City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Five: Street Performance)

Chapter Five: Street Performance:

-Paul-

I turned down the corner of the street when I heard loud music blaring further down. Hm? Is there a parade today or something? Curious, I followed the sound. I noticed two other people were following the sound as well. The music sounded like 90’s hip-hop from America. I couldn’t remember the artist off of the top of my head, but I know the song. I noticed a woman walking by with a baby stroller.

“Excuse me,” I spoke up. She turned her head.

“What’s going on today?” I asked. “Is there like a parade or something?” The woman shook her head and walked on. Okay then… More

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City Lounge: London (Book Three, Chapter Four: Free on Her Own)

Chapter Four: Free on Her Own:

-Sophie-

I’m free. I’m free! I felt like running around London. I was finally free! But now what? I didn’t think about that at the moment. I was too busy enjoying being free. No stupid ass boss to ruin my life. No annoying coworkers to put up with. No soul-crushing work that mean nothing. No stuffy walls around me. I was free!

I made it to the park and flopped down onto the grass. The sky looked so blue today. It’s always looked grey to me until now. I reached up as if to grab a cloud. What could I do with my time now? More

I Finally Did it!

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I finally finished all two hundred episodes of Sailor Moon. It was a long process that I began back in 2017. (Maybe it was 2016, I don’t remember.) I dove in on it. Then I stalled for a few months. Then, I picked it back up again. I literally finished Sailor Moon R when I was twenty-nine and started S when I was thirty. (I started S on my birthday this year.) How was it? It’s much better than the DIC/Cloverway. The more I watched, the more I realized that DIC didn’t understand the concept of showing and not telling. The Japanese uncut version relied on showing and not telling the audience what was going on. You could see what was going on and understand the story. Some of the edits didn’t make sense. (No, DJ Ranma S, I don’t care what you say. Even if they were trying to make it like Clueless, there were still some edits that didn’t make sense.)

The only downside is the filler. The ’92 version has so much filler. The first half of R is nothing but filler. If you can get past the filler, it’s a decent anime that doesn’t always follow the manga. Other than, it’s decent nostalgia. Sailor Moon Crystal corrected the filler and story line problem. It will a long while before I get to Crystal. Right now, I am going to watch One Outs next.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Tumblr is a Mess!

So if you haven’t heard by now, Tumblr is cracking down on NSFW art. I do not need to go into detail as you have seen it splashed all over Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, here, and all other pieces of social media. Just go and read the post on the staff Tumblr. Why is this happening? The story goes like this: the Tumblr app got banned from the Apple store due to the child porn running a muck on the platform. So now, the Tumblr execs are trying to clean up their act in a rather sloppy way by December 17th. Now, NSFW artists are going apeshit. Granted, writers will be left unharmed by the changes in service terms. (Even though some of them are acting paranoid.) I personally am going to be fine because I am a writer. (It might effect me sharing posts from my Controversial Album Cover display in November. But, I think everything will be sorted by then.)

Everyone in the Tumblr community is pissed. Some artists are abandoning ship already. I’m not mad at all. I’m going to be fine. I just hope Tumblr sorts out this mess that way everyone will calm the fuck down. But for now…

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Controversial Album Covers X (End)

Year: 2016

Zayn Malik: Mind Of Mine

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The Problem: Not strictly inappropriate, despite being a baby Zayn Malik covered in tattoos, but what did have the Twitter getting its knickers in a twist was the fact it was a fairly close rip off of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III and Tha Carter IV – featuring two childhood photos covered in his inkings.

My Take: Aw, look at how thuggish they try to be at such a young age. I don’t know much about One Direction or Zayn, but it looks like he’s trying too hard to be gangster. Or maybe it’s tribute to Lil Wayne. I don’t know, but it looks like Lil Wayne did it better.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 29)

Year: 1984

Scorpions: Love at First Sting

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The Problem: The original cover is changed due to a complaint by Wal Mart about the partially nude embrace.

My Take: Oh, it’s the Scorpions! How have you been? It’s been so long since I had this band in my display. Compared to the other covers we have seen in this display in the past, this is actually pretty tame. You just see side-boob and nothing else. Come on Wal-Hall, lighten up.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 28)

Year: 1983

Lita Ford: Out for Blood

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: This isn’t sexy at all. It looks like she is trying too hard with this cover. This cover just looks so cheesy if you ask me. The get-up, the words in blood, the instruments in blood. Just no with the 80’s style.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 27)

Year: 1976

Richard Pryor: Bicentennial N****r

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: I know this is Richard Pryor and he loves to use the N-word, but does he have to? Does he really have to?

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 26)

Year: 1971

Supertramp: Indelibly Stamped

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The Problem: The cover depicts the tattooed torso and arms of a topless woman. It is commonly believed that the model for the cover was Rusty Skuse, largely due to a tattoo on the left arm which names “Bill” and “Rusty”. However, a comparison between the album cover and photographs of Skuse’s tattoos show that this is not the case. According to Paul Sayce, writing in Tattoo News, the model was Marion Hollier, who was extensively tattooed at the Les Skuse Tattoo Studio in the 1960s. An article published in The People shortly after the album’s release also identifies Hollier as the model, noting that she was paid £45 for the job (equivalent to £600 in 2016).

My Take: I have a hard time picturing this cover with the people who sang “Goosbye Stranger” and “The Logical Song”. I would see this one on a heavy metal band’s album cover. Well, the image does go with the title.

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Controversial Album Covers X (Pt. 25)

Year: 1974

Three Dog Night: Hard Labor

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The Problem: (My source doesn’t provide information on this cover. Comment below the reason.)

My Take: This is definitely a strange cover to behold. Are those chicken feet? Is she giving birth to a record? You know what this reminds me of? Chumbawaba’s album, Anarchy. I did that album cover about two or three years ago too.

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