things you don’t point out about people:

  • acne
  • cuts
  • Scars
  • body hair in places you’re not used to it being???
  • fat rolls/curves
  • how much/how little they’re eating
  • how skinny they are/what bones they can see because of how skinny they are
  • How fat they are.

Also how tall or short they are, the size of their feet or their nose, the speed at which they talk. If they have nervous tics. Seriously.



Hayao Miyazaki may return, says Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki

Hayao Miyazaki, the iconic Japanese anime creator “may make something again,” said Toshio Suzuki, the veteran Studio Ghibli producer whose remarks on a Sunday TBS documentary stirred up speculation about the studio’s demise.

“This is my guess, but I’m thinking it will be something short.” He explained that Miyazaki had talked to him about making a short film for the Ghibli Musuem in Mitaka, Tokyo.

Suzuki was appearing Thursday on the NHK morning show “Asa Ichi” to clarify his earlier statements about the 30 year old company.

“We’re changing the way we make (animation),” Suzuki said, without getting into specifics. “We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn’t suit us. We were able to realize (that dream) to some extent and we’re very happy about that. But now we’re at a point where we’ve got to think about what we’ll do next.” 

In the TBS documentary Suzuki talked about Ghibli taking a hiatus from production to assess its future direction following the September 2013 retirement of Miyazaki, long the studio’s biggest hitmaker. His remarks, mistranslated by a blogger, started a storm of Internet chatter about the imminent end of Japan’s most successful feature animation studio.


Hayao Miyazaki, Mr “I’m done. No wait, NOW I am done. OH! I just had a good idea, shame to not see it through, okay NOW I am done. That was a quirky dream, I should do something with it, DONE NOW I REALLY MEAN IT. Oh, I remember this photo, what a strange time that was, I should share this, and NOW NOW I AM DONE. Oh, I forgot about this note, let me finish this off and then that will be the LAST THING, I am ALL OLD NOW AND DONE DONE DONE. It would be nice if we had a short film over there. But that’s it, I am REALLY TRULY DONE NOW I MEAN IT THIS TIME.” 

I love him enormously.


I Dressed as a Goth, a Party Girl, and a Manic Pixie Dream Girl — Here’s How My Friends, Partner, and OKCupid Reacted

Initially, my plan was to spend a full day dressed up in each look to note people’s reactions in person, but I realized that the area of Britain in which I now live is extremely alternative and accepting — the total opposite of the highly Republican, New Jersey town where I grew up. So instead I took to the world wide web, creating a dating profile for myself on OkCupid. Through the week, I changed my photos daily (all taken in the same location, with the same lighting), keeping the actual bio information unchanged (a single paragraph detailing my love of literature and writing, my obsession with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones and my desire to meet new people and make some friends. I also made my profile open to both men and women.)
Besides noting the reactions of random people online, I of course showed my partner and his parents each of the looks in person, and sent the photos to several friends via email. Because, you know, sometimes it’s the people closest to you who have the strongest (and in some cases, most striking) reactions.