We should ban life jackets and other flotation devices. They only encourage risky behavior. The only 100% effective way to prevent drowning is total abstinence from going in the water.
And if you do, by chance, find yourself struggling with drowning, then no life-saving or otherwise procedure or act should be allowed to be administered. You got yourself into this mess, you have to live with the consequences.
You should see drowning as a gift.
You, there with the sunglasses! You’re just asking for it.
Also, if you were forcibly pushed into the water, don’t worry. If it was a legitimate pushing, your body will find a way to shut out all the water and survive the drowning.
how old are you?? how were you when you started cosplaying? was your first cosplay epic, amazing, great, good, ok, bad, sickish, or what the hell is this??!!! i wanna know hihihi ^____________^ i love you o.o
Hi there! RAPID FIRE QUESTION TIME! >8D
I’m 23 now, I was 17 when I first cosplayed. My first cosplay was a black shirt, jeans, a Naruto headband and a poor-choice of wig… needless to say it was pretty lame XD EVERYBODY POOPS! Some people begin with really awesome cosplays and they improve from there, and some people start with really awful cosplay and improve from that point too. It’s like anything else. Some people come into it better equipped in their knowledge of crafts/sewing/art/hair etc. But that doesn’t mean that people coming into the hobby empty handed can’t be making the most amazing cosplays known to man one day!
Or maybe you’ll be like me and just be forever mediocre, in which case we can take off our pants and PARTY cause ain’t nobody’s gonna judge us.
I met you all the way back at SakuraCon, and since I was about 8-10 years old, I've thought that I was a boy born in the body of a girl. This thought has stuck with me up to today, I've thought about getting surgery done so I can be such, but not only would it be expensive, but I would get disowned from my family. (There was a documentary on the tv one time, about ftm/mtf stuff and my parents and grandmother said they would disown us...) I've been told by friends that they would find it-- 1/?
attractive, and wouldn’t mind me going through with the transformation… So I’ve kinda kept my feelings about being so.. gender confused(?) to myself for quite some time, and I don’t know how to bring it up to my friends again without the fear of me getting touched at if I DO make the transition.. I know that since the years have passed, and I’ve gotten newer friends, but I don’t know if they will TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME if I become a different gender.. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m stuck
I’m sorry to hear about your unsupportive parents :(. My parents are unsupportive so I waited until I was living on my own before I began my transition. This is a viable option, and it might be a good one for you as well if you’re having doubts/are unsure.
However you must keep in mind that a person saying your attractive is not some sort of sexual threat or come-on. You also won’t change much in terms of looks, so if they find you attractive now then they will after transition, or if they don’t find you attractive now then not much will change after transition except for your voice and facial hair. It’s more or less misleading to think that you will be transformed into a man version of yourself. Rather, your body will masculinize but you will still be you.
If you honestly fear that your friends will take advantage of you sexually post-transition then I think it might be reasonable to consider getting new friends now. I wouldn’t want to be around people who I thought capable of that kind of behaviour, especially since it seems to bother you a great deal.
That being said, take time to explore your gender. You’re trying to find a place of comfort here. Whatever your default is, that person you are when you go home and relax in your room, THAT is you. Do what feels right to you, what is sustainable long term for you and what you feel comfortable with :)
hey twin! remember a while back ago when there was that one person that sent you that slam poetry video about transgendered people? that was my friend mae. she's legit been crushing on you since even before your trans process and she finally went to a con this year, cos and effect. she saw you in your mako cosplay and literally stopped in her tracks and could not move. we tried getting her to talk to you but it didnt work hahah i really hope she gets enough courage to talk to you.
I’ll always remember that video :3 In fact I have the audio of it on my iPod, I adore that performance :)
Tell Mae that I’m indented to her for sending that to me! I wish I had known at Cos and Effect so that I could have gone up and thanked her/met her in person! I hope that I get to see her again soon, tell her I said hi and send me love her way!! ;)
It’s been a crazy two weeks here in Vancouver for us XD We were guests at two of our cons in Vancouver which were on back to back weekends! It was a lot of fun but it’s been cosplay-o-rama and con-o-rama none-stop for 2 (going on 3) weeks. Alcon will be our third con, so we’re prepping and resting up for it so that we can show everyone the best time possible and have an absolute blast ourselves! Last year was amazing, this year is sure to be 100% better with :iconvaldrein: coming along. I’m so excited to see Parle and our friends from Alcon and Banzaicon again! I’ve missed you guys!!!!!!!!! Plus I can’t wait to meet new people at Alcon this y
Hey Lucas, What are your thoughts on child abuse? I've been through a lot and whenever I am hurt I look up to you. What would you do if you were in my situation? I can't trust anyone, I sometimes think I'm worth nothing, what should I do? Signed, Scared and Alone...
I’m sorry that you’ve had to endure that torment and pain, no one should ever be subjected to abuse. Child abuse is unforgivable, and in a situation involving child abuse it is 100% the fault of the abuser, you did nothing to warrant or deserve this. I can’t say what I would do in your situation, because I have never been in that situation and therefore it is one that is unimaginable to me. I can, however, tell you what I know from working in a school where I had to be aware of how to deal with a child abuse situation.
First of all, you are not alone. Organizations exists solely to help victims of child abuse and these organizations are there to keep you safe. Start with your school, there should be a counsellor at your school or at the very least a teacher you can talk to. These people should be aware of the proper channels to go through/organizations to call in your area that are equipped to deal with this. If you fear going home, tell your school that. If there is a friend you can stay with or even a relative, stay with them, especially if you fear for your safety. If there is no friend or relative you can stay with, then there are channels for this as well such as foster care, safe houses etc. If your school cannot handle this then there is also the option of going to a youth centre where there are youth workers who are trained to assist in you situation.
You are not worth nothing. You are worth as much as every other human being on this planet and you deserve respect and safety. This is an immensely scary and dark situation, but there are people here to help you. Even if you feel that you have no one, I’m here anytime and I’ll do my best to help you through this.
Tomorrow begins our second of three back to back cons XD Cos & Effect at UBC! We’ll be running a number of panels for this con plus a few events, so this’ll be a busy one!! Please do come say hi to us if you see us around :3 we’re there to meet and chat and hang out with people so don’t be shy!
Cosplay Line-up Friday: Zuko (Avatar) Saturday: Bakura (Yu-Gi-Oh!) Sunday: Mako (The Legend of Korra)
Friday: 5:00pm-6:00pm- Cosplay Haters 6:30pm-7:30pm- Cosplay on a Budget (These two are back to back in the same room (Panel Room 1))
Saturday 2:00pm-4:00pm- Final Fantasy Fight Tournament 4:30pm-5:30pm- Wig Styling 6:00pm-7:00pm- CMV Competition (Competitors, PLEASE bring your CMV on a flashdrive and let me know if you got the email I sent you!)
11:30am-12:30pm- Skits and CMVs
We’d love to see you at our panels and events!!! 8D
PLEASE COME TO MOMOCON! It's in georgia. My friends and I would cry with happiness if you came. Two of my friends said last night when we were talking about this that they would drive in from out of state if you guys came to Momocon
It’s funny you’d send this now because I was just talking to a girl from Georgia who wanted us to come down ;) Given the opportunity I would love to go to Momocon! However, as with our other long-distance cons, we would have to be invited for us to manage to go. You could go to Momocon’s website or to their Facebook ( I assume they have a website, not so sure about Facebook) and request that they invite us as guests :) you never know!
I’m really honoured that you’re interested in seeing FDP at Momocon, thank you so much! The sentiment in and of itself means a great deal! Thank you!
Hi Twin the name's Amber and I'm a huge fan of yours! Just wondered if I could get some advice on something. You see about a year or so ago I really wanted to start Cosplaying but I didn't have the funds to go out and buy all the materials so I ended up buying my Hinata from Ebay. The problem I'm having now is that when others ask if my Cosplay was hand made I tell them no and that's when I start to get criticised for not making it myself. It really bothers me,What do you think I should do?! -_-
Keep doing whatever makes you feel comfortable. As long as you aren’t claiming to have made something that you didn’t (and it sounds like you are definitely not doing that) then there is no harm or foul here. People that are criticizing you are likely the same people that would criticize you on a cosplay you made by pointing out details that they perceive as being wrong. There will always be haters. All you can do is make sure that you are giving credit where credit is due and having fun with it.
In addition, no cosplay is 100% handmade. I’ve yet to hear of a cosplayer who wefts their own wig and very few cosplayers make their own shoes. Most cosplayers use a mix of bought and made costume pieces!
You’re doing nothing wrong. And I’d love to see your Hinata cosplay someday :)
1/2: Hi Twin! I have a dilemma and need advice. I’m a Lesbian, but I recently met this really amazing FtM guy. I really like him and I’m working up the courage to let him know that I like him. I’ve never dated someone who is FtM and I’m not sure what to expect. We’re still just becoming friends but I’m already worried about the physical and emotional differences we'll encounter if we start dating.
2/2: It’s been awhile since I liked someone this way and I’m really worried I’ll screw it up. So, I guess any advice on how to talk to him and make sure I don’t end up looking like an idiot or ignorant would be really helpful! Thank you!!
Hello! First thing to keep in mind in this situation is that transmen are MEN. Therefore, to say that you are a lesbian and are interested in him might confuse him, or even hurt him, because he could perceive that as you perceiving or labelling him as something other than male. Of course, there are some transmen who identify as trans so it might really be worthwhile to get to know this guy and his particular identity.
Approach it as you would any other relationship. If you’ve only ever dated girls in the past, beware that this will not be like dating a girl. This guy may not have breasts, and if he does he might not want them acknowledged of touched. He might not have a penis and he might want his genitalia to be treated as/referred to as a penis regardless. Of he may not even want his genitalia acknowledged at all.
There are so many variations of transmen and transwomen out there that it’s hard to tell you what this guy may expect/require from you. The best way to go about this is to get to know his identity and to respect his identity.
Anime Revolution ended a few days ago and I’m still riding that con high! In my opinion it was a stellar con with a really clean and professional atmosphere/vibe. It was the con’s first year, but to me it ran (and looked) like a much more experienced con. I’ve heard a lots of criticism of the con, but not from the people I ran into at the con itself. Everyone I came across seemed to be in really good spirits and had a positive opinion of the con. I know that there are some tensions are Vancouver cons at the moment, but in my opinion the more the better! I’m not going to side with one con or another, to me that’d be silly, I want all the cons to succeed cause if my hometown was con central than I’d never be bored!!! WHICH IS AWESOME!
I want to send a huge thank you to all of the people who attended our panels. They were all either full-capacity or over-capacity (like the Wig Panel, sorry to the people who had to sit in the aisle or stand in the back!). My only real issue with how the con was setup was the panel rooms, which were in the same space but separated by a curtain. This meant that, for most of the panels, either the first half or the second half was a war of microphone volume with the other panel that was operating. A HUGE thanks to “Name that Anime Tune” on Sunday for playing your music at a low enough level so that our panel wasn’t interrupted. I thought that was a really rad thing to do and really respectful so thank you so much!
Cost for the con was rather high, so I’m speaking from a privileged position in that I didn’t have to pay for my badge. I would, however, pay full price for the con next year if it came up. I really love the downtown venue, so I don’t mind paying extra for it. I also really enjoyed the guest selection. The Sailor Moon voice actor group was really popular and a cool thing to get together for the con. Seeing and meeting That Guy With the Glasses was awesome because I love his work. And Jessica Nigri was also very popular and, as it turns out, is a very nice person :)
The dealers room and artist alley were really well set up, especially the one aisle that was set up like a Japanese festival!
Also, the AR staff were nothing but accommodating and polite to us. The only issue I had with staff were the convention centre staff who were frustrating at times but that’s usually the case in convention centres (happens at Sakura Con too).
All in all my experience at Anime Revolution was a positive one, and I’m excited to see how the convention will grow considering the impressive first year. This was my experience, so disagreements are sure to come up, however I can only speak to what I experienced first hand and this is it :)
It was more of a preventative measure than anything. Youtube will block some videos with certain music from being uploaded. Furthermore companies are becoming more proactive in their protection of their music, so video that include copyright music can be taken down. What’s more concerning is that they can be taken down and you can get a strike on your account which can lead to suspension. Just because it hadn’t yet happened to the FDP account doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have happened, and since we had more than 3 videos with copyright music we chose to err on the side of caution.
I’ve been training for a Captain America cosplay, and Val and Nova have had Avengers up their sleeves since we saw the movie together. It’s a cosplay that I’m almost comfortable enough with my upper body size to do, now it’s all about making the cosplay itself XD