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  1. 13 points
    General - applies to ALL areas of Anime Forums NO ADVERTISING your website / forum / YouTube / Discord / channel / etc. in any of the content areas. Only advertise in your profile and signature. If you have joined AF just to advertise you will immediately be flagged as a spammer and banned. Be courteous to ALL members, it's OK to disagree about differences in opinion but you must not resort to personal attacks. No linking to unlicensed downloads and streaming sites. No SPAM - no memes or pointless posts except via private Messaging and in the Forum Games section. Profanity is allowed, but should be used with restraint within topic discussions. No racism, no politics, no discussion of general illicit activities. Do not harass other members via Direct Messaging and Profile Posts. No R18 content in any of areas EXCEPT in private, unlisted Clubs. Do not impersonate staff. Forums Please try to post at least 1-2 sentences in your posts. Others are more likely to respond and discuss the topic further if your post is of decent length. Chat posts and casual posts should be moved to the Messaging feature or in the Random section in the Forums. Blogs Blogs and posts should be related to anime, Japanese culture, your personal hobbies or your personal life. Blogs are public. Please do not divulge personal information. Clubs There is a set limit of 2 clubs you can create and manage. Open/Public Club content may be featured on the front page from time to time, be mindful of this. Gallery If you are uploading fan art / images that someone else has made you MUST provide a link to the source and name the creator. The creator reserves the right to request it be taken down if permission wasn't granted. If you are feeling threatened, being attacked or find content that is inappropriate at Anime Forums: Report it. There is a report link below each content item. A staff member will respond to your report ASAP. Do not respond directly to the content or member as it may compound the problem. Account Deletion Policy Anime Forums is a public community. If you have had major discussions in forum topics, removing your posts can significantly affect the flow of the discussion as you may have been quoted. If you've been a member for sometime, and have made significant contributions to the community - your account will not be deleted. It will be anonymized. We will endeavor to remove any personal information during the process. After an account is deleted or anonymized by staff, we won't be able to restore it. Please think carefully before making this request. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask a member of AF staff.
  2. 11 points
    Hello everyone, Anime Forums now has a Virtual Shop system! You can earn credits by posting in various Anime discussion sections and adding Vocaloid videos in our Media section. More details below! Earning Credits Subject to change based on feedback! Daily login bonus 10 points Creating a new topic in the Anime sections (General Anime / Title / Episode Discussion ) 200 points * Minimum 50 characters or you won't get points! * Replying to an existing topic in the Anime sections (General Anime / Title / Episode Discussion ) 100 points * Minimum 50 characters or you won't get points! * Adding a Vocaloid video to the Media section 120 points Credit Balance Your credit balance is shown in your post bit when viewing forum threads and posts: It is also on the left sidebar in your wallet when viewing the Shop: Spending your Credits There are currently two shops, the Anime Forums Official Shop and my own shop called "Optic's Shop" Feel free to take a browse by clicking the Shop link on the navbar: The difference between the two is that items in my shop are services I offer, whilst items in the official shop are for things like adding a glow to your username. Interested in opening your own shop? You should be able to do so clicking Shop Management and then Add New Shop. Do send me a message if you want to do this as there are quite a few things to check. You will also want to consider what services you want to offer (such as a graphics shop) and also prepare some images to go with each item in your shop, as well as how much they should cost. We are open to feedback and hope you have fun using this system - hopefully this will also encourage more participation in our Anime sections. Any issues do let me know.
  3. 10 points
    So after reading @Illusion of Terra's post "Anime Forums Watching Anime Movies" It made me think it might be fun to have an Anime Forums streaming night. I often use a website called "Rabb.it" which allows someone to stream a show or movie and their friends to join and watch together. It also provides a chat box next to the movie so you can chat with your friends while watching the movie. I thought if enough people were interested it might be fun to do this one night and I'd be happy to host a movie night, or stream a show, if enough people were interested in joining and watching something together. Could probably stream for several hours with several different things to allow for people to join in at a convenient time. If you'd be interested let me know here and we can hopefully get together a movie night with enough popcorn to go around for our forums to have a little online get together ^^!
  4. 10 points
    Thank you to all who participated! @Cy~ @RyePotatoes @Nectar @Nutty @Sekkarou @GreenEyes @Wet Would also like to show appreciation to @Optic by extending all the love letters that were written for you: [spoiler=To:Optic From:Cy~] Dear Senpai, The other night, I had a dream of us, just the two of us. In this dream, we sat on a beach at the end of the world. It was not long after the sun had set, and there was, above us, just a slice of moon, a delicate light. A hint of sea breeze tinted the air. The stars slowly flickered above us. It was a beautiful night, and we were spending it together - just looking out at the sea, watching the waves play in the sand. I remember your hand in mine… It was so warm, so pleasant… When I awoke, this morning, I felt so sure that the dream had been real. I was certain that we had fallen asleep in each other’s embrace. When my eyes opened, I just knew that you would be there with me, still holding me. I looked to my left and my right, but I was alone, so alone and lonely. My heart broke in that moment. Now, I am writing this letter, in the hope that you can mend it again. This may seem quite sudden to you, I suppose. You and I have scarcely exchanged but a few words since we each entered the other’s world. Now, you receive this letter from me, someone that you, perhaps, have never really noticed. I can understand if you feel strange when reading this, but while you have perhaps never noticed me, I have noticed you, I have watched you, and I have admired you intensely… But, more than all of this… I have loved you, Senpai. I have loved you intensely, from the moment I first saw you. This seems sudden, I’m sure, because I have loved you without telling you. I… I couldn’t tell you, because I suffer from a shyness that holds me unmoving, like a set of heavy iron chains. Even to write this letter to tell you of my love, it takes all of my strength. If I could only show you, all of the times that I lingered around you, hoping you would see me. All of the times that I supported you and yours from the shadows, hoping you would notice me. All of the times that I approached you, filled with words to say and choked pitifully on them as you walk away from me. With all of this, my love has built up like a crushing, strangling weight on my soul. The crushing weight on my soul, it compels me to write to you. Senpai, I love you with my heart, my soul, my body. I want to be with you, to feel your warm arms around me, to be with you in your loving embrace, to please you, to love you with all that I have as no one else could. Even as I write, I feel my heart yearning in my chest… Our love, this love, it was meant to be - we were fated before time to meet and to love. Please… I would like nothing more than for us to be together… I can promise you, with all that I have, that I am the one for you. Love me, Senpai… Your love is all that I ask. - Cy~ [spoiler=To:Optic From:RyePotatoes] Dear Senpai, I've been meaning to send this letter for a while now but I can't bring myself to send this to you via postmail cause I'm afraid that if I do you might end up marrying the postman and that would mean additional work to do in terms of combusting, poisoning, murder and of sorts. If you're wondering why you only have this letter on your mail box it is because I've already burned the other love letters and accidentally included your electricity bill for the month Anyways, here is my poem for You: Dear Optic Senpai, This poem starts with roses are red Red like the blood she will soon shed Inside her head she must embed My mad love for you or she's dead Are you either scared or misled? I'll change to a tsun tsun instead I'm a hotheaded potato With face red as a tomato Everytime my eyes detects you I send you love in my deathblows My denial in every punch combo *points at my psycho self* You don't want that Yuno Psycho (No-no-not th-th-thaat you want me either or anything---- I'll kick you!) *girl with knee-high socks with neko ears with abnormally flat chest enters* Excuse me aunties, let me through I'm a lolita through and through These deres are so overdue Senpai, it is me you're into, This neko loli's just for you Optic Senpai Daisuki da yo Three of my personality One can make you a casualty, (Tsundere) Other causes brutality (Yandere) And one brings hospitality (Loli) In my love you shouldn't worry I'll be yours for eternity. Forever watching not because I like you or anything *imitates a neko loli and purrs* nyaaaaa, RyePotatoes [spoiler=To:Optic From:Nectar] Hey Optic. Now I know you’ll be extremely busy but please read this. The whole thing. It’d mean a lot. I’m gonna be really blunt and just say this… but I’m in love with you. I’m completely and hopelessly obsessed with you. I find myself at your profile tens, maybe hundreds of times every day, gazing at every post you’ve ever made in awe... for you. It’s silly really, but your words, and your work for this community, they have really changed a lot about my life. Learning about everything from how you use superglue to whether pineapple works on a pizza… it all just seems so profound in my eyes, and I find that I’m transfixed by your words, always. But most of all, what I love about you the most is the elegant, beautiful and arguably sexy forum that you have single-handedly raised. Suckled by your devoted, seemingly magical bosom of management and infinite understanding, you have produced a website so grand that it turns trolls to dust and jettisons their defeated ashes far from your wake from a metaphorical leaf-blower. Born from between your ever-loving legs has come this: the Anime Forums, a community not limited by its name but by the contents of its member’s breakfasts, the last thing that they bought, and occasionally… their shoes. You have done all of this, from your IKEA desk in the company of half a dozen Hyperdimension Neptunia merchandises, lit by your wonky adjustable lamp that watches over you and the suspiciously over-refilled tissue box. You, Senpai. For that much, for all of the tireless hours of playing with default settings, for spending your hard earned cash on your own tissue refills, for actually appreciating pineapple on a pizza, I love you. And I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you love you too. Because damn. You a sexy admin if I ever saw one. [spoiler=To:Optic From:Nutty] [spoiler=To:Optic From:Sekkarou] To my beloved Senpai, I can still remember the first time you noticed me. Back when nobody noticed a newcomer like me, you came. I think it was the nicest and sweetest thing ever. We had similar interests and I enjoyed talking to you about it. That game we were talking about, I replayed it again, because it reminded me that you enjoyed the game also. I’m so glad I got to meet you, Senpai. You are always so nice to me, even willing to go extra lengths for me. I found that extremely sweet. That kindness might not be exclusive to me, but I’m still happy that you put in extra effort for me, something other people rarely do. I know that you’re going through so much right now with life and the forums both, but no matter what happens, I just want you to know how much you and your effort means to me. Keep being the awesome and lovable Senpai that you are, please. I wuv you, Senpai~ Love lots, -Sekkarou [spoiler=To:Optic From:GreenEyes]Dear Optic Senpai, since I have joined the forums I have seen the work you put into them and the community that they have brought together! I have joined this community you have worked so hard to make for us all! You have helped many members with problems that they had and did your best to fix them, and you succeeded many times over for anyone who needed it! Not only did you help people fix problems you improved features and worked hard to make the forums one of the best out there! I will always be apart of this community you have made! You have started contests, made us laugh, give a place to come together, worked hard and so much more we probably don't even know about! You greet new users with open arms to join AF and be apart of our community! My favorite part of you and what you have done is how you haven't given up, you work, laugh, smile and sometimes cry but will never give up! You give many things to our community to improve it and bring more people together, to make a place for people to ask questions discuss and debate on anime! Thank you for your hard work Optic Senpai! You are the best! -Greeneyes Please Notice me Senpai! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! Optic Senpai is the best! [spoiler=To:Optic From:Wet]Optic Senpai... Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow ... ...SENPAI YOU'RE THE GREATEST. I had my eye on you for a while and I am a traveler that comes and goes on these forums. However the two things that always stays is my love for Senpai and belief that Kirry is really Beyonce. And no, I didn't prepare a damn speech for this love letter, I'm actually typing right now off my feeling and emotions. I'M PUTTING EVERY SINGLE EFFORT INTO MAKING SENPAI NOTICE ME RIGHT NOW, AT THIS MOMENT. WHAT'S DIFFERENT FROM ME AND THESE OTHERS IS THAT I'M NOT FAKE LIKE THOSE POSERS... You may not know me and that's okay, but you're the greatest Senpai. Now, what's even more important than winning these credits Senpai, is something completely different. I'd be honored i-if you could be moist with me and join the first ever Anime Forums guild called the Moist Guild. THIS IS MY TRUE REQUEST. MONEY DOES NOT DEFINE LOVE, WHAT WILL TRULY MAKE ME HAPPY IF YOU JOIN THIS GUILD SENPAI.
  5. 10 points
    HOSTED BY @Kirry and lovely ladies @zoop and @Kohloo YES, I'M DRAGGING YOU INTO MY FUN Want a chance to win 10,000 credits?! Write your love letter to Senpai @Optic ~ This game is simple. Here is what you need to know before playing: Also known as our Founder and Senpai, @Optic runs and operates this forum. Love AF? Love Senpai? Want Senpai to notice you? Send him your love letter! Rules: * Nothing inappropriate, this is all suppose to be a fun game. I should not have to elaborate on what this means, but if you have any questions, send me @Kirry a PM to discuss further. * Any length is appropriate, any style of writing is fine. * PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO @Kirry VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE [Title the PM: NOTICE ME SENPAI!] Contest begins today, 5/27/17 and ends 6/3/17 @8AM EST. FIRST PLACE: 10,000 CREDITS SECOND PLACE: 5,000 CREDITS THIRD PLACE: 1,000 CREDITS ENTRY PRIZE: 200 CREDITS JUDGING WILL BE DONE BY @Kirry @zoop @Kohloo BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY @Optic WILL WEIGH IN~ GOOD LUCK! Feel free to discuss below~
  6. 9 points
    Hi everyone, We are continuing to have ongoing SPAM and new registrations from those trying to advertise. We have had manual approval put in place for new members but I am currently not able to sift through the queue in a timely manner because I am currently undergoing some challenging life circumstances. In the small amount of free time I have in ensuring the upkeep of AF, I am spending the remainder on moderating new registrations/posts instead of being able to participate in the anime discussions. In future I do intend to recruit moderation staff but I need to write guidelines and processes to accommodate this platform which I still have not been able to do yet at this time. In the meantime I am suspending new member registrations until my life circumstances improve. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
  7. 9 points
    Not sure if this is the right spot, but here's stuff I have made, I make signatures and other designs Hope you like, feedback is optional.
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    What are the things that cause you to raise your estimation of someone? I don't mean the things that impress you. Nearly anyone can be impressed by anything. I'm talking about the things that IMPRESS you. Capslock, underline, italics, bold impress. Things that force you to think of someone in a better light. For me - Acts of tremendous kindness, for the fuck of it. It's way too easy to just go on, every single day, living the same way without acknowledging others. I think it's important for people to give forward. Getting the shit kicked out of you and getting back up. Toughness is a virtue to me. There aren't many that I respect more. Someone that can fall apart and put themselves back together, emotionally or physically, I have a lot of respect for the simple ability that some people have to keep standing back up. Creativity. It can be writing, it can be talking, it can be reviewing, it can be anything. I just respect people that can be creative in any way form or fashion. What about you?
  9. 9 points
    Hi there, I'm new here. Nice to meet you all. Here are my sketches. Hope you like it
  10. 8 points
    So I decided to make some icons for everyone that you can feel free to upload and use on the forum. If anyone has any suggestions for characters I could make in the next batch, suggestions would be very welcome since I'm not really sure what all everyone would like to see. Another problem I have is that I have noticed on Chrome icons show up on the forum as 170x170 whereas on Firefox, they show up as 110x110. So if you use a browser with a different size setting these may look a bit off since they are 170x170 but if you have that problem let me know and I can resize it so it does not lose its quality :3 ! If you use, crediting me in your sig as the maker would be appreciated, but not 100% necessary. Just please don't claim as your own :3 Yu-Gi-Oh FMA and Fairy Tail Misc.
  11. 8 points
    I posted one of this same series a while ago, but I don't remember if it was this specific one. The nice thing about working for the Army: Explosions, guns, BIGGER GUNS, and very rare guns...(and explosions).
  12. 8 points
    Hi everyone, Finally got around to adding new sets of anime character type images. You can select the one you want by editing your profile. Many thanks to @Wedgy @Izzy and @xWickedNekox for contributing these. Set 1 by @Wedgy Set 2 by @Izzy Set 3 by @xWickedNekox Thanks again to those that contributed full sets. We may be looking at other personality types in future.
  13. 8 points
    Hey folks, new to the forums. I just wanted to share some of my pencil sketches to get some feedback. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy them. Cheers. Some older sketches from a few months back. I use to really love Naruto and Monster Rancher. I haven't watched either one of those in years. Just started this sketch this morning, before having to get ready for work. I will add to this piece at a later time, but till then I give you Soul from Soul Eater!
  14. 8 points
    Do you have anyone in your family that you look up to? Any role models or inspirational figures? This topic is a place to shout out to non-fictional (real) people that have made a positive (or maybe just a large) impact on your life. For myself, this may sound really cheesy but I admire my spouse - @zoop. (Go ahead, judge me, but read the whole damn thing first.) Zoop and I actually met online, on a forum that was not too different from this one. She was an administrator there and I was, initially, a member. Actually, our very first interaction was her responding to a status update of mine. I hated her almost immediately, hahaha. She didn't even bother replying to my welcome topic, and her profile seemed to paint her as being a jerk. Anyways, after I volunteered to help save the site following a disaster, I was made into a moderator and then a server administrator. From behind the scenes, I had a chance to see how Zoop worked as a moderator. She was professional, measured, and really really really tough. During an average week, there would be hundreds of reported posts and mod actions, about a half-dozen lengthy arbitrations (they had arbitration available for all mod actions), and at least one total and complete community disaster (drama queens everywhere). Zoop handled more than eighty percent of this shit. She did it while holding down a full time job and making time to think of ways to improve the community. She was basically a super mod. She also took time to argue with me. Hahaha. We both loved the community, but I was constantly grappling with the fact that the site owner insisted on running a bloated, outdated forum software. Sooo, I would be busy putting out fires and she would be all like, "I need this extra feature! Hey, can you change this theme? Is there a way to automate this? What about that? Holy shit, a SQUIRREL!!!!" It was funny, because a simple "no" never actually worked with her. I would have to prove my point, arguing against her in lengthy legalistic format. That's how we fell in love, I guess? Hahaha. Up until that point, I had never met anyone that could match and beat me in wonkish argument, persistence, and general energy levels. Overtime, I was completely filled with admiration for this weird creature. Sooo, I decided to put a ring on it. Now, she's mine. o3o *ahem* Soooo, what about you? Anyone that you admire?
  15. 8 points
    Do you ever feel really self-conscious about watching anime? Is there a person or group of people that you absolutely would NEVER want to know about your hobby? Don't worry, I promise that they will not read this topic. I'll start. If I'm hanging out with friends or people around my age or younger, then I really don't care. Anime is disturbingly popular up here in the northwest of the USA, and I have never really felt a need to avoid mentioning it. With *that* said, whenever I'm watching anime on the commuter train to home, I like to ensure that my back is up against the wall so no one can watch over my shoulder. The fact that there's so much fan service and shit in most anime make me extremely reluctant to be seen by someone that may just interpret things as, "OMG THERE IS A GROWN WOMAN WATCHING ANIMATED PORNO ON THE TRAIN." Besides this, I tried introducing anime to my mom and completely made a mess of things due to some very, very bad choices on the part of myself and my sister. To make a long story short, my mother currently believes that anime is satanic and completely horrifying. And, with my mom, first impressions are everything - gg no re. So, yeah... I guess my own situation is half and half. :'(
  16. 8 points
    Really? I hate them Lol Blueberry~
  17. 8 points
    Congratulations Minna!!!! Waaaahh, all the Love Letters are very inspiring
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    @Optic, @Kirry, @zoop, and @Kohloo - thank y'all for wading through the entries and running this contest. It was extremely fun to write for! Though, I have to say that I feel no small amount of discomfort when I realize what I wrote...
  19. 8 points
    Some really old photos: [spoiler=Shameless] [spoiler=Aspiring Tarantino...] [spoiler=The latest out of the lot] Look at how smug that fellow is. Ugh.
  20. 8 points
    I am jelly. As for myself... 1: I'm horrifyingly lazy, shy, and and socially timid offline. 2: ... and yet, when push comes to shove, apparently quite good at hiding this and appearing to be extremely outgoing and charismatic. 3: Before becoming a housewife I've worked as both an IT manager, and as a locksmith. 4: ... yes, I know how to pick locks, among other things. 5: I absolutely friggin' love trashy pop songs.
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    Dear members, staff and visitors, Wishing you all a Merry Christmas for 2016 and a Happy New Year! Best wishes, Optic ~ Founder of Anime Forums Feel free to discuss your Christmas plans here too.
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  24. 7 points
    Hi! Sorry if this is in the wrong place. I was looking around and noticed that there doesn't seem to be a thread on this yet. On other forums I've been on, there's been a thread related to how you're feeling at the moment. I think it's cool to share the good things going on in our lives, but to also support one another when we're having down days. So, whatever you happen to be feeling, go ahead and share! Right now, I'm currently feeling good overall. I was a little stressed about the future, but I'm also happy with becoming more independent as an adult. ^^
  25. 7 points
    Anime Database Request This thread is where you can request anime to be added to the AF Anime Database! Prior to now, the general public was allowed to add anime, however this was rather messy when it comes to duplicate posts and general quality control! As such, after checking the database first, you may simply request to have an anime added via this thread, and an Anime Curator will get to it!
  26. 7 points
    Okay, here are my two. I tried to make sure they kept to a size that would fit nicely on a post. and #2.
  27. 7 points
    This is a nice idea, it's always nice to see what the people you talk to every day look like (: Here's mine ^^
  28. 7 points
    Might as well post my picbad quality and with those face sticker ps im uncute lol
  29. 7 points
    Drew these today, its been over 5 year since I have done a drawing. Hope you guys like them
  30. 7 points
    I dunno.. plenty of people like brownies more than me... I hate brownies.. they are too dry
  31. 7 points
    Hello everyone, First of all thanks to those that applied for the Community Manager, Moderator and Anime Page Curator roles. Recruitment is now complete and here is our new line-up: https://animeforums.net/staff/ Community Manager @ArchieKun Moderator @the_twig @Roxeg @Beocat @XII360 Anime Page Curator @awesomedude20 @Neptvne Mini profiles and distinct rank images are work in progress to better distinguish them. Please extend a very warm welcome to these new staff of Anime Forums.
  32. 7 points
    I'm glad this forum is so strongly connected with one another. Everyone is so kind, and sticks together when it's needed. I'm so happy that I came back. It's places like this that make me realize that not all of humanity is bad, even in a negative moment. People still lift others up and shield those who aren't strong enough to do so themselves. Thank you, thank you all so much. I hope to grow more and learn more about the members of this wonderful site.
  33. 7 points
    I thought it might be a nice change of pace to share the positive bits of our day. Sometimes life can be rough, and they say it takes ten positives to equal a negative. So in an effort to focus on the positives, here's a place where we can state one (or more,) "small victories" we accomplished in a day. Aced that job interview? Cooked a fantastic dinner in a crunch? Talked to grandma? Put on pants today? Really anything goes, and if you're proud of it, then let's hear it! I'll start off by saying that I made a really nice pink pancake today. I've been trying different increments up until now, but while the batter was bright pink, it never baked that way. But this time, I got it just right. Behold, my pink pancake. It was delicious.
  34. 7 points
    Have you ever done anything a little, well, humiliating? Something that left you completely rolling around on the ground, laughing at your own ridiculousness? If you have, don't worry, I'm sure you're in good company... I know I have, so I'll kick this topic off by sharing a few "glorious" moments of my own. At work, about two weeks ago, I sent out an email to a few coworkers about our most recent public announcement. I forgot an "l" in there. I'll let you figure that one out. :'( When I was about 7 years old, I had a terrible fear of water (still do). I was at this water park (don't ask, okay, I'm a lesbian and the cutest girl in class asked me to go with her, you figure it out). Anyways, I decide to show off by taking this huge water slide. (I am an idiot, generally.) I took the slide and hit the pool at the bottom and started panicking, because I thought I was drowning. The life guard walks out and offers some sage advice, "You could try standing up?" About one week ago, I was trying to send a message on discord and misclicked. That was how I sent the message "fuck me" to my mom, with absolutely no context. (Thankfully, I was able to convince my sister to hunt down mom's phone, steal it, and delete all notifications.) Approximately 25 minutes ago, I attempted to take a bath. Unfortunately, the shower head was on. Even more unfortunately, I didn't notice. So, I walked out and walked back in. When I did, I noticed that it had fallen (it's one of the removable ones) into the tub. I thought, "Oh, okay", and I turned up the water. (I'm sleepy as heck atm, okay. ) Anyway. The shower head tilts due to the flow increase and shoots water out of the tub and into my face and the ceiling. After considerable swearing and panic (fear of water), I manage to get things under control. The ceiling is now a little moist. (@zoop I'm sorry, I think I made a bit of a mess in there. ^^;;;; ) I've heard that confession is good for the soul. So, like... DON'T LET ME BE THE ONLY ONE TO POST IN HERE. :'(
  35. 7 points
    How much patience do you have while you're out in public? As I'm getting older, my patience level for being out in public is getting much smaller. I've come to despise the city! I find that many city-folk are always in a big rush, are more judgemental, and tempers are thin. It constantly feels like some sort of rat race. And what's the end goal? Nothing really. Not to mention the city never sleeps, you can hear traffic at absolutely any time of night. While I'm out in public, whether it be for travelling or grocery shopping, I find that I am eternally getting frustrated and like I'm about to completely lose my mind. It's honestly gotten to the point where I'm fairly certain one of these days I'm going to completely snap. I'll probably lose it in a grocery store and go shrieking out of the place in a frustrated rage, away into the wilderness. I'll go live with the darn bears. I'm sort of glossing over everything at the moment, I could go on an endless tirade about how I feel about the city. It's everything, the people and the sounds and the mentality and the constant go go go. I'm constantly stressed out and anxious and I can actually feel my heart rate and blood pressure rising dangerously. Let's just say I wouldn't mind living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Preferably before I have a complete meltdown... As much as I hate the city, I am very guilty of being one of those city-folk. It's actually what I've become that makes me hate the city. It turns me into a different person (a miserable person). I wear headphones specifically so I don't have to deal with the people around me. I'm always in a rush. I'm just as pushy and rude as everyone else around. I never take the time to relax or try to think positive during my travels. All of these traits are -extremely- prominent while I'm going about on public transit. When I'm out of the city, I'm a very different person. I'm calm, I'm relaxed, and I'm actually happy in life. I properly feel like myself during those times. The city is fun to visit every once in awhile, but it obviously isn't suited for me to live in it. I've also only just recently consciously realized that I tend to feed off the energy of the people around me, you can imagine how that gets. Alright, now let's try something different. [spoiler=Rules]After spending a week at my parents' house, today is the day where I make my trek back into the city. It's also the day where I've decided to challenge myself. Here are the rules: •No headphones •No playing on my phone •No rushing •Try to smile at least once •Pay attention to what's around me •Remember to breathe, seriously That seems like a lot of rules, and impossible ones at that. Let's try it anyway! Ready? Okay. [spoiler=Lonsdale Quay]My aunt had an appointment today, so for the first part of my journey I got a ride. Gives me a chance to mentally prepare myself for what's ahead. After waiting with her until her appointment, I begin my trek. First up, big ass hill. Thankfully, my journey is down the hill. No music? Kinda weird, but I think I can dig it. Crossed paths with a friendly old lady, I got to try my hand at smiling and saying good morning (turns out, I've still got it in me). Okay, this walk is a pleasant way to ease myself into the challenge. Take my time, do a bit of window shopping, try to resist the urge to run down the neverending hill like a maniac (nothing to do with patience, I just want to see if I'm capable of stopping myself before momentum launches me into the ocean at the bottom). It's the next part where the challenge really begins. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 1]Okay, here we go. The next chapter in my saga? The SeaBus. For those of you that don't know (which is basically everyone that hasn't been to Vancouver BC), the SeaBus is part of the public transportation system. Vancouver has a lot of water going through it and fairly large docks for the shipping industry. There are bridges and you can go around the water, but as you can imagine it adds quite a bit of time to your commute. For those travelling by transit, the best option to deal with the water is to go straight across it, that's where the SeaBus comes in. It's a very small passenger ferry and it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get across the water. One of my favourite things about showing Vancouver to people is taking them on the SeaBus. It offers a unique transit experience and the view is pretty fricken cool. Unfortunately, I personally lost the wonderment of the SeaBus because it became a regular part of my commute. For me, it was just another part of transit, another part of dealing with people. The charm was totally ruined for me. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 2]My usual SeaBus travel routine? •get there fast. I'm either running to catch the boat about to leave, or I wanna be first for the next one. •don't sit down, don't even look at those benches in the waiting area. •line up at the first or second boarding doors until it's time to get on the boat. •while boarding, go all the way to the other side to get a seat right next to the front exit doors. •be standing and ready to get off the boat before it's even docked. •put those lovely long legs to use and stay at the head of the pack to beat the crowd. [spoiler=SeaBus Pt 3]This time though, I'm doing things a bit different. There's a boat about to leave. If I run, I can make it, easy. But that would defeat the purpose of the challenge before it's barely even begun. Time to slow down, I'll catch the next boat in 15min instead. After all, I'm not on any sort of time limit today. So I missed the boat, and I feel good. Today, no queuing at the boarding doors, I'm actually going to sit down on one of the benches. Getting a bit fidgety because I can't play with my phone, but I can cope. Started to get a bit anxious as more people arrived and started queuing up at the doors. I had to put in a conscious effort to not sit on the edge of the bench and resist the urge to grab my stuff and line up with everyone else. I made myself stay on the bench until the boat arrived and the ramps were down. Once the ramps were down, I couldn't sit still any longer and had to stand up in the line. I managed to stay at the back of the crowd though and was one of the last few to board, so I did okay thus far. I deliberately chose one of the seats far away from the exit side. At this point, I was starting to feel anxious and on edge. Rather than dwell on it too much, I looked at the scenery for the duration of the ride. It helped calm me down, and for the first time in years I actually really enjoyed the SeaBus. Turns out the charm never left, my vision was just too clouded to see it. For departure, I remained seated until the ramps were down and I stayed at the back of the crowd while getting off the boat. So far so good, I think I'm ready for the next part. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 1]Another thing I've enjoyed showing people is the SkyTrain. For those that are wondering, the SkyTrain is exactly the same as a subway. The main difference is that it's above ground (and even above the roads), rather than being underground like a subway. It offers a really cool view of the city. It is, once again, something that lost charm for me years ago. It's also complete madness during peak times. Fortunately I dealt with the SkyTrain before the usual morning chaos, otherwise my challenge would have utterly failed. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 2]So how do I usually go about riding the SkyTrain? •gotta rush, no patience. •stand right behind the yellow line. •choose where to board the train based on what station I'm getting off at. •I became a master at knowing where to stand for the doors to line up when the train came. I also memorized all of the stations, so it was extremely easy for me to know which door to go to so that I get off right in line with the exit from the station. •be as unapparoachable as possible, there's always people around that need help figuring out where to go. •stand on the side of the train I'll be getting off. •play on my phone or stare at the floor, heaven forbid I look out the windows. •those lovely long legs get a lot of use while travelling transit. I like to stay ahead of the crowd and I really know how to haul ass when I'm on a mission. Unfortunately I can put myself in mission mode without actually having a mission, so I always haul ass. [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 3]But, in theme with today's challenge, I am once again doing things differently! Transferring from the SeaBus to the SkyTrain, I took my time. I sauntered along almost lazily (which hilariously took a lot of internal effort). At the platform I didn't line up for a change. I stood back and waited patiently. I managed to distract myself by staring intently at the train map. I'm not real sure if I actually looked at it or if I just gave it a borderline death glare. I must have seemed approachable enough though because a lady asked me for directions. I managed to quickly quell my annoyance. I was friendly and actually helped her. She was thankful, smiles are contagious, and what do you know? Not everyone is an asshole and I actually enjoy the pleasant interaction with strangers, who knew. So I'm able to peacefully board the train and carry on. As someone that used to be addicted to my phone, and still occasionally struggling not to relapse, not playing with my phone while on transit is exceptionally difficult for me. [spoiler=Phone Addiction]When I say I was addicted to my phone, I don't mean the, "oh haha I love my phone lol," like most people. I was genuinely addicted to the point where it was starting to seriously negatively impact my relationships with the people around me. It got to the stage that I actually had to give up my smartphone cold turkey and switch to a basic flip phone. It's only in the last couple of months (beginning of April) that I've allowed myself to get a smartphone again (iPhone 7, 128gb). It's been a struggle for me not to relapse, and recent life stress hasn't been helping. Fortunately this time around I have people to support me. But I do have my weak moments, and it takes incredible willpower for me to overcome them. I know it seems like a strange addiction, but it is very real for me. It just serves as proof that addiction can come from anywhere and that we need to take care of ourselves. Anyway, I thought I heard my phone get a message so I took it out. Turns out the person in the seat ahead of mine just has the same ringtone, it was hard to put the phone back away. I made it this far though, I'm not gonna let myself fail now. So I looked out the windows. Apparently I got too invested in the view because I almost missed my stop. It was kind of pleasant though because I was actually enjoying the ride, for a change! [spoiler=SkyTrain Pt 4]This stop wasn't actually my final destination, but where I had to make a quick transfer to a different train. I didn't quite pay attention though and I got off the platform on the wrong side of the street. It aaaalmost pissed me off. But I forced myself into my happy place and decided to find some positives. First of all, all I had to do was cross the street and re-enter the station on the proper side (hardly an inconvenience really). Secondly, it gave me the opportunity to treat myself to something to eat along the way, I was starting to feel hungry! So I stopped at the cafe. It was my intention to get something cool to drink and something savoury to eat. I left with a cinnamon rasperberry hot chocolate and a rocky road bar (a chocolate fudge and marshmallow monstrosity with nuts in it). So instead of cool and savoury, I got hot and sweet. Do I regret my decision? Yes. Was it still delicious despite the regret? Of course. Did I feel like I was going to die from a heat and sugar overload? Most definitely. We live with our choices, moving on! Heading back into the proper area of the station that was someone handing out a free local newspaper. Usually I never bother with it, but I decided to grab one anyway (besides, it gave me a chance to practice being friendly and smiling), I figure it'd help keep me distracted from my phone for the last part of my journey. I got on the second train much the same as the first one, calm and not rushed. Turns out the newspaper was a silly idea, not only is it awkward to look at on a train (people make it look so easy, I had no idea what I was in for), it was also very small and took me mere minutes to get through the parts of interest. So it was back to looking around. My phone came out for a second time during the trip, however this time it was in response to an advertisement in the train I would have never seen during my usual routine (in the interest of bettering public information and knowledge, the Canadian Red Cross is currently giving away first aid pocket guides, the ad provides a number for you to text the word 'guide' to and arrange where you want your free first aid guide sent to). So it was actually something useful and I had an easier time putting my phone away compared to the first time. [spoiler=Final Leg]So now the transit portion of the journey is completed and all that's left is the short 15min walk to Tim's place (my home away from home). At this point the sugar really hit me and it took practically all of my self-control not to just book it. Sugar and caffeine missions are worse than my regular missions, it usually results in what feels like a millimetre away from death. The last approx. 5min of the walk is this super steep as heck hill that is utter bullshit to go up. Going up it while trying to fight off a sugar rush is absolute ridiculousness and should not be done. It's amazing I survived, I didn't think I'd actually get myself calmed down just barely enough to get up the hill without being a complete spaz [spoiler=Conclusion]Overall, I think I did fairly well. While quite frequently during the trip I felt anxious and impatient, I didn't let myself succumb to it. I managed to slow down for a change and enjoy the commute. I will say this though, because of my constant vigilance to remain in my happy place, I found the trip to be very exhausting. It definitely took a lot more energy than normal. I won't complain too much about it though, because it's something that will get easier with time. Plus, even though it was tiring, I feel much more in a pleasant mood compared to normal. Also, as an aside, I had an extremely busy weekend (lacking in sleep, no less) and only got 3 hours of sleep last night. So I'd say I did pretty fricken awesome! What about you? Do you have minimal patience while out in public, or do you thrive in the crowd? Has your patience capacity changed as you've gotten older? Have you ever challenged yourself to try and have more patience?
  36. 7 points
    I am super shy, like the highest level of shyness you would ever find in a human being ... I struggle with social anxiety and it can completely ruin my day, change my plans, or just keep me stuck in the house for as long as possible. Before going anywhere I take into consideration where I'll be going, and then I get emotionally prepared for the long and terrifying day ahead. I have had a few moments where my anxiety disappears and I just kick someone's butt with no mercy because I finally hit that breaking point of not just shutting up and letting people do whatever they want, although this rarely happens because I don't find most things worth my time and effort. Talking to people both in real life and online is really hard for me ... I get anxiety whenever I'm in public or around people, this then leads to me just freaking out inside and toying with my hair, clothes, or an item I'm holding while staring at the ground and making absolutely no eye contact with anyone. If I have to talk to people I will most likely freak out for 10 minutes before hand and then manage to squeak out some reply before feeling like I just died inside. I have no idea why my anxiety is so bad, it's probably because I have a total of .2 experience in the "Human interaction" category of life. Online it's pretty bad as well ... I never start conversations unless we've talked before and you initiated them, this lets me know that you like talking to me and I could possibly start a conversation later. I also struggle with actually talking in chats or group chats and instead opt to just watch what everyone else is saying because I don't wanna interject with something that could possibly not be what they're talking about ... I'm also a really strange person and none of my talking points are what any normal person would find good small talk. As you can probably tell from what I've already written, I absolutely suck at making friends. I've never really had any friends in my life, there was one girl who was super shy as well who I hung out with and stood up for before moving, but I'm not sure if that really counts as a friendship since we almost never spoke to each other and just respected the fact that we were both majorly shy ... I also have no friends online, on any site, because I can never talk to people ... I also don't really have a personality online, because my real personality is a bit ... Umm, "Strange". Since my anxiety is so bad I still haven't found a way to cope with it, I usually just end up shutting my brain down when in public and then spending the night (After a day in the public eye) locked away from the world so I can recover from the events that occurred.
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    this photo is from a little while ago but;;
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    Last picture with purp before I go back to blue and being a blueberry~ < 3
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    A lot of care and effort has already been put into making both the front page and forums responsive and very usable on smartphones. If there are issues with the theme on your smartphone I'd much prefer to work with you to help resolve them as opposed to making a separate app. There are ongoing costs with apps. I once experimented with Tapatalk's branded app version and to keep the Apple iOS version going it cost $10 USD a month (Tapatalk) + $99 USD a year (Apple Developer Program) . And with Tapatalk the experience was so different, especially with how topics and user profiles were displayed. I'm not ruling out having an app in future - I would LOVE to have the ability for the same alerts you get here on AF to be sent out as push notifications on your smartphone, which only an app can reliably do. But our community just isn't large enough to warrant it at this time due to the cost and time needed to develop and maintain it. If we ever get an app developed, I would want it to be done right - to maintain many of the features we have here because I know some of you have made your profiles really pretty with the covers and background images.
  41. 7 points
    Hello everyone, Please welcome the following new members that have joined the Anime Forums staff team: Kirry — Moderator @Kirry has a huge amount of passion for this community and its members. It made me really happy when she accepted my offer as I feel we both share the same passion to make Anime Forums a great place to be for anime fans from around the world. Kohloo — Media Moderator @Kohloo has been helping me to test and break new features before releasing them on the forum. I also reached out to her to see if she was interested in helping to keep an eye on our new Media section for the Vocaloid Project and was happy when she accepted. Kohloo will be keeping an eye on this section to ensure inappropriate, lewd videos aren't added here. ChibiChan12 - Welcome Team @ChibiChan12 will be helping us out with greeting new members and making them feel welcome! mechaBD — Anime Team @mechaBD will be joining the existing Anime Team to help out the anime discussion areas. The anime discussion sections are of course are bread and butter - you all love anime right? Please make them feel welcome!
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    Hello, guys! Do you want a good big bar with your nickname? Yes? So, I can help you with it Just fill the form below and It's gonna be done as soon as possible! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey, guys! I wanted to start making X-Mas signatures after 1st december, but I see that already 2 guys requested it So now you can request christmas signature ( even if you already have signature, request a new one to make a lovely atmosphere in our forum! ) FORM: 1) What text should I write? 2) What size do you need? 3) What colors should I use? 4) What I should to put in there? (Anime, movie, game characters etc.) 5) How should it looks like? 6) Your extra information. 7) Your wishes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATTENTION! I have a lot of work to do and stuff with college, so I can't make ur requests in time, unfortunately So, don't blame me, please :3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HERE MY PORTFOLIO: FRAYKER ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- JOIN MY CLUBS! FRAYKER Graphics Anime Sharing Guild
  44. 7 points
    Hello everyone, Anime Forums will be undergoing a server migration at: 6 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2015 (Pacific Time) (10 PM, Saturday - Western Australia time) We are doing this move to get more increased storage, as we have almost outgrown our current server due to the increasing size of our lovely anime Galleries and file attachments. Our host will be doing a two-tiered approach: An initial copy will be done approximately four hours before the scheduled migration. At 6 AM, the server will be shutdown, and an updated sync will take place to copy any new posts and content that was made between the initial copy and the server shutdown. During this time, Anime Forums will be offline and not accessible. Assuming all goes well, we will be back online after the migration is complete. I don't have an ETA how long it will be offline for, but it should not take longer than a few hours. Thank you for your advance patience and understanding.
  45. 6 points
    Adulting 101 Hygiene Habits What in ternation is this? Fact: Most of us are adults. Fact: Adulting can be hard. Fact: Some of us welcome a little help with said adulting. This is the thought process I had when I thought of writing this little mini-series touching on skills with real-life applications. If you’re here on AF, I can only assume you love anime and that’s what you come here for. But I see it as a bit more. We are a community drawn together by that common interest, but that doesn’t mean we’re all living, breathing, consuming, and dreaming in anime at all times (unless you are an exclusively anime-fuelled cyborg, in which case I apologise profusely.) We have families to care for, careers to nurture, education to strive in, and oftentimes so little time to focus on taking care of ourselves. We are people. And if you’re anything like me, nobody taught me everything I really needed to know how to do. Maybe most of us know the basics, but chances are, there are some gaps present that we weren’t warned about. Raise your hand if your parents never taught you about lotion. (I’m sincerely imagining myself the lone soul in here doing so.) I’m one of those people. When I got kicked out of the nest I knew nothing. Sometimes you just get thrown into the deep end and you better learn how to swim. It was motivation to seek out those with answers and ask all the questions. So that’s what I did. I was that annoying little bird who sat on the shoulder of knowledgeable people and asked question after question with no shame at all. Turns out, they were more receptive to slake my thirst for knowledge in the silliest of things they reckoned my mother ought to have taught me by that age. So, going forward with the assumption that maybe I’m not the only one who faced that situation, I wanted to share what I’ve learned over some years obsessing over trying to do things right. I think I’ve got a fairly solid bank of knowledge on maintaining a healthy standard of personal hygiene. And please don’t think I’m accusing everyone of having poor standards, I’m not. I’m sure most if not all of you do just fine, in fact. But if you’re interested in expanding a bit past the basics, then read on, because you might learn something new! Disclaimers I am not a dentist, or a hygienist, and no longer hold any qualifying or valid licenses associated with the field. I am also not a beautician, nor a dermatologist. The information and advice I intend to outline in this little reference sheet are compiled from a mix of my own experiences working alongside professionals, their opinions, and my own research and personal results. Always operate under the assumption of YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) and remember that there is always a possibility that some of this may not apply to you. If you have contradictory instructions from a doctor/professional, for the love of blueberries follow their advice! Oral Health This is easily the subject I took to the quickest, with good reason. Let’s face it- whatever you believe or don’t believe in, we humans got the short end of the stick when it came to the design and efficiency of our dentition. Sharks get to enjoy multiple rows of teeth in case they break or they lose them otherwise. We get one set of primary teeth which eventually fall out when we reach a certain age, and after that, we have one shot. Our adult dentition fully erupts, usually by the time we hit puberty, and that’s all we get. Break a tooth? Bummer, it’s gone forever. A dentist can give you a list of options moving forward (bridge, implant, crown, extraction) but that tooth isn’t growing back no matter how nicely you ask the tooth fairy. The importance of proper oral hygiene is easily highlighted when you consider that once a problem has gone too far, the slope is extremely slippery and in many cases, there is little recovery that can be made, if at all. Tooth decay is a critical (and expensive,) situation you want to avoid at all costs, and many seem not to pay it the attention it deserves. People can sometimes forget (or perhaps not even be aware,) the fact that your teeth are connected to your bloodstream- and as you may know, once something is in your blood, it’s there. Bacteria in your teeth can infect your blood and lead to very serious complications including and not limited to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Got your attention? Good. Oral health is important, do not neglect it. • Twice A Day: You should make a point to not only brush those pearly whites twice daily (for at least two minutes,) but to floss them as well. Flossing is an important step you should not miss because a toothbrush can’t necessarily get in between your teeth where most of the food residue sits. And you should floss before you brush, because… • Spit, Don’t Rinse: Toothpaste is designed to work in contact with your dentition. Assuming you’re using a toothpaste which contains fluoride (I know what you’re thinking- yes, there exist certain ‘natural’ toothpastes which do not contain fluoride, amazingly,) then you want to allow it as much contact time as possible. This is even more important if you are brushing with soft water or water which does not contain it already. I know it doesn’t taste the best, but don’t rinse your mouth after you brush. Simply spit any excess and allow the fluoride to do its job. • When You Should Rinse: After a meal, you should wait about an hour before you brush your teeth, as doing so too soon may damage your enamel. Aren’t teeth confusing and wonderful? Instead, you can rinse your mouth with water for now, and if you’re worried about bad breath, chew some sugar-free gum! (More on that below!) • Commonly Missed Areas: There are three areas most commonly missed by the toothbrush, and it can only do good if you can remember to make contact with them: the back of your tongue, roof of the mouth, and the gingival 1/3rd of each tooth. What’s the gingival 1/3rd, you might be asking? It’s a bit of dental lingo which is referring to the very lowest point of the tooth before its roots, where it erupts from the gingiva (gums). Don’t be afraid to brush up against this part, and you may have to angle the brush down a bit to reach it. • Water Flosser: I just cannot recommend this enough. While there’s nothing wrong with using a good ol’ string to floss with, a water flosser has benefits you can’t easily dismiss once you know how they operate. One such benefit I make personal use of is the ability it has to get into superbly tough spots it would ordinarily be almost impossible to string floss. Anecdotally, I have a spot in the back of one of my second molars where the gums are raised because the wisdom tooth that was there was growing way too close to it. Because of this, the roots are exposed, unfortunately, so I have to find a way to wiggle out any food that might get trapped in that spot. There are special brushes you can manoeuvre back there, but my water flosser can flush it out with no problem (and painlessly I should add.) You can even mix a little mouthwash in these little miracle tools and floss using that! • Sugar Frequency: Here’s a commonly misunderstood concept. Sugar creates a risk for your dentition because bacteria eat the sugar, which converts it into lactic acid, which in turn erodes your teeth and creates cavities. But it’s not the amount of sugar consumption which causes problems, it’s the frequency. Say you have a 2-litre bottle of Coke. If you chug it down in under a minute, it won’t be good for your health, but your teeth are only exposed to it for a minute. It’s like ripping off a Band-Aid versus slowly peeling it off. If you have a big cup of pop you’re sipping on throughout the morning at the office, that’s near-constant exposure to sugar and acid to your teeth all morning. Not good! • And Black Coffee?: Black coffee skips the sugar part and jumps straight to the acidic part! Frequently consuming black coffee all day long can lead to problems as well. • Let Me Tell You About Xylitol: Chew sugar-free gum all you like, in fact, chew it 3-5 times a day if you prefer! Check the ingredients for your little friend xylitol, a sweetener which has been shown to have health benefits rather than health risks. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar or insulin, so it’s a great choice for diabetics. It feeds the good microbes in your digestive system. And, it turns out to be amazing for your oral health, because it acts as the world’s most enticing mouse trap for bacteria in your mouth. • Regular Visits: Don’t forget to actually visit the dentist. No matter how well you care for your teeth, you still need a hygienist to perform a routine cleaning for you every six months to help remove any buildup (calculus/tartar, which is essentially hardened plaque,) that might have slipped through the cracks, and even under your gums. The dentist will also perform a routine check of your dentition to determine if there is anything more serious which needs to be addressed. The sooner a problem is identified and treated, the better. Hair Care We can’t all have flawless, bouncing, and multicoloured locks like our favourite anime characters, but we can try, right? I’ll say this upfront, I know less about hair than I do these other two subjects, because as it turns out, it’s very rooted in chemistry, which I’m no expert in, so this bit will be regrettably shorter. The basic process for caring for hair is cleansing, conditioning, drying, and then styling. In other words the process of cleaning the hair, protecting it, drying it, and then getting it into the shape you want it to be. Fulfilling those needs in these four areas is the objective of growing a healthy mane. Healthy hair is easier to maintain when it grows out of your head in the best condition possible. For this to happen, your follicles need access to nutrients and water in your bloodstream. Basic health practices will contribute positively to the health and, consequently, look of your hair. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid highly processed grains and dairies, get exercise, and drink lots of water. Talking to a doctor will help you determine if vitamins or minerals are especially lacking in your diet, in which case there are supplements you can take to help fulfil any deficiencies. • Don’t Wash Every Day: Yep, you read that one correctly. Washing with shampoo too frequently strips the natural oils from your scalp that are produced to lubricate the hair shaft, and as a result, exposes your hair to more damaging agents. Many commercial shampoos have harsh surfactants that degrade the cuticle through abrasion and excessive oil extraction, and can even sever protein bonds in the cortex underneath. While these harsh surfactants do clean the hair better, our hair doesn't need to be cleaned that well that often. • So How Often Do You Shampoo??: Inversely, not washing your hair enough can lead to intensifying any scalp conditions you might have. Wash cycles, just like skincare, vary from person to person. Experiment with different lengths of time in between washes for a couple of weeks to see what works best for you. On off days you can keep your hair dry, wet and massage it in the shower, or wash with conditioner. • Conditioning Your Hair: Conditioners protect your locks by smoothing down the cuticle, which reduces the chance for damage, reduces moisture loss, and makes the shaft softer, easier to comb, and more manageable overall. In other words, using a conditioner is essential. What’s great about them is how versatile different types can be. Depending on what kind of hair you have, you might benefit from in-shower conditioners, leave-in conditioners, deep conditioners, or even all three. I especially encourage you to look into the benefits of a bi-weekly deep conditioner, if you’re someone who has particularly dry or rough hair. • Let’s Talk About Heat: While it may be tempting to style your hair using hot blow dryers, straighteners, or hot irons, this is also very bad for your hair and if used too frequently will cause damage. While heat styling may seem like the only way to make your hair look good right now, over time, as the condition improves, it will most likely look better without the need for it. You should try to avoid burning your hair as much as possible. • What About Air Drying?: There exists some experimental research that indicates complete air drying also damages the cell membrane between cuticle and cortex fibres. To avoid this, it is recommended you wrap your hair in a towel to soak up any excess water. • She Blinded Me With Science: According to the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, you can safely blow dry on a low heat setting after applying a heat protectant to your hair without risking damage. Its top ingredients should be non-volatile silicones, PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer, Quaternium 70, and/or hydrolysed wheat protein. • Using Styling Products: Since styling is a personal choice tailored to your own preference, I’m not going to presume or advise any one technique here. However, there are a couple of good thumb rules to keep in mind when deciding which products you use (or don’t use) in your hair. • Avoid Short-Chain Alcohols: The short-chain alcohols (SD alcohol, alcohol denat., propanol, propyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol) are included in some products to decrease drying time and make the product spread more easily, but they also dry out the hair by pulling out all that moisture you worked so hard to retain. Dry hair is more susceptible to breakage, damage, and frizz. • Long-Chain Alcohols: Lauryl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and behenyl alcohol. These are long-chain molecules that act like conditioners by smoothing the hair cuticle. Just be careful not to use too much, as that can make the hair feel weighed down and greasy. Silicones have the same conditioning effect, but can be more difficult to wash out and therefore can build up over time with undesirable consequences. Skin Care Yes, here we are, we made it to the last section. I may be a bit of a dental nerd, but a few of you may have picked up before, my true passion lies in skincare. The crazy thing about skincare is how utterly, dangerously addicting it can be- especially once you start finding a routine which works for you and your skin type. See, the thing that makes this so complicated is that our skin can be as unique as our own fingerprints. Some of us have excess oil, for some it’s too dry. We might have what’s called combination skin, where it’s dry in one spot, acne-prone along our jawline, and oily on our forehead! Our skin is susceptible to outside influences such as hormones (pregnancy glow my butt,) abrasion, scarring, acne, chemical burn, diet and hydration, and of course the biggest offender, UV light. I could sincerely write a whole standalone guide on skincare routines, and I just might at some point, but unfortunately, we’re going to have to settle for some basics and essentials, because that’s what this particular thread is about. • YMMV: I cannot stress this enough when it comes to skin. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another. If you want to get serious about taking care of your face, the most important first step is identifying your skin type(s). As stated above, determine if you have oily, dry, acne-prone, sensitive, normal, or combination skin before investing in products to treat them. There are lots of resources on the net on how this can be done, so hop on a search engine and get this process going. • Patch Test: Riding off the above, always, always patch test a new product before fully integrating its use. Patch testing means to apply a very small amount to a small area of skin (big enough you’ll feel it) and wait to see how your skin takes to it. Note that some products may take hours, some may take days to show changes. If you are testing for an allergic reaction, you should do this behind your ear for 3-5 minutes. If you have any adverse reaction, rinse it immediately and discontinue use. • The Standard: No matter your skin type, the most basic outline of a routine will look like this: cleanse, actives, moisturise, SPF, in that order. There is a reason this order is in place. Cleansing does exactly what you expect- it clears the skin of sweat, leftover product, oil, dirt, and prepares the skin for any actives or treatments you may be using. Actives aren’t going to work very well if all that residue is in the way- they need as much access to your dermis in order to be the most effective. Moisturising is an essential step in that it nourishes your skin and balances skin concerns such as dryness and oiliness. SPF should always be applied lastly, because it works by literally creating a barrier between your precious skin and the harmful rays of the sun. And don’t forget- you can and should also apply SPF to your lips! • I’m Going Outside Today: Great! Apply SPF. • But It’s Raining: Apply. SPF. • The Sun Isn’t Out, Why Worry?: S. P. F. • What If I Want To Go Beachbumming And Get A Tan?: If you really must, a tan as gradually as possible is best. Do not burn. The more sunburns you get in a lifetime will increase your risk for skin cancer. Once again, use sunscreen. • The Moisture Barrier: You’ve probably heard of this term- “baby smooth skin”. Plump, smooth, and soft. This is an example of a perfectly intact moisture barrier. It is the topmost layer of skin which is made up of lipids which protect you from bacteria or otherwise harmful environmental invaders. And sadly, it can be damaged. If your skin feels dry, tight, itchy, sensitive, or flaky, you probably have a compromised moisture barrier. Eliminating the source of the problem and treating your skin like it belongs to a baby will allow your moisture barrier to repair itself over time. • How Does This Happen?: There are a concerning number of things which can damage your moisture barrier. You can easily find a more detailed list with a Google search, but some of the top culprits are: exfoliating too often, cleansing your face with hot water, not using SPF, drinking alcohol, skipping moisturiser, aging, and harsh cleansing products (ever see a product such as a bar of soap advertised as suitable for ‘hands, face, and body?’ Yeah- do not put this anywhere near your face. I’m internally screaming just thinking about this.) • Shaving Of The Face: There’s good news for those with facial hair to groom- you can totally shave without worrying it will cause damage to your skin, provided you are not reckless in doing so. It’s a good idea to do so after cleansing, as this helps soften the hair which in turn will result in a more deliberate and easy stroke. Avoid pulling the skin too tight, and shave in the direction of hair growth - shaving against the grain may lead to a closer shave, but it can increase the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs, which nobody likes. • The Post-Shave: Avoid aftershaves with menthol or short-chain alcohol (SD alcohol, denatured alcohol/alcohol denat. and isopropyl alcohol) as this could dry out and irritate your skin. If you’re somebody who is prone to post-shaving acne or experience irritation, you can try using a BHA active after shaving to help reduce the negative effect. And remember to always moisturise! • Drying Skin: After a shower/bath or after cleansing your face, you’ll probably want to dry it. It’s generally a good idea to pat your skin down with a towel rather than abrasively rubbing it against your skin. I know it may seem silly, but it’s the little things. • Stay Hydrated: This is just good advice all around. Drink water. There are countless benefits to simply drinking water, and you should strive to drink at least 1.5 litres (or around 48oz) a day, in fact. Well folks, that’s about all I can think of right now. I hope even if you already follow some healthy routines, reading this far can help reinforce good habits. I do have another topic in the works and while I’m personally only tackling subjects I feel I know enough about to offer solid advice on, I want to encourage anyone who reads this message to share their real-world know-how as well. This can be as simple as basic DIY automotive maintenance or a how-to on organising your closet- if you know how it’s done, take the time to write up a tutorial on it. Chances are, someone will appreciate the tips! As a friendly parting PSA, always remember to practice good hand hygiene! Hands are the #1 vehicle in which illnesses are spread, and because it’s so easy to simply take a couple of minutes to wash your hands with soap and hot water, there’s just no reason to skip this simple and effective action. Wash your hands after leaving the washroom, when caring for a sick person, before handling food, and before and after touching babies. There’s never a bad time to wash your hands, really. Not spreading germs benefits yourself and everyone around you. Just do it!
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    Haven't kissed a girl yet and still going strong. Please root for my 90 year old virgin high score, only 73 years to go.
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    I finish all anime, regardless of whether I like them or no
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    ehhh don't really wanna do this but here ya go!!
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