but if you have something in your life that you truly love, Something that is fun and gets your blood racing and brings that glint to your eye, you will be so so much happier…. never ever let that go.

These are things i wish someone had said to me ten years ago that i am just starting to realise now. I am fighting tooth and nail to get some of these things back into my life that i was told just didn’t matter as much as my studies or getting a job. They do, they really do matter… because you don’t want to be left standing there with a diploma in your hand and have nothing else.

Tbh, I’m rather confused. Here in the Netherlands, we use a 1 to 10 point system, a 5.5 being just passing. (But if your averages are all 5.5… yea that ain’t good) So a passing report would be all 6’s. So let’s remove those 0’s after the American system and we basically have the same one.

Except ours /sounds/ fairer, because we still name the negative numbers (1 to 5.5). I’m pretty sure nobody would be overreacting if America had A B C D E F G H I J. Why is that, though? What is the point of naming something that’s bad anyway?

Let’s put it into perspective. Would you want a doctor that only knew 50% of your body since they nearly failed biology and all the related subjects? An accountant that passed maths with 50%? An economist that passed with 50% in economy?

The only problem I see is that the USA etc only have one level of intelligence so to speak. Our schools are divided between levels called VMBO, MAVO, HAVO and VWO. Basically, ranking lower to higher intelligence. (Well, not that black and white, but you get the idea) Let’s see, only VWO can become doctors, because they’re expected to be very intelligent, our subjects are a lot harder (for us). We don’t have things like health economics, technic stuff and the like, which VMBO does. We’re happy with this, you know why? Because it still challenges you, while not leaving anyone behind. You get graded taking in account what you /should/ be able to know.

And honestly, if you do VWO and you still only get 6’s, I have some bad news for your dream of becoming a doctor.

In the US, schools typically divide classes up into intelligence level as well. I’m speaking in reference to public schools here, as that’s what I attended, but from my experience, lowest to highest, it went: Remedial, Intermediate, Advanced, AP (which was considered “college-level”). We only really have that kind of division, no one is told they can or can’t become a doctor or a lawyer or anything. People choose their own career path when they go to college/university, but obviously, the people who maintained the highest grades are the ones that get accepted into those professional programs.  Regardless, I do agree that the American grading system is messed up.

(Source: jonbutter, via tea-solves-everything)

Filed under I remember coming home with a B- once and my dad got really ticked off and the time that I ended up with one C? good lord i almost got beaten for that never happened again

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#can we please discuss the fact that this movie was made by Americans

#some of us might actually be self-aware

Nobody has to deal with americans more than other americans.

I am an american and I can verify that this is indeed true.

#everyone else gets to be annoyed by Americans from afar #while Americans have to be annoyed by other Americans loudly and up close

(Source: kisedbyfire, via tea-solves-everything)

Filed under THAT'S THE FUCKING TRUTH GOOD GOD being american is very often SUPER ANNOYING

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Anonymous asked: hello i'm so so so so sorry. i was the person who "wrote" the book. it wasn't supposed to be sold, i was going on a trip back to japan and i wanted to read the fic there. i didn't sell anything.






"It wasn’t supposed to be sold"? It’s all over the internet! It’s on every major selling site. How did it go from you having a copy for personal use, to it being sold on freaking eBay? Why are there "used" copies available? I’m just calming down, please don’t make me crazy again. I’m begging you to just stop, please. If you’re really the person responsible, please take them off the market.

This is single-handedly the most stupid excuse I have ever read in my entire life. Why is there two “authors” then? Don’t give me this crap. There’s even a 5 star review from someone called “Amy” that reviewed that plagiarist work only, like some well-crafted bullshit trying to sell their books.

Above all, take that fucking down right now.

This is how you pretty much fuck over artists and authors to the point where they stop submitting content for us to enjoy.

When things like this happen, I honestly think about taking my own works down. But at the same time I’ve had so many authors that I’ve loved disappear and I would never want to do that to my readers.

But more on point, what definitely doesn’t make sense about this is that the book was published in November 2013 - well after any ‘summer trip’. Also, between Amazon and B&N, there are 20 copies for sale, new and used, from people *not* the original seller, meaning it *did* sell.

She also plagiarized/sold Kage’s other work ‘Role Play’ but titled it Deception, and there are 11 used copies for sale.

Needless to say, this was an insanely selfish thing to do. Honestly, plagiarizing blows my mind. I don’t believe for a second that it was done for personal use - I mean, who publishes something that’s free so that they can buy it to take it on vacation? There is fanfiction downloading software, fanfiction apps for your phone, you can email it to your kindle, save it in word docs…

And if this story is true, why disclose that you and a friend re-wrote it?

All that I really want to say is that fan art and fanfic take time. They take TLC, and a certain amount of desperate love *because* the artist/author makes no money.

If you truly love a story, love the author too - and don’t do things like this.

Source your art posts, source your fic posts.

There are a lot of really ridiculously talented people out there who shouldn’t be chasing down internet thieves - they should be creating.

Please don’t take advantage of the producers.

What’s worse is that this isn’t just a simple case of plagiarizing. This person has broken copyright LAWS and has dragged Kage Kitsune into it by getting the stories professionally published. Kage has every right to be freaking out over this, regardless of the apologies. Some of the facts just don’t add up, and there are still several books on the “used” market.

If you truly did just want the reading material for a trip, why couldn’t you obtain a digital form? Why a hard copy? Why not just print out the pages and stick them in a binder? Why did it have to be a professionally published book complete with someone’s stolen fanart? Why didn’t you read the terms and conditions thoroughly enough to know that in doing what you did, you weren’t just getting yourself a copy, but giving the company the right to mass produce the work? Why set the book at a price that would gain you profits if someone were to purchase it?

Schools work hard to teach you just how wrong it is to steal someone’s work. It’s sad that the lesson is never taken seriously until you’re actually caught.

This seriously ticks me off. Unbelievable. I remember KageKitsune from when I was still in the Naruto fandom, she’s an amazing author, and the fact that not only has someone stolen and plagiarized this work, but had the gall TO SELL IT FOR PROFIT is…I don’t even have a word that can fully describe how ridiculously blown away I am.

I am sending reports to the investigation teams at amazon and I sincerely hope that they remove these listings and punish the person/people responsible.

Please signal boost this! Plagiarism is a hateful crime and should not go unpunished.

Here are links to the two items in question:


The Deception (i.e. Role Play)

Filed under goodkwuestion plagiarism DO NOT MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

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it always really bothered me when wait staff ignored me + my friends just because we were young bc we are all really respectful people but the assumption was that we wouldn’t tip

anyway so fast fowards to when i became a waitress and one day this group of scrubbyass kids came in and i had 8 other tables with other people to look to but i overheard that one kid wanted a milkshake but he couldn’t afford it and the other kids offered to pay but he was like “nonono it’s fine” and i looked over and he just looked real run down and sad and stuff —- later it just so happened that our kitchen had a mixup so we had an extra shake and since it would just be dumped otherwise, i snuck it out to their table and gave it to him for free

and his friends were so fucking impressed by this they pooled every fucking cent they had i got a $50 tip and later his friend’s mom came in and said “i heard what you did for that boy” and gave me another 20 and offered me a better job working with her

and meanwhile at my other table a rich white guy i was serving complained bc he didn’t want to pay the 15% tip on a $8.90 bill and when his wife said “she’s been a good waitress, though,” he said, “but just plain good isn’t worth 15%”

Yeah but on the other hand, I had a group of teenage girls come in and order a shit ton of sushi and I was a great server for them because I only had two tables at the time and I was constantly getting refills on lemonades and chocolate milks and making sure everything was tasting right, and they were really nice and polite, and then their bill comes ($89.73), and I get sat with a table right as I drop their check, so they pay in cash and they’re up and out of there before I can go back to grab it.

Turns out they payed me $90 even. I got a $0.27 tip for the hour and a half I spent taking really good care of them.

And honestly, that crap happens way more often than the lucky break that OP had, so, sorry, but I’m still gonna be super wary of kids and teens.

(via drabblemeister)

Filed under yeah rich white dudes can be rude as fuck but they usually tip better than shitty brats it's not like i'm rude to anyone i'm polite and i do my job but i'm not about to go out of my way to be exceptional for some high schoolers from experience it's not worth my time or effort

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♥♥♥♥This is the big surprise project I’ve been working on!♥♥♥♥

 The Starfighter Visual Novel is going to be awesome— but I need your help to make it happen!

Check out the Kickstarter page here! There’s lots of rewards, new art, and a description of the important stuff: how the game will work, what it’ll be about, MY HOPES AND DREAMS, etc! (You can even play a little mini demo to give you an idea of what it will be like!) There is even a really sweet video Thisbe made with slick logo animation and you can hear my tiny wraith voice!

It’s going to be really rad and I’m so excited about this—!

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER- visit the Kickstarter here!




This is the big surprise project I’ve been working on!
The Starfighter Visual Novel is going to be awesome— but I need your help to make it happen!
Check out the Kickstarter page here! There’s lots of rewards, new art, and a description of the important stuff: how the game will work, what it’ll be about, MY HOPES AND DREAMS, etc! (You can even play a little mini demo to give you an idea of what it will be like!) There is even a really sweet video Thisbe made with slick logo animation and you can hear my tiny wraith voice!
It’s going to be really rad and I’m so excited about this—!
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER- visit the Kickstarter here!




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