actual events in history

B.A.P song asks (≧∇≦)/
  • Fermata: what’s a moment you wish to relive again and again?
  • Bow Wow: time for positivity! State one thing you love about yourself, can be anything :D
  • Unbreakable: are you the type of person to conceal don’t feel or do you prefer to have a good cry?
  • Carnival: if you could travel to another country and attend any event, where and what would it be?
  • Rainsound: list 5 songs from your rainy day playlist
  • I Guess I Need U: what’s your new obsession?
  • Power: do you have any life mottos/quotes you particularly live by?
  • Coffee Shop: next please! What drink would you like?
  • Do What I Feel: are you a straight-forward person or do you keep your opinions mostly to yourself?
  • Monologue: tell me something you are concerned about that the whole world needs to know! SHOUT IT OUT OR FULL CAPS, SAY IT ALL!
  • Bang X2: give me the 3 best songs you whip your hair to
  • Warrior: do you believe that your past experiences have shaped who you are now or did they change you?
  • Be Happy: close your eyes and think of happiness, what’s the first thing you see?
  • That's My Jam: *when new jams come out* do you listen to the same song on a loop or listen to the whole album/ep on repeat?
  • What My Heart Tells Me To Do: what do you REALLY want to do right now?
  • Badman: what's a quality you absolutely despise in people?
  • Voice message: tell me something you wish you did differently **record after the beep**
  • Killer: what/who really has the rhythm of your heart & makes it beat?
  • Back In Time: imagine time travelling is actually possible, which certain era/event in history would you want to experience and why?
  • With You: name something/someone you are thankful for :)

worst political argument phenomenon on here is “this word means whatever i want it to and im going to completely ignore the history and actual events behind it”

anonymous asked:

I am in shock that ANYONE could even think that those articles are random? Really? Wow. Talk about delusional and out of touch with reality. Fabulous response, Sea!

Why are people so pressed that Louis could actually be an aware, educated, liberal-minded man? That he actually reads the news, follows world events, searches for and supports the history of his community? Why so quick to call others “crazy” who support this view?

I’ll say it again. Our beliefs are not as important as Louis’ reality. I don’t have any pride in defending my set of beliefs. But I want to hear what he’s saying, not deny him his voice, and the best way to do that is not to be closed-minded and shut him down, by treating him as a person without strategy or expression.

anonymous asked:

hey whats a good rebuttal to the argument that all real socialist/communist countries turn authoritarian?

honestly there’s no short rebuttal, anyone making generalizations like that views events in history in a vacuum.

however, if they’re actually willing to expand on these topics, i’d provide some basic information and reading material. I have a ‘resources’ tag with lots of stuff regarding the history of capitalist countries and corporations’ actions to weaken attempted socialist nations. of course that’s not to say none of these nations had problems, leftists are endlessly critical of socialists in history. justsomeantifas has a good reading list iirc, and i have a tag going over some of this (taxloopholes.tumblr.com/tagged/resources).

there have been short lived socialist societies, and it’s important to learn about what they did right and wrong, as well as what lead to their conflict. many times critics do not acknowledge external factors.

I hope this does some explaining

Add Salt to Haterade - A Naegiri One-Shot - Danganronpa Fanfic

Sometimes, writing fanfic can serve as another form of venting.

I hope you guys enjoy this. It runs longer than usual for these one-shots.

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As soon as Makoto Naegi woke up that morning in his quarters on the Hope’s Peak campus, he wondered what people were saying.

Just the day before, they went public and announced that the New Hope’s Peak Academy would open its doors in the coming spring. Sure, various members of the Future Foundation had been working on the property for months now, but this was the first time anyone had spoken up about the reason for their presence and ongoing efforts.

They had called a press conference at the Tokyo Airport. It was the most secure location in the city, but attendance was still pretty low — plenty of reporters were hesitant to risk travel in the post-Tragedy world, opting instead to simply share information, videos, and audio obtained by an intrepid few. There were still verification measures in place, but unique individual coverage had become a lot less important.

In effect, that meant that rather than the news hitting the entire globe with shared immediacy on the same afternoon as the press conference, it had spread in a gradual, almost-viral fashion since shortly after the conference ended. He read shocked, confused, and even elated reactions on the Internet well into the night, but now that it was a fresh new day, he was hoping that more in-depth opinions had grown from the seeds of those knee-jerk reactions.

Heck, maybe people were even talking about it on TV.

With that on his mind, he crept out of bed and tried to quietly head for the kitchen so as not to wake Kyoko Kirigiri, who was still dozing beside him when he first awoke.

Makoto poured a glass of water in the kitchen and headed over to the couch wearing just his boxers and an undershirt. Flipping on the TV via its remote, he headed for a local Japanese channel and settled down on the far left side of the couch.

As he sat down, he placed the remote on the cushion to his right and sat his water on the end table to the left. On the screen, he saw a mass of protestors outside of the recently constructed perimeter wall of the campus. His expression immediately grew concerned.

“What the-?!” he muttered involuntarily. He cut himself off so he could better hear the words of the angry-looking bearded man who was standing in front of a microphone held by a nervous TV reporter.

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anonymous asked:

As you said previously you're beginning your last term of year 12, well I'm doing the same except year 11 and I was just wondering if you had any tips for me and any other students soon to be starting their last year of high school. I'd also like to know if you have any other additional tips for organisation for someone whose planning on doing 14 units.

Yes, I definitely have tips that I wish I heard when I was going into Year 12! I’ve written about some of them so I’ll link them here:

- English advice
- General high school advice
- @jemmagoals English (extension/adv) advice

Since you’re doing 14 units, (and I did 12, but I technically only did 9 units this year), my extra advice is:

- Stay on top of everything. Assignments, homework and future exams. I’m a bit ‘extra’ and try to ask for assessment timetables at the beginning so I can plan when and what I am going to study (especially since many people have told me Term 2 is wild, and Term 3 is ‘the worst’ term for HSC students because of trials and other exams.)

- Study that syllabus inside and out. Every single science practical and secondary source dotpoint, case study for eco, business, geography, CAFS (or whatever subject you do, I don’t actually do any of these ones) and personalities/dates/events for history. For English, know that AOS rubric and the modules. That’s where the exam questions come from. If you study the syllabus (and maybe a little more), you can answer any question thrown at you.

- Don’t waste study periods. I am so guilty of this but they help a ton to finish homework and study. Do not sit in the room where the rest of the Year 12s are. Go to the school library or something and study alone. It’s fine to have some time off in study periods (because it is incredibly tempting), but you have to choose when to have a balance between relaxing/getting work done.

- Ask your teacher for help. Super important to always go to your teacher for specific points in the syllabus, and more often than not they will volunteer lunchtimes/afterschool to help you.

- Know your mistakes. If you do maths, I have a link to studying here and how to make your mistakes palm card. If it is humanities, know where you go wrong in essays (whether it be your syntax, structure, analysis etc.). For science know the silly mistakes and other things like that

- Make sure you don’t waste time studying unecessarily. There’s a difference between using your time to do the same types of questions to consolidate your learning and just wasting your time, and you need to figure out what areas you’re weak or strong at to find the best balance.

And make sure you have fun in Year 12!!! I was super lame in the first few terms (still am tbh) and went into Year 12 thinking like, “I should study in the car, at lunch etc.” but don’t worry about it. If you’re organised, it doesn’t really get to a point where you should be stressing that much. I was way more stressed in Year 11 than Year 12, surprisingly. Good luck!!

anonymous asked:

I'm white, my biggest problem with the whole race issue is the fact that anytime something horrible happens, it becomes "down with the whites!" I'm sorry the white people of the past did horrible things, but I can't change my skin color just like they can't. And to destroy statues of these men because of their attachment to enslavement is like whitewashing the past. We all have to acknowledge the past, learn from it, and not repeat it. We can't erase it because that erases the lessons we need.

Originally posted by thegenerousqueen

There are so many things wrong with this message I don’t even know where to begin. 

1) No need to tell me you’re white. I got that loud and clear from your message.

2) “I’m sorry the white people of the past did horrible things.” Do you think racism stopped when slavery was banned? Racism is happening right now, today, where you are. The fact that you as a white person have made a conversation on race about yourself is proof racism is still real and destructive. Nobody holds you personally responsible for slavery but your flippant dismissal of it as one of the greatest stains on human history and your refusal to understand racism is real and present today is inexcusable. If you aren’t actively fighting against racism then you’re letting it happen. 

4) “I can’t change my skin color just like they can’t.” No one is asking you to. You have entirely missed the point of racial discourse. All they’re asking is for you to be conscious enough of the world around you to know that you benefit every day from being white and that you have to use that to support people PoC. Have you ever had your job application thrown out because of your name? Have you ever been turned down for a job because your natural hair is “unprofessional?” Have you ever been scared to walk past a police man because your skin colour makes you a target? No. The difference here is that the worst thing that has happened to you because of your race is that you might get called a name. The worst thing happening to PoC because of their race is murder. There’s a bit of a difference there. 

5) As my dear friend said when I showed her this message: “if she is taking it to heart then she feels guilty.“ Why are you getting angry about the minor way you’re being affected by this? The thing you should be getting angry about is the people who are being murdered for their skin colour and the rise of mainstream politicians who are openly, proudly racist. 

6) The argument that taking down the statue is erasing history is quite frankly bullshit. If you actually want to remember a terrible event in history then you should always take the side of the victims. In Germany they don’t remember the war by putting up statues of Adolf Hitler, they have memorials to the victims. If you want to remember slavery put up a statue of Harriet Tubman. Statues commemorate icons and these men are not icons. They shouldn’t be glorified with permanent memorials on government property. 

Captivating K-Dramas That Were Actually Inspired By True Stories

Captivating K-Dramas That Were Actually Inspired By True Stories

As it’s often been said, a lot of fiction is actually based on facts. While most of the shows we watch are fictional stories filled with dashing heroes and starry-eyed lovers, did you know that some of them were actually inspired by real events and real people? As you’ll see below, history is often the best foundation for a great show, especially if it’s dramatic.

“Queen For Seven Days”

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Oklahoma, CEO, Washington and Minnesota. 

Character Notes:
Minnesota is the doctor for the states (because Mayo clinic), and Oklahoma handled medical insurance because *hand waves* reasons that are not at all related to mistaking life insurance companies for medical insurance companies, but I sorta liked him doing that, so I kept it. 

Washington’s condition is meant to reflect Mount St Helens

History Notes:
Not so much history, but current event and actually my life. 
Literally, this is what my oncologist told me insurance companies did when he was trying to explain why my PET scan might be delayed until May. He (angrily) explained Doctors now needed insurance approval to schedule the PET scan (otherwise they rejected the claim and I’d have to pay the full amount out of pocket), and because it was so near the end of April, and this no longer looked to be pancreatic cancer, but “only” Lymphoma, they might not approve the PET scan until May, so that they could report higher profits in April. He explained they liked to play the “how much profit can we make before we are really endangering the patient” and since my tumor had no markers for aggressive cancer I may have to wait -_-


Btw, this is why the comic was on hiatus. Cancer Scare. 
Still ongoing, still waiting on biopsy results, but scary aggressive cancer has been ruled out, so not it just maybe lazy indolent tumor, autoimmune, or many other things I am waiting on a biopsy to find out. 

anonymous asked:

Hm, I usually consult the Korean scanlation to find out how they have written character names. ナムセク was 남석 (Nam-seok). I'm aware that it doesn't match the katakana spelling, but I assumed that the Korean scanlators had found an obvious typo in the Japanese text and tried to correct it. What I know is that セク must be the Korean eum (on/音) reading of a Chinese character. My Korean IME says that there's no kanji with Korean reading 섹 (sek), so his name can't be sek. On the other hand, セク could(1/2)

also be 색 (saek), and my IME finds 47 different kanji with Korean reading saek. (2/2)

You can’t rely on Korean scanlations for how to spell the names because AnY isn’t set in Korea. Kusanagi has been saying over and over that Kouka is a fantasy world inspired by ancient Asia but the places and names are completely made-up (i.e. there’s no rule that says you have to write them the Korean or Chinese way).

If you need references, take a look at those 2 posts on her blog:

http://yaplog.jp/sanaginonaka/archive/42

“For my current series, Akatsuki no Yona, I’m trying to come up with international names / names from around the world. I want them to be easy to remember, but it’s a bit difficult because a lot of them don’t actually sound like Japanese names.“

http://yaplog.jp/sanaginonaka/archive/118

‘‘Q. I noticed the names and places in Akatsuki no Yona don’t exactly sound very Japanese, but are closer to Chinese or Korean. Is the setting [for Kouka] actually based on an existing country?

A. […] Yona’s world is loosely based on ancient Asia, but it’s purely a fantasy world. I use references for the clothes or architecture, but Kouka is a fictional country so it has no relation to an actual country or actual History event.”

So really, people can write those names the way they like. Sorry if write I wrote in the previous post sounded aggressive. Readers can choose how they want to spell it based on what Kusanagi said.

That said, it is my personal opinion that when the author/publisher doesn’t specify rules regarding the names and places (like setting a story in a real-world country), we should stick to using the closest possible pronunciation to the Japanese one available in our own language. How the Korean scanlators chose to write the names is nothing of my concern since I’m not Korean myself.

About the typo thing, it can happen. However usually Kusanagi posts something on her twitter or her blog to let us know about it, like the time Yuuno was written Yuuna in the magazine. This time she didn’t, so we can assume ナムセク really is what she was going for.

I’m not too bothered with the way scanlators and publishers chose to “koreanize” everything, because it’s true some names really do sound like they’re of Korean origin, however I tend to be particular about spellings that exist in Japanese but would be written differently. For example, Jeno, Yeon, Nam-Seok would be written ジェノ, ヨン, ナムソク if they were meant to be pronounced that way. Lastly the reason why Kusanagi uses katakana instead of kanji is because she wants readers to know the names are foreign/made-up and not derived from Chinese/Japanese kanji.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

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It’s funny that I approached two seminal deconstructive works - Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins’s Watchmen and Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion - before I had experienced the media and the works that they were respectively deconstructing. I read Watchmen in high school, at a time when I was mostly reading Marvel Comics’s output. I didn’t have the frame of reference to understand how Moore, Gibbons, and Higgins were taking apart the idea of the lone vigilante motivated by a traumatic childhood or the godlike superman. I only realized the commentary Watchmen provided after the fact, and reading the commentary alongside the original text became a sport of its own. 

Similarly, when I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion for the first time in college, I had not seen the mecha anime that Evangelion was examining. Just as Watchmen took apart the specific tropes and character archetypes of comic books through parallel characters (Dr. Manhattan is Superman, Nite Owl and Rorshach are Batman, the Comedian is Captain America, Silk Spectre is Black Canary), so was Evangelion dissecting the archetypes found in the mecha anime genre. (Shinji Ikari is the ace teenage pilot, like Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam, Rei Ayanami is the shy, mysterious love interest who is obedient to the protagonist, Asuka Langley Soryu is the rival, hot tempered love interest and ace pilot.) 

It’s striking that both deconstructive works found their analytical powers in presenting “real world” consequences of their genre’s respective and specific tropes through mental illness. Only someone suffering from severe mental health issues could attempt to wage a one-man war on crime by putting on a mask and fighting in the streets. A more realistic version of Batman, Moore, Gibbons, and Higgins, posited, would have to look more like Rorshach. Similarly, a scientist who is able to build giant robots that defend mankind would be even more cynical and monstrous than Astro Boy’s Dr. Tenma; he would look more like Gendo Ikari, who is incapable of maintaining any human relationships and treats everyone around him like dirt. 

I revisit Evangelion more often than I revisit Watchmen, though Moore and Anno have made it difficult to follow their creative output. Moore’s return to the independent comics publishers to pursue more explicitly sexual, violent, and sexually violent works like Lost Girls, Neonomicon, The Courtyard, and Providence, while Anno’s attempt to retell Evangelion in a new context through the Rebuild of Evangelion movies has stalled with increasingly long delays. Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone was released in Japan in 2007, while Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance was released in 2009. Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo was released in 2012, while production on the final Rebuild of Evangelion film has only barely begun. 

Part of the delay in the Rebuild of Evangelion project was Anno’s and Shinji Higuchi’s involvement in Shin Godzilla, which is also known as Godzilla: Resurgence. Anno was contacted to direct Shin Godzilla after falling into depression after completing Evangelion 3.0. Principal photography for Shin Godzilla began in 2015, and the film was released in 2016. It re-positioned Godzilla as a creepy, scary monster, a force of man-made disaster that would serve as allegory for the Japanese triple disaster of the Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 2011. (American films will allude to traumatic events in fiction, but more often than not American films will outright try to recreate the traumatic events. You might see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, for example, reference the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but you’re more likely to see movies that try to recreate that historical event, thereby compressing and distorting history. There’s actually more intellectual honesty in allegorical approach than trying to make a film based on a true story.)

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Furthermore, while Anno and Higuchi criticized the Japanese government’s slow response to the disasters of March 2011 through the way actions to counteract Godzilla’s advance would have to flow from the theatre of action up to sub-commanders to deputy ministers to cabinet ministers to the prime minister, who would make a decision that would have to then travel down the same of communication chain before it was communicated, Anno and Higuchi showed great optimism and faith in Japanese infrastructure. Politicians who could be interpreted as weak or concerned about preserving their reputation could be reinterpreted as figures who are willing to give up power so the country could have a fresh start in the aftermath of Godzilla’s cataclysmic visit, figures who are willing to sacrifice their honor for the country’s sake, or figures who are willing to sacrifice their reputations so they could give citizens the best information they had at the time. There’s a lot of moving from one conference room to another that might seem unnecessary to the impatient viewer, but the conversations in those conference rooms are what lead to solutions. 

It helps that Anno and Higuchi find sharp angles to film what could have been devastatingly dull conversations in these conference rooms. 

Finding these new angles to show men and women working together to solve the Godzilla problem places the emphasis on their humanity and professionalism. Godzilla will not be defeated by sheer force of Japanese or American arms. While Anno and Higuchi uses gorgeous compositions to show the futile attacks on Godzilla by the Japanese Self-Defense Force, they also show the futility of these attacks in widescreen, captivating shots that also emphasize Godzilla’s magnitude.

Instead, Godzilla can only be defeated when Japanese industrial acumen, business connections, and American arms are combined to form a strategy that requires self-sacrifice and precise timing, hallmarks of Japanese industrial culture. The hope for Japan won’t be found outside the country. Conventional arms cannot defeat Godzilla. Outlandish non-conventional weapons, like MASER cannons or Mechagodzillas, aren’t feasible. Instead, the hope for survival and the future can be found in Japanese systems like its trains and its industries. It’s subtly nationalist in a way that matches  resurgent Japanese nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s regime.

Of course, none of this would have been possible if a team of Japanese scientists and officials who do not conform to their institutions had not been grouped together to find a solution. There’s a power to the bureaucracy, the film argues, in coordinating responses among different agencies and in bringing together the outsiders and non-conformists, and there is a role for the “lone-wolves, nerds, troublemakers, outcasts, academic heretics, and general pains in the bureaucracy” in any organization. 

The film is similarly conflicted about Japan’s relationship with the United States. American officials are almost always depicted as faceless voices that demand from afar, sending a half-Japanese liaison, Satomi Ishihara’s Kayoko Ann Patterson, to connect with the Japanese crisis team. Ultimately, Patterson sides with the Japanese government at her own risk at a critical moment, prompting the idea that even those who are of Japanese descent living outside Japan are crucial to Japan’s future. Japanese officials are frustrated by American interference in their affairs; the American government goes so far as to propose using a thermonuclear weapon on Godzilla, which horrifies every Japanese official and even Patterson. In the end, the film taps into the renewed sense of Japanese nationalism by showing that Japanese officials can only move forward to solve the Godzilla problem by going their own way, defying the American attempt to take charge, and solving their problem their way. 

(There’s probably an essay to be written about how the film treats its three principal female characters: Kayoko Ann Patterson, Mikako Ichikawa’s Deputy Director of Nature Conservation Bureau Hiromi Ogashira, and Kimiko Yo’s Defense Minister Reiko Hanamori. Hiromi and Patterson are probably around the same age, and they’re equally outsiders. Patterson is the American half-Japanese liaison, while Hiromi is outspoken and somewhat socially awkward. Patterson is much more conscious about her physical appearance, while Hiromi wears no make-up at all. Reiko stands apart from them both; older than both other women, Reiko is a senior official in the Japanese cabinet and the military’s voice for the Prime Minister.)

Anno, Higuchi, and composer Shiro Sagisu also layer in plenty of homages for Evangelion fans. Based on my impressions, I’ve found these callbacks:

  • The use of the track “Decisive Battle” from the Evangelion soundtrack to spice up scenes of men and women working in conference rooms 
  • The way the film places a visual emphasis on Japanese trains 
  • The way Anno and Higuchi framed their shots of tanks, aircraft, and artillery pieces bombarded Godzilla in the same ways that they attacked Angels throughout Evangelion 
  • The way they focused on Godzilla’s eyes to show its monstrosity in the same way they focused on Eva-01′s eyes to show its near-humanity 
  • The way the final shot echoed the Failures of Infinity in the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 teaser trailer at the end of Evangelion 3.33 
  • The way the lights turned out in the underground shelter echoed the way the lights went out during an Angel attack
  • The way Godzilla attacked all around him echoed the way Ramiel defended itself in Evangelion 2.0
  • The way Godzilla’s blood plopped to the ground echoed the way various Angels’ blood would fall after they were killed
  • The way military officials were framed when they released their attacks on Godzilla/the Angels were ineffective
  • The Japanese Twitter user named “bakashinji” who had an Asuka avatar.

While the film is dialogue heavy, it never feels slow. And it’s a surprisingly funny film, from Godzilla’s googly eyes in its first appearances to the way that an official’s title becomes a visual gag in subtitles because it takes up almost half the screen.

 It was everything that I had hoped for from a film by Anno and Higuchi: satirical, strangely hopeful, dynamically shot, wonderfully scored. In other words,

How to argue with an atheist... 11 guidelines...
  1. Don’t pretend to be an authority or representative for your god…and don’t purport to speak for your god… Atheists don’t believe god exists, so you will appear as a liar and deceiver…
  2. Don’t quote from the bible, or it’s apologetic “experts”… Atheists don’t believe the bible is anything more than man made fables and lies, so you will appear as a liar and deceiver…
  3. Don’t use emotions or feelings or impressions or “encounters” or “miracles” as proofs for your god… Atheists don’t believe they originate from anything more that your hysteria fueled imagination…so you will appear as mentally unstable and delusional…
  4. Don’t point to nature as proof for your god… Atheists don’t believe nature proves any god…in fact the exact opposite…they see nature as disproving that any god was ever involved in it…
  5. Don’t pretend to be godly, or born again, a new creature, god infused, more moral or in any way better than a person who does not pretend to be religious or follow the bible…for atheists will simply expose your blatant hypocrisy…
  6. Don’t regurgitate religious propaganda, or pretend it depicts actual events or history… Atheists don’t believe god exists, or did any of the things religion claims god did…so you will appear as a liar and deceiver…
  7. Don’t make excuses, or try to conceal all the immorality, self-aggrandizement and financial defrauding religion and religious leaders have done… Atheists see that as immoral behavior…
  8. Don’t try to force your subjective religious rules on others, through legislation… Atheists see that as immoral behavior…
  9. Don’t try to force your religious fantasy on children, or on others within public facilities… Atheists see that as immoral behavior…
  10. Don’t preach to an atheist…directly…or through prayer… Atheists see that as deceptive and immoral behavior…

Bonus:

11. Simply present any verifiable “evidence” that you have, for your god…or honestly admit that you have none…and then let your god appear and speak for itself…(if it exists at all…!)

What I would like to see a Mass Effect movie about:

  • Grissom’s exploration of the Charon Relay with an ending that foreshadows the First Contact War.
  • The First Contact War with a focus on Grissom and Anderson (w/ the ”yo mama” jokes scene.)
  • The events leading to the creation of Cerberus (w/ a Saren cameo?)
  • The first three options together in one.
  • The Rachni Wars and the Genophage that followed.
  • A collection of origin stories about some of the crew. Kaidan, Ashley, Jacob, and Vega in the Alliance. Wrex’s merc days. Mordin on Tuchanka for his last mission with the STG. Liara researching the Protheans (hints to the events of ME?) Hell - Jack, Kasumi, Samara, Zaeed, and Thane have enough adventures to make a full movie for each of them.
  • An origin movie about almost anyone other than Shepard.
  • Seriously, just vague hints and background chatter about Shep’s service history events without actually tacking Shep’s name onto anything is fine.
  • Aria.

What I would not like to see a Mass Effect movie about:

  • Shepard.

anonymous asked:

Ok, the last one on the height differences prompt list is the cutest. Maybe Bellarke?

+ anonymous asked: “uhhh, this is a prompt i saw somewhere else. but could you do a modern AU for bellarke where bellamy is afraid to lose clarke in crowds because of how short she is so he holds her hand and eventually she starts to notice he is doing it even when it is just a few people. please.” 

The fic warped a little but from the prompt, but I hope you still like it! This one got really long, fair warning. 

[AO3] [FFN]

It starts with a concert.

Raven gets horrifically sick at the last minute. If their other friend weren’t out of town meeting Lincoln’s parents, she could go with Clarke instead—but Octavia is out of town, dealing with future in-laws.

“Clarke, you should still go,” Raven says, and sneezes. “Just because I’m sick doesn’t mean you should have to miss it.”

“Oh, no,” Bellamy says from the kitchen. Clarke had bugged him until he agreed to come over and make Raven some of his soup. When Clarke had roomed with Octavia freshman year of college, they’d both gotten sick with the flu; Bellamy had somehow fit in time between preparing for his master’s thesis and TAing for a classics class to bring them a huge pot of savory vegetable soup.

It had been delicious, and by the time they managed to finish it all by the end of the week, they were both cured. Sick of soup, but cured.

“What?” Clarke asks as he emerges into the living room now, wooden spoon still in hand.

He points at her with it. “You’re not going into the city alone at night,” he says firmly, and Clarke crosses her arms.

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(A table of contents is available. It will be kept updated throughout the series, and I will reblog it upon completion of the series. This series will remain open for additional posts.)

Part 4: Alternative History & Its Relation to Historical Fiction

Back in Part 2 where I gave a list of genres, I gave alternative history its very own category. Some will argue that my list has too many little genres that could be rolled into others, which is exactly the point of this Let’s Talk About: Genres series. Alternative history has many times been considered a sub-genre of multiple main genres: history, science-fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and others. How can we relegate it to simply being a sub-genre when it can be used in so many different contexts?

What makes a historical fiction story?

Despite its multiple uses in various other genres, alternative history most clearly has its roots in the historical fiction genre. We have to start here in order to understand where alternative history is coming from. Historical fiction is very much what it sounds like. It features a story set in an actual, real-life setting sometime in the past. Some have defined the setting as needing to be at least 50 years in the past, and some have defined it as prior to the middle of the last century. I’m a fan of the idea that to be writing historical fiction, the writer is relying on research for their settings as they did not live in the time period. Of course, the main thing to keep in mind is simply a setting in the past. The reason we try to put these stipulations and specific time frames on it is because if you’re writing about two months ago, yes, that is technically the past, but not really historical. It’s a fine line between the two.

The fiction aspect is what keeps historical from being purely non-fiction/biography/textbook material. Historical fiction takes a setting from the past and tells the story of a fictional person in that past. They may be based on a person or on factual events, but the exact unfolding of them or the entire cast themselves could be entirely made by the author. Nonfiction biographies and history textbooks tell what happened, what we know of the people who were part of those events, for real. (Or are supposed to; that debate can wait.)

Historical fiction, because of it’s very nature as fictional, easily can be used to comment on society of the time, and even today’s society. As always, stories with this idea as a main theme need to be careful of how they use it. Les Miserables is a historical fictionalization of the June Rebellion in Paris in 1832, but Victor Hugo also utilizes his historical fiction to wax on all kinds of other topics, to the detriment of the narrative in some cases. Always be aware of your message and analyze your technique in delivering it.

Historical fiction doesn’t tend to cross-genre often given its topic. Adventure is obviously one of its frequent bedmates, as well as cultural heritage, comedy, and metaphysical. Historical fantasy is also a popular sub-genre in which magical influences are introduced into purely historical settings. These types of books are more strictly tied to our world, as opposed to the main genre of fantasy that is often set outside Earth.

What makes an alternative history story?

Another genre that is just like it sounds. Alternative history is exactly like historical fiction (a setting from the real world past, with fictional people), except that where historical fiction follows the events of how the chosen history actually went, alternative history chooses to tweak something. This could be how a battle turned out, whether a historical personage actually did what they did, whether someone died, or even a reaction the population had to some event. Alternative history is all about the what-ifs. What if Custer hadn’t taken his last stand? What if the Magna Carta never got signed? What if Columbus never petitioned past his first failed petition in Portugal? What if Edward Teach hadn’t been caught? Alternative history stories then examines the impact of this change. Much of alternative history begins as counterfactual history, defined as the academic exploration of the what-ifs. Alternative history is the fictionalized account of the what-ifs.

Cross-time, parallel universes, and temporal meddling stories can be considered part of alternative history if they are dealing with Earth, not space travel or fictional worlds. Once you begin fictionalizing the setting too far, it steps out of the realm of alternative history and into fantasy.

Cross-genre-ing with alternative history is just as easy as action and adventure. You can pair just about anything you want within an alternative history story because alternative history describes the setting, not necessarily the plot. Most genres depict plot (think of mystery, adventure, romance) which is only half the book! Alternative history often gets paired with another genre that describes the other half of the book.

Next up: Comedy/Humor!

Knight Takes Queen (Lokane) -- Coming soon!

Knight Takes Queen

Forced to marry Thor, King of Asgard, for protection, Jane finds herself thrown headfirst into the fray of “virtuous” knights and needy courtiers of her husband’s court.  Chief among them and nearly equal in power is Loki, the king’s bastard brother who may have been raised by a witch near a lake, but no one ever talks about that lest they find themselves at the wrong end of one of Loki’s weapons. 

Jane hates Loki and his acerbic wit almost instantly.  Though she finds him alluringly attractive, she knows he is also conceited, domineering, and very, very, very dangerous.  None of the other men of the court seem to trust Loki, save for Thor who loves his brother unconditionally despite all evidence to the contrary.  Knowing that a goodhearted, though brutish, man like Thor would not accept someone into his inner circle who was unworthy, Jane attempts to give Loki the benefit of the doubt. 

She realizes too late her mistake in giving him an inch and allowing him to take a mile—and that she has lost her hatred along with her heart—placing herself in a precarious, potentially deadly situation between two exceedingly powerful men.

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Notes: This is based on the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot legend, with a Marvel twist.  I’ve borrowed pieces of various retellings and iterations of the legend, including Chrétien de Troyes, Geoffrey of Monmouth, the musical Camelot and others.  Instead of setting it in England or another actual country or over an actual event in history, I’ve chosen to create Asgard as a fictional kingdom, much like Camelot was in the original legend.  The knights of Thor’s “Round Table” will be recognizable Marvel characters that have gone medieval.  Mostly it is all medieval fantasy, based in medieval fact, set in a medieval land.  I hope you enjoy it!

Alright so I was playing through Mink’s GE in Re:Connect and I noticed something on the wall.

Now 3 separate things occurred to me:

1.That could be a prayer fan. Prayer fans come in all sorts of styles since the artists often handcraft them and choices in decoration vary from tribe to tribe. This would probably be the most sense since Mink is often depicted as praying throughout both games.

2. That could a dance fan. Women and man dancers use these so it’s a possibility that Mink himself was a dancer.

3. And for the more morose possibility, a member of his family could have been a dancer and he know keeps it as a reminder. In my opinion this would be the least likely option as there were graves made for this family that whoever owned the fan would have more than likely been buried with it. 

I really love that Mink is an indigenous character because of some the cultural aspects N+C brought into the game. Myself being an American Indian I’m glad that there’s a native character that more than the “all-knowing and magical native” trope who also had a back story that could reflect from actual events in history. To sum it up just finding little things like this from Mink’s route and even from the extra bits is always great. 

MTVS Epic Rewatch #21

BTVS 2x03 School Hard (a.k.a. Spike in da house!)

Stray thoughts

1) “A lot of educators tell students, ‘Think of your principal as your pal.’ I say, 'Think of me as your judge, jury, and executioner.'” I love Snyder. He’s the best. I mean, he’s the best worst. Does that make sense?

2) 

Snyder:  Well, it is quite a match between you two. On the one hand, Buffy hasn’t stabbed a horticulture teacher with a trowel.
Sheila:  I didn’t stab anyone with a trowel. They were pruning shears.

Yeah, Snyder, get your facts straight, don’t go spreading lies about Sheila. She stabbed a teacher with pruning shears, not with a trowel. 

3) And home, sweet home!

I get that a lot of fans hate Spike, I get it. I don’t, I love him. But you gotta admit, this was one of the best character introductions the show ever pulled off. And he wouldn’t have stuck around if Spike wasn’t an interesting character and a great addition to the show. And James’ acting, of course, had a lot to do with it. Because there were a lot of times in which a character seemed great in theory, and then the actors didn’t quite deliver. So yay Spike basically.

4) “This weekend, the night of St. Vigeous, our power shall be at its peak.” I’ve got two comments about this. 1. It’s interesting how in the early seasons the writers bothered to come up with these specific dates, demon holidays or whatever (like The Harvest or St. Vigeous) to make up excuses for everything going batshit crazy and later on it was mayhem mayhem mayhem all around the clock basically. 2) It’s explained here how during the night of St. Vigeous vampires’ power is at its peak. Spike decided to reschedule their attack, but there wasn’t any reason they coudn’t attack again on Saturday night, right? And if this was such a special and empowering day for vampires, then why wasn’t it mentioned ever again? Why don’t we have a St. Vigeous episode in every season? 

5) “Oh, please! If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock.” What other events in history vampires claim to have witnessed to sound cool? Also, James looked like a baby and his accent definitely improved over the years. Thank you, Anthony.

6) And baby Dru!

Why didn’t we get a Drusilla centric episode? W H Y?

7) “Me and Dru, we’re movin’ in.”

8) This is not how you parent:

Exhibit A: But we moved once because of you getting in trouble. And I had to start a new business, not to mention a new life in a whole new town.

Like, did she really need to remind Buffy of this every single day of their lives? Was it necessary? Was guilt-tripping her daughter the best way to help her? Because this is not the first time she made a comment like this. 

Exhibit B: What I don’t want is to be disappointed in you again.

And she’s making it all about her. Like “your behavior is inconvenient for me”. What? Why? Why aren’t you trying to express your concern about your daughter? About how you want the best for her, how you want her to succeed, to do well at her new school? Bad, bad parenting.

Exhibit C: 

Buffy:  Mom, that’s the last thing that I want, too. I’m trying, I really am. I just… I have a lot of pressure on me right now. 
 Joyce:  Wait till you get a job. Sleep tight.

Of course, if you don’t have a job you can’t have a lot of pressure on you, you silly teenager. And this is not even about the fact that, like Buffy herself explains, she does have a job. This is wrong even if your kid is not busy saving the world from demons. The fact that you’re young and don’t have the same kind of responsibilites and obligations grown-ups have doesn’t mean you can’t feel pressured. And it definitely doesn’t mean your concerns are less legitimate. They are different, but just as important.

9) “I can study and party and do Parent-Teacher night and make my mother proud…” What pressures are you talking about, Buffy? You don’t have a job! Haha! Silly girl!

10) See? No pressure whatsoever.

Giles:  You know what happens when you, you let your life interfere with your slaying.
Buffy:  Okay, well, if my slaying doesn’t get me expelled, then I  promise my banner making won’t get me killed, okay? Just please let me get through this week.

It’s actually a wonder that it took 5 seasons + dying for Buffy to finally crack under the pressure, to finally say: “Fuck this, I’d rather die”. It’s a wonder, a miracle, and a great example for young people as well. She always kept going, even when she didn’t know how to. 

11) This wasn’t just Spike surveying his enemy, And it wasn’t just about a predator on the prowl. There is want and there is lust. This scene is so charged.

12) Oh, jebus! I just noticed this! So Spike approaches a random dude and says:

Where’s the phone? I need to call the police. There’s some big guy out there trying to bite somebody.

(If I heard someone is trying to bite a person, I would think “zombies!”, not “vampires!”)

And this is how Random Dude reacts to this news!

He doesn’t have a care in the world, guys! He doesn’t give a fuck about zombies! Who cares if there’s someone in danger out there? He has to dance to the beat! Kudos, Carefree Random Dude. I envy you. 

14) I know this is silly, but it always bothers me. They used the same shot of Buffy turning around twice in the same scene.

15) Spike leaving after promising to kill Buffy reminds me of that Seinfeld episode in which Elaine gets in a fight with Raquel Welch because Raquel thought Elaine was making fun of her walking without swinging her arms. Spike doesn’t swing his arms!

16) “He’s worse. Once he starts something he doesn’t stop until everything in his path is dead.” In hindsight, this is so funny, because time and time again we have witnessed Spike’s plans failing miserably. 

17) Hi, Miss Edith!

18) Okay, this is not how you slice, Buffy.

She drops the machete from left to right, what are you even doing???

19) I love how Cordelia is included in all of this and how she is willingly helping Buffy and the Scoobies even though she has nothing to gain from this. Character development in the making!

20) “Yes! PCP! It’s a gang on PCP! We’ve gotta get out of here.” Okay, so by the end of the episode we learn Snyder was fully aware of the supernatural stuff and he was also involved in covering it up. So basically when he helped that dude to climb through the window he was being an intentionally negligent asshole. Not cool.

21) “I am the Watcher! I am responsible for her, and I have, I have to go!” <3 Giles! And <3 Jenny because she didn’t try to stop him, she understood his reasons! <3 <3 <3

22) We all know who Buffy got her sass from.

Snyder:  This is my school. What I say goes, and I say this is *not* happening.
Joyce:  Well, then I guess the danger’s over!

23) Okay, I had never given too much thought about this image, but now I definitely think they were doing a callback to this scene in Restless!

24) So when it’s revealed Sheila is a vampire, at first I thought it would’ve been cool to have her attend Sunnydale High as a vampire, you know? It would’ve been interesting to have a vampire among the students every day. Then I thought: sunlight. And then I remembered they did the “vampires go to highschool even though it’s super weird because they look like forty-year-olds and sunlight doesn’t affect them because they all have rings of Amara” in The Vampire Diaries. So yeah. I’m cool with Sheila not sticking around. I wondered what happened to her, though. She ran away from Buffy, so she must’ve lived for a while? And who sired her? Dru or Spike? It was Dru, right?

25) “The last Slayer I killed… she begged for her life.” Did we see begging in Fool for Love? I don’t remember.

26) You gotta love the fact that Joyce scared Spike away.

27) 

Principal Snyder said you were a troublemaker. And I could care less. I have a daughter who can take care of herself. Who’s brave and resourceful and thinks of others in a crisis. No matter who you hang out with or what dumb teenage stuff you think you need to do, I’m gonna sleep better knowing all that.

Finally you do something resembling good parenting, Joyce. Bravo!

28) Random request: if anyone has seen a tutorial on how to do your nails like Drusilla’s, please send me a link!

29) You can hate Spike, but at least you gotta be grateful he got us rid of the Annoying one! 

30) This is such a great episode, guys! Totally rewatch worthy! Spike! Drusilla! Angel is Spike’s sire! Joyce plays the good parent and the bad parent! Jenny and Giles continue to be the cutest ever! And Cordy starts to become one of the Scoobies! Awesomeness all around!