Let’s Get Packing

collegelife-101:

MY PERSONAL COLLEGE PACKING LIST:

Bedding

Bedbug-protecting mattress cover
Duvet and duvet cover or comforter set
Foam topper
Mattress pad
Pillowcases
Pillows
Throw blanket
Throw pillows
Twin sheet set (and an extra set for laundry day)
          ****Check on your school website for bed size. Many dorm beds are Twin XL, but some, like mine, are Standard Twin.****
Bedside Caddy

Room
Christmas Lights
Additional seating-beanbag chair
Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly)
Alarm clock/iHome
Area rug
Bed risers
                ***Check to see if allowed at your school****
Bulletin board
Dry erase board
Push pins/magnets/whiteboard markers
Closet organizer
Curtain rods (room divider)
Curtains
Full-length mirror
Hangers (extra-thin)
Jewelry organizer
Safe
Photos
Picture frames or photo clips
Shoe rack
Small Folding Stepladder
Trashcan
Underbed storage
Wall art (posters, wall decals, etc.)
Air Freshener

Laundry
Bleach
Detergent
Fabric softener/Dryer Sheets
Iron
Ironing board
Laundry detergent
Laundry hamper or bag (dirty clothes)
Laundry Basket (clean clothes)
Lint brush
Portable stain remover pen
Sewing kit
Stain remover

Bathroom
Bath towels/Bath Sheet
Bathrobe
Loofah
Scale
Shower caddy
Shower shoes
Tumbler/cup
Washcloths

Toiletries
Acne medicine/cream
Body wash
Conditioner
Deodorant
Face wash
Hair gel
Hair mousse
Hairspray
Lip balm
Lotion
Makeup
Makeup remover
Moisturizer
Mouthwash
Nail polish
Nail polish remover
Shampoo
Shaving Cream
Toothpaste
Blow dryer
Bobby pins
Comb
Contacts, solution, and case
Q-tips
Curling iron
Eyeglasses and case
Makeup Storage
Hair clips
Hair straightener
Hair ties
Hairbrush
Mirror (Lighted Makeup Mirror)
Headbands
Nail clippers
Nail files
Pumice stone
Razor
Tampons and pads
Tissues
Toothbrush
Toothbrush holder
Tweezers

Tech
Batteries
Camera
Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
DVD player
DVDs
Ethernet cable
Extension cords
“Flex your Power”
External hard drive
Flash drive
HDMI cable
Headphones and spare headphones
Lap desk
Laptop
Laptop Case
Portable phone charger
Printer (NOT WIRELESS)
Printer ink
Printer paper
Recording device for lectures
Router
SD card for camera
Spare cables
Speakers
Surge protectors
TV
TV stand
Video game console
Video games

Desk/School Supplies
Address book
Backpack or tote bag
Binder clips
Binders
Calculator
Calendar
Cards/notes to send home
Desk lamp
Desk organizer
Envelopes
Erasers
File folder for important documents
Folders
Highlighters
Hole punch
Index cards
Journal
Laptop fan/stand
Letter opener
Notebook paper
Notebooks
Paper clips
Pencil case
Pencil sharpener
Pencils
Pens/colored pens
Planner
Post-it notes
Rubber bands
Scissors
Staple remover
Stapler
Staples
Tape
Three-hole punch
Wite-Out
Tote OR Backpack

Medical
Bandages
Birth control
Cold and flu medicine
Decongestant
Eye drops
First aid kit
Hot and cold packs
Aleve
Throat drops/lozenges
Throat spray
Upset stomach medication
Vaseline

Misc.
Art supplies
Board games
Duct tape
Earplugs
Fan
Flashlight
Pepper spray (if legal in your state)
Playing cards
Safety pins
Safety whistle
Sleep mask
Suitcase
Small tool kit
Travel bags/travel organizer for toiletries
Umbrellas
Vacuum/Dust Buster (2-in-1)
Weekend bag

*I’m packing some things that might not be on a typical list, I’ll post explanations later. There are reasons for everything on here. I do not like to waste money on things that I don’t think I will need. ALSO, I have two older siblings and some of these things are their suggestions*  

A Very CrissColfer video, master post

neverforgetneverforgive:

  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 1
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 2
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 3
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 4
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 5
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 6
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 7
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 8
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 9
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 10
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 11
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 12
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 13
  • A Very Crisscolfer video - Part 14
  1. You Tube blocked AVCV Part 2 and AVCV Part 5 in some locations like Germany. And I can’t do anything about it, I’m sorry.
  2. No copyright infingement intended. All belongs to their respective owners. If I have used a photo you took or a video you made and you don’t want it here, let me know and I’ll remove it.
  3. I unlisted them from You Tube, so If you want to watch them, you have to click the direct links.

Enjoy! :D

The Basics of Efficient Studying

hexaneandheels:

If you’re studying extremely hard, then you’ve done something wrong. I know how counterintuitive this sounds, but it’s true. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Most students study very hard to try and get results, but only a minority of students are straight-A students. Get the picture? Just because practically everyone does it doesn’t mean that’s how you should do it. That couldn’t be any truer when it comes to studying. Have you ever wondered how all these superstar students have the time to go to social events, head clubs, and still manage to fit in time to study to get those As? That’s because studying doesn’t have to consume your life if you do it efficiently.

 

Let’s start by defining the challenge ahead. Let’s say you have an exam coming up. First ask yourself these questions:

  • Which lectures and reading assignments (or problem sets) are fair game?
  • What type of questions will be on the exam and how many of each? (IDs, dates, broad syntheses of text’s major arguments…)
  • Is the exam open (note)book?
  • Will formulas be provided or should they be memorized?
  • How much time will be available? (Does the professor expect it to be easy to finish in the time allotted or a challenge to complete?)

 

Now that you’ve answered these questions, it’s time to build a study guide. Below you will learn how to build a study guide for both non-technical courses and technical courses.

 

Build a Basic Study Guide (Non-technical)

Creating a study guide is very simple, but here are some tips to make it run more smoothly. It helps to have a plan. First, print out the corresponding notes for a given test. Then cluster the notes into relevant piles by topic fastened by paper clip. You should have “chapters” for each general topic covered. It’s as simple as that. Now that you have “chapters” split up, carry around one or two chapters a day and review the material any free moment you get.

 

Construct a Mega-Problem Set (Technical)

Problem set assignments are key, so make sure you keep all the ones you accumulate during the course for studying later.

  • Make corresponding piles for each type of problem set
  • Supplement with sample problems from notes
  • Match the lecture notes to the problem set that covers the same material
  • Copy sample problems from notes to blank paper (don’t need to copy steps or answer, just questions)
  • Label the blank sheet with the lecture date (so you know where the problems are from and where to find the answers)
  • Put this with the problem/lecture note set you created in the previous steps
  • Augment mega-problem sets with technical explanation questions that ask to explain the basics of the topic (ex: “Explain the general procedure for drawing a molecular structure, why this is useful, and what special cases must be kept in mind.”). This will reveal whether you understand what you’re studying or not by forcing you to write out the basics.
  • If practice exams are available, copy them and store them with your mega-problem sets

 

Prepare Memorization Aids

Flashcards, flashcards, flashcards. They are time tested and work. Start making them when you’re relaxing BEFORE you plan to study them. You need to schedule this out properly to avoid tiring yourself out. If you try to make and study the cards all in the same session you’ll be tired and have trouble remembering later what you spent all that time working on. So make sure you do the creating and studying separately to maximize results. Also be sure you perform checks to know you didn’t “just” memorize but actually understand.

 

These tips are inspired by Cal Newport’s books as well as my own insight as a student. See my other posts on studying here and stay tuned for even more study tips to come this week!

Skank!Kurt Fic Recs

savvymavvy:

I desperately love the Skank!Kurt/badboy!Kurt/general-wayward!Kurt trope that proliferated fandom for awhile. In my opinion there never really was enough of this. But then, all of it would not be enough. Anyways, a rec list for those who, like me, love the trope. 

If anyone has any other rec’s for the trope let me know. 

Tip/Tilt by Rainjoy. Blaine doesn’t always think very far ahead; it’s an acknowledged personality flaw.

Plug In Baby by mmerainbowsBlaine passes by Kurt everyday on his way home, ignoring the pink haired pierced up boy to avoid the trouble that the boy seems to surround himself with. One day, though, Blaine can’t avoid paying attention to Kurt, and one simple act of humanity creates enough drama that even Rachel is overwhelmed by it. 

Trapped In Amber by happylittlebumblebee. Kurt is drifting through his senior year of high school; he bothers no-one, and finally no-one bothers him. In the four years since his mother’s death when he was thirteen years old, Kurt and his father have become strangers living in the same house. Until one day an overly-enthusiastic transfer student from some private school is asking him for directions, and his father brings home the mother of his once-tormentor.

Always Here In the Silence by CimmeriansNerd!Blaine/Badass!Kurt AU. 

Sinking Verse by PrinceHummelBlaine is very much lost at his new school, but he meets someone that could possibly help. However, he turns out to be much more than Blaine had bargained for. Maybe too much.

Good (You Know What I Mean)No Object of Lust by Herostratic. 1950’s badboy!Kurt. 

Carry Me Home (Tonight) by blasthisass. As disagreements continue to rage in the Anderson household, Blaine is forced to spend his evenings behind a bar to pay his way through OSU. It’s not an ideal solution, but the money is good and he manages well enough. That may very well change, however, when the interested gaze of Kurt Hummel, self-proclaimed resident bad-boy, lands on him. And it seems that Kurt doesn’t have the word ‘no’ in his vocabulary.

Boys Like Us by threetequilafloor. Blaine Anderson never thought he would have any reason to venture near McKinley reform school, but that was before he met Kurt Hummel.

Blackbird by NotUnusual. It’s Blaine’s senior year, and he’s moved to a new town, where he has to attend a new school and try to make new friends. It wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s also being targeted by the school bully; Kurt Hummel. Blaine discovers that the best way to combat Kurt is to make friends with him, but can they actually get along?

Languages Masterpost

hello-language-that-is-all:

Sharing my bookmarks with the Tumblr community. Have fun!

Linguistics

  • WALS
  • Linguasphere - Kind of like WALS, if I remember correctly, but not quite. (Note: The website is in French.)
  • GOLD - a unique listing of linguistic terms and definitions. Right now it appears to be having technical issues, but when it works it’s really great. Just click “View GOLD” at the top.

Many Languages (or General Resources)

  • This is a directory of apparently scanned PDFs of many, many, many books regarding various languages. There are grammars, dictionaries, and more for more than 25 languages.
  • Conjuguemos: An awesome website, Conjuguemos has verb and vocabulary activities in several (mostly Romance) languages.
  • A directory of online dictionaries for around 200 languages. Truly an amazing resource.
  • Duolingo - don’t tell me you don’t know what this is.
  • Memrise - let me guess, you don’t know what this is either?
  • Quizlet - flash cards and accompanying games. There are also many apps that connect to Quizlet and provide Spaced Repetition or other activities with the cards.
  • Lang-8 - write in the language you’re learning, let others correct you. In turn, you correct posts in your native language.
  • Lingocracy - for reading in your target language.
  • LingQ links you (get it? LingQ, link you? HAHA) to native speakers around the world. You can join live conversations, get writing corrected, and so on and do the same for them.)
  • FluentU - a compilation of real world videos in your target language with interactive captions.
  • Babbel - another language learning resource with many languages available.
  • Ba Ba Dum - 1500 words, 11 languages, 5 games. Unique site.
  • Radiolingua - quick and easy sets of beginner’s lessons in many languages.
  • Busuu is yet another website for learning the basics of many languages. It also features video-chats with native speakers and many many units of grammar/vocab.
  • The US government’s Foreign Service Institute has grammars in many many languages.
  • Omniglot - writing, writing, and more writing. Goes over the writing system and accompanying pronunciation of every language imaginable, including many conlangs and extinct languages. Truly amazing resource.
  • LanguageRealm has some good stuff for the languages that it features.
  • AncientScripts is another website for writing systems, but it is restricted to ancient scripts, many of which are for languages now out of use.
  • Transparent Language Blog is wonderful. The right side has a list of the languages for which they have any content posted - and for each language there is quite a bit.
  • SaySomethingIn… is most useful for Welsh but has a few other languages. It involves sessions of listening and repeating along with eventual reading and grammar.
  • Digital Dialects - games for learning basic vocabulary in lots and lots of languages.
  • LanguageReef - Indian languages. So many Indian languages.
  • 200 Word Project - learn the basic vocabulary of six African languages by clicking and listening to native pronunciations.
  • Let’s not forget Wikipedia. Not only does the English version have something on just about any language imaginable, but the website has articles available in lots of languages. I like clicking the “Random article” button and reading whatever comes up.

Spanish

French

  • Grammar, vocab, and culture can be found at French at about.com.
  • Grammar. Lots of it.
  • French equivalent of Simple English Wikipedia.
  • AwesomeFrench is the greatest French Tumblr blog in the universe. She answers questions about culture and grammar, but don’t be one of those annoying people that asks homework questions or advice about how to turn on your French boyfriend or girlfriend.

Japanese

Arabic

  • Tutorial on the Arabic alphabet.
  • Arabic script lessons.
  • Lessons on the Arabic script.
  • Arabic script tutorial.
  • Project Root List aims to list all of the roots and vowel combinations in the Quran. Since Arabic hasn’t changed much in that regard, it’s useful for modern Arabic, too.
  • A PDF of the book Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar.
  • A nice PDF regarding the Arabic pronouns.
  • You can search the Quran in Classical Arabic here.
  • Classical Arabic: LearnArabicOnline.com. This is a fantastic resource in that it not only talks about reading and grammar, but also writing styles and eloquence in writing. It is strictly for Classical Arabic, however, not modern spoken or Modern Standard Arabic.

Hindi

  • Hindi script - really good animations of stroke order and how to write as well as providing instructions on writing.
  • Quillpad looks like a really great tool for typing in Hindi as well as other Indian languages. Simply type the English letters and the computer converts it. (Note: for beginners still trying to learn the script, learn the script and manually put the characters in. Force yourself to write the script to get yourself to think in that language!)
  • Beginner’s grammar lessons. Really a good page.
  • Five Hindi lessons that cover quite a bit.
  • More grammar because it’s important.

Russian

Old English

  • Grammar rules in detail. AMAZING website.
  • Here is Beowulf in Old English. There’s also a link to a modern English translation just under the title of the page.

Korean

  • Set of graphics that are wonderful for explaining the Korean script.
  • Really great website for grammar, script, and vocab. Also offers many of the beginner’s lessons and some of the more advanced ones in Spanish and/or Russian, for you overachievers out there.

Estonian

Finnish

  • Some basic grammar here.
  • Here is a great resource with video, explanations, and thematic lesson organization.
  • Lots and lots of good stuff here.

Esperanto

German

  • Kids’ games for German vocab and stuff.
  • DW - German news website. Available in 30 languages, however.

Welsh

  • Lots of vocabulary. (Note: In my experience, this website has only been marginally useful because it doesn’t give gender, some of its nouns are plural when they should be singular, and so on.)
  • A long, detailed, well-explained resource from the BBC on Welsh grammar.

Xhosa

Mandarin

  • Some themed vocabulary lists. Actually lots of them.
  • Here is a more or less miscellaneous collection of concepts and vocab about the Chinese language and culture.
  • MandarinMadeEZ - Some fun and simple YouTube lessons from Fiona Tian. She’s kind of awkward so if you’re looking for something really serious, don’t go here. Also, cats.

Native American Langauges

Other

  • Italian: Good website for grammar rules.
  • Greek: Some lessons on New Testament Greek grammar.
  • Romanian: RoLang - audio and video lessons.
  • Hebrew: The Bible in Hebrew can be searched here.

And finally, I recently started a resources tag (here) that I think I’ll just link to rather than trying to transfer all that stuff over to this post.

I apologize that some of these headings have only one or two resources for them… but remember that the “Many Languages” category can not only provide a lot of further resources and information for the languages listed here, but can also provide stuff for languages not mentioned here!

If you guys have more stuff you’d like me to add for any language, send it to me and I’ll check it out and maybe update this post :)

Have fun and good luck :D

Mad Naked Summer: The Game Plan

alilactree:

A/N: self-indulgent summer fic, I’m planning on this being a multi-part ‘verse type thing. Fun sexytimes to come (oh, stop.)

Kurt decides it needs a name. Blaine would have really preferred just getting to it instead of talking and planning and coming up with an appropriate moniker. But Blaine has learned by now that Kurt is a schemer, always plotting, though he usually lets Blaine in on his master plan just moments before he launches an out-of-nowhere blitzkrieg at him. If he’s lucky. Blaine supposes he should just be thankful Kurt’s letting him have a say this time instead of just springing it on him. So to speak.


"The Summer Of Sexual Experimentation!" Kurt announces, complete with a hand flourish and sing-songing declaration

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jennibeebee:

socloseyetsofarcc:

    ”They’re very different, in a Yin-Yang way: Chris is a quiet, self-effacing craftsman who goes about his business of perfecting the almost lost art of extremely subtle acting for the camera — he’s aware, I think, of how a tiny shift of the planes of his face convey his thoughts and emotions; Darren is cheerfully and robustly conquering the world with a tireless energy for the many things heaped on his plate all at once.” - Brad Ellis

It’s because they are wired differently. A brief study of energy profiles/personality types makes it easy to see, and also shows how they compliment and balance each other (on screen or off…believe what you like).Chris is dominated by Earth. He is careful, analytical, and a perfectionist (watch how he dances, his footwork is impeccable and he is always precise on the beat). He relates to the world intellectually, he draws connections (like writing a “what happened behind the fairy tale” book series). His world is black and white in that he knows what he wants and doesn’t back down. He works incredibly hard because he never cuts himself slack. (He doesn’t cut anyone else slack either). He likes to call his own shots and be in control. (He has said so himself, and it always seems to surprise people…I don’t know why though because it is very much in keeping with an Earth type.)  Part of that control is not letting very many people get very close, and a strong protectiveness of the few people that he does let in. He gets irritated with people who try to tell him who he is or what he wants or what he’s doing. He doesn’t play social games just to please someone else (although he gets a big kick out of playing games or pranks on others, because it puts him in control and/or makes him the smartest guy in the room and he loves that). He is unapologetically himself. The media and fans are lucky that he’s an incredibly nice guy because if he weren’t he has the ability to shoot scathing retorts at absolutely everybody who is rude to him (He’s mentioned a couple of pretty sassy ones from high school, and don’t think for a second that Struck By Lightning wasn’t cathartic to write!). Kurt is much softer. Chris has said that he doesn’t think Kurt would like Chris, and I agree.

Darren is dominated by Air.This is an extremely high energy type, and anyone who has watched Darren in an interview or performance knows that he can’t sit still for a second. Even when he’s playing the piano he shifts in his seat and moves his head and shoulders a lot. Airs are fast, mentally and emotionally, and they are prone to moving through both ideas and emotions at a rapid pace. Darren is also very smart, though sometimes it comes out in different ways. He is very articulate—and usually fast on his feet. Of course sometimes he’s too fast for his own good and says something HE wants to say rather than what he was officially supposed to say. His mind is full of a million ideas and plans and dreams and he gets bored without variety—look at the huge variation among the songs he’s written, how many languages he’s studied, or how many different careers he has dabbled in (songwriting, composing, musician, screen acting, stage acting…). Remember when Darren said that in college he “majored in awesome and fun”? Or how he always wears bright wild socks or hot pink sunglasses (even with a tuxedo)? Remember the afro?! Or when he said that he’d like the world to be pink because then mean people wouldn’t look so mean? Or when he said that his spirit animal was a dolphin because they play all day instead of having jobs and working? He doesn’t have a problem with being perceived as weird or goofy, because it’s all fun to him. Hey Darren, your Air is showing!

I think they both have a secondary of Fire. Fire likes to jump in and get things done and just go go go (remember how they both talk about how they rarely sleep? Chris’ comments about focusing in on his writing and forgetting to eat or sleep for hours or days? Or Darren’s co-workers saying how he routinely seems to get by on just a few hours of sleep?) In addition to liking to be active, they both like to get reactions out of others. There’s a great analysis of the Brain Busters bit that shows Darren doing goofy things just to get the reaction from Chris (and shows him looking so pleased with himself when he gets it). Chris has perfected reaction-getting too, though he takes a more subtle approach (just try and say he didn’t know exactly what he was doing in that clip!) And all the CC-shippers have no hesitation in pointing out the many clever hints that they both like to drop in interviews and social media. (Chris especially: control + showing his smarts + getting reactions!)

Together yes they have a yin-yang or opposites attract dynamic, but it’s more than that. It’s actually interesting that Brad chose the phrase “yin yang” because that concept refers to two things that are very different but are also totally complimentary. They balance each other. Chris is a very serious guy, and what is Darren’s favorite thing to do? Get him to laugh. And he does, a LOT. Remember the tour contest they had? Chris said he wanted to get Darren to “mess up” and Darren said he wanted to get Chris to “crack up.” Chris focuses on the perfection (of staying in character), Darren is thinking about the humor. Even though essentially they were doing the same things, their motivations were different. On the other hand, Darren can be a bit of a doofus (loveable, but still a doofus), and Chris has a very stabilizing effect on him (I refer you to his performances in AVPM and AVPS compared to AVPSY—it’s not just getting a couple of years older.)

In any case, hopefully that was interesting to somebody besides just me. :)

jennibeebee:

socloseyetsofarcc:

    ”They’re very different, in a Yin-Yang way: Chris is a quiet, self-effacing craftsman who goes about his business of perfecting the almost lost art of extremely subtle acting for the camera — he’s aware, I think, of how a tiny shift of the planes of his face convey his thoughts and emotions; Darren is cheerfully and robustly conquering the world with a tireless energy for the many things heaped on his plate all at once.” - Brad Ellis

It’s because they are wired differently. A brief study of energy profiles/personality types makes it easy to see, and also shows how they compliment and balance each other (on screen or off…believe what you like).

Chris is dominated by Earth. He is careful, analytical, and a perfectionist (watch how he dances, his footwork is impeccable and he is always precise on the beat). He relates to the world intellectually, he draws connections (like writing a “what happened behind the fairy tale” book series). His world is black and white in that he knows what he wants and doesn’t back down. He works incredibly hard because he never cuts himself slack. (He doesn’t cut anyone else slack either). He likes to call his own shots and be in control. (He has said so himself, and it always seems to surprise people…I don’t know why though because it is very much in keeping with an Earth type.)  Part of that control is not letting very many people get very close, and a strong protectiveness of the few people that he does let in. He gets irritated with people who try to tell him who he is or what he wants or what he’s doing. He doesn’t play social games just to please someone else (although he gets a big kick out of playing games or pranks on others, because it puts him in control and/or makes him the smartest guy in the room and he loves that). He is unapologetically himself. The media and fans are lucky that he’s an incredibly nice guy because if he weren’t he has the ability to shoot scathing retorts at absolutely everybody who is rude to him (He’s mentioned a couple of pretty sassy ones from high school, and don’t think for a second that Struck By Lightning wasn’t cathartic to write!). Kurt is much softer. Chris has said that he doesn’t think Kurt would like Chris, and I agree.

Darren is dominated by Air.This is an extremely high energy type, and anyone who has watched Darren in an interview or performance knows that he can’t sit still for a second. Even when he’s playing the piano he shifts in his seat and moves his head and shoulders a lot. Airs are fast, mentally and emotionally, and they are prone to moving through both ideas and emotions at a rapid pace. Darren is also very smart, though sometimes it comes out in different ways. He is very articulate—and usually fast on his feet. Of course sometimes he’s too fast for his own good and says something HE wants to say rather than what he was officially supposed to say. His mind is full of a million ideas and plans and dreams and he gets bored without variety—look at the huge variation among the songs he’s written, how many languages he’s studied, or how many different careers he has dabbled in (songwriting, composing, musician, screen acting, stage acting…). Remember when Darren said that in college he “majored in awesome and fun”? Or how he always wears bright wild socks or hot pink sunglasses (even with a tuxedo)? Remember the afro?! Or when he said that he’d like the world to be pink because then mean people wouldn’t look so mean? Or when he said that his spirit animal was a dolphin because they play all day instead of having jobs and working? He doesn’t have a problem with being perceived as weird or goofy, because it’s all fun to him. Hey Darren, your Air is showing!

I think they both have a secondary of Fire. Fire likes to jump in and get things done and just go go go (remember how they both talk about how they rarely sleep? Chris’ comments about focusing in on his writing and forgetting to eat or sleep for hours or days? Or Darren’s co-workers saying how he routinely seems to get by on just a few hours of sleep?) In addition to liking to be active, they both like to get reactions out of others. There’s a great analysis of the Brain Busters bit that shows Darren doing goofy things just to get the reaction from Chris (and shows him looking so pleased with himself when he gets it). Chris has perfected reaction-getting too, though he takes a more subtle approach (just try and say he didn’t know exactly what he was doing in that clip!) And all the CC-shippers have no hesitation in pointing out the many clever hints that they both like to drop in interviews and social media. (Chris especially: control + showing his smarts + getting reactions!)

Together yes they have a yin-yang or opposites attract dynamic, but it’s more than that. It’s actually interesting that Brad chose the phrase “yin yang” because that concept refers to two things that are very different but are also totally complimentary. They balance each other. Chris is a very serious guy, and what is Darren’s favorite thing to do? Get him to laugh. And he does, a LOT. Remember the tour contest they had? Chris said he wanted to get Darren to “mess up” and Darren said he wanted to get Chris to “crack up.” Chris focuses on the perfection (of staying in character), Darren is thinking about the humor. Even though essentially they were doing the same things, their motivations were different. On the other hand, Darren can be a bit of a doofus (loveable, but still a doofus), and Chris has a very stabilizing effect on him (I refer you to his performances in AVPM and AVPS compared to AVPSY—it’s not just getting a couple of years older.)

In any case, hopefully that was interesting to somebody besides just me. :)

(Source: musikillmoved)

klaineficspdfs:

 Title:  Things Are Different But You Still Pretend

Author:  Shurtugal781226

Rating:  M

Summary: Darren and Chris attended East Clovis High together, and even started dating. All was great until Darren disappears off the face of the planet after graduation, with not so much as a phone call. They meet again when Darren is cast on Glee! 

Pairing:  CrissColfer

Word count: ~45,800

Status:  complete

Chapters:  19

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Soooo…I was at the Glee Live movie taping on Friday

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Okay, so a few of you know that I was at the Glee movie taping on Friday. Sorry this recap is late, but I had to work (and or catch up on sleep) all weekend.  I hope I remember all the details, and you can feel free to ask me questions after reading this if you like.  :)  I will say that I had a great time overall!  The day was long, and there was a lot of down time, but watching the cast/crew interact was really cool, and it was interesting seeing so much of the behind the scenes things that go into making a movie.  This is extreeeemly long, and I don’t blame one single person for scrolling on by, lol. 

First, I will say that I was sitting next to the right side of the stage and in the third row (if facing out from backstage), so I obviously couldn’t see some of what was happening from the other side.  This means that I saw more of the interactions between the guys than I did the girls, just due to where they had a tendency to be sitting or standing much of the time.  Also, I’m a big Darren fan, so this recap will likely have a heavy focus on him, as I tended to watch him whenever he was on stage.  I think I have things to share about each of them, though, and they were all lovely and really seemed to get along well. :)

I think I saw someone post a breakdown of what was shot for the day, but if you have any questions about that, let me know.  I figured I’d focus this recap on the cast interactions and any other fun tidbits that I remember from the day.  I’m going to be as detailed as possible for all of you who couldn’t be there, because I know I’d have appreciated something like that (thank goodness my profession requires me to pay close attention to people on a daily basis, lol).  Aaaand here we go (you all deserve a cookie or something if you actually make it through this post.  Sorry for my long-windedness. /o\)

Okay, the first thing they shot was the Kurt/Blaine/Brittany skit.  Heather walked out quickly to the middle of the arena first, and Darren showed up on our side of the stage shortly after that.  He saw the man with the megaphone standing in front of us, attempting to give us directions and, instead of continuing to walk by, he stopped at the stairs, and the guy handed him the megaphone.  (at this point, I was sitting in the back, but they needed a few rows to move to the very front, so I was moving while he was talking and didn’t catch most of what he said. I did hear him say that if he didn’t need his heart, he’d cut it up into tiny pieces and share it with everyone there, or something similar.  LOL Cheeseball, I love him <3).  So, he was pointing out the people who were wearing Warbler-type clothing and such, as I was moving, and was just generally happy and friendly.  When the group of us who were moving got to our new places, the guy told us to wait until Darren was finished talking, because I guess he figured we would be too close to him or something if we sat down where they wanted us, and didn’t want to cause any kind of riot, lol.  But, Darren stood there talking with the fans for so long that the guy got tired of having us stand in the aisles, and just told us to take our seats anyway.  It was really sweet of Darren to walk out into the audience and talk to us. He definitely didn’t have to do that, and it was a nice energy booster to start the day, as we would be sitting in our assigned seats for many, many hours to come. 

Heather was the first one out on stage, and she was like an energizer bunny. She kept flipping her hair back and forth to make it all poofy, and was jogging in place, doing jumping jacks, and basically engaging in calisthenics up there before they started shooting.  The first time they started the skit, I didn’t notice it, but I did see the next to times, that the camera was actually shooting close ups of her doing these things, so I don’t know if it’s part of the movie or for some extra/behind the scenes thing, or just for outtakes or what. But, it is on camera. LOL  Anyway, they shot the first take pretty much like a typical skit that we’ve seen before, and Chris and Darren ran down the steps, while Heather went back to her side of the stage to get ready for the next take.  Chris looked really deep in thought for a minute or two, and then you saw him walk over to the middle of the floor where they were recording playback of the skit in 3D.  He requested a pair of 3D glasses, and watched the playback of what they had just shot, again seeming to be deep in thought about something.  He finishes that and goes back to his place.  While Chris was doing that, Darren started humming and singing some song into the microphone, looking over at our side of the audience, sort of serenading us.  When people started to react to him doing this, he realized that he was causing us to break the rules because we were told to be quiet between takes so they could figure out the intricacies of the next take.  He then apologized for “making you guys break the rules,” and then gave another speech thanking us for being so patient and compliant with their requests because they were all trying to do the best they could to make the movie the best it could be, and even though it would be tough to sit there all day, he appreciated us all coming out and being supportive of them in any way we could.  Chris was back to his spot to start the next take by then, and smiled at him at the end of his speech.  Then, they went up on stage for the second take, and that’s when Chris did the “what’s better than Kurt and Blaine? Kurt and Blaine in 3D” thing.  Darren joined in right away, and almost fell over when he attempted to copy the ninja kick. LOL It was presh.  That was also the first time that Darren said the line “you like the blazer” in the flirty way that he did it that night for the show.  I saw some people on here write about how that was scripted, and I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Darren came up with that right on the spot during that take.  For the briefest of seconds, you could see Chris caught off guard by it, but he recovered very quickly and responded in a similar way to what you guys saw in the videos from the show.  Darren was so proud of himself for that line.  When they cut that scene, Chris walked back towards our side of the stage to have his clothes readjusted (every time he would flip himself to the ground and kick his legs, his pants and shirt would move and so a crew member had to come over and fix them for him.  Darren followed Chris over to the side and repeated the “you like the blazer” line to him again more quietly with a big smile on his face, and Chris looked over at him and gave him a smirk, kinda like an “oh, you” reaction.  It was cute! LOL Like I said, Darren was very proud of himself for coming up with that line.  So, they had another part of downtime, where they had to set up different cameras, and during this time, Heather was up on stage spinning and making beatboxing noises and dancing.  Darren joined her with the beatboxing for a bit, and then started singing a song that included the words “Heather Morris” and “awesome.”  Chris had been crouched down in his spot for the next take, and stood up, resting his arms on the side of the stage after Darren started singing, watching Darren sing and Heather dance. Seriously, they’re all so cute!  So, the third take is similar to the second one, really.  Then, they had to shoot Chris walking up the stairs with different cameras, so Darren and Heather were hanging out on stage.  They were just goofing around, and playfully leaning on each other, at one point Heather leaned over and whispered in Darren’s ear, and was leaning on his shoulder and he leaned forward towards her.  Then, they were having fake conversations seemingly to set up the shot, and then did the brief “I’m taken” lines to give Chris his cue to walk up the steps.  Ohhh, and at the end of the shooting for the skit, Chris walked off the stage and said “sorry if anyone saw my ass” since his pants and shirt kept readjusting as he was rolling around on the floor.  LOL ILH  They shot IWHYH next with just Chris, and he sounded beautiful, as always. <3 <3 <3

Cory was up on stage next to shoot his line introducing Rachel and Kurt’s duet. He was immediately super friendly and nice, but was obviously serious business about following directions and getting his work done correctly.  He read his line, and then the others slowly joined him on stage.  Heather was first up, and she apologized (I’m not sure if it was to us or to Cory) for being “grumpy” earlier in the day, but then said she had just had a 5 hour energy drink and was “good.” She and Cory then discussed the merits of energy drinks, and she proclaimed the lemon-lime one “gross.”  (She didn’t seem grumpy to me earlier, but maybe since she’d walked past the fans instead of waving, she felt bad and was not yet awake? Idk, she seemed fine when hanging out with Darren and Chris on stage, lol.)   Kevin then walked up on stage, and Cory greeted him with an exaggerated “OMG YOU CAN WALK?!?!” and Kevin chased after him and they started fake-punching each other. While the others were slowly congregating onto the stage, Kevin was playing chicken with one of the moving cameras.  He would dance or shimmy up to it, and it would move towards him, and then it would back away and he’d move up again.  He kept shaking his ass into the camera too, and everyone was laughing.  Chord walked on stage with his guitar and Cory quipped at him “are you gonna play us a song, Chord Overstreet?” in a teasing way.  I remember Chord singing parts of “Baby” at some point and it may have been in response to this, but I can’t exactly remember, lol.  When Naya showed up, Cory announced her arrival by introducing her as the “breakout star of Season 2” <333.  Amber was the only one who hadn’t shown up to shoot that scene yet, so a choreographer took her place with Naya at the front of the stage, while they shot the background shots for RDMH.  Amber showed up shortly after that, and they shot the other classroom scenes.  Kevin had trouble knowing how to turn his mic off, and so we would randomly hear parts of his conversations, and Cory and Amber were teasing him.  Naya spent a lot of time sitting in Artie’s wheelchair whenever they weren’t shooting.  I couldn’t see Mark or Ashley from where I was sitting, but they were up there, too.  Dianna walked in with Jenna and spent some time talking to Dante (one of the producers) in the middle of the stage, and he gave her a big hug.  Then Chord and Dianna shot “Lucky.”  Dianna and Chord both asked some questions about placement and timing, it seemed. It was really interesting to be able to watch them all in “work mode” while they were shooting or about to shoot and in the down time while the crew was just setting up different shots or cameras.  Oh, and Chord and Mark were mouthing things back and forth to each other with smirks on their faces at different points from across the stage. Their friendship makes me smile.

LLM was next after about a 10 minute break or so. Most of the cast was relaxing on stage.  Lea showed up and walked over to where Amber, Jenna, and Dianna were sitting.  She immediately sat down and put her head on Amber’s shoulder and they cuddled for a few minutes. <3  They were getting ready to shoot the performance, but Chris and Darren were missing, and both ran up the stage steps together at the last minute.  (I’m secretly hoping this means they were shooting some brief extra scene for the movie under the stage or something, but it probably means that Chris and Darren were doing one of the 1000 other things they have on their plates besides the Glee tour stuff, those crazy boys).  They probably did LLM about 7 times in all, for different camera angles and such.

OMG This is so crazy long, I don’t know how or why anyone would read through this mess. I think I’m gonna try bullet points from here on out to see if that makes it go more quickly/makes it easier to read.  If anything’s unclear, don’t hesitate to ask me questions and I’ll do my best to clarify, lol. 

During LLM shooting/breaks, I saw the following things:

Darren and Chord chasing each other up the ramp on the stage, play fighting.

Darren and Harry doing fake ninja moves to each other towards the back of the stage.

Cory and Lea hugging in the middle of the stage.

Darren and Lea hugging in the middle of the stage.

Darren sitting down in the middle of the stage, and Harry and Chord joined him, along with the choreographer who put one hand on each of Darren and Harry’s shoulders, and they seemed to be asking him questions/getting reassurance about the choreography (Darren seemed to take the choreography very seriously, as he also approached the choreographer later to talk to him, and then during STL was practicing the turn they do over and over again, while Jenna was encouraging him).  A few minutes later, Kevin joined their group, and scooted his way in between Harry and Darren, and Mark was standing in front of them.  They were all talking and laughing. 

Heather was stretching every chance she got on every break, which I know is pretty common for dancers. 

Mark and Cory standing up front chatting with a crew member about something related to filming, and then having friendly conversations when they were finished with that. 

Jenna and Amber laying on the stage with their feet up on the ramp, relaxing, while Naya and Dianna sat on the other side of them (I couldn’t see that side well, so I don’t know what they were doing). 

Naya was sitting in Artie’s wheelchair at random points again, too. Haha

Darren joined Mark and Cory up front and they were laughing in conversation and gesturing with their microphones.

Later, Cory, Mark, Darren, Chord, and Harry were all playing with their microphones towards the back of the stage, it seemed as if they were discussing how to keep them from dropping.  Chord kept rubbing his mic on his thighs, and at one point pretended it was a pepper grinder and he was pouring pepper on Mark’s head, and Mark obliged by shaking his head, lol.  Harry was showing them how to dance with the microphone tucked under his one arm. 

Darren ran up the ramp to the front of the stage, using his mic like a golf club, and Kevin and Amber joined him up there and chatted for a while. 

Darren doing dorky dancing to Cory, and then later to the producer guy, Dante.  LOL it was some bastardized chicken dance type thing, IDEK.  He’s such a nerd. 

The camera that was on stage was kind of hazardous to the actors as they were all dancing and trying to perform. It almost got Chris at one point, who was deftly able to move out of the way just in time.  Darren wasn’t so lucky, and he ran smack into the back of the camera while trying to run up the ramp after that “run to the middle of the ramp in a circle and then go back to the top” thing that they do. LOL Darren had to clunkily move around the camera and then run back to his place.  Several others had similar run-ins with the camera like Chris, but Darren was the only one I remember who ran smack into it. Haha I love that adorable failboat.  (During “Sing” the wires almost got tangled in Chris’s feet, but he was able to jump out of them before he tripped, too. Who knew shooting a 3D movie about a concert was so dangerous, lol). 

During STL, I saw the following things:

Darren came out on stage last, as the others were already out there from shooting DSB, and a bunch of people in the audience screamed for him when he showed up.  He looked around confused, but did wave when he realized they were screaming for him.  He joined Heather in the back of the stage, and chatted with her and Harry and Jenna for a few minutes before they started filming. 

The first time they attempted to shoot STL, the backing track skipped and the voices were all cracked, and so as they were about to make their first turn, half turned and half stopped, and they immediately yelled cut.  They all laughed, and Amber took a bow at their fail.  Amber, Naya, and Kevin were like stomping in the middle of the stage, haha.  So, there was obviously a delay while they were fixing the audio.  At that point, Naya and Amber had a contest to see whose side of the audience could scream louder.  Amber was on the other side, and Naya ran to our side (Naya actually ran back and forth laughing and encouraging everyone to scream louder.)  Jenna proclaimed our side the winner, and Naya rewarded us with some crunk dancing, lol. 

Darren and Heather were being goofy in the back, introducing themselves to each other repeatedly and shaking each others’ hands.  Darren then started to do some ballet moves behind Heather as he was walking back and forth across the stage.  LOL

Darren was seemingly very concerned about the choreography for this number, because he kept repeating it again and again with Jenna, Harry, and Heather in the back.  Jenna was encouraging him and Harry and Heather were basically like “lol, you’ve got it, you goober.”  (I also saw Darren chatting with the choreographer at one point, also seemingly about the dancing, and he was reassured about it).  He was taking this very seriously, lol, I kinda love it. 

During the long break, they all sat down on stage, and the majority of them laid down.  Just Darren, Cory, Amber (she was laying down sometimes and sitting up sometimes) and Kevin sitting in the wheelchair were sitting up.  Everyone else was lounging around and resting.  Kevin seemed to be trying to encourage them to get more energy, and stood up in his chair, shaking his ass and dancing again.  Darren joined in, dancing with his upper body but didn’t stand up.  Amber sat up at that point, and was sort of dancing along, too.  (The cameras were filming them all laying around, so I’m wondering if some of this will be in the DVD extras or for some type of video diary type thing). 

Also, while they were sitting there, Cory asked in the mic if we could hear him. When we responded we could, he began making crazy noises and fart noises, and Darren joined in with him, lol. 

At the end of STL, Darren handed in his jacket with the rest of the cast, and then ran into the middle of the stage, and did a kind of Tarzan yell or something with his arms outstretched, lol. Then, he jumped off stage because he was finished shooting for the day. 

Other things I noticed just generally:

Kevin and Cory watched the entire shooting of the skit.  Kevin was sitting in one of the chairs where the playback screens were, and Cory was standing with some red haired woman the entire time, more off to the side (basically just standing leaning against the section of seats where I was sitting).

Ashley waving to the audience when she came over to the side during the dances. (She wasn’t on stage much where I could see her, so I don’t have a lot of details about her. Sorry. :(  )

Ashley and Harry did some cute dances during DSB for the filming.

Mark and Chord hanging out just laughing, and are clearly close friends.

Chord took Artie’s wheelchair and rode it down the ramp, but then realized he’d have to get back up the ramp.  He slowly trudged his way up with the choreographer behind him egging him on/teasing him.  When he got to the top, Kevin got in, and completed the action much faster than Chord. So, then Chord did it again, and this time was much quicker than his previous time.  I think Kevin still won, though, which makes sense, given how often he’s in that chair.

Naya loved sitting in the wheelchair every chance she got, and would just randomly ride it across the stage. 

Chord and Mark were, at one point, being silly to get the audience to react. They would flex their arms and rub their arm on their leg, as if playing some type of instrument, and generally just having fun with the fans while they were waiting for the next take. 

Lea’s family and her boyfriend showed up towards the end of the day, so she spent breaks once they got there walking off stage to go say hi.  Ryan Murphy had showed up in the middle of the day, and they hugged each other one time she went over to look at the playback. 

Okay, now I’m gonna make a Chris paragraph, because I love Chris and don’t feel like this recap has enough of him in it, lol.  The reason he’s not in it more is because he tended to spend his down time by himself, deep in thought.  He never moved away from the group or avoided anyone, but just seemed to be thinking or zoning out.  (When he was interacting, it was on the side of the stage that I had trouble seeing, so I was kinda bummed that I missed some of his interactions, too. :( ) He didn’t look sad, so I don’t want anyone to be upset. It really just seemed like he was thinking and pensive and, honestly, probably a lot like I would be in that situation.  (I’m an introvert, and we need downtime during times where we have to expend a lot of energy, so we take it whenever we can get it, not because we’re lonely or unfriendly or uncomfortable). They’ve been going nonstop and I think he needed time to relax and just “be,” if you know what I mean.  He also was taking his job very seriously, and you could see him thinking about various things during breaks (probably also the very many other things that he has on his plate, lol Idek how he does all he does). He did spend some time chatting with Amber, and he and Lea gave each other a hug and were talking in the middle of the stage.  He also sat with Mark and Cory at one point, but none of them were talking and it was closer to the end of the day, and they looked exhausted, lol.  There was a really cute moment where he was standing in his place during “Sing” waiting for them to shoot, and he was twirling his microphone, like he usually does.  A few girls behind me yelled out “Chris, you’re a ninja.”  His ears perked up, and he looked over at them, breaking into a big smile, and then did a quick ninja type kick to the front in response.  It was so freaking adorable the way his face lit up and his reaction.  Also, every time music was playing, he could not stand still, and was moving his hips constantly.  

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