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anonymous asked:

After reading your answer to the question, what is your favorite levihan moment?

Ah! I get this question a lot. I usually direct you guys to this post. I think it is still my favourite moment to this day. Whenever I read that post again, my heart just blooms. lol. But for you anon, I scoured for another worthy moment that gave me the tingle tingle.

The levihan date with Roy and Pierre

I like how they were wearing their own jackets, the proximity of their hands and in the next few panels, Roy praising Hanji for a doing a good job. Hanji was bashful and all but Levi was “Write something nice about us! You ungrateful old man”. I improvised the line.

And of course, how could I leave out this-

That.. that.. I cried. I squealed. I laughed when I saw that. Levi the emotionless clean freak, warning Hanji the excitable scientist. That is the core of every Levihan fanarts and fanfics. You can’t deny that.

ok so october last year I was on this school trip to sarajevo, and while walking around town alone I ran into some guys from my school and they invited me to walk with them and I accepted bc y not, we were headed the same way anyway.

so we got talking, and they asked me abt my sexuality bc they’d heard from someone that I was bisexual, and I got sorta cautious and suspicious bc the last time my sexuality was found out/brought up by co-students (2 years prior or smth) I was immediately bombarded with questions like “does that mean you’ve had a threesome? have you had sex with a girl? would you have a threesome with me?” like honestly, it wasn’t a good experience.

but I tried to be optimistic, even if I was a bit anxious, so I said “yeah, I am” and still kinda expected the same questions as before. but these guys were so cool about it “that’s so cool! I love that- so if we point out that a girl is good looking (you know bc we were in a foreign country so when we spoke danish no one understood us) you can join in too!” and honestly it’s one of my fondest memories and definitely the most comfortable I’ve ever been with a group of people after sharing my sexuality.

pls recommend me podcasts!

so i’m trying to walk outside more instead of just walking in circles in my basement while watching tv, and aside from a few episodes of wtnv several years ago ive never really listened to podcasts

so i found one on spotify called “spirits” that i was excited about, and basically two girls get tipsy and talk about different mythological stories. except they tried to talk about a creature from the philippines called an aswang, and like..spent 5 minutes pronouncing it “ass-wang” to laugh about it and THEN googled the correct pronunciation, kept making fun of non-english words and languages, and then were like “it’s so exciting to learn about these obscure myths that nobody’s really heard of” in reference to like, planning to discuss myths that aren’t limited to greek/roman, norse, or egyptian.

out of the 4 episodes i listened to, 2 were classic and famous greek stories (hades & persophone, and eros & psyche) and i knew them already. the only thing i really learned of interest in the episode about selkies and kelpies is that the loch ness monster is actually a shape-shifting kelpie

so basically my question is can you guys recommend me some podcasts that won’t piss me off lmao

ones on spotify are preferred but i can download a podcast listening app if necessary

the bender/non-bender relation to class division in the korra setting was Complicated, since there were definitely still upper-class non-benders and working-class benders, but it also was pretty clear that the equalists had a really salient point that just Never Got Addressed

abcdefg123sworld  asked:

I think the only problem I have with the abudance of gifted vampires is that SM tried saying it was a very rare occurance. Kind of contradictiary.

Right??  Riley said “1 in 50″ but I guess Riley could be lying or misinformed by Victoria. I think there were about 20 names vampires in the army, but there were other non-named ones too, and some had already died, so maybe we got near 50? 30-35 might be more likely though. Of all those newborns only 1-2 had gifts. Fred has a gift, obviously, and was it Raoul who had a sort of minor, vague “dumb people will follow me” leadership gift? Something like that, right? 

SM does point out there’s a higher percentage of gifted vampires than there are gifted humans because some vampires seek out gifted humans to turn. And I get that. Still, it seems a little excessive if it’s supposed to be rare

(Likewise, imprinting. It was supposed to be rare, or so the Quilutes thought, and SM herself said not everyone imprints.  Which is pretty cruel, if you think about it. The wolves have no way to know if they will EVER imprint, so what are they supposed to do? Not date/marry at all because they might someday imprint and have to abandon their partner? Wait until they meet “the one” which they might never meet?) 

Anyway I did the math once from the info in the guide. It’s like 1 in 4 vampires have a gift vs 1 in 50.  And I included just mentioned vampires like “Stefan’s mate” and “Alice’s creator” when I did the math so it was a larger pool that just the characters we meet in the story. 1 in 4 is … . a lot more common than 1 in 50. And again, you can sort of explain it by you know, the Cullens specifically sought out friends with gifts who might help them when facing the Volturi or whatever but it just seems like “rare” is maybe not the right word here.  

And the fact that the gifted Cullens now outnumber the non-gifted Cullens ~bugs me, but that might be because the non-gifted ones are my favorites and I sort of resent how it makes them look deficient or lacking rather than making the gifted ones special or freaks. Also I still don’t quite get why Renesmee, as a half vampire, has a full-strength power (or kind of two powers: the thought-showing and the shield-breaking, but the later hasn’t been tested on anyone but Bella so it could be a mother-daughter bond ~thing) and not some watered down power since she’s not a full vampire. Everything else about her is not-quite vampire level (speed, strength, etc) but this is, evidently. 

So can we like…start normalizing the idea that not everyone dates or has their first boyfriend/girlfriend in junior high or high school?

There are plenty of people who go into college with little to no dating experience. There are tons of people who go into college having not had their first kiss yet. It’s not wrong; everyone experiences things at a different pace, and that’s okay. Don’t feel pressured into doing things you’re not comfortable with at the time just because you feel like you have to fill some sort of “quota.”

mynormalusernamewasalreadytaken  asked:

Do you know when "canon," like as a concept, became like a standard nerd thing?

The amazing thing about the term “canon” is that it didn’t bubble up from the undifferentiated mass of fandom (who actually knows who came up with memes?). We know exactly and specifically where the word comes from when used in this context: an essay written by a Sherlock Holmes fan in 1911, who compared the wild and crazy veneration that fanatical Holmes fans have for the original stories, to holy writ. Another name for the books assembled in the Bible was the canon, as opposed to other books that, for various reasons, were left out of the Bible and “didn’t count.” In other words, the term was originally used ironically and in a self-deprecating way to talk about the almost religious intensity of Holmes fans. 

Part of the reason the term canon caught on was because, even in the 1910s, the public was so mad for Sherlock Holmes that there were all kinds of illegal imitators and non-Conan Doyle authors and knockoffs, and yes, there were even amateur works that were distributed by mail (what today we’d call “fanfiction,” some of which even survives today), so a crucial distinction began to arise between the stuff that was “official” and the stuff that wasn’t. So, here we have the three things that we need to even have the concept of canon as we define it: 1) a group dedicated enough to actually care, who can communicate, 2) a necessary distinction between “official” and not, particularly due to the presence of amateur works (what today we’d call fanfiction), 3) a long term property that could sustain that devotion. 

Now, of the three, which do you think was the one that was absent from a lot of science fiction fandom’s first few decades? It’s actually 3. Canon only matters if it’s something other than just a single story, which the business model of the pulps discouraged. Like TV in the 1960s, every story had to be compartmentalized and serial storytelling was mostly discouraged.

One fandom, big from the 1930s to the 1960s was E.E. Smith’s space opera Lensman series. The Lensman stories were so popular that it received 5 sequels, all of which were planned from the outset. Some Lensman fanfiction from the 1940s is actually still available for reading. Part of the reason the Lensman stories were so popular is that it described a consistent world with consistent attributes: Inertialess Drives, aliens like Chickladorians, Vegians, Rigellians, pressor beams, space axes, Valerian Space Marines, superdreadnoughts, “the Hell Hole in Space,” the works. It was way easier to get sucked into this than it was with the usual “one and done.”  Take for example, this amateur guide to the Lensman series, with art by Betty Jo Trimble.

Canon “policy” as we know it today, as a part of a corporate strategy, started with Star Trek: the Next Generation. Before that, there was no “multimedia property” big enough to necessitate it; Star Wars just didn’t care, which is why pre-Zahn “expanded universe” stories like the Marvel comics were so bonkers. There was no reason to believe that the Trek novels, including good ones by John M. Ford and Diane Duane, were anything else than totally official. Roddenberry, though, was deeply angry about losing control of the film series, and due to his illness (hidden from the public at the time), his canon policy was enforced by his overly zealous attorney. In Star Trek canon, for a long time, the only thing that counted was what was on screen. And not even that…the Star Trek animated series, for several decades, was decanonized. (It wasn’t until Deep Space 9 that animated references crept back in, and today, it’s as canon as everything else).

I don’t want to scare anyone, and this is hearsay, but I’ve heard from three people who were there that Next Generation writers, at least as long as Roddenberry and his attorney were around, were encouraged to not think of the original series as canon at all. References to Spock and even an episode that had an appearance by the Gorn were rewritten.

The Star Trek canon policy was so harsh and unexpected that rules were invented deliberately to kick out popular reference sources, like the rule that starships could only have even numbered nacelles, which meant much of the Franz Joseph guides, published in the millions and praised by Roddenberry and others as official, were vindictively decanonized. 

Star Wars canon is interesting because it was entirely created by the West End Roleplaying Game. It was the only major Star Wars product printed in the Star Wars Dark Age, the 5-6 years between 1986-1991 when all toy lines and comics were canceled and the fandom was effectively in a coma or dead. The Roleplaying Game was the first place that information was collected from diverse sources like the comics and novels. Every single Star Wars novelist read the West End game because it was the only time all this information was in one place. 

Marvel Comics canon is a very interesting example because it was a harbinger of things to come: superhero comics were one of the earliest places in geek culture where the “inmates started to run the asylum”…that is to say, fans produced the comics, guys like Roy Thomas (creator of the Vision and Ultron) who started off as a fanzine writer. Because of the back and forth in letters pages, there was an emphasis on everyone keeping it all together that didn’t exist at DC, which at last count, had 5 (!) totally contradictory versions of Atlantis. 

Fae vs. Fairy

Alright guys, let’s talk fae (the Celtic version).

There’s a terribly common misconception of what fae/fairy (and pixies) really means. On screen and sometimes even in books fairies are mistakenly shown to be those little winged creatures described as mischievous if not evil. That’s false. Those are actually pixies. The actual Fae (faerie, later fairy) are the mysterious nature spirits possessing magical powers, who look human-like but can also temporarily take up various smaller sizes upon choice.

But where do the Fae start? From the myths and folklore of the ancient Celts. The gods and goddesses of the Celts were many in number, and many unknown, but they were regarded with reverence, as having power and purpose, with various functions in the natural world. These gods were the Tuatha de Dannan, the people of Danu.

But with the arrival of Christianity, this changed, like most Celtic (and other non-Celtic) concepts. They were altered in meaning. Gods and deities of the old pagan ways were demoted to “fairy folk”, to heroes and remorseful warriors that change their faith, to lessen their power. Their pedestal of godhood and aura of mystery was strategically erased. They became enchanters, sorcerers, which obviously had evil connotations in Christian perception. In Daemonologie, King James associated fairies with demonic entities. Eventually even this imagery of the magical enchanters was further demoted to what is now most commonly known as that of the pixies: in other words, something small, harmless, powerless, a troublesome spirit that nobody cares to bother with anymore.

So in this sense, fae/faerie/faery refers to the ancient idea of what they stood for, the original one (gods, Tuatha de Dannan, powerful magical spirits); whereas fairy is the more modern one mistaken for pixies (small, harmless, mischievous).

“Totally new characters”?? Are you people kiddin’ me

Season 1

Season 2

And my favorite friendly reminder who ended up Supreme Commander in place of Prorok and Thace

Are you sure we were watching the same show? 

I feel like half the homeschoolers I meet are radical christians with conservative opinions and views and the other half are v liberal and like EXTREMELY gay there is no in-between