You’re right, there’s a personal level involved which I suppose is why people sit up and take notice for something like this. Ironically enough, I think it was Stalin who said “one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic”. I think given humanity’s emotional capability, we’re not able to process the plights of two million people. But make it two hundred, and we’re better able to understand and feel it more sharply.
It’s very touching to watch the world unite over Flight MH370 but at times like this I can’t help but wonder why humanity can’t put the same amount of focus to some of the world’s more pressing issues. Not that what has happened to Flight MH370 isn’t terrible— anything like this is obviously awful and a horrific tragedy for those poor families involved. But if only we could redirect this to the crisis in the Crimea or the Ukraine, for example. Let’s not even get started on disease or starvation. I just feel that if countries can put aside their differences for one day to save 200 people then why can’t we put aside our differences to save thousands more everyday?
A loverly fuck-ton of horse-riding references.
So there are a few ways people ride horses. The first way is the “proper way”; the stuff they teach you in riding class where you’re supposed to sit up straight so your spine telescopes into your anus when the horse gets jumpy (*pulls reins on sarcasm* Whoaaa, whoaaa boy!). It would be wise to research this a bit if your character is a riding student or something of the sort. There’s a practicality behind it, for the structure of your riding position aids in controlling the horse. Then there’s the racing pose where you’re ass isn’t touching the horse at all (you rely on stirrups; with this one, you’re pretty much required to have a saddle to make this work… I could conceive some ways one could do without, but I’m not that motivated at the moment). This is something you also ought to read up on. Then there’s the type where no “official” rules were learned, so the person adopted a position that seemed to work for their needs (cue for “get creative, home-slice”). And, just as a side note, if you’re not male and you’re drawing a male riding a horse… Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. For the love of all that is good in this world… don’t forget we have balls, and that those balls on the spine of a horse can hurt like a motherfucker (which is why so many of us keep our asses off the seat when starting out). If the horse is jumping around, and we ourselves are well-hung, it’s not gonna be pretty. We have a little more consideration for our groin, so in most cases, we’ll be elevated from the seat a bit (unless your character is a pro and has acclimatized to the abuse and/or learned how to sit properly). In fact, we usually deal with this problem by pushing our hips forward when the horse’s hooves touch the ground; this way our buns of steal can take the impact and not our hopes and dreams (so it kinda looks like we’re grinding on the seat as the horse is going… but trust me, it’s for a good cause).
This book might also help:
Hopefully this helps! Keep up the majestic anatomy!
[From various sources]
A coolio fuck-ton of female arm angle references.
Credit goes to melsrefs (on tumblr). You should flood Mel’s inbox with fanmail so s/he’ll make more of these epic references.
A glorious fuck-ton of facial expressions [Part 1].
And before people jump on me, I did my best to look for a larger demographic for skin colour, but the ones I did find were either blurry, didn’t display as many emotions as the ones above, were poorly cropped, or weren’t very diverse in expression. I really did try; I searched for a while before my impulse to chillax and post what I had overrode my determination. But chill for a while, ‘cause there’ll be a part 2 in the very near future, and I’ll try to include ‘em then. I’ll see what I can find. Cheers.
[From various sources]
Geez Bakura didn’t your mother ever teach you how to eat?
I just like to imagine Bakura eats literally everything with as much ferocity as he did that steak.
I WILL COME AT YOU WITH CINNAMON AND NIPPON POWDER IF YOU DON’T STAY OUT OF MY KITCHEN, YOU LITTLE BUGGERS.
Get it? Buggers? No?
Seriously though, how annoying… my flatmates and I are very tidy people and they at first came in because we had a few plants in the house (some plants had an aphid problem, others I guess smelled very sweet). Plants are now outside so heaven only knows why they’re still coming in… Our floor is devoid of crumbs (but admittedly it needs a good wash). My mother told me it’s the time of year and I think she’s probably right. Ogatamom is always right.
Still, cinnamon seems to be working. It’s amazing, it really confuses their scent functions. I sprinkled some in a circle around one and it was as if I had put a barrier around it. It couldn’t get out!
Who knew that cinnamon had so many uses?
…And there ends one of the strangest posts I have ever written. I think it’s a combination of being overtired, procrastinating and having spent a lot of the early evening crouched on my kitchen floor, sprinking cinnamon along the skirting board…