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Haikyuu!! Chapter 345: Closing In


He’s so furious. Tsukishima really hits a nerve it seems. But most of all…

it works.

Kageyama and Tsukishima pull off the very same attack that Kamomedai previously blocked, making me think that this is their way of communicating it seems lol, or at least Tsukishima’s way. He’s too prideful to ask for help from the King or to ask that he wants to shove it to the Kamomedai. Honestly, these two…

When Tsukishima and Hinata are getting along, these two are still at it. The opponents are wondering whether they are supposed to be teammates or opponents with such animosity XDD

At the same time, HA! EAT YOUR WORDS!!!

I love that Tsukishima and Kageyama make Kamomedai coach shut up. Karasuno doesn’t make it easy. Nope. No, siree.

The match is speeding up. Score after score. Yamaguchi is in… but to fail.


Kamomedai is putting pressure on Tanaka this time, and Kageyama… sends a toss to Tsukishima again? Whoa? Is that grudging teamwork I see? But still… Kamomedai blocks it.

Tsukishima is moving!! IS HE GONNA BLOCK THEM BACK??

Oh. Damn.

What a trajectory.

Tsukishima has put an excellent block, but it isn’t enough. By now we have to admit that Hoshiumi is a skilled and formidable opponent… and Kamomedai is gaining a significant lead on Karasuno. Will they be able to catch up?

(tsukki has a good expression there. bessho and his pep talk is adorable)

OUCH. I feel for Tanaka. So do Yamamoto and Saeko (i forget for a while that yamamoto is watching too lol. sorry tora).

Calm down Tanaka!! You can do it!!

Look who’s in! 

It’s Kinoshita!! 

Will he succeed where Yamaguchi fails?



Little Giant, indeed.

Whoa, the imagery… That explains why Kamomedai’s blocking is described as vines. They creep up so slowly, barely a whisper, before they realize the vines have turned into a forested labyrinth with no way out. Before they can dwell on it though, our sunshine brings the light back into Karasuno!

(i’m so proud T^T)







NOPE. Hakuba manages to recover and jump to block Asahi, thanks to his height.


Truly, Karasuno does not do well with defense-oriented teams, do they? The last time they give up the first set is against Nekoma. But this is worse, it’s not just two-score gap, it’s five. And Kamomedai’s block isn’t at the top of their game. (they do not even extend the game!!)

Karasuno is in trouble.

And the key… is on the first years, Kageyama the setter and playmaker whose job to clear the blockers for spikers… Tsukishima the middle blocker who can keep up with the likes of Kamemodai… and ultimately Hinata… the Little Giant in making. Tsukishima and Hinata are building solid teamwork, Tsukishima and Kageyama are starting to work together… the three of them together? Hmmm…

This panel though… feels important to pay attention to.

I cannot help to be particularly drawn at this because… Hoshiumi has shown his qualities as Ace right after he was blocked. He shows off his versatility as a spiker by getting around the blockers in various ways. But at the same time, so far Hinata manages to purely avoid the blockers using his jump… and the way things are going, soon Hinata is going to be blocked completely by Kamomedai.

The question is:

Can Hinata get around the blockers like Hoshiumi does?

The way Hinata reacts towards Hoshiumi excellent spike, he hasn’t reached that level of finesse, so the answer is


But this is Hinata. So he’s likely to learn to do so, by watching Hoshiumi in this match because he has the same ability to see the block and the court like Hoshiumi. He has the potential. Chances are this will be the deciding factor of Karasuno’s victory against Kamomedai. Offense… is the greatest defense.

Especially for the omnivorous crows.

Yesterday I was too shocked to write anything about the last clip, I hoped I would feel better today but I’m still hurted and confused. God only knows how much I love Marti and when I saw Elia looking for help I immediately felt my stomach clench, but when Eva said “They got Gio and Martino” the blood froze in my veins. I was terrified.

Yes, unfortunately this happens in Italy. But the choice to treat the homophobic issue during Ele’s season? I can’t understand it, sorry. I was perfectly fine with Besse’s choice to avoid this topic during Martino’s season, bc it was more important to show love and friendship, but this is not the right season to talk about it, not like this, in the background of someone else’s story, and leaving Nico out of all of this. Like he is not part of Martino support system. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t want to see Nico involved in a fight. But he is not a secondary character. He is Marti’s bf and part of the contrabbandieri now. He is not a fragile little thing who can’t deal with problems, who can be there only when they have fun. I can’t understand what’s the point of LudoBesse and Ludo2. For now, to me, it seems like they are using Marti to add drama to Ele’s season and to justify Edo’s behaviour and that’s not fair towards Marti, not at all. If their intentions were to talk about this problem superficially, without showing the consequences on Marti, Nico and their friends, I’m sorry but I can’t agree with this choice. They could simply talk about homophobia during Gio’s season, for example, that would be perfect.

That’s just my opinion, I don’t want to take anything away from Ele’s season, that’s exactly why they shouldn’t have included this shit in her season. It would be much better if they had used the sexism instead, bc Ele is way more involved with Eva being in danger and it would make so much more sense.

New Book to Analyze 🤔👏

So! I just read the first half of Slaughterhouse Five, up to about chapter 6.

I gotta say, I was excited to read it, but I’m not seeing why it’s so hyped up right now; I might be wrong tho! We’ll see, when I finish it (prolly tomorrow cause I read like lightning)

My thoughts so far basically are:

  • I’m not a fan of the crazy long introduction chapter, it got a little repetitive and I feel like it was trying to make up for time that couldn’t be filled elsewhere
  • I like a lot of the ideas in it, but they’re not as good in execution as they could be
  • For example, the “so it goes” bits are cool, but way overused and never really made important. Idk if that’s the point or not but. Yeah. It’s kind of annoying
  • Basically I don’t like how repetitive a lot of his things get
  • I think the book should be a lot longer, firstly because I like long books and secondly because the story could be expanded so much in order to have more breadth of expression. I don’t know though, since I haven’t finished it yet, if that’s the whole point.

There are my first thoughts! I might do some more in deapth analyses of elements later. It’s a weird book, not sure I like it, but it’ll do for now.

I think this goes without saying to the Roswell, New Mexico fandom, but the writing on this show has some serious power to fuck us up. Every episode so far has had at least one line or scene that has left me in absolute shambles emotionally, every goddamn one. And I think I know why.

The thing that this writing has tapped into is a pure, deep truth. And I don’t mean that it’s realistic (although it very much is, so far as it can be where aliens are involved), I mean that it’s very true and faithful to its characters. Each one has been carefully crafted so that (for the most part) they are all fully developed, individual, emotional beings. They live. Very few lines spoken in this show could be easily put in the mouth of another character, because each one is shaped and influenced by the one saying it.

One line in particular made it click for me, from 1x11 when Max and Michael are trapped in the bunker together. *CW from here on out for mentions of child abuse.* Max is trying to tell Michael that he’s not alone, that he has family, and he tells him “Everything that happens to you, happens to me. Every beating, every burn, every damn heartbreak.” x

And this type of speech is not unique, we see ones like it all the time. But the thing is, Max is not being rhetorical or generalizing when he talks about Michael’s pain. He’s referencing specific instances that he knows have happened. Max is well aware that Michael was abused in foster care. We watch Michael, in a flashback, showing Max the burns on his arm from an “exorcism”, and it is easy to make the leap to beatings; Michael probably showed up to school with bruises all the time.

And the heartbreak, well. Max knew about Alex since Michael ran to him and asked if he was ok with a tenderness that Max had only ever seen directed at Isobel. He didn’t know what happened in the shed, but he knew Alex had left. Had gone to war. And he knew that pain from personal experience. (Note that “heartbreak” is the last in the list, a place usually reserved for the most intense or severe item. Normally I would argue that it should be further down but Max knows exactly what kind of “heartbreak” Michael has been living with for 10 years and it is far worse than any of the abuse he suffered because this wound doesn’t heal.)

But what I mean about this line is it has more impact emotionally because it is specific. We know these are real things that this character has gone through, and it ups the ante significantly. And this is what makes the writing so visceral, it is real in-universe. There is very little hyperbole or metaphor, the characters ring true because they speak truly. That is the power of writing and that is why this show will suck you in.

Future character studies.

I want to write a complete comprehensive character study of my favourite non human characters in MASS EFFECT. Then afterwards human characters both of interest and favourites.

  • Kirrahe.
  • Tali.
  • Padok Wiks.
  • Garrus.
  • Mordin Solus.
  • Thane.
  • Javik.
  • Jacob Taylor.
  • Admiral Anderson.
  • Ashley Williams
  • Illusive man.
  • And possibly more…

They will be complete highly detailed and exhaustive examinations of the design, personalities and personal stories of each distinct character. The way I will do these though is a little different as ill be trying my best to remove any and hopefully all bias from these studies, it will be VERY challenging to do so lol but ill try my best.

Ill cover.

  • Thematic intention.
  • Narrative overview.
  • Design process.
  • Writing.

Also included in the studies will be links to in video interviews, a look at concept art, comics and more! And even some custom videos and audio clips to get across points as some of that stuff rarely gets recorded.

Stay tuned!

Reading Analysis: ‘Remaking Theory, Rethinking Practise’ by Andrew Blauvelt

“…Graphic design is a practise, so it seems destined to oppose theory.” The focus of Blauvelt’s essay passage is to have the reader understand that using theory and practise together can positively inform design, that they are not as naturally resistant to one another as it is commonly considered: practical learning vs. working from your head (theory). They must be used simultaneously.

Theories are often being questioned because people are lead to believe false information derived of anti-intellectual resources online. Anyone proclaiming a theory can therefore only be treated as sceptical. Theories also lead to “overintellectualizing the practise”, especially due to academics often comparing simplicity in design to “it’s not brain surgery”. Design can easily be misunderstood to be a practise that is too “easy” to be practical based, and the academics need to find some kind of intellectualism within the design to understand why it works. It is abstract to them to think that we can simply experiment and achieve results. The quote, “the ‘dumbing-down’ of design in journalism, but shouldn’t we be equally critical of the ‘smarting-up’ of design for academic audiences” supports this point. The values of academics and creatives in profession are different.

For the sake of practise however, theory and practise must be used together. One must engage with the world to inform design, to rethink the limitations and definitions. In linking the two, design can be understood as a form of “social practise”: activity and inquiry as a commitment to change. All graphic design naturally involves theory regardless. Creatives have the upper hand in realising that practise can be actively redefined from within, whereas social scientists can only describe from the outside looking in.

Graphic design practise is often overlooked now more than ever, particularly due to the use of the personal computer transforming how graphic design is produced and distributed… And whom does it. Anyone with access can, and this allows for a lot of bad design -that to outsiders can be confused with good design. Only with the theory, does one see the issues risen from this. However, the PC also allowed designers to expand their skills with media, and while this improves creative possibilities, it endangered the very foundation of design; print.

Theory in design is always present, it is not added. It only has to be realised, and then it can assist practise on a more in-depth level. It is necessary to the process of making good design. Designers themselves must be proactive, especially graduates, in making design research-orientated, “if any constructive redefinition of design practise is to be entertained”. Research itself needs to be focused on getting to know the problem or subject. It asks questions, but these answers to theory and research don’t necessarily provide the “truth”. That is something that must be realised; stay sceptical. Practitioners must not only solve problems, but ask questions too; they must combine theory and practise together to inform design and create alternative design solutions. This is the key to success. 


I finally saw the Endgame spoilers clip

*rubbing my grubby little hands together bc I love a good roast*

Welp, if it’s a roast you want, a roast you shall receive!

(Note: I think I spoke vaguely enough about everything big in the Clips below NOT to warrant an outright Spoilers tag, so I’m leaving it with just an Endgame Leaks tag and a ‘Read More’ line. Message me if you’ve a.) seen the Clips/gone scrolling for more info in the Spoilers tag and b.) think it’s more spoilery than I try to vague it to be, and I’ll tag it post haste)

Christ Almighty, the Clips just make everything look like an enormous MESS.

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Never quite 100%

Professional basketball players at the top of their game perform breathtaking feats on the court and make it look easy. But free throws—the shots that supposedly are easy—are never made 100% of the time over the course of a season or a career. What’s up with that? Robbie Gonzalez, science and technology writer for Wired, analyzes the situation in this March 2019 article and accompanying video.


1. Gonzalez poses a question in his title: why do basketball players miss [free throws]? How does he answer the question? Summarize the response. The largest part of the essay is not devoted to exploring why free throwers miss, but rather to what players (and free throw hobbyists) do to make successful free throws. Should Gonzalez have focused more on the missed shots and less on the ways that shots are made? Why or why not?

2. Gonzalez’s analysis is accompanied by a video with similar, but not identical, content. For example, Gonzalez asks Steve Nash why players can’t hit free throws all the time, and the video includes Steve Nash’s complete response to the question. That interchange, however, is not included in the print article. Why might Gonzalez (and Wired) have made that editorial choice? What is another difference that you notice between the video and the article? How might you explain the difference?

3. According to Bob Fisher, one of Gonzalez’s interviewees and Guinness world record holder in free throws, all it takes to achieve free throw excellence is “knowledge, practice, and time.” Few acts in life are as consistent and repeatable as free throws, but Fisher’s advice could be valid for many kinds of goals and endeavors. Think of an area or task at which you would like to excel (or maintain an excellence that you’ve already achieved). How might Fisher’s advice be applicable to your endeavor? Analyze the three components and write an essay detailing the results of your analysis as it applies to your own situation.

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“When we analyze art, when we look for deeper meaning in it, we *are* enjoying for what it is. Because that is one of the things about art…Some sort of thought went into its making…and as a result, some sort of thought can be gotten from its reception.”

For anyone who thinks that critiquing pop culture or art is somehow “hating” on it (and there is some stuff out there worth hate or deep dislike), for anyone who doesn’t “get” that if we don’t investigate, do not critique, if we don’t seek to see it whole and understand where it comes from and how it shapes our perceptions and where it can lead us, if we don’t bother to question and ponder, extend a person’s idea or subject into another, we do not grow. We do not evolve. We do not escape the cave. Or if we do, we have not gone back for others. Our learning, our discernment, our ability to find truth, supported by fact, is diminished and we become the easily-led and the easily-dead.  

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Taichi protect Hikari from thinking she pee the bed

Thank you for your message. This is quite interesting because in an interview of the director of this episode (21) mentioned that

Interviewer: It’s almost surrealist when they talk about the time he covered her when she wetted the bed. Not only the dialogue, but the pauses are so atypical.

Director: Kae Araki-san really understood the intent behind the direction, she wasn’t playing the role as a simple little sister (laugh). We could even go as far as to say that the episode is a love triangle between Koromon, Hikari, and Taichi.


It has this “figure of speech” around this dialogue. The dub censors this as “Hikari falling down a pile of mud, and Taichi jumping into the pile with her”.

The director continues with “There was weirdly erotic atmosphere in the episode (laugh). I remember someone telling me “That episode smelled.” When Hikari was clinging to Taichi, they’d say “She’s clearly not just caring for her brother”…that kind of thing an adult can see.”

The director wanted to get the audience’s attention into their what their sibling relationship is all about. This “figure of speech” is taken as how the siblings relationship was quite unique compared to the usual bickering and annoying siblings. It shows how delicate this relationship was and how intimate the siblings were in the series. It almost constitutes as a romantic relationship (unconscious Freudian theory), where it is viewed as a “husband and wife”, but it is considered totally platonic. This is how confusing (although I find it very a deep platonic meaning) the director was showing the audience about their sibling relationship.

* But please don’t take this seriously, the director was laughing in the majority of the interview. I find it quite uneasy as well, but that’s another opinion on how you can perceive the show… and it’s a children’s show lol

What Ruby code formatter to choose?

Maybe you remember Rubyfmt, a Ruby autoformatter that we shared with you in our blog. In the Ruby community the seek for the One True Formatter has been going on for quite a while and at this point, there are already several projects to choose from. Let’s explore them and try to find out w…

a thought?

it took me way to long to notice this and it’s probably been noticed and talked about before but i like get my thoughts on digital paper so

it’s a no brainer than in the 2012 series, Raph’s shell is a bit more beat up than the others’ (they’ve all got some scuffs and small cracks)

but i never realized, it’s damaged on the back in the same place as the large crack on the front

the damage is literally the same lightening bolt sort of shape that im lead to believe they have to be from the same incident and while it could certainly be chalked up to some sort of accident as a child (falling off something, running into a wall, the usual little kid bumper car lifestyle) i wonder if it could be from the intense training the turtles’ go through

what do you guys think? any clue what sort of weapon might’ve been the culprit? (personally, the damage looks more like blunt trauma as opposed to the slashing sort of damage a sword might do but im not an expert on weapons or shells so)


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The Notre Dame Fire vs. the Grenfell Disaster


Notre Dame: 0

Grenfell: c. 71 (some undocumented residents unknown)

Funds raised

Notre Dame: €600m in the first 24 hours, including major donations from the L’Oreal foundation, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and fossil fuels combine Total.

Grenfell: c. £25m in the first 18 months, mostly raised by local community organisations. No major donors. JustGiving took £200,000 commission from public microdonations. Only £800,000 disseminated to affected community within first month.

Causes and severity

Notre Dame: accidental fire due to renovations to 600-year old roof.

Grenfell: accidental fire exacerbated by below-standard cladding and lack of sprinkler system - total cost saving: £1.5m.