One of the things I hate most about the Jedi Order...

… and this comes out of watching Episode III, is that there are no therapists (link goes to TVTropes).  They have Consulars, which you would think would be very well-suited to the job, but the issue is that as far as I can tell there’s no expectation of confidentiality.  You can’t take your problems and struggles to a Consular and be 100% certain they won’t report you to the Council.  So if you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing, like, say, visiting your mother on the sly or falling in love with a prominent senator, and you have issues stemming from this, you have absolutely no one to turn to who can help you wrestle those gaping emotional wounds into scar tissue.

By not providing any reliable mental health services for their members, the Jedi Order is expressing total denial of the reality of their members’ situations.  They are expected to be literally super-human in that they should never need help, they should be above needing help.  When Anakin, who’s got more emotional trauma on his plate than you can shake a stick at plus horrible prescient dreams of further trauma wracking him every night, starts losing it the Council literally has NO IDEA what to do about it.  You watch them sit in meetings where they’re like “Man, he’s going off script” “Yeah, but he’s the best we got” “Welp, guess we should just send him right back out to kill more people then.”  There’s no discussion about actually getting him help because there’s no help to get him.

The fact that this is the case in the middle of an intergalactic war when you really should expect soldiers, including Jedi, to be experiencing PTSD, especially considering there are padawans as young as twelve or fourteen out there on the war front being treated like commanders and leading soldiers into battle, losing them, watching them die due to their decisions… I have no words for what a reprehensible oversight it is.

And before you ask… no, the Sith don’t have therapists either (unless you count II’s debriefers, which sometimes seem to serve that function in a weird, twisted sort of way).  They expect you to overcome your issues, make them serve you, or die.  And you dying is just as acceptable as you succeeding, sometimes more acceptable.  So no, they’re not really better than the Jedi about this, but they’re not hypocrites about this issue.  The Sith know everybody’s broken.  They engineer it that way.  It’s interesting because there’s no stigma about it in Sith Society.  You can be completely off your rocker, but if you’re successful, they figure you must have something on point.  Paranoia is healthy, hyper-aggression is admired, narcissism is well-deserved, and when The Force sends visions, who decides what’s prophecy and what’s psychosis?

Due to a cold, I spent most of yesterday and today rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from episode one on. The more I watch, the more I realize that it’s been way too long since I did that.

BTVS is a great show. That is not to say that it is consistently great, or even consistently good. It has its fair share of episodes that don’t work at all. “Ted” in season 2, for example, is a great example of something that I see all the time but that doesn’t have an entry on TVTropes yet (as far as I know): The moral dilemma fake-out. This goes like this: Someone has a difficult moral problem (say, the Doctor must decide how to weigh the actions of an atoning criminal against their crimes). It gets pondered for a while with no solution in sight. Finally something happens that makes the whole point moot. E.g. The criminal is actually still evil (way to ruin what could have been the best episode of the ninth Doctor) or commits noble suicide or something. In “Ted”, Buffy kills a human being, mopes a bit about that, but then it turns out it was a robot all along. Way to go on the character development.

Along the way, there are also plenty of episodes that clearly think they’re saying something profound, but actually just go “metaphor!!!” A good example is “The Pack”, whose basic premise is “mean school children are a lot like predatory animals that hunt in packs”, and whose big question “what happens if these kids get turned into an actual pack of hyenas?” is answered with “pretty much the same, except for more killing”. Err… thanks, I guess?

But when the show does work, and it works most of the time, it can be great entertainment. And with a certain regularity, it manages to excel. It may be experimental storytelling (no top ten list can ignore “Hush”, “Restless”, “The Body” or “Once More With Feeling”), but there’s also a lot of classic fantasy storytelling simply done really, really well. “Prophecy Girl”, last and best episode of season one, is really just going down the Joseph Campbell hero’s journey checklist in compressed form, but turns it around and makes it all about defying destiny, with some nods about heroic behavior does not require being the chosen one, even if a chosen one actually exists in your world. An important part is that it takes the time to make each character’s choice feel real and personal, instead of “what they have to do to make the plot continue” (although make no mistake, Buffy does plenty of that, too).

I sometimes think that maybe the bad episodes are key to the show. Buffy was willing to experiment, and to sometimes fail. Compare it to, say, Castle, Bones, Big Bang Theory, whatever you want: These things do not have truly bad episodes. They don’t have truly amazing ones either. Buffy is more in line with Star Trek in its various forms - never afraid to try, even if that sometimes meant failing. Buffy separates itself from Trek not just by being about teenagers, but also by being more about people and somewhat less about ideas. In that sense, I think modern Doctor Who and How I Met Your Mother both owe a lot to Buffy (and in the latter case, not just Willow).

Buffy was a great show. We need more shows like that.


Jon/Ygritte + tropes

Making a Horror Game

Writing and exploiting creepy tactics in a cliche way can really downgrade the game experience. Here are some resources to help you make a great horror game.

Additionally, here are some horror indie game lists that you can study:

Now go forth and make a great horror game!



Swan Queen and TvLoveTropes

Meet Cute: is a subtrope of Boy Meets Girl, a way to quickly introduce two characters and set up their burgeoning relationship. A meet-cute is almost always rife with awkwardness, embarrassment, and sometimes outright hostility. It’s often used in films, particularly the Romantic Comedy, due to time constraints; while on television a relationship can develop more naturally over many episodes, a movie has to get their couple set up right away to fit within 2 hours.

This meeting can happen by way of any of an innumerable array of circumstances, so long as there’s something cutesy about it. Possibly they have an instant dislike for one another. Maybe they crash into each other in a hallway and papers fly about. Maybe one of them has been shopping for ISO Standard Urban Groceries and trips over the other walking down the street. Perhaps mistaken identity or other wacky misunderstanding is involved. Sometimes someone is naked or in an otherwise embarrassing situation.


Glass as a Symbol

Separated by the Wall is listed as a stock visual metaphor on The trope is described thus,

“Some people (usually a man and woman pair) are separated by a wall, window, or other barrier. The wall is obviously an obstacle, but not the whole of the obstacle; the couple are prevented from uniting by some other means which the wall represents, either a physical cage or cell of some sort, or some form of emotional separation, like a relationship problem.

In order to make the best of this image, the couple will often press their heads against the same spot of the wall, on opposite ends, and the camera will move around the set to show that they are physically very near to each other, but still incapable of touching. If the couple is lucky, they will have a small hole or window to communicate through.”

This is, appropriately enough for Star Trek, a trope commonly used in depictions of star-crossed lovers.

CLAMP's Confusing Family Tree

Bless the soul that made this. It is beautiful.

SPOILERS (sort of) Cardcaptor Sakura/ Magical Knight Rayearth/ Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles/ Xxxholic



anonymous said:

Why do all the AT4W episodes have a "Keep Circulating the Tapes" message in the credits now? is it a storyline thing? Did I miss something?

It’s actually a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference. Here’s an explanation of it.

From what I understand, Spoony started using it on his videos and Linkara thought it was a good idea and decided to start doing it as well.

So, roughly 20 hours after my last post, I’m bringing Sparky’s story to an end.

Yes, Sparky was fake. I made him up. He started as a simple joke with a shitty drawing and worryingly quickly escalated to a hoax of massive proportions. I’m deciding to end it now before it gets even bigger.

Thanks everyone for being such good sports and for spreading the word of Sparky so far throughout the internet. I’ve seen Sparky threads on SteamCommunity, a page on the FNaF Wikia, a page on KnowYourMeme (!!), the Urban Legend of Zelda entry on FNaF’s TVTropes page, and countless individual posts across Tumblr, /v/, /vg/ and even DeviantArt and YouTube. Seriously, without you, the people who spread the rumour, Sparky wouldn’t be anywhere near as well-known, nor as hotly-debated with regards to his legitimacy.

Of course, I’m making this an apology too, to all the people who believed Sparky was real and who will be disappointed that he’s not. I seriously didn’t intend for this little dog to go so far, so I’m really sorry for stringing you along for so long! Apologies to the mods of the FNaF Wikia who went through the game’s files as a result of arguments about Sparky, and apologies to everyone else who did the same! Extra big apologies to Scott Cawthon - I’ve seen several people say they’ve contacted him asking about the dog, and I hope it didn’t inconvenience him too much!

My biggest ‘thank you’ from this entire prank goes to the people who seemed legitimately angry that I’d dared to make up something about a game. Your reactions were the ones I craved the most, and you didn’t disappoint. I’m sure you’re going to feel great about yourself for ‘spotting’ the hoax so early, so I guess that’s what you get out of this exchange. Thanks!

I can’t finish this post without promoting my partner in crime, the amazing nyugen, whose art skills went into the fake Sparky screenshot that so quickly made its rounds across the internet. On her blog, she’ll be making a post disassembling the screenshot so you can see exactly how it was made. Check out her art blog too! She’s super talented!

So, this is a last goodbye for Sparky. Remember, you can read the full story through my five nights tag, and please, please, please don’t harass or bully people who believed in Sparky, that’s a super not-cool thing to do and I don’t want anyone to suffer because of my prank. If you must direct hate anywhere, send it directly to me. Either way, I’d love to hear some reviews or reactions to this entire ruse, because it sure was fun creating it, and I hope it was fun reading along with it.

Thank you and goodnight!


Oh, wow.  You really went there.  You used your own brother to put yourself on some pedestal labeled “Don’t Call Me an Ableist! I Took Care of My Disabled Brother!”  And that’s so messed up.  It really is.

Are you not even aware that many caretakers can be horribly ableist?

It’s similar to that weak defense: “I’m not racist, I have a PoC friend!/I’m not a misogynist, I have a sister!” There should be some law out there, like Lewis’ Law.  When you have to defend your ableist/racist/homophobic/misogynist statements with “I’m not _____, because I have a ________ ________” then you’ve only proven your accuser’s point.  I’m sure it already exists and it’s on TVTropes or something.  If not, I dub it Le’s Law.

Being pro-choice doesn’t diminish or stop anyone from celebrating motherhood.  (Read back to my response — also make sure to check out some of the replies/reblogs, there are some good points made.)

Again, I called out your comparison between disabled folks and fetuses as a logical fallacy and even explained why.  It’s literally a false analogy.  Just stop.  It’s also super ableist.  So, seriously.  Stop.  Address my points before attempting a circular argument. (Seriously, read back to the response!)

You want pregnant people and fetuses viewed equally.  That’s not possible.  If you give the fetus the “right to life” then you are taking away the pregnant person’s right to their own body and sometimes the right to their own life.  You are saying that it’s okay for a fetus to use someone else’s body for several months and that’s it’s okay to force someone to go through childbirth against their will for the fetus (both of these things are considered torture).  No one on Earth currently has this right.  We can’t even do it to corpses legally.  But you’re asking that we should be able to do this to pregnant people or people who have the ability to get pregnant?

Talking about fetal biological structures in comparison to actual people is irrelevant and silly.  I’m not going to deny that they’re human.  So what?

If you needed any of my organs/body parts for any reason to live, are you more entitled to your right to life or am I more entitled to my own life and my own body?  Think about that.  You cannot do this without my consent.  And if I said no to you, we’d still have equal status under the law.  Why should fetuses be granted that right?  That’s not equality.  You’re not asking for them to be viewed equally if you think fetuses should have the right to stay in someone’s body regardless of what that person actually wants.  You’re asking that fetuses should have special rights, at the expense of someone else’s rights.  That is not equality.

Read my response again.

Also, read this.  Learn something.

If you message again with the same arguments and/or even just messaging again without appropriately addressing any of my points (because you still haven’t actually countered them successfully), I’ll just keep sending you these links—or actually, I’ll just let you take personal responsibility for your own education.  I’ve already graciously provided you with my time and generous as well as helpful suggestions and information twice now.  And make sure to check out my references page!  It’s really important to always work on not just our reading comprehension skills, but learn how to take the time to research information, especially when it’s organized conveniently!

Regarding your point about the wire hangers:  It only shows how little you know of the extent of what people had to go through to end their pregnancies for whatever reason and your privilege of never having to lose someone important to you because of this.  You’ve never seen a person bend a wire hanger to be able to try to end their pregnancy or even know a person who has done that?  You think it can’t be done?  The wire hanger is symbolic, it’s not the only way a person did it back then.  But nowadays, it’s more like a symbol for us saying that we’re never going back to the days when abortion was not available as a legal choice.

Sure, there were licensed doctors who did it—it’s still considered back alley.  People still died and got hurt.  The number of people who died or permanently injured themselves was still too high, especially when it was so easily preventable—like making sure the medical procedure was safe, legal, and easily accessible.

The World Health Organization has even declared that:

When abortion is made legal, safe, and easily accessible, women’s health rapidly improves. By contrast, women’s health deteriorates when access to safe abortion is made more difficult or illegal. [And the same would be true for anyone who has the ability to get pregnant.]

Read the key messages from this WHO report.  Trigger warning for the graphic picture on page 3 of a failed abortion attempt.

—  "The entire plot of the franchise can be summed up as "Shinji doesn’t want to get in the robot, bad stuff happens when Shinji doesn’t get in the robot, Shinji is convinced to get back in the robot, WORSE things happen when Shinji is in the robot, Shinji cries about it”.