While I am uber happy you all wrote things and want us to read them, we can’t really do that if we don’t know what we are looking for.

Telling us you wrote something is wonderful, and we are so happy to inspire you! But if you just tell us that without giving us a name to the actual story or not putting our tag on it so we can find it, it gets very annoying to have to go blog diving for a story you want us to read! So if you guys wouldn’t mind helping us out?

Every time you write a story, and YOU WANT US TO READ IT or WANT US TO SEE IT or WANT US TO REBLOG IT FOR YOU, put the tag Fnaffparlour on it for us, so we will be able to see your wonderful work! That way it is easy for us to find and share with others! Thank you guys!

nightrae asked:

64, Delta and Sigma?


Delta’s fingers clench into fists so tight that he can feel his nails pressing painful crescents into his skin. While he’s certain he doesn’t have the strength, or nail durability, to cut his own palms open, it feels like a situation where he’s mad enough to do so.

“And then I told her that…”

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yaaay finally done.  strider bros at the beach.

ive been thinking about what raising dave twins would be like and given how much dave talks to himself i think they would be constantly babbling at each other, talking over each other, finishing each other’s sentences in these rambly extended metaphors and obscure references and occasional rap-offs that would sound like complete gibberish to anyone else

like basically never shut up

bro is used to it by now it has reached babbling brook levels of zen for him

Why Yammer Deal Makes Sense

Yammer has agreed to a $1.2B acquisition by Microsoft, as was rumored yesterday.

The work media, or enterprise social networks, marketplace is exploding. In December, Forester forecasted that work media will grow at a compound annual rate of 61% through 2016, reaching a market size of $6.4 billion, compared to $600 million in 2011. And with its current offerings — not withstanding the dominance of Sharepoint as a document repository, and the company’s numerous other enterprise software products — Microsoft did not have a horse in the race.

Yammer raised $85 million in February in a round valuing the company at more than $600 million, and has raised $142 million in all. So the investors would like to see a successful IPO, or a sale of $1B at sometime in the not too distant future. However, the recent Facebook IPO has somewhat dimmed the prospect of an IPO for tech companies in the near term.

My bet is that Microsoft has been dancing with Yammer for some time, trying to fill the empty spot in their enterprise jig saw puzzle, and all the while Yammer has been fending them off, biding their time. But the stars came into alignment: Yammer perhaps saw the IPO options fading somewhat and Microsoft finally piled enough cash on the table to sweeten the deal.

Yammer might have seen offers from a number of other companies in recent years, as other enterprise players were rolling up competitors, like the SalesForce buy of Socialcast, and the recent Citrix acquisition of Podio. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that Oracle is on the hunt, and SAP has made a dramatic splash in this market in the past few months, albeit without making an acquisition, yet. Yammer might have looked at the rapid consolidation in the market by multibillion-sized competitors and deemed acquisition by Microsoft as one of the least-risky paths to potential market dominance. A Yammer/Sharepoint integration is a potential killer app for the market today, with hundreds of millions of seats to be sold.

And — incidentally — the Enterprise 2.0 conference is next week, which is the cornerstone event for the work media market, and someone mentioned to me (I haven’t substantiated it) that the Yammer and Microsoft booths are located side by side in the trade show hall. Is that coincidence?

Managing Meta-Expections

So….. I wasn’t sure whether I was gonna say anything, but something’s been bothering me for a little while and well, if people get angry with me, I will accept that. If you wanna unfollow after this, I totally get it. But at this stage, it would kinda feel dishonest not to say anything.

It is nothing new when I say that we all interpret Supernatural’s symbols, subtext, and text differently. The main reason I became part of the meta community is exactly because I love this exchange of ideas. But lately it feels like people are becoming increasingly entrenched in their own interpretations and there is a big danger in that. And I am not talking about fandom fights, I am talking about people’s enjoyment of the show and the potential hurt that comes with disappointment.

Over the course of season 9 there was a big build-up of expectations in all parts of the fandom, not just on the DeanCas side of the fandom but everywhere. And that is natural. As a season progresses the themes and motifs and symbols all come together as we head for the finale. So, we looked to see whether the ideas we have developed over the course of the season came to the conclusion that we have envisioned.

But as s9 progressed and also post-finale some people became convinced that their reading of these themes, motifs and symbols was the one right way. And by getting into that mind-set people set themselves up for enormous disappointment. A disappointment that burst into anger and hurt on more than one occasion. Let me be clear here: I in no way want to invalidate that hurt or anger. Because it was and is real and I am not denying people that feeling. But that very real hurt quickly turned into the idea that show as a whole was being poorly written and, man, my dash was plagued by posts that decried the entire season.

And here’s where I make myself very unpopular: I believe that part of that hurt finds its roots in unrealistic expectations. Bluntly put, the story wasn’t progressing the way some people had expected it to and as a result they took it out on TPTB. And that is the world on its head.

Because the thing is, and here is were my opinion becomes truly unpopular: the show doesn’t owe it to any of us to bring our particular interpretation of its story to the screen. By which I mean that, as a DeanCas shipper, I don’t think the show owes me canon Destiel. Would I think they’d miss a major opportunity: yes. Would I be disappointed if it didn’t happen: of course. But the show does not owe it to me.

So, why am I writing this now?

I am writing this because I see the same kind of build-up from last year starting up again. It is at a relatively harmless stage now, but I am worried about the potential hurt that will come along with it if this trend continues. I see wonderfully talented, intelligent, articulate meta-writers beginning to work themselves to a point where they are not just expecting certain events to happen in a certain time-frame, but becoming upset when either the time-frame or story-line is not met. I am not disputing that these meta writers’ ideas of pacing, plot, etc. are perhaps better than the show’s execution of them (because sometimes they simply are). What I am saying is, is that I am very worried that these writers and the people who follow them are in for major heart-ache.

We are still healing from the fucktard-anon attacks over Christmas and many people are still very vulnerable. So, please, when analysing the show, or reading meta, know that all meta is an interpretation and not a fact set in stone. Realise that your interpretation may be wrong and that the show could take it in a different direction. Does it suck when that happens?  Hell yes, I can say from personal experience. But don’t spoil the show for yourself by taking your disappointment out on the one thing that brought us here together in the first place.

By all means, be critical of SPN. We all should be. But also be critical of yourself and manage your expectations, so you don’t end up being hurt by the show we all love. I firmly include myself when saying, let’s keep an open mind to each other’s ideas, but also to the way the show tells the story.

We are in the middle of a $600 billion disruption, but hardly anyone has noticed. The once-staid world of enterprise computing is in silent convulsions, with incumbent giants being assaulted by startups that are building from scratch for a new era in which the cloud, mobile, and on-demand software will dominate. Hot companies such as Dropbox, Asana, and Atlassian will ascend to the throne, while the corpses of the old rulers – Microsoft, Oracle, SAP – will lie rotting in the gutter. The Great Replacement is beginning.

- Hamish McKenzie, The Great Replacement: Microsoft, Yammer, and a New World in Enterprise Computing via PandoDaily

Hamish inteprets Microsoft’s eagerness to acquire the work media company, Yammer, as something greater than the value of the business — even given its solid team, momentum, and product — but instead as part of a strategic vision of a ‘great replacement’ of the current generation of enterprise software. This transition may take a decade or more, but we will witness the slow dismantling of server-based software running onsite, and the migration to cloud-based solutions, like Yammer.

Hamish also points out that Microsoft has deep expertise in running massive cloud solutions, like HotMail, which they acquired in 1997.

I agree that players like Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle are not going to let themselves be squeezed out of the market by upstarts: they will buy a seat at the table, and cut the cards.

But we settle in for another winter. The best companies — Airbnb, Dropbox, Evernote, Spotify, and of course Twitter — are trapped with $1 billion-plus valuations. In some cases, the valuations are for multiple billions. What yielded a bragging press release at the time is now looking like a gilded trap: They have to go public, do a down round, or sell for a smaller price and largely be viewed as a failure. And that means — as Libin hinted last week — it may be in for another eight years before we see some mega-cap consumer Web exits.

Sarah Lacy, That was quick: After a brief flirtation, top entrepreneurs are back to hating IPOs

As I said at the time of the Microsoft acquisition, this is probably why Yammer was purchased instead of IPOing. Could they have gotten (and maintained) a $1.5B market cap, in this market?