(well there are two references there so i mean the second one since it's less obvious)

anonymous asked:

Would you mind talking about each of the Targaryen crowns, their meanings and why each of the kings wore them?


Aegon the Conqueror’s crown was a circle of Valyrian steel set with square-cut rubies. The use of Valyrian steel accomplished a few goals. For one, it served as a reminder of the Targaryens’ Valyrian, dragonlord origins, of the race “above the common run of men”. For another, it recalled the power of Valyrian steel in weaponry, a fact any Westerosi House with a cherished family blade would know well; Aegon the Conqueror was a warrior, and his crown would be made of the same material as his fearsome sword Blackfyre. Setting the dark Valyrian steel with red rubies also nicely echoed the new red-on-black royal sigil, a uniform approach to the imagery of the new regime. Altogether, Aegon’s crown was Valyrian and martial in nature, the crown of a dragonlord who ruled by right of conquest rather than right of birth. 

Aenys wore a “different” crown from his father’s, “all gold, much larger and more elaborate”. It was typical of Aenys’ love of courtly pageantry and the arts that he would favor an elaborate, showy crown. He was distancing himself from his warrior father; this was the crown of a peace king, a courtly king, a king to be seen in his splendor rather than in a suit of mail. 

Maegor wore the Conqueror’s crown, a move I would think was partially if not entirely Visenya’s idea. With Maegor being far more a warrior than his brother Aenys - the youngest-made knight in Westeros in his day, the bearer of Blackfyre, the rider of terrifying Balerion, a man who relished in bloodshed - a crown with war-like overtones would be far more fitting for Maegor. Too, and this I think would have appealed to clever Visenya, by wearing the Conqueror’s crown Maegor emphasized the point that he, and not Aenys or his sons, was the true heir of his father Aegon. He carried his father’s sword, and wore his father’s crown; he was the true successor to Aegon, not weak Aenys.

Jaehaerys I was crowned with his father’s crown, a neat move which stressed his claim as coming from his father, skipping over usurping Maegor. However, the crown Jaehaerys wore as king was one of his own design, a simple gold band set with seven gemstones of different colors. The rainbow of gems was an obvious reference to the Faith of the Seven, which is fond of using rainbows in its imagery, and indicative of the Conciliator’s famed peace with the Faith. Jaehaerys’ crown was an advertisement of his reign’s central policy: he was a peacemaking king, but an active peacemaker (unlike Aenys), one who would work so that the realm would not bleed again.

Viserys I also wore his grandfather’s crown, probably to emphasize that he was the true successor of Jaehaerys the Wise. With the succession problems that had plagued the dynasty in the closing years of Jaehaerys’ reign, and Viserys succeeding to the throne only two years after the Great Council of 101 AC had confirmed him as the heir, loyalties might still have been divided over who was the rightful heir to the great Jaehaerys. Wearing the Conciliator’s crown implied a continuity of succession, reminding onlookers that Jaehaerys had chosen Prince Baelon, that the Great Council had named Baelon’s son, and that that son now sat the Iron Throne in that right. 

Aegon II, as noted by Gyldayn, wore the crown of the Conqueror. Being that he had been named explicitly in homage to Aegon I, wearing the Conqueror’s crown further served to underline the connection between the first Aegon and the second. He was the successor to Aegon the Conqueror, another warrior-king wed to his sister-queen who would fly out on dragonback to meet any threat against his dynasty. 

Aegon III wore his own crown, “a slender gold band, no ornament”. As with the crowns of Aenys I and Jaehaerys I, the Dragonbane’s crown perfectly matched the personality of its ruler. Somber, withdrawn Aegon III desired no grandiose ornament for his crown. Westeros had bled under his mother and uncle, and he himself was deeply scarred by the horrors he had witnessed during the Dance. His rule would be a simpler time of healing and reunification, and he would set the example with his simple, sober crown. 

Daeron I was the last of the Targaryen kings to wear the Conqueror’s crown (it was lost when he was slain in the Red Mountains). A precociously talented warrior and commander, Daeron I saw himself as a new Conqueror, the one Targaryen who could “complete the Conquest” and finish the work of his great-great-great-great grandfather. He was the Young Dragon, the heir in talent and vision to Aegon I, a new warrior-king who would give the kingdom the martial glory it had not seen since the days of the Conqueror. 

Baelor I wore a “crown of flowers and vines”. Less a formal king than any Targaryen before or after him, Baelor believed himself to be a septon as much as a king, whose weapons were prayers and whose rule would be used to further the tenets of the Faith of the Seven. The wealth of the crown, as he saw it, was to be used for charity toward the poor, not toward the adornment of his own person. His floral crown would remind his subjects that there was as much beauty to be found in nature, crafted by the Seven, as there was in a crown of gold. 

Viserys II wore his brother Aegon III’s simple crown. Having served admirably as Hand for three kings, Viserys was ready by the time he inherited the crown to put all his administrative and bureaucratic talents and ideas to work. An ostentatious crown would have been simply a distraction; he was a king who wanted to work, and a simple crown conveyed his preference for work over display. 

Aegon IV designed his own crown, “huge and heavy, red gold, each of its points a dragon’s head with gemstone eyes”. Aegon IV was a man of excess, someone whose quest in life was the constant pursuit of pleasure, and his court was a school of decadence and corruption. Doubtless Aegon IV loved the idea of an ostentatious crown, the biggest and most ornate of any Targaryen crown in the nearly two centuries of the dynasty, as it fit his desire for excess in all things. Additionally, as Aegon IV hated everything about his father and constantly rebelled against his father’s strictures, his crown would be the ultimate symbol of rejecting Viserys II: the huge and heavy crown was about as far away from the simple band of the Dragonbane as one could get.

Daeron II wore his father’s crown, but not for the reasons Aegon IV had designed it. Aegon had done his best to cast doubt on Daeron’s legitimacy, and had died undermining it; when he succeeded, Daeron II had to remind his subjects that he was truly Aegon’s son, the rightful heir of his father. 

Aerys I also wore the crown of Aegon IV, although GRRM described the crown as “atop a pile of books, as if [Aerys] has forgotten to put it on”. Given how little he cared about ruling - preferring arcane texts, refusing to consummate his marriage to his queen, and leaving the rule of the state to Bloodraven - Aerys I probably spent little time deciding on what crown he would use. His father and grandfather had worn it, and that was good enough for Aerys; choosing another or designing his own would have meant putting effort into his rule, and that was something Aerys I patently did not want to do.

Maekar designed his own crown, “a warlike crown with black iron points in a band of red gold”. That Yandel names it “warlike” is fitting for Maekar’s personality and the attitude he would take toward his reign. Maekar was a warrior, a prince who had made a name for himself leading royal forces in the First and Third Blackfyre Rebellions. His would be a reign reversing the absenteeism of Aerys I, reinvigorating the role of king as a strong leader in war as well as peace. Neither the ostentatious crown of Aegon IV nor the simple band of the Dragonbane would fit Maekar’s designs; he was a warrior, he would live and die as a warrior-king, and his crown would fit that policy. (It’s interesting how much this crown resembles the old crown of the Stark Kings of Winter, another circlet surmounted by iron spikes, though whether that was intentional is impossible to say.)

Aegon V wore the crown of the Dragonbane, the simple gold circlet. The Unlikely King spent his reign trying to help the common men of Westeros, undermining the powers of the great lords in order to better the lives of the smallfolk. His crown was the symbolic representation of his policy, deemphasizing the grandeur of the monarchy and focusing his energies on reform. 

Jaehaerys II wore the crown of grandfather Maekar. In part, this was probably a problem of choice: the only extant Targaryen crowns were those of Maekar, Aegon IV, and possibly Aenys, and the latter two were associated with very ill-remembered kings. Additionally, the War of the Ninepenny Kings began at the immediate outset of Jaehaerys II’s reign, so the martial crown of Maekar was a nice symbol that the monarchy intended to fight and win against the last of the Blackfyre pretenders as much as Maekar did against Daemon Blackfyre and Haegon Blackfyre. Plus, being personally sickly and frail, Jaehaerys II might have wanted a strong king’s crown to mask his lack of physical ability.

Aerys II wore the huge, ornate crown of Aegon IV. He came to the throne as a young man full of wildly grand (if woefully impractical) ideas for the monarchy, and I think he would have liked the Aegon IV crown for the power it conveyed. He was king now, and needed a grandiose symbol that would show everyone he was king and could do as he pleased; the crown of Aegon IV filled that need nicely for him. Given that he was also a king who loved pleasure and entertainment nigh as much as Aegon IV did, the crown of the Unworthy was a fitting mark of where his priorities lay.

[TEASER #5 & 6 UPDATED!] SVT 2017 “Alone/Al1″ Project Prime Number Deductions

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British Invasion | 8

Overview:In the middle of her freshman year of high school Riley Matthew’s mother gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to run her firms London Office. Much to everyone’s surprise her mother accepts the job, forcing Riley and her younger brother Auggie to leave behind everything they’ve ever known. Almost three years later the Matthew’s family moves back to New York and Riley comes to realize a lot has changed in the time she’s been gone.
Author’s Notes: Getting closer to finding out what happened in London that made them come home!!! Riley also finally apologizes to Lucas for how she acted in Texas. 
Chapter Eight: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Previous Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Word Count: 3,823


Riley stared at her father in horror as he silently walked across the living room to her. He looked disheveled, his hair was more unruly than usual and his normally expressive eyes looked like they had sunken in significantly. She swallowed hard, now very aware that Sam’s hands were still holding her. She nudges him off, terrified that her father would chase him out of the building or kick him out and tell him to get lost but the closer Cory gets the easier it is to see that he was looking right through them.

He walks past the startled teens, not saying one word as he saunters over to the kitchen, pulling out a bottle of water and taking a large gulp before turning to face them again. He pinches the bridge of his nose taking a deep breath before he addresses them.

“How long are you here for, Sam?” He asks, now massaging his temples in attempt to relieve some tension.

Sam stumbles over his words for a minute, trying not to freak out as the father of the girl he was just kissing glared at him from across the room. “Um, just for the weekend sir. I’ll be gone on Monday.”

“Topanga know you’re here?” Cory asks, taking another big gulp of his water bottle.

“Yes sir.” Sam nods, “She made up the guest room for me.” He adds in, hoping that’ll put the man’s mind at ease. He didn’t want him to think that he and Riley were sharing a bed, or even a room.

“Why don’t you go on over to bed.” Cory motions to the door. “I need to speak to my daughter.”

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James Olsen, Kara & james {part 1}
  • I find ridiculous that fans keep saying, that Kara being with Mon el makes her weak, or less of a feminist, since it's anything but that, because unlike James who took control of their somewhat romantic relationship, Kara took full control in her romantic relationship with Mon el.
  • See even though James was fully aware of Kara's crush on him (because it was obvious as hell to everyone with eye or good hearing) and he was fully aware of his growing feelings for her (yes not at the begging) but midway throughout the months/weeks he was with Lucy, despite his awareness of feelings for Kara, he still continued his relationship with Lucy while still at the same time continued to explore his feelings for Kara, he was CHEATING on Lucy.
  • cheating doesn't necessarily means kissing or having an actual affair with another person, by just knowing you have some romantic feelings for another person and continuing to explore it instead of distending yourself from that person (Kara) that makes you a cheater because continuing to spend more time with a person you have crush/feelings(while in a relationship with another person(Lucy)) will eventually lead to physical cheating.
  • Lucy moved to a new city just to be with James and he DOESN'T even appropriate what she did, DOESN'T even fully commit to the relationship like she was committing to it (yes because he has feelings for someone else, of course no one can control who they fall for) but what they can CONTOL is NOT hurting a decent person who they care about, (they were LIVING together for god sakes) even Win told him to just break things off with Lucy because it was NOT FAIR to Lucy to be strung along/lead on, yet despite that he still continued his relationship her, HURTING Kara and Lucy at the same time because he was leading Kara on as well.
  • It was just luck that this show is about feminism and supporting strong female characters because in any other show these two amazing strong women would have be turned against each other , they would have been at each other's throats over guy.
  • Kara was always like the shy nerd girl waiting on the jock (James) to reciprocate her feelings, she always acting awkward and nervous around him, lacking any confidence with him. just look at how their first kiss went down (before the mind control) she was nervous (in her own apartment, her home where she should feel safe and comfortable) so much so she had to reference/quote someone else (Barry's advice) just to get through it as she found it difficult to be honest to say what she's feeling with her own words, so she used someone's else words.
  • James always in charge when this relationship could become romantic, first he friend zoned Kara because he's in a relationship with Lucy while still giving her a bit of hope that there's something between them, second he wanted time and space from her (because of the red kryptonite thing), third he acted all jealous of Barry as if she's his or something and didn't like her clicking with another guy, and finally fourth when Kara "broke" things off with him (because she was going on a suicide mission to save the world) he again took charge to start things between them (by following the gift with a kiss, a gift of a picture where Kara finally saw how James sees her, a picture that made her a bit uncomfortable because she felt like he doesn't really see the REAL her, what he sees is the SHY, AWKWARD Kara who is squinting) without discussing/talking to her about her feelings or where they were at this point of their relationship, he just simply ASSUMED that they will just pick up from where/how they last left it, not really thinking about how they really left things, because how they left things between them was an almost something, how they left things before her mission was uncertainty especially on Kara's side.
  • so really all this bullshit about how being with Mon el makes her weak or less of a feminist check your facts because being with James did exactly that, it has made her feel uncomfortable, shy, awkward it was always on his terms while she just pained and waited for him to notice her or reciprocate his feelings for her while still helping him with his relationship and supporting it (which of course hurt her) she was treated like his back up, so when his relationship with Lucy ends he would already have someone else.
  • we got very lucky that neither of the women were mean/greedy, that despite this triangle, despite being both put in an awkward position by the same guy they rose up from that awkward place and appreciated each other as good people, as strong women and actually became friends because like I mentioned before in any other TV show they would have turned against each other INSTEAD of helping Kara in freeing Alex and J'onn J'onzz, Lucy would have just let them be taken to Cadmus just in spite, in any other TV show this would have taken a completely different direction and there would have been ship wars, and actually insulting and saying shit about one of these awesome women.
  • so please tell me again how Mon el made Kara "Weak" or less of a feminist?? because James is the one who made her weak and less of a feminist. Mon el is the one who made her more confidante in herself, who made her feel comfortabel in her own apartment, who let her take the lead/control of their relationship, something which I will discuss on my next post.
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Everybody Lives... No More

One of the proudest moments of my theory-blogging existence was when I had correctly predicted that Gallifrey would return. People kept calling me crazy and telling me in very elaborate personal messages that there was no way Gallifrey could ever return. Until it did. (Which is when they instantly turned to “yeah, well, it was a very obvious plot twist.” Sigh.)

Originally posted by rose-tylers

Anyway, it seems only fitting that, at the end of Moffat’s era, and after Gallifrey clearly has returned, no less, I have changed my mind: I don’t think Gallifrey is coming back after all.  

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Waiting On You

Hello, hello. Here’s a short Hakona A/U fic for you guys! I was meant to have it up before I went to Japan, but… yeah, obviously it didn’t work out. Still, I tried to make it a little fun, so hopefully you enjoy!! :D

PromptYou’re my waiter and I’m on a really crappy date with an asshole.

I also apologise in advance to Tae-Jun. I love you honey, but this role suited you so perfectly, I couldn’t resist XD

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The Difference Between On-Model/Off-Model And Why You Need To Stop Freaking Out About The Ben 10 Reboot Promo Images: A Visual Guide

Now recently, this new image has surfaced online of the first bit of promotional art for the Ben 10 Reboot and already there have been a range of mixed reactions about it. Some are optimistic about the series and are happy with the new look of the show, some skeptic but willing to give the new look a fair chance, but others are denouncing the upcoming show entirely comparing it to the likes of Cartoon Network’s other reboot, Teen Titans GO! (which has met criticism largely for it’s comedy-centric tone as well as it’s bright and simplistic art style).

Though it’s quite easy to understand people’s initial negative reception and their correlation of the upcoming Ben 10 Reboot with Teen Titans GO!, it’s incredibly important to note that this new promotional art as well as other previously released promotional art for the reboot may not be accurate to the end result of what will appear in the reboot’s official art style. In short, the promotional art may be off-model and may not accurately reflect what the show will look like when it premieres later this fall internationally and in the US in 2017.

Now, you may find yourself wondering “what does off-model or on-model mean?” and here’s your answer: The art director of any given cartoon usually makes initial official art for the show’s style guide. The style guide contains official references and character models of what characters or props are supposed to look like in the show; in most every case, these are to be adhered to strictly and referenced constantly for the sake of consistency. What you may not know about promotional art in relation to style guides is that people who make promotional art don’t have to adhere nearly as closely to style guides (or rather, they don’t have to worry about making sure promo art is “on-model” or super accurate). Promotional art is any image created for advertising or merchandising purposes, and most of the time these aren’t accurate to the show’s official character models (which is referred to as “off-model” as it doesn’t adhere to what the character model is intended to look like).

Just so you have a better idea of understanding what on-model art looks like compared to each of our first looks at off-model Ben 10 promotional art, I’ve taken the liberty of assembling side-by-side comparisons of our historic first looks at each iteration versus the intended character models.

Ben 10 (The Original Series)

(From left to right; Steve E. Gordon Concept Art, Off-Model Promo Image, Official Model Sheet Version)

There are obvious visual differences between these three versions right off the bat; The most notable of the three being the Steve E. Gordon concept, many of which were much closer to a much more Dial H For Hero type of Ben 10. Comparing the off-model image to the official model sheet, one can tell the off-model image is shaped quite differently and uses much flatter colors.

(From left to right; Steve E. Gordon Concept Art, Official Model Sheet Versions of Ben and the Original Ten)

This is less of a comparison between on-model and off-model art than it is a comparison between the original tone and intent of the show versus what it ended up being.

Ben 10: Alien Force

(From left to right; First look at Alien Force/Off-Model Promo Image, a semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Alien Force, Official Model Sheet Version for Alien Force)

In comparison to the semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Alien Force, the first look off-model promo is most notably different than the official model sheet version for it’s Omnitrix, as well as its much closer resemblance to the style of the original series. And though the Accurate-To-Model promo image is much closer to the final intended product, there are several very minor inconsistencies in the promo, if any.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

(From left to right; First look at Ultimate Alien/Off-Model Promo Image [from Cartoon Network Action Pack], a semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Ultimate Alien, Official Model Sheet Version [same as the one for Alien Force as there was no style change])

Our first look at Ultimate Alien ended up coming from a DC Kids comic book cover, most notably inaccurate in it’s overall style and most popular for having miscolored Ultimate Swampfire in Heatblast’s colors (a mistake which confused many fans early on, convincing them that Ultimate Swampfire was actually Terraspin and that Terraspin was Shellhead). Other than the Action Pack promo, Ultimate Alien’s promo art was probably the most accurate to the show models as the style had been around for an extended period of time and promo artists most likely got a hang of the style.

Ben 10: Omniverse

(From left to right; Accurate-To-Model Promo Image [Low Quality], Accurate-To-Model Promo Image [High Quality], Official Model Sheet Version)

Most of the backlash towards Omniverse came for the same reason the Ben 10 Reboot is most recently being rejected; most fans had gotten used to a darker, more serious, and more rigid style for Ben and Omniverse (much like the upcoming reboot) offered the exact opposite. Not much change happened between the first and second promo images, and though their coloring seems to be incredibly accurate to that of the Official Model Sheet versions, there were minor details about it that felt off and that weren’t necessarily reflected in how the show would eventually be animated.

Ben 10 (Upcoming Reboot)

(From left to right; First look at Reboot/Off-Model Promo Image, [potentially] Accurate-To-Model Promo Image, Official Model Sheet Version [NOT YET REVEALED])

And now for the main point of this post: Why you shouldn’t be freaking out about the Ben 10 Reboot promo images.

Now, side-by-side, there are clear visual differences between our first initial look at Reboot Ben from back in mid-2015 and our most recent promo image from early this year; The first image is much more rigid than the second, whereas the second has much more definition, color detail, and curved lineart (I would personally compare it most closely to that of Brian Lee O’Malley’s art style from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but that’s just me).

Now, since these two images are vastly different from one another, we don’t have any official art to compare the two to, and now that we know about the on-model and off-model history of the Ben 10 franchise, you should probably be able to tell by now, these initial promotional images are most likely inaccurate in comparison to what has historically been much better Official Model Sheet Versions in comparison to the off-model promos.

Like I said in a previous post, you’ve got plenty of time to decide how you feel about the show and right now, when we only have two images that (history showing) may not be totally accurate and ambiguous details about the show, is not the time to be making final decisions. Just wait it out and give it a chance with time.

Here’s to a good reboot, hope you learned something from this post!


Second Chances

Character: Rome C-Clown 
Genre: Fluff to Really Fluffy!
Request: Here! Part 1/2/3! 
Authors Note: Thanks you so so so much mymisstina for waiting so patiently for the final to this scenario. I’m so sorry it took way too long for it to come out. Truth be told I had no idea how I wanted this go when I started it and I didn’t feel it was my best work but I hope that I met your expectation even a slight bit. Please give feedback cause I love to hear them! Everyone this is the final to my Rome scenarios, part 1 and 2 links can be found ^^ :D

- Admin A

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Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku Voice Drama – Palpitating Miracle Change (part 1)

Decided to translate the MikaGaku drama CDs because I didn’t see anyone doing it. I tried to upload the audio, but tumblr keeps telling me the file is too big. However, there is a download link provided here by the mighty pika09​.

Y’all remember that fictional girl from the dating sim Eruna was playing at the beginning of the anime? Welp, she plays a big part here. Also, warning for lots of second-hand embarrassment because Yuuto and Sadamatsu are such huge nerds, lmao.

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Bleach 665 “The Princess Dissection” Review

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you may have noticed that Urahara Kisuke is a character I am somewhat fond of.

Joking aside, when I call Kisuke my favorite, I don’t just mean my favorite character from Bleach, I mean my favorite character period.  From any work of fiction.  So when I say that I have been waiting for this moment for TEN YEARS, I am not kidding.  I won’t get into the details of why I love him so in this review, I have written countless headcanons and about 300k words of fanfiction for this man so far, and I still feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface.  Suffice it to say that I love him for both the ugliness and the beauty within him, and this chapter… well, this chapter gave me everything I could have ever asked for this wonderful disaster of a man.

No messing with silly gifs this time around.  Let’s get to it.

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Courtroom Women & Mayfly Men, Part 10: But what does it all matter?

(If you’re just tuning in, this is part 10 of a 10-part meta series. Links to the other chapters can be found here.)

Well. It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it? Time to wind things down. Today I’m going to get a little bit soapboxy. The seed for this chapter was born when one of my lovely beta readers, monikakrasnorada, had some big questions after beta reading all the previous chapters of this series. True to form, I attempted to answer her question in a concise manner, and 3500 words later, I had a partial response put together that wildly spiraled out of control and touched on some of the big topics in this fandom. At which point I realized that I would feel remiss if I didn’t address these topics at some point in the series. So here we are.

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Essay 2: The Farkles

 Okay, so today I’ll be writing up two essays. One on Farkle’s mental state the second one is this: The homelife we’re painted for the Minkus household. Everything I will bring up will have direct quotes from the series! I am abstaining from putting in any supposed siblings because they’ve never come up and that adds a whole different ballgame (for example: why are they not shown in the family portrait in Farkle’s room?) For the basis of this essay, in spite of what the writer’s have said, I’m going with the assumption any other potential children were written out.

Anyways, with this essay I’m going to go through sequential order. With that in mind please note that some of what we know about the Minkus daily routine does seem to change or, perhaps, not be as happy as we’re told. I’ll explain why later with my personal thoughts as to why that factors in.

As a secondary note, I’ve mentioned before that it becomes quickly apparent in the show that Farkle’s home creates as much (if not more) stressers in his life than Maya. Like Maya he does not talk about his family or want his friends to know much about them. Furthermore, Maya actually seems to know more about how families should behave more than him! And it’s evident from the beginning Stuart puts pressure on Farkle not only to succeed but also that his home life isn’t good enough (this is part of the reason I decided to do these two essays in one day).

So let’s proceed.

Topanga: Maya, oatmeal.

Maya: No thanks, Mrs. Matthews.

Topanga: Oh, I wasn’t asking. Farkle, you too.

Farkle: Thank you, but my mother already made me eggs- homefried, toast, marmelede and a strawberry cut in the shape of a star.

This is probably the happiest bit of homelife we get for Farkle. And later it will be complicately contradicted by the events of money. It does look like, however, that on occasion Jennifer does take the time to make Farkle a decent breakfast. Now, there could be a few reasons for this difference later:

For example, we know that the writers may not have yet decided that Farkle was a Minkus (they did say they later decided he was but we don’t know exactly when in the process they made this change). Even if it’s post that change there’s a strong likelihood that this was meant for a very different Farkle, as we know they’ve taken some of Corey’s requests to be allowed to grow very seriously.

However, I have a better theory for how/why it is like this with the context we have in money that I’ll come to later. But we do, at least, have one known happy instance with Farkle’s life at home.

Stuart: Sorry, I’m late, everyone. I was having helicopter problems, because I have a helicopter… Do you have a helicopter, Cory?

Cory: Nope. Do you have a Topanga, Minkus?

Stuart: Nope, because she chose you. I run Minkus International. I have a helicopter. And she chose you.

While this scene is largely meant for nostalgia’s sake– you can’t reintroduce Minkus without going into something like this– it needs to be looked into a bit deeper. Here is Stuart who, throughout GMW, will shows a lack of care for privacy or tact. He literally just walked into his son’s classroom and decided to show off how much he has as well as admit a certain dissatisfaction with his marriage.

When it comes to the former we know that by money Farkle disagrees with this sentiment. He wants to give their money away and questions what they did to earn so much. However, at this point, we do know that for Stuart it’s always been about being the best. He walks in, shows off, expects people to know what he is and how great he is. This is something he impressed upon his son.

As for the latter, as much of a joke as it is, Stuart’s trend of bemoaning his loss of Topanga is a constant thing. He tells his son that the woman should have been his mother and there will even be a tensity that I’ll get into later in I am Farkle.

So within five episodes we’re already deviating from that happy family breakfast. We’re already shown that, yeah, Stuart loves his son but there seems to be a certain unhappiness about his life.

Topanga: Now, Stuart, aren’t we a little too evolved to still be competing?

Stuart: Of course [chuckles nervously] Go!

Topanga: Between the two of us Riley and I have twelve-hundred-and-sixty As!

Stuart: Well, that’s remarkable, Topanga. Between the two of us, Farkle and I have twelve-hundred-and-sixty-one.


Again, meant for another nostalgic joke. Except there’s some issues here. We actually see that Topanga does not actively pressure Riley. She wants her to do well, but she’s not forcing her to make those grades. However, Farkle on the other hand seems to only know what success is at this point. His only objective seems to be to be at the top.

This is important because this is one of the primary instances of continued pressure we know Stuart puts him on. It won’t be until the latter half of season two that he manages to put this to the side in Stem.

STEM!Farkle: You do want another A, don’t you?

STEM!Farkle: [Sees Riley didn’t drop the marble, immediately passes out. Twice]

STEM!Farkle: You know what this is? [clings to Norton’s leg] It’s a redo, man! I didn’t fail! She failed, not me, I call a redo!

STEM!Farkle: Our failure isn’t on you, Riley. [quietly, like he’s not used to saying it] It’s on me. I should have had more faith in you.

This whole exchange between him and Riley is important on two different levels: One, character development. Two, the amount of stress Farkle is constantly under in order to succeed and the stressers it puts on him. Not once, but twice in under two minutes he faints because he comes to the conclusion he failed. He got less than an A.

It’s easy to say that it’s because he’s also one to try to be at the top, especially with his constant rivalry with Smackle… But there’s something to what Turner said in New Teacher that, “what a kid learns is what a kid becomes”. And what we constantly see with the dynamic of Farkle and Stuart is Stuart trying to best people.

In Maya’s mother we know for a fact that Farkle feels like he has to lie to Stuart in order to make him proud. Stuart didn’t get the girl (Topanga), so Farkle’s been feeding his father wild rumors about him having the girls chase after him. Stuart is so proud of this and Farkle looks super sheepish when trying to encourage the girls to agree.

If this was just a need to succeed, Farkle wouldn’t feel the need to lie to his father in order to have his approval. Yes, I do believe that Stuart would love him either way, but we do see him be briefly disappointed in Farkle on later occasions. 

And here’s something to note on that matter: Stuart and Jennifer are both known to love Farkle, why were neither at the Buggy Awards? There’s a matter of them having to be paid, so discounting  budgeting– why was it never an option to Farkle to invite either of his parents? Why were they not at his debates, the theater performances, the spelling bee, etc? The answer is two-fold for this one:

One, Farkle doesn’t want them to come and see him lose.

Two, as seen in Money they’re rarely around.

Farkle: My father says your wife should have been my mother!

Enough said on this one. This is the second time Stuart is brought up in the series and the first time Farkle actively mentions him. And it’s in a fairly weird place for it since, in context, it’s completely off-topic. But then again Farkle does have a habit of saying some seemingly off-the-chart things that appears to directly correlate with the fact that he’s constantly worrying about a variety of things.

Lucas: Oh my gosh, Farkle, how much was that?

Farkle: Seventy-eight thousand dollars, but I got it for free.

Lucas: How?

Farkle: Because that’s the ring my mom keeps throwing at my father. She usually wants it back by Thursday.

A few questions here: How is it they don’t miss the fact their son has the ring? Most likely answer, to Stuart that’s nothing. He can just replace that, which is something he and Farkle will likely later come into disagreement about. Would this make the Minkus’ aware that their son is aware of their fighting? Or does he listen and grab up the ring later.

I go with the latter because the ring comes up again in I am Farkle and Jennifer is surprised to see it elsewhere (a joke, but still it’s IMPORTANT because it comes up not once but TWICE), We know the Minkus residence is essentially a skyscraper that is so large that Farkle hasn’t explored it all. This is important in this instance, because Farkle is aware they’re fighting. They are likely loud enough he can hear it from wherever he  is.

Not only that but their fighting is such a common occurrence that it’s weekly. So it escalates to the point of Jennifer metaphorically calling their marriage off/separating once a week. Because generally that is the meaning behind someone returning a ring to you: They’re breaking off that relationship. This means that things are constantly bad enough at home that when Farkle sees his parents this is essentially what he expects.

IAMFarkleJennifer: He made us come right over. He didn’t want to go home. He didn’t want to do anything except be here with you.

MoneyFarkle: I just like being with you guys in your places.

It’s interesting that it’s a constant reference Farkle leans more on his friends than his own family. His first thought wasn’t his parents after finding out he might have autism, it was going to get comfort from his friends. He didn’t know how to react or what could help him without them by his side. Funny, huh?

Even more so, Farkle isn’t lying when he says he prefers his friends places. While in season one he had more stalker tendencies something I noticed is this: During any big ‘family’ moment he seems to be hanging outside of Riley’s house. Not in it, outside of it. He’s there on Corpanga’s anniversary but, more importantly, he’s there on Christmas.

 Unlike Maya we’re not given an obvious reason of why he’d show up and if it was a matter of being friends Lucas may also inexplicably appear. Sure, it was again for the nostalgia of messing with Shawn, but it’s strange he was even there in the first place. He seems to have in mind to see the girls, but when proposed with the idea he might not be a real boy goes home with the intent of investigation– not spending time with family.

As for that matter, the constant ‘clone’, ‘robot’ etc jokes are something his parents are aware of. Farkle’s also never seen his birth certificate. Why is this? Sure, it makes for a joke, but it’s rather alarming when he’s constantly concerned with who and what he may be as well. It moves from a joke to a case of is there something more going on? But as there is no detrimental proof that is merely speculation as opposed to actual fact.

Stuart: I’m Stuart Minkus, the original genuius, very happy to welcome my son to the club. I’m sure his mother who is unexceptional would like to say a few words representing her people.

Jennifer: Yeah, I’m unexceptional. But who listens to me?

Stuart: Everybody.

There we have it: More of Stuart’s superiority complex and the first time we see Farkle’s parents on screen together. Both with overly large, fake grins. This is also the only real interaction we see of them before their thoughts shift primarily to Farkle who, again, they do both love: So why is that important? 

Stuart actively says he sees Jennifer as lesser. Jennifer gets up to  pull Stuart in a show of intimidation and even shares  that same grin to Cody (who she is also actively trying to intimidate). And in just a few moments we learn that Stuart married Jennifer because “she made him”. Hmmm.

Now, I always handle these scenes with a couple grains of salt. GMW is big on bad humor– see Corpanga’s parenting– and bring up nostalgia points, but given everything we’ve seen until this point it’s not wrong to say there was some force put into this marriage. They made the person Stuart marry Jennifer who was known for handcuffing people to boat houses and trying to force Cory and Shawn apart. This wasn’t done for a ‘let’s make her come back to watch Cory squirm’ nostalgia moment.

At least not purely. They chose this because they knew the household it would make. On one hand, you have the constant superiority complex of Stuart Minkus. Willful and somewhat arrogant. Then you have Jennifer who was considered a villain trying to break the boys up and knew how to be manipulative. These are two people that are strong-willed and independent, when they work together it does seem to be a great fit–

However, that would mean working together and bending to each other and that’s where the problem seems to come in. While they do seem to have a united front when it comes to raising their son, it’s not unreasonable to say that otherwise the marriage is built on a partnership rather than love. That partnership is likely part of the reason Jennifer doesn’t mind throwing the ring at Stuart, it’s a sign she doesn’t need him.

But if that relationship is a partnership rather than based on love than the following saying becomes more pivotal:

Farkle: You guys are my best friends. Promise me one thing: Never let me not understand love.

Before wrapping this up it’s important to touch on a few details in Money. Most of it’s always been mentioned, but I think the most important moment in Money comes from the following quotes:

Farkle: Don’t know. When he does this kind of stuff… He’s not around the house very much.

Farkle: My room is stupid. It has everything I want except for the most important thing-

Lucas: Us?

Farkle: How could you put a price on that?

Farkle: Because you have your own helicopter and I have my own train. And we never see each other. There’s a lot of people in the world, dad, and they might not be as successful as you but they come home. They come home every day.

Remember when I said that Maya is more used to having people around than Farkle is? Well, this is it. This isn’t a one time thing they exchange, it’s a constant theme of Money. It’s even said by Maya to Farkle and he agrees with it. Farkle has a lot of money, he has everything he could ever want– Except for one thing: A family.

Yes, his parents love him. He knows this. He knows they both are doing everything they can for him. Farkle’s aware his father does what he does for the best of the family and that’s why he constantly explains to his father he respects him and tries to make him feel better. But it’s just as in I am Farkle that the ones Farkle considers his actual family are his friends. There’s a reason he thinks his friends need to be part of his room and he chooses to replicate Maya’s room:

It’s one of the first real times he saw people as people. As groups of families who love each other.Seeing people go home is such a new and novel idea to him he decides he wants to see it every day and makes a live stream of it.

If he was used to his parents coming home to any extent this would never had been a thing. Which is why I said I had a thought behind Jennifer’s breakfasts in season one. Outside of retcon, is it not beyond the spectrum of thought that Jennifer makes these breakfasts on a day when she’s leaving the house? Why was she not mentioned in money? It doesn’t seem impossible that during those times Jennifer and Stuart momentarily separate Jennifer goes out as well. And on those days making a breakfast for Farkle may be fulfilling her motherly role while explaining the situation.

Of course, that part is mere speculation, but it’s food for thought.

Beth Greene Is Alive
  •  Clocks

5x04: This clock represents Beth’s long awaited return in Slabtown.
5x08: The next tells us the episode of Beth’s demise.
5x10: Lastly (and most importantly) the ‘get well soon’ clock which predicts the episode Beth is shown to have lived.

Note: If Beth doesn’t return in episode ten then its a possibility that this may be to do with [SPOILER] Tyrees’s death, but I have no idea why that would be the case, because the clocks are obviously Beth eggs.

  •  Luck

When we see Gorman (Which spells Morgan…Just sayin’) violating Beth she turns her head and looks down at the floor and she catches Joans fingers moving next to some scissors.The scissors are the L and beside the  spells UCK. Because Beth is Luck(y) to have survived being shot in the head. Very Lucky….. It has come to my attention that it may say ‘fuck’ not luck . I’ll go re watch.

  •  Walker Andrea

We all remember Andrea’s death. She put herself down after being bitten in the neck by Milton. Andrea was shot in the head just like Beth. Then in season five we see her again (Or just a look alike) in walker form. Which could be foreshadowing Beth being shot and surviving.

  •  Morgan’s Wall 

No KIA on BEF- No killed in action on Beth
You had the knife (Beth) You had the gun (Dawn or Daryl)
The ankle twist [Alone Beth hurting her ankle]
HIGHER GROUND- Beth above her grave?

  •  Bible readings (Church,Burial)

1.This was read at Beth’s burial/funeral: “We look not at what can be seen, but we look at what cannot be seen, for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal”.

For what can be seen is temporary- Beth being buried/dead is temporary (lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent).
But what cannot be seen is eternal- Beth being alive is eternal (lasting or existing forever; without end).

If I am right Scott Gimple did a great job in choosing the reading.

2. ROM 6:4- We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Beth is said to be like Jesus- Christ was raised from the dead.

EZE 37:7- So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. Its part of a story called the valley of dry bones, and its about someone being given breathe and being resurrected by the lord.

MA 27:52- and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.

They all mean a holy man/women being resurrected from the dead. Beth being resurrected.

RE 9:6- During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

(elude- escape from or avoid a danger, enemy, or pursuer, typically in a skilful or cunning way.)

Beth escaping her grave. Beth escaping her death.

LU 24:5- In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?

THIS makes me think of Beth and Morgan. Beth in her fright bowed down her face to the ground (her grave), but Morgan said to her “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” regarding her family?

  •  Religous/Jesus imagery (Last supper, Cross bracelet, Betrayal)

The picture Daryl looked at, at the church of Jesus and the disciples during the last supper. Beth (Jesus) had her last supper with Daryl soon before she died, but we all know the story of Jesus miraculously resurrecting after his death.

The cross bracelet Beth carries on her wrist is just like Jesus having to carry the cross before he dies. Then after Jesus died Mary (Daryl) carried him and then he was buried (put in the tomb). Then the tomb rolled and he resurrected.

Just like Jesus Beth was betrayed before her death. Christ was betrayed by peter three times while Beth was betrayed by three people. Dawn (Beats her, lies to her and gets her killed), Maggie (Leaves her for DC) and Dr.Edwards (Given the wrong medication).

  •  Ladybird

There’s two ladybirds, the one Beth holds in still and the other on Beth’s bedroom wall. Ladybirds are the best emblem for luck and when a ladybird lands on you it is said your wish will come true.

  •  Morgan’s coat 

The picture that appears to be Emily walking onto the set for the finale looks as though the women (may be) is wearing a coat similar to Morgan.

  •  Bullet,Rabbits foot and GooGoo Clusters

Morgan places three gifts on the alter at the church. Magi hands three gifts to Jesus.

Bullet,Rabbits foot and GooGoo Clusters=Gold,Myrrh and Frankincense.

⦁ Scott Gimple/TPTB
“She’s alive and there’s a reason for that” -Scott Gimple

  •  Beth’s Journey

A journey has no end. Its an act of travelling from one place to another. Everyone is referring to Beth’s storyline as a journey, but she never got anywhere she didn’t even get out the hospital. There wasn’t much travelling in Beth’s ‘journey’.
Unless. Her ‘journey’ hasn’t started yet.

  •  Morgan and Greene map buddies 

On the map Morgan holds with Abraham’s little love note for Rick……there’s two states Greene and Morgan beside each other. Foreshadowing Beth and Morgan making it to DC beside each other? Or just a coincidence?

  •  Comic Book Carl/Andrea (bullet to the head) survival.

Andrea did not get shot in the head. It grazed her, just like it did with Daryl in season two, but Carl in comic books had half his face blown off and survived.

Beth has similar dialogue to CBAndrea and she has CBAndrea’s facial features, hair and scars.Andrea was also thought to be dead after she got shot, so the group left her behind. This all seems way too similar to what’s happening to Beth.

  •  The bullet wound,exit and lack of blood/brain mater 

The bullet went through Beth top left forehead not her chin, or between her eyes or her eye. I’m sorry, but how blind are some people? The bullet went through her forehead and exited at the top of her head. There wasn’t any brain mater as far as I could see, just blood.

Then after Beth falls and Dawn is shot we see Beth’s casted hand laying on he floor beside Dawns blood. Yes Dawns. Not Beths. Doesn’t take a genius to realize that. Where’s all the blood? There is none, because Beth stopped bleeding as soon as she’d been shot, but Dawn was making a mess on the floor. Less blood loss more chance of survival.

The walking dead by far has to be the most gruesome show I have watched and they are not shy when it comes to gore. They aren’t afraid of showing beloved characters get cut,ripped and tore open. We even saw Mika’s face after her own sister killed her, and we saw those prison kids limbs spread on the train tracks in Inmates.So why didn’t they show Beth’s face?…..Because she isn’t like Mika, she’s not just another dead girl. She’s alive.

  •  Dialogue (Beth,Daryl,Dawn and Noah)

“I am strong”
“I survived”
“They think I’m scrawny.They think I’m weak, But they don’t no shit about me, about what i am, about what You are”
“She’s alive”
“I’m not just another dead girl”
“I can take care of myself”
“Soon I wont need you at all”
“She’s tough, she saved herself”

  •  Spoon

The DC spoon that Beth picks up at the country club in still. Now there has been alot of speculation that she picked it up, because it was foreshadowing Beth not making it to DC. Well that to me is Bullshit, because nor Bob or [SPOILER] Tyreese will make it to DC so why didn’t they pick up the spoon.The spoon must mean more than Beth not making it.Beth will make it to DC (well Virginia) and Morgan, who is also on alittle trip of his to DC which will play apart of this.

  •  Lack of Beth death explanation/Confirmation of ‘demise’

Beth has not been confirmed to be dead and its been over a month since Coda aired.

Amc has not updated there character biographies since season four meaning Beth’s status is still alive.
Emily nor the writers have said anything about the petition. They haven’t tried to explain to the fans that Beth won’t be coming back. After the shitty MS finale don’t we ad least deserve closure?

EK is not aloud to talk about the petition.

Emily is still in a contract with AMC, but why? she’s dead.

  •  Emily social media absences and rumoured set appearances.

Emily has recently taken a break from social media, which could be for personal reasons or because of the stress that her new-found popularity is causing. If Emily is having to keep quiet about her Beth storyline then I don’t blame her for taking a break.

Secondly, Emily has been rumoured (Not confirmed) to be filming for episode ten, and sixteen. For a dead girl she really is causing a stare.

  •  Coda, Al Coda

The most obvious definition of Coda: the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.
The second: a concluding event, remark, or section.
“his new novel is a kind of coda to his previous books”

A coda means a section. Not an end.

Al coda:

Al coda instructs the musician to repeat back to the sign, and when Al coda or To coda is reached jump to the coda symbol. D.S. al fine instructs the musician to repeat back to the sign, and end the piece at the measure marked fine= well.
It means repeat. Start over. Fine. Well.
Not an end.

  •  Set picture possibly EK 

A women was pictured walking onto set during the SF filming. She was slim,blonde and the way she hunches her shoulders is similar to the way EK does.She wore similar clothes to EK. A coat that could be both Morgan’s or Emily’s, But all that doesn’t matter, because what other character on TWD has blood in there hair? In the exact place as Beth.
And Emily was up pretty early that morning teasing us with ……

  •  ”…..Slowly starting to feel more alive”

Emily tweeted this very early in the morning on the same day the picture was taken of a young blonde women with blood in her hair and identical clothes to EK walking onto the set of the SF filming.

Is she trying to tell us something?

  •  Tracking lessons 

Beth was given tracking lessons by Daryl and it was one of the main focuses in alone, so why give a dead girl tracking lessons? What was the point in Beth learning how to track and shoot if she was never going to use it?

If were right and Beth does survive then she’s going to need everything she has learnt from Daryl to get to Virginia with Morgan.

  •  5x09 Promo

The burial has very weird angle’s almost making it hard to see the grave. Then we see a quick shot from the grave of Tara placing flowers on the grave. Someone who is looking up from the ground, but there vision seem fuzzy. Beth?

The promo has a part were someone’s face is reflected in the window and they seem to be struggling to breathe. The face reflected in the window also has a bandage on there forehead. Beth?

She’s alive.

anonymous asked:

I don't know if you have already answered this before but can I ask why do you adore mino so much? I'm too a trash for him but I can't seem to put my adoration for him into words!?!

wow this ask is packed i’m actually speechless. um, i think we all have different reasons why we ‘adore’ people and i don’t think i’m any different from you because i’m literally blanking right now i don’t know what to write and how to answer this question but

i think my ‘adoration’ for him grew into what it is now when i started seeing him as more than just an idol, a rapper. more than just the amazing artist that he is, and i started seeing him as a real human person who can very well be one of my friends. that it’s so easy to be fazed by the mistakes that you make or to give up but he doesn’t. and that’s only the tip of the iceberg if we’re talking about stuff that you should appreciate song minho for.

mino is hardworking, passionate (even non-fans admire this about him) and very inspiring. his story literally breaks my heart everytime i think about it. he trained to be part of block b but, because of personal reasons, had to leave before he could debut with them (which is one of the only two times that zico ever cried ever ever). he debuts with b.o.m soon after but the group had to eventually disband because of ‘lack of popularity’, then he had to be part of a survival show before he gets into yg to be part of (you guessed it) ANOTHER SURVIVAL SHOW. he was the last member to join winner but was made to be the leader of the group (as if it’s not hard enough to try to fit in an already established group of people, yg just has to put him in charge of these four kids as well) just for that position be taken away from him because of an injury. ultimately, team a wins the competition and all his hard work finally pays off, proven by the group’s successful debut.

HE IS SO TALENTED. and this is evident in all the tracks that he had put out before and after debuting with winner. he was part of an underground hiphop crew called royal class and has been writing his own lyrics ever since he was young. his dad used to be a dj which is why he was inspired to do music. with winner’s debut album, mino puts out his solo song ‘i’m him’ which literally has way too many references and punchlines for a normal human to understand in just one listen. it’s great though, and even better with the mv.

then enters smtm4 which literally gave him the good, the bad, and the ugly all in one. but more than all the amazing tracks that he’s released (bless u zico), the witty lyrics he wrote, the collaborations he did in the course of his participation on the show, i think what smtm4 really showed us is how headstrong and brave mino was. that amidst all the controversies, the issues, and the criticisms thrown at him, he remained standing and continued fighting until the end. there were times when i worried about his well-being and all i wanted was to protect him from everything but every time he would come out with a smile on his face and he would give nothing less than his best in everything that he does.

mino loves his family. like, it literally makes me sob thinking of his love for his family and the fact that he’s not afraid to show that to them and to everyone. he’s used to showing affection to his mom and is not ashamed to do that even if ‘he’s already 22’ lmao. he dedicated his smtm4 semi finals song to his dad and even sent a heart to his mom during his stage. he’s loves his younger sister danah so much and took care of her ever since they were young. mino has a close relationship with his family which i really admire because those are the values that you would want in guy.

he’s a great friend and i say this in a sense that he literally can make friends in a newly discovered territory even if he’s just been there for two seconds because he has that glow about him and that charm that just sucks people in. his bestfriends (who are also great guys, btw) are legit his ride or dies he calls them ‘his shoulders’ because they’ve always been there for each other from the very start and i can only hope i had the same ability to maintain friendships like he does tbh he needs to do a seminar on this or smth bc i’m here for all that

and have i talked about his sense of humour? this guy literally couldn’t give two fucks about how he looks like as long as he could make people laugh. everytime, on interviews, when the members are asked about mino’s role in the group, they never fail to mention how funny he is and how he’s the mood-maker of winner. seungyoon once said that when the members are tired, mino will be there to cheer them up and recharge them. he also says the most random shit that will just have you ?????? and make you question if you’re the stupid one for not getting what he means. to top it all off, he’s there to laugh at himself with you. with his most beautiful smile that’s brighter than a thousand suns @minhosducks​ will back me up on this

lastly, though i think this is already pretty obvious, mino is so damn handsome he literally could model for banana republic and he’d fit right in with them other gorgeous males. AND THAT MELANIN THO god bless his dad for giving him such beautiful sun-kissed tanned skin <3 #StopWhiteWashingSongMinho2k15 and can we talk about his shoulders though like i’m pretty sure that’s got its own zip code or smth it’s so damn wide a plane could land on it tbh AND HE’S TALL TOO GOOD GOD IM A GONER

now to wrap this up (i have to stop at some point but tbh i can go on forever talking about this) song minho is an amazing artist, a good son and brother, a great friend, and just an overall amazing person. there’s so many things to love about him and i hope more people see that.


SONG-FIC: Nicotine’- Panic! At The Disco

Fandom: Avengers
Warning/s: TRIGGER WARNINGS for quitters (even the song got me craving so I wrote this whole thing while binging on five packets of smokey bacon Wheat Crunchies)
Rating: Mature
Pairing/s: Pietro x Reader

Summary: SONG-FIC- Pietro’s crush on you has mounted and mounted and he can’t bear it sometimes. It’s been a while since he last smoked, but recently there have been trails of cigarettes all down the Avengers Tower’s corridors and everyone’s getting suspicious of the Sokovian speedster.
Can he give it up? If you’re the reward?

A/N: Reader has telekinetic powers (its not mentioned much but there you go)

Words: 4,246

Pietro was crushing.

Every time you smiled, it was as though the room was enveloped by the sun, beams of light thrown everywhere.

The twinkle of your laugh made his heart thump and an involuntary smile to spread across his lips.

He could imagine- while gazing into your eyes as you chatted to him passionately- that the stars themselves envied the beauty and grace in your eyes.

Just the way you’d brush his hand minutely, when accepting something (often a carton of milk in the kitchen at breakfast) from him, would leave him breathless and tingling.

When he spent time with you in the lab as you worked on your experiments, he couldn’t take his eyes off the way your hands moved and created intricacy in its barest form.

Whenever you snuggled into him of a night, whilst the two of you were watching a film or TV show, his breath would hitch and his throat would run dry and the overwhelming urge to just stroke his hands through your hair would overtake him.

Pietro was in love.

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Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump, part 6: So is he going to win?

The sixth and final part of my series on the rise of Donald Trump, derived from lectures I have given as Fulbright Bicentennial Chair at the University of Helsinki. Parts 1-5 can be found here, here, here, here and here.


So, if I’m right, we’ve spent the last 40 or so years building a world in which the line separating fake and real has eroded, in which the difference between celebrity and accomplishment has been obscured, and in which the gap between skills and appearances has collapsed. As a consequence, candidates who “look” good and draw attention for its own sake might well be as electable – or even more electable – than “traditional” candidates.

The obvious question is: Why Not Donald Trump?

Let me suggest three reasons why a Trump presidency is unlikely. Let me then offer two caveats to these arguments. Then, perhaps, we’ll be able to assess if Donald Trump – or someone like him – will be the United States’ next president … or, not.

Personality and ideology: First, it should be noted that Trump is neither a natural politician nor a natural Republican. I am not much for predictions, but this one isn’t so much a prediction as an inevitable conclusion to a well-framed mathematical equation. A thrice-married (twice divorced), multiply-bankrupt germophobe who doesn’t like to shake people’s hands is not going to enjoy the one-on-one politics of the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary. For that matter, for all his birtherism and anti-gay marriage blatherings, Donald Trump is neither the kind of social conservative who tends to do well in Republican caucuses in Iowa nor the kind of fiscal conservative who tends to do well in the Republican primaries in New Hampshire. Among other things, in the past he has advocated both national health care and a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. Thus, as a practical matter Trump isn’t likely to do all that well in either Iowa or New Hampshire (or in South Carolina either, which has its primary the following week). Historically, if you don’t do well in one or the other of those states, your campaign is likely to fail. As a practical matter, then, Trump, despite his current lead in NATIONAL polls, isn’t likely to win the Republican nomination for President once the state-by-state contest begins … and if you can’t win the nomination, you can’t win the presidency.  

The backgrounds of US presidents (so far): A second reason Trump is unlikely to win even his party’s nomination for president, much less the office itself, is that Americans have tended to look for professional politicians when electing people to the Presidency. This seems almost too obvious to bring up: after all, you go to dentists for dental work and plumbers for plumbing work so why wouldn’t you go to politicians for political work? As Albert Einstein noted, politics is harder than physics. Why would you hire, say, a political science professor from Illinois to rewire your house?

If you just look at the question of who has been elected president since the rise of what we in political science refer to as the “modern” presidency – roughly since 1900 or so – you see some interesting patterns:

–for example, all but 3 of the people elected president, from Teddy Roosevelt on, had elected political experience of one kind or another.

–of the three who didn’t – William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower – all had held a significant political office of one kind or another. Eisenhower, after all, was the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during WWII, hardly an unpolitical job. Hoover had been Secretary of Commerce and head of US relief operations in Europe after WWI. And Taft had been both Solicitor General of the United States and Governor General of the Philippines. Indeed, the only person who spent the bulk of his career as a businessperson that the US has ever elected president was Herbert Hoover … and I don’t think anyone really wants Herbert Hoover to serve as a model for the next US president.

–Moreover, most of those who held elected office before becoming President held one or both of two specific offices: Governor, or Vice President. Three people were directly elected from the Senate to the Presidency: Warren Harding, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. No one has ever been elected President from the House of Representatives directly. (Ford wasn’t elected).

The Electoral College and the Structure of American campaigns: Third – and it seems like I have to make this point over and over again every 4 years – US presidents are not elected in popularity contests. As Al Gore’s campaign reminded us in 2000, it is possible to win the most votes in an American presidential election and lose the presidency in the Electoral College. Presidents of the United States are elected in 51 state and district elections, most of which have rules that determine that whoever gets the most votes in their state gets ALL of that state’s Electoral College votes. As it happens, if you add up all the states that have voted Democratic in the last 6 presidential elections – that’s every election since Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 – and assume the state will probably vote Democratic again in 2016, that means the Democrats go into the 2016 general election with 242 of the 270 votes they need to win the Presidency. Using the same “last six elections” standard, Republicans, by contrast, control only about 102 Electoral College votes. Now, history is not guaranteed to repeat itself, but just in structural position my guess is you’d rather run as a Democrat than a Republican in 2016. Thus even if Donald Trump were to win the Republican nomination, he is unlikely to be elected President … especially given his particular talent for insulting women and minorities, who make up the significant majority of presidential election year voters.

Put in a more colloquial way, as South Carolina Senator (and recent dropout in the 2016 race for the Republican nomination for president), Lindsay Graham put it in 2012, the Republican Party is “not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

Taken together, these three factors suggest that Donald Trump has a long row to hoe to become president. He is a classic “silly season” candidate: fun to talk about in the long period before elections start actually happening, but who fade once the professional politics get underway.  

Still, I have to offer two caveats to my otherwise dismissive expectations for the Trump candidacy. The first of these involves money. The second involves American popular frustration with the politics of the moment.

Money: As to money, while there isn’t time to go into it here, American elections are extremely expensive, even for minor races. At the presidential level, the numbers are staggering. In 2012, for example, Mitt Romney (and his supporters) and Barack Obama (and his supporters) spent very nearly $1.5 billion on their campaigns … each. By the end of the 2016 campaign, it is reasonable to suppose that each of the two major party candidates and their supporters will spend over $2 billion running for the office.  

Money at this scale is hard to raise. Historically, the difficulty of raising massive amounts of money has acted as an agent of natural selection in American campaigns: those candidates who couldn’t raise money dropped out, often after losing a few elections (like in Iowa and New Hampshire). Meanwhile, the winners of the Iowa and New Hampshire elections were usually well-positioned to raise enough money to compete for the nomination nationwide.

Donald Trump, however, doesn’t really need to raise money. He has it to hand. And he gets lots of free publicity to boot. As a consequence, he may be able to keep going well past what, historically, would have been his expiration date. Under such circumstances, traditional expectations about how campaigns ought to unfold may be dated and inaccurate.

Public frustration: As to American public frustration, it is clear that voters are unsatisfied by the autotuned nonsense churned out by established politicians. The current political stasis in Washington only feeds this impatience and unhappiness since, from the outside, it seems that the position-taking and gamesmanship of politics has overwhelmed the desire to use politics to promote the public good.

Meanwhile, the traditional politicians in the Republican field are desperately trying to autotune their messages to satisfy both donors and voters. After all, established politicians have learned over the years that whatever citizens say, they almost always vote for the polished, autotuned candidate who tells them what they want to hear … even when those same citizens insist that such tuning makes them unhappy, unsatisfied, and prone to hold their noses while they vote.

As a consequence, it is possible – not likely, mind you, just possible – that this is the year the conventional analysts get it wrong and we all get reminded that human beings are more creative than sometimes we give them credit for. If the voters are just angry enough … if the establishment politicians are just tone deaf enough … if the money is just right … well, maybe. Maybe.

This, it seems to me, is the dark side of the crisis of authenticity in American politics. Candidates like Donald Trump seem authentic. They look like leaders unafraid to speak their minds. They appeal to people who don’t like “traditional” politics and seek to shake up the established order.  So they gain support. But as celebrities with no actual political or much other practical preparation, they’d almost certainly be terrible presidents. Which is sort of a problem, since the US gets to only have one president at a time, and they serve for four years … at least.  

So to end where I started: Why Can’t Donald Trump Be President? Well, as it happens, as I said earlier in my talk, I don’t think he can. I think the realities of the campaign process will weed him out, while more established political leaders will find their footing a and grow more effective over time.  

That said, in a world where people distrust government, where we believe that political skills are actually about deception and distortion rather than building good lives for members of the community and where we are accustomed to celebrating people because they are alleged to be worthy of celebration, who knows? In a world where reality TV isn’t real and authentic experiences can be faked, maybe Donald Trump (or someone like him) CAN be president.

I hope none of us have to face that prospect. But, maybe.

In any case, as I draw to a close I take some measure of comfort from something I’ve learned while preparing this lecture: if I don’t like the reality where I came to Helsinki and ended up making a fool of myself in public, hopefully I’ll be able to photoshop myself out of the picture.

a cure for the weight of the world 7/?

more epilogue fic. Dirk and Rose. about 1700 words. We’ve time-jumped a little bit ahead to when they’re slightly settled in the new universe. I may go back eventually and fill in some blanks, depending how i’m feeling. 

previous parts here

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TT: Our situation is far from the norm, granted, but I feel emboldened to treat it as maturely as we can.

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Pearl probably didn’t belong to White Diamond

I’ve noticed a theory going around recently that Pearl might have belonged to White Diamond before she rebelled. While I think this theory is interesting, it doesn’t really make sense to me. It’s probably obvious who I think owned her. I think Pearl was once owned by Rose Quartz aka Pink Diamond. 

Edit: I still maintain that Rose at least owned Pearl for a certain amount of time, but I’m less against the White Diamond theory now. I’m a fan of the idea that White Diamond gave Pearl as a gift to Pink Diamond (aka Rose). I definitely think there’s a connection between Pearl and White Diamond in some form. 

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