A quick tip for writers out there, who use Microsoft Words:

gretchensinister:

tejoxys:

miss-evening:

Change the background colour of the pages to a mint green shade.

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It is said that green is a calming colour, however, the main reason why I like this, is because I can write for a much longer period of time now, as a white background I used before made my eyes dry and exhausted after just a few hours of working.

It is basically much more soft and careful to the eyes. I can’t precisely explain why that is. I think it’s that by making a pinch softer contrast of the text and the background, your eyes does not get exposed to as much light.

Just make sure to not make the background too dark, or else your eyes will get exhausted do to over-fixating the lack of contrast between text and background.

And maybe you find a nice pastel/light background shade that fits you; give it a try.

Different things work out and fits for different people. And I just felt like sharing this.

Here’s the shade numbers I used to get my preferred colour:

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Thanks for reading.

DUDE

You just solved a very real problem for me! Thanks!

For those who might not know where to find this: It’s in the Page Layout tab.

I had no idea this was possible before today!

I know this is probs kind of an imposition but I a gay love gay Obi-Wan things and like I have a couple good instances of him being gay coded (like hello anakin I loved you) but I would die a little bit if you could talk a bit about him being queer coded bc I am sad and unobservant

bettydays:

What a great question, and thank you for asking!

So in college I took this class called Gays and Lesbians in Film, better known as Spot the Gay. The class was structured entirely around watching movies and pointing out the queer characters, then we wrote papers explaining why we thought they were gay.

The idea of queer coding is that censorship laws dictated homosexuality couldn’t be portrayed in movies, and thus filmmakers had to sneak it in with hints of characters so that the gay audience could see them (but no one else could). This gives the notion of “coding” dual meaning: it refers to The Code (what they called the censorship laws), as well as creating a kind of language between the films and the gay audience. This is why I don’t buy into “gay interpretation” or the idea of “subtext” because often this coding is put in intentionally, to be read overtly, as actual text.

They did this by using stereotypes. The primary gay stereotype in the Star Wars universe is C3PO, who is the perfect portrayal of The Sissy, or the flamboyant/effeminate gay man who functions in the plot as the comedic relief.

Obi-Wan in the original trilogy is more subtly coded though, because his stereotype is generally portrayed by women. The Spinster character is usually reserved for lesbians, women who have been betrayed by those they love and opt to live in solitude. We generally meet Spinsters post-trauma, and they’re nearly always emotionally dissonant. Spinster stories tend to end one of two ways depending on their function in the plot: they find A Man and change their lesbian ways, or they get to die the way they lived—really fucking gay.

But the prequel trilogy has much more nuance for Obi-Wan to be queer coded because 1. he has more screen time and 2. the prequels defy most action movie storytelling conventions by introducing more complicated plots generally reserved for other mediums. 

In TPM, Obi-Wan’s relationship with his Master Qui-Gon mirrors Greco-Roman pederasty, which is further supported by the epic Roman historic narrative of the prequels. And if that doesn’t convince you, there’s this:

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I always lump together AotC and RotS because they essentially function as one story. In these, we see the relationship of Obi-Wan and Anakin. Regardless of whether or not Obi-Wan’s feelings for Anakin reflect his feelings for Qui-Gon, there are still clear indications of gay coding, namely The Metrosexual. Think, “So uncivilized,” and his high-strung nature that is so often associated with gay men.

Think, too, his articulate and sharp criticisms, his emotional reservation, his dry wit—all common stereotypes of gay men, all frequently used in the history of film to code queerness. Even his disdain for flying could be symbolic of being afraid to get one’s hands dirty, one of the most anti-masculine traits a character could be given.

And as you mention, anon, “I loved you.” There is so, so much in those three words. Even if they were said bereft of romanticism, they are still said. They are said by a man with courage and conviction enough to say them. To dig straight to my point: a heterosexual man does not normally tell another heterosexual man, “I loved you” in film. It just doesn’t happen. They say anything but. They show affection with violence and bloodshed, and Anakin does that. Over and over, he shows that his only true touch is a violent one. 

But Obi-Wan? He stops the fight. “I have the high ground,” he says. He ends the heteronormative trope of fighting over love, and he comes right out and says it. “I loved you.” He has the guts to say that, and that alone does not make him straight. 

And for two hyper-violent white guys in a multi-million dollar commercial media production, they make a surprisingly feminist duo when coupled with my theory of Anakin as a female coded character (in a similar way to Obi-Wan being queer coded). 

But now we’re back to the original trilogy, where, after seeing the prequels, we understand where Obi-Wan has come from. To put it bluntly, Obi-Wan has been scorned. By a man. The betrayal of a man he once loved destroys his entire life, which not only cements his Spinster status, but subverts him entirely as a masculine (read: straight) action hero. Action heroes (aside from Bi AF Steve Rogers) don’t usually get to be scorned by men. They don’t spend their lives pining, agonizing over their mistakes and their losses. Masculine characters don’t get to grieve, and they certainly don’t get to spend most of their lives doing it.

If you just watched the original trilogy, you would see Obi-Wan as the simple mentor sacrifice, little more than a plot device. But the prequels, as much as they’re loathed, create a (gay) nuanced, (gay) tragic (gay) character in (gay) Obi-Wan who defies the bounds of his static archetype. 

tl;dr OBI-WAN KENOBI IS RLY GAY

littlelimpstiff14u2:

The Beautiful Hand Painted Ocean Stones of Elspeth McLean

Through her vibrant artwork, Canada-based creative Elspeth McLean ( FB ) aims to connect people to their inner child. One way she does this is through
small ocean stones that were found on beaches in New Zealand. They are
painted in beautiful, bright colors that feature a series of dots
decoratively arranged along the surface. McLean’s designs vary in scheme
and pattern, but they always delight in an almost-hypnotic way. It’s
easy to get lost in looking at all of the intricate details.

McLean uses a tiny brush and acrylic paint to create these pieces.
She’ll apply multiple layers of paint – sometimes as many as six
applications – so that her dots retain their shape and produce a
slightly three-dimensional effect. This meticulous process is what helps
to make her pieces so eye-catching.

McLean writes about her work, “Painting is my way to find my ‘happy
place’ and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my
soul.” She’s influenced by nature, animals, the changing seasons, and
her world travels with a musician husband. “Looking at my art from over
the years it is very evident that my art becomes like a storybook into
my life- where I was, what I was doing, what inspired and interested me
at that time.” What a lovely sentiment. Txt Via MMMet

Elspeth McLean website and Etsy shop

Thanks Chris