Four reasons as to why house prejudices are entirely baseless and you shouldn’t follow them -

  • Hermione Granger being brightest witch of her age and still being a Gryffindor because she valued friendship and bravery more than her intellect.
  • Hermione Granger not being rash when caught by inquisitorial squad but instead coming up with a Slytherin worthy plan to not only lure Umbridge out of the castle but effectively put her in danger by taking her to Grawp.
  • Hermione Granger channeling her Hufflepuff and being loyal to Harry even when love of her live threatened to walk out on her (and eventually did)
  • Hermione Granger proving her brightest witch of her age title by keeping Harry safe from raiding death eaters, snatchers and literally every freaking person in Britain by her Ravenclaw worthy unbeatable knowledge of protective enchantments, a feat which was not achieved by even full grown wizards and aurors.

So you see, Hermione Granger was all that, and still a Gryffindor through and through. Because your abilities don’t define your house, your choices do. 

9 Misfortunes Everyone Experiences That You Don’t Realize Are Blessings In Disguise

I’m not a religious person. In fact, I’m anti-religious — if that’s a thing. I believe that organized religions create significantly more anguish than they do good. History will back me up on this regard.

However, the concept of religion itself does have its benefits, mainly because it allows people to stay hopeful. It gives meaning to life when people can’t find meaning on their own. It allows them to see the good in the seemingly horrible, especially when it comes to their misfortune.

Throughout our lives, we will all encounter what many will call “blessings in disguise.” Whether you come to accept them as blessings due to your religious beliefs or due to your keen eye and intellect, doesn’t make much of a difference – as long as you do see them as the blessings they are.

They can be tricky to spot at times and even more difficult to accept, but the fact is that some of the worst experiences in our lives are blessings that change our lives for the better. If we can find the strength within to see our misfortunes as opportunities, we can open the door to the possibility of greatness.

Here are nine such common occurrences:

1) The day someone cheated on you and you found out
It’s never a desirable moment when you find out the person you trusted and cared for went and broke that trust. Finding out that the person you have devoted yourself to is unwilling to do the same for you is painful, excruciating even, if you love him or her.

It can be difficult to see the good in such a situation, but as the saying goes, “once a cheater, always a cheater.” It’s better you found out now than wasted another few months or years believing in a lie. You’d be worse off if you didn’t find out.

2) The day you didn’t get the job you thought you always wanted
The universe has a funny way of working. Often, we will find that while we don’t get what we want, we get what we need. Just because you didn’t get hired for what you believed to be your dream job doesn’t mean you failed. In fact, there is certainly another opportunity waiting for you around the corner.

When one door closes, another one opens.

3) The day you got fired
If you got fired from your job, chances are you weren’t doing it very well. If you weren’t doing it very well, then you must not be very good at it. If you’re not very good at it, then you most certainly aren’t passionate enough to learn to do it right.

A lot of times we get stuck in dead-end jobs or jobs that simply aren’t the right fit. It can be difficult to pull yourself away from such a job, especially if it pays well.

When you get fired from a job that you never particularly cared for, however, it calls for some celebration! But not too much… You are unemployed, after all.

4) That time when your best just wasn’t good enough
One of the greatest learning experiences we have is that moment we realize we aren’t doing enough. It’s easy to coast along in life, especially when you are one of those individuals everyone believes to be incredibly talented.

The more talented you are, the less effort you usually put forward. This way of thinking catches up with everybody. Talent can only take you so far. Without hard work, dedication and sacrifice, you will get nowhere in life. This is just the wake-up call you needed.

5) The time you hit rock bottom
Does everyone hit rock bottom? Maybe not. But we all find ourselves laying at the bottom of a deep ditch from time to time with seemingly no way out.

Hitting such lows in life is not an uncommon site. Most of the time, it’s your own fault — whether you choose to accept responsibility is another question. Luckily, you just hit rock bottom, so you have plenty of time to think about why you are where you are and how you can help yourself to climb out.

6) The time your friend stabbed you in the back
Good friends are hard to come by. Sadly, differentiating between good friends and bad ones is often a difficult task; no friend will admit that he or she is a shitty one to have. However, when that friend of yours does stab you in the back or break your trust, look at it as a blessing.

You made a poor judgment call at first, but now you have a chance to fix it and remove that negative influence from your life entirely.

7) That time you had your heart broken into millions of little pieces
I cannot stress how much of a blessing this is. Having your heart broken allows you to feel things you have never felt. It shows you a side of life that not everyone gets to see or experience. It shows you the darkest side of humanity, and in turn, shows you the brightest side.

Having your heart broken is, I believe, what turns a kid into an adult. It is a pivotal moment in your life that, if understood properly, can change your life for the better forever. It did exactly that for me.

8) The day you lost a person you loved
Life is beautiful because it isn’t eternal; it has an ending.

We often think that perfection is everlasting, but that isn’t true. Perfection is objective and that which has no end we see of little value.

Throughout our lives, we will lose many friends and family members. We will see people brought into this world, and we will see people — maybe even those same people — leave it. Losing someone close to you is very difficult to cope with, but it does help you understand how valuable, fragile and beautiful this life is.

Losing a loved one gives you a newfound appreciation for existence itself.

9) That day you almost threw in the towel, almost gave up, almost called it quits
…But you didn’t. That day is the day you broke the sound barrier, ran through that brick wall and became a success.

We all define success a little differently. To me, succeeding is pushing forward, pushing beyond your limits in order to achieve a goal. Success is not giving up when the only thing you can think about is calling it quits. It’s continuing to fight the good fight when your knees can barely support your weight.

Few make it past the point of defeat, but those who do are, more often than not, rewarded.


TMNT Regency AU: Dashing and Demure

Spring 1800: The Sea Cares Nothing For Your Broken Heart

Art (c) JBadgr

Story (c) Adoradork


Yorkton Estate, Sussex

Spring, 1800

Master Donatello Hamato was a quiet man, with a diffident manner and a lively, questioning mind which, while it made him a most interesting conversationalist, made him peculiarly unfit for high society, where breeding was held in higher regard than intellect, and a modest man might be easily dismissed as dull, and not esteemed nearly as much as his talents should allow him to be…click to continue


Other Art:

The Hamato Brothers

Miss O’Neil

Mister Jones

Man as the Comic Actor of the World. — It would require beings more intellectual than men to relish to the full the humorous side of man’s view of himself as the goal of all existence and of his serious pronouncement that he is satisfied only with the prospect of fulfilling a world-mission. If a God created the world, he created man to be his ape, as a perpetual source of amusement in the midst of his rather tedious eternities. The music of the spheres surrounding the world would then presumably be the mocking laughter of all the other creatures around mankind. God in his boredom uses pain for the tickling of his favourite animal, in order to enjoy his proudly tragic gestures and expressions of suffering, and, in general, the intellectual inventiveness of the vainest of his creatures—as inventor of this inventor. For he who invented man as a joke had more intellect and more joy in intellect than has man. Even here, where our human nature is willing to humble itself, our vanity again plays us a trick, in that we men should like in this vanity at least to be quite marvelous and incomparable. Our uniqueness in the world! Oh, what an improbable thing it is! Astronomers, who occasionally acquire a horizon outside our world, give us to understand that the drop of life on the earth is without significance for the total character of the mighty ocean of birth and decay; that countless stars present conditions for the generation of life similar to those of the earth—and yet these are but a handful in comparison with the endless number that have never known, or have long been cured, of the eruption of life; that life on each of these stars, measured by the period of its existence, has been but an instant, a flicker, with long, long intervals afterwards—and thus in no way the aim and final purpose of their existence. Possibly the ant in the forest is quite as firmly convinced that it is the aim and purpose of the existence of the forest, as we are convinced in our imaginations (almost unconsciously) that the destruction of mankind involves the destruction of the world. It is even modesty on our part to go no farther than this, and not to arrange a universal twilight of the world and the Gods as the funeral ceremony of the last man. Even to the eye of the most unbiassed astronomer a lifeless world can scarcely appear otherwise than as a shining and swinging star wherein man lies buried.
—  Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human
conversation is important.

you can be the finest person in the world but if you lack conversation and intellect i would have little to no interest in you.

The Sea Cares Nothing For Your Broken Heart

TMNT Regency AU: Dashing and Demure

Prequel story to Dashing and Demure, Spring, 1800.

Art (c) JBadgr

Story (c) Adoradork


Yorkton Estate, Sussex

Spring, 1800

Master Donatello Hamato was a quiet man, with a diffident manner and a lively, questioning mind which, while it made him a most interesting conversationalist, made him peculiarly unfit for high society, where breeding was held in higher regard than intellect, and a modest man might be easily dismissed as dull, and not esteemed nearly as much as his talents should allow him to be.

On this warm Spring day Donatello stood at the window of the downstairs sitting room at Yorkton, gazing at the fine prospect across the lawn and down to the stream. The poplars wore a coat of green and sparkled in the afternoon sun, which was abundant and seemed determined to touch everything with a brilliant light. An unexpectedly beautiful day for Spring in England. He swirled the wine in his glass, wishing for grey, gloomy skies to match his mood.

His elder brother Leonardo strolled out of the woods and up toward the house, his three hounds pacing along beside him. Donatello sighed. He must advise Leonardo of his intentions. He could delay no longer. But he was no more inclined to cause his brother pain today than he was three months ago, when he had made his decision.

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anonymous said:

Do you have friends who speak with you with your eloquence and intellect or do have such conversations in your dreams?

In socializing you might perform better if dicks dropped out of your mouth instead of a single meaningful statement. The traits I belong to are partly due to my isolation. Being separated I am like a Tasmania cut-away from the evolutionary flow of the continent. While the mainland is speciating squirrels I am generating along an ever expanding  divergent drift.

My hermiting I enjoy. When people visit I don’t turn away their company, but I don’t grieve at the parting. Pursuing friendliness with people isn’t important to me any longer. I did not entirely choose to be alone, but I have resolved to be content in the fact.

I rarely retain whole conversations from my dreams—-just here and there verses or else I remember the dialogue in gist. Sometimes I dream of people whom I haven’t seen in years. This used to agitate me. Now I listen to what they have to say and let them go without clinging.

sophiewithaz said:

okay i'm sure you got like a million messages about this but your cards are amazing i'm so excited to buy all the versions ahhh also i just realized your cards like come in full circle for all suits liek scott and scott and then derek and then the alpha pack and boyd whoa WHOA do i get a cookie for seeing this hehe

Omg thank you so much!! And yes! You got that right :D

All characters were picked according to how I see them. Hearts is about love, friendship, sincerity, and courage; Spades is about loss, hope, wisdom, nobility and loyalty; Diamonds is about power, risk, efficient and conquest; Clubs is about intellect, help and success like a lucky charm.

I had a lot of fun but also a lot of issues with picking the characters ;_; so I’m glad someone picked that up :D <3

anonymous said:

I LOOOVE when you argue/prove someone wrong on tumblr like your intellect is so friggin smart and witty you put those people in their place like I just read the one about HTTYD and BH6 like daaaaamn man you're amazing *bows to you*

We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.
—  Pierre Simon Laplace, A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities

Intelligence is society’s greatest fear. Being knowledgeable about the world around us, that’s what people want you think is the ultimate intention, but every time someone takes up the courage to question the something in society, they are shredded by ridicule and judgment. They are “put in their place,” because some people cannot bear the thought of seeing the world change. To be bettered. Instead, the ones that dare to question are shamed into believing that their ideas are not going to do anything. They are made to believe that what they aspire to do in the world won’t mean anything. We were raised to have opinions, to experiment, to be the intellects of this new age of technology. We were all forced to grow up too quickly. We were forced to deal with all of the real world problems from a young age: global warming, racism, and misogyny. As we grow older, however, the more apparent these become all around us, and the harder people try to cover it up. Why? Why do people try to cover up what is wrong with the world? Because it is so hard to admit that it is not a perfect wonderland that people have tried to shove down our throats. “Shield your eyes children from the real world,” they say, “Out there is all sorts of things you never dreamed about that are so different from the ideal life we spat out at you on the television screen, which you might begin to question the very way of the government, of the society, itself.” Because God forbid that our children be educated that people cannot be fit into boxes. We are not just one thing. We are not check lists on applications. We are human beings. To love who we wish and to live as we please. You would be surprised how many “young people” want to change the world. Young people as in white, black, yellow, brown, red, gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, and on and on it can go. So, why not let us? You have told us what you need from us. We are able-bodied. We can make the difference that is needed. Why are you so scared? Let go of the reigns, old society. A new age is dawning.  

Currently Hating

White girls with a tattoo of Basquiat’s crown. You look foolish as fuck:

"Basquiat’s canon revolves around single heroic figures: athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and the artist himself. In these images the head is often a central focus, topped by crowns, hats, and halos. In this way the intellect is emphasized, lifted up to notice, privileged over the body and the physicality of these figures (i.e. black men) commonly represent in the world."

— Kellie Jones, Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel in the (Re)Mix[32]

That troll has another thing coming if they think I’m going to uphold the negativity. Instead, I’m going to continue my positivity movement.

In fact, I’m going to start now, by apologizing to the troll for implying that they’re stupid. That review was cleverly written, and although I couldn’t make it out much due to random words, I still think you have a fairly stable intellect. I hope wherever you are my troll friend, you have a nice day and wish you nothing but the best.

anonymous said:

Headcannon time! I think Ed's parents wanted a girl, so they were disappointed with Ed and neglected him. So was Sarah was born, they spoiled her, which caused her to become a brat. And seeing how her parents treated Ed, caused her to treat Ed the way she does.

I see it that way too!  I also think it has some impact on Ed’s intellect.  Besides his canon head trauma (that I’ll happily blame on his neglectful parents), I think he embraces ignorance and cartoony antics in order to shield himself from the sadder truths of his life.


James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.

From the film’s IndieGo page:

Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.