I didn't want to use that quote because everyone knows it

ineptshieldmaid  asked:

Sam I have an important Chicago question: just north of the DuSable bridge there is a statue of what looks like Abe Lincoln excitedly taking a man in a knitted sweater on a first date. I only saw it from a bus, so didn't get either a photo or an explanation. Can you explain this phenomenon? Are Abe and Sweater Man happy???

*head in hands* FUCKING SEWARD JOHNSON

You have triggered the rage within me, so now you will ALL be treated to an outside-the-readmore screed about SEWARD GODDAMN JOHNSON. 

I don’t normally attack artists because a) it scares my friends who are artists (I love you all, you are beautiful, don’t be afraid) and b) honestly most artists don’t deserve the level of vitriol I’m about to employ. I want you all to remember that the seething hatred I feel for Seward Johnson is driven in large part by class consciousness. 

But not entirely. So let’s begin. 

First what you have to know is that Seward Johnson is a “sculptor”. If you google “seward johnson sculpture” you’ll get an idea of his work, most of which is terrible. I feel okay calling his work terrible because he is also the scion of the family that founded SC Johnson Johnson & Johnson (my bad), so he has all the money he needs and could step back, do his art for funsies, and let people with actual talent or two original thoughts in their heads exhibit their art, but he doesn’t, he forces his terrible art on all of us. 

The reason I harbor such animosity towards Seward Johnson is that he has been exhibiting on Pioneer Plaza (that area north of the DuSable Bridge) for almost a decade now, and when I worked in the north loop I had to walk past his art every day. It was bad enough when the sculpture was American Gothic, rendered without talent or meaning into three dimensions and provided with luggage. 

How very fucking dare you, you talentless hack

These things are sculpted out of what amounts basically to styrofoam painted in rubberized/weatherized paint, so they are fragile, and tourists were constantly climbing on Farmer’s shoes and falling into them when they found out it wasn’t the cheap but supple fiberglass you would expect of a tacky monstrosity more suited to a roadside motel than the business district of a major metropolitan city. (I would imagine this is why Abraham Lincoln And The Mayonnaise Sandwich has a little fence around it.) 

But American Gothic Motel Attraction was mostly just annoying because it was meaningless, derivative, and CONSTANTLY covered in gawkers getting in everyone’s way. 

Additionally, Seward Johnson’s sculptures on the Plaza are very popular photo spots for tourists, who carry lots of cash and are constantly distracted, which means beginning with The Assault On American Gothic it became a very popular spot for pickpockets. Which means members of our staff, who had nothing to do with this mess, got pickpocketed as collateral damage about once a week during the exhibition of…. 

Forever Marilyn.

SEWARD JOHNSON GO FUCK YOURSELF

This is a very famous image of Marilyn Monroe which is horrifying for the following reasons that Seward Johnson appears not to have understood nor cared about:

a) The day this was shot, on an open set with people leering at her all day, her husband, professional athlete and dirtbag Joe DiMaggio, found out about the filming. Rather than comfort his wife, who had been through some shit already that day, he became angry she’d been showing her panties in public and beat her so badly the neighbors called the police on him. Joe DiMaggio also go fuck yourself. 

b) IT’S IN A MOVIE INFAMOUSLY SET IN NEW YORK. To quote a local newspaper, “Did Chicago lose a bet?”

c) Yes, you can look up and see her panties. While this is juvenile, it’s not nearly as juvenile as the literally thousand of photographs I angrily photobombed of some douchebro from Fuckville Middle America in a backwards baseball cap standing between her legs with his face tilted upwards and his tongue out. 

Oh and btw before it was unveiled it looked like this: 

For literal days, before it was installed, she had a bag over her head. (For more on this, though the pictures are now missing, you can read my reaction post here.)

In any just world, there would be a trap door between her legs and everyone who tried to do the upskirt shot would fall into a pit where they would be forced to give five dollars to women’s shelters before they were allowed to leave. THAT would have been interesting art. 

Sidebar, both as contrast and because I love it: Marilyn left a few years ago and was briefly replaced by a refreshing and beautiful piece called The Watch, by Hebru Brantley. The Watch was playful and interesting and didn’t have a single upskirt. Hebru Brantley is a wonderful artist in his own right, but he was also a welcome breath of fresh air after Johnson’s mediocre tribute to sexual assault. 

The Watch was a temporary installation, however, and eventually along came Abraham Lincoln Approves Of White Men

It is an unfortunate coincidence that Confused Closeted Republican there is wearing khakis and a white shirt, the new uniform of the alt right, and it’s also coincidence that this is facing Trump Tower, but it’s not exactly helping Seward Johnson’s cause that he chose the blandest outfit possible for Paean To Confused White Bread. The sculpture is meant to be Lincoln, the darling of Illinois, welcoming a visitor to our fair city, but it sure does look like fresh meat is about to get a free trip to Boys Town with the Sixteenth President of the United States. 

This is what I mean when I say Seward Johnson lacks not only skill but also understanding: he clearly didn’t know that Lincoln’s sexuality is under enough debate to have its own wikipedia page, and he either didn’t know or didn’t care that Marilyn Monroe was nearly killed by her husband for shooting that scene. All he cares about is image and he’s bad at reproducing image. That is not a well-executed rendering of how human beings are, and dynamically speaking it’s boring. If he were good at visuals or if he had something meaningful to say I would be less angry, but he is mediocre at best and the statements his sculptures make are banal pap if they make any at all. 

But he is rich, and I guess either he likes Chicago or he’s got blackmail on Sam Zell, owner of Pioneer Plaza, so he gets to spatter his hideous, meaningless masturbation in my city. And lest you think Seward Johnson got here on his own merits, Forever Marilyn, now on tour from coast to coast, is owned by The Sculpture Foundation, which is heavily subsidized by Seward Johnson. He basically founded a nonprofit to ensure his work gets toured around and publicized and to ensure that if no museum wants it, it has a place to go to die (Palm Springs, CA). 

In short, I hope Abe and Sweater Man are happy, because at least then something good has come out of Seward Johnson’s astounding mediocrity. That said, if you are passing his latest work, spit on it for me. As performance art.

  • [The coffee pot is found broken at 221b]
  • Eurus : So, who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Molly : I did, I broke it -
  • Eurus : No. No, you didn't. Sherlock?
  • Sherlock : Don't look at me. Look at Mycroft.
  • Mycroft : What? I didn't break it.
  • Sherlock : Hmm. That's weird. How did you even know it was broken?
  • Mycroft : Because it's sitting right in front of us, and it's broken.
  • Sherlock : Suspicious.
  • Mycroft : No, it's not!
  • Mary : If it matters... probably not... but Irene was the last one to use it.
  • Irene : Liar! I don't even drink that crap.
  • Mary : Oh, really? Then what were you doing by the coffee table earlier?
  • Irene : I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Mary!
  • Molly : Alright, let's not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it, Eurus.
  • Eurus : No. Who broke it?
  • Greg : Well, John's been awfully quiet.
  • John : Really?
  • Greg : Yeah, really!
  • [Cut to Eurus in the room, the rest of them fighting in the background]
  • Eurus : I broke it. It burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
The Tiny Anthropologist's Advice for College:
  • 8 AM classes really aren't that bad: It may take some willpower (and coffee) to get there, but really, 8AMs aren't that bad. Get a decent amount of sleep the night before and you will be okay. If I can get myself and my 4 year old out of bed, get ready, drop her off at preschool and arrive on time for an 8am, you can too!
  • Taking classes that meet once a week for long blocks: If your learning style is such that sitting in a long lecture once a week is something you can handle, then these are the best classes to take. Personally, I have done 3 semesters of these and they have been my favorite and the ones I have gotten the best grades in.
  • Scheduling back-to-back class periods: These can be beneficial if you're the type of person that just likes to get everything out of the way at once. However, the downside is that you will not have time to eat between classes, and you may have to grab something and eat during lecture. If the buildings for your classes are far apart, this may not even be an option. Having breaks between classes is important to allow yourself mental relaxation and to eat, or catch up on work.
  • Don't be afraid to change your major: I've changed my major a lot, like maybe 8-10 times. The downside is that I am graduating a year late, but I took A LOT of fascinating classes and became a much better rounded student. Colleges know that student change their minds. If you switch majors 2-3 times, you won't end up behind. I'm a special case.
  • Take long-hand notes: You may feel strange taking long-hand notes while everyone else is typing away at their MacBooks, but long-hand notes are MUCH more beneficial as far as long-term memory goes, and you don't run the risk of being distracted by Facebook.
  • Dress appropriately for class: The college stereotype of everyone attending class in their pajamas isn't true. At least make the effort to throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Your professors will notice if you look like a slacker in class, and dressing nicely (or at least not in your pajamas) shows them that you value your education and respect their lectures. People wear anything from casual clothes to ties to class, and everything inbetween. Don't be afraid you'll be overdressed, being underdressed is much worse (in my opinion).
  • Cultivate relationships with professors: ATTEND OFFICE HOURS. Close relationships with professors are massively helpful! Professors are much more willing to write letters of recommendation, look over rough drafts, or help you out via email at 10pm for students that they know than ones that they don't. Additionally, professors can be some of the most interesting people you will ever meet.
  • Attend class: Along the same lines as above, attending class is very important. You (or your parents) are paying for you to be there. You should try to get the most out of that by attending lectures that you have signed up for. Additionally, when it comes finals time and you need to boost your grade, no professor is going to help you if you haven't attended their lectures.
  • Invest in a water bottle: Nothing is worse than sitting in a lecture dying of thirst.
  • Invest in a messenger bag, tote bag, or backpack: You don't have a locker in college and chances are your dorm will be far away from your classes. Make sure you have something to carry anything you'll need, from books, to pens and pencils, to a laptop, or even snacks like granola bars.
  • Take notes: Do it. Your professor knows more than you, that's why they are at the front of the room. Listen to them, and write down what they say. Then study it. This is how you learn.
  • Utilize the library: Other than during finals week, the library is pretty much a guaranteed quiet place to study. Additionally, college libraries have databases for research papers, printing services, and a whole lot more for students.
  • Eat alone if you want/have to: No one will judge you. I promise.
  • Annotate your books: Especially if you are an English/literature major! It is a lot easier to simply take all of your notes in the novel than to copy down page numbers and quotes into a notebook. Textbooks (like science ones) can be annotated too!
  • Don't let anyone shame you about your major: Each major is difficult in its own way. Don't let anyone make you feel like you're taking an "easy" major or that they are more intelligent than you because they are in a "hard" major. STEM majors are not better than Liberal Arts majors, and Liberal Arts majors are not better than STEM majors. Ignore anyone who says otherwise. Ignore anyone who says your major is pointless. This does not only apply to fellow students, but family, friends, and the world in general.
  • Prepare for advising periods: Class offerings are usually posted before registration is open. Take an hour to become familiar with the requirements of your department and the individual college it is in (if applicable), as well as University/institutional requirements (IE at UMass, my "college" is the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, while my department is Anthropology. The university itself, SBS, and Anthro all have different specific requirements I must meet to graduate) and make a list of classes you would like to take that satisfy these requirements. Advisors will appreciate it.
  • Take advantage of campus resources: Many colleges and universities have numerous extremely helpful resources, such as employment services which will help with resumes, or counselors for when you're having a hard time. Use these. They are there for you.
  • Keep yourself organized: Notebooks, highlighters, a planner, flashcards, an expandable file, binders, folders, literally whatever you need to keep track of all your papers, assignments, due dates, and what you need to help you study is important for you to have. If you don't know what helps you study or what keeps you organized, try some different systems or do some research.
  • Keep your syllabi: Every semester I buy a different notebook for each class I am taking, and I always keep my syllabus folded in half in the back of each notebook. It has saved my ass numerous times.
  • Check your email or the course website before class: Nothing sucks more than being the only kid who didn't know class was cancelled, especially if you're a commuter and you drove in/took the bus to a class that isn't happening.
  • Give yourself plenty of time: Whether its getting to class, doing homework, or writing a paper, make sure you give yourself enough time. This is especially important for commuters. I can promise you that you will need more time to drive to class than you think. I live less than 40 minutes away from UMass and I still leave 75-90 minutes before class starts.
  • Understand your learning style: Do flashcards work best? What about mindmaps? Answering questions at the end of the chapter? Understand what allows things to sink into your mind the best, and utilize that method of learning.
  • Honestly, you can get by with SparkNotes: I was an English major. We had to read, a lot and I didn't always read the novels. I used SparkNotes and skimmed chapters. While I wouldn't recommend relying on this entirely to graduate, it can help in a pinch.
  • Skipping class: I know I just told you to go, and I do mean that. But sometimes you need to skip class and be lazy or frivolous, and that's fine. Don't make it a habit. I usually allow myself 1-2 "mental health" days per semester. HOWEVER you should be VERY clear on the absence policy of your professors. Some don't take attendance, and others will kick you out if you miss 3 classes. It's always in the syllabus.
  • It's okay to withdraw from a class: Getting a W is better than getting an F. If a class is too much for you, then it's best to step out of it. Most professors will understand, and most grad schools and jobs will too.
  • Be kind to yourself: It's easy to only value yourself through school, as in what grade you got on a test, or how your GPA stacks up against others but we are all human and sometimes we fuck up and sometimes we do poorly and thats alright. Learn from it and move on.
  • Take care of yourself: !!!!! This is very important. Eat as well as you can/enough, sleep enough, don't become addicted to or dependent on drugs/alcohol, exercise (even if its just walking to class), take showers, etc. Sometimes taking care of yourself takes a back seat to taking care of your grades OR to having too much fun, and neither is a good strategy. Yes, college is a time to assert your independence and have fun and party, but if you do too much it will begin to affect your grades and your health.
  • Try to get internships or research assistantships/independent studies: These will look great on your resume and a lot of them are quite interesting/enjoyable. It shows initiative, drive, and motivation! Professors usually have independent studies and career/employment services (if your campus has that) can help with internship placement.
  • These are basic things that I have learned during my college career. I'm sure I could come up with more, but I hope this is helpful!
  • Seokjin: [Pointing at a broken coffee machine] So. Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Namjoon: I did. I broke it.
  • Seokjin: No. No, you didn't. V?
  • Taehyung: Don't look at me, look at Jimin.
  • Jimin: What?! I didn't break it!
  • Taehyung: Huh. That's weird. How did you even know it was broken?
  • Jimin: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Taehyung: Suspicious.
  • Jimin: No, it's not!
  • Jungkook: If it matters, probably not... Hoseok was the last one to use it.
  • Hoseok: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Jungkook: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Hoseok: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles! Everyone knows that!
  • Namjoon: Alright, let's not fight. Let me pay for it.
  • Taehyung: [Whispering] Jin, Yoongi has been awfully quiet...
  • Yoongi: Really?!
  • Taehyung: Yeah, really!
  • Seokjin: [To the camera as the others continue to argue] I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick.
  • Ozpin: Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Everyone: [silence]
  • Port: I did. I broke it.
  • Ozpin: No, no you didn't. Qrow?
  • Qrow: Don't look at me. [pauses] Look at Jimmy.
  • Ironwood: What, I didn't break it.
  • Qrow: Huh, that's weird, how did you even know it was broken?
  • Ironwood: Because its sitting right in front of us, and it's broken.
  • Qrow: Suspicious.
  • Ironwood: No, it's not!
  • Oobleck: If it matters, probably not, Glynda was the last one to use it.
  • Glynda: Why? I don't even drink that crap.
  • Oobleck: Oh, really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Glynda: I use the wooden stirs to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Bartholomew!
  • Port: Okay, okay. Let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it Ozpin.
  • Ozpin: No, who broke it?
  • Ironwood: Ozpin, Merlot has been awfully quiet.
  • Merlot: REALLY?!
  • Everyone save Ozpin: [arguing]
  • Ozpin: [to the camera]I broke it. It burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. [silence] Good.
  • Diana: [pointing at a broken coffee machine] So. Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Julian: I did. I broke it.
  • Diana: No. No, you didn't. Mark?
  • Mark: Don't look at me, look at Diego.
  • Diego: What?! I didn't break it!
  • Mark: Huh. That's weird. How did you even know it was broken?
  • Diego: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Mark: Suspicious.
  • Diego: No, it's not!
  • Kieran: If it matters, probably not... Emma was the last one to use it.
  • Emma: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Kieran: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Emma: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles! Everyone knows that, Kieran!
  • Julian: Alright, let's not fight. Let me pay for it, Diana.
  • Diana: No. Who broke it?
  • Ty: [whispering] Diana, Cristina has been awfully quiet...
  • Cristina: Really?!
  • Ty: Yeah, really!
  • [To camera as the others continue to argue]
  • Diana: I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick.
  • *Takano pointing to a broken coffee machine*
  • Takano: So...who broke it? I'm not mad, I just wanna know.
  • Onodera: I did, I broke-
  • Takano: No, no you didn't. Isaka?
  • Isaka: Don't look at me, look at Hatori.
  • Hatori: What? I didn't break it.
  • Isaka: Huh, that's weird, how'd you even know it was broken?
  • Hatori: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken.
  • Isaka: Suspcious.
  • Hatori: No, it's not-
  • Mino: If it matters, probably not, but Kisa was the last one to use it.
  • Kisa: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Mino: Oh, really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Kisa: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles, everyone knows that, Mino!
  • Onodera: Okay, okay! Let's not fight, I broke it, let me pay for it Takano-san.
  • Takano: No, who broke it?
  • Hatori: Takano-san, Asahina has been awfully quiet.
  • Asahina: Really?!
  • Hatori: Yeah, really!
  • *arguing ensues between everyone as Takano steps out of the room* Takano: I broke it. It burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now they'll be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
  • Lee Sooman [about the coffee machine]: So. Who broke it? I'm not mad. I just want to know.
  • Suho: I did. I broke it.
  • Lee Sooman: No. No you didn't. Victoria?
  • Victoria: Don't look at me. Look at Taeyeon.
  • Taeyeon: What?! I didn't break it.
  • Victoria: Huh. That's weird. How did you even know it was broken.
  • Taeyeon: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Victoria: Suspicious.
  • Taeyeon: No, it's not!
  • Taeyong: If it matters, probably not... Heechul was the last one to use it.
  • Heechul: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Taeyong: Oh, really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Heechul: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Taeyong!
  • Suho: Alright, lets not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it.
  • Lee Sooman: No. Who broke it?
  • Onew [whispering]: Guys, Irene's been awfully quiet...
  • Irene: Really?!
  • Onew: Yeah, really!
  • [camera pans to Lee Sooman, with everyone fighting in the background]
  • Lee Sooman: I broke it. It burned my hand, so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig's head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
The Future/(is now)

I can’t believe this is something I saw with my own two eyeballs, because apparently all that’s happened so far wasn’t coincidence, or carelessness - apparently Dabb watched Season 8 and made a deliberate bet with someone - he’d make it gayer, or else. And so here it is, (almost) out of the subtext (Sorry, Dean and You can’t just go dark like that. We didn’t know what happened to you. We were worried. That’s not okay and I needed to come back here with a win for you and We’re just better together and I’d like that and THE TAAAAAAAPE). Honest to God, I think I read twenty versions of that fight yesterday as people scrambled to write pre-codas out of nerves and excitement, and they were all magnificent and yet, somehow, less shippy and less obvious and less romantic than what actually happened on the show, wtf? And Dean sulking in his room, Cas knocking at his door, hesitating, coming in? 

I swear to God - when Dean called him back, when he started telling Cas all those things - for a second, I actually believed he would yank on Cas’ tie and kiss him, because that’s always, always what happens in that scenario. Or, you know, Dean gets overwhelmed by his own feelings, by how much he’s just showed his hand here, and walks away. That’s also textbook fanfiction, and yeah, so it’s fluff instead of angst, but, come on - this is Supernatural - did anyone doubt it’d be angsty? Let’s just hope in a happy ending, because that Kelly voiceover (I love you. But we won’t ever be together. There is no happy ending for either of us.) gave me the creeps.

And what about the mind control, someone might argue. Mind control, schmind control. That’s like, the number one Prove that you love me forever and ever trope, and even if we’ve seen it before (if simply because Destiel has been built with every single love trope in the book, and, in this case, they used it over and over and over again), we’ve never seen its final form. During the crypt scene, Cas deflected instead of admitting the obvious (let’s be generous: maybe he didn’t know himself), and in the Bunker, Dean just barely managed not to kill Cas, and had to walk away before the Mark overpowered him, so no, that was not a good time either. So this thing we’ve been promised for a while - this My love for you is stronger than time or tide or evil curse - is yet to come, and with the way things are going, I’m feeling pretty optimistic.

Also: however Dean will read this when he wakes up, Cas is choosing love, and he’s choosing free will. He went to Heaven hoping they’d have a way out of this mess so that Sam and Dean would be safe, he stole the Colt so they couldn’t face Dagon and be hurt (which is text, by the way, not subtext), he went against orders because he felt that was the right thing to do (a human feeling, because angels are created for a mission), he stayed away from Sam and Dean to protect them - all of that is unangelic behaviour, and man, Dean and Cas are going to get into so many fights, aren’t they, because Cas learned how to love from Dean, and that means he’s got that same kind of stubborn, maternal, overbearing way to love Dean has, which means lots of I didn’t tell you because I love you and I walked away because I love you and I booped you to sleep because I love you and I really hope Sam’s going to stay out of the way, because there will be a lot of storming through corridors and huffing and outrage and Can you believe that bastard and it will be absolutely glorious.

As for the rest of it - though, to be perfectly honest, I barely noticed a ‘rest of it’ because my eyeballs were glued to the unbelievable Gay Feelfest unfolding in front of me - I’m really happy with it. I’m happy we’re finally talking Big Things again - Could either of you kill an innocent, do our parents determine our destiny, is there such a thing as innate character, and so on - and I’m happy with the insight we were given both in Kelly’s and in Dagon’s minds, and why they do what they do. I loved every scene Cas and Kelly had together, that kind of, We’re not heroes, and we may be worthless, but we’re what’s left vibe, and Cas’ smile when the baby was kicking, and I like where they’re going, how they’ll try to get this pregnancy to term. Sure, this baby’s got a lot against him - he’s Lucifer’s kid (although, we still don’t know who and what Lucifer was before he was forced to carry the Mark), and one of his temper tantrums could possibly destroy the Earth, but, then again, so could a lot of other things - he’s not special (to quote a famous tumblr post). And if we’re going with free will and self-determination of our own destiny, then we should have the courage not to nitpick: everyone should be able to decide for themselves, and this baby is no exception. 

(I mean, think about it. He’s clearly able to give anyone extraordinary powers - he gave Cas enough ammo to take down a bloody Prince of Hell - so he could have chosen anyone as his protector. He could have picked Dagon, he could have stuck with Kelly, he could have chosen any lesser demon or angel or random doctor they’ve been in contact with over the last few weeks - and yet he chose Cas, and Cas - as we’ve known for a while - is the curiosity, the abomination, the miracle: the angel who can love. No, I want to believe we’re headed towards good things here - narratively or otherwise.)

Final point: again, I know it’s not ideal to carry around a nuclear warhead in your belly, but the beginning of this episode gave me heavy The Handmaiden’s flashbacks (superb show, by the way, go watch it), so the fact they’re giving Kelly some kind of choice - that’s uplifting. Because yeah, maybe she’s slightly brainwashed, but this isn’t like any kind of brainwash I’ve ever seen on the show, because both Kelly and Cas are also lucid, completely themselves. They resemble most closely what Dean was like when he lost his memories, and I think now I’m going to go and cry forever at the implications. But hey, at least Cas’ got his own room at the Bunker and Yes, dumbass - we

Another morning in Wakanda
  • T'Challa: So. Who broke it? I'm not mad. I just want to know.
  • Steve: I did. I broke it...
  • T'Challa: No. No, you didn't. Falcon?
  • Sam: Don't look at me. Look at Barnes.
  • Bucky: What?! I didn't break it.
  • Sam: Huh. That's weird. How did you even know it was broken?
  • Bucky: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Sam: Suspicious.
  • Bucky: No, it's not!
  • Clint: If it matters, probably not... Lang was the last one to use it.
  • Scott: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Clint: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Scott: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Hawkeye!
  • Steve: Alright let's not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it, your highness.
  • T'Challa: No. Who broke it?
  • Scott: [whispering] Your highness, Wanda's been awfully quiet…
  • Wanda: Really?!
  • Scott: Yeah, really!
  • [...]
  • T'Challa: I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
  • Oswald: Alright, who broke Nygma out of the ice? I won't be mad. I just want to know.
  • Edward: I told you to call me the Riddler!
  • Oswald: Never. Ivy?
  • Ivy: Hey, don't look at me. Look at Cat.
  • Selina: What? I didn't break him out!
  • Ivy: Huh, that's weird. How did you know he was broken out?
  • Selina: Because he's standing right in front of us. Out of the ice.
  • Ivy: Suspicious.
  • Selina: No, it's not!
  • Firefly: If it matters, Freeze was considering it.
  • Freeze: Liar!
  • Firefly: Oh, really? Then what were you doing hanging around the ice block earlier?
  • Edward: Oswald... Zsasz has been awfully quiet.
  • Victor: Really?!
  • *Everyone starts arguing*
  • [Off to the side]:
  • Oswald: I did it. I broke him out.
  • Edward: Accidentally. He was throwing one of his tantrums.
  • Oswald: I was going to refreeze him but we made a deal. I just didn't want the others to know.
  • Edward: I predict 10 minutes from now, they will be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick.
  • Oswald: Good. It was getting a little too chummy around here.
The Houses as Teachers I've Had
  • I'm sorry that this is the most steriotypical thing you'll ever read.
  • Ravenclaw: 1. My english lit professor, who always got really excited and would go off on tangents for discussions, leading us all to an existential crisis at least once a week. Likes to pretend he's scary and aggressive when really he's a small walnut who really likes books. Randomly cut me off in a conversation because he decided to teach me how to 'punch men'. Likes to write books where he is always a main character because 'it's easier than actually going outside myself and trying these things out'. Literally trips over everything. 2. Another professor who was literally the king of oversharing and then would say things that were hysterical but would offend people who weren't understanding their irony. When people's logic didn't make sense, he'd keep following it until he twisted it to a humorous outcome. Also gave us all existential crises. Lectured about the correct way to live your life and when I asked what it was he went "hell if I know, I'm only making it up as I go along and hoping that when I die, God doesn't saute me".
  • Slytherin: 1. My high school English teacher. Loved me, hated everyone else, failed people who were shitty in general, favoritism like no other, liked to make people debate things out but didn't have a personal point to prove. Let things slide if she liked you, very sarcastic. If you said something stupid, she would threaten to shove her stiletto heel in your eye socket. Said she only cried once in her life, and it was when she was in college and her Shakespearean Verse teacher had a thick Jamaican accent, and she never knew what was happening. 2. My Spanish teacher from Mexico who was literally so chill all the time, and only disliked like 2 people who were always antagonizing him (he failed them and passed everyone else). Would say and do everything really dramatically and said ZORRO at least once per class. Complained about the price of bananas. Gave up in the last month and just made us watch Jimmy Fallon videos every day because 'Jimmy Fallon is the man'.
  • Gryffindor: 1. Skateboarded into my freshman comp. course every day, forgot to wear pants under dresses that were see-through, would make us read vague philosophical essays that she then used to advance her own personal agendas. Rarely ever taught, mostly just went on tumblr while everyone looked around frantically. Tried to convince us to raise our children genderless by giving them a name like 'turnip' and never telling anyone their sex. 2. History-enthused teacher who used modern analogies to explain american history. Was the most petty man ever, it was perfect. When 'sporty' guys in the class would refuse to participate, he would pull out a small basketball and his wastebasket, and every time they got a question correct on the verbal review, he would let them shoot. Sweet guy in general, would walk people to the nurse, authoritative and honestly ugh I love him he is my son.
  • Hufflepuff: 1. Math teacher who ever Friday brought in some kind of baked good or candy, had little songs she'd dance around the classroom singing, chubby and sweet little woman, really liked Bon Jovi. 2. An advisor I met with once only because I wanted to drop a class that I was failing who sat me down for four hours. She started crying about 6 times, read me a whole bunch of motivational quotes, kept reading excerpts of the bible, and randomly having us pray together
  • Keith: Who broke the coffee machine? I'm not mad. I just want to know.
  • Pidge: I did. I broke it.
  • Keith: No. No, you didn't. Lance?
  • Lance: Don't look at me. Look at Shiro!
  • Shiro: What? I didn't break it.
  • Lance: Huh, that's weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
  • Shiro: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken...
  • Lance: Suspicious...
  • Shiro: No, it not.
  • Coran: If it matters, probably not, but Hunk was the last one to use it.
  • Hunk: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Coran: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Hunk: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Coran!
  • Pidge: Okay, let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it, Keith.
  • Keith: No! Who broke it?!
  • Lance: Allura has been awfully quiet.
  • Allura: Really?!
  • [everyone begins to argue]
  • Keith [alone]: I broke it. It burned my hand, so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now they will be at each other's throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig-head on a stick.
  • [looks back at the Palidans arguing]
  • Keith: Good... It was getting a little chummy in there.
  • Nino: *holding broken coffee maker*
  • Nino: Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Everyone: *silent*
  • Marinette: ... I did. I broke it-
  • Nino: No. No, you didn't. Nathanael?
  • Nathaneal: Don't look at me, look at Adrien.
  • Adrien: What?! I didn't break it!
  • Nathanael: Huh, that's weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
  • Adrien: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Nathanael: Suspicious...
  • Adrien: No, it's not!
  • Max: If it matters, probably not but... Chloe was the last one to use it.
  • Chloe: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Max: Oh really? The what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Chloe: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles! Everyone knows that, Max!
  • Marinette: Let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it, Nino.
  • Nino: No. Who broke it?
  • Adrien: Nino, Alya's been awfully quiet-
  • Alya: Really?!
  • Adrien: Yeah, really!
  • Everyone: *screaming*
A Word To The Sherlock Fandom

Over the past two weeks I have read some truly angry pieces by a very upset Sherlock fandom. Usually, I would counter this with lots of Moffat praise and wait for the wave of anger to subside. But this time, it has become a matter of showing respect to the LGBT+ community. So for once, I am going to address the issue before I move on with my usual blogging routine. 

For Those Who Don’t Know What The Anger Is About…

In a nutshell, what it boils down to is that the episode The Final Problem gave its viewers the impression that the show might be over for good. And if that really were the case, it would mean the relationship between Sherlock and John would never have become canon. And the hints that were planted throughout the show would have been all in our heads. 

Now let me start by making my position on the matter clear: I firmly believe in a romantic relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I believe in it when watching the BBC series, I believe in it when reading the original books, I believe in it even after having watched The Final Problem. I believe. 

Originally posted by violincameos

I also strongly believe that Gatiss and Moffat have actually read the books and that they cannot possibly have overlooked all the subtext that hints towards a John-Sherlock relationship. And finally, I firmly believe that the writers have every intention to include this relationship in the show, if they get the chance…

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  • Garnet: *pointing to a broken coffee maker*
  • Garnet: Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Steven: ... I did. I broke it-
  • Garnet: No. No, you didn't. Amethyst?
  • Amethyst: Don't look at me, look at Pearl.
  • Pearl: What? I didn't break it!
  • Amethyst: Huh, that's weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
  • Pearl: Because it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken!
  • Amethyst: Suspicious...
  • Pearl: No, it's not!
  • Lapis Lazuli: If it matters, probably not but... Peridot was the last one to use it.
  • Peridot: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Lapis Lazuli: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Peridot: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles! Everyone knows that, Lazuli!
  • Steven: Let's not fight. I broke it. Let me pay for it, Garnet.
  • Garnet: No. Who broke it?
  • Pearl: Garnet, Greg's been awfully quiet-
  • Greg: Really?
  • Pearl: Yeah, really!
  • Everyone: *screaming*
  • Garnet: *to Connie* I broke the coffee maker. It burned my hand so I punched it. I predict in ten minutes from now they’ll be at each others throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick… Good. It was getting a little chummy around here…
  • Vimes: So, who broke it?
  • Watch: ...
  • Vimes: I'm not mad, I just want to know
  • Carrot: I did, I broke-
  • Vimes: No, no you didn't. Nobby? N
  • obby: Don't look at me, look at Fred.
  • Sgt Colon: What? I didn't break it.
  • Nobby: Huh, that's weird, how did you even know it was broken?
  • Sgt Colon: .. Because it's sitting right in front of us and its broken.
  • Nobby: Suspicious.
  • Sgt Colon: No it isn't!
  • Sally: If it matters, probably not, but Angua was the last one to use it
  • Angua: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Sally: Oh? then what were you doing by the coffee counter, earlier?
  • Angua: I use the little wooden stirs to chew on when it's wolf time! Everyone knows that, Sally!
  • Carrot: Okay, let's not fight, I broke it, let me pay for it.
  • Vimes: No! Who broke it?
  • Sgt Colon: ..Mister Vimes, Cheery has been awfully quiet.
  • Cheery: Really?!
  • Sgt Colon: Yeah, really!
  • the Watch: (Starts arguing with each other)
  • Vimes: (Off to the side watching) I broke it. It burned my hand so I punched it.
  • V: Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just want to know.
  • Jaehee: I did it, I broke it-
  • V: No, no you didn't. Zen?
  • Zen: Don't look at me. Look at Jumin.
  • Jumin: What? I didn't break it.
  • Zen: That's weird, how did you even know it was broken?
  • Jumin: Because, it's sitting right in front of us and it's broken.
  • Zen: Suspicious.
  • Jumin: No it's not!
  • Yoosung: If it matters (probably not) but MC was the last one to use it-
  • MC: What? I don't even drink that crap!
  • Yoosung: Then what were you doing by the coffee cup earlier?
  • MC: I use the wooden stirs to push back my cuticles everyone knows that!
  • Jaehee: Okay let's not fight, I broke it, it let me pay for it-
  • V: NO! Who broke it.
  • Zen: V, Seven's been awfully quiet-
  • 707: RRREEAAEALLY
  • *loud yelling*
  • V: I broke it. It burned my hand so I punched it.

anonymous asked:

Can you discuss what made you positive about Jon and Sansa? I saw the trailer and I honestly didn't see anything and even though I ship them, I have the lowest possible expectations for them because of the show they're in.

The trailer per se didn’t show anything “consistent” to convince me something will happen between them, but I’m one who looks at the hints, tiny details which, I admit, might end up being bullshit or just pure coincidence, but as of now I’d like to think they’re showing them on purpose without being too  obvious. The whole trailer featured lots of Stark footage, it starts with Sansa and ends with Jon, both of them have voiceovers which are the only ones along with LF’s. Now we have Jon/Sansa/LF, anyone who ever read/listened to the cast and producers interviews, would think it’s a way to throw at us the first signs of the starkbowl: Jon vs Sansa, Team Snow vs Team Sansa, Sansa fighting against Jon to get the merits she deserves, Littlecreeper fueling in Sansa the desire to become Queen and betray her brother.

The littlefucker’s voiceover during Sansa’s footage is “don’t fight in the north or the south; fight every battle everywhere. Always in your mind”, it’s cryptic, but I assume it’s one of the usual LF’s teaching to Sansa, a teaching that clearly represents Petyr’s way to operate, certainly not the Stark way. Considering we don’t have the context to analyze this line at its fullest, I’m just going to deduce he’s attempting once again to play with Sansa, just like in the first trailer where he says “your father and brothers are gone, yet here you stand. Last best hope against the coming storm”. Petyr’s words in both trailers are a constant reminder to Sansa that she’s alone in all of this, or better, he tries to manipulate her into thinking that she’s fighting alone. His words do not contemplate any family member by her side, everybody is gone (which I guess it’s foreshadowing Arya returning to Winterfell at some point). Now going into more specifics, the voiceover plays along with Sansa in the Godswood, walking away, she’s tearing up a little bit, she seems shaken, a tad distraught as if something huge just happened and she’s walking away from this. Everyone noticed there’s someone in the back, the three options are: Littlecreeper, Jon or Bran.

Now, to me it looks like the man behind her is standing, so I’d rule out Bran;  it could be the littlecreeper, but I can’t fathom why they’d be discussing AGAIN in the Godswood, when we got a similar scene in 6x10.  Unless, obviously, it’s Sansa that summoned him to privately talk to him and that’s when she starts playing with him, but I don’t see the reason why and how it’d play out; Jon seems like the “reasonable” option for me:

It certainly looks like him. LF should be a bit thinner and less slouchy.
As I wrote before, Sansa appears to be unsettled, shaken. Her red-rimmed eyes reveal she cried or that she’s on the verge to cry, holding back her tears. Why would she cry? WHO would she cry for? Petyr? i don’t think so. Of all people in Winterfell right now, only Jon would be able to have this kind of effect on her.
If it’s Jon, it means they have a scene together, alone in the Godswoods sharing an important moment that will leave Sansa in turmoil. This is certainly my imagination working, but why would two siblings, a brother and a sister share a private moment in a place that only add a romantic atmosphere? Why are they even there?
Besides, who else shared a scene in the Godswood in S1? Cat and Ned. Who knows how the conversation will go between Sansa and Jon, still the parallels keep growing and I refuse to believe it is just coincidence. We already have Jon smashing LF against the wall just like Ned did, Sansa becoming more and more like her mother as the Blackfish pointed out and do we want to leave out Jon looking more like Ned episode after episode? it just cannot be coincidence.
Furthermore, as Sansa walks away she slightly turns her head, as if she wants to look back, but she doesn’t allow herself to do so because it’d hurt too much.  My bet is that something happened. What happened? I have no clue, but it must be something…eventful and important which involves only Jon and Sansa.

So we have LF’s line and we have this Sansa in the footage. Why put this specific quote as she walks away from Jon? the Starkbowl is out of discussion, it’s a storyline both actors and producers have thrown down our throats since the end of S6, which makes it even less believable to be an actual storyline in S7. “Always in your mind”, is this some foreshadowing of Sansa’s inner struggle against rising, unwanted feelings? What could be her fight? I’m like 99% sure her main fight this season will be against Petyr himself, but given how this precise line has been put in a scene with Jon, will her inner fight be against her love for Jon??? they could have taken a random P x S scene with that quote, why this one? why as she’s walking away so distressed and almost in tears??

These hints could be all and could be nothing. Most probably many would tell me that I’m a delusional shipper who is seeing things that are just not there, which I can take it, I’m ready to admit I was wrong and I was a fucking delusional Jonsa shipper. No problem for me.

I just got this feeling they are endgame and these trailers are giving me hope. I know certain shippers have decided to keep expectations really low and I get it, I don’t blame you, I’ve done it so many times with many ships of other shows. I just chose that with Jon and Sansa I simply don’t want to keep my expectations low :)

“The truth is, I’m scared to be your friend, because I’m always going to want more. But then I got to thinking that I would rather have you in my life as a friend than not at all… You know that’s a lie too.
And when you looked at me and uttered the words, just friends, I thought okay if I loved you enough, I could have handled that. If I loved you enough, I could have dealt with being the one who listened to your problems and picked up the pieces, every time someone let you down.
I complimented you and told you they were stupid. I failed to understand, why they didn’t see you the way I did. I almost hated them, in part, for hurting you.

I thought I could handle that.
I remember that night, as we stood there looking at one another and tears streamed down my face, I told you I loved you. I knew I couldn’t just be your friend. Because I would always want more.
And every time alcohol came pressed between my lips, I’d reach for the phone to tell you these things. I wanted to be strong for you. I wanted to be there for you. I wanted to go back to the ways things used to be, before I fell fast and hard. But we don’t choose who we love. Our heart makes these choices for us.

So while the concept of just friends seemed like I’d be doing you a favor, in return you were breaking every part of me. Because with every kiss and every touch, I felt it take over my entire body and I wondered if you felt it too. Even our hands brushing against one another, left me face red.
Everyone called me stupid, but I couldn’t help it.
It was the smiles with every text, as your name appeared across my screen. It was every moment we spent in the darkness, it wasn’t just learning about you, but we learned from one another. You were my best friend, as well as my favorite love. Because no one knew me the way you did. I couldn’t tell people the things I’d tell you. And we’d lay there together just talking. You taught me first, how you don’t need a physical relationship, to fall in love with someone’s soul. You’d tell me you’d love me too, but it wasn’t that simple. And I always wondered why couldn’t it be? Why wasn’t I enough?
I thought we were soulmates.

As selfish as it was, and as much as I didn’t want to ruin whatever it was we had, I fell in love. Then you told me that night, with your arms wrapped around me on the beach, that we couldn’t date and that you needed me. So I took that, as it came, and I settled for just friends. I would have given you anything you wanted. When you love someone you want them happy, even if it means breaking your own heart in the process.

But it was selfish of you to think I could handle that. I was too young to realize the self destruction, in trying to hide the feelings that consumed me. I loved you probably more than anyone I ever had.

—  Kirsten Corley- Just Friends