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Phalamir of Reddit speaks wisdom about Sienna Khan

https://www.reddit.com/r/RWBY/comments/77tq7f/official_reaction_threadvolume_5_chapter_2_dread/doopne9/?context=3

Sienna had one purpose: to be the transitional figure between Ghira and Adam. She needed to be more hard-nosed than Monkey-choker, but less of a psychopath than Rapemaster Supreme. Which she did. And we saw enough of her to realize how the White Fang might move to her from Ghira. But that’s all she needed to be. Not every named character needs a 5000-hour treatment of their subtlest most nuanced philosophical beliefs and cookie recipes. Cardin was a twat to shove Juane’s arc along; and that’s all. Same for Whitley and Weiss. “Let’s keep Character X around in case there might be a fondness for oragami flowers we can obsess over 15 season from now” is not conducive to actually advancing a plot.

And every action is “wasted potential”. By definition, once you collapse the wave function, you lose every other possibility. Yes, there is some story where we can explore Sienna Khan’s every possible action; it is also 17,000 volumes long and no one will care after the first score or so. In many ways, someone like Sienna makes the world more real. You can’t know about everything, and being given a glimpse of something that is obviously more complex but not addressed shows you are only seeing a small bit of a bigger world. The counter-example is Star Wars where every bloody thing has to be directly tied back to 4 characters; so it is an entire galaxy reduced to a small classroom.

The question is not “can we have Sienna star in her own spin-off arc for a few hundred episodes while the rest of the story just sits there?”, but “did she do her goddamned job?” And the answer is “yes, she did” - and then she exited stage right like a good bit part.

The funniest shit just happened i can’t fuckin breathe
I made a post saying how cis people need to stop making transphobic jokes because it doesn’t effect them like it effects us trans people

And this cis guy came on saying he understood because he’s a metalhead and one time he said Slipknot was metal and some guy told him it was screamo so he gets being misunderstood.

So im there dumbfounded by this guy, laughing my ass off in a group chat and me n Ameera make a couple jokes about trans people actually being advanced emos and how funny it is they miss the point

Someone leaves the chat and we wonder if she’s okay
Only for her to say she feels like she’s being personally attacked because she’s cis and me n Ameera are apparently labelling all cis ppl assholes

I’M GOING TO SLEEP GOODN I G HT LMAO

tumblingxelian  asked:

What's your view on this argument? Sienna had one purpose: to be the transitional figure between Ghira and Adam. She needed to be more hard-nosed than Monkey-choker, but less of a psychopath than Rapemaster Supreme. Which she did. And we saw enough of her to realize how the White Fang might move to her from Ghira. But that's all she needed to be. Not every named character needs a 5000-hour treatment of their subtlest most nuanced philosophical beliefs & cookie recipes. P1

tumblingxelian said:

P2 Cardin was a twat to shove Juane’s arc along and that’s all. Same for Whitley and Weiss. “Let’s keep Character X around in case there might be a fondness for oragami flowers we can obsess over 15 season from now” is not conducive to actually advancing a plot. And every action is “wasted potential”. By definition, once you collapse the wave function, you lose every other possibility.

tumblingxelian said:

P3 Yes, there is some story where we can explore Sienna Khan’s every possible action; it is also 17,000 volumes long and no one will care after the first score or so. In many ways, someone like Sienna makes the world more real. You can’t know about everything, and being given a glimpse of something that is obviously more complex but not addressed shows you are only seeing a small bit of a bigger world. There is a part 4, sorry :(

tumblingxelian said:

P4 The counter-example is Star Wars where every bloody thing has to be directly tied back to 4 characters; so it is an entire galaxy reduced to a small classroom. The question is not “can we have Sienna star in her own spin-off arc for a few hundred episodes while the rest of the story just sits there?”, but “did she do her goddamned job?” And the answer is “yes, she did” - and then she exited stage right like a good bit part.

i disagree with that because Sienna presented a potential villain that could have a dialogue with Blake’s worldview; she can function as a shadow archetype to Blake alone - there’s no dialogue with Adam, as it’s been more than made clear there’s no reasoning with him (and he’s functioning as shadow archetype to Yang more than anything)

in addition, Sienna received a highly detailed design, was cast with a prolific voice actress and is based off a literary character - compare other characters who have died in their only scenes, for example, Tukson and Amber; simple, not overly detailed designs, Amber was voiced by Laura Bailey but that was literally just because she was visiting RT at the time, and neither are based on literary figures because they only exist for a single scene and there’s no point setting that up - it’s a complete waste to go to that level of detail for a character who has received in-universe set-up as someone who could be a greater scope villain than the low-level personal villain Adam started as and then just killing them off

Adam is primarily Blake and Yang’s demon - he doesn’t function as a philosophical counter to Blake because he’s just an abusive bastard, and once Blake and Yang overcome what he did to them and defeat him, that’s it, his story purpose is pretty much done (and now as a result, so is the White Fang’s, which will be very dissatisfying because it comes off “i beat up my bastard ex” and not “i proved my way is better”). Sienna presented an opportunity for an arc for Blake resolving her ideals and history with the White Fang (and ultimately proving that her peaceful ideals are for the better), all Adam is is her abusive ex that she has to stop and won’t work as a demonstration of why the White Fang has to be peaceful when she’s going to have to use violence to stop him

could you imagine The Enterprise having like a yearly inspection and Kirk bugs out every time because the best running ship in the fleet certainly doesn’t become so because they follow the rules. He has to remind the crew a week in advance to actually call him Captain and use formal titles. Bones and Scotty’s shared bathroom which is one hundred percent a liquor cabinet/distillery cannot be a thing. Sulu has to collect all of his plants out of everywhere that’s not the Botany Labs and hide the illegal ones he picked up during their journey in his quarters. Scotty has to remove all of his Scotty-Approved-Modifications from Engineering. Spock can’t work four shifts in a row and break the ensigns that challenge him in the gym to sparring matches. Bones can’t medically offer alcohol to anybody. Uhura needs to not curse every ten minutes, in any language. Chekov needs to focus more on his console and less on every pair of legs walking by his station. 

Advancing beyond 'Witchcraft 101'

I want to talk a little bit about letting go of that beginner stage and actually advancing in your knowledge and your abilities.

You were unsure about getting started, and nervously bought your first book on witchcraft, and it was probably Wiccan. You devoured it and became eager for more, knowing that you were on the right path. You soon amassed a great deal of Witchcraft 101 books, and likely a lot of tools that you may not have used. You’ve noticed the differences in your books: one says to have the altar in the north, another says the east, a third says in the centre of the circle. You probably know a lot of the magical properties of many common herbs and crystals, having zealously memorised lists of correspondences. You’ve performed spells and rituals from those books verbatim. And now you’re starting to feel stalled. At least, that’s how it was for me.

‘Witchcraft 101’ is, I found, a safe zone. You could make mistakes, or doubt your own knowledge, because you were just a beginner. But you soon feel that you’re safely on a precipice, and off the edge is the big wide unknown. You feel that you’ve become a big fish in a small pond. (Who doesn’t love a good mixed metaphor?). For me, acknowledging that I had grown beyond Witchcraft 101 was a big step, both as a witch and as a person. It takes confidence and courage to say “I am ready to move forward.” I worried that it smacked of arrogance saying that I had mastered the basics, or that I was trying to advance too far too quickly. But that isn’t the case at all. In every form of education you must give yourself credit for what you have learned, and allow yourself to move onto more challenging subjects. So it is for witchcraft, as well.

There was also the fear of being a fraud. Of not being worthy to call myself a witch next to someone who has been practicing a lifetime longer than I have. A fear that other witches would look down their nose at me. “What would he know?” they’d say. But that fear was thoroughly unfounded. When I spoke up, contributed my opinion and my knowledge to discussions, it was met with welcome.

Give yourself permission to advance. Only you can know when you’re ready to move beyond the basics, but you have to allow yourself to do that. You have to acknowledge your knowledge, to own your wisdom. You’ll still make mistakes, you’ll still stumble over some concepts, you’ll still be confused by things, and that’s okay. But witches weren’t made to live in safe zones. We were made to step off the precipice and fly.

Give me Harry and Draco in the eighth year common room making eyes at each other.

Harry sitting near the fire while Ron and Hermione bicker over school work. Draco across the room, alone at a table pretending to read an advanced potions textbook while actually just staring at the same three words over and over again between not so subtle glances over at Harry.

Harry bored of listening to Ron and Hermione’s not so subtle flirting and secretly wishing he could flirt and bicker openly with his boyfriend.

Harry casually glancing in the direction of said boyfriend who is looking back at him and whose eyebrows raise and lower suggestively, yet so quickly anybody would have missed it except for Harry who knows it so well. Who knows exactly what it means.

Draco snapping his book shut and casually making his way up to his dorm. Lying down on his bed with his head propped on two pillows and opening up his textbook again and actually reading it this time. At ease knowing his boyfriend will be with him soon.

Harry entering Draco’s room a few minutes after watching him leave the common room.

Draco locking and silencing the room without a word.

Harry sitting down on the bed and leaning over Draco to give him a light peck on the lips. Turning away to take off his shoes before settling down next to his boyfriend, their shoulders pressed together and one of Harry’s legs resting on top of Draco’s, before picking up a Quidditch magazine from Draco’s nightstand and starting to read.

Give me Draco and Harry just wanting to hang out with each other.

Dear White People,

In sci-fi, a small country being technologically advanced is….actually pretty common?

In fact, it goes back to even ancient mythology. Y'all know about Atlantis, right?

So really, when you say Wakanda is unrealistic….yeah everyone sees through that. Don’t even try to act like you’re getting away with anything. “Super advanced civilization” has been a sci-fi trope since forever. But y'all choose NOW to complain?

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me trying to romance Jaehee after doing Zen’s route.

Happy (day late) 26th, Sonic!

OK @darthluminescent , it’s not  Anakin “oh my god I have a cold and I’m probably dying now” Skywalker, but it is more Texts From Anakin. ;) 

Anakin: [text] SNIPS
Ahsoka: omggggg WHAT IS IT NOW MASTER it is 1 am 
Anakin: im just worried what if he doesnt like the chocolate cake 
Ahsoka: you SAID he likes chocolate cake. i have seen him eat chocolate cake. it’s FINE. i’m going to bed now, Master. Please do the same. I’m putting my phone on silent. Goodnight!!

Anakin: pls say u r awake 
Padme: I have an early Senate meeting tomorrow. I care about you, but if this is about that birthday cake again, I am going to have to block your number. 
Padme: Was it about the birthday cake?
Anakin: no but now im not gonna tell u 
Padme: goodnight Ani. I am sure he will like everything you’ve planned. 💕

Anakin: look I am just really really worried about all of this bc it has to be perfect and is that one photo of me i put in his card too much? like i know i look hot but this is a man who gets embarrassed when people kiss on the holonet 
Mace Windu: wrong number skywalker
Mace Windu: and if you ever text me at 2 am again with this ridiculous bullshit i will bust you back down to initiate again 
Anakin: shit sorry 

Anakin: OK no one else is awake so i need ur help: i bought 17 kinds of tea for obiwans birthday do u think that is enough???
Quinlan Vos: Skywalker, the man got a rock for his birthday once, OK? u need to RELAX. He owns like 2 pairs of pants and he’s eaten the exact same breakfast every day for 35+ years. 17 kinds of tea is going to be like Space Mardi Gras for him. Plus he’s gonna be getting it from your pretty self. 
Quinlan Vos: Getting the tea from you, I mean. Of course.
Quinlan Vos: 😏
Anakin: omg why did i seek ur counsel 
Quinlan Vos: hey I’m just a fan