academic discussions

It was easier than I thought to get back into the groove of things… Chemistry vocab and diagrams of the noggin…

Question for you (in relation to an English project): how do you think time and memory impact us as individuals and what does our viewpoints on time suggest about humanity in general?

So far I think that time is only an idea and our forced perception of being able to control/manage time shows a fear of the unknown; a fear of what could happen, of being forgotten, and forgetting ourselves and our memories, the essence of who we are.
I’d love to hear your ideas or any quotes/thoughts related to the topic, it would be super helpful!


Psychlock is go!

@unfortunateshape has created us a team chat (it’s way handier if one wants to discuss things in depth than tumblr is)!!

The name is psychlock, and the app used is Hip Chat. It’s free and works both on computer and mobile devices. It’s a business app but it works perfectly for fandom things, I’ve tried!

So, we’ll tag things here on tumblr as well, but there’ll also be possibilities to discuss without all the reblogs and stuff via that team chat.

There’ll be fic discussions, discussions of academic papers, personal discussions… Well; there’ll be discussions.

There’s a invite link, but rather than posting it here (bots are everywhere) we figured that anyone who wants to join the team chat might just reply to this post, and we’ll direct message you the link.

Tagging everyone who expressed interest, and feel  free to join in anyone who is disturbingly interested in matters of Sherlock, psychology, psychiatry, neurodivergence and all that jazz.

@minadreamsof @hopelesslybenaddicted @one-thousand-leaves @ellipsisaspired @buckynotbuchanan @pennypaperbrain @one-fixed-point @anyawen @songlin @femmelocked @emmadelosnardos @gobacktobakerstreet @imagesymboltext @simpleanddestructivechemistry @mycroftslittlebrother @geekgirl1 @thetripbacktoearth
Bickering Peaks: A Twin Peaks Podcast by Bickering Peaks: A Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes

Picked up a score of new followers thanks to some very interesting and enthusiastic convos about Twin Peaks, so I thought I’d take up my self-promotional mantle for a sec.

For those of you interested in listening along, here’s the link to the Bickering Peaks podcast my husband and I run. We do weekly recaps episode-by-episode and we are hoping to be done the series by the Season 3 premiere! It’s a basic recap premise with some bigger discussions of themes and meaning thrown in for good measure. I think it’s perfect for newbies and anyone wanting a jumping off point into the deeper academic discussions of some of the other more famous Twin Peaks podcasts!

We’re on Facebook ( and Twitter (@bickeringpeaks) but I also cross post our episodes to Tumblr weekly as well, every Twin Peaks Tuesday! I love these discussions we’re having and meeting new fans of the show, and I’d love to hear from you all here, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Call For Papers

Academic papers are invited discussing the topic of which is gayer: Hal Jordan telling Bruce Wayne he is “as stubborn as you are brilliant” or Bruce Wayne telling Hal Jordan he is “my hero.” In what what, specifically, is this gay? To what degree? How might this gayness be relative to other gayness? Could the canonical text have approached maximum gay, or is there still gay left to explore? Has anything ever been gayer, and if so, when? All thoughtful submissions will be considered. 

The thing about a person’s sexual or romantic orientation is that it’s the sum of an entire lifetime of interactions between that person and their culture, people who could potentially be their partners, their own bodily processes, their self-image, and any number of other factors I’m not remembering right now. And any new way of understanding that, like the split-attraction model or whatever else, is great insofar as it helps people understand and accept complexities of their own experiences that they had not previously seen mirrored in the cultural dialogue.

But the usefulness of these developments ends wherever they become tools for shoehorning other people’s infinitely complex identities into generalizable labels. Like, adding another axis to the Kinsey Scale might enable more nuanced academic discussions about sexual identity, but it absolutely can’t make it possible for everyone to comfortably quantify their own sexual orientation; it just won’t ever be as simple as that.

And enforcing rigidly delineated definitions of our identity labels, as if they could be anything other than crude tools to help us own our common experiences and build communities, ultimately denies all those nuances and runs counter to the goal of encouraging self-exploration and open, productive conversations about our experiences.


Something I’m far from, but has been used to describe me. ‘Hashtag goals’ has been thrown numerous times below Instagram pictures. Words like inspiring, queen and flawless are terms people have used to describe me and although I am flattered - this is far from the complete picture of who I am. 

The funny thing with social media is that you dictate what you choose to share with your thousands of followers. You get to highlight the good times, the perfect angles and filter out the blemishes of life. To some degree, you can say that I have perfected that.

I show pictures of my academic accolades but never discuss the fact that I was depressed for a while and almost failed out of college my first time around. You see the various posts from my experience in Malawi, but you don’t know of the nights I cried myself to sleep because I simply felt lonely in a foreign land. You see my achievements, but are unaware of the countless disappointments I’ve faced.  You retweet or reblog my ‘inspirational’ posts without realizing that most of the time, I wrote that post to encourage myself. You see my ‘flawless’ selfies, but are unaware of the years of low self-esteem that preceded them. You call me brave, but you don’t realize the amount of times I doubted myself. You think I have life figured out, but you fail to realize that I am as human as you and I too have had heartaches, heartbreaks and disappointments.

I say this not to guilt trip you, but for you to understand that everyone you meet is on a journey and not every road on that path is smooth or ‘perfect’. We all go through our various life hurdles. We are all trying to figure this life thing out, so be gentle to everyone you meet.

Ps: Damn, that got too real.  I told y’all I was going to share more. Sharing isn’t something I’m personally good at, but I’m giving it a try.

I just bought the Cathar Tarot by John Matthews. I had an interest in gnostic traditions in university and while I don’t trust this particular writer re: accuracy because I’ve read their books about King Arthur, it’s a ~Cathar~ tarot so I need it.

Apparently there was a serious academic discussion that asserted that if the Cathars hadn’t been wiped out the Reformation would never have happened. I don’t know what one has to do with the other but academics come up with weird shit like this, it’s their job.

Released January 14, 1949: THE ACCUSED, starring Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, and Wendell Corey.  Directed by William Dieterle (Rope of Sand, Dark City, The Turning Point).  Loretta Young is a bookish university professor who meets with one of her less studious pupils (Douglas Dick) after school to discuss his academic future. Dick offers to drive her home, but instead, takes her to a secluded cliff high above the ocean and tries to force himself on her.  In the struggle, Young clubs Dick over the head with a heavy object and kills him. Distraught, she arranges the scene to make it look like Dick slipped off the cliff, hit his head on the rocks below, and drowned, and then makes her way home on foot.  The next day, Dick’s family guardian (Robert Cummings) shows up on Young’s doorstep, and not realizing Dick has been killed, wants to discuss Dick’s academic status.  Cummings is immediately attracted to Young and pretty soon all he’s interested in is spending as much time as possible with her. Meanwhile, much to Young’s relief, Dick’s death is ruled accidental, however, police detective Wendell Corey is convinced foul play was involved, and continues to doggedly pursue the case.  This film has some intriguing moments, but unfortunately, lacks any real suspense.  Even though Corey’s net draws tighter and tighter around Young, the audience knows all along she has a justifiable explanation for her actions.  Not only that, she has Cummings in her corner, who happens to be an adept attorney, and even though he himself comes to suspect Young of murder, falls completely head over heels for her and will do anything to protect her.  The film’s most engaging scenes are those in which Corey analyzes physical evidence or questions Young, but the remainder of the film is primarily devoted to the growing feelings of love between Cummings and Young, which is a rather ho-hum affair. Young’s performance alternates between self-assured professor and helpless damsel in distress on the verge of a fainting spell - an antiquated female stereotype that makes this film feel rather outdated, even by classic film standards.  On the other hand, Wendell Corey puts in a charmingly understated performance as an astute detective with a heart.  The complete opposite of the stereotypical hard-boiled brute, he is instantly likable and a joy to watch.  The Accused is not a bad film, it’s just not a particularly interesting one.  The lack of meaningful suspense, slow pacing, and archaic portrayal of women don’t leave much for viewers to savor.  We give The Accused 2 out of 5 fedoras.

  • Visit the universities. It’s really one of the best ways for you to know if it’s a good fit for you. 
  • Look at university rankings.
  • Find out about student satisfaction, employment rankings, etc.
  • What do people think of the professors? Are they helpful?
  • Look into how the university grades you (exams / coursework / others).
  • Does the university have support services?
  • What’s the town / city like? Is it somewhere that you could live and be happy?
  • What kind of societies does the university offer?
  • Have you considered studying online?
  • Are any scholarships or is any extra financial help offered?
  • What accommodation is available? How much does it cost?
  • If you have no idea what kind of course you want to study, find an A-Z list of courses, print it out, and highlight the ones which stand out to you.
  • Research the courses that you’re interested in. This can be reading about them, going to open days, or open lectures. Find out as much as you can.
  • Talk to an academic advisor, and thoroughly discuss your options.
  • Remember, you could get a job, an internship, or go on a gap year.
  • Check the course requirements; are you likely to meet them? Are there any specific subjects you need to have studied?
  • Do you have any experience in this area?
  • Does the course include any placement or other experience?
  • How popular is the course?
  • What kind of career paths would this course lead to?
  • Do you think you would enjoy this course?

Image: Librarian Hamdi Ali Musa attends the Hargeisa International Book Fair in Hargeisa, Somaliland. (Gregory Warner/NPR)

Somaliland doesn’t have any embassies around the world, and its passport isn’t accepted in any country. It’s a republic, population 3.5 million, that broke away from Somalia in 1991, and it’s never received official recognition.

But it does have an annual book fair — and the event, held in late July, is more than just a gathering for authors, academics and others to discuss their latest work. It’s also a way to promote the written language of Somali, which wasn’t granted official status until 1972. Somali is a major language — spoken by 15 million people — but the fair’s founders argue that speaking alone can’t bind a people scattered around the world as well as literature can.

A Land In Limbo Hopes That Books Will Keep It Going

the misuse of the academic discussion of “queering” things is- wait i take that back. all discussion of “queering” things, academic and otherwise, is just such a silly faux-rebellious attitude thats like “ok so. whats the opposite of what this thing concept or action is based on. im gonna do that” like its just so… lame. its like using a wet noodle as a gun. its like throwing a single wet noodle at someone and saying youre shooting them.

Tbh tumblr is not a safe place to talk about the deeper mysteries of traditional witchcraft and ask questions. You either have to already know your material in and out or keep your mouth shut.

People who think they are minor experts after buying into the popular history versus the more complicated academic discussions and sea changes behind these things will just say everything about traditional witchcraft is faked by the inquisitors or the witchcraft revivalists while the same time claiming to be witches themselves… So you are claiming to be something completely composed of lies? Stop. Just stop and look at yourselves.

A person can’t even say don’t answer if your just gonna say it’s not real with out getting a plethora of answers saying it’s not real from people who are witches. Even if some of the things or even most of the things in the witchcraft trials were faked by inquisitors, are you, most of you PC pagans/allies going to still say it can’t work? Seriously calm your tits and cut out the hypocrisy. If something from a cartoon works for a magical practice than elements from the witch trials could too.

What is more serious here is ethical. Are the things from the witch trials ethical? Eating babies, no. Inquisitors said people ate babies or used baby fat for spells and that is not ethical. That is profoundly wrong.

Dedicating an extra nipple to feed your familiar? Tried witches often spoke very fondly of their familiars as beloved friends, lovers and confidants. Yes that is ethical.

Witches during the trials were accused of making innocent people sick or die. No casting spells against your neighbors for petty reasons to make them sick and die is not ethical. Witches were thought to curse and blight crops. Starving your community is not ethical.

Witches were said to use plants to have psychedelic spiritual experiences of dancing with beasts and having a party. It’s up to you whether drug use is ethical, to me it’s situational–a parent or other responsible person shouldn’t do serious drugs when they are supposed to be supervising children.

Witches were said to help the terminally ill die with less pain, give abortions to mothers who didn’t want to have the child. Those are your personal ethic to determine if you are pro-life or pro-choice.

Folklore says witches stole milk, if a person is starving one tends to forgive the theft of food from those who have much more.

The list goes on. But rather than say it’s all false instead say is it possible with magic and is it ethical?