emlyn/lee/elliot/aspen, they/he. lives in a blanket nest. is growing a beak to peck passers-by
Celestial Sailor Jupiter concept
this one doesn't even have a comparison post since i don't think i've finished my first drawing of her. i've referenced this pose from her figurine doing a pose from the actual show. this is one of the most asymmetric and dynamic poses i've done so far!
i had to change her color scheme slightly by using a blu-er green (if it makes sence) to make it blend well with pink because her original characters don't blend at all. i hope that doesn't take away too much from her signature image and floral aspect of her powers, even though this shade of green is more of a Sailor Neptune shade of green.
Background is a pre-made pattern in Ibis Paint!
disclaimer there is nothing inherently wrong with veganism but there is a certain white western vegan culture which has some problems, this post is not abt all vegans
there are many very good posts critiquing white vegan culture but theres something i havent really seen addressed.
like maybe its bc im vegetarian and i look at vegan recipes more but there is a Big Trend of trying to make a meat/dairy substitute that matches the taste of the original but they end up not substituting the nutrients? eg cauliflower steaks, that jackfruit thing. this doesnt happen as much with dairy but definitely with meat products
and like, here's the thing: you need protein. you need fats. your body needs nutrients that it will Not get from vegetables. i understand that for ppl who are used to the 'meat and two veg' meals its a hard change, especially if you, , like meat but like u really do have to restructure ur relationship to food and how you think about it. i get so worried for the health of all those vegan recipe bloggers who seem to just be trying to find taste substitutes for meals they loved and not focusing on like their actual health requirements. and i mean actual health requirements, not fucking diet culture. i honestly think that in a decade or two theres gonna be a massive rise in health problems related to nutrient deficiencies, and it will be because of irresponsible veganism.
yeah west is not really good at having enough steady meat substitutes at all, and im afraid that people are being pressured into eating vegan before they have the time and energy to make research about how to substitute proteins which is crucial for their health. there are already studies about the long-term damages of low-protein diets, the results of which only start being visible within a year or two. that's why i dislike it when people say veganism is easy and quick to switch to. it really depends on your area, your body, your expertise in cooking and food, etc.
I think a big thing, especially in America, but I'm sure in a lot of the better off European countries too, is that we often aren't taught what (usually plant) foods need to go together to create "complete proteins", aka, having all the amino acids that your body can't create itself, as well as various trace nutrients like minerals that we need to stay healthy.
So people will make, for example, a soy burger and treat it like a normal burger and eat it with wheat based bread, etc etc, and end up not having enough of certain nutrients when all they'd need to do to correct that is to eat their soy with rice. That's literally it. Rice+soy = a complete protein, just like rice and beans, peanuts and wheat, potatoes and dairy, squash and corn/maize, etc. And a lot of native cultures around the world base their diet around combos like these that form complete proteins, and then they add to their diet on top of that base. And people in these cultures know, if you have very little and you need to fall back on something, you eat these two things together, and it might not be exciting but it's filling and YOU'LL LIVE and you won't get horribly sick from it.
This is also compounded with the fact that outside animal based foods (meat and dairy), B vitamins are pretty scarce and when you do find them it's usually in fungi like yeast and mushrooms. Yeast outside of bread is a new concept for a lot of Westerners, and mushrooms can be an issue for a lot of folks with sensory issues or just.... don't like them? And a lot of people in the US don't have access to cheap meat replacements.
But I mean, even putting aside any issues in getting foods like soy burgers or whatever meat and dairy replacements, a lot of folks just don't know what to eat them with/how to eat them to get the best out of their nutrition. :( And a lot of it is taking things out of their context, which is a form of cultural appropriation and has concequences for the people it's done to (higher prices for staple foods they need to live) as well as the people doing it (as emlynlua mentioned, people can become nutrient deficient and seriously ill over time).
i feel like a lot of people see going vegan as like a minor change, like you're just going to a different aisle of the grocery store and budgeting an extra $$ every week for the health food rackup and they don't commit, when veganism is literally completely changing one of the fundamental aspects of being alive and you really do need to completely restructure your diet.
my mom tried to become a vegitarian when she first went to college in like texas, which meant a meat and potatoes meal minus the meat, and it fucked her UP
also wikihow is god i just googled what foods create complete proteins and wikihow was like "hello here is how to combine food to make complete proteins"
Community Update - August 2020staff -
The bees are imminent
In July, we...
Got more server hardware
Finished the image transcode system
Started the new text editor
Published our public roadmap
As of writing, we have 31,804 users, 51,610 blogs, and 396,653 posts.
There's a lot this month. We'll start with some Commission Market news - we finally got approved by PayPal, so it'll be an option going forward once the rewrite hits. We are considering removing Stripe entirely - users have reported some bad experiences that are shaking our faith in them, as well as being too complicated to use, so some feedback here would be great. Additionally, we've had a couple reports of them trying to make you use unexpected transaction methods - if you try and buy a blog slot or pay for a commission and get redirected to Apple or Google Pay, do not proceed with the transaction - hop in the Discord and let us know so we can figure it out.
To answer a concern that was brought up last month - using PayPal will not change the NSFW policy of the site. Business and partners have different rules from individuals, and Waterfall's existing content policy puts is well within the safe zone by all the interpretations and second opinions we got. If PayPal elects to go back on that, we'll simply look for another option or roll our own.
I needed a break this month because there's only one of me and mental fatigue is a little bitch, so I switched focus some to work on Springwater's blog analytics dashboard.
This is still a prototype (you can tell by the labelling) but even with the test data, I can already tell people will find this very useful, especially artists. I'll do a writeup next month about what's included, since at the minute I'm still surprising myself with what breakdowns I'm able to do with it.
I'm considering doing a mockup of the dashboard to see how it'd look with the stylesheet used there - certainly it'd look a bit more modern. You guys let me know what you think before I start?
Next up, I finally started work on a custom text editor. It's SO much better. Looks better, behaves better, and, since I accidentally backspaced when I finished writing this post and had to start over, it'll also save state so if your browser crashes or you acidentally leave you don't lose everything. I don't have screenshots of it since it's still effectively a glorified text box, but I do have screenshots of the new audio player.
There's still a few kinks to work out, mostly related to mobile, and I'm not sure whether we'll keep the visualisation there or not, but it works and I'm pleased. Album art support! It'll auto-populate with whatever ID3 tags the file has and then you can edit the picture, track name, artist etc. It'll also eventually have playlist support for musicians to use in art posts.
Final piece of UI news - we'll be adding a bunch of accessibility options. There'll be stuff like a colour blind mode, dyslexia mode, font size options etc. We'll run these by members of the community before launch to make sure we're covering the largest cross-section of users possible. They'll all be off by default, but users can pick and choose which ones they find useful and turn them on.
Oh, and something about how we've started working on chats too, but nobody cares about that.
Back on the backend, the main roadblock now is making posts.
In theory I could port it wholesale, but there's a few improvements I want to make in a couple of places, as well as fixing mentions code and whatever is happening with queue time calculations. Purely text based posts work, but file based posts need some more work, as well as link posts, because I'm just not happy with those at the minute.
That's all for now, so see you next month, and give the roadmap a look!
hey thell so I'm not sure exactly what your plan is but i have some thoughts about dyslexia mode & what it could entail
different people with dyslexia have different needs, so I guess my main concern with a 'dyslexia mode' is that it sounds like it's a one-size-fits-all solution. in an ideal version I think customisability would be more important
the most obvious way of making it dyslexia friendly I guess is font, the three fonts I know of are comic sans, helvetica and dyslexie, but there are more. it would be good if people could choose between these
colour: different people with dyslexia have different colour ways that they find easier. for many, white text + black background is easier than the reverse. for my bf though, a red/orange/sepia background is the easiest. now I know that there's dashboard customisation but I have another idea (no idea how viable this is but) it would probably be really useful if in the dyslexia controls, someone could pick an overlay colour (or pick inversion). there would then be an option on posts with images to toggle the overlay on and off by individual post. that way images with text become easier to read.
An overgrown brewing area in the forest.