and since i've not seen them for a good long while

fictionandmusic  asked:

wow your writing in the gods and monsters series is amazing! i've always loved greek myths and you bring them to life and add a different twist that makes it better than anything i've ever read about mythology!! if you have time, could you do a continuation of the Hades and Kore story? Kore/Persephone is one of my fav goddesses and i can't wait to see where you take her story!

(continuation of: x, x)

The first time Kore throws herself into the River Styx, she is reckless and stubborn and feels like she has so little left to lose, only an overbearing mother she yearns to escape.

The first time Kore throws herself into the River Styx, she fights and swims and survives. She is picked up on the shore and carried to safety in Hades’s arms.

The second time Kore throws herself into the River Styx, she is reckless and stubborn and feels like she has everything to lose. She lets the water take her, and she drowns.

The second time Kore throws herself into the River Styx, it kills her.


Kore wakes up after falling unconscious while being carried by the King of the Underworld. Her skin is fully healed, no longer blistering and burning. She’s naked under the soft blankets, but she was naked when she dove into the river, so she’s not too worried about it.

“I didn’t know you were a goddess,” someone says, and she turns her head to see a little girl sitting by her bedside with black skin and grey eyes and hair. She’s glaring at her, “I wouldn’t have tried to kill you if I’d known. You shouldn’t touch my water – it’s not good for you. It will kill you. It does not care what you are.”

“It did not kill Achilles,” Kore says, pushing herself up so the blanket falls to her waist.

The young Lady Styx huffs and gets to her feet, pushing open the long wardrobe on the other side of the room. “It did, actually. What my river takes, it keeps.” Kore raises an eyebrow. Styx doesn’t explain further, only places a dark blue gown on the bed. “Hecate put some of her old things in here for you. She’s taller and thinner than you are. But you are a goddess. You can make it work.”

“I can,” Kore agrees, amused. She pushes herself out of bed, and her hair falls into her face.

Her hair has been a dark brown her whole life.

She strides over to the wardrobe and pulls it open, starring at herself in the mirror.

Her hair has turned pure, snowy white. The hair on her head of course, but the rest of it too. Her eyebrows, the light hair on her arms and legs, going down her navel, the hair between her legs – all of it white.

“You’re lucky nothing worse happened,” Styx scolds. “My river usually does much worse than that.”

Kore touches one of her new, pale eyebrows. “That is an excellent point, Lady Styx.”

With some clever magic, Kore pulls on the now perfectly fitting gown. Hecate doesn’t tend to bother with them, only dresses up if there’s some sort of celebration that requires her attendance – something that hasn’t happened in a long time, ever since she irritated Zeus and Poseidon to the point that they called for her head on a spike. The gown is old, even by their standards, but its beautifully crafted, stars plucked from the heavens and sewn into the bodice, waves from the seven seas curling around the long skirt. “This is very valuable,” she says, “Is Hecate sure she would like me to have it?”

Styx shrugs, “She said it was a young woman’s dress, and however she may look, she’s not a young woman any more. It’s my favorite dress of hers – I was quite cross that she gave it to you, but I did almost kill you. So I suppose that’s fair enough.”

“Ah,” Kore says, not quite sure how to respond to that. “I see.”

Styx grins at her and grabs her hand. The child goddess’s skin is freezing to the touch, but Kore doesn’t flinch back out of fear of being rude. “Come with me now. Hades wants to see you.”

The girl leads her through the twisting hallways to a polished wooden door. It’s not the throne room, where Kore thought that the girl would take her. She’s seen the grand inner chambers of Poseidon and Zeus’s homes before, of the lesser gods even, and Kore braces herself for something just as grandiose and intimidating.

Styx opens the door and pushes her inside before vanishing.

Kore blinks and looks around.

The room is smaller than she expected. It’s lined with shelves packed with scrolls, and mounted on the opposite wall is large map that’s constantly shifting and changing, and it take her almost a full minute of looking at it to realize it’s a map of the underworld.

“You’re looking better.”

Kore’s eyes snap down, and it’s only then that she notices the figure of Hades, King of the Underworld, hunched over his desk. His hair pulled in messy low ponytail, and there are dark bags under his eyes. He’s in a simple black chiffon, one no more presumptuous than any mortal noble would wear. He’s the most unassuming, unremarkable thing in already unassuming, unremarkable room.

Suddenly, she feels over-dressed.

“Thank you,” she says, not knowing what else to say. She feels – awkward, almost, in front of him, which isn’t something she’s ever felt with anyone. She wants to climb into his lap and rest her head against his shoulder. She wants to force him into some proper clothes for a king. She wants to put him to bed and make him sleep until he loses those bruises under his eyes.

She’s never wanted to do any of those things for anyone before. She doesn’t even know him.

Although – she knows he came for her. That he found an intruder into his realm and picked her up and soothed her, carried her to safety and washed her of the corrosive water of the Styx. He placed her in his palace and did not touch her as so many other men would have touched her.

So perhaps she does know him. At least a little.

He rests his chin on his hand while he looks at her. “Hermes came with a message from your mother, demanding your return.” She doesn’t even have the time to panic before he continues, “I denied her. If she wishes to speak to me in person, I told her she is welcome to step into my realm herself.”

“She won’t do that,” Kore says, “She fears your realm. She fears how her power means nothing in your domain.”

Kore had never known her mother to fear anything – except the land of the dead. She’d grown up thinking Hades must be a hulking, formidable figure to pull fear from her mother’s breast, but that’s clearly not the case.

He smiles, and it’s the first hint of sharpness she’s seen from him. “I know. There will be consequences, of course. But those are my concern. You are a guest of my realm, Goddess of Spring. Walk where you please, and do as you please. No one will stop you.”

He’s already looking back down at his papers, eyebrows drawing together as he scratches out a series of numbers and rewrites them. It’s a clear dismissal, but Kore can’t bring herself to move.

She’s never met this man before. Yet he stands against her mother, yet he welcomes her to his realm, yet he permits unrestricted access to his home, yet he grants her every freedom he’s able.

“Thank you,” she says again. He gives an absent nod, already reaching for another scroll.

She leaves as quietly as she came.

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thatlastdanceofchances  asked:

I've never seen Pacific Rim because it was promoted (at least in my country) as a movie about fighting robots (not that different from how the Transformers movies are promoted) and that's not my thing. But from what I've gleaned on tumblr, there seems to be more to it. All this to say: sell me on Pacific Rim?

Aw man.

So, Pacific Rim is a movie with robots fighting giant monsters.

It is unapologetically, unashamedly a movie about robots fighting giant monsters.

And it is amazing.

Because yes, humanity is nuts and decides giant monsters from another dimension invading is a problem best solved with giant robots. BUT!

Originally posted by ezekiels

- The movie is done by Guillermo Del Toro, the guy behind Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak. So visually? It’s GORGEOUS. The monster designs are stunning. The art direction and color and visual themes are all brilliantly crafted. I could write a whole essay just on the use of color (and I’m sure someone here has!).

Originally posted by headlesssamurai

- The movie has leads of color. You walk in thinking Charlie Hunnam’s white boy character Raleigh is gonna be the main character, and then it turns around and focuses on the dynamic between Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi) and her adopted father Stacker Pentacost (Idris Elba). There are still a lot of white characters, but Mako and Stacker are the movie’s emotional core. 

Originally posted by hamillfisher

- The movie is pretty feminist. Mako Mori is AMAZING, and the movie does not focus on sexualizing her or turning her into the object of a romance, but rather letting her be a total badass in her own right with her own important story arc. The movie and the characters respect her, and a lot of gender tropes get undermined with the film. The Mary Sue has a good write-up here

Originally posted by tacticalneuralimplant

- The movie is original. It’s not a remake, not an adaptation from a book or comic, not made to sell toys, and not a sequel. And while I love adaptations, there’s something really cool about a fresh and original story, since Hollywood hasn’t been doing many of those. It takes the mecha genre and the kaiju genre and does something new in combining them.

Originally posted by thislittlediary

- The movie highlights the importance of relationship bonds. It takes two people to pilot a jaeger (giant robot) to share the ‘neural load’ of controlling that big a robot with your brain. And in order to successfully pilot a jaeger, pilots have to be “drift compatible” – meaning they have some kind of bond or connection that allows them to be mentally in sync. Pilot pairings demonstrate every kind of bond, from platonic friends, to parents and children, to brothers, to married couples. And they’re all important!

Originally posted by raffleupagus

- The movie is FUN. There’s beautiful, insane action fights with robots punching giant monsters and it’s a goddamn delight.  The premise is nuts, and it doesn’t try to apologize for it. It’s just plain enjoyable. 

In short: Pacific Rim, while certainly an imperfect movie, and while unabashedly a movie about robots punching giant monsters, is still good and still fun, and you should absolutely see it. The visuals are great, the characters are likable, the action is amazing, and it has a lot of heart, and a lot of hope in humanity’s sheer and utter ridiculousness. 

but a B99 Great British Bake Off AU

obviously this involves it being an American edition/season but that’s fine

  • all of the squad are contestants, as well as like, Doug Judy and a couple of others (maybe Figgis just for laughs idk)
  • Holt and Wuntch are the judges, Kevin and the Vulture are the presenters
  • Wuntch, weirdly, is the nice judge for the most part, cos it’s mainly just Holt she hates, Holt is the tougher judge that everyone wants a handshake off
  • they never agree on anything, coming to decisions is a NIGHTMARE which is how Kevin and the Vulture are unofficial judges behind the scenes
  • the Vulture is his usual awful self, slaps Jake’s ass off camera a lot, genuinely makes him really uncomfortable until Gina and Rosa notice at one point and threaten him until he agrees to stop
  • Kevin is the presenter who goes around and reassures people when they are freaking out
  • also he and Holt met in a baking class back in the day which is part of the reason they love baking so much (they bake together all the time at home)
  • Jake is the baker who literally has no fucking clue how he actually made it in bc he has no idea what he’s doing but somehow he just has a Knack and it always turns out amazing (with the exception of a couple of True Disasters)
  • Amy comes from a long line of amazing bakers and is hella competitive, and super meticulous with her recipes and all instructions, means she Stresses during the technicals but she does know her shit and she just has to keep reminding herself that it’s like an exam where she has to learn in advance and remember
  • Rosa relies on family recipes, says she cares about them more than the actual family members who made them, also goes with her own gut feeling (usually involves putting alcohol in the food if she’s not sure what’s missing)
  • Gina learned how to bake via trial and error and general self-discovery during a year where she was forced to stay at home and take things easy after she got hit by a bus (also usually the one putting alcohol in her food)
  • Terry loves baking for his kids and his wife and they’re his biggest fans, all of his bakes are inspired by them/done with them in mind, he gets teary on the show a lot
  • Charles is still his Foodie self, so he gets Very Intense about it all and is the one that tries all the super weird flavours
  • Hitchcock and Scully applied together and everyone’s fairly sure they just got picked for the comic relief but then occasionally one of them will actually bake something really good??
  • Jake falls in love with Amy during a peanut brownie challenge while they flirt over peanuts, he makes heart eyes at her for the whole competition after that, occasionally gets so distracted by how beautiful/adorkable she’s being that he fucks his bakes up
  • Gina falls in love with Rosa after seeing her punching her bread dough, spends the whole rest of the competition trying to pick her up, it starts to take priority over the actual baking and Kevin has Noticed and is subtly trying to help her out
  • Jake and Gina have been besties since the auditions so they start trying to help each other get their girls
  • aaand let’s not forget Doug Judy
  • aka Jake’s ex-best friend from high school, they used to be the baking bros and use cupcakes to pick up girls
  • until one day they were going for the same girl, so they both made stuff to impress her, and she said she preferred Jake’s but then Doug took the credit for them, and took her to prom only to stand her up
  • Jake has never forgotten and never forgiven
  • hasn’t made cupcakes since, too painful, too traumatic
  • which really fucks him up when they get a cupcake challenge
  • seriously like imagine him trash talking Judy and then they announce “cupcakes!!” and he does his melodramatic NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • (you decide if he manages to nail it and beat Judy’s cupcakes yet again, or if he totally botches it bc nerves)
  • anyway at one point Jake gets the coveted Holt Handshake and he is so elated his entire life has just been made bc he has been watching the show for years and idolises him so much
  • Amy is the same and she is so horrifically jealous until Holt tries her food next and also gives her a handshake and then her and Jake just look at each other like “WHAAAT”
  • Jake comes over after and is so excited he just gives her this real big hug and it’s really Pure bc then he gets super embarrassed and awkward but she is like “oh no, he’s so cute, help I have been specifically Not Noticing That” 
  • I have no idea who wins but Peraltiago and Dianetti and Holtzner are all in love and happy at the end

basically what I’m saying is can someone with the adequate baking and GBBO knowledge please write this AU I need it desperately

bela-lugosis-corpse  asked:

I've been thinking about this for a while, but how effective is full plate armour? Was it actually a good way to defend yourself?

Short Answer: Yes. 

Here’s a general rule: People in the past were ignorant about a lot of things, but they weren’t stupid. If they used something, chances are they had a good reason. There are exceptions, but plate armor is not one of them. 

Long Answer: 

For a type of armor, no matter what it is, to be considered effective, it has to meet three criteria. 

The three criteria are: Economic Efficiency, Protectiveness, and Mobility.

1. Is it Economically Efficient? 

Because of the nature of society in the Middle Ages, what with equipment being largely bring-it-yourself when it came to anybody besides arrowfodder infantry who’d been given one week of training, economic efficiency was a problem for the first couple of decades after plate armor was introduced in France in the 1360s. It wasn’t easy to make, and there wasn’t really a ‘science’ to it yet, so only the wealthiest of French soldiers, meaning knights and above, had it; unless of course somebody stole it off a dead French noble. The Hundred Years War was in full swing at the time, and the French were losing badly to the English and their powerful longbows, so there were plenty of dead French nobles and knights to go around. That plate armor was not very economically efficient for you unless you were a rich man, though, it also was not exactly what we would call “full” plate armor. 

Above: Early plate armor, like that used by knights and above during the later 1300s and early 1400s. 

Above: Two examples of what most people mean when they say “full” plate armor, which would have been seen in the mid to late 1400s and early 1500s.

Disclaimer: These are just examples. No two suits of armor were the same because they weren’t mass-produced, and there was not really a year when everybody decided to all switch to the next evolution of plate armor. In fact it would not be improbably to see all three of these suits on the same battlefield, as expensive armor was often passed down from father to son and used for many decades. 

Just like any new technology, however, as production methods improved, the product got cheaper. 

Above: The Battle of Barnet, 1471, in which everybody had plate armor because it’s affordable by then. 

So if we’re talking about the mid to late 1400s, which is when our modern image of the “knight in shining armor” sort of comes from, then yes, “full” plate armor is economically efficient. It still wasn’t cheap, but neither are modern day cars, and yet they’re everywhere. Also similar to cars, plate armor is durable enough to be passed down in families for generations, and after the Hundred Years War ended in 1453, there was a lot of used military equipment on sale for cheap. 

2. Is it Protective? 

This is a hard question to answer, particularly because no armor is perfect, and as soon as a new, seemingly ‘perfect’ type of armor appears, weapons and techniques adapt to kill the wearer anyway, and the other way around. Early plate armor was invented as a response to the extreme armor-piercing ability of the English longbow, the armor-piercing ability of a new kind of crossbow, and advancements in arrowhead technology. 

Above: The old kind of arrowhead, ineffective against most armor. 

Above: The new kind of arrowhead, very effective at piercing chainmaille and able to pierce plate armor if launched with enough power. 

Above: An arrow shot from a “short” bow with the armor-piercing tip(I think it’s called a bodkin tip) piercing a shirt of chainmaille. However, the target likely would have survived since soldiers wore protective layers of padding underneath their armor, so if the arrow penetrated skin at all, it wasn’t deep. That’s Terry Jones in the background. 

Above: A crossbow bolt with the armor piercing tip penetrating deep through the same shirt of chainmaille. The target would likely not survive. 

Above: A crossbow bolt from the same crossbow glancing off a breastplate, demonstrating that it was in fact an improvement over wearing just chainmaille. 

Unfortunately it didn’t help at all against the powerful English longbows at close range, but credit to the French for trying. It did at least help against weaker bows. 

Now for melee weapons. 

It didn’t take long for weapons to evolve to fight this new armor, but rarely was it by way of piercing through it. It was really more so that the same weapons were now being used in new ways to get around the armor. 

Above: It’s a popular myth that Medieval swords were dull, but they still couldn’t cut through plate armor, nor could they thrust through it. Your weapon would break before the armor would. Most straight swords could, however, thrust through chainmaille and anything weaker. 

There were three general answers to this problem: 

1. Be more precise, and thrust through the weak points. 

Above: The weak points of a suit of armor. Most of these points would have been covered by chainmaille, leather, thick cloth, or all three, but a sword can thrust through all three so it doesn’t matter. 

To achieve the kind of thrusting accuracy needed to penetrate these small gaps, knights would often grip the blade of their sword with one hand and keep the other hand on the grip. This technique was called “half-swording”, and you could lose a finger if you don’t do it right, so don’t try it at home unless you have a thick leather glove to protect you, as most knights did, but it can also be done bare-handed. 

Above: Examples of half-swording. 

2. Just hit the armor so fucking hard that the force carries through and potentially breaks bones underneath. 

Specialty weapons were made for this, but we’ll get to them in a minute. For now I’m still focusing on swords because I like how versatile the European longsword is. 

Above: A longsword. They’re made for two-handed use, but they’re light enough to be used effectively in one hand if you’d like to have a shield or your other arm has been injured. Longswords are typically about 75% of the height of their wielders.

Assuming you’re holding the sword pointing towards the sky, the part just above the grip is called the crossguard, and the part just below the grip is called the pommel. If you hold the sword upside-down by the blade, using the same careful gripping techniques as with half-swording, you can strike with either the crossguard or the pommel, effectively turning the sword into a warhammer. This technique was called the Murder Stroke, and direct hits could easily dent plate armor, and leave the man inside bruised, concussed, or with a broken bone. 

Above: The Murder Stroke as seen in a Medieval swordfighting manual.

Regular maces, hammers, and other blunt weapons were equally effective if you could get a hard enough hit in without leaving yourself open, but they all suffered from part of the plate armor’s intelligent design. Nearly every part of it was smooth and/or rounded, meaning that it’s very easy for blows to ‘slide’ off, which wastes a lot of their power. This makes it very hard to get a ‘direct’ hit. 

Here come the specialized weapons to save the day. 

Above: A lucerne, or claw hammer. It’s just one of the specialized weapons, but it encompasses all their shared traits so I’m going to only list it. 

These could be one-handed, two-handed, or long polearms, but the general idea was the same. Either crack bones beneath armor with the left part, or penetrate plate armor with the right part. The left part has four ‘prongs’ so that it can ‘grip’ smooth plate armor and keep its force when it hits without glancing off. On the right side it as a super sturdy ‘pick’, which is about the only thing that can penetrate the plate armor itself. On top it has a sharp tip that’s useful for fighting more lightly armored opponents. 

3. Force them to the ground and stab them through the visor with a dagger. 

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Many conflicts between two armored knights would turn into a wrestling match. Whoever could get the other on the ground had a huge advantage, and could finish his opponent, or force him to surrender, with a dagger. 

By now you might be thinking “Dang, full plate armor has a lot of weaknesses, so how can it be called good armor?” 

The answer is because, like all armor is supposed to do, it minimizes your target area. If armor is such that your enemy either needs to risk cutting their fingers to target extremely small weak points, bring a specialized weapons designed specifically for your armor, or wrestle you to the ground to defeat you, that’s some damn good armor. So yes, it will protect you pretty well.

Above: The red areas represent the weak points of a man not wearing armor.

Also, before I move on to Mobility, I’m going to talk briefly about a pet-peeve of mine: Boob-plates. 

If you’re writing a fantasy book, movie, or video game, and you want it to be realistically themed, don’t give the women boob-shaped armor. It wasn’t done historically even in the few cases when women wore plate armor, and that’s because it isn’t as protective as a smooth, rounded breastplate like you see men wearing. A hit with any weapon between the two ‘boobs’ will hit with its full force rather than glancing off, and that’ll hurt. If you’re not going for a realistic feel, then do whatever you want. Just my advice. 

Above: Joan of Arc, wearing properly protective armor. 

An exception to this is in ancient times. Female gladiators sometimes wore boob-shaped armor because that was for entertainment and nobody cared if they lived or died. Same with male gladiators. There was also armor shaped like male chests in ancient times, but because men are more flat-chested than women, this caused less of a problem. Smooth, rounded breastplates are still superior, though. 

3. Does it allow the wearer to keep his or her freedom of movement? 

Okay, I’ve been writing this for like four hours, so thankfully this is the simplest question to answer. There’s a modern myth that plate armor weighed like 700 lbs, and that knights could barely move in it at all, but that isn’t true. On a suit of plate armor from the mid to late 1400s or early 1500s, all the joints are hinged in such a way that they don’t impede your movement very much at all. 

The whole suit, including every individual plate, the chainmaille underneath the plates, the thick cloth or leather underneath the chainmaille, and your clothes and underwear all together usually weighed about 45-55 lbs, and because the weight was distributed evenly across your whole body, you’d hardly feel the weight at all. Much heavier suits of armor that did effectively ‘lock’ the wearer in place did exist, but they never saw battlefield use. Instead, they were for showing off at parades and for jousting. Jousting armor was always heavier, thicker, and more stiffly jointed than battlefield armor because the knight only needed to move certain parts of his body, plus being thrown off a horse by a lance–even a wooden one that’s not meant to kill–has a very, very high risk of injury.

Here’s a bunch of .gifs of a guy demonstrating that you can move pretty freely in plate armor. 

Above: Can you move in it? Yes.

Here are links to the videos that I made these .gifs from:

It’s never too late to start all over again.

Steppenwolf’s “It’s Never Too Late” is probably the greatest, most poignant song choice they’ve made in years… and it’s entirely possible that it’s actually the most on-point song selection in the history of the show.

There’s quite a bit to unpack here… and not just in the verses that were included, but what WASN’T there is also speaking volumes to me.

A disclaimer: lyric interpretation is often more vague than the interpretation of literature or poetry. Lyrics are a form of poetry, but they also have to be crafted in a way that turns words into instruments. (Vocals are supposed to be an instrument, not obnoxiously sitting on top of the mix like they do in 97% of modern music, but I’ll refrain from ranting about that right now.) They’re often mysterious and deeply personal to the person that wrote them. Sometimes artists will purposely mix the vocals so low that you can’t understand every word. And a million people can interpret a set of lyrics and never land upon the exact meaning that the artist intended.

And that’s okay. Music is an art that can be crafted one way and listened to a hundred different ways. That’s the magic of music, and that’s why I love it (even modern music that I tend to not like).

But let’s go ahead and try and pick these lyrics apart, shall we?

Your eyes are moist, you scream and shout

As though you were a man possessed

Right from the beginning, it’s right on the nose. Dean has been screaming the entire season, and it’s not just about the people he’s lost. As we found out in 13x01, hunting is back to being just a job to him. And as Dean said last season in 12x06 (hi, Yockey), that job “only ends one way.”

It ends in death.

He reestablishes that in 13x03. “This life, hunting, monsters, there’s no joy in it. There’s nothing but pain, horror and death.

From deep inside comes rushing forth

All the anguish you suppressed

As we all know, Dean is the absolute king of suppression. In fact, that’s what he was attempting to do (for Sammy’s sake) in this very episode: avoiding letting himself feel by distracting himself with bullets, bacon, and booze. He hunts, he eats, and he drinks.

But suppression isn’t enough, and now the anguish is spilling over.

Upon your wall hangs your degree

Your parents craved so much for you

This one is a little bit funny in a really terrible way, because Dean got a GED. It is a degree of sorts, but he didn’t graduate from a high school properly because of what John demanded of him – to be a hunter, and to protect his little brother. Last season, Mary blatantly states that hunting is never what she wanted for him and Sam, and she then proceeds to make moves towards creating a world where they wouldn’t need to hunt.

But neither of them ever actually asked what Dean wanted.

And though you’re trained to make your mark 

You still don’t quite know what to do

Sam has admitted that Dean is the best hunter he’s ever seen. Dean has essentially been a hunter since the moment his mother died. He was trained to be the best by his father. Dean has all the tools he needs to continue saving people and hunting things, and yet… in this episode, he wanted to die.

Hunting is really the only thing he knows how to do. He’s given himself one chance at something else, and he was dragged right back in.

He has all the tools and no longer knows how to wield them.

And the chorus. My god, the chorus.

It’s never too late to start all over again

To love the people you caused the pain

And help them learn your name

Oh, no, not too late

It’s never too late to start all over again

As if my mind wasn’t blown already, we come to this. It’s never too late to start all over again. It doesn’t matter where you are in life –  you are able to shift your life in a new direction. You can start again. 

It’s never too late to love the people you caused the pain, and help them learn your name. This has a double-meaning – you can start loving people when you choose to. You can choose to love the people that have caused you pain, and you can choose to cease causing pain for those around you. And most importantly for Dean, you can dig yourself out from underneath all that pain and see who you are underneath.

The next verse was cut from the show.

Well, it’s much too late to start again

To try and find a little bliss

So on your woman and your child

You release your bitterness

You drift apart some more each day

You feel the guilt and loneliness

And the God of your childhood you can’t find

To save you from your emptiness

Yes, they had to cut something in order to save time and to make it palatable for the American audience with perpetually short attention spans, but the fact that this verse was the one that was cut is completely mind-blowing in a few different ways.

They cut the verse about a dude with a wife and a child.

To use a term I don’t often use, they cut out the “no homo” verse.

Because love is poetic, most songs are love songs. Or sex songs. Or heartbreak songs. Or songs about how awesome it is to be heterosexual. This particular song is a rare example of a song that’s not actually about any of those things, but the only reference in the entire song that even remotely implies heterosexuality was cut.

(If you haven’t been following me for a while, you know that while I am a hardcore Dean/Cas fan I tend to try and not relate every moment of the show to Dean/Cas or Bi!Dean… but the absence of this verse is definitely worth mentioning.)

But if we take off the ship goggles and say it was just cut for time, and choose to study the verse that wasn’t included, it’s still 100% Dean. The “woman and child” are a family to the person this song is being directed to. And what has Dean been doing all season? “You release your bitterness. You drift apart some more each day. You feel the guilt and loneliness.” Dean has been releasing his bitterness at Sam, and Sam – sensing that – was reaching out to Dean in ways he hasn’t in… well, the entire show. But Dean was still drifting away. Dean was willing to leave Sam alone in dying. Dean (again) lost the best friend he’s ever had, and Sam wasn’t enough to pull him back.

Hunting used to be enough for Dean. He waxed poetic about it to Gordon back in season 2. “The God of your childhood you can’t find to save you from your emptiness.” This time, hunting isn’t working. His usual method of bullets, bacon, and booze isn’t working. Dean is empty.

You say you’ve only got one life to live

And when you’re dead you’re gone

Your family comes to your grave

And with tears in their eyes

They tell you, you did something wrong

“You left us alone”

Dean, despite being resurrected more times than we can scientifically count (due to several of them happening off screen), only has one life. Every time he’s died, Sam has spun off the deep end.

Knowing this, Dean was willing to leave Sam in this episode.

Tell me who’s to say after all is done

And you’re finally gone, you won’t be back again

You can find a way to change today

You don’t have to wait ‘til then

If you die – permanently – you’ll never have a chance to change your life. When Dean finally kicks the bucket for good, that’s it for him. He would never have another chance to change.

Dean died and came back – again. (And Cas died and came back – again.)

You don’t have to wait until you’re dead for your life to change. You can make it change yourself

As long as they’re both living, they have a chance. They have a chance to not cause each other pain. They have a chance to start loving each other, and to truly learn who the other person is, as well as who they are, themselves.

It’s never too late to start all over again.

A few characters that need defense squads more than Tony St@rk:

James “Rhodey” Rhodes

I’ve rarely seen Rhodey brought up outside of what he does for Tony (not who he is to Tony…). What I have seen is fandom moving goalposts so the bantery moments that make them ship Steve or Clint or Bruce with Tony are just signs of a deep and totes platonic brotherhood for Rhodey and Tony. I’ve seen fandom repeatedly ignore that Rhodey is just as intelligent as Tony (they met at MIT, you fricks) in order to paint Tony as a benevolent saint for slumming it with someone so clearly inferior. Rhodey is unimportant to Tony’s life unless he’s saving it and even then, if he’s not “nice” about not wanting to watch his best friend self destruct, he’s abusive. This is still characterization fandom holds on to after deciding that Rhodey was an awful, aggressive Black man who didn’t deserve their precious Tony~

Iris West 

”Fans” of the Flash have been championing the characters’ death and recasting since Candice Patton got the role. Her character is often subject to aggressive misogynoir (that’s what happens when anti-black racism and misogyny collide) and Candice receives racist hate so frequently that she’s had to address it in interviews. People cut Iris out of scenes in her own life (her intimate moments with Barry and conversations with other characters about the WestAllen relationship). They tell Candice how much they want Iris to die because she’s a “damsel in distress” when we’ve seen Candice kick actual ass and save herself multiple times. Oh, and they call Iris useless even though Barry said that without her, there wouldn’t be a Flash.

Sam Wilson 

Where do I start? First of all, fandom thinks that he exists to be a perpetual and literal wingman for Steve and Bucky. When they deign to give him romantic relationships with either of them, the focus is rarely on Sam as a character but on what he can do for Steve or Bucky. Then there was the “oh Tony couldn’t be a Hydra member because they killed his parents (despite him not knowing that and having a history of bad decisions), but Sam could” nonsense that so many folks cosigned following Winter Soldier. Oh and how about in the wake of Civil War, fandom has decided that T’challa is going to be their new Mammy figure for the Avengers since he’s rich and started portraying Sam as actually abusive to Bucky in fics and meta??

Finn (The Force Awakens)

Between the dudebro fans that threatened to boycott the franchise and transformative fanwork folks erasing him from his own narrative in order to give his personality, backstory, and potential ship to Kylo… I mean… shit hasn’t been easy. Finn has been called a misogynist and sexual harasser for grabbing Rey’s hand at the start of the film. He’s been reduced to a big black cock in fan fics (because fandom apparently can’t get that size kink extends beyond the penis). Oh and there’s this huge piece of meta going around basically calling him a beta male to Kylo’s alpha (which is dudebro redpi||er language, but from the supposedly “good” side of fandom)???

Nick Fury

Fandom literally sees him as a villain more evil than the actual bad guys in the MCU… Because he tells it like he is while not spilling his secrets to the lowkey incompetent people that make up the majority of the Avengers. #NickFuryLies is a thing that trended and that people see as an integral but negative part of his character. He was the head of a freaking covert intelligence organization, folks. His job is literally about keeping his secrets close to the chest. But no #NickFuryLies and Steve and/or Tony should never ever trust him. Also, as a Black character, when not vilified, he’s another Mammy figure or benefactor for the Avengers. Because Black characters are disliked until they’re useful.

I could keep going and at a later date, I just might because there are SO MANY characters of color and/or female characters that fandom as an institution treats HORRIBLY all in the process of defending white male characters like Tony St@rk (who does not need a defense squad protecting from fandom unless it’s his own because they’re the ones basically writing trauma porn and using his fictional pain against people…)

Selections from Tatsu’s spam on Zakki’s Twitter Account (lol)

[ for the original tweets, visit zakki’s twitter ]

Hey guys~! This is Shi-ma-za-ki No-bu-na-ga (all in katakana) speaking~

My icon is a girl, but I’m actually a guy! Sorry for keeping that a secret until now~

We just finished Free!’s stage greeting~

It was so much fun! Ahahahahahaha!

– Well, or something like that I guess. I haven’t played with other people’s phone for a long time.

Hello, I am a certain somebody who was there on stage (with Zakki).

This must be a shocking amount of tweets to Nobunaga’s followers.

Sry guys ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

I’m just gonna keep tweeting like this!

I mean, there’re only 140 characters to write, how bad could it get?

Ah, beer for me please.

Nobunaga will go with Highball.

Ah, I’ll pay the bill.


The two of us haven’t sat together like this for such a long time!

It feels so gooood to have a drink after work!!

The typhoon hit us today. Is everybody all right?

Both-of-us-are-fine. (all in katakana)

Nobunaga is talking to my manager.

He already drank five times from his Highball.

It looks delicious (。-`ω´-)

Beer is delicious after all!

Nobunaga has a weird habit of sighing after he laughs.

The people who know this are Nobunaga freaks.

How did my last tweet make people feel?

I’m scared.

But, this is not my (account) so I guess it’s fine.

Hey! Nobunaga! Your battery has only 15% left!

You need to charge it!

‘Kay, I’m gonna keep going until the phone shuts off.

Nobunaga took out his charger stylishly.

He’s hesitating.

Btw, don’t try to hold back your burp!

Let it out.

Phew. All thanks to the charger.

Feel like I can keep on living.

We can even walk around with a cell phone charger nowadays.

Could’ve never imagined that back in the flip phone times.

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wannabanauthor  asked:

Hi there! I love your blog! I've seen you mention a few TV shows and movies for research, and I was wondering what your opinion is on the show Leverage and it's accuracy for social engineering in potentially violent situations. I remember one character saying that "Thieves look for entrances, but grifters create them." They'll often use approaches like this to avoid violence.

If the question is: can you use social engineering in order to defuse or avoid violent situations? The answer is yes.

Grifters are conmen, and like spies, they don’t want to fight unless it is absolutely necessary. Whether they can fight or know how isn’t really the point: combat makes messes, big messes, and draws the kind of attention they don’t want/can’t afford.

As for the line, “thieves look for entrances, but grifters create them” the point of it is that grifters focus on people as the exploitative aspect to get what they want. After all, it doesn’t matter how good your security system is if your infiltrator is expected to be there. When someone opens the door for them, they didn’t have to break in.

It is worth pointing out though, being able to stop, defuse, avoid, or redirect violence via social engineering (especially when the character is the target) is very difficult and requires someone who excels at rapidly changing their story/manipulating under life or death pressure while also maintaining their consistency/re-establishing their innocence/regaining their target’s trust.

That’s masterclass social engineering. The average person, even the average grifter can’t do it. When we see Nate Ford, Sophie Devereaux, or Michael Westen on Burn Notice socially engineer their way out of potentially explosive and violent scenarios, we’re supposed to understand this level of manipulation is very difficult. You need a solid ability to read people, predict their behavior patterns, understand how to shift your role so you suddenly seem trustworthy, confuse them, and then redirect their anger somewhere away from you.

You can see another variant of this kind of social engineering on display in The Negotiator. Samuel L. Jackson’s character is a hostage negotiator. Deliberately maneuvering a man who’s taken a child captive around his apartment so he can be taken out. You can see him joking with the target, gaining his trust, distracting him, and guiding him off topic until he’s in a position to be neutralized.

The Grifter is not a fighter, they are a talker and their trick is getting people to move however they want. A skilled grifter can slip in, turn the best of friends against each other, and walk away without a care. Grifters don’t punch. They trick other people into doing the punching for them. When sitting down to write a Grifter, remember: their first instinct is getting others to act in their place, to create the openings they need, and be their fall guy.

On the whole, I’ve liked Leverage ever since the episode where Eliot pointed out that guns are ranged weapons, and the most common mistake people make is giving up the distance advantage by getting in too close. However, I’ve only watched the first season. I liked what I saw, it’s an enjoyable caper show in a similar vein to The Equalizer, Person of Interest, or Ocean’s Eleven. Not quite in there with the original Law & Order when it comes to accuracy (in this case for cops) but certainly better than White Collar, which uses similar techniques (though never, ever pay attention to White Collar’s usage of the FBI… ever). The X-Files, meanwhile, fudges a bit but it’s pretty good when you’re wanting to get a grasp of the FBI’s culture and what happens to someone who doesn’t come from a military/law enforcement background.

Of course, the patient zero for these types of shows is the original Mission: Impossible. The television show, not the Tom Cruise movies. Mission: Impossible is all about flipping people and manipulating them into positions to do what you want. The A-Team is its slightly more pulpy counterpart, but its a similar (though far less subtle) deal.

On the whole, Leverage tends to explain itself better, which is helpful when you’re trying to learn or take techniques from a television show rather than just absorb.

The reason why I often suggest Burn Notice and Spy Game is not necessarily just because they’re good, but also because they teach. The narrator on Burn Notice, especially in the first season will offer up a lot of helpful/beginner tradecraft for a variety of situations. This, ultimately, will help you more for taking pieces and creating your own characters than a show that’s trying for smoke and mirrors like White Collar. The same situation is there with Spy Game, where Robert Redford’s character is teaching Brad Pitt’s on how to be a spy. Ultimately, more helpful in the long run than just watching The Recruit. The Michael Mann films like Heat and Collateral are exceptionally good for learning tradecraft, but you have to know that’s what you’re watching/looking for. You’ll learn more by watching them together, rather than separately. The Borne Identity novels are also very good at showing the tradecraft, while the Le Carre ones tend to be a little more hit and miss.

When you’re new, you want sources that are free with their information. Who are good at getting you to think, to take what you’re seeing and apply it to new settings. You may not ever figure out how to build a car bomb, but learning about how the thought process of a spy, criminal, or conman works will serve you better for your writing than a hundred other movies that only show.

After you’ve drawn back the curtain then you can turn to those other shows, novels, and narratives with new eyes. Once you see what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and why when they don’t explain you’ll get more out of those other sources than you did before.

When you’re watching a well put together show like Leverage, start questioning character motivations. Not just whether the social engineering there works, but why the characters are choosing to go that route or which routes they prefer. Leverage gives you five characters with different specialties, four thieves and the guy who made a career catching them. They all think in different ways and have different approaches when it comes to problem solving. Leverage offers up a heist per episode, so you have lots of opportunities to see the characters in action. Evaluate their problem solving methods and you’ll come away with more than just questioning whether or not it works.

How and Why.

Then, go find a good video on YouTube where a professional magician explains pickpocketing. It’s the art of misdirection.

Once you understand basic theoretical underpinnings (whether or not you could ever actually pull the real thing off) then you can apply it to many different situations in a fictional context.

When it comes back to applying this to the combat arts, learning to see the big picture is the first major difference between trained and untrained. The untrained only copy surface level, singular techniques, while trained delves deeper to understand how these techniques work together.

My advice for when you’re wanting to pick and choose television shows for accuracy is to check who their consultants are/were, and what experts in the show’s chosen field say about it. That doesn’t always guarantee accuracy, but it will help you flip through the rave reviews.

If you want to watch more fun shows with Timothy Hutton or just like detective shows, I recommend Nero Wolfe.


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anonymous asked:

what are your thoughts on a parallel verse where Neil didn't survive baltimore? idk maybe the verses come in contact or maybe just a dead Neil au. just your thoughts or anything? you're very insightful so it's nice to hear from you

“I’m in hell,” Wymack says. “I’ve died without knowing and gone straight to hell.”

“It could be worse,” Nicky muses. “I mean, you could have three Neils instead?”

Neil should be offended by that. And he would be, if there wasn’t three seperate Andrews staring at him with that familiar slow-blinking gaze.

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anonymous asked:

I don't know what came to my mind. But... can you please do a THREESOME? Y/N with Suga and Jimin. They're College Students and Roommates. They're childhood bestfriends,Suga and Jimin has a crush on Y/N. And then Y/N is innocent,she know that sex is bad. And then the SMUT begins.😂 LOL.! I'M REALLY EMBARRASSED for requesting this. (Pardon my English.)😂 I really don't know what came to me for asking this kind of FANFIC.😂

Title : It’s bad…

Genre : Smut/Threesome

Paring : Yoonmin x Reader

Summary : You’ve always been the good, sweet and perfect girl everybody likes. The problem is : you’re in love with your two best friends who happens to be the complete opposites of you.

Soundtrack : FIRE WATER (feat. G.Soul & TABLO) []

Warning : English is not my mother tongue so please forgive all my lacks of conjugation / spelling mistakes ♡

You always have been a model of perfection since you were a child. A graceful baby, a curious little girl, a very easy to live teenager to finally become the cute and tender girl that you are today. On top of that, you’ve always been a brilliant and conscientious student. No, really, a delicious girl, almost perfect if the adage didn’t say that perfection doesn’t exist.

How did you find yourself having two best friends so different from you ? How, from early childhood, were you directly attached to these two turbulent idiots ? Sometimes there are enigmas in life that can’t be solved, and your trio is a good example. Yoongi is a provocative, rough and sometimes cold dude. Jimin is a little demon hidden under an angel’s face. They have always been the most popular boys, loved as much as hated. They respect nothing and prefer to have fun rather than thinking about their future. But curiously, you’ve never fought in ten years of friendship, and remain the closest friends of the world. Proof is that you’re now roommates.

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MBTI Types as Showers

ESFJ- Warm, comforting, with the coolest bath bomb you’ve ever seen (in the last week), only after the fizzing is done and you’re left in a tub of colored water, you have a brief moment of clarity and wonder if you would have spent $10 on said colored water if you hadn’t seen it on Instagram first.

ESTJ- Quick morning showers, you jumped in before the water was actually warm but you refuse to shiver, your soap is abrasive and leaves your skin dry but it gets the job done. You need to leave in 45 minutes to be at work half an hour early, adjusting for traffic.

ESFP- Perfectly warm, relaxing after an exciting day. You have five soaps for different moods, but the smell of them all gets overwhelming when you stay too long. People always tell you to tone it down, but what do they know? You pass out in the water for a little while, but you wake up before anything gets too bad.

ESTP- Much needed, nice and warm or cool and refreshing depending on the mood. It’s either noon or hours after everyone else has gone to sleep. You can’t wait to go out and do more stuff and and shower all over again.

ENFJ- You’ve been in for a while, the warm and gentle water is starting to get cold but you’re still thinking about how you’re going to handle all the activities you have planned tomorrow. You actually never wanted to help set up for the bridal shower, but you know if you didn’t she wouldn’t help with brunch next weekend.

ENTJ- You’ve planned for this shower all day, you kept busy waiting for the water to heat up but now it’s scalding hot. You endure and tell yourself this is how you like it, because you are no weakling. The shower lasts the perfect amount of time, you get out when the timer on your phone goes off.

ENFP- you’ve dumped half a bottle of dish soap in the bath, sure it may not be good for your skin but you can’t stand anything boring. You spend a bit too long wallowing in things and it feels like your skin is burning in some places. You put extra lotion on after and tell yourself you won’t do that again. You do it again.

ENTP- You didn’t want to interrupt what you were doing to get in, but now that you are you never want to get out. That cool soap you thought would change your life has no effect, you fall into an existential despair for a few minutes until you start hanging half out the shower on your phone. It’s been an hour, you didn’t realize the water was freezing but you can’t feel your toes.

ISFJ- You like your baths consistently comforting, and the soap you use to wash your hair is the same kind your mom bought for you back when you were little. You get out relatively soon enough so the others will still have warm water when they need to shower after you.

ISTJ- You’re pretty stressed and decide to replace your normal shower with a bath, but sitting around in warm water feels wrong when you could actually be washing yourself and getting back to the things you’ve been worrying about. You try to enjoy it anyways, you don’t want to waste the water and time.

ISFP- Your soap is all perfectly lined up, color coordinated or in order of use, it really doesn’t matter as long as it looks and feels good. You bought a new body butter, it just feels like thick lotion but you appreciate the smell and smoothness anyways.

ISTP- You jump in and out in under 10 minutes, but it was still an enjoyable experience. Feeling clean is better than the opposite, but you know there’s no real way to scrub the world off your skin.

INFJ- You got into the shower to wash away your emotional burdens, but it doesn’t seem to be working. You assumed you were taking on the problems of the girl in your math class, and though her grandfather is still dying, by the end of your shower you’ve convinced yourself you really made her feel better by smiling at her when she wasn’t looking that one time.

INTJ- You have forgotten to shower the past five days, but the grease and dirt is getting in the way of your plans to one day show everyone you too can be super successful and cool. It’ll come, you think to yourself as freezing water pelts your face.

INFP- You’ve been in the bath for two hours, your mom keeps yelling that dinner is ready but if you get out of the water everyone will realize it’s tears on your face, not bath water that magically splashed beneath your eyes. You got your favorite notebook wet trying to write poetry. You consider never getting out, until you realize your fingers are pruned up and tonight’s spaghetti actually smells pretty good.

INTP- You’re sure you showered sometime recently, but really it’s hard to keep track of those things. You’ll just shower tomorrow morning, or maybe tonight, but really you know if you’re unsure of the last time you were clean you should do it now. You take a quick one, but you’re thinking of your laptop the entire time. You’ll get back to it soon, but now your shower is dragging on because you mixed up your body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. You’re trapped for half an hour correcting your mistakes, but on the bright side you finished your math homework in your head.

let’s kiss (and then take off our clothes)

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isaac lahey and stiles stilinski only have one thing in common: they’re always up for a hot threesome. (isaac-centric, isaac x oc x stiles) 

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Okay so if you don’t know already, I love Doctor!Cas in destiel fics SO MUCH. Like I don’t even need to read the fic if it has doctor!cas in it, i’m already there XD. 

So here’s a list of the best/my favorite destiel fics with Doctor!Cas in them. I’ll update this from time to time when I find more fics :) (I track the doctor!cas tag on ao3 lol) All of these are AU and complete! 

Tagging: @deanscolette, @lostboycas, @seraphmisha, @rebmathegisher <3

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pairing: Steve Rogers x reader

summary: you live across the hall from Captain America, but you never really talk to him. When you find a giant spider in the bathroom, that all changes. 

warnings: big spider

Friday had finally come to a close, and you were relieved to be able to take your shoes off by the front door of your apartment. The clock under the tv read that it was only 9:20 pm, so you decided to have a glass of wine before settling in bed. It didn’t take long for you to down the whole glass, especially since your day consisted of your boss making rude remarks and low-tipping customers. Your eyes began to droop, and you decided it was time to find your way under the sheets. But low and behold, the moment you were finally comfy your bladder decided it was party time. After a few curses, you got up from the little burrow you’d made in the bed. You flicked on the bathroom light, and squinted momentarily.

A giant black spot on the wall made you stop in your tracks. You grimaced as you recognized the spot to be a spider, and it seemed to be staring back at you with it’s many eyes. Putting a hand on your mouth, you attempted to prevent a scream from ringing out across the apartment complex.

Being an independant woman was something you were used to from living in the city for so long, but your nerves were shot as of late. There was no way you were getting close to that damn thing, not just because spiders are gross, but you didn’t know if it was venomous or how fast it would be. The idea of running to a neighbor seemed childish, however, your neighbor wasn’t just some random citizen of New York. You’d only seen him in the hall a few times, and he was nice enough to ask you how your day was going, and even bring you a few misplaced packages. Maybe he’d help you in this dire situation of getting that damn spider off the wall. Not only that, but he would probably get a kick out of it as well. After practically running out of the apartment you called home, you knocked on the door across the hall from yours.

A deep voice rumbled from behind the door with a slight accent, “Who is it?”

You coughed, trying to rid your voice of any shakiness, “It’s your neighbor, Y/n,” The man was silent behind the door, “I need some help with a slight emergency.” There was a few moments of silence, and then you heard the chain being dragged away from the lock behind your neighbors door. The man who opened the door had an unfamiliar face, and he squinted his eyes at you. You’d only ever seen Steve going into the apartment, so you were about to walk away in fear him not being home.

Then, he quickly yelled over his shoulder but still managed to keep his eyes on you, “Steve, some short girl is here!” You smiled at the light jab, since it was obvious he was playing around. While he stood in front of you waiting for Steve, he pulled his long brown hair into a loose bun.

Captain America came into view from one of the rooms down the hall, and the man with long hair moved out of the way, “Can I help you?” He looked down at you with worry, and you knew you were in good hands. Even with a look of concern on his face, Steve looked as handsome as could be.

Instead of explaining how stressful of a week you had, you cut straight to the point, “I know you don’t really know me, but I have a really big spider in my bathroom.” You pleaded, “Can you please kill it for me?” A pathetic smile lifted your cheeks. Who else could say they asked Captain America to kill a spider for them? But it’s not like you were being dramatic considering the arachnid was bigger than your fist.

Steve bit back a laugh and nodded his head, “Sure, show me the way.” He took a step out of his apartment, and then added, “Oh, and please call me Steve.” The man with long hair was right behind him the whole time Steve was speaking to you at the front door, and finally waved the two of you off as you walked back across the hall. The whole situation made you giggle, you’d never spoken to Steve before, but here you are asking him to kill a spider in your apartment. Walking into your apartment you suddenly realized that it was a hot mess, so you immediately jumped to apologize and tried to explain that you were barely ever home. Steve just laughed and said, “Don’t worry, Bucky makes more of a mess than you do.”

You pointed through your room, with a shaky grin, “Okay, the bathroom is to the left, and the spider should be on the wall straight ahead when you walk in.”

Steve took a few quick strides towards the bathroom, and not even a half of a minute later you heard the toilet flushing. He came back out of your room, and smiled as he entered the living room, “The threat is gone.” His hands rested at his hips.

With a little shake of your head, you sighed, “Thank you Steve, hopefully I can sleep tonight and then enjoy my day off Sunday from this crappy place.” You could tell Steve was trying to look you up and down with each nod of his head, so you simply explained that you were a waitress and that your boss had been a dick as of late.

“Maybe I’ll stop in one day, shake your boss up a little.” Steve charmingly smiled, “If you need anything else or want to go get coffee or something, here’s my number.” He grabbed a marker, and wrote on the mini whiteboard on your fridge. Your heart was pounding a million miles every second as he closed your apartment door on the way back to his own. It felt like you’d just been thrown for a loop, but for some reason you were undeniably excited.

This was only the beginning for you and Captain America.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm not trying to be a hater or anything like that but I wanted to ask. Why do you ship GoChi? Im a bit new to the fandom and I've been watching DragonBall Super and it seems like the last place Goku would wanted to be is with his wife and almost dreads being with her....Again! I'm not trying to be a mean hater because i absolutely love their characters. I just need someone to clear GoChi up for me, Because from what I've seen and heard Goku isn't very fond of his wife. Please Don't Hate me!

Hi, don’t worry anon I believe you! I can tell you’re just trying to understand why others like Gochi, and that is perfectly fine. 😊  In fact it’s a very good thing because it means you’re openminded. 💖

Since you’re new to the fandom I would say PLEASE watch Dragonball and Dragonball z. (Also the DBZ movies cause there are some Gochi moments on those too)

If you watch those first you will understand why other people such as myself, ship Goku x Chichi. On top of that you WILL fall in love with Goku so much more. He is a completely different and better person than he is in DBS. In fact if you watch DB and DBZ you will start to question, “who is this guy on DBS?” You’ll see that Goku was a lot more mature, clever, funny, and adorable than how he is portrayed in DBS. In the words of Bulma, “Son-kun is so handsome and cool!”. 

By the way, I’m not saying all of DBS is bad, and there are some cute Gochi moments there too where Goku is still in character. Like for example when you see him here protecting his wife 

or when he gets mad at Zamas killing Chichi and Goten was very in character of him and reminded all us all of DBZ. 

but yeah overall DBS anime and manga messes up with Goku’s character sometimes that you’re just like “Wtf??? how does this make sense? He isn’t the Goku I remember!” 

 You can start off by watching some cute Gochi video moments from DB-DBZ. 😁 . Part 1| Part 2 . 

Anyway here are some reasons why Goku and Chichi were bound to be a couple and why people ship them: 

In the very beginning of DB, you’ll see that Kid Goku and kid Chichi start off as Goku going to Mount Frying Pan in search of the dragonballs. Later, he meets Ox king and Ox King tells him to find his daughter Chichi. In exchange for helping, Ox King tells Goku he can have his daughter’s hand in marriage. Goku and Chichi are basically betrothed from the day they first met. Also, Ox king tells Goku that he knows his grandfather Gohan LINK. And when Goku and Chichi are teens, they meet Grandpa Gohan and he tells Chichi, “oh I’ve known you since you were just a baby” -So as you can see they were bound to be together eventually because Chichi’s dad knew Grandpa Gohan, and Grandpa Gohan knew Ox King. If Ox King and Grandpa Gohan would have reunited, they would have been like, “Oh my grandson should marry you’re daughter! They are within the same age! hahaha!”

PS: Chichi and Krillin are Goku’s only friends that are within his age group. (Chichi is either the same age as Goku, which is 12 or 1 year younger than him) While Goku’s other friends like Bulma, oolong, Yamcha, Tien, are much older than him.  

Anyway, long story short, Goku finds her stranded and pats her in the private part. XD And Chichi ends up developing a girly crush because of this…….(I know it’s kind of gross and weird but this was considered comedy in the old days of Japan) 

After their “incident” Goku and Chichi end up becoming very close friends. 

Also, this is important to keep in mind while watching DB, is that Chichi is Goku’s ONLY friend to be able to ride nimbus with him. Her heart is “as pure as a flush toilet”. That’s something these two have in common. They are both pure hearted and naive. Goku’s other friends have dirty thoughts aka not pure hearts so they couldn’t ride nimbus. So that in its self already shows why Goku and Chichi were a perfect match for each other. To view what other things they have in common see this post. LINK

Furthermore, when you see this scene where Goku and Chichi are by the tree, you see Goku sharing an apple with Chichi. That scene is very important because Goku never shares his food unless he REALLY likes a person. 

Then when you see them meet again as teens, (and after Goku realizes who she is and ask her to marry him) they end up getting girly and flirty with each other…..Please view episodes 133-153 . (This is an important highlight of how their romantic relationship developed all the way through DBZ). Don’t listen to those people that say “It’s not canon because it didn’t show up in the manga, so it never happened) This kind of thinking really blocks why they are even together in the first place. Also it’s important to note that Toriyama APPROVED of these fillers because the DB story writers wanted to show how they ended up being together. Think of fillers as “more in detail” information of the characters relationship. 

When you continue watching DB + DBZ you’ll see Goku only blushes around Chichi and develops these cute “anime bubbles” This is also SUPER important cause these cute bubble in japan are shown when a guy finds a girl attractive……LINK 

Also, when they are older you can see that Goku still finds his wife attractive because he gives her the “looks”. LINK Some of them are just straight up girly love 

(This scene is funny and cute because Goku doesn’t stop staring at Chichi while walking that you’re just like “GOD DAMN SON GOKU CALM DOWN” The dude is just so in love with his wife and his family LINK)

and these ones are like “god damn girl we gonna fuck so hard” 

*During the Cell saga, Goku tells Chichi he’s going to train in the hyprobolic time chamber (1 year in there = 1 day in the real world), then you see how he doesn’t even last the full year and he just gets so desperate to see his wife and “take her home with him” Then later he kicks Gohan out of the house cause they basically have hard core sex.

Months later Goten is born lol. 

(These scene is funny too because Goku doesn’t stop looking at Chichi even when he’s eating) 

Also, Keep in mind that Goku is attracted to a strong/ hot-headed women because it’s in his saiyan genes. This turns him on! LINK

So yeah, Goku even when he’s an adult, still finds his wife attractive. 

PS: While watching DB-DBZ, it’s important to also pay attention to Gochi’s body language. Some times Son Goku won’t say much, but you’ll see him put his arm around her or give her looks and or smile affectionally at her. He’s more of a man of action than words. 

On top of that it is shown constantly that Goku ALWAYS thinks about his little wife…..Whether, he’s going on an adventure or fighting bad guys he just thinks about her. You’ll see him mention little things especially when you watch the Japanese sub. 

PS: Also, when you play old school DBZ games they even show he thinks about her there because sometimes you would find coins or money and goku says “Oh cool this will delight chichi! I better keep these” 

Quoting princes snake: “If you want to learn about a man just watch his dreams”  LINK

Also the Gochi fandom laughs and enjoys this scene because he thinks about how Chichi might not find him attractive anymore. XD He just cares about her opinion. 

It’s just very funny because Goku cares about how he looks in front of his wife just like Chichi cares how she looks in front of him. There is this scene where Chichi says “Oh Goku is coming back from the dead? I better go to the beauty salon and “gushy” myself up” LINK . (PS: If you watch the Japanese sub the wording is a little different. I find her voice and the japanese sub more cute) 

Furthermore, you will constantly see that Goku gets MAD when someone tries to kill/hurt his wife: LINK . Those scenes are also there to show you that, Chichi dying is one of his NIGHTMARES. 

(On this DBZ movie 1 scene above ^ the Gochi fandom likes to make jokes about this because Goku has “waifu senses”. Chichi is hit by one of the bad guys and then you hear him worriedly say “Chichi?…Chichi?!!” Link

He can also be very protective of her or on the defense. 

Another example would be on DBZ episode 14, you’ll see that Goku gets defensive when princess snake says, “Relax I’m sure Chichi and Gohan are just fine” and he responds with, “Hey that’s strange, my wife and my son who told you their names?!” Then he goes on to say, “No I didn’t I would have remembered!” LINK

Also, what still kills me after this day is that Goku CRIES and screams out Chichi’s name. If this isn’t an example of a man who cares about his wife and kids idk what is: LINK

Yeah overall there is just SOOOOO MUCH Gochi content (from the show, movies, to Gochi merchandise) that it’s kind of overwhelming and I just drown and fall in love with them all over again….LINK 1, LINK 2, LINK 3, LINK 4. (This is not even half of it and there is still more shit but damn this post is already long. I would say just look at the Gochi tag on this blog xD) 

Also, don’t listen to the people that say, “Goku and Chichi never kissed cause DBS manga confirmed it” because that is simply not true. That scene was meant for a misunderstanding between Goku and Vegeta. You really have to understand Japanese culture and language. LINK1, Link2

As you can see in the figure above ^, is an official DBZ Gochi figure that is supposed to show the “uncut scene” of their kiss on the anime. And this scene was approved by Toriyama. LINK

Yup overall these two are just something else…..

BONUS: I still squeal and enjoy how Goku says “Babe you crack me up” :p LINK

anonymous asked:

Sorry if I'm being a bother, but I saw that you said recently that Sam "skipped emotional maturity day at the gym". And I could be missing something, but I don't know where that's coming from? I've always seen Sam as pretty emotionally mature? I'm hoping you could elaborate on why you said that for poor clueless people like me ;--; thank you!!

Ah yes I wrote it last night… at some point after midnight… instead of going to bed… go to bed early kids…

It’s a complicated thing and I am wary of touching Sam criticism with a ten foot pole because we’re all supposed to think that Sam is flawless. If he was, then the character would be dreadful and the show would have become boring after 5 episodes or so. But okay.

Sam isn’t really my area of expertise for a plethora of reasons, I am also bad at tagging so I have no idea how to dig up posts I or someone else have written about the topic, so I can’t really back up my opinions with arguments right now and I don’t really want to make broad statements about Sam just like that.

This said - and this is my interpretation not the Holy Word - I think Sam projects a lot on Dean and sometimes we as a fandom tend to believe Sam’s own perception of himself and Dean rather than the actual versions of them, if it makes sense. Sam doesn’t seem to have a very high emotional intelligence, and tends to empathize when he can see himself in the other person (the “I know what you’re going through because I have been through exactly the same” thing, even if the other person’s issue is not exactly the same as Sam’s). His intentions are good (I’ll never deny that!), but he doesn’t realize that he makes things about himself. Sure, he does help the other person, multiple times; but if he can’t make the thing about himself, he doesn’t connect with the other person. Sam is also seen as the one who talks about feelings, when in reality he locks most of his feelings behind armored doors and is open to talking about feelings… as long as the feelings are Dean’s. Dean does express his feelings, although he’s progressively learned not to be too open with Sam, because Sam has used his emotional honesty against him in the past.

Just the latest episode, imo, highlights his inability to accept the existence of a disagreement between him and Dean (and consequently, the fact that Dean is his own person with his own thoughts, ironically since that’s what he accused Dean of not having at the beginning of the show - and I don’t say this as a criticism of the show, I think this is fascinating and I love it!). Dean is very frankly and fairly calmly pointing out they have different opinions on Jack, Sam realizes he cannot drag Dean to his ‘page’ and turns the conversation about the fact that Dean is too emotionally compromised to think straight (everything is upside-down=your judgement is lopsided). It’s not an accident, it’s done it before in the show. And then he’s like “I get it” while Dean looks at him with an expression that obviously says “no you don’t”… but Sam passes as the one who speaks about feelings! Who is emotionally open and mature! But he said absolutely nothing about his reasons to be attached to Jack, to project his own emotional needs on him. He just says what he thinks Dean needs to hear, when it’s not. Does he have good intentions? Yes. Is he good at the emotional thing? Not really.

I have lowkey the symptoms of a flu (instead of getting the flu like normal people do, I fluctuate for weeks in a state of vague sickness, not bad enough to count as sick, story of my life) so I’ll end the post here, but I’m open to friendly discussion!


anonymous asked:

Hey there, I've been really enjoying reading your blog and have been learning a lot. I'd like to ask about some claims I see being made online about that everyone needs to stop eating meat/animal products imminently to lessen climate change. Is that the full picture? Most articles I see online promote a "plant based" (read: vegan) diet, but is it feasible for everyone to even do that? Would it even help? Thanks :)

This is a very complex question, and a lot has been written on it from different perspectives, but I have to say that it definitely is not the full picture.  To be honest, the question you asked could become an entire paper and/or thesis, but here are some reasons why everyone stopping eating animals immediately is neither feasible nor sustainable for people or the climate. 

The fact of the matter is, we have to feed -everyone- with the land and resources we have.  Climate change aside, that is the problem ag seeks to solve. So a solution is not truly sustainable unless it is capable of feeding everyone and is better for the climate than alternatives. Ok? Here we go!

So, does going animal-free work to feed everyone?

  • Many people (myself included) cannot safely exist on a diet devoid of animal products. Whether it be due to celiac, soy allergies, corn allergies, other gut disorders, many people need at least some animal products to survive. I have celiac. I also cannot eat soy more than occasionally without getting very sick and risking permanent health consequences. The majority of the items on the list of foods I cannot eat without getting sick and/or putting my health at risk are plant-derived. I am far from the only one like this. 
  • Allergies to plant-derived foods are far more common than to animal-derived ones.  Of the top 8 allergens estimated to cause >90% of allergic reactions by the Mayo Clinic, half of them are plant sources, and of the plant sources listed (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat) those are common sources of protein for vegetarian/vegan diets. If we cut out animal-based protein, where are people with these allergies going to get protein?
  • Saying “everyone can eat vegan” is ableist, and denies the reality of many people, myself and many of my family members included.

Going totally vegan may actually be bad for some ecosystems

  • Grasslands and rangelands need grazing to survive. These lands evolved under pressure from native herbivores, which in turn were kept in check by predators. Humans have largely eliminated those predators from a good chunk of the world, or severely reduced them (see the issue with deer overpopulation in the US due to human elimination of predators). 
  • Even if all the land currently grazed by herbivores was returned to wild populations, we risk herbivore overpopulation issues and long-term environmental degradation. If we just remove all grazing herbivores, we wind up with habitat degradation and in many places, increased fuel for forest fires, which causes its own problems. Removing herbivores also changes ecosystem balance for many other species that rely on herbivores to clear out excess brush, provide manure, or alter habitats.
  • A totally vegan diet for humanity wastes land.  ( Most grazing land is unsuitable for row crops without massive inputs of fertilizer and tilling/irrigation, which themselves can have a fairly high carbon footprint, and repeated tilling can be very bad for certain kinds of soil. (
  • Have you ever seen the rangelands of California or Montana? It would be extremely difficult to grow row crops there, but we are really good at growing cattle and sheep there!  Since grassland is 26% of the world’s land area, and 70% of the world’s agricultural area, any diet that doesn’t use pasture-produced animal products will be wasting a lot of land that could be feeding people. (
  • As the world population increases, pressure on existing land usage is going to increase, and so agriculture needs to rise to meet this challenge.

So I think we can make the case that a), a vegan diet will not feed everyone, and b) wastes land that could be used to feed people. So by default it’s not sustainable.

But what about livestock and climate change?

  • Livestock production of all types sum up to 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (,and 24% of global greenhouse gases come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use, according to the FAO. That includes plant and animal agriculture. (source:
  •  Of this, livestock are a major contributor, but so is soil management, which is needed for growing both human food and feed for livestock.
  • By contrast, electricity/heat, industry, and transport account for 25, 21, and 14% of greenhouse gases, respectively. 
  • In the US, livestock account for just 4.2% of total greenhouse gas emissions. To contrast, transportation and energy production account for 27% and 31% of total US greenhouse gas emissions, respectively. 
  • The contribution of livestock to greenhouse gases is higher in developing countries, partially due to a lot of livestock eating poorer quality feed or needing longer to reach market, and the fact that grass-fed livestock do produce more methane than livestock fed on lower-fiber feeds. 
  • But as discussed above, those grass-eating livestock are necessary for producing food where other crops can’t grow, and keeping ecosystems healthy.
  • So for the US and other developed countries, focusing on livestock seems a bit shortsighted compared to developing cleaner energy and transport, right? (source: Disclaimer: the author of this piece is one of my advisors) 
  • The US EPA here lists a lot of good ways we can improve agriculture to reduce climate change but the fact of the matter is, while ag and livestock ag in particular contribute a good amount to climate change, it’s got a big job to do - feeding everyone!
  • Herbivores like cows and sheep and goats are needed to preserve native forage-based ecosystems and provide food, but at the cost of producing methane that contributes to climate change. However, if we got rid of every cow and sheep and replaced their contribution to human diets with chicken and pigs, we’d have to grow extra food for them, which means more greenhouse gases to grow those foods, and we’re back at square one
  • To me, the real benefit of livestock, especially on range situations, is that they turn human-inedible plant protein into human-edible protein. That’s a significant reason why they’re so important to the human food supply.
  • Livestock also eat a lot of byproducts (brewer’s mash, hulls, tomato pulp, etc) that would otherwise go to waste.  This reduces the impact of their feed production and of waste disposal in other industries. We’d have a lot of reject feed/byproducts sitting around if we got rid of livestock, and those would have greenhouse gas production from their waste disposal.

For me, it amounts to priorities - we know a vegan diet won’t feed everyone and it wastes land. We don’t have enough arable land to feed everyone on a vegan diet, even if everyone could go vegan. 

We have researchers like myself and my colleagues working to help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions no matter what they farm (greenhouse gas emissions are a waste, remember, and cost farmers money). Livestock, especially in range situations and developing countries, eat a lot of stuff that would otherwise go to waste, and help keep ecosystems healthy. 

So it’s not just the analytical life cycle of the animal and it’s impacts, it’s what would the effect on climate change be by a) removing livestock and b) dealing with the human food needs met by doing so? 

To me, livestock earn their keep, and while it is our job to keep improving livestock systems to be more efficient and help  prevent worse climate change, we also need to remember that livestock are an important part of the sustainability of existing systems. 

So hope that answered your question, anon! For more info, check out this video presentation that you might find neat, as well:

anonymous asked:

So I've been thinking about carpool karaoke with Harry lately and I was wondering if you could do a little blurb about it?? Like y/n and Harry on a road trip just singing every song that played and him laughing at how terrible of a singer you are but like still loving you. It should be so cute and fluffy that I wanna vomit ya know?? Love you!!

Susie you should write a blurb about Harry’s girl taking charge in the bedroom!

Joined these two.  This was fun.  Bit of a surprise in here.  Haven’t written that scenario before.  Enjoy.

The trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was around four hours.  When Harry suggested a quick road trip and a weekend together in Vegas, you could hardly resist.  It would be the only real time together the two of you had been able to get since his solo CD had been released.

His tour was slated to start in three weeks, this gig in Vegas was strictly a fan thing.  The car was packed with the necessary food haul for a road trip though it was modified because both you and Harry were health freaks.  So instead of the standard junk food there was a cooler full of water, fruit and a nut/berry concoction Harry swore was better than sex.  You’d just have to see about that, you told him with wiggled eyebrows.

And you were off.  The first hour had been easy conversation about all the things the two of you had missed about each other’s lives while Harry had been gone promoting.  Your new job, his offer for his own record company, you made it to five mile runs without stopping, he’d graduated to being able to deadlift close to 350 lbs.  It was discussions like these that you missed the most.  Nothing important was being said yet everything important was being said.  This was the good stuff.  The things about Harry that no one else knew but you.  Mundane details that were insignificant but made up who he was.  All the reasons you loved him.

You thumbed through your Spotify, smiling to yourself when you connected your phone to his truck’s Bluetooth and turned on your roadtrip playlist.

Harry looked over at you,

“What’s this?”

“I made it special.  When you suggested a roadtrip I knew we had to have music.  What roadtrip is complete without music.”

Harry reached over to squeeze your hand,

“Very true, My Love.”

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Baahubali: Fact Vs. Fiction
  • “Prabhas and Rana were not the original choices”

The entire team of Baahubali worked so hard for 5 years on the 2 films, so it’d be great if people didn’t disrespect the actors by recasting their roles. Also for the love of God, kill the rumors that the movie was first offered to Hrithik Roshan or John Abraham or whatever bollywood actor’s diminishing career you’re trying to validate. Here’s proof from Rana himself:

and this is the article that he was referring to:

And here’s a direct quote from Rajamouli from this interview:

“Surprisingly it is quite difficult for people to believe that he was on board even before the script was done. I wanted to make this huge, epic war film for a long time and we didn’t have the script on hand, but somehow I knew that he was my protagonist. I used to tell him…I didn’t have the story so I didn’t have anything to tell him, but I used to tell him the kind of historical kings we had, the characterizations of Rana Prathap, the characterizations of Sivaji, of Sri Krishna Devaraya, of all of the kings of India. And I used to tell him that these are the lines that I’m thinking on and wanted him to play. He loved it, he loved the idea, and when I finally told him the story of Baahubali, and said that I would be needing him for one or one and a half year, he laughed and he said ‘You’re not going to make this in one and a half year, I know it will take more time, let it be two or three years, I’m there for you’ and he gave his dates without committing to any other film”

  • “The VFX was done with hollywood talent”

There were also so rumors that Baahubali utilized the same VFX team that worked on Jurrassic World which was denied by producer, Shobu Yarlagadda. One of the co-founders of Makuta VFX, which previously worked with Rajamouli on Magadheera, Maryada Ramanna, and Eega, stated: “ Most of Baahubali was developed in Hyderabad, home to Tollywood, and used local talent. It was principally a homegrown feature produced by homegrown talent.“

  • “Karan Johar came on board because Baahubali needed Bollywood money to be made.”

That’s not true. Arka Media Works produced both films. What started as a single film, shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil was then split into two after realizing the scope of the story. The Hindi version was not on the cards until Rana, who has bollywood connections due to his prior movies, pitched the film to Karan Johar and convinced him of its capacity to be a national phenomenon. Then only did Karan Johar come on board as a presenter. He certainly deserves credit for heavily promoting the film and grabbing bollywood’s attention by having his name attached but he was not involved in the film making process. Rajamouli has stated many times that if Prabhas committed to Baahubali by not taking on any other projects, Rana did so by being the team’s “mascot” and taking it to new terrain.

  • “Rajamouli enhanced the character of Devasena after the criticism of Avanthika in the first part”

I have my personal opinions about the character of Avanthika but in general some of the criticism the character received is valid. However, the character of Devasena was not changed in order to avoid the backlash. Devasena is the character she was since the film went on floors. When the movie was first started, it was supposed to be a single film which is why they began shooting with the flashback portions that are seen in the second part. This still, which is from a scene in The Conclusion, surfaced even before the release of the first part which shows that the story did not change much. Also, the team has stated in many interviews that they did not make any changes to the story after the response to the first one. They did make some changes in terms of editing and VFX but the characterizations did not change.

Tamanna has said before that she came on board pretty late into the making. Its highly likely that the character of Avanthika was added to bring some “masala” and appeal to a larger audience. If you consider the role of Avanthika, the film could have technically happened without her in the story but that is not the case for the strong characterization of Devasena which is the driving force of second part’s plot. This isn’t to excuse some of the issues with Avanthika’s character but just to say that it was a result of last minute tweaking and Devasena was not was an “afterthought”.

  • “The Hindi audience supported Baahubali more than the Telugu audience”

Obviously if we look at the numbers, the Hindi version did bring in more money than the Telugu Version. However, its really unfair to say that Telugu people did not support the film as much when it was us who saw its rise from being a rumored project to the sensation it is today. If you want to look at the numbers, just look at the stats of the Hindi audience vs. Telugu. The Hindi speaking population in India is almost at 50% whereas Telugu is around 8%. Then take into account people living in the diaspora and there’s no way we can compete. Also there is a huge audience that does not speak any of the languages the film released in and by default probably saw the Hindi version because its closest to their native language or the one they’re most familiar with. Either way, we shouldn't quantify support with BO numbers because the odds are always going to against non-Hindi speakers. Don’t take this victory away from the Telugu industry that has long been ridiculed in the national media for producing only “masala” films. Don’t make this about you, because its really, really not. oh and btw, STOP TAGGING BAAHUBALI CONTENT AS BOLLYWOOD

  • Final Thoughts

Its really easy for us to sit here and just say, ‘of course they all gave their time and dedication to this project, anyone, given the chance, would have. its a once in a lifetime kind of franchise’. But keep in mind that when the film first began production, it was seen as HUGE gamble that had the capacity to end careers if it had gone wrong. It’s because they committed to this project and worked day and night on it that it is what it is today, not in spite of it. So please don’t undermine their success and hard work by basically deeming them as replaceable and let’s give credit where its due. 

Of course no cinema is without its faults but sometimes we just need to set aside our critical lens and lets ourselves succumb to the masterpiece in all its glory.

Also the team is full of genuinely kind and humble people who have racked up a lot of goodwill over the years in the industry and I couldn’t be happier that they’re the ones receiving all this success and glory because if it was anyone else, it probably would’ve gone to their heads. 

and finally for good measure here’s an Instagram post from Rana, just in case you didn’t love these two enough already

anonymous asked:

Hey, I've seen your list of book reference, but it seems to cover basic stuff. I'm on my way to finish N4 level, could you recommend books that cover a more advance stuff? But not too advance though. thanks bytheway. Keep up the good work

Recommended References for Intermediate Japanese Learning

Not sure if you use TRY! books which we recommend previously, but it was one of a very recommended book to follow. >> Check out the details of this book set

For people who already finished the N5-N4 version here’s the next level version

TRY! N3 grammar with CD
500 Questions for N3 Practice + grammar review

TRY! Japanese JLPT N2 grammar with CD
Shin Nihongo 500 Mon for N2 Practice + grammar review

• TRY! Japanese JLPT N1 grammar with CD
• Shin Nihongo 500 Mon for N1 Practice + grammar review


Grammar Dictionaries

If you haven’t get the wonderful Yellow Dictionary of basic Japanese grammar, we recommend you to get one.

It’s an important book so you can learn in-depth about the grammar you encountered in Try! or while learning with other book. But it won’t be enough for N2 - N1 level. You will require the Intermediate and Advance version for them. 

You don’t have to buy them all together though. If you’re in N5 level, buy the yellow one. If you’re in N3 level buy the blue one, and when you get to N1 get the red if you feel you need more references.


If you don’t like the Try! self taught class system combined with the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar and would just like to learn Japanese by screening/reading through one book, this Japanese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a book that should be able to fill your need.

This very thick book will guide you to understand basic stuff to intermediate stuff. This book cover basic stuff such as number and counting and how to make questions with particle か. You could say that this book able to replace TRY! N5 - N3, but will not be able to replace the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar mentioned above. Try to check out the full index and some explanation in the sample page!

*Don’t buy the kindle version of this book since it’s just a blurry scanned version. You need to get the real book!


Vocabularies Dictionary

You will need a good dictionary to help you read/watch through Japanese books/movies for practice. The best and most complete Japanese-English dictionary you can found is the Kenkyusha green goddess dict.

But with more than 3000 pages and its price tag, you better get yourself the casio ex-word 9800 series which got more or less same price but with high functionality and portability. Yes, this denshijisho series is one of the type that hold the digital Kenkyusha green book. You can buy any version as long as it’s the 9800 or 10000 series. But here’s a link below to make your search easier.

(Model D) XD-K9800 // (Model U) XD-U9800 // (Model K) XD-K9800

Quick spec: Touch screen/Jump function/Kenkyusha (the only dict you need)/Handwriting input/Function to make notes/100+hours on 2AA rechargeable battery. Note that it’s made for Japanese. To be in safe side, you should be around N3 level to be able to navigate/figure out how to use it.

>Click to learn more about denshijisho (electronic dictionary)

Kenkyusha Pocket Dict: Though not as complete, there’s also the pocket size of kenkyushadict. It’s portable and much more affordable!


In-depth Kanji learning

• KODANSHA kanji learner’s course

This book will give you the historical story and made up mnemonics for the over 2000 kanji characters to help you learn it, write it, completed with sample usage. It’s a must have book in your library.


In case you missed it, we’ve cover books for basic level here:

Hope it helps! Happy learning! 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。



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