delicatelytoobear  asked:

Man, it seems like taking one of your classes would be legit.

My students seem to enjoy it- and I think they’re retaining a lot of what they pick up in lecture. Exam scores aren’t as high as I’d like them (but they’re right on par with what the university wants), but their writing assignments have drastically improved since last semester. And nobody’s tried to tell me that skeletons have breast tissue. That’s a big metric of success for me. At least once a week, we talk about how the stuff we learn in the course can apply to their actual lives- like, last week, when we talked about primate locomotion, we talked about why humans get arthritis but chimps don’t. My school has a HUGE kinesiology department and there’s a lot of kinesio/physical therapy majors, so talking about some of the evolutionary reasons we have bad knees and what some prevention methods/options for reparative therapy are actually slots in really well with both my students’ interests and the study of human evolution. Stuff like that plus short, kinda punchy lectures with fun visuals, simulations, and non-slide demonstrations and video clips seem to make the class pretty accessible to all learning styles- I really try to make it worth the students’ time. My goal is that they walk out of there with a broad understanding of why it’s important to study evolution and what some of the implications are of human evolution in their daily lives- as well as to gain a better understanding of the scientific method and what it means to do science. 

anonymous asked:

I've a theory. I've seen antis scream death-threats toward actors and directors over characters the aforementioned antis loathe. It makes me think the whole 'fiction influences reality 1:1' thing is a MASSIVE case of projection. As in, you genuinely have the above people who fail to tell the difference between the two... hence why, with their whole worldview so skewed, they assume that EVERYONE ELSE has the exact same issue & fiction needs to be controlled for everyone's well-being.

I’ve thought the same before, but now I think it’s not quite so straightforward as projection. It seems to be more of a … misattribution, I believe, of the reason why their own experiences are what they are.

Specifically, I think a fair number of anti-shippers struggle to parse how fictional works can interact with one’s worldview, experiences, and cultural background radiation to produce a particular takeaway … and as black&white answers are easier than muddled, nuanced ones, some people will find fiction an easy and obvious scapegoat for the complicated influences that fiction can act on.

in other words, I think people who believe that fiction affects reality in a 1:1 way don’t account for the fact that humans aren’t blank slates. Fiction is, to some degree, what the viewer makes of it; their experiences and culture and worldview will change how they interact with the fiction - and how the fiction acts on them.

If humans are blank slates, as these people presume, any negative reactions a person has to a fictional work are sourced in the fictional work itself.  It can’t possibly be something previously present in themselves, brought to the surface by fiction.  “They would never have been thinking or feeling this negative thing if it wasn’t for this fiction!’ they fume. ‘The fiction clearly planted it in their head!’

And if the relationship between fiction and reality is that straightforward, then the only thing we have to do to get rid of all terrible things in the world is make media a pure, safe experience. People would never think or feel bad things again without fiction to make them think of it.

It keeps things simple, and simplicity is one of the most important tenets of anti-shipping.


“They say that strange things lurk in that forest and I’ve seen many a traveler enter it, never to return from their voyage in. Old legends say that it runs wild with fae magic, and answer’s only to the one whose blood lays claim to the forest’s lost kingdom. So, enlighten me, girl - why is someone like you risking her life by entering such a place?”

“I have no choice if I wish for my sister to keep her life.”

samuraibebop105  asked:

One more for the road, so consider... Every Ghost is born knowing that we have to find our Guardian. We don't know what they look like. Not on the outside, anyway. On the inside, I'd always known who you were... And that together, we could be something more. When you think about everything we've seen, everything we've done... I feel like I made the right choice. Hm. We should let Shiro know how it went out here. Let him admire his handiwork. And thanks. You know, for being my Guardian.

FUCK THIS MADE…me tear up a bit thank you for reminding me of that scene :’D

unwoundbobbin  asked:

001: White Collar; 002: Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey; 003: Merlin (Kingsman). (If only answering one lot, please 001 :))

Thank you!!!!!!!  Here you go.  I may do the one for Merlin (Kingsman) in a separate post 

White Collar  - 001 | Send me a fandom and I will tell you my:

Favorite character:  It’s funny, but when it was airing, Peter Burke was my favorite character.  Now that it’s been off the air for a while, I think my favorite is Neal Caffrey.  

Least Favorite character:  Alex Hunter.  I liked her for Season Two as a Chaotic Neutral antagonist, but when she reappeared in Season Four, her personality was back to the same cardboard cut out that she’d been in Season One.

5 Favorite ships (canon or non-canon):  

Peter and Elizabeth:

Peter and Neal 

Ummm, does anyone else matter?

Character I find most attractive:  While Matt Bomer may be, objectively speaking, the most beautiful man ever born, my tastes always ran more towards Peter Burke:

Character I would marry:

Peter Burke.  Seriously, can this man get any hotter (and kinder?)

Character I would be best friends with:

Mozzie.  We think a lot alike (and yes, that’s fucking scary)

A random thought:

I miss them.

An unpopular opinion:

I liked Neal and Sara together.  I don’t think it would have worked, but they had chemistry.

My canon OTP:

Peter and Elizabeth.

Non-canon OTP:

Peter and Neal

Most badass character:

Diana Berrigan

Pairing I am not a fan of:

Neal and Kate.  I just want to set her on fire.

Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another):

Elizabeth Burke, from Season 5 forward.  She went from a wonderful, supporting friend to an insecure shrew.  Damn you, writer!!!!

Favourite friendship:

Peter and Mozzie, especially in Season Six

anonymous asked:

Any new ones where Tyler is really submissive?

idk how new they are but here’s what i found -Madi

This Is How It Starts by Xx_Addict_With_A_Pen_xX (1/1 | 2925 | Mature)

Wanna bang?
I mean. Whatever


The drabble where autocorrect gets Josh laid and Tyler becomes his boyfriend.

Revitalize Me by Snickerdudeles (1/? | 935 | Not Rated)

Josh is the ruler of hell. Everyone fears him. That’s what he wants, but after doing it for so long, things have gotten boring. Throw in a spicy little brown haired Tyler with an attitude, and things are bound to get interesting.

Sixty Five Minutes by Airr_catcherr (1/1 | 4437 | Explicit)

For the request: “josh is a bad teacher and tyler snaps so later josh asks tyler to stay after class and then something happens and josh is suddenly wanting to fuck tyler. If you can include a little dirty talk and degradation then I’ll love you forever. And for the ending, can it be something sweet and funny? Thanks!”

anonymous asked:

So you know those personality tests & things? I have a question about a thing & I wonder whether it might be related to ADHD. I'm no good at them cause I always over think them I guess ? Like "Yeah I'm this but not always sometimes I--" (1/2)

And I have little to no idea what I’m like most often because I?? Can’t remember in those terms & don’t really trust my perceptions(that 2nd bit is the result of my childhood I’m pretty sure) and the questions are too absolute, maybe? I get (2/3)

different answers whenever I take one depending on my mood, is the point & I wonder whether that sort of transience is a result of ADHD or?(3/3 sorry I underestimated length)

You’re probably being too literal. I have the same problem sometimes. I recommend ignoring the “most like” instructions and go with “this seems most correct for me right now.”

Also, things like the MBTI are known to change for some people quite a bit. My results tend to vary depending on stressors and my depression status, though I’m always an introvert.


anonymous asked:

Any au where one of them are a single parent and they slowly fall in love, I love yoonkook so much

at thirty nine thousand feet byumji (1/1 | NR | 3,059)

Yoongi meets Jungkook on a plane (a flight to Disney, to be more specific).

love handmade for me by xheartsigh (ChocolatMuffin) (7/7 | T | 9,450)

(noun) comes from the French word for “wake”, as in the trail left by a boat in water. It may refer to the trail of scent left behind by one who wears perfume.

third day: with kids
awkward cuties with a lot of fluff
single parent Yoongi & kindergarten teacher Jungkook

The Art of Lost Stars by SOFTAGUSTD (16/? | M | 42,563)

“You were supposed to come five hours ago.”

Jungkook sighed, handing Yoongi a couple bills. “I know, time got away from me.”

“Away from you, my ass. You’re lucky I didn’t walk out on the kid.”

“I’m sorry, thank you.”

Yoongi scoffed, looking through the money. “Your kid is upstairs asleep,” he pocketed the money. “She kept asking where he dad was.”

Jungkook licked his lips, wiping his palms on his pants. He never knew why he got so nervous around Yoongi.

Maybe it was the tattoos spread all over his arms, the piercings on his lip and eyebrow, or the fact that Jungkook had the biggest boner in the world.


Burt’s everyday recollections of his trauma are lessening. They’re ever present in his body but not as much on his mind at every moment.

He asked about his first family today, what happened to him, he just wanted some reassurance that this now fuzzy picture he has in his head of these people is accurate. That the life he barely remembers was real, it all happened. So we talked about it. He was sad. I was sad. I let him know that it’s ok to be sad, ok to think about his first family, ok that he still has some love for them.

He asked me for the first time, “why couldn’t they keep me safe?”

It was a hard milestone, a hard question to have to answer in age appropriate terms. One day, he’ll know it all. Being the keeper of his story is so hard some days.

Last week marked an anniversary. The body remembers what the mind sometimes forgets.

Mary Ann Cramer: I have to ask you the same question people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back? Forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems at home?

Sinclair: No. We have to stay here. And there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers. But there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.

Babylon 5: Infection