Asked by Anonymous
So, let me tell you a quick story:
My grandpa on my dad’s side came over from China when he was pretty young— grew up in Chicago. He was in high school when World War 2 broke out; he joined up, and was put in the 407th Air Service Squadron. It was part of the famed Flying Tigers fighter group, and one of the first all Chinese-American units in the military. He fixed planes. He also shot at them when they strafed the airfield. With a pistol.
He was there when the Japanese officially signed the surrender, and was honorably discharged soon after. The very first thing that he bought with his stashed up pay was a sterling silver bracelet with his serial number on it.
I keep it within sight of my desk at all times.
After the war, he went back to Chicago, but his father was already housing too many Chinese immigrant workers (up to this point, most Chinese immigrants were single men because of strict immigration laws and quotas), so he had to move to Detroit to live with an uncle and finish high school.
One of his high school teachers noted his artistic abilities, and recommended that he use his GI Bill to go to art school. Of course, his dad wouldn’t have it. So, he worked in laundromats, owned his own grocery, and later worked as an insurance salesman instead.
70 years later, I’m the graduate of an art school, and I’m taking a break from drawing to write this out.
I guess my point is this: the time that you use to pursue art has to come from somewhere. At some point, a sacrifice was made by you, or others, to allow you to have that time. Illustrators try to make a living in that intersection of art and commerce in an effort to lessen that sacrifice. There are some that are doing quite well at that. There are many, many more that are not.
Even those artists who we view as extremely successful have to sacrifice time. It just comes from other places: relationships, health, or family, etc. The real struggle then, is to find that balance on how you are spending your time.
If you know that a life spent making art is your ultimate goal, then doing things you don’t like aren’t really frustrations. They are necessities that must be done to give yourself time.
I think this is why I cringe every time I hear someone say that self-righteous creed of the “creative class”: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That statement discounts all the hard work and sacrifices that you or others have made to be in that situation—what on Earth would entitle us to only work jobs that we love?
I don’t do this because I love it. I do it because I must.
It’s in my bones.
"We live in a world where losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity"
Um ok but I don’t recall my virginity having 16 GB of memory with all my contacts, music, photos, calendars, and apps or costing over $200.
my phone is an expensive and important material object and not a useless social construct put in place to shame and commodify women
Plus I remember where I lost my virginity.
Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.
Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is importantThank you Tilda
This is the current signature count for the petition to restore Net Neutrality. As you can see it has a very long way to go.
Come on people I know there are at least 64,000 of you on tumblr who haven’t signed this yet. Click here to do so
If you have already signed be sure to share the link so that the word will spread.
hey real talk for a second
the deadline for this petition is in THREE WEEKS
and it’s not even halfway to meeting the goal.
If it doesn’t meet the goal, IT’S OVER. THE PETITION IS REMOVED. THE END.
I know it might be a little annoying to take a whole two minutes out of your life to make an account and sign this, but that little annoyance pales in comparison to the fact that right now, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS NOW HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS RUN
Please, DON’T sit back and think, “Oh, everyone else will sign it. I’ll just reblog.” No. There are literally THOUSANDS of people thinking the exact same thing. There’s a reason this post has almost 20,000 notes more than the number of signatures: It’s because people are liking and reblogging without signing it.
Don’t fall victim to the bystander effect. DO take this very, very seriously. The only requirement for signing is that you are 13 years or older. You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to sign. So please, take the two minutes. Sign the petition. It’s the only hope we have to fix this.
That’s it! I’m fucking tired of screaming “REMEMBER RICHARD O’DWYER”! You know who I’m gonna post now?
This is Sumner Redstone. SUMNER FUCKING REDSTONE, the owner of this wonderful company called…
THE BIGGEST FUCKING OMNI-CONGLOMERATE OF THE MEDIA INDUSTRY! They own… EVERYTHING! They own pretty much all the industry, but what they’ve YET to own is the internet! And they are very close to owning it all, and we will have to say goodbye to everything. That means:
NO MORE WIKIPEDIA
NO MORE YOUTUBE
NO MORE TUMBLR
NO MORE FACEBOOK
NO MORE REDDIT
NO MORE INTERNET FREEDOM
Do you people realize the importance of this petition? If you do, sign it! If you don’t, then think about this:
Sumner Redstone and his goons at CNET *which is owned by Viacom* deliberately and frivilously distributed file sharing software from 1998 to now. These names include Napster, Kazaa, iMesh, Limewire, Bearshare, WinMX, Frostwire, BitTorrent, uTorrent, JUST TO NAME A FEW! These P2P file sharing systems came bundled with viruses and trojans which were used to gather your IP addresses, your name, your location, and so much more! Ever wonder why you got a threatening letter from the RIAA or MPAA? VIACOM TIPPED THEM OFF WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING IT!
Well, not anymore! SIGN THIS PETITION AND MAKE IT KNOWN TO THE FCC: VIACOM CAN NOT AND WILL NOT CONTROL THE INTERNET AND FORCE US TO ABIDE BY THEIR RULES! THEY CAN PAY OFF AT&T/COMCAST, VERIZON, AND ALL THE OTHERS WITH TRILLIONS, BUT WE ARE THEIR CUSTOMERS, AND WE WON’T STAND FOR BAD BUSINESS LIKE THIS!
SIGN IT SIGN IT SIGN IT SIGN IT
SIGN SIGN SIGN!!!! WE’RE GETTING CLOSER!
hey it’s down to 4.6k needed, go do the thing
If you haven’t signed this, and you live in the United States, I genuinely wonder why. Let me explain why this is important.
The United States phone system went through a similar thing. Because the phone system was declared a common carrier, phone companies are not allowed to choose who gets signal quality, who gets an instant connection/who doesn’t, and so on and so on. It also means that local guys have access to the lines so they can actually foster competition. Meaning better prices, better service, and more options.
Ever called your net company and essentially felt like you were told ‘lol good luck with all that anger, buddy, we’re all you’ve got’? This could, if I understand the law correctly, help change that. Local guys will be able to set up shop, and suddenly comcast, verizon, time warner, etc will no longer be the only game in town if you don’t want dial-up. You will have options.
This law will also prevent tiered access. If you haven’t seen the photo going around, let me put it right out there for you.
This is what companies want to do. See that small text down there? ‘Limited access to approved websites’. This is a mockup made by pro-neutrality people, but it’s an example much like leaked stuff straight from the net companies.
Let me spell it out for you. Whatever you’re paying now, add -at least- $20, -if- you’re lucky if you want to see tumblr ever again. Because this site is a bandwidth hog. You know it, I know it, they know it, and they will exploit that to the fullest. If you want access to your RP blog, enjoy paying that money. If you want access to all your friends on here that you don’t have contact deets for, enjoy paying that money. If you want this site and -anything- it offers, enjoy paying that money. Because this will become the industry standard.
If you live outside the united states, this should scare you, because of something called best practices. Taken from Wikipedia (which, by the way, I could not access on lower-tier plans): ‘A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.’ The United States sets a lot of these, corporationwise. We’re a huge nation with extremely diverse demographics. Companies in other nations, in many cases, look to ours, find what works, and implement it.
Now, keep in mind the following is bullshit of the worst caliber, but I can see it happening. You live in, let’s say… Holland. You wanna access tumblr, you’re even paying for your shiny, new high-tier plan that costs more. Tumblr is an America-based website. Because your telco has decided American best practices are the thing to do? You’re not getting access on your shiny, new high-tier plan because A) you didn’t tick the ‘I want access to foreign sites for an extra $10 a month’ box when you signed up, B) you didn’t choose the highest-tier plan, or C) your telco simply doesn’t wanna give people access to foreign sites! All of those are possible without net neutrality.
Go sign up for the site. Go sign this. A petition to deport that pop star moron with a penchant for doing dumb things got signed. This needs signing, yet it hasn’t been.
Guys. It literally takes under 3 mins to sign up and sign the petition. Do it. It’s for keeping the ‘net the way it is!
Are they going to take away my porn too?
As of this moment it only needs 525 signatures by the 14th of February. You can make signing this my birthday present, followers. It’s the 10th so you have so much time to get that number and beyond.
WHY DOESN’T THIS HAVE MORE NOTES?
I HVAE BEEN WITING FOR THIS GIF SET FOR NINE YEARS
I think people really underestimate what this means to Edna, though. She designed /all/ those costumes, and is painfully aware that those heroes died because of it. When she says ‘I never look back, darling’, she means it: if she focuses on the people who her designs killed, it would cripple her ability to move on.
DID YOU REALLY JUST GIVE ME FEELS FOR EDNA MODE
WHY DIDN’T YOU ALREADY HAVE THOSE?!
Dragons are henceforth a feminist icon. You’re no longer allowed to participate in the appreciation of dragons and dragons in culture unless you’re totally down for helping the equality movement.
Anti-feminist blogs are mad about this post so everyone should reblog it.