above&beyond

I actually want to point something out.

The formatting on youtube comments actually looks a bit better than the posts on tumblr:

Even on youtube, the original comment is given prominence and the responses are indented. This format makes sense since it’s the original post the others are responding to. The fact the responses aren’t indented at all in the tumblr posts gives the post a weird structure, as if the reblogs aren’t in response to an original statement and all of the conversation, including the original post, are disparate comments about some invisible topic. Hence why people mocking its resemblance to youtube post as if they are distinct, individual comments, instead of one comment with responses:

It’s also worth noting tumblr could have at least indented the text under the usernames like they used to. This combined with at least indenting all the comments once under the original comment, would have preserved the look of the site better and the sense of an OP being replied to. They also could have forgone the icons, to give it less of a glitchy, cheap look, like this:

Or they could have structured it more like the asks, giving the original post an appearance disparate from the responses:

I honestly don’t know why tumblr wouldn’t put the posts in some sort of colored text box or use indents in someway to format the text or why they needed to include people’s icons. I feel like the graphic design on this is very, very poor.

That said, none of us never complained about this aspect of the site. There are SO many actual issues we have complained about re: this site’s usability and the reblog structure is not one of them, but if they were going to change it, they could have formatted it way better.

I’ve been thinking about all the posts that went around the other day and JK Rowling’s announcement that James Sirius Potter was sorted into Gryffindor. I know she’s not planning on writing a series about the kids (and honestly I would rather she didn’t anyway), but the sorting was profoundly lazy.

Think about it. It’s September 1st, 1998, just a few months after the end of the War. People are still rattled, but as it goes the world turns ever on, and Hogwarts reopens after months of rebuilding. There are fewer students on the Express and on the platform, but it’s not really noticeable until they’ve reached the station near Hogsmeade. Older students stare nervously at the thestrals and the first years stare nervously at Hagrid. Their eyes have a wariness that only children who have witnessed war can have. In the Great Hall, the whispers start long before the first years even file in to be Sorted, because it’s hard to miss the lack of students at the Slytherin table.

The handful that are there have their eyes down, not meeting anyone’s eye. Slytherin, the House that turned tail and fled when it came to defending Hogwarts (forgetting the fact that they weren’t ever given the choice to stay), the only House that fared well in the past year and a half of Death Eater control of the castle. The House full of students whose parents fought on the wrong side of the War, whose relatives were responsible for the awful bloodshed and who were thought ever more as the Bad House. No good ever came from them, or so it seemed. So everyone said anyway, and no one was polite enough to say it out of earshot. The animosity was evident. So, painfully few Slytherins returned to Hogwarts that year, and the first years were more pale and shaky than usual, the Hat deliberating more than usual (what could it do when every student begged, “not Slytherin”?)

Years pass and the House grows in numbers as new students join each year, and people become somewhat less angry; the pain is dulled after all this time. But it’s not gone. James Sirius walks to the old wooden stool, every eye on him and whispers racing across the Hall like they did for his father before him. Named after two Marauders and members of the Order, half Weasley and the eldest son of Harry Potter himself, James comes from a heritage of Gryffindor.

He’s a bright young boy, every bit as brave as his parents, with the same casual disregard for the rules as his namesakes, a wicked pranking streak that brings uncle George endless joy, and a knack for flying that surprises no one. But he’s ambitious above all, having grown up the child of celebrities, he wants nothing more to make a name for himself. He’s not his grandfather, he’s not Sirius, he’s not either of his parents. And so, after several moments, the Hat talking in his ear longer than it ever did with his father, it declares, Slytherin!

There are no whispers. The Great Hall falls into dead silence as James Potter walks on shaky legs to a seat at the Slytherin Table. McGonagall is watching him with shrewd eyes and takes a moment before reading the next name on the list. The world does not end, and James Potter spends his next years under nearly as much scrutiny as Harry before him, and he too proves himself. He has the support of his family and of the friends he makes at Hogwarts, the wisdom from Teddy and Victoire, the energy of the Quidditch team (he’s the best chaser at Hogwarts since his mother). 

People don’t forget about the War, not really, but it’s James who changes minds about Slytherin House. They even win the House cup a couple of times during his seven years, and nobody is terribly put out.

Both the UK and Canada are a joke when it comes to political gains. It’s not a surprise both have conservative governments that didn’t allow refugees into their nations. Ironically after the many deaths of Syrian refugees both governments begun to react because they have succumb to global pressure and just want people to keep voting for them.

TORONTO TONIGHT

I have so much gratitude in my little body, I’m going to take it out on honestlynatalie walkingentityofsnark myonequestion and yasmary in the form of REALLY EXCITED HUGS when I see their lovely faces!!!!!!!

THEN CARMILLA AT FAN EXPO TOMORROW. *cries*

anonymous asked:

You have my friend blocked on here... :(

I block people who I see actively engaging in or encouraging “call out culture”, because I find it incredibly unnecessary and counterproductive to reaching a mutual understanding. It’s really just an excuse to bully and I’m not okay with that. If you have a problem with what someone is saying you can talk to them privately or you can ignore them or you can make your own post talking about your stance on the subject IN GENERAL, without being aggressive. I got caught up in indirecting someone one time on this blog, and I still regret it every day and feel terribly that I did it. If I see that a different user is continuously aggressive, rude, or offensive towards others then I do not want them having access to my content, and I will block them.

Of course people can change, and if you think your friend has and want to send me their url I will take a new look at their block and consider unblocking, but I have made my stance on this clear many times. I am very liberal with the block function, and it’s made my dash a much happier place.