and everyone else on this fantastic team

A Date With Markiplier

You guys. I am SO thoroughly impressed by what Markiplier and his team put out today. 

First of all, I’m so glad that it wasn’t what some people thought, which was that Amy was pregnant (although the picture of the two of them with Mark wearing the “dad” shirt did throw me off as well). 

I love what he did for so many reasons. 

1. He made a video on a day where not everyone feels like today matters, that they are loved, etc., that made everyone feel like they were loved and cared about.

2. This was SO UNIQUE. Like, obviously he’s not the first person to do this, but no one else has ever done anything like this, this well done, recently. 

3. The ENTIRE TEAM was FANTASTIC. I would love to get some behind the scenes footage.

4. This was hyped really well. It didn’t push the event in your face, because the fandom took it to the next level. The mysteriousness and vagueness leading up to it made everyone more intrigued. 

5. THE RETURN OF DARKIPLIER AND WILFORD WARFSTACHE. Darkiplier appears in the horror play in the date and the editing on that alone is fantastic. And then in the 10th and final ending, Wilford Warfstache makes an epic return, a throwback to someone who we haven’t seen in years, probably. 

6. Honestly, Mark’s acting was really good and shows a lot of promise. I hope that we get to see a lot more like this in the future. 

I’m so glad that I got to participate in this, and I can’t thank Teamiplier enough!!

What if after Hide hearing the tape, Hide initially thought his team was playing a prank on him, probably had a little microphone hidden in the room somewhere, and then they prerecorded all the stuff on the recorder.

So he’s playing along and everything, like haha yeah my butt is fantastic (while everyone else is freaking out). So he’s like: “oh powerful spirit, if you like the butt that much, why don’t you give it a touch?”

And Kaneki’s like: “don’t mind if I do.”

And that’s how Hide came to believe in ghosts.

Anyway, Hide is absolutely fascinated, and keeps asking questions, finds out who Kaneki is, what happened to him (maybe I should write a fic for this?) and poor Kaneki begs him to keep all the embarrassing stuff out of the show (and that’s why the rest of Hide’s team found some mysteriously destroyed recordings of the best evidence they ever had).

anonymous asked:

I really like your style of character analysis and the deep thought you put into your posts so I have to ask: Do you ship Shiro and Lance? Why or why not? What do you think of their relationship? I'd be really interested to hear your thoughts on how their personalities interact, and some potential good points and bad points to their relationship going forward. Thank you and have a nice day!! :)

Alright so, I was initially gonna make this a short answer but the more I thought about my reply, the more it kind of spiraled into my thoughts on the characters personalities and relationships as well as some of my major grievances for how the fandom chooses to handle those aspects of the characters. So I’m sorry if this ask kind of explores other aspects of the series outside of this ship.

Tbh I dont actively ship Shance in any meaningful way. I mean I reblog the art and the like, but I struggle to really envision Shiro and Lance’s potential as a romantic couple in my own mind and therefore can’t really find a reason to ship it myself. But it’s a viable ship in it’s own right, and I can see why people might enjoy it since Lance and Shiro are usually well liked by most fans. And if I can ever really wrap my mind over how the two might act in a romantic situation with one another maaaaaybe I’ll ship it. But for now I’m just kinda meh on the subject.

However when it comes to my opinions on the two’s canon relationship well… lets just say it opens a whole can of worms on more than a few of my grievances with how the fandom chooses to intrepret the characters of Shiro, Lance, and, yes, Keith.

Before I dive into my exact issues, I feel like I should first tackle my problems with the way the fandom tends to treat the characters.

Let’s start with Lance.

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anonymous asked:

Based on moves the OT5 1D guys have made as soloists, that we can see, who do you think shows the most business acumen. We've heard that Louis was the most business minded whilst in 1D, but BTS issues are impacting his current situation, right? So, may be not fair to include him, because what we see is not his true potential, and we've got no tangible evidence of solo career/business path. What do you make of a head for business for Zayn, Niall, Harry, & Liam? (Order of solo singles.)

Until they all release albums or otherwise make it known what their business goals are, I don’t think there’s a fair comparison that can be made. 

Zayn has built a fantastic brand for himself, which is a very savvy business move, but is that really him or is that a great team working to promote an artist that doesn’t want to (or can’t) tour his music?

Everyone else is really just getting started with their solo plans, and there’s little to no information about their investment strategies which would be what would truly tell you who has the best “business brain” far more than their initial music marketing plans, so I don’t think we currently have enough evidence to make any kind of comparison.

In short, Louis. :)

Little Natasha Things
  • Despite her name, she’s actually arachnophobic; and there has been many a time when she’s covertly reprogrammed Tony’s robot cleaners to get rid of spiders as well as dust bunnies and Clint’s leftover pizza crusts. Nobody knows this except Clint, although Tony often wonders about the lack of cobwebs in his unused rooms.
  • She also hates horror movies, especially the ones that involve possession or any other kind of mind control. This, on the other hand, was apparent by the third time the Avengers had movie night. 
  • She actually can’t stand the taste of vodka. But she still loves pierogi and borscht; spurring many lunch dates down at Veselka with Bucky or Wanda.
  • Tony gave her an expensive red convertible for her birthday that he nicknamed The Communist Barbiemobile. Steve thinks that’s insensitive, but she secretly finds it hilarious.
  • She taught Clint how to do all sorts of ballroom dancing. She tried to teach Steve too; but bless him, the poor boy still has two left feet.
  • She can’t stand cooking, and really only knows about five recipes anyway. But (to Sam’s delight) that doesn’t stop her from enjoying baking instead.
  • She and Steve have often platonically shared a bed on missions. At first, it was just for convenience; since their covers were married and it was the middle of January and the guy’s basically a living space heater anyway. But it started happening more and more often, and now even when they don’t have to they just snuggle together and gossip sleepily until they fall asleep. She knows the nightmares won’t bother her so much when she has a pair of friendly arms wrapped around her.
  • She and Clint sometimes like to sit on the balcony of their apartment when they can’t sleep and imagine what they’d like to do if they weren’t superheroes or special agents. Their ideas are different every night; and range from Olympic trainer to makeup artist to pizza deliverer to burlesque dancer to counselor for abused children. 
  • Her favorite Disney movie is Tangled. She’s seen it about ten times already.
  • She writes little reminders for herself on multicolored Post-Its and puts them on the refrigerator. Sometimes, after periods when she forgets to take them down, it looks like a flock of blue, pink, and yellow butterflies has descended on the kitchen.
  • She can play the guitar, piano, and violin. 
  • She can also sing really well, but only does it around the people she trusts most.
  • She never wants to dance ballet ever again. It reminds her too much of being under the Red Room’s thrall.
  • She paints the nails of all the other Avengers when she gets bored or stressed; to the point when she’s memorized all their individual preferences. Wanda prefers monochrome dark colors; Thor likes little patterns, especially various star designs; Bucky goes for shades of pink or blue; and Tony usually requests a letter on each nail to spell something out, usually a swearword or two.  
  • She really only dresses up sexy on missions when she thinks her looks could be useful. Jeans and hoodies and leather jackets are a girl’s best friend.
  • Her favorite part of being famous is all the young girls who tell her that she’s their hero, or inspiration, or that she gives them strength. After all, if she can make the lives of all those girls a little better, it’s worth all the shit she went through at their age to get here.
  • Her least favorite part of being famous is all the sexist bullshit that people regularly fling at her (when they’re not ignoring her in favor of the male Avengers). If she never has to hear “Do you wear anything under your catsuit?” or “What diet plan do you use to keep in as good shape as the boys?” or “Can you address the rumors about which of your teammates you’re sleeping with?” or the classic “How about a smile?” again, it’ll be far too soon.
  • Sometimes during battles or even in day-to-day life, she’ll blank out and disassociate for seemingly no reason. The smallest things, usually ones that she wouldn’t watch out for, can feed into her memory issues or remind her of painful experiences.
  • She and Clint both love Star Wars and one of their favorite “days off” things to do is rewatch the movies together. The only problem is that he can’t stand the prequels, but she loves them; so any movie-watching always gets delayed at least an hour by their squabbling over whether to see A New Hope or The Phantom Menace first. 
  • She educated Steve, Bucky, Thor, Vision, and Wanda about modern American culture in much the same way: emailing them links to Buzzfeed articles and getting them Netflix accounts.
  • She and Bucky like to pretend to talk shit about their teammates in Russian. Usually, they’re really swapping cookie recipes or complimenting each other’s hair or arguing over whether Taylor Swift is better than Adele; but Tony doesn’t need to know that.
  • She knits personalized ugly sweaters for all her friends every winter. 
  • She also knits Bucky arm warmers; partially to keep him from sticking his metal hand up Sam’s shirt to make him scream and partially to stop everyone else from daring each other to stick their tongues on the arm and getting stuck for the fifth time this week, Stark.
  • She has brunch with Pepper and Maria every Sunday she’s not off saving the world.
  • She will watch any movie – no matter how good or appallingly bad – as long as it has sharks, dinosaurs, robots, or aliens in it.
  • She still sometimes handcuffs herself to the bed after she’s had a particularly bad mental health day.
  • She, Steve, Sam, and Bucky (aka the real fantastic four) end up going on all the missions that need more than two people but not the whole team. As a result, she’s learned to work with them and trust them almost as much as she does Clint; and they’ve had many impromptu late-night diner runs, movie marathons, and carpool karaoke sessions together. 
  • Changing her hairstyle every couple years or so has been a tradition ever since she joined SHIELD. Not only is it a convenient way to reinvent herself and date the pictures her friends take of her, but it’s also just…fun. Except for that god-awful perm she had in 2009; which we do not talk about put those goddamn photos away right now Clinton.
  • She owns about fifty different items of weaponized makeup; including one lipstick that doubles as a bomb and a tube of mascara with a hidden poisonous needle. Any of her team are free to borrow any of them at any time, as long as they don’t accidentally kill each other or wear the lipsticks when they have a cold.
  • Almost no one knows about her nightmares except Steve, Clint, and Bucky.
  • She never gets to sleep before midnight anyway. 
  • She’s not as cold and uncaring as a lot of people would believe. It’s just that before SHIELD she thought she’d never be safe to love, and before the Avengers she thought that she’d missed her opportunity to be part of a family. Luckily, she was wrong on both accounts.
Mind Tricks (I)

Originally posted by suhomysuho

“You’re welcome.”

“Excuse me?” You turn around from your desk to look at your teammate with a half smile.“Your last free coffee’s already waiting by your desktop, genius.  A week is all we agreed to when you helped me with that presentation.”

“Wrong answer.” Baekhyun smirks and pushes off the counter he was leaning on to saunter into your shared corner. He flops into his seat. “The correct answer is: ‘Thank you so much, Baekhyun, my best friend in the world, for solving my weeks long inability to make a move on my crush.‘”

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Room Situation - Pride Month Testimonial

During the 2017 build season I came out to my team as transgender. The team was fine with it, extremely supportive even. The mentors, not so much. They didn’t say much about it, or acknowledge it even. I suppose worse could have happened. All was well until time came for an away regional. They were intending to put me in a boys room, and I of course was very very uncomfortable and unhappy about this. Luckily, I have fantastic friends that stood up for me and got them to change their minds about it. They ended up putting me in my own room alone and away from everyone else. This was preferable to a guys room, though I was still pretty unhappy with my situation because I was away from my friends. At this point, however, I was willing to take anything that wasn’t a boys room. 

When the time came for competition, they again asked me if I wanted a boys room, it seemed as if they were pushing me towards going in to one. I refused of course, and the mentor who asked me seemed grumpy about it. At that moment I asked if there was absolutely no way I could stay in the girls room(my gender is female), and to this question, his response was :“No, of course not. Out of the question”. I was again upset by this, but I was grateful they didn’t force me into a boys room. What got me really pissed off was that the ‘girls’ room was comprised of one girl, one nonbinary person, and a trans guy. They put a boy in the girls room over me.  The guy in question didn’t want to fight them, and was more uncomfortable being in a guys room for understandable reasons, so he just decided to stay in the girls room. 

The whole point of this story wasn’t just to share a negative experience, but I would not have gotten any accommodation had it not been for my friends who stood up for me and did what I was too timid to do for myself. Eventually, I was able to stand up for myself, but this was after my friends had supported me. I guess what I am saying is, if your mentors are refusing to yield, don’t back down from them. The only way you can get what you want is by fighting for your rights.

- Julia

anonymous asked:

Would you talk more about Martha x Donna? I could ship it

OKAY SO, I love RTD but I have to start this post by saying that he fucked up with Martha and Donna. Like, a lot. I have a ton of issues with how Martha was treated and I will always be bitter about Martha and Donna’s respective endings because… I mean, look at what he gave them.

Donna: Stuck with incurable memory loss because it was the only ending that would fit with the creation of Rose’s Doctor clone and tenuous happy ending. Had all agency and character development stripped away from her. Married off in The End of Time and given a lottery ticket as a consolation prize. Issues of plausibility and consent regarding the mindwipe are never addressed.

Martha: Inexplicably estranged from her fiancee Tom Milligan. Last seen as a freelance fighter. She is married to Mickey, a character with whom she has no on-screen chemistry or interaction with, because Russell T wanted to create a Smith and Jones pun (I am not making this up, that is from his own mouth. She got with Mickey for a fucking pun).

But putting aside that negativity, I have to absolutely applaud RTD for the sublime relationship he gave these two women. He didn’t have a lot of screen time to devote to them together, but in a short span of time he still made something beautiful. It blows all that ‘fighting over a man’ nonsense straight out of the water. There’s never any bitchiness or jealousy between them (thank God we didn’t have to sit through another School Reunion, right) it’s just respect among equals. 

In my opinion, when Donna and Martha met each other it was love at first sight. Platonic or romantic, whatever you choose to see, it’s undeniable that they’re drawn to each other from the moment they meet, and are instantly devoted to supporting and protecting one another. They are genuinely impressed by all the other’s achievements. Donna is always trying to make Martha laugh and she pays close attention to her wellbeing and feelings after a trauma - often closer than the Doctor. It’s a case of ladies protecting ladies and ladies loving ladies - and under it all there’s a whiff of special intrigue, or particularly tender warmth. They smile at each other a little too long. They hug a little too long. When they see each other again, they are drawn together, and they delight in the other’s company.

One of my fave moments: “I can see why he likes you. You are good.”

Me too, Martha.

Then there’s The Doctor’s Daughter where Donna is even more protective of Martha than the Doctor, shouting, “Her name’s Martha, and she’s not collateral damage, not for anyone, have you got that?”

This episode is also gr9 because when Martha reunites with the others, the Doctor gets to her first and hugs her and he’s trying to talk to her but Martha’s just

oh my god it’s donna

it’s donna

and she fuckin hurls the Doctor’s skinny ass aside so she can give the bae a big hug

ALSO while we’re talking about sweet, glorious lady hugs, let’s appreciate that in Journey’s End, the first shot after they fly the earth home is on Martha and Donna, who turn instinctively to one another out of everyone else in the room and hug.

Their relationship is just so pure and healthy: they protect each other, they treat each other as equals, they make each other laugh, and they’re a fantastic team when it comes to solving crises too. AND THEY HAVE REALLY GREAT HUGS.

The way I actually started shipping Martha and Donna was by fantasising over how I would fix their respective endings in canon. I’ve always adored their friendship, so I came up with the idea that Martha found her friend Donna Noble in the intervening months after Journey’s End (because hey - did anyone ever even tell Martha what happened to Donna? She deserved to know). She is working with Wilf to find a cure. The Doctor comes back as per End of Time. Martha absolutely chews him out for wiping her mind and abandoning her. She really lets him have it and they actually ADDRESS that it was non-consensual and that the Doctor was wrong to do it the way he did.

The mess with the Master happens, and thanks to Martha acting as Donna’s doctor and administering some kind of partial cure (probably against the Doctor’s wishes because he’d say it wasn’t worth the risk) Donna undergoes a partial regeneration and becomes a stable human/time lord hybrid like Tentoo was (AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON HOW IT MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE THAT TENTOO, A HUMAN WITH A TIME LORD BRAIN, CAN SURVIVE WHILE DONNA CAN’T honestly the Rose/Tentoo ending is a fucking mess ugh). 

Donna and Martha help save the world, but the Doctor is badly hurt in the process, as in canon. Donna and the Doctor get to have their tearful reunion. The Doctor asks Donna to come with him, but she says no. She gets to confront him over what he did to her. She chooses to leave. She cobbles together a time machine - perhaps by growing a TARDIS or building something of her own - and then she and Martha Jones fly into the stars together. She chooses a life in the stars with Martha, the doctor who didn’t abandon her; the doctor who stayed with her when she was sick; the doctor that looked for a cure; the doctor that saved her.

And THAT is when we discover that the prophecy of the DoctorDonna was actually referring to the duo of Doctor Martha Jones and Donna Noble, who travel time and space together. And the Doctor is terribly sad to see them go, but also proud. So, so proud. Because these are his soldiers - a fiery, red-haired woman who has never wielded a gun and who solves problems by being quick, clever and talkative, and an incredibly tenacious, courageous and compassionate doctor who will never leave a patient behind, ever. His song is ending, but the song of the DoctorDonna is only just beginning. They part on good terms, but it’s obvious he probably won’t see them again - except maybe in specials - and the Doctor carries on, regenerates, and Eleven’s run continues as normal.

I’m not a huge Moffat-era fan, but I was impressed with Clara’s ending because “flying off into the stars with her space girlfiend” is the ending I wanted for Martha and Donna, and that’s pretty much what Moffat gave Clara and Ashildr. Also I really liked Moffat’s not so subtle digs at RTD’s handling of Donna’s mindwipe.

tl;dr space girlfriends are good and pure and could probably solve all the problems in the universe. Let the good ship Martha/Donna into your heart.

American High School Sports AU!Rocky
  • hes all muscle - he’s lean, but its all muscle nonetheless
  • the wrestling team in your school isn’t really big, there are only like ten boys and seven girls
  • since Minhyuk is boys’ captain and you’re girls’ captain you see a LOT of Park Minhyuk, on and off the mat
  • the coaches like calling you two to their office after school and making you guys plan schedules together
  • he’s not a bad guy though so you’re cool with it
  • and you like getting extra mat time with him to practice because he’s good
  • also hes hot and you enjoy being uber close to him but nobody needs to know that
  • girls have athletics first period and boys have it last but after school is open mat for everyone so you see him everyday for two hours 
  • you and him tend to wrestle each other for sixty of those minutes more often than not because you’re formidable opponents
  • him with his greater strength and you with your fantastic ability to distribute your weight are very evenly matched
  • the two of you work with the other team members really well, and all seventeen of you are one big happy perpetually sweaty heavy breathing family
  • open mats begin lasting longer and longer as the state wrestling championships gets closer and closer
  • you find your take downs and sprawls and mounts and sideguards running together as your movements and wrestling strategies become more and more fluent
  • some days after everyone else has gone, you and Minhyuk practice on the dummies together, pointing out mistakes and bettering each other
  • these practices end more often than not with one of you in mount, pinning the other to the ground
  • and then both of you getting very red and rolling over to lie side by side, panting, on the mat
  • making small talk that way
  • “so, how’d you do on that history test?”
  • “…so I heard the weather’s nice outside”
  • “not that great, huh?”
  • “nOPE”
  • you guys get super deep too, since you’ve known and wrestled side by side for three years
  • “i wonder if penguins have knees”
  • but as the state champs near you and minhyuk begin working to the point where, after the two of you collapse onto the ground after practice, it takes twenty minutes to get up
  • it pays off though, when you aren’t ridiculously jittery on the day of the tournament
  • “hey, good luck” Minhyuk pulls you into a hug before you and the girls walk to the gym where your competition is being held
  • brackets are created, and suddenly its go time
  • the minutes turn into hours and the voices of the judges get all mixed up and everything smells like sweat and for a second there you forget how to do a kimora lock properly but you’re ok
  • you’re great, actually
  • esp considering you win the final match
  • State Champion - 2016 Female Wrestling
  • you’re completely dazed from your amazing win but you still go and watch Minhyuk, who executes amazing sweeps and chokes
  • leading him straight to victory
  • as you guys stand together on the podium a couple hours later, decked out in banquet clothing and holding the giant “Overall State Champions - 2016 High School Wrestling” trophy 
  • he places his arm around your waist, pulling you in close
  • you don’t question it
  • you don’t have to
  • the sweet way in which he kisses you later is enough for you

(can you tell that wrestling is MY sport)

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Bury Me in Armor / Miyusawa - by Kuramochei
By Organization for Transformative Works

rating: M
warnings: none
word count: 9,059
relationship: Miyuki Kazuya/Sawamura Eijun
characters: Miyuki Kazuya, Sawamura Eijun, Narumiya Mei
additional tags: strangers to lovers, semi AU, inspired by jessica jones but its not a jessica jones au, aged-up character(s), mentions of sex (non-explicit), miyuki and mei are about 25 here and eijun is 22

summery: Miyuki Kazuya is a private investigator who is hired by Narumiya Mei, a pro baseball prodigy (and Miyuki’s friend, though he would never admit it out loud), to reveal some truths about a young, promising pitcher who had just joined Mei’s team and is threatening his place as the ace.

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big big thanks to julia / @liazim for being a fantastic beta as usual and faisa / @kazumiyus for helping me out with ideas and to everyone else who had to put up with me while i was writing this lmao

Stephen Fry QUITS QI - Who Will Replace Him?

STOP EVERYTHING - Stephen Fry, the man who has more knowledge in his pinky fingernail than we have in our entire being, is leaving his post as the presenter of QI.

OH, SAY IT ISN’T SO!

Originally posted by thinksquad

The amazing presenter has been at the forefront of the comedy quiz show since it began back in 2003, alongside permanent panellist Alan Davies.

However, Stephen is now stepping down after ‘M’, the next season which premieres this Friday on BBC2.

The hosting extraordinaire has called it ‘one of the best jobs on television’, but believes it’s ‘time to move on’.

He explained: “For 13 years I had one of the best jobs on television. Behind the camera squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier.

“In front of the camera generations of lively minds and above all of course the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies. After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising QI and for everyone else for making it such fun.”

Originally posted by oscarwetnwilde

Stephen originally only presented the pilot as a last-minute replacement for Michael Palin (and was supposed to be a team captain), but has gone on to present over 180 episodes of the show.

Luckily, the Beeb have lined-up another fantastic host to take his seat, with Sandi Toksvig taking over hosting duties after Stephen leaves.

Describing the role as her ‘dream job’, Sandi said: “‘QI’ is my favourite television programme both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job. (My Nordic background also makes me keen to spend time with the Elves).

“Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet.  Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet.

“Now I look forward to picking up the baton, mixing my metaphors and sailing towards the Land of Nod (ie. Z).  Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting.”

Copyright [Ken McKay/ITV/REX Shutterstock]

Alan Davies will stay on as a regular panellist.

John Lloyd, the show’s creator, says Stephen’s exit is the ‘end of an era’, adding: “It’s been a thoroughly delightful experience. After more than 40 years in broadcasting, QI has been by far the most enjoyable show it has been my privilege to produce, and Stephen has been its big, beating heart.

“Though we are all very sad he’s decided to move on, I am confident that we have found the perfect person to occupy his gigantic shoes.

Originally posted by oscarwetnwilde

“Sandi will be the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show on British television - an appointment that is well overdue.”

*SOB*

We’re excited to see what Sandi will bring to the show, but we’re going to seriously miss Stephen. Thank you for bringing us all those amazing facts. <3

Are they comparable to you? They aren’t for me as well.. Cristiano is a great player, very complete, fantastic, scores a lot of goals; but what Leo does no one else can do. He came on the other day, and sure we had the game under control, and when he came on… Leo is, not one, but 5 levels above everyone else. After that, anyone can say whatever they want, but if we leave our teams aside, there is no comparison with anyone.
—  Jordi Alba. [15.9.2015]

houghtonbeckett  asked:

we’re on the debates team yet we can’t argue about something without yelling au

For you and also for the anon, who asked me to fill this one as well :)

She hates this topic more than any other before and she hates her teacher for always drawing lots to decide who will lead the debate. At least she’s going to counter this subject , which is probably the only good thing that will come out of this situation.

“And the second person for the side in favor of the argument is, Richard Rodgers”, Mr. Tilman announces and she leans back in her chair, an exasperated sigh falling from her lips. It’s always him against her, and it always ends in a screaming match. She hates him so much she could actually slap him right now just for winking at her as he takes his stand behind the opposing podium.

She misses Mr. Tilman’s entire introduction by glaring at Rick and putting every ounce of disdain into one look. So her eyes only focus back on her teacher when he opens the debate.

“There is still heated controversy surrounding the topic of extra-territorials, please discuss”

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anonymous asked:

"And because, arguably more than any other character in the franchise, Natasha has more relationships with and parallels with the other Avengers, people tend to see her in terms of their faves." YES. THIS. I don't even think it's arguable; she's plain & simply had more interactions w/ characters (in & outside the team) than any other Avenger. More arguable, I think, is whether or not people actually see her in terms of their faves, b/c it's more often they don't seem to see her at all. Cont.

Cont. So many times I’ve read an analysis or fic about a dude & their mangst, & it’s the PERFECT opportunity to draw a parallel to Natasha or have them bond over similar experience, & instead we get a Natasha who just doesn’t get it, if she’s even there at all. Brainwashing recovery? Nah, Bucky & Clint are special snowflakes. Feeling like a monster, loosing control? Can’t help with that, Bruce. Even when the movies specifically draw parallels, like w/ Steve & Fury, a lot of fandom ignores it.

God, yes. It’s incredibly frustrating, because on the one hand, I don’t want everyone to see Natasha as a reflection of everyone else, because she’s a fantastic and powerful character and should be allowed to stand on her own. But on the other hand, when fandom writes meta, their ignoring her is a huge red flag to me that for all we pretend it’s just media that likes ignoring women, we’re just as guilty over here.

Actually, I’m pretty surprised that fandom in general doesn’t deal more with parallels and doubles and shadows, because basically every character in the MCU reflects on at least two or three others, and it’s a big part of what makes the team as a whole so interesting to me. This is one of the big reasons that fic or meta that just focuses on an OTP is frustrating to me; these characters don’t exist in a vacuum, they exist in the world, and so often when fandom denies that the first people ignored are the women and the people of color.

People talk about Natasha tricking Loki but not how similar they are, how both of them have learned to use words and deceit to outmaneuver bigger, stronger opponents.

Before Cap2 they didn’t talk about Steve and Natasha but now they talk about how different they are, ignoring how similar they are, how their moral codes aren’t exactly the same but they both acknowledge the other’s is necessary and how they’re willing to work outside the law in an attempt to fulfill what they see as their duty.

They talk about Clint making a different call with Natasha but not, like you said, the brainwashing, or the childhood, or the way that Natasha is just as breakable as Clint is and the different ways they make their humanity into strengths rather than weaknesses.

They talk about whether it was too much weakness shown by Natasha when she was scared of Bruce, but not, like you said, the fear of losing control, of being a monster. Not the way they both adopted humor as a defense mechanism. Not the way they both intentionally play up their vulnerability to mask how deadly they can be.

They talk about whether Natasha and Tony are friends but not how they’re both brilliant with computers, how they both view rules as malleable guidelines, how they’re both probably too smart for their own good, how they both think the sun rises and sets on Pepper Potts.

They don’t actually talk about Natasha and Thor, but they fucking should, because Thor’s storyline in his first movie is all about being raised to believe a certain thing was the most important, and then seeing that that cannot be the only thing, and tempering how skilled he is at war with compassion and mercy because those are just as important to being a full person, and there’s some really interesting meta in comparing Natasha learning she’s more than a weapon to Thor’s losing the ability to use his signature weapon until he learns he is more than the hammer.

I literally do not understand why fandom doesn’t talk more about Natasha Romanoff, because it’s not just a case of “your fave could never,” it’s also a case of “awesome aspects of your fave could be illuminated by talking about how amazing she is.”

So I was subbing at the middle schools today

For their general music class. I got to play music bingo. All. Day. Long.

Woot.

They’ve been working with the names of notes on the staff, so I’d call out the notes like, “D, as in Daryl. B as in Beth. G as in Greene. C as in Carl.”

One kid…ONE KID caught on to what I was doing. Then a BUNCH of kids were like, “Oh, Walking Dead, I love that show!” And then they suggested I watch The 100 (but I explained I’m so far behind and just don’t have time to get caught up). And then a couple girls were all about OITNB. I’m like…really? You’re in seventh grade! I’ve never seen it, but I’m pretty sure that’s a rather mature show to be watching. Maybe that’s just me.

So anyway, I called out “B as in Beth” and one kid was like, “who is dead.” And I couldn’t stop myself. “No. She’s not. She was shot.” I threatened to dig out my pie charts and graphs and dissertation on why I’m so sure she’s still alive. I waited until we were cleaning up the Bingo cards before I really started explaining.

It. Was. Awesome. I started with the playing the theme song at the end of Coda and explained what it meant and you could SEE this kid’s mind exploding. Then I told him that everyone else has gotten a funeral, even killers and walkers and a goat, but not Beth? Who’d been a character for three seasons? Then I got to watch his brain start to melt.

“But…she was shot in the head.”

“Yes…so was Arizona State Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and she’s still alive. It’s possible Beth survived.”

I may have just enlightened another one…and that feels freaking fantastic.

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Episode 6 preview - just about killed me.
I’m looking forward to this marriage plot in episode 6 to be honest. I’m pretty sure I can see Wang So and Wang Wook teaming up to save Hae Soo although I’m not sure how they’re explaining that to everyone else.

I thought this week’s episodes were fantastic but next week promises to raise the bar.
A few things about this week:
- I was already disturbed by Yeon Hwa’s marked interest in Wang So and from reading up on Gwangjong, I know he took his half sister for his wife and Queen in real life. I was just kind of hoping the drama conveniently forgot that part. Darn. Bright side is we all know who So’s heart is already inching towards and it ain’t his witchy half sister.
- Soo’s first meeting with the king was hilarious. I could not stop laughing. With all the historicals I’ve seen, tbh in that situation, I’d probably react the same. I like how relatable Soo is getting to be with time. As much as I love Ruoxi, she never really struggled to adapt as much as Soo; instead, as she learned, all of it came relatively easy to her. With Soo, she’s clumsy and not the brightest but I feel like I can relate more easily to her bumbling self.
- with every SooSo interaction, I can’t help but not take all the angst Wook is throwing out seriously. Kang Ha Neul is doing a terrific job at emoting that pain he feels and I already like his 8th a lot but Wang So is just melting me into a puddle. Plus, I love how he got Soo’s “poem” when no one else did \^o^/

This drama is every bit good that I had hoped for and more.

DOCTOR WHO INSPIRED STARTERS

“Moisturize me.”

“The world is so much stranger than that.”

“It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” 

"I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”

“Never ignore coincidence.”

“You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”

“This is who I am, right here, right now, all right?”

“All that counts is here and now.”

“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”

“Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today.“

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”

“Always take a banana to a party.”

“Being alive right now is all that counts.”

“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”

"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.”

“You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I.”

"I’m running to you before you fade from me.”

“You don’t get to decide when and how your debt is paid.”

“I see ‘Keep Out’ signs as suggestions more than actual orders. Like 'Dry Clean Only’.”

“Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love.”

“I’m going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers, and a fez.”

anonymous asked:

I wished people would not make Cait's fantastic nomination about the ship. Let her have this. She is her own person and in this case she pretty much got this on her own with Faith. I'm hoping tbh that Cait will go alone, so that it's all about her and nothing else. Just my probably unpopular opinion :)

Actually nobody has made it about the ship. 

Everyone is absolutely thrilled for her and she deserves it.

It would be nice if Sam had been nominated as well, yes… he deserves it too… and just like any team effort, you don’t shine without help, from your scene partner to other OL cast and crew… how can you shine if those you work with suck?

It will be sad to not see Sam there and the show overall getting a recognition.

Sam is very supportive, you can forgive me if I think that he has been Cait’s most excited supporter (that includes T), so from that standpoint, it would have been nice for Cait as well, I think.

Goodbye Gravity Falls

For the last few years, I’ve watched the series called Gravity Falls and loved every second of it. It’s been a passionate choice for me, and despite my love for other cartoons, Gravity Falls has always been my favorite. And I mean, my favorite cartoon of all time. No series I’ve ever been a part of takes itself this seriously without being too overly dramatic. It was a series that was, instead, fun! Every joke, every danger, every heartwarming and tear jerking moment has been genuine and incredible. It knew when to be a comedy, and when to be emotional, and it’s pacing was phenomenal. If there were ever qualms I had about the series, it would be some less-than-spectacular episodes like some of the first, and that it was ending too soon, but I’ll leave that for later.

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In truth the series went further and took bigger turns than any other series. It had a mystery that was fun to solve, with clues hidden almost everywhere. It had foreshadowing like I’ve never seen and continuity that made the story feel real, even if it was about Cloning Copy-Machines and Rainbow Barfing Gnomes. The characters changed and grew, and when it came time for the series to close it felt like they had actually taken a summer-long journey, been broken and built back up, like no characterization I’d seen before. Dipper became stronger. Mabel grew more serious, Stan developed a heart. Anti-Villains like Robbie and Pacifica became likeable, and side-characters like Wendy and Soos gained depth. And the villainous Bill Cipher was phenomenal. As for art and music, it was all beautiful and perfect for the moment; lighting, tone, and themes perfectly set the mood for the moment at hand.

 

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When news came that the series was coming to a close, I had already seen it coming, so I wasn’t as sad as I should have been. There were many opportunities to continue the series from here, but as invested as I am in this series, I think it’s ready to end. This journey has been great, but every journey has a point where things have to close up. I wished I could have seen more, or that a series of equal greatness was currently airing for me to shift devotion to, but nothing currently running quite matches the exact quality that the series has met. A potential candidate to shift my focus to once the last episode is done with would be Steven Universe, the only airing cartoon series to come even close to the quality of Gravity Falls, a series I consider it’s “Sister Series” due to how similar they are quality wise.

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As the last episode draws near, I will cherish it while it lasts, and continue to love the series even after it’s put to rest, awaiting the day I find another series that exceeds the standards Gravity Falls set. Let’s take this time to reminisce, and thank the team for all their hard work and sacrifice that it took to make this work of art a reality. To Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal, Jason Ritter, and everyone else who was a part of this; thank you. You made the last few years of my childhood and the beginning of my adulthood an adventure. A weird, fantastic adventure. For all you’ve done, you have my love, and I’d like to make it clear that I was inspired to pursue my own animation career thanks to you. Thank you, for everything.

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Now as I close this, let’s remember some of the greatest moments of Gravity Falls, the number 1 cartoons of the 2010’s…

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Stan going behind the vending machine in episode 1…

The revelation that Gideon has Journal 2…

Mabel’s first kiss…

The appearance of Bill Cipher…

The reason Stan is hard on Dipper…

Gideon taking over the mystery shack…

Dipper saving Mabel from Gideon, and Mabel saving both of them…

The universe portal’s reveal…

Experiment 210’s warning to Dipper…

McGucket finding his memories…

The return of Bill Cipher…

Pacifica’s redemption…

And the tapestry at the end of Northwest Mansion Mystery…

STAN PINES DEAD…

And Ford, the Author of the Journals…

The Stan twins’ past…

The Dimensional Rift being revealed…

Mabel punching Celestebellebethabel…

Bill Cipher’s third appearance…

Dipper saving Ford, and Mabel’s heart being broken

Bill possessing Blendin Blandin…

And most of Weirdmagedon.

Here’s to the future; to the end of the journey; to growing old…

…but never having to grow up…