(the numbers are years the books were banned at some point)

these are actually hella fucking cute y'all
  • 1: when you have cereal, do you have more milk than cereal or more cereal than milk?
  • 2: do you like the feeling of cold air on your cheeks on a wintery day?
  • 3: what random objects do you use to bookmark your books?
  • 4: how do you take your coffee/tea?
  • 5: are you self-conscious of your smile?
  • 6: do you keep plants?
  • 7: do you name your plants?
  • 8: what artistic medium do you use to express your feelings?
  • 9: do you like singing/humming to yourself?
  • 10: do you sleep on your back, side, or stomach?
  • 11: what's an inner joke you have with your friends?
  • 12: what's your favorite planet?
  • 13: what's something that made you smile today?
  • 14: if you were to live with your best friend in an old flat in a big city, what would it look like?
  • 15: go google a weird space fact and tell us what it is!
  • 16: what's your favorite pasta dish?
  • 17: what color do you really want to dye your hair?
  • 18: tell us about something dumb/funny you did that has since gone down in history between you and your friends and is always brought up.
  • 19: do you keep a journal? what do you write/draw/ in it?
  • 20: what's your favorite eye color?
  • 21: talk about your favorite bag, the one that's been to hell and back with you and that you love to pieces.
  • 22: are you a morning person?
  • 23: what's your favorite thing to do on lazy days where you have 0 obligations?
  • 24: is there someone out there you would trust with every single one of your secrets?
  • 25: what's the weirdest place you've ever broken into?
  • 26: what are the shoes you've had for forever and wear with every single outfit?
  • 27: what's your favorite bubblegum flavor?
  • 28: sunrise or sunset?
  • 29: what's something really cute that one of your friends does and is totally endearing?
  • 30: think of it: have you ever been truly scared?
  • 31: what is your opinion of socks? do you like wearing weird socks? do you sleep with socks? do you confine yourself to white sock hell? really, just talk about socks.
  • 32: tell us a story of something that happened to you after 3AM when you were with friends.
  • 33: what's your fave pastry?
  • 34: tell us about the stuffed animal you kept as a kid. what is it called? what does it look like? do you still keep it?
  • 35: do you like stationary and pretty pens and so on? do you use them often?
  • 36: which band's sound would fit your mood right now?
  • 37: do you like keeping your room messy or clean?
  • 38: tell us about your pet peeves!
  • 39: what color do you wear the most?
  • 40: think of a piece of jewelry you own: what's it's story? does it have any meaning to you?
  • 41: what's the last book you remember really, really loving?
  • 42: do you have a favorite coffee shop? describe it!
  • 43: who was the last person you gazed at the stars with?
  • 44: when was the last time you remember feeling completely serene and at peace with everything?
  • 45: do you trust your instincts a lot?
  • 46: tell us the worst pun you can think of.
  • 47: what food do you think should be banned from the universe?
  • 48: what was your biggest fear as a kid? is it the same today?
  • 49: do you like buying CDs and records? what was the last one you bought?
  • 50: what's an odd thing you collect?
  • 51: think of a person. what song do you associate with them?
  • 52: what are your favorite memes of the year so far?
  • 53: have you ever watched the rocky horror picture show? heathers? beetlejuice? pulp fiction? what do you think of them?
  • 54: who's the last person you saw with a true look of sadness on their face?
  • 55: what's the most dramatic thing you've ever done to prove a point?
  • 56: what are some things you find endearing in people?
  • 57: go listen to bohemian rhapsody. how did it make you feel? did you dramatically reenact the lyrics?
  • 58: who's the wine mom and who's the vodka aunt in your group of friends? why?
  • 59: what's your favorite myth?
  • 60: do you like poetry? what are some of your faves?
  • 61: what's the stupidest gift you've ever given? the stupidest one you've ever received?
  • 62: do you drink juice in the morning? which kind?
  • 63: are you fussy about your books and music? do you keep them meticulously organized or kinda leave them be?
  • 64: what color is the sky where you are right now?
  • 65: is there anyone you haven't seen in a long time who you'd love to hang out with?
  • 66: what would your ideal flower crown look like?
  • 67: how do gloomy days where the sky is dark and the world is misty make you feel?
  • 68: what's winter like where you live?
  • 69: what are your favorite board games?
  • 70: have you ever used a ouija board?
  • 71: what's your favorite kind of tea?
  • 72: are you a person who needs to note everything down or else you'll forget it?
  • 73: what are some of your worst habits?
  • 74: describe a good friend of yours without using their name or gendered pronouns.
  • 75: tell us about your pets!
  • 76: is there anything you should be doing right now but aren't?
  • 77: pink or yellow lemonade?
  • 78: are you in the minion hateclub or fanclub?
  • 79: what's one of the cutest things someone has ever done for you?
  • 80: what color are your bedroom walls? did you choose that color? if so, why?
  • 81: describe one of your friend's eyes using the most abstract imagery you can think of.
  • 82: are/were you good in school?
  • 83: what's some of your favorite album art?
  • 84: are you planning on getting tattoos? which ones?
  • 85: do you read comics? what are your faves?
  • 86: do you like concept albums? which ones?
  • 87: what are some movies you think everyone should watch at least once in their lives?
  • 88: are there any artistic movements you particularly enjoy?
  • 89: are you close to your parents?
  • 90: talk about your one of you favorite cities.
  • 91: where do you plan on traveling this year?
  • 92: are you a person who drowns their pasta in cheese or a person who barely sprinkles a pinch?
  • 93: what's the hairstyle you wear the most?
  • 94: who was the last person you know to have a birthday?
  • 95: what are your plans for this weekend?
  • 96: do you install your computer updates really quickly or do you procrastinate on them a lot?
  • 97: myer briggs type, zodiac sign, and hogwarts house?
  • 98: when's the last time you went hiking? did you enjoy it?
  • 99: list some songs that resonate to your soul whenever you hear them.
  • 100: if you were presented with two buttons, one that allows you to go 5 years into the past, the other 5 years into the future, which one would you press? why?
Send me a number thing

1: when you have cereal, do you have more milk than cereal or more cereal than milk?
2: do you like the feeling of cold air on your cheeks on a wintery day?
3: what random objects do you use to bookmark your books?
4: how do you take your coffee/tea?
5: are you self-conscious of your smile?
6: do you keep plants?
7: do you name your plants?
8: what artistic medium do you use to express your feelings?
9: do you like singing/humming to yourself?
10: do you sleep on your back, side, or stomach?
11: what’s an inner joke you have with your friends?
12: what’s your favorite planet?
13: what’s something that made you smile today?
14: if you were to live with your best friend in an old flat in a big city, what would it look like?
15: go google a weird space fact and tell us what it is!
16: what’s your favorite pasta dish?
17: what color do you really want to dye your hair?
18: tell us about something dumb/funny you did that has since gone down in history between you and your friends and is always brought up.
19: do you keep a journal? What do you write/draw/ in it?
20: what’s your favorite eye color?
21: talk about your favorite bag, the one that’s been to hell and back with you and that you love to pieces.
22: are you a morning person?
23: what’s your favorite thing to do on lazy days where you have 0 obligations?
24: is there someone out there you would trust with every single one of your secrets?
25: what’s the weirdest place you’ve ever broken into?
26: what are the shoes you’ve had for forever and wear with every single outfit?
27: what’s your favorite bubblegum flavor?
28: sunrise or sunset?
29: what’s something really cute that one of your friends does and is totally endearing?
30: think of it: have you ever been truly scared?
31: what is your opinion of socks? Do you like wearing weird socks? Do you sleep with socks? Do you confine yourself to white sock hell? Really, just talk about socks.
32: tell us a story of something that happened to you after 3am when you were with friends.
33: what’s your fave pastry?
34: tell us about the stuffed animal you kept as a kid. What is it called? What does it look like? Do you still keep it?
35: do you like stationary and pretty pens and so on? Do you use them often?
36: which band’s sound would fit your mood right now?
37: do you like keeping your room messy or clean?
38: tell us about your pet peeves!
39: what color do you wear the most?
40: think of a piece of jewelry you own: what’s it’s story? Does it have any meaning to you?
41: what’s the last book you remember really, really loving?
42: do you have a favorite coffee shop? Describe it!
43: who was the last person you gazed at the stars with?
44: when was the last time you remember feeling completely serene and at peace with everything?
45: do you trust your instincts a lot?
46: tell us the worst pun you can think of.
47: what food do you think should be banned from the universe?
48: what was your biggest fear as a kid? Is it the same today?
49: do you like buying cds and records? What was the last one you bought?
50: what’s an odd thing you collect?
51: think of a person. What song do you associate with them?
52: what are your favorite memes of the year so far?
53: have you ever watched the rocky horror picture show? Heathers? Beetlejuice? Pulp fiction? What do you think of them?
54: who’s the last person you saw with a true look of sadness on their face?
55: what’s the most dramatic thing you’ve ever done to prove a point?
56: what are some things you find endearing in people?
57: go listen to bohemian rhapsody. How did it make you feel? Did you dramatically reenact the lyrics?
58: who’s the wine mom and who’s the vodka aunt in your group of friends? Why?
59: what’s your favorite myth?
60: do you like poetry? What are some of your faves?
61: what’s the stupidest gift you’ve ever given? The stupidest one you’ve ever received?
62: do you drink juice in the morning? Which kind?
63: are you fussy about your books and music? Do you keep them meticulously organized or kinda leave them be?
64: what color is the sky where you are right now?
65: is there anyone you haven’t seen in a long time who you’d love to hang out with?
66: what would your ideal flower crown look like?
67: how do gloomy days where the sky is dark and the world is misty make you feel?
68: what’s winter like where you live?
69: what are your favorite board games?
70: have you ever used a ouija board?
71: what’s your favorite kind of tea?
72: are you a person who needs to note everything down or else you’ll forget it?
73: what are some of your worst habits?
74: describe a good friend of yours without using their name or gendered pronouns.
75: tell us about your pets!
76: is there anything you should be doing right now but aren’t?
77: pink or yellow lemonade?
78: are you in the minion hateclub or fanclub?
79: what’s one of the cutest things someone has ever done for you?
80: what color are your bedroom walls? Did you choose that color? If so, why?
81: describe one of your friend’s eyes using the most abstract imagery you can think of.
82: are/were you good in school?
83: what’s some of your favorite album art?
84: are you planning on getting tattoos? Which ones?
85: do you read comics? What are your faves?
86: do you like concept albums? Which ones?
87: what are some movies you think everyone should watch at least once in their lives?
88: are there any artistic movements you particularly enjoy?
89: are you close to your parents?
90: talk about your one of you favorite cities.
91: where do you plan on traveling this year?
92: are you a person who drowns their pasta in cheese or a person who barely sprinkles a pinch?
93: what’s the hairstyle you wear the most?
94: who was the last person you know to have a birthday?
95: what are your plans for this weekend?
96: do you install your computer updates really quickly or do you procrastinate on them a lot?
97: myer briggs type, zodiac sign, and hogwarts house?
98: when’s the last time you went hiking? Did you enjoy it?
99: list some songs that resonate to your soul whenever you hear them.
100: if you were presented with two buttons, one that allows you to go 5 years into the past, the other 5 years into the future, which one would you press? Why?

is heterophobia real?

I sure love the smell of discourse in the morning. Today’s flavor is, Is Heterophobia Real. I’m going to break it down real simple.

No it’s not.

Here’s why.

What homophobia is:

  • discrimination in housing, jobs, schools, benefits, and healthcare.
  • a higher risk of being a victim of a hate crime, violence, or being killed because of being LGBT.
  • being kicked out of home and being homeless at a young age.
  • outlawing someone’s existence.
  • punishing their existence by death.
  • being sent to literal fucking concentration camps for just being gay. Yes, it is happening right now in 2017.

I could go on and on but you get the point, let’s move on.

What “heterophobia” apparently is:

  • gay people making jokes about straights.
  • uuhhhhh
  • the hets being upset that the people they oppress don’t like them
  • hhhhhmmmmm
  • …. rain…bows?
  • not being allowed in spaces that aren’t meant for them.
  • “the mean kweers said that gays rules and straights drool WHO ARE THE REAL OPPRESSORS HMMMM?”

By doing a simple google search, here’s what I found about discrimination against gay people and straight people for their orientations throughout history:

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anonymous asked:

I have a somewhat historical question I guess that I was wondering if you knew anything about. A common trope I see in any media taking place in any time period before early to mid 20th century is the mother dying in childbirth thing? And I was just wondering (even just in regards to the time period of your expertise) what we're the mortality rates for women in childbirth?

Heh. Well. (This is probably going to be way more than you wanted to know, but I believe in being thorough.)

First, childbirth has always been risky (women still die from it in modern countries in modern hospitals with all of 21st century medicine behind them, and it’s still a major health concern for countries in the developing world – Sierra Leone in Africa has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world, with up to 1,360 deaths per 100,000 births, or a 1 in 17 chance). So childbirth in the pre-modern era, without possibility of surgical intervention (unless to save the baby and kill the mother), painkillers, modern hygiene, X-ray/ultrasound equipment, and sterilized hospital settings, was dangerous. Ignaz Semmelweis and Alexander Gordon, two 18th/19th-century obstetricians who investigated the causes of puerperal fever or childbed fever, and concluded that it could often be prevented by the doctor just vigorously washing his hands between deliveries (and not, you know, performing an autopsy on a dead body and going straight to deliver a baby) were treated with complete ridicule by the scientific establishment and branded as charlatans. (This, as you may notice, will become a theme.) Modern germ theory and sterile instruments weren’t established until the late 19th century. So yes, the risk was very real, and noble and common women alike died in childbirth. We obviously don’t have anything resembling detailed demographic information, but we can conclude the rate would be similar to a developing country today.

However, this is very far from saying that no kind of maternal or prenatal care or practice existed. This is once again where we discover how terrible the late medieval/Renaissance era was for women’s rights/education/professional liberty/basically everything (seriously, Renaissance, your art is nice, but otherwise you can fuck off). In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the famed medical university at Salerno, in Italy, fairly freely accepted female students and professors, and their most famous professor and scholar on women’s health was Trota of Salerno, who gave her name and a good deal of her own experience to the three texts known as the “Trotula.” These were each written by a different author under Trota’s supervision and authority, and the first two books, “Book on the Conditions of Women” and “On Treatment of Women” represent a detailed gynecological handbook with advice on all kinds of pregnancy/childbirth-related ailments – uterine prolapse, perineum tears, medicines, and other solutions from a practitioner who, unlike her male counterparts, could actually touch and study her patients’ bodies. Trota is referred to as a “magistra” (the female form of Latin magistro or master) and her work was widely circulated and read in England and Normandy as well as Sicily (which was under Norman rule itself from about the mid-eleventh century). So she was a famous doctor and scholar in her own day (until, of course, she was obscured/changed to male/ignored/nearly forgotten until the twentieth century). Another “magistra”, Hersend of France, accompanied Louis IX on crusade in the thirteenth century and treated both the king himself and the female members of the crusade contingent. 

Of course, ordinary women would not have had access to these highly trained female physicians, and most midwives had no special or formal training aside from their own practical experience. As well, almost everyone writing medical texts was (shockingly!) a man, making it nearly impossible to know much about these actual practitioners. Since pregnancy was, of course, a result of sex, the church had plenty of opinions on it as well. The suffering of childbirth was supposed to be the proper punishment for original sin, so anything that dulled the pain was frowned on, and when actual training of midwives was instituted in the later medieval era, the concern was mostly on whether they knew how to perform an emergency baptism for the child’s sake, rather than any care of the mother. (Wow…. this sounds… awfully familiar, doesn’t it?) Nonetheless, there are literally dozens of texts from antiquity to the Renaissance, representing folk/informal recipes and methods for contraception and abortion. We don’t know how well any of these worked, if at all, and they were usually (again) written by men trying to tell women what to avoid (but having the effect of also giving them the information if they wanted it). But there was a vast and probably at least somewhat effective corpus of traditions/medicines/rudimentary contraceptive methods available and transmitted through female practitioners.

None of this was ever taught to men, naturally, and the universities, as they became more established, did their damndest to stamp out “unlicensed” practitioners, which really meant women. The 1322 trial of Jacoba Felicie, a female doctor in Paris, is basically representative of the later medieval pushback against women practitioners. Jacoba’s patients, both male and female, testified that she was a highly skilled doctor and they had gotten better after visiting her – but the court’s judgment was that since she was a woman, she couldn’t possibly be as good a doctor as a man, and she was barred from practice. (If this post was Misogyny, Take a Shot, I think we would all be hammered by now.) That decision also led to legislation to keep women out of universities/medical school in France (in 1421, Henry V also banned them in England). So once again: You Suck, Renaissance!

This also involves questions of medieval sexuality, religion, and general hygiene/attitudes toward cleanliness and medical care. First, aside from the texts mentioned above that discuss folk remedies for contraception, a medieval woman had various strategies to space her children that didn’t just rely on hoping her husband didn’t rape her too much (as I have ranted about before). Also, it’s worth pointing out that children were a natural and expected part of medieval marriage, and most couples would be more interested in ensuring they had children, rather than preventing them – limiting family size to the average 2.5 children is a modern conceit once more linked to capitalism and the de-coupling of marriage/family/household from its function as a unit of economic production, as I wrote about here. Children were valuable as heirs to noble families or working members of a lower-class family, and with likewise high infant/child mortality, you could sometimes have a number of children and hope that one or two of them made it to adulthood. 

However, that didn’t mean that all medieval women just pumped out babies until they couldn’t have any more. The third-century Roman physician Galen’s theory of female orgasm being necessary to conceive was considerably well-known in the medieval era. While this backfired on rape victims, as it was figured they couldn’t have gotten pregnant if they didn’t enjoy it (paging Todd Akin… wow, this is depressing, isn’t it?), it also meant that your average medieval married couple would have believed that the woman, not just the man, experiencing pleasure was necessary to have children. Cue the church clutching its pearls in the background, but the official Catholic theology and teaching of sexuality was, again, mutable. The thirteenth-century sect of the Cathars viewed all sex, married or otherwise, as evil, so in response and opposition to them, the Catholic church began glorifying marital sex to some degree. There was a recognition that both spouses owed each other sexual availability and pleasure, and marriages could be dissolved if this wasn’t upheld on either end.

As well, since close to half the days of the year (Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, Lent, Advent, holy days, six weeks after childbirth, etc) were regarded as impermissible for sexual activity, that meant couples (if they were religiously observant, or if they just wanted to avoid the possibility) had the option of spacing out procreative sexual activity. There wasn’t any institutional or official acceptance of sex outside marriage (though oh boy, it happened – up to 30% of brides were pregnant at their wedding), but there was also a lot of argument about what constituted marriage. It could just be as simple as saying “I take you as my wife/husband” without any church framework or institution whatsoever, and then having intercourse. (See chapter three, “Sex and Marriage,” in Sexuality in Medieval Europe.) The church viewed these couples as fornicators if they hadn’t been married formally, but what we would consider cohabiting unmarried couples (similar to a couple living together before actual marriage today) were fairly common. Noblewomen in particular were expected to give their husbands heirs, but after that, if they didn’t like each other much, he would have mistresses and she could be excused from it. The noble couples we know of with a high number of children seem to have been the ones who genuinely liked each other/had happy marriages anyway, and thus continued having sex even after the succession was secured. 

Plus, the ideal of chastity, both inside and outside of marriage, was very socially influential. The late medieval English mystic Margery Kempe managed (after having fourteen children with her husband) to get him to agree to a chaste marriage (we have him sadly asking her if she would prefer to kill him with a hatchet rather than letting them have sex again – which, after fourteen kids, she might). Women who chose to be virgins or abbesses or nuns were also excused from childbirth, although they sometimes faced pressure from their families to marry and continue the line. But chastity was admired in both men and women, and considered a prerequisite for holiness, so it was a way to avoid sexual activity (and thus more children) as well as getting in the church’s good books.

Lastly, there’s the general idea that people in the medieval era were filthy, dirty, foul-smelling, had rotten teeth, etc. Medieval people probably had structurally better teeth than we did (though obviously without modern dentistry/orthodontics) albeit worn down from grit/particles, because processed sugar wasn’t part of their diet. Next, while obviously they did not know about germs/the root causes of illnesses, they logically associated filth and bad smells with disease. Most cities had ordinances about where you could dump your waste and strict punishment for litterbugs. Full-body bathing was rare, because of how much time and effort it would take to fill a whole tub (especially if you were drawing water from a well or pump), but they washed hair, hands, faces, etc regularly. They prized sweet smells and perfumed/fragrant herbs, so while they would obviously have more body odor than we do with daily showers/soap/deodorant/etc, they wouldn’t be some strange shit-smeared, rotten-toothed rustic barely one step above a caveperson. In the 1400s, we find the Hotel-Dieu, the major hospital in Paris, believing that pregnant/postnatal women should have three baths a week and their linen washed regularly (that whole article is worth a read – said hospital was also entirely staffed by women/religious sisters).

Since this has gotten super long (as I said, more than you want to know), allow me to summarize. Midwifery/women’s health care has (surprise!) a very long history and was intentionally destroyed/excluded from male-dominated university curriculums, medieval women giving birth did die but not outlandishly/without any treatment at all, and the presence of women in medical school/practice was increasingly restricted up to and around the Renaissance. (It’s a subject of debate how many midwives were targeted in witch hunts, but some of them definitely were.) This also connected to medieval attitudes about sexuality, procreation, religion, and women, and the options that medieval women had for controlling the number of children they had or didn’t have, and their relationships with their husbands and what was expected of them as a result.

I will also note in closing that the “dying in childbirth” thing in historical fiction is a way to easily invoke the ever-present Dead Mother trope in a historically plausible, if rather lazy, way. Since everyone knows women did die (and do die) in childbirth, it becomes an easy way to kill off the protagonist’s mother or to make some point about The Dangers Of Women’s Lives Back Then (whether in-universe or intended for the modern audience). All of which is absolutely the case, but which ignores, as usual, the complexity of the ways in which premodern medicine for women, and women themselves, created a corpus of knowledge and treatment that remains unacknowledged, overlooked, dismissed, or otherwise intentionally destroyed by a patriarchal, misogynistic system.

/takes a bunch of shots

/falls over

general-radix  asked:

Another contender for dead fandoms: the Darkover series. Kinda cheating, since part of why it died was for the same reason Mists of Avalon did; the other reason was the ban that Marion Zimmer Bradley imposed on fan works (despite common misconception, the fan whose work was at the center of that clusterfrak never tried to sue MZB). I was considering looking into the series based on its somewhat unique 'medieval fantasy and starships' setting, before...well, you know.

This is a great point, and I think it’s important to bring up @olderthannetfic who wrote about the truly awful misconception that the fans tried to sue MZB, when that simply never happened, it was actually the other way around, with a big company using MZB’s name trying to bully a fan around and putting an unwarranted anxiety conservatism into fan work creators, who are often young people flexing their creative muscles, and they should be allowed to explore whatever in their writing that they like. 

I’ve always believed that fan works should be ruled according to the motto of the 1968 revolution in France: “il est interdit d'interdire” (it is forbidden to forbid). 

I don’t like bringing up ancient fandom drama from decades past (unless it is freakishly weird, like the Shaver Mystery or the Dean Drive), but it is important to set the record straight on this story as it has implications for amateur fan writers today.

To quote this response: 

Boy howdy, does knowing your history matter. And the reason is that THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED WITH MZB!

It’s certainly what plenty of authors thought happened or claimed happened for years and years, but it has been debunked. Authors who hate fic still regularly trot it out though.

We may never know exactly what really happened, but we have accounts both from the fan in question and from very pro-MZB people that agree: the fan never tried to sue.

MZB had a massive stroke and thereafter “wrote” a number of books with “cowriters”. This was some V.C. Andrews level “Totes wrote it! Plz give $$$” nonsense. From much later accounts, MZB was in no state to write, and some of those books were later quietly changed to give complete credit to the “cowriter”. MZB had possibly planned to eventually expand on some bit of her canon. She liked a particular fanfic that expanded on the same bit of canon. She tried to buy the rights to this fan’s writing, but the fan didn’t like the deal she was offered, fearing that it was a payoff in exchange for using her work wholesale and giving her zero credit. (Seems like a reasonable fear to me, given what was going on with MZB’s writing at that point!) They had a falling out over money and contract negotiations, just like eleventy-billion other creative professionals have.

However, to keep the MZB brand and money machine going, it was important to shit all over everyone in the vicinity.  All that “A yeeeeear of my woooorrrrk!” bullshit was to explain why MZB wasn’t writing much, since the real reason–that she couldn’t write–was something they were keen to keep under wraps. In fact, according to the fan involved, the only time anyone actually threatened to sue was when MZB’s lawyers threatened her should she reveal MZB’s situation.

The Past Brings A Present (Part Two)

This is for @multi-villain-imagines challenge


I took the prompt: Catching up: We all have that one person, from the past we rather not meet again. But what happens if we do? 


I did not go very heavy on the AU, really the only thing different is Negan’s past and we are in A/B/O territory.


Words: 3k 


Part 2 of 3
 (Sorry!  Its getting pushed to 3 parts)

Warnings: Swearing, abuse, A/B/O


Tags: @thecynicalnerd @marauderice @mac5323 @idonthavehusbandsihavelovers @negan–is–god @kellyn1604 @i-am-negan-trash @roschelesworld @taintedgenre @screeching-pterodactyl-fangirl @purplemuse89 @blondesouthsquad @enchantingoblivion @jmackie1983 @jasoncrouse @theonethatgotaway213 @negans-network @autumnjade22

Footsteps echoed across the room and your eyes fluttered open.  You gripped onto the pillow you were holding, cuddling up against it as best you could.  The footsteps grew closer, but you didn’t look up, instead trying your hardest to melt into the bed.  You felt safe between the pillows and under the blanket, a feeling that you thought vanished along with the rest of the world.  

“Now here I thought we were looking at a month for those suppressants to wear off, but it looks like a week two tops.” The voice shattered your illusion.  

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Amour Étrange Part 3

Pairing: Draco x Reader
Word Count: 2,550
Warnings: Professor Umbridge, teacher-student bullying, angst, fluff, canon divergence, happy ending
Author / Editor: @magicology101 / @saxxxology

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“Miss is doing what?” Poppy squeaks. Her eyes are bulging out of her sockets, and her voice is an octave higher than usual. You’ve just told Poppy about the entire situation between you and Draco that had occurred several days before, and Poppy can’t seem to understand what made you agree to Draco’s proposal of accompanying him to Hogsmeade.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” you attempt to defend yourself. “I mean, it’s just a date isn’t it?”

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anonymous asked:

Could you please do a clumsy!reader x peter parker and he's always catching her and helping when she trips/burns herself in chemistry class/runs into stuff etc... a what am I going to do with you kind of thing???? (Just please no spoilers for the movie... it doesn't come out here until Friday) thanks darling!

Clumsiness was just who you were. If it was falling over nothing, dropping your bag or walking into the table, it was bound to happen to you at some point during the day. It was rare the days you didn’t. People around you in your everyday life got used to it pretty quickly, even the people in your school were used to it now.

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originalotaku  asked:

90% of the world's population has herpes.

It is a comforting thought, but that’s the combination of HSV1 and HSV2 worldwide. In the US, according to the CDC, 56% of people have HSV1, about 1 in 6 have HSV2 (it’s more common in women than men, about 1 in 4 for women and 1 in 8 for men). So that’s 16.6% of people ages 14+ with HSV2. 

There really isn’t much of a difference between the strains other than HSV2 evolved an extra genome that allows it to infect people infected with HSV1. Most people with just HSV2 are protected from HSV1 unless their immune systems are severely compromised. 

So, given that there is some overlap of people having both, that means that there is about 60-70% of people in the US with either type of herpes, whether they know it or not.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know this. Historically, HSV wasn’t listed in medical text books. It wasn’t until there was a marketing campaign to advertise Acyclovir, a compound only found to inhibit the replication of herpes simplex viruses, was created, that a campaign of doom was also created. This is around the time the Time Magazine issue titled, “The New Scarlet Letter: Herpes, an incurable virus, threatens to undo the sexual revolution” came out. 

This was soon overshadowed by AIDs panic, but regardless, the stigma stays well-ingrained.

Rumor has it that support groups were even created by  Burroughs Wellcome Co., the pharmaceutical company that invented Acyclovir, in an effort to further stigmatize and separate individuals, while raking in billions a year in revenue. 

Anyway, you probably already know all of this, but I’ve filled my brain with just about everything to do with HSV since I was diagnosed this June, and I wanted to share this with some who follow me, because I know that I had absolutely no clue.

All I learned about HSV were images of swollen sore covered mouths and genitals in middle school sex ed, which I didn’t give a quarter of a thought about.  I was a dumb gum-smacking kid, probably day-dreaming about how cute kittens are or wondering why my best friend was being a cunt.

Here are some IMPORTANT things that I learned about HSV that everyone should know:

1. People can transmit the virus even if they’re not having a noticeable outbreak, which is why so many people have it.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT SOMEONE’S GENITALS PRE-SEX, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND THEN ASSUME THEY ARE HSV-FREE.

I have never seen anything of concern on Barren’s genitals.

YOU CAN’T INSPECT YOUR OWN GENITALS, SEE NOTHING OF CONCERN, AND ASSUME YOU ARE HSV FREE.

I have never had a noticeable outbreak.

2. 16.6% of adults have HSV2, that’s just the kind that “prefers” the genitals, but either strain can swap locations. There are plenty of people with HSV1 genitally, because their first exposure to HSV1, the commonly called “cold sore” variant, was through oral sex. Ella Dawson is a herpes activist that has HSV1 genitally (Watch her TedTalk sometime, it’s great, and she’s adorable), and I have met more than a few within support groups both online and in person with HSV1 genitally. 

But, to put HSV2 into context alone, 16.6% of people have HSV2. According to the 2015 US Census, 14.3% of the TOTAL American population is African-American. 

Basically, if everyone walked around with a little SIM’s tag above their heads with their HSV type/types, there wouldn’t be a stigma. Or, at least, not nearly as big of a one as there currently is. 

However, for reasons listed above, most people infected with either strain are not aware that they are.

3. Although billions of people have either virus, only 2% of them suffer horribly. In the past, before IGG testing was a thing, these were the people who “had herpes,” the ones whose immune systems were unable, for whatever reason, to control it. Now 2% seems like a low number, but when you factor in BILLIONS of individuals have HSV, that’s millions of individuals who suffer recurrences.

Whether an individual has noticeable symptoms or not, due to the social stigma and fear of transmitting to loved ones, people contemplate suicide and even take their lives over this diagnosis (Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend being one of them, if you don’t want Jim Carrey ruined for you, do not Google more about this). 

So it’s important to support research into better treatment options and even cures.

People are using CRISPR tools to try to access the latent genome and clear the virus for good from people’s bodies, but that is currently only in animal studies, and is an estimated decade down the line- IF it works out. So what’s the next best bet?

There are a few companies in phase II trials for herpes therapeutic vaccines, this means individuals would only need a few shots instead of a life-time of medication. Genocea’s Gen 003 is the one closest to market in the US, and will likely be made commercially available by 2020. The most promising one, Bill Halford’s Theravax, made by the company Rational Vaccines, has sent some participants into full remission of symptoms. He will be entering Phase II soon, but he is side-stepping the FDA and going overseas to conduct his trials. He has developed a preventative vaccine as well. For more information on Bill Halford’s work go to liveherpesvaccine.com or rationalvaccines.com.

Another possible therapeutic,  Pritelivir, was haulted by the FDA due to it showing liver toxicity in monkeys at 100x the dose. This was heart breaking to many sufferers, because in earlier trials it was shown to be way more effective than Valtrex, and could also be used in combination with Valtrex due to it having a different mechanism of action. The company is striving to lift the ban for further studies.

So, there are things in motion, and those things should be supported. It’s a needless infection that we should do away with globally, because I believe unfortunately, no matter how many times people say “90% of the world’s population has herpes,” the stigma will not go away until the virus itself does. It’s sad, but it’s appearing to be true.

4. Condoms do not protect fully against HSV. It is a skin-to-skin contact virus, and condoms do not cover all of the skin involved during sexual intercourse. Think of Ross from Friends when he realized condoms do not fully protect against pregnancy. It’s a little like that. That said, there are other STDs, and condoms do cover SOME surface area, so you’re better with one than without.

5. Finally, my last point which goes without saying, there are people evil enough in this world to lie about their STD status. Let me repeat. THERE ARE PEOPLE EVIL ENOUGH IN THIS WORLD TO LIE ABOUT THEIR STD STATUS. If you’re afraid of catching either strain, make sure to include a type-specific HSV blood test in your testing with new partners. You may have to fight for it, as most doctors don’t like to administer these tests due to how common the infection is in contrast with how drastic the social stigma is. Don’t feel like you’re invincible. Don’t feel like it can’t happen to you .Like I pointed out in my last post, some will acquire it through their partners cheating as well. I’ve met more than a few that acquired it this way, so even doing blood work pre-relationship is no guarantee.

Thank you for the prompt for this novel.

A year ago today, in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, I lost my shit on Facebook.  I have still not found my shit, and I believe it is gone forever.


I used to try and have conversations with the pro-gun crowd where I would be reasonable and calm and look for areas of compromise and try to hear and understand their point of view.  Certainly there were some things they said that I did and still do agree with - for example, that many of the attempts at gun control legislation are targeting features that are essentially cosmetic or otherwise manage to proclaim that the folks who wrote the legislation either don’t know or don’t care how guns actually work.  But in general, I ran into way too many arguments that were hateful, cowardly, selfish, and stupid - and all this while watching the number of shootings climb predictably higher every day.


So I lost it, and said I was done with reasonable conversations and if they want a boogeyman that’s going to come and take their guns then fine, that can be me.  I’m coming for your guns.  I want to replace the second amendment with a wet fart noise and a photo of my middle finger.  Show me where to sign, I’ll ban everything from machine guns to starter pistols.  I’m done with calm and reasonable discourse, because every time I tried it got me less than nowhere.


And, guys, let’s be honest.  Yes this is me having a temper tantrum - a well earned one, I would argue.  But who cares?  Do you really think that it’s actually going to happen?  Do you really think that America (you already knew I’m an American because I mentioned an epidemic of mass shootings and guess where that’s a thing?) is going to out of nowhere after all this time come door to door and take all your precious guns?  Of course not.  You are never in any actual danger of losing your murder tools.


But anyway, I wanted to document some of the worst pro-gun arguments, the ones that made me just give up on any kind of reasoned discourse:


1.  THE SECOND AMENDMENT!!!!!1!!!


Like, that’s it.  That’s the whole argument.  I could get into a big debate about how different the circumstances were back then, or what the original intent of the 2nd amendment was, but no.  The fundamental problem with people that incoherently yell this is that they think the 2nd amendment existing is in and of itself a moral argument in its own favor.  Guys that is total batshit insanity.  "I should be allowed to do this because I’m allowed to do this" is not an actual functional argument, as it applies to any situation where slavery or child prostitution or whatever is legal.  Being allowed doesn’t mean it SHOULD be allowed.  Go fuck yourself.


2.  If we don’t have guns, we’re all going to get killed by people with guns!


There’s an easy way to test this.  Let’s look at other countries where they don’t have guns.  Huh.  That’s strange.  Looks like there are way less people getting shot to hell over there.  They don’t have all these mass shootings for some reason, nor do they have widespread nightly murders by gun.  It’s almost like your argument is a stupid counterfactual shit heap. Go fuck yourself.


3.  Okay fine but look at the number of stabbings over there, you want to outlaw knives too?


Yes let’s look at those numbers!  Please!  What’s that?  Mass stabbings are less common and kill less people per incident because it’s harder to mass stab a bunch of people to death?  Strange I would not have expected this oh wait.  I mean, yeah, it is not some amazing news flash that humans will find some way to harm each other.  That doesn’t mean we should immediately throw up our hands and start distributing flamethrowers. Go fuck yourself.


4.  I need guns to defend my freedom from our tyrannical government!


The funniest part about this is that it’s always said by people who are not remotely oppressed by our society and who don’t seem very vocal about defending those who are.  Shouldn’t they be taking up arms against all the police that murder black people?  No?  Interesting.  Really this is a transparent power fantasy where they imagine that they’re super important defenders of freedom and masturbate to the image of the government coming for them so they can be the valiant hero.  This is the same as a nerdy picked-on kid reading books like Harry Potter and wishing they could be some sort of chosen one except that the latter is harmless escapist fantasy and the former is nutjobs wielding actual murder devices.  I guess the better comparison would be someone literally dressing like a wizard all the time and hoping his parents will lock him in a closet so that he can blow things up with magic.  Go write a book or play some sort of militia-themed role playing game or something.  Living your stupid fantasy in real life is not healthy.  You’re not going to overthrow the government, dumbass. Go fuck yourself.


5.  If you try to take my guns I will have to kill you, and murder is bad therefore you should let me keep my guns.


Yes this is a real thing I have been told.  Just typing it out caused a nosebleed from the overload of stupidity, so I need to address this quickly lest it cause a fatal brain hemorrhage.  This stupid argument works for literally anything I’m willing to murder someone over.  Let’s try it with slaves!  "You can’t take my slaves away or I’ll have to murder you, and murder is bad" yeah shit there goes the nosebleed again.  This is the worst and dumbest argument.  "Hi I am a dangerous psychopath so I should be allowed to do and have whatever I want" is not a way to run a society. Go fuck yourself.


6.  I can make my own gun, so you shouldn’t ban any of them!


Okay cool story!  It’s not really news, even before we had all sorts of 3d printers and stuff it was trivial to make a super shitty gun.  But guess what else?  I can make bombs.  I can make a breeder reactor in my backyard - don’t make that illegal just buy my neighbors some lead undergarments.  Hey guys, exciting news!  Anything dangerous you can make in your garage is now 100% legal!  Wheeeeee! Go fuck yourself.


7.  I want them therefore I should be able to have them because FREEDOM.


I want to think of a clever way to say ‘go fuck yourself’ but I don’t really feel like this 'argument’ deserves even that minimal level of thought on my part.  So, go fuck yourself!  If you don’t understand why this is an idiotic argument then there is no hope for you.  Convince yourself that I hate freedom or whatever, that’s fine.  You’re an idiot. You know yourself? Go fuck that.


FINAL THOUGHTS


If anyone is like “Hey, Baron Fulmen, you were really rude and dismissive and isn’t it a bit hypocritical to say these are bad arguments but then respond to them with things like 'go fuck yourself’ which is in and of itself not a real counter-argument?” then holy shit have you missed the goddamn point.  This is me saying that I have given up on these gun-fondling assholes, I am venting about the observed inability to have a productive conversation when I *don’t* just tell them to go fuck themselves, and I am saying that if the result is going to be the same either way I might as well tell them they’re idiots that can eat a sack of fermented skunk shit.  I can no longer care about being friendly with people that value their murder-toys more than the lives of their fellow human beings.  And yes, to you out there all ready to raise your hand and be the gentle and reasonable voice of compassion that argues for calm discourse because these folks have been mislead by powers greater than themselves, I do understand the impact of fear and misinformation and insecurity and how the gun lobby and other forces manipulate people to… whatever.  Fuck it.  Don’t care anymore.  Go have that conversation elsewhere, this is a place to tell people who can watch the endless parade of victims of gun violence and say 'worth it’ to die in a fire.


Thanks.  I now return you to your usual program consisting of cute animal GIFs and shitty short stories.

Imagine Happy getting a new smiley tattoo as revenge for you.

Originally posted by oreilysamcro

Originally posted by dremoramerchant

Reader x Happy
Reader x Family!Clay and Jax


How do you find words for Happy Lowman? Crazy bastard are the ones that you saved his phone number under and he’d had a dark little chuckle over it when he found out. He’d laughed even more when he’d seen Tig saved as ‘Sex Pest’.

Describing your relationship was even harder, there were mad levels of attraction between you two and he’d be lying if he said he hadn’t imagined it was you moaning beneath him rather than the same faceless boring croweaters. But the club made it difficult, being Clay’s daughter and Gemma’s stepdaughter made you what Tiggy called a ‘Reaper Princess’. You hated the nickname but it stuck fast, your step brother Jax and partner in crime Opie had it embroidered on almost all of your hoodies and shirts, the bastards.  
Well there was that and the slight age gap. You were a grown woman in your early twenties but he still had years on you. Both good points well made by your stepmother after you’d been caught. There was a warning throughout the club of Nord Prospects acting dangerously to try and secure their patches. When Happy had offered to be your escort (Gemma had Clay and Tara had Jax) the club had been thrilled. Who would be better to protect you?

Of course none of them knew of the growing sexual tension and blossoming romance between you both. Not until you were sat on the hood of your car parked behind the clubhouse, with Happy stood between your legs with his lips on your neck and his hands slipping under your top. That’s when Jax yanked him away from you and when Chibs and Opie joined in you were worried that you were finally going to get an answer to a question the club had pondered a while now. How many Sons could Happy beat on his own?

It was tense. All four men were out of breath and bleeding when Gemma and Clay showed up. Jax had spat out what he’d caught you pair doing, he made it sound worse than it was because lets face it, Jax can be dramatic. Clay got in two good punches which Happy didn’t try to return before Piney and Tig demanded that they call church.
You tried to protest but they ignored you so in the end you pleaded to Tig, your favourite Uncle, to not let them hurt Happy, that it was mutual.  He gave you a stern look and pressed a kiss to your forehead before running after the other men.

The verdict came back : If Happy stayed away from you then they wouldn’t pressure him to go back Nomad. No talking, no communcation. Nada. Zip.

You and your dad and your Step Brother spent hours shouting at each other that night until you stormed out with Clay shouting at you not to bother coming back until you saw sense.

You’d only been walking 30minutes before you saw the headlights coming up behind you and with an almighty pain everything went dark.

—–

You woke two days later in hospital, the Nord Prospect had ran you down and reversed over you. For a while it was touch and go. That’s when you found out about Happy demanding to be by you in hospital and how your dad was going to force him to go nomad because of it.

You were so furious you refused to speak to him until he promised he’d take the decision to a vote. That gave you time to persuade them all. He was their brother, surely their protectiveness should take a back seat to pride knowing that Happy would always protect her. But that all had to wait until after this prospect was wiped off the face of the earth, the Nords had disowned the idiot.

You’d been trapped under house arrest for a week and your dad and Jax continued to keep Happy busy so that you couldn’t see him. It pissed you off, not only were you in constant pain but the only person you wanted to see was banned. Chibs, who admitted later he reacted too harsh jumping on Happy that day in the yard, had let you know that Happy was using his time away from you productively and have already gone through three leads trying to find the guy who knocked you down.
You tried to ignore the pain in your stomach as you read your book in the club house when Tig approached you with a big grin, “Guess who’s free from house arrest?”

“You got the bastard?” You gave him an honest smile, now you’ll be able to leave the club house without an escort.
Tig gave you an exaggerated nod, “Happy gotta hold of him so there’s not much of him left.”

As if on cue the rest of the Sons barrelled into the room, Jax, Happy and Clay were covered in blood.

“Hap sit down.” Jax voice came out as an order and Happy perched on a bar stool looking apprehensive and as much as he wanted to look over at you he didn’t. Jax came back with a tattoo gun and Happy instantly removed his shirt. Jax slipped on some gloves and leaned down and started to tattoo another smiley onto his collection. Your dad slid over a shot of Jack Daniels to him down the bar which Happy downed.

Something must have happened when they went after that bastard, something to click the club back into place. It was obvious that Jax and Clay appreciated Happy’s work when dealing with your attacker.

You looked up at Chibs when you felt his hand on your shoulder, “I think things will be okay Lass.”
“Yeah okay,” Tig chimed, pretending to look thoughtful, “I mean dunno why you’d pick Hap over me though.”

You laughed as Chibs clipped the back of his head. Happy came over to you and while still seated you were at the perfect height to see his new tattoo.

“For you.” His deep voice rasped.

“It’s perfect,” you smiled inspected it, “You’re really lucky that Jax has been working on his line work though.” You teased. Jax stuck his tongue out at you and flicked the rubber glove he’d used while tattooing at you.

Happy leaned down and pressed a kiss to your forehead. In your peripheral vision you saw a few of the Sons flinch but no one made a move to hit him.

Chibs was right, things might be okay.

anonymous asked:

(1/2)In (sincere) Defence of Drakon, the time before the Chantry is described in many sources (some of which, admittedly may be biased) as being filled with darkness, doubt and violence. There is after all a reason that since that time nothing short of a disastrous continent-wide war (started and finished with explosive attacks on holy ground) combined with a magister-led demonic invasion warranted the calling of the inquisition. Drakon couldn't have known that the Chantry would abuse it's pow..

Hi, Anonymous person. I never got your part 2, so I’m just going to have to apologise if I utterly miss your point by not having it. I’m trying not to let my Ask box get utterly out of control again, so I’m going to work with what I have.


I keep getting asks like this. They’re all slightly different, obviously, but they all boil down to ‘In defence of the Chantry and/or some major figure in the Chantry, they had very good reasons for oppressing the fuck out of people …’ I collect my facts, and I write up roughly the same response with particular attention to whatever detail the person has asked about.


And I’m very sorry, Anonymous person, but I am so bored. So today I think … document study! Alternative title: How We Know the Chantry and Its Founder Are Full of Shit Even When They Say They Aren’t.


Wine. Music. Poetry. And the wanton and frenzied indulgence of carnal fancies. These things characterized the hedonistic cult known as the Daughters of Song. Calling them an order of the faithful lends them a legitimacy they do not deserve. The daughters (and sons, though they saw themselves also as “daughters”) celebrated Andraste’s holy union with the Maker in almost every way imaginable. And it was only the “holy union” they venerated. Andraste’s life, her war, her teachings, and her sacrifice were blithely ignored.


At its height, the Daughters of Song numbered in the thousands. They maintained a stronghold in a village called Virelay, in the Fields of Ghislain. Virelay saw a yearly event during which the Daughters of Song paraded carven images of the “Maker’s Glory” through the square.


The Daughters of Song were wiped out by the righteous forces of Emperor Drakon during his campaigns to unite all of Orlais. When the emperor’s forces sacked the village, the Daughters would not arm themselves and were either killed or captured. The village was destroyed, and the cult never recovered.

—From Before Andrastianism: the Forgotten Faiths by Sister Rondwyn of Tantervale


I like this text. I like it because it is on the Wiki, so I don’t have to transcribe it from my copies of the World of Thedas books like I do most of the stuff on Kordillus Drakon. But I also like it because it is an excellent example of Bioware putting together a text which would mean one thing to a devout in-universe character, and another thing entirely to the player.


First thing: who wrote it? The author is listed as Sister Rondwyn of Tantervale, so we immediately know we’re looking at a Chantry source. That’s not necessarily damning. Sister Petrine, for example, rates pretty damn highly with me because:


Petrine has been the subject of much criticism in the Chantry for her approach, writing about the greatest evils with almost objective language. At times her tone can even be perceived as contemptuous toward certain truths we hold so sacred.


It is therefore a risk to teach or even to read Petrine. Some of her work is fine and, indeed, helpful. Few outside Ferelden understand the nation so well as those who have read her histories. Lesser texts must be read with a highly critical eye and, in the case of the largely banned Dissonant Verses, thick, black ink.

Andraste’s Bookshelf: Essential Tomes for the Painfully Devout – A Guide for Chantry Faithful by Sister Lilian Hatch


In short? Petrine is awesome. I’ll generally prefer a non-Chantry source if I can get it because, for all her scholarly prowess, Petrine remains a Chantry sister and will not always fully understand other cultures or recognise the abuses perpetrated by the institution to which she belongs. But I am not going to just dismiss what she says out of hand: the lady does her homework and is more than willing to go against the Chantry if she doesn’t think it’s telling the truth.


However, Lilian Hatch lists Before Andrastianism: the Forgotten Faiths among her recommended books without further comment, so in this case we’re looking at approved Chantry history. Every word has a strong pro-Chantry bias.


Second thing: when did she write it? We don’t have an exact publication date, obviously, but another excerpt reads:


In 9:30 Dragon, the Disciples were wiped out by the Hero of Ferelden, who was on a quest to retrieve the Sacred Ashes of Andraste.

From Before Andrastianism: the Forgotten Faiths by Sister Rondwyn of Tantervale


So we’re looking at a modern history. That means her sources are probably shit. That’s just one of the unfortunate facts of writing history: the further you get from an event, the more primary sources you’re likely to lose, and with every lost source you lose a perspective on what happened. But this is also a text about faiths that have been deliberately wiped out. It’s unlikely (though not impossible, of course) that she has actual texts or artefacts from the Daughters of Song themselves. Her sources (assuming a best case scenario where someone has actually preserved the documents) would likely be things like Orlesian campaign despatches, private letters between Drakon and his generals, and official histories that date from the time.


That’s … a bit like using the Res Gestae as your sole source on the life and rule of Augustus, you know? It’s all carefully doctored to present a particular point of view, and if you just stuck to that you’d miss countless people yelling ‘It didn’t happen like that!’


Anything Rondwyn has to say about the Daughters of Song is likely suspect even before she puts her own spin on it.


Third thing: what does she actually say? Every word drips with contempt, obviously. Rondwyn despises these people, even though they have been dead for hundreds of years. She thinks their ways were wrong and they deserved their fate.


But. Strip all that away, and what do we have?


1. The Daughters of Song were Andrastians, although their beliefs differed significantly from those of Drakon and his people. We’re not talking about a minor cult, here: they ‘numbered in the thousands’ which sounds like a respectable size for a religion in that time and place, and there were clearly multiple villages that followed this belief system.


2. It doesn’t sound as though there was a lot of ‘darkness, doubt and violence’ at all. In fact, there is every indication that this was a prosperous and peaceful area:


a) This is a fertility cult. It’s pretty damn clearly a fertility cult, with the all the sex and the phallic imagery. Those are generally associated with people who are praying really hard that the harvest will be good this year so everybody gets to eat.


b) They were dedicated pacifists. To the point where they refused to arm themselves even when Orlais invaded. You’re not likely to get that in a place where resources are scarce, because that kind of economic instability promotes warfare. These people were apparently not raiding each other’s settlements, or making incursions into Orlesian territory. They didn’t have to. They were doing just fine on their own.


c) Even the accusation of ‘hedonism’ implies a certain amount of prosperity. If they had wine, then they were growing grapes, which requires a specific climate. Grapes are also really unlikely to be your staple crop, so they were growing enough of whatever that was to feed themselves and then producing enough wine to be ‘hedonistic’ as a whole civilisation.


d) Their stronghold was in the Fields of Ghislain. That’s Duke Bastien’s territory. You know: Vivienne’s lover and patron. Bastien is a wealthy and respectable figure: his family could afford to have him screw around and play outlaw as a youth, and he’s got quite enough position to weather the scandal of having a mage as his mistress. So we’re talking good farmland, here. These people are making a fortune off the old homeland of the Daughters of Song.


3. Rondwyn’s statement that the Daughters of Song only cared about the ‘holy union’ of the Maker and Andraste is pretty clearly slander:


a) Again: they were pacifists. There’s no automatic direct line between a fertility cult and pacifism. You can’t just get to one from the other without some more thought. They clearly believed that violence was wrong, and that was part of the teachings of Andraste.


b) ‘The daughters and sons, though they saw themselves also as “daughters"’: they had some ideas about gender roles that didn’t mesh with Orlesian beliefs.


We’ll never get a full picture of what these people believed. The sources don’t exist. But when Rondwyn says ‘Andraste’s life, her war, her teachings, and her sacrifice were blithely ignored’ she means ‘as the Chantry sees them’. The Chantry’s sources on Andraste aren’t exactly stellar, so there’s no reason to think they are right and everyone else is wrong. The Daughters of Song seem to have believed in Andraste as a joyful and peaceful figure, whose happiness was a cause for celebration and emulation. The war is important to Orlais because Orlais is warlike. Andraste the warrior is the only thing that interests them.


There’s a thing Mother Giselle says:


Too many see laughter as antithetical to the Chant of Light.They imagine Andraste as a grim warrior all her life, forgetting that she loved and was loved in return. I hope she found time for laughter during her trials.

Dialogue with Mother Giselle


Had the Daughters of Song survived and the Chantry died out, some scholar might be writing ‘They celebrated Andraste’s war with Tevinter in almost every way imaginable.  Andraste’s life, her poetry, her teachings, and her sacred union with the Maker were blithely ignored’.


So what, then, can we see in this text? The Daughters of Song occupied fertile farmland. They were not hostile to Orlais, and they were not well prepared for war. They were also not part of the particular cult to which Drakon belonged.


In invading, he was able to combine the horrors of imperial expansion with the horrors of religious persecution. He took their land and settled his own people on it, which is why it is part of Orlais today, and he wiped out a rival faith that didn’t entirely agree with his own. Then he and his successors wrote histories declaring the people they murdered were evil.


Lilian Hatch reads that, as a Chantry faithful character, and thinks about how holy and righteous Drakon was. The player reads it and thinks ‘What the utter fuck, Drakon? I’d like to raise you from the dead just so I can murder you personally!’


So: to get to your point about how ‘Drakon couldn’t have known that the Chantry would abuse it’s power’. Look at what he did, right there.


Now consider this:


‘There is after all a reason that since that time nothing short of a disastrous continent-wide war (started and finished with explosive attacks on holy ground) combined with a magister-led demonic invasion warranted the calling of the inquisition.’


Never mind the start. I’ve written about why calling the Kirkwall Chantry ‘holy ground’ leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I don’t feel like doing it again. But that second explosion? Oh, yes, let’s talk about that, shall we?


The Temple of Sacred Ashes blew up. Until quite recently, the temple and the village of Haven belonged to the Disciples of Andraste. These people were like the Daughters of Song: a pre-Chantry Andrastian belief system. But these people were survivors. They hid themselves away on a damn frozen mountain that no one could possibly want, and did everything they could to stay hidden.


Despite what Rondwyn says, the village was not wiped out by the Hero of Ferelden (though of course they may have come into conflict with them). That’s a blatant lie. It was wiped out by Chantry forces. And I fucking quote:


The Disciples of Andraste were a dragon cult that lived in the secluded village of Haven in the Frostback Mountains, near the Temple of Sacred Ashes. After the Hero of Ferelden’s discovery of the temple, the Chantry took great interest in the area and sent soldiers to reclaim it. What was left of the cult was forced out of the area. Many died, but at least one, a woman named Tamar, survived in the cold wilderness.

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I know the Disciples of Andraste weren’t the most fun people to be around. But look at them for a minute. Really look at them. They lived up there by themselves for centuries. They stayed safe and out of sight. They didn’t invade other lands or force people to share their beliefs. And if they were terrified of outsiders and willing to kill to prevent word of their location spreading – well, in retrospect you can see why, right?


The Chantry moved in, and it took their land. It wasn’t of economic interest (which was why the Disciples survived in the first place), but it was of religious interest. They killed most of the people there, and they drove the survivors out to starve in the snow. Remember there were kids in Haven? They’re probably dead now. On the ends of Chantry blades, or of exposure or starvation in the wilderness.


Look at the text on the Daughters of Song. Now look at Haven. Look at the slander Rondwyn heaps on them: she just declares that they are ‘inbred’ and ‘mad’ and therefore their beliefs can be dismissed, because only the Chantry can be right.


There’s a follow up line from that survivor, Tamar. She’s fighting for the Inquisition because Cullen forced her to (I hate him so much) and she says:


The gilded Chantry says only one truth exists. And its servants lie, steal, kill to make it so.

World of Thedas II


Someone give the lady a prize. If that prize can be Cullen’s head on a pike, even better. Can you seriously tell me that you think the Chantry isn’t doing exactly what Kordillus Drakon set it up to do? Because what happened to the Daughters of Song and what happened to the Disciples of Andraste is exactly the same.


Final note, to prove a point: this is just one case study, obviously, mostly because I am sick of doing things like typing up Justinia I’s bio. Pretty much always assume the Chantry is full of shit, okay?


You talk about the Inquisition being reformed as this big, important event. A thing only done in dire circumstances. And I concur: that’s how the characters talk about it in the game.


But. Think about it. Think about what happened to the first Inquisition. It never went away. The original Inquisition signed the Nevarran Accord and became the Templars and the Seekers of Truth. They continued their activities, however, instead of following the belief system of the original cult – which seems to have allowed for more flexibility in beliefs (see: Ameridan) – they adopted the beliefs of the Orlesian Chantry. Obviously the centuries wrought changes: the problems of the Divine Age and the Dragon Age are not identical. But they’ve always been there, and for the longest time they served the Chantry.


You know when the ‘original Inquisition’ reformed, in the truest sense?


In the twentieth year of the Divine Age, the Nevarran Accord was signed. The Seekers of Truth lowered our banner and agreed to serve as the Chantry’s right hand, and together we created the Circle of Magi. With the Circle no more, I hereby declare the Accord null and void. Neither the Seekers of Truth nor the Templar Order recognize Chantry authority, and instead we will perform the Maker’s work as it was meant to be done, as we see fit.

– The Templar Order: End of an Accord


Right there: 9:40 Dragon, when Lord Seeker Lucius Lambert led the Templars and Seekers of Truth away from the Chantry. Now, Lambert is an evil, bigoted fuck and I oppose everything he stands for. But in voiding the Accord he is creating the independent organisation that was the Inquisition anew. They didn’t change the name back. It doesn’t change what they are.


Divine Justinia has what … five whole Templars left? I exaggerate, but her military might is gone. She has virtually no means of imposing her will by force, and the Chantry never learned to play nicely with others. In declaring a ‘new’ Inquisition she is able to recruit under a new banner: re-establish her ‘Templars’ without engaging in a fight over who gets to own the name.


It’s a clever political move, yes. But, as with all things the Chantry says, its relationship to the truth is questionable at best.


I’m just going to conclude with a line from Tamar again, because she knows her stuff:


Your Chantry goes belly up, the Inquisition steps in. Always something to keep the same people in power.

Tamar Dialogue


There’s no excusing Drakon or the Chantry. They know what they’re doing. They’re taking what they want and slaughtering their enemies. And then they’re telling everyone they were righteous to do it.

Title: “Fascinating” 

Warnings: Slight spoilers for Fantastic Beasts

Based on this request: Can it be like reader is traveling with Newt (or something) and graves takes a liking to them when reader speaks up about the suitcase honestly the prompt could be whatever as long as it’s Percival not Grindelwald. Love you’re blog. 

A/N: First Percival Graves imagine. I hope it’s what you wanted. I know it’s not super long but I had fun writing it!


Traveling with Newt Scamander had been one adventure after another. He had picked you up as an assistant some time ago and the two of you could not have had more fun. You always had an interest with magical creatures and helping Newt with his book was the perfect opportunity to spend time with them. You’d been all over the world and were finally visiting a city you had only dreamed about. New York! The city that never sleeps was within your reach. Newt had announced that you two were to go there because he needed to acquire a beast from a breeder located only in New York. You must admit that you had your doubts about going there, considering there was a nationwide ban on magical creatures and Newt had a case full of them. However, you weren’t going to let this opportunity pass you by, no matter how brief the trip was.

Of course it wasn’t more than an hour in that the trip went sour. The Niffler got out and caused chaos in a bank, Newt exposed magic to a muggle, and the two of you got caught. Next thing you knew you were being dragged along by an angry woman who was going to turn you in. Just great, all your New York fun was going to spent in a cell at the Magical Congress. Despite this you were still very impressed with the building that MACUSA was housed in. The woman, Tina, dragged the two of you into a room where a number of important people stood conversing.

“Mr. Graves sir, I have something very important to talk to you about,” she said pushing her way into the door.

“Not now Miss Goldstein, we’re talking about some very serious matters,” a man with dark hair and well defined face said to her. You had to admit, he was good looking even though he was probably many years older than you.

“Please sir, it’s about national security,” she pleaded.

“And so is this, you know you’re not supposed to be here, take them downstairs and write a report, then please leave,” Graves said sighing and turning back to the group he’d been talking to. You swore though that he gave you an endearing look before he did. Tina was not happy with the circumstances she had been put into.

“I swear,” she said after she stepped out of the elevator into the filing room. She began her duty of reporting the crimes that you and Newt had committed. You had tried to put in a good word for Newt and yourself, swearing that there was nothing dangerous in the case. Or that you had intended to obliviate the “no-maj” as she called him. Unfortunately nothing you said was going to sway her, she believed that reporting you two was going to get her back into good standings. Before she had even finished with her filing a group of people came into the room lead by none other than Mr. Graves.

“Miss Goldstein I should not have to keep reminding you of your place,” he said with a stern look.

“I know sir, I’m sorry, but these two caused major trouble in front of the no-majs,” she said.

“That may be, but you are not an Auror anymore, now if you you please leave MACUSA right now,” he asked.

“Let me prove something to you, this man, his case, it’s full of magical beasts,” Tina said pointing to the case sitting on the desk.

“Fascinating, and just how many?” Graves asked not believing her.

“We’ve got many,” you said not being able to contain yourself. “I don’t even know if we could count them all. They’re all harmless though, completely safe. If they were a threat we wouldn’t have brought them.”

“Is that so?” Graves said turning to you, now interested. You could feel his eyes boring into you trying to figure just who you were. He hadn’t seen someone this young with so much passion for one thing for a long time. Needless to say you had grabbed his attention.

“Yes it is, I swear on it,” you said proudly. You turned to look at Newt to make sure you had done a good job in explaining his creatures and he gave you a smile.

“Then let’s see them,” Graves said stepping closer to the case. Tina gladly opened it for him and inside were, pastries.

“Oh no,” Newt said realizing what had happened. It took you a little longer to process it but you had the same reaction. Newt and the muggle had the same case and they must have gotten switched.

“Well I can’t say those look like magical beasts,” Graves said shaking his head and closing the case.

“They must have gotten switched, sir I promise I wasn’t lying,” Tina pleaded.

“I’m sure they did, but we cannot hold these two without proper evidence presented by a proper officer,” Graves said. “I’m very sorry to keep you here,” he said more to you than Newt. Was he flirting? You weren’t sure but you didn’t mind. With that Graves and his posse set off leaving Tina, Newt, and you alone again. Needless to say it wasn’t over. Tina needed you two to help her retrieve the case and deal with the muggle and you weren’t giving up on New York so soon.

Several misadventures later you found yourself outside a building late at night looking for the Billywig. You were pretty sure you were lost until you heard a familiar voice.

“Didn’t I let you go?” The voice of Percival Graves called from the steps of the building.

“Um, yes, sorry, I was just looking for a bug,” you said trailing off. Young women looking for bugs were not something men were exactly pining for.

“A bug?” He asked with a small chuckle coming down to meet you.

“Yes, a bug,” you said looking anywhere but at him knowing that you were blushing.

“Would you like some help?” Graves offered. This took you by surprise. Surely the man who was nearly running MACUSA had better things to do than look for bugs with you.

“Oh, I mean, I wouldn’t mind it, but I know you’re busy. I don’t need it, it would be nice though. Only if you’re free,” you said making sure he felt no need to actually help.

“I just got off work so I’m free for the night miss…?” He trailed off inviting you to supply him with your name.

“Anja Schwieterman,” you said politely.

“Well Miss Schwieterman, let go find your missing bug,” he said offering you his arm. You were surprised by how light hearted he seemed compared to when you had met him earlier. You guessed he had to put on a front during work in order to get anything done around there. Especially with people like Tina always mucking about.

The night went well, Graves assisted you in looking for the Billywig (which you did not find) and showing you some his favorite places in New York. You had explained to him that it was your first time there and that you loved the city. It had to come to an end though, he needed to get home and sleep and you needed to return to Newt and his creatures.

“Thank you for the lovely night Mr. Graves,” you said to him as you began parting ways.

“Please, call me Percival, and might I call you Anja?” He asked.

“Of course Mr. Gra- I mean Percival,” you said with a giggle.

“I had a great time tonight Anja and I’m glad I could be the first to show you this city. Maybe I can see you again if you’re ever in New York?” He asked.

“I’d enjoy that very much,” you said.

“Goodnight,” he said taking your hand and gently kissing it.

“Goodnight,” you replied blushing again. The two of you finally parted and you waved to him as he made his way down the street. When he disappeared from view you jumped in excitement. You were going to get to see Percival Graves again and it was going to be just as amazing as this time. You were definitely smitten and you didn’t care.

Fall Anime Watchlist

A new season f anime has started and there’s SO MUCH STUFF. So here’s a quick (or not so quick) run-down of the stuff I sampled and the best and worst premieres of the season. Also I have a lot of feelings about the Drag Race finale but I decided to Kontrol Myself and will post about it later. Worst to best, y’all know the drill.

First quickly, I’m still watching Saiki Kusuo because it’s comedy gold, and I’ve picked up Nobunaga no Shinobi (cute and funny!) Sengoku Chojuu Giga (funny and super obscure!) Bernard Jou Iwaku (funny and too real!) and I’m not sure about Kiitaro Shonen yet (ep 2 was super gross)

Most of the shows I’m dropping I might have been willing to give them a second chance if they came out on a not-so-busy day, but all of them happen to be weekend shows and weekends are fucking packed.  But the best stuff of the season actually comes out during the week which is fucking brilliant since I can watch it as soon as it comes out yesssss.  

Dropped

(self explanatory. Also no screenshots for the losers)

Bloodivores: Maaan this shit didn’t even manage to be funny bad. It was just incompetently written bad. And boring. The first half is an extended bank-robbery sequence that somehow manages to be a snoozefest. The character designs are uninspired. Everything that happens is so contrived, everything is forced so the plot can get from point A to point B, you can literally see the writers in the background going “how do I justify this absolutely nonsensical turn of events… let’s just have this guy take off his mask for no reason!. They ALMOST had me at the end, at least piqued my interest enough to watch episode two, and then they were so tremendously stupid to ruin that with the worst use of a preview that I’ve ever seen. Apparently, being terrible is about the only thing all of these Anime-for-the-Chinese-market have in common. Really makes me wonder if this kind of things actually hit there (then again, they ate up Transformers 4 and Warcraft, so I guess anything’s possible?). Insta-drop. Also, the main dude’s hacking software is literally called HACK!!! I mean…

Matoi the Sacred Slayer: Very confusing direction and narrative, the episode feels very flat and boring and there are way too many jokes about dudes leering over the blond bombshell girl. I kind of liked Matoi and her dynamics with Yuma, and I also kind of liked the policeman-dad. I was willing to give it an extra episode to grab my interest, but the last few minutes with the “joke” about the dad groping his daughter, and that “hilarious” scene of Matoi detransforming to find herself naked in the woods buried any interest I may have had for it. Another insta-drop.

Occultic;Nine: Look, just call me when the show is over and tell me if underneath those gross booballoons and twenty billion “the main character is a pervert” jokes there’s something good going on, cos it looks like there could be, but I’m not gonna subject myself to that disgusting character design and male gaze framing unless I have a guarantee that it’ll be worth it. Insta-drop. The animation’s pretty swell, but not worth getting those monstrosities smushed in front plane every five minutes.

Watashi ga Motete Dousunda: So the first part, where Kae is very fat and has Fat Voice TM (gross Japan, you’re gross) is very annoying to watch. Then after she becomes “beautiful” (you’re really gross Japan) and magically all the boys fall in love with her it’s just eye-roll worthy and terribly boring. The guys are terrible, who’d want to date those assholes that only see her after she loses weight? And they have literally no chemistry? Girls, date a guy (or a gal, or a person) with whom you’re not afraid to share your hobbies. If you think he/she/they will hate you because of your hobbies, don’t waste time on that. Look at this 24 year old virgin giving dating advice, ha ha! Insta-drop and hoping some of Junko’s much superior actual BL stuff gets animated next time.

Trickster: I tried reaaaally hard to like this one but it’s so tryhard and nonsensical it failed to grab me in every possible way. It started bad with that monologue that reminded me of Divine Gate. A million tales have been done about immortals that crave death (including NanaTai’s Ban, and that was a story told in like half an episode and still way more competent and compelling than this. Ban’s story is so understated and yet super tragically beautiful ;—-;). The rest of the characters are walking archetypes that also manage to be insufferable, and the mysteries are super bland and uncreative. I gave it two episodes, but I’m done with it. There’s too many amazing stuff this season to waste time waiting to see if this one gets better Dropped

Long Riders: Give me a Y! Give me an A! Give me a W! Give me a N! What does it say?! YAWN!!! Seriously, this was so terribly boring. The fucking episode just never ended, it felt like it lasted three hours. Also, as someone who bikes every day, there were so many unrealistic details that killed it for me. Like how Ami who’d never ridden a bike before was a master at it from the start –it took me two or three days just to get the hang of it, and maybe a month before I was confident enough to go out to the city with it-. She claimed she was scared of the big bikes because she feared she would fall, but somehow was okay with one that had an equally high seat and just smaller tires? Her massive girl-boner for that butt ugly foldable bike is ridiculous and at times even uncomfortable to watch. And since the one she got is cheapass, there’s no way that’s gonna be good for long distances. Something that really bothered me was that we’re shown the girls going uphill, but novice Ami never comments on the added difficulty. They also set on a 40 Km journey with just one bottle of water for both of them? Good luck with that gals.  But really, the worst part of it was that it bored me to death and I found Ami insufferable. When will I get a decent girl sports show that’s actually about competitive sports-ing and not cute girls doing cute things that happen to be kinda sportsy? Insta-drop

Uncertain

Tiger Mask W: I don’t know what to make of this show. I feel if I could appreciate its brand of camp I would enjoy it more, but as it is it just feels like something that could be pretty fun but doesn’t manage to work for me. It just feels dull, and as predicted, the animation is poop. The characters are super flat so I don’t feel invested. I don’t think I’m gonna keep watching it, I’ll check episode 3, but it’ll have to show the best possible cards to grab my interest. The fact that it’s a weekend show makes its standing in the list even flimsier.

Girlish Number: This one wasn’t even on my radar because the title sounds stupid (I’m serious, I didn’t even watch Tiger & Bunny when it was airing because stupid title and then it turned out to be one of my fave anime ever, I’m super judge-an-animu-by-its-cover), but since I heard surprisingly good things about it I decided to check it out. It wasn’t as cutting and cynical as I wanted it to be, the character designs are suuuuper uninspired, and I didn’t laugh as much as I expected given the type of series, but a show that takes jabs at otaku LNs is a good show in my book, so I’m ready to give it another chance. I just don’t feel like it’s gonna be able to keep me interested and I already have too much on my plate to be waiting for a meh show to realize its full potential.

(totes forgot to take a screenshot cos the day it aired all I was thinking was how I was gonna rewatch the superior Wednesday anime later)

Mahou Shoujou Ikusei Keikaku: I’d give this show the award of “Showing your cards too soon” of the season. It already had enough creepy factor without the edgelord bloodbath opening scene, and I think it would’ve been way more effective –especially with the events of episode 2- if they’d left it as a seemingly cutesy magical girl show for a bit longer. Instead, they were too desperate to make sure the audience know this was a seriously serious dark edgy show ok, no cutesy PreCure no guys, this is serious and dark and edgy etc etc. As far as Madoka ripoffs go, you could do way worse than Ikusei Keikaku (for example, you could do Daybreak Illusion lmao does anyone remember that bullshit), but I doubt it’s really gonna end up shining in the end. I’ll keep watching for now, but can’t say I’m too invested. I’m in fact partially hoping it’ll turn into garbage hatewatch material along the way

DAYS: This is currently the closest I have to hatewatch material, so I’m unlikely to drop it at this point, but who knows, I don’t put it beyond these writers to make me actually dread the act of watching it. But okay writers, you can have your bullshit Tsukushi bullshit (yes, I said bullshit twice), just give me some Mizuki and we’re good, seriously, just give me enough Mizuki loserness and you have me. At least now I understand why MAPPA didn’t put any money into this, and I’m glad they instead decide to focus their resources in the superior sports show of the season (y’all probably already know what I’m talking about :D)

(no screenshot because I’m lazy)

Non-priority

AKA the shows I’m enjoying, but I don’t feel antsy about not watching the new episode the moment it comes out.

Nanbaka: This is a show that’s hard to sell because it’s very dumb and has no substance whatsoever and it’s kinda tryhard with its comedy and style, but it somehow works? I think this show is the embodiment of something that’s hard to recommend because even if it works for me, I’ve a feeling that wouldn’t be the case for most people. But I like it! I think the jailbreak sequence at the start of the episode was great! And I’m growing to like the characters very fast, especially Hajime no of course it’s unrelated to my crush on iwa-chan the perfect man, what are you talking about. I hope it stays funny and fresh, but I’m not very confident that they’ll pull it off tbh.

Magic-Kyun Renaissance: This is actually way better than it has any right to be? I was very positively surprised by that? It’s probably one of the best UtaPri ripoffs we’ve gotten in a while tbh. At least so far, it’s definitely shaping up to be more KamiAso than it is Amnesia, so that’s a bonus. Visually it’s also very beautiful, and I am particularly in love with the Spanish architecture references (I was in Seville and Barcelone in April and suddenly BAM Seville and Barcelone were in my animu). There’s the super ridiculous fact that “magic art” is basically plain ole’ art but with kira kiras, which is a little disappointing but also kinda histerical. And of course, because you gotta sell those character CDs, they have the calligraphy dude sing a song for no reason, which is terrible and also funny, you can literally taste the production committee wondering how to market terrible seiyuu songs and it was great.

Shuumatsu no Izetta: Two episodes in this still has massive potential to be great, but also massive potential to be 100% certified garbage. Finé is a great protagonist and a strong heroine, so I’d be willing to go on the journey with her, but the male-gazey camera is putting me off. The animation is great and I’m not entirely opposed to the yuribait (which won’t amount to jack because Japan), but the fact that as soon as episode 2 Finé is already out of commission is worrying. I’m not even that bothered by the very obvious phallic witch-flying-on-a-bazooka but there’s that nagging feeling that it’s gonna go to shitland eventually. Hoping it won’t be the case.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans: So I was very lukewarm to this show by the time S1 ended because it felt like all of its promise had gone off the window, but they seem to be going back to that in this season premiere, with the issues of child soldiers and whatnot. I won’t lie, I actually felt a chill when the narration explained that part. We’re 26 episodes in and I’m still not sure of what’s the purpose of Gjallarhorn and I’ve had the ugly feeling that Orga’s gonna die eventually, but for some reason these two episodes got me excited all over again, so for the time being I’ll let Mari Okada fool me for at least five episodes or more. I feel the show doesn’t have a clear direction on where it’s going now, but I’m hoping it’ll figure itself out or make OrgaMika canon, whichever works.

Flip Flappers: This show has so much potential! The animation and visual style is so beautiful and unique! It has that special fairy-tail quality that makes it feel innocent, but with a teeny hint of something more. It doesn’t abuse exposition which is great! The reason it’s relatively low on my list is the unsettling focus on Papika’s torn clothes, and that gross molestation robot, like really show, you’re already fine, you don’t need that garbage, please stop it and focus on your artistic potential thanks

Mid-Priority

These are shows that I find super entertaining but just not super outstanding. Let’s call them high quality popcorn entertainment (is that eve an actual expression in English, I’m honestly not sure)

Uta no Prince-sama Legend Star: I was falling out of love with UtaPri during S3, but the final episode had renewed my hopes for the franchise and this new season premiere (and the Quartet Night episode) didn’t disappoint! It continues to test the limits of permissible stupidity and still comes out on top, which I find commendable. Also one of my life-long UtaPri wishes has finally come true: They’re not giving away the final performance in the ending!! Now I just hope they decide to go back to 2D animation for the dancing, the 4tet Night and HEAVENS choreographies show they still have it in them. Also I love the twist of the collab between STARISH and HEAVENS, since I was worried about how they were gonna make those boys likable characters (something they already somewhat achieved with 4tet  Night). The new songs so far have been pretty okay compared to S3, so I’m hopeful, though I doubt we’ll ever get something as good as Orange Rhapsody.

3-gatsu no Lion: Okay, maybe this is the exact opposite of popcorn entertainment, but hear me out. I didn’t even know what it was gonna be about going in, so learning it’s about shogi was very exciting since I love shows about this kind of things (Hikaru no Go and Rakugo Shinjuu are both shows I adore). Visually it’s stunning, maybe a bit overstated at times and I think there’s like so much potential here for a powerful emotional story about depression. But I’m also reserving my excitement because both Simbo and the mangaka are creators I’m not a big fan of, so the chances of getting tired of it fast are high. Also, there was something about the female characters that sorta kinda didn’t work for me so I’m… waiting. Hopeful, but cautious (there seems to be a lot of stuff like that in this list)

Classicaloid: I won’t say I’m not slightly disappointed with this show because I kinda am, but it’s not life-crushing disappointment just yet. The show is certainly more childish than I expected it to be, and they’ve already beat the gyoza joke dead, which is sad because the opening half-minute or so is just absolutely brilliant, and the MUSIQUE moment is 100% undiluted fun, but the main girl is a little bit obnoxious and I’m not quite understanding the plot. It is also grating that neither the Classicaloids or the people around them know about their historical counterparts, as if they didn’t exist in this universe, and that’s disappointing because rehashing of historical figures is way more exciting if they connect them to their real life personas. We’ll see where it goes. Who knows maybe it’ll pull a Thunderbolt Fantasy on us and become super ridiculously fun down the way. Just cut it down on the gyoza jokes.

ALL-OUT!: Well, this one’s off to a pretty good start! While I didn’t lovelovelove it, I thought it was fun and cool. The main two guys get a little grating in episode two, but I already like the team dynamics and the diversity of body types. I don’t know a single thing about rugby, so this could become interesting. It definitely has that Yowapeda-ish feel to the whole thing, fun, silly, but with really exciting matches. I feel like they showed their cards to soon with Iwashimizu’s tragic backstory, but I kinda understand why they did it, to give us the cliffhanger in episode 2, so I’ll be looking forward to see his character pull through this one. I also already really like the senpai with the awful hair (this is where you ask: which one because everyone has awful hair lmao). Nothing groundbreaking, but cool enough to keep my interest.

Drifters: I actually wasn’t expecting much from this one ‘cos I’m kinda over Kouta Hirano but it was really cool? It probably won’t work much for anyone who isn’t a worthless Sengoku otaku, because then most of the jokes and drama will fly over your head, but I enjoyed it! It’s a gratuitously violent schlock, but it basically looks like it’s gonna have cool fights and useless historical trivia, so it’s right up my alley. I particularly liked the nuanced portrayal of Nobunaga and this dude from the Genpei wars is super cute lmao (men in ponytails y’all…). So yeah, I’m really into it so far. I’ve no idea where it’s going but so far it hits the right spots for me so I’m excited to tag along.

Bungou Stray Dogs: This one’s on the edge of this section and the top section. These premiere episodes have been so much what I always wanted this show to be that I’m super excited to see where it will go. The twist at the end of episode two was only partially predictable, and while at first I was wondering how they’d connect it to the American writers that are supposed to be the focus of this season, all my concerns have been dissipated. It definitely feels that they’re going in a more serious direction for this second cour and I’m super pumped for it. I’m guessing the flashback will end next week when the fallout of ep 2 probably drives Dazai away from the Port Mafia. So so so excited for this one.

High Priority

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari: Maaaan the Barakamon vibes I’m getting from this. I don’t even know how to explain how much this works for me. I love the visuals, the character designs, the little hints at character and drama that we’ve gotten, everything just works for me perfectly. The melancholic flashbacks to the MC’s childhood and that sense of nostalgia and loss was heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I just want to eat up all of this show and then some, it’s just so far everything I wanted it to be since I first read the synopsis.

Touken Ranbu Hanamaru: I was 100% ready to be horribly disappointed with this one and I’m certain a lot of people were but I loved it? It gave me more than I expected? I think my only grief is that they spend most of the time in the work clothes, and I wish they’d wear their elaborate beautiful costumes more. I wasn’t aware that these swords were supposed to belong to historical characters, and the first two episodes gave me everything a worthless rekijo like me could’ve ever dreamed of. The Oda Nobunaga episode in particular was beautiful, I just love that kind of nuanced reinterpretation of the character and how they portrayed his troubled relationship with his swords. I’m also already shipping the Okita Souji swords OTL. Hope the Date Masamune sword gets any sort of character development because even my friends call me a worthless Date Masamune otaku (one of these days I’m gonna take pictures of all my Date Masamune merch just to prove that point)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable: The last cour of this awesome JoJo is upon us and it continues to be fun, cool, with great animation and striking visuals and just all around hilarious. I’ve not much more to say other than I continue to enjoy it immensely and it’s still one of my favorite shows every week. Loving the development we got for Rohan recently and the very clever (lol) use of Crazy Diamond (fuck your copyright) in the last episode. 

Fune wo Amu: The last show to premiere this season, and it’s a pain to find it because Amazon made that bullshit deal with noitaminA only to sit on those licenses apparently. It was one of my most anticipated shows of the season and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The topic is unique, and hard to sell (a show about dictionaries?!) but I like the idea of subverting the notion about dictionaries being boring and delving into what the process of making one entails –something I’d never really give much thought to-. The character animation is wonderful and it already shows a lot of promise. Also kudos because a show with adult protagonists is a good thing on principle alone (and we have a good handful of those this season). I’m super intrigued to see where they’ll take this one.

Natsume Yuujichou Go: Natsume has been the reigning emperor of iyashikei yokai anime and if any if you had ever forgotten that, it’s finally back to remind you of it. If I understand correctly this will be the final season? (someone who knows better could enlighten me), and if that’s the case then it means we’re on to learn way more about Reiko’s story who even after 4 seasons remains shrouded in mystery. These two episodes take us right back into it, simple, sweet, quiet and heartwrenching, all the things Natsume does best. Excitement isn’t the right word for this kind of show, but I’m definitely happy to have this wonderful show back one last time and to continue to watch Natsume himself grow.

Extremely High Priority

For the first time in a while I had to create a new category  because the amount of love I feel for these shows can’t even begin to be explained. But that won’t be of any surprise for anyone who follows my blog.

Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa: Do I even need to explain why I love this show so much? How amazing the characterization is? How cool the animation? How exciting the games? How deeply well executed the emotional beats? I was swooning over Nishinoya for the entirety of these two episodes, and dying for the bits of Tsukki that we’ve gotten, since I know how much he’ll grow during the game. And they’re already doing such a good job at slowly building the Shiratori guys’ personalities. The new OP and ED are SO GOOD. We’re getting Miracle Boy Satori next week and my blood is pumping!

Yuri!!! On ICE: I was so worried about this. I’d been so hyped about it because the PV was so beautiful and the teaser of the opening had sent my heart soaring and I was just so afraid that it wouldn’t live up to my expectation, but it lived up to them and surpassed them and crushed them and seriously I have never been so completely obliterated by a show so quickly. I can’t even describe it. It is gorgeously animated, and it is so emotionally on point, the character animation and body language is so fluid and detailed and there’s just so much even in such a short amount of time I’ve found myself rewatching the episodes over and over. This is sublime and magnificent and I’d sell my soul for this show without hesitation. Is it Wednesday yet.

And that’s the season my friends. I’m so so so excited for all of it! I feel this year has been full of good anime and each season gets progressively better than the previous one (lmao remember winter when we had this one absoutely world-stopping magnificent show and everything else was super meh?)

What are ya’ll watching? Think I’m missing out on something? Any show you expected that disappointed you? Any show that surprised you for good or bad? Anyone willing to answer these questions or am I doomed to eternal silence? Since my Yuri on Ice excitement has garnered me around 50 followers (woah) hopefully y’all are excited to see gay skating take over my blog for the next three months :D

anonymous asked:

What do you think of the New52? I haven't read much of it, but i hear so many who hate on it. What do you think?

I have been making an effort to be positive in my blog. To only focus on things I like and celebrating these things, rather than tearing down things I dislike. I hope to continue this trend. Which is why I was going to ignore this question. But I have a few thoughts on the New52 that I would like to share. I will try to keep this as balanced and objective as possible.

I think overall the New52 is pretty bad, but came from a good place and has a few successes. Beyond any knee-jerk, nostalgia goggled, nerd rage over changes I consider “ruinous,” it isn’t very good. But first:

The Defense. Based on where the DCUniverse and comics in general were prior to the launch of the New52, I have said before and repeat again: A reboot was in order. In some form, the DCU needed some bandaids. Superman just finished the really long, very intricate New Krypton crossover and was currently in JMS’s incredibly boring “humanizing” Grounded storyline that was so bad not even he stuck around to finish it. Wonder Woman had her entire history radically changed by JMS in his Odyssey story nonsense. The egregiously terrible JL: Cry For Justice and Rise of Arsenal happened. The Justice League of America was full of C-List characters. Etc. And from what I understand, sales across the board were pretty low.

So the idea of kind of getting back to basics in a few series, and wiping away some awful stories, and kind of getting the entire universe on the same page seems like a good idea. And reboots, if nothing else, grab attention and make sales.

And in that regard, the New52 was certainly successful. At first. I don’t remember where I read it, and I don’t care to look up any actual numbers now, but the New52 skyrocketed sales for not only DC, but across the board for all comics.

All of the titles were starting fresh at #1, giving new and old readers a great jumping on point. We had the Justice League looking like the iconic Justice League again. And things seemed exciting. 

The problem was their plan wasn’t sustainable.

The Problems. Even from the get-go, the New52 relaunch was half-hazard and inconsistent. Batman and Green Lantern went relatively untouched, with their stories remaining basically in tact. Meanwhile, some characters were getting a new coat of paint and some were being thrown out and rewritten from the bottom up. And that is a really rough way to start your reboot that tried to build a consistency across their product line.

Beyond inconsistency in portrayals and how hard the reboots were, there was the drastic inconsistencies in quality. Some titles were great from the get go, with solid creative teams and solid, clear directions. Others were terrible. As we stand now, 47 of the 52 titles launched in 2011 have been cancelled. This shows not only a failure in creating a product that anyone wants to buy, but also shows the company’s lack of faith in their properties. But that’s something I’ll get to later.

Though things seem to have finally cooled off after a year or so of turmoil, the creative teams at DC were pretty visibly unhappy. We heard a lot of horror stories of creators walking off titles and being very vocal about the status of the heavy hand of editorial at DC. While some creators seemed to be getting free reign to tell the stories they wanted to tell (which shone through in the quality of their work), others were pigeon-held into telling stories that editorial wanted them to tell.

Which leads to another problem, the PR. I don’t know who is running the PR department at DC Comics, but they have done a terrible job. Between the Sex-Doll-Starfire outrage, Harley Quinn sexy-suicide scandal, the ban on Batwoman’s marriage and all marriage of any superhero, the death of Damian Wayne (more on that in a sec), a lot of the creator-editorial issues, and plenty of others, DC has gained a really abysmal reputation. 

Why. What is the source of all these problems? If you ask me (and you have), the problem that DC has, and what I see as their biggest problem is that they're a corporation first and make comics second. And yes, I realize that DC is a business and their job is to sell comics and to make money. I recognize that, and to a degree, I can appreciate it. But when your product is a comic book, a work of art, a story, and something that comes from a creative place, you can’t let the art suffer for the sake of the sale. And that’s what DC does. Constantly.

It’s pretty obvious to me, as someone who watches the industry pretty closely, that DC doesn't care about making good comics. DC cares about selling comics. And the victims are not only us the fans, who don’t get quality work, but will eventually be DC, when their sales continue to drop.

The example of this mentality is pretty obviously illustrated by a lot of things. Most notably, the Death of Damian Wayne. A few days prior to the release of the issue of Damian’s death, DC went out of their way to exploit the hell out of the death of Robin. They deliberately spoiled the ending to one of their stories in advance, undermining the emotional and storytelling impact of Damian’s death as a character. And this says it all. They don't care if you like or even read the story. They only care if you buy it.

Character deaths sell. This is a reality. This is why it happens all the time in public ways. DC went to extreme lengths to get people’s attention (which I can understand) on this title. But instead of selling the book as a story, they're selling it at pure shock value. Pandering to the casual fan to get them to pick up that issue. And even then, a casual fan may not understand that characters and stories return and continue after a character death. Those sales are probably a one time thing. 

But the fault cannot be entirely laid on DC’s shoulders. A huge problem with their business model is they’re relying only on the collector and ignoring the reader. Far be it from me to tell someone how to live their lives, but the Comics Collector is the nemesis of all fans everywhere, including themselves and they’re probably not even aware of it. The collector mentality is easily the worst thing to come of the 90’s. The notion is that somehow getting everything with a Bat on it, or getting every event-tie in or variant cover is going to be some day very valuable. It’s also a false notion. The problem is DC is making their comics as collectibles and not as stories. How many variant covers do we see a month? How many standalone Forever Evil or Futures End tie-ins? How many events have we seen? How many Batman titles a month? And how many of those things are even readable? This exact collector-business-model is what drove Marvel to bankruptcy in the 90’s.  And why DC’s sales are continually dropping.

Another obvious problem with DC’s New52 is the homogony. Even from the start, DC’s New52 seemed targeted at one demographic. The adult white male that they knew was their strongest audience. I don’t know exactly how many of those #1s featured murders and/or sex, but I know it was a lot of them. The New 52 did nothing to expand the target audience to try to gain new fans or readers. And by targeting such a singular demographic, you’re alienating a lot of others. Most importantly, children. With so few (if any) books actually kid friendly, they’re cutting themselves off at the knee, without fostering a future audience.

DC has thrown all their eggs in one basket. And that basket is Bat-shaped. DC is making it increasingly clear that they really only care about Batman. They seem to believe he’s the only thing that will sell, and seem to just put out titles featuring other characters to retain the rights to them. As of November, DC will be putting out 14 in-continuity Bat/Gotham-themed titles (one of them a weekly series), and that’s not even counting the guest appearances or the Justice League. Even in mass media, it’s Batman all the time. And as a guy that really likes Batman and his mythos. I’m exhausted by it. It’s overwhelming. And that singular “Only Batman Sells" mentality comes at the expense of the fans again and will eventually bite DC in the ass when fans get tired of so much Batman, or only Batman at the expense of other characters.

Personally. I think that the New52 is a failure both critically, financially, and creatively. For me personally, my greatest disappointment with it is that I just don’t care anymore. DC has seemingly gone out of its way to make me less and less interested in anything it’s doing. I have almost completely given up on them until something radically changes. There are titles out there that I think are good, and will continue to collect in trade (Batman and Aquaman) but beyond those two titles, I just don’t care. Superman dating Wonder Woman? Don’t want it. Scott Lobdell writing Superman? Don’t want it. Superman turned into Doomsday? Don’t want it. 

BUT

Despite my overall apathy and all that naysaying I just did, I still do hold out hope. And even now, I do have high hopes for Johns’ new Superman story, I have hopes for the new Batgirl creative team, and I will definitely be reading Grant Morrison’s Multiversity.

If you should check out the New52? I wouldn’t. Very few titles are worth it. Quick hits that may be worth your time: Snyder/Capullo’s Batman, Johns/Reis’ Aquaman, Snyder/Paquette’s Swamp Thing, Buccaletto/Manapul’s Flash, Lemiere/Pugh’s Animal Man, and maybe Azarello/Chiang’s Wonder Woman. But there’s tons of great stories from before the New52 that you can hunt down.

anotherbothersomeperson  asked:

What are the seven schools policies on pets at school?

Excellent question! Thanks for asking :)

We all know that Hogwarts has standards for pets, though the exact extent of those standards is a little debateable. In book one, McGonagall’s letter says that students may have a cat, frog, or owl, and doesn’t make any allowances for any other sort of pet. Despite that, Ron Weasley shows up later in that same book with a pet “rat” and Lee Jordan shows Fred and George Weasley his pet tarantula. If we’re going to be really precise (and I’d like to think we would be) Crookshanks isn’t really even a full cat. Being half Kneazle definitely makes Crookshanks a magical creature, and beyond the strictures of McGonagall’s original limitations. But, for the sake of argument, lets say that the Weasley’s and Lee Jordan had special permission for their pets, and half-Kneazle is, to wizardkind, more or less enough like a cat not to really matter. That would make toads, cats, and owls the historically the allowed pets at Hogwarts.

American schools, of course, buck those traditions a little bit. Which is not to say that you can bring anything to any school! No student is going to be allowed to a have a thuderbird, mishibizhiw, or a gowrow, but the standards and norms of what each school allows for varies widely, and you may be surprised at the type of pets typically allowed. Some of the more exciting points are as follows:

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Neuro Linguistic Programming - a Primer

Now, first up, you may ask: why are we talking about this?
Because, in the glorious movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, the psychological construct NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming was mentioned. Specifically, Merlin says (paraphrased) to the trainees “Let’s see how your NLP training is coming by going on a little mission. In this case, you will use it to seduce a target.” Subsequently, our star trainees attempt to strike up a conversation with the target, opening with some “negging” and Roxy’s placebo-tastic calling-out of Charlie’s supposed NLP. And because we’re all giant fandom nerds, we love our details and homages and striving to be as accurate as a minimal amount of research effort will allow us to be in writing our fics. Ahem.

Next you might be asking: who is this Trill person to be talking about this subject?
*dons nerd glasses* Well, that’s Dr. Trill to you! (jk you totes don’t have to call me that). But yes, I hold a Ph.D. in personality and social psychology, meaning I know a lot about (and have in fact generated some of) the science of stuff like this in the field of Psychology. Mmmbasically while like all scientists ever I have biases in my knowledge and am not omniscient, I know my shit here fairly well. And if you have questions I’m happy to talk all about this stuff. 

Hokay. So. What is NLP?

Basically… It’s a category of interrogation/manipulation/compliance techniques that’s about using people’s own inherent cognitive/thought structures (neuro) by choosing specific types of words and phrases and meanings (linguistic) to manipulate people into thinking/behaving the way you want them to (programming). It is not about seduction, although in the movie Merlin chooses to have them practice their skills in a seduction situation. NLP can be used for seduction. NLP can be used for other things. Not all seduction missions require NLP.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Neuro Linguistic Programming in its original form is… *drumroll please*
Absolute bullshit.

Yep. It was an over-eager application of some psychological research findings in cognitive psychology mixed with the scientific-equivalent-of-Billy Mays dudes trying to sell people some techniques to control their lives. It’s pretty much up there with homeopathy and hypnosis treatments and all that other jazz. NLP is widely considered a pseudo-science, because it started from some stuff that was maybe science but goes WAY past the domain of what real science has demonstrated (real science, i.e. the shit I do with my doctorate pals. And yes. We don’t know shit. Psychology is a baby science. A BABY. You can’t magically fix your life with FIVE HANDY PSYCH TECHNIQUES or whatever.)

Unfortunately, these techniques are still packaged up as if they’re scientifically backed and sold to people under many guises; ‘pick-up artists’ for one, and law-enforcment officers are another group off the top of my head that still practice this stuff under the NLP banner. Even when something is kicked out of psychological science, it takes almost 40 years for it to fully trickle down through most of the other places it spread to like education and law enforcement. So sad. It is, in fact, a bit ironic because the con-artists that sell stuff like this are actually using techniques for compliance and manipulation that they pretend to sell, but they aren’t actually selling what they say they’re selling. But I digress!

That’s not so say that the fundamentals of what NLP claims to stand for aren’t real. There ARE consistent or common cognitive (mental/thought) structures in people (as far as our baby science can tell, within narrow samples of particular majority groups in… well, basically in the middle-class US and some of Europe). Knowledge of how people’s cognitive structures and such function CAN enable an individual to use people’s brains against them, sometimes, maybe if you’re lucky and talented basically.

In contemporary terms, some people still use the term NLP as an umbrella term for any sort of compliance or manipulation techniques that can be used on other people with just words and nonverbal behaviors in an interpersonal interaction.

TV shows and movies love to glamorize NLP-type techniques and suggest that they can be used effectively in almost any situation (Leverage uses it to the point of tricking a guy into changing his password to what they want it to be just by dropping some numbers repeatedly into conversations and nonverbal tags. Sigh.). That is, of course, bullshit. But then we’re talking about super-secret spy gentlemen with umbrella guns and villains in neon so…

Real Compliance/Manipulation techniques:

Now I’m just going to give you a couple to start with, but there’s lots more out there. Some of this is from my own research specialty, some of it from related specialties. Some of the below is from a book called “Influence” by Bob Cialdini that compiles a lot of research on manipulation and compliance techniques, and though a lot of it is still not solidly confirmed with rigorous science, it’s about as good as you can get on the topic. FYI every marketing company and car salesperson and anyone trying to make you do anything ever is probably using a lot of this stuff against you so arm yourself and read it, it’s quite a good book! I have the 2009 edition so the stuff I read is likely 8 or so years out of date by 2015 (no, I’m not bad at math. It’s that books are slow and take years to publish so even a brand-new book is already years out of date… yes every textbook you’ve ever read from is full of misinformation, sorry kids), but it’s still a great place to start.

Foot-in-the-door technique
If you want something big from some stranger that they have no real reason to give you, let’s say to get them to come home with you, there’s a good chance that if you go up to them and say “I want you to sleep with me” you’re going to end up getting a drink in your face.
But even a stranger is likely to put up with something small. Ask for a very tiny favor, like to hold your jacket while you tie your shoelace, or something like that. This makes people more inclined to help you the next time you ask for a somewhat bigger favor. Cognitive Dissonance theory also suggests that having done a favor for someone makes you like them more (because your brain goes… 'well I wouldn’t have done that favor for them if I didn’t like them, right? Therefore I must like them’). That’s one theory. Point is, however it works, it works. Asking people for small favors that step up in magnitude will make them significantly more likely to do the big favor you want a little later.

Social Proof / Conformity techniques
This is great for spies who have other agents around to help or control over the environment. When something is uncertain, or someone is trying to make a decision, humans reflexively look to other humans to see what they’re doing. This is the herd instinct sort of behavior. If everyone is running and screaming, there’s a good chance it might be a good idea for you to run as well. So the same thing applies in other situations. If you are proposing something - like if Valentine was trying to convince someone of his evil plan - your target is much more likely to be convinced if other people (who don’t appear to be your people) are going along with it or agreeing with something you’re saying. It’s actually brilliant that he was meeting with the people in twos when he met with Tilde… if she was at all going to be susceptible to being convinced, she’d have been significantly more likely to agree when her compatriot agreed. Seeing him agree with Valentine would likely make her feel more doubt than if she’d been having the conversation alone. It’s hard to avoid. Not sure if that guy is hot? Well if someone else sitting beside you tells you they think he’s hot, chances are your puny human mind is going to go “sure I guess he’s hot” if you don’t have any reason to think otherwise. If other people want it, it must be good!

Reciprocity
Want to make one of your friends really upset for no apparent reason? Do the following: Ask your friend for the time of day - but when they obligingly look at their watch and tell you the number, do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO THANK THEM. Do not nod, or smile, or say thanks, or anything of the sort. Just continue doing whatever you’re doing. Watch them lose their shit (or yourself become horrendously uncomfortable). Warning, this may not work with very very close friends (higher threshold for scorekeeping) or with new friends it may end up making your friend mad at you even after you explain it.
People are conditioned to have a give and take for everything they do. If you want someone to do something for you - DO A FAVOR FOR THEM. Especially one they didn’t even ask for, so now they feel uncomfortable and like they owe you something. It’s a very powerful desire for humans to see balance in a small give and take way. Don’t believe me? Look up how much the Hare Krishna made in 'donations’ before they were banned from shoving their stupid flowers in everyone’s face.

Recency/Primacy/Familiarity
Now, you can’t necessarily MAKE someone think something later unless you’re a dreamwalker in Inception… but you can give them a nudge. Human brains are more likely to remember things that are Recent, Primal, or Familiar. This means, if I gave you a string of fifty words and asked you to remember them, you’d be most capable of remembering the words at the end, the words at the beginning, and any words that appeared in frequency (like if I named a bunch of different berries, boysenberry, strawberry, you’d have a better time remembering that there were berries). Familiarity can also refer to the fact that you remember things better if they pertain to you - e.g. you remember this new stranger’s name is Colin because you once named your dog Colin, or, you remember the name of the place someone told you they’d gone because you’ve always wanted to go there.
So if you’re clever, you can basically sortof make someone remember something you want them to at a later time by taking advantage of these three things that make it easier for them to form memories about what you’re telling them.

Similarity
Briefly, one more thing; you like someone better if they are similar to you in some way. If they tell you that they like mint-chip ice cream, and you like mint-chip ice cream, you just somewhere in your brain go YASSS THIS IS A GOOD CREATURE I LIKE THEM for really no good reason. This is great for spies who have all sorts of inappropriate personal info on their targets!
Similarly, nonverbal behaviors like (SUBTLY - it backfires bigtime if they catch you) mimicking a person’s behaviors can lead them to feel a heightened sense of rapport with you, feeling more engaged in the interaction and liking you more. So if they drink their drink, have a sip of yours at the same time. If they gesture, you gesture in your agreements or fix your hair or move your glass on the table so that you’re both moving together. If they lean back and cross their legs, you lean back and cross your legs. It’s about being in sync with each other, and it’s not hard to do if you want to.

… okay that was a lot.

There’s so, SO much more than that, but I could literally talk about this shit for hundreds of pages, so I’m going to stop there and hopefully that’s given you something to start with! GO FORTH AND MANIPULATE (you’re going to use your powers for good, right? Right…)

Title: When the Stars Align
Pairing:
Midorima/Takao
Rating:
F for fluff and P for pining (there’s nothing even mildly objectionable in here)
Word Count:
7777 [I SWEAR I DID NOT DO THAT ON PURPOSE Midorima just brings luck, haha]
Summary: 2nd year high school setting. When Takao is home sick from school, Midorima feels like something is missing from his life. (hint: it’s Takao)
Also on: AO3
Notes:

Title is from Mozella’s 4 Leaf Clover (youtube link)

Since Midorima and Takao use old style flip phones in the series, I formatted their texts as email messages (the way texting used to be in Japan before smart phones). Midorima would never register such an email address; maybe he would even just leave it as the carrier default mess of random numbers and letters, but probably Takao got a hold of his phone and changed it for him at some point.

For @leona-dracontis, who is the best. This fic probably wouldn’t exist without you. ❤️



to: jinji_mania@docomo.ne.jp
from: hawkeye10@softbank.ne.jp
subject: I’m sick!

Sorry, Shin-chan, but the rear car will be out of service today! I’m super sick! ⋆* ⁑⋆* (๑•﹏•)⋆* ⁑⋆*  I’m going to the doctor later, I’ll let you know if I’ll be in school tomorrow or not.
Don’t skip practice just because I won’t be there!! (・`ェ´・)つ


The message was waiting for Shintarou when he unplugged his phone after breakfast on Tuesday morning. Upon reading it, he huffed in annoyance. As if he would ever skip practice! He detested people who missed practice for no good reason. Knowing he would need to leave early to walk to school on time, he gathered his things to leave (book bag, sports bag, lunch, today’s lucky item: a basket) and headed out the door.

It was a crisp autumn morning, cool without being chilly, perfect weather for a walk to school. (If one cared about such things, which Shintarou did not.) More importantly, it was blessedly quiet without Takao’s incessant chatter. It was a shame that Takao was sick, though…hopefully it wasn’t too serious. The team couldn’t afford to lose one of its starting members so close to the Winter Cup preliminaries. It was surprising Takao was sick enough to miss school, though he supposed it shouldn’t be. In the year and a half he’d known Takao, he’d never seen such a poor performance as yesterday’s practice. During the mock game they’d played, Takao had accidentally passed to the opposing team a number of times, and once even threw the ball out of bounds because nobody at all was in the line of his pass. It was almost a relief to know that had simply been due to illness. (Had Takao just been tired, or did illness cause his hawk eye to malfunction?)

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Definitive Ranking of Book 2 Episodes, #13/13

13. Night of a Thousand Stars

Tonraq: “we can’t wait for reinforcements any longer.” Nuktuk premiere! Jinora’s mostly dead. Varrick is uncovered. Raiko: “no…that’s just what they’ll be expecting us to do.” Short term memory lost for dramaz. A boat hot potatoes an entire plotline. Tonraq vs. Unalaq.

(kudos to @apfeljunge666​ for guessing correctly first)

I’ll admit; I’m just as surprised as you are that this list does not begin with the warm milk of the “Civil Wars” episodes, or the wheel-spinning, Korra-less “The Sting.” But “Night of a Thousand Stars” is pretty obviously one of those “let’s move the plot” episodes. Which I guess isn’t that awful in and of itself, but this episode accomplishes that aim with contrivances, illogic, and I’m sorry to say, sexism.

Look, Bryan and Mike are amazingly reflective writers, and in fact LoK is quite a unique show in that  they bent over backwards to deliberately deconstruct the aspects of their narrative that were most problematic. Or sometimes just the most hackneyed. Situated in the pattern of this show—the pattern of this season too, which was the season where this deconstruction took place—missteps are forgivable. But there, nonetheless.

Still, let’s keep the party polite and start with the narrative contortions this episode had to do. We begin with Tonraq on a cliffside overlooking the Southern Water Tribe (SWT) saying, and I quote: “We can’t wait any longer. It’s time to take back what is ours! It’s time to take back our city!”

Okay, first of all let’s ignore the fact that Unalaq is literally the chief of both tribes at this point (and has been for the past umpteen years), so what exactly are they taking back? Was the point that Tonraq should be chief because he found out about Unalaq’s treachery?  Because even if their father had a missing data set, Tonraq was still banned for the consequences of his own damn actions.

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About the Ban of Quenya, a.k.a Why Language Banning Sucks and You Should Think About It More

Warning: for me, this is a very delicate and personal topic. I’ve tried to be as politically correct as possible as I wrote this, but I can’t assure you my opinions will always be 100% calm and balanced. So, um, expect ranty stuff ahead.

 

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