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Kent had given up on unpacking about half an hour ago. He’d been living out of his suitcase for the month he was out of Fox Tower, and he would probably be doing the same now, only adding a few more boxes to the mix. It was a trend he seemed to follow every year, taking at least until the start of the actual season to fully unpack everything he owned (which wasn’t even that much, compared to some of his teammates). He believed he at least deserved some credit for unpacking all of his Exy gear, though one could easily point out he only did that because his roommate would be calling practice that night. But for now, he would live with boxes stacked in his corner of the room, clothes peeking out from over the edge of one box and one suitcase with a few articles thrown across his freshly-made bed (which he also believed he deserved credit for).

But unpacking was boring, especially while there were people to see—only he didn’t see anyone right away when he ventured out of his dorm room. It made sense that he was early, having not ventured far from Fox Tower meant he could move in as soon as their doors opened to the players for the start of their preseason, but it sucked hearing the silence of an otherwise lively hall. Figuring he would have better luck seeing who came in and out from the floor’s lounge, Kent found himself lying on the shared couch, tossing an Exy ball up repeatedly.

He couldn’t tell who passed at first—a teammate moving in? A Vixen curious to see who was here? Hell, he’d even take staff checking in on the team—but it caused Kent to sit up a bit as they neared him. “Hey!” he called. “You know, some of the best ideas come from this couch—or maybe just boredom, I haven’t decided. But anyways, I’ve decided I wanna get a tattoo… now I just need to figure out what…”

so Shire-talk is canonically a very different dialect of Westron than what Gondorians or Elves or whatever speak and some of the hobbits can code switch between the two and it’s extremely interesting to see how Tolkien portrays it

I’ve just gotten to the part where Frodo meets Faramir, and the difference between how he talks to Faramir and how he talks to Sam, for instance, is v noticable

with Sam he’s a lot more casual and even slightly more modern (for the value of 1954, not 2017) vs with Faramir where he switches to this very formal, quite archaic to our ears (“seven companions we had”)

and then Sam himself doesn’t seem comfortable speaking this prestige dialect (his style includes rather more general “vernacular” features common across regional nonliterary English dialects) - probably bc unlike Frodo he was not given the type of education that would lend itself to learning how to speak it comfortably - so there’s this clash between how Faramir talks to them and how Sam talks back

there’s also the bit where Theoden meets Merry and Pippin, and Merry greets him in very high formality, Pippin addresses Gimli casually bc they’re friends, then turns to Theoden and switches to the formal style, they both talk some more to him, and then after he’s gone Pippin turns to Merry and says Theoden was a “fine old fellow, very polite” (in the more casual style)

In that one scene you have a lot of style switching depending on the person they’re addressing and their status and relationship to the hobbits, but, for instance, Gimli’s sentence structure sounds more like the formal dialect even when he’s happily berating them and calling them villains, probably because he doesn’t use Shire-talk

basically: you can tell this dude was a linguist


Today I learned that if you actually let the timer in the Arrival DLC run out it shows the reapers arriving and destroying the galaxy. Such highlights include:

  • The Citadel being destroyed
  • Shepards helmet (head??) on a SPIKE
  • Destroyed Normandy
  • All your friends and crew lining up to be executed

Am I the only one just finding this out because holy shit


“The album title… Vices & Virtues, came after the lyrics were written… it was so spontaneous… I guess this record was really a study in human behavior—mostly for us personally what we had been going through, and noticing all of that.”

Happy Birthday, Vices & Virtues!

March 18, 2011