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Does anyone out there know who sings the Red Plains Rider theme? I think it’s Mark Gagliardi and someone else, but I can’t tell. Haaalp?

Paul and Storm were there so they probably sang it along with Hal and Mark (and it sounds like them. :) )  Possibly some of the SuperEgo guys too since they were there as well.  Hard to tell.

I hear John Dimaggio in it a few times. Even if he isn’t in the Sparks episode. He is the one with the impressive reverb.

Here’s some fantastic news for your Friday: On Thursday, the California Senate unanimously approved a new bill that defines sexual consent as a firm “yes” rather than a lack of “no.”


This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.

  • Track Name

    Drømde mik en drøm i nat

  • Album

    I Dreamt Me A Dream

  • Artist

    National Museum of Denmark




For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.

The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.

This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.

The more you know.

Cool as hell

It’s actually very interesting that near the end, in the up-tempo section, the cadence and strumming sounds a LOT like Galician and Basque Cantiga style, and that’s from the northern Iberian peninsula.

Even back then, I guess everyone ripped from everyone else.










even if they had 50 different artists only using the first image from google image search as reference for skin color you still get vastly different results sooooooooooooooooo

and since they said we can share stuff that has been shared publicly at PAX, here’s how the art we’ve been criticizing looks like currently in the keep (or before it’s updated to reflect the PAX update)


so yeah, there was work to be done and now even moreso with this ridiculous coloring bs

and it’s not like it was a whole bunch of different artists drawing shit over from scratch either soooooooooooooooooooooo

sure, those are momochromatic, but these, showcased at PAX, are not, and THESE are the problem: 

I can guarantee that Nick Thornburrow was the dude who did ALL OF THESE lovely ass graphical pieces of work, his work is FUCKING AMAZING.
But do you know how fucking hard he worked on these things? As a graphic designer I know how fucking hard it is to work on one clean graphic pieces like this to make it perfect let alone the bunches and bunches he design. The last fucking thing you think about is matching up the damn skin colors! All the detail he went into designing and making these is fucking lovely and beautiful and you fucking shit all the fuck over it because “their skin color doesn’t match.” you know what no fuck you guys that is not okay! this dude worked SO HARD on this and you all just Shit on him about something fucking dumb?

i’m an artist and artists are not exempt from critique ESPECIALLY when it comes to whitewashing

so how about you sit the fuck down and stop with the verbal diarrhea

how is staying true to a character’s appearance the “last fucking thing you think about” when you’re drawing and coloring said character? that’s what I want to know. because when I ~work real hard~ on painting a canon character, I do my very best to match their skin color.

the amount of work a person puts into something doesn’t mean they’re invulnerable to criticisms, especially when said criticisms are whitewashing.

"As a designer"

Another graphic designer popping in to tell you that this is the thinnest excuse ever

If you’re a designer, than you should KNOW that obsessive detail is part of the job, and if you’re getting a detail wrong about the art you’re making? Especially when it’s part of a client’s artistic property that affects their brand and image with their own customer base? That’s bad work.

If you’re a designer, you need to be touching base with your clients to make sure everything is right, to make sure it’s correct. So not only is the artist to blame, since they were clearly using references for the characters to get their art correct on all the other aspects, but on the devs who approved it and gave it the okay for Keep, beta or otherwise.

And most especially if you’re a designer, you should know that “hard work” and “time and effort” does not ever, ever put you beyond the critique of anyone whether it’s a client or not. They fucked up. The people who approved it fucked up. And people are rightfully pointing it out. Designers and any other kind of artists not only should expect callouts on their mistakes but DEMAND it because it’s the only way you learn

So all I’m seeing here from people defending the color version based on “that’s just the art style” or “well they TRIED” is thin and completely baseless excuses

Chiming in as another artist to say that Queso’s comment is on point.

But also, if we don’t call out shit like this—regardless of how much we may idolize and respect the artists and devs and their works in question—it’s going to keep happening.  Or have you all forgotten how Isabela’s been constantly whitewashed in their official work—from DA2’s ‘Destiny’ trailer (which was made by Digic Pictures but BioWare or EA still had to approve it), to the World of Thedas artbook, to the promo cover art of The Silent Grove comics.  And Isabela is only scratching the surface of the long history of whitewashing, intentionally or not, within the Dragon Age franchise.

Last thing:

  • A good artist understands that any work they put out has the chance to be critiqued and sometimes they will receive criticism, even if they weren’t looking for it. That’s a fact of life for an artist.
  • A good artist understands that critiques and criticisms, even harsh ones, are not attacks against the artist.  (That’s probably the hardest lesson for young artists to learn.)
  • A good artist would want to know if they fucked something up, especially if their work is going to be seen by thousands of people and contributes to an incredible problematic issue such as whitewashing in the entertainment industry. 
  • Because a good artist would want to do better.
  • It does not matter how great the artist’s skill level is, it does not matter how much time and energy they spent on something.  If you make a mistake, it’s still a fucking mistake.  No amount of rendering, adherence to style, or photoshop trickery is going to hide it.

Dragon Age Keep is still not available to the public.  This is the best time, while it’s still in beta, to tell the devs about these kinds of problems because they might still be able to fix them during this window of testing.  So if you know someone who is a beta tester for the Keep right now, pass the message along to them.  Because it’s getting pretty fucking tiring that BioWare’s own artists keep fucking up like this when they—more than anyone else given that this their own franchise—ought to know better.

I made a point of sending a tweet to Mark Darrah as well when he asked for PAX reactions. Gotta let people know, POLITELY, that it isn’t ok.




Why I am looking forward to Cullen in DA:I - Reason #7 : Exploring and/or Confronting the Chantry’s Teachings/Dogma Regarding Mages and Magic

So far Cullen has been shown as a true believer in the Chantry’s teachings. He has also been a templar for more than half his life. The Chantry has created a complex myth-history around the dangers of magic and around the nature of the Maker, Heaven becoming the Black City, and the reason behind the Blights. From what the games and other media have shown us so far, there appear to be some truths to the Chantry’s teachings but the Chantry itself is also a highly political organization that weaves history and myth in a manner that upholds its position of power.

I’m curious to see what Cullen will say about his belief in the Andrastian faith. I’m curious to see how he views the Chantry’s history of political maneuvering. Depending on the kind of Inquisitor we each play, what new facts will be uncovered about the role of mages and magic in the history of Thedas? How reasonable or unreasonable will the Chantry’s teachings and political positioning seem? How will an Andrastian templar like Cullen align or realign himself and his beliefs?

No matter what I personally think about the Chantry, mages, and magic, I’m curious to see where the writers take this and how it plays out for someone like Cullen — someone who has seen a whole lot of shit on the inside and who has joined the Inquisition to set things right for whatever it is that he believes to be right.

In short, very curious to see where the writers take this.

Yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis. Tell me, Cullen… how does your faith fair?

Given the latest hint of a spoiler today (or yesterday?) about that *COUGH* scene with an angry templar, an angry mage, and a "that’s not my title; we are not templars any longer” Cullen, my curiosity about how his faith fairs has become MORE AND MORE CURIOUS. 

I am so excite, vieralynn.


Confession: I have become increasingly irritated with how so many fans feel the need to judge a person’s sense of morality by their in-game choices. I understand that many of the conflicts are inspired by real-life events, but in the end Dragon Age is a game. Real minorities cannot summon demons; a gamer who sides with the templars is not immoral for doing so. Nor do gamers lack empathy for disliking your faves. You might feel personally insulted, but it’s just an AI. Don’t insult a gamer’s morality for it.


Do not sacrifice everything in the name of petty freedoms. The Protheans tried to fight and they were utterly destroyed. Trillions dead. But what if they had bowed before the invaders?
Would the protheans still exist? 

"Can guess captured Protheans lost intelligence over several, cloned, generations. Cybernetic augmentation widespread afterward as Protheans failed, Reapers added Tech to compensate.  Mental capacity almost gone. Replaced by overworked sensory input transfers, transmitting data to masters.  No glands, replaced by tech! No digestive system, replaced by tech!  No soul!  Replaced by tech!

"Whatever they were, gone forever.

"Understand now?  No art, no culture, closer to husks than slaves, tools for Reapers.

"Protheans dead.  Collectors just… final insult." — Mordin Solus, Mass Effect 2

(Source: elmroko)



Um. How did I not know this until today?
When the constitution was first prepared, women in the US originally DID had the right to vote. The states all revoked that right by 1807, and it wasn’t regained until the 1900s.
& People think I ramble when I mention how history is a cycle of women gaining and losing rights, and we’re living in history, so feminism will always be necessary and that we need to stay on our toes. ._.