be a better runner

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  • Me: I should do something productive today
  • Also me: *cackling ominously* but noo look at this 300,000 word fanfiction just sitting there begging to be read
  • Me: but I have to-
  • Also me: *heart eyes* it has so much fluff!!
  • Me: *spends all day reading tooth rotting fluff*
Blade Runner 2049 and women?

I’ve seen a whole lot of discussion about Blade Runner with the general idea that the movie portrays women in an objectifying way intentionally, as a commentary on sexism. And I think that might have some weight IF the female characters were…I dunno….written better? 

I think people want to compare Blade Runner 2049 to Fury Road or The Handmaid’s Tale, stories steeped in sexism ABOUT sexism. Stories that “mistreat” the female characters for the purpose of commenting on institutionalized misogyny. But like, those stories the female characters had arcs and fully explored personalities and motivations. 

Blade Runner 2049….doesn’t?

The female character we see the most of, and I think the character where any gender commentary falls apart is Joi. And yeah, like “house wife for purchase” isn’t a great place to start with. Still, we see her seem to be sentient, another form of artificial life like the replicants. She is brave and embraces K’s humanity. I liked her. 

And the question of how sentient she is is a compelling, the parallel with the question of replicant humanity is thought provoking,  and her character is interesting, but the revelation that she’s brave, and supportive, and loving only because of her programming, because that’s what K wants her to be; that massive, naked glowing hologram of her laughing and flirting with K after she “died,” revealing as nothing but a shallow doll, only mimicking humanity, says what?

What are we supposed to gain from Joi’s story, other than how K’s belief in her and K losing her impacts him emotionally? When K’s humanity, even as a replicant, is reinforced over and over and over again, while hers is utterly erased, says….what? 

And the whole movie is kind of like this. Stelline is locked up, totally isolated from the world. Why? Luv’s killer android babe trope is fun action, but does it build to a theme? Joshi, and Freysa, and Marinette all have potential, but their stories are too under-developed and disparate to build up to a coherent purpose. None of them seem to have a solid character arc to speak of.

So what is the purpose? Why the giant floating naked women holograms and the giant, beautiful naked women statues? Why the constant barrage of sexualized female images, but lack of actual female characters with stories? 

I think Blade Runner 2049 has a lot to say about humanity and memories and power. 

But does it have anything to say about gender? Or are the giant naked ladies just there for show? 

partyhardwoohoo  asked:

My partner and I want to prioritize our health, especially working out, this semester. We want to set a goal, but we know that the "goal weights" mentality is reductive and harmful. What are better ways to set fitness goals?

Focus on action and achievements. The very first question you should be asking yourself is: In my most insane, impossible dream, what would I want to do? (Run an ultramarathon? Become a professional ballerina? Swim the English Channel? Deadlift my car?)

Once you have an answer to that question, it starts getting a little bit easier to pick out the more accessible goals within that grand dream.

If your ultimate fantasy is to run an insane distance, then start off with just one mile. One little mile. First make sure that you can run it, then make sure that you can run it at a pace you’re happy with, then make that pace a little bit faster and faster over time. What starts off as “I want to run 1 mile without stopping” will eventually turn into “I want to run a 6 minute mile and maintain that for 5 miles.” As you adapt and become a better runner, your goal will slowly inch towards that ultramarathon. Even if that original goal seems completely inappropriate and unachievable, that’s completely okay: the key is in the baby steps.

This works with just about everything. Before becoming a ballerina, you have to sign up for a beginner dance class and master a few basic steps both in flats and en pointe. Before lifting like Arnold, you have to safely learn the basic motions with only your bodyweight, gain access to equipment and learn how to adjust your diet in order to build muscle mass. The key is to break your goals down into manageable pieces. You can’t do it all at once and no one expects you to. Instead, look at the different components of your biggest dream and start thinking about the kind of steps that will eventually get you there.

You started off with the right idea: Move away from aesthetic goals and not only will your workouts suddenly become 100x more fun and satisfying, but you’ll have such a better chance of moving forward and being happy with yourself. Because we don’t want a goal that you’ll hit within 2 months and then struggle to maintain for years afterward. There’s no rush here. Aim big! Do a lot! If at any point you look at your current personal goal and think “This is too hard, I’ll never achieve that,” then it’s time to break it down again and look at the step before that next goal. And if at any time you think “This is pretty easy, I bet I could do more,” then aim higher! 

LISTEN UP WRITERS I’M WELL AWARE THAT YOU DON’T OWE ANY OF US SHIT BUT I SWEAR TO ALL THE GODS IF YOU GIVE US BRAVEN AND THEN HAVE BELLAMY LEAVE HER FOR CLARKE ONCE THEY GET BACK TO THE GROUND THAT WILL BE THE LAST STRAW BECAUSE RAVEN REYES DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT! IM NOT HERE TO WATCH RAVEN BE SECOND RUNNER UP TO CLARKE ONCE AGAIN! I’D RATHER HAVE NO ROMANTIC BRAVEN THAN WATCH HER BE HAPPY WITH BELLAMY THEN HAVE YOU RIP THAT AWAY FROM HER TOO!

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

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Hi friends!!

I headed up to Michigan this past weekend (again)! Scott’s cousin got married on Saturday.

Saturday morning though, scott and I were able to go for our first run together in so long!! It was so nice! I did 3 on my own and then went back and picked up scott and he did 2.5. He did great! He’s a bit frustrated with how much fitness he’s lost, but I know he’ll get it back quick 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻

Saturday night was the wedding, and it was really fun! I just love weddings, everyone’s always happy and love is in the air 💕

Sunday was a recovery day haha spent the day laying around with scott and enjoyed it.

And today I got out for some hot miles after work! The temps have climbed back up, but it really wasn’t too bad. Had nice negative splits and was happy to be done ☀️

Hope you all had good weekends!!

The fact that the two elf tarot cards are like “fuck clothes” I just like the idea that Lavellan just. Strips. All the time. Gets into camp? Thank god I hate these pants. Walking around Skyhold in a hot day? Shirts are for losers and nerds. Being barefoot makes me a better runner. What do u mean ‘put on a shirt this is an official meeting?’ Im the inquisitor and the inquisitor’s fuckin pajamas are fuckin itchy. Get away from me. I will be half naked and you will like it.

Headcanon time!

ᴬᶜᵗᵘᵃᶫᶫʸ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᶦˢᶰ’ᵗ ᵃ ʰᵉᵃᵈᶜᵃᶰᵒᶰ ʳᵉᵃᶫᶫʸ ᵃˢ ᶦᵗ’ˢ ᵖᵃʳᵗ ᵒᶠ ʰᶦˢ ᵖᵃˢˢᶦᵛᵉ ᶦᶰ⁻ᵍᵃᵐᵉ ⁻ ᵇᵘᵗ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᵖᵒᵖᵖᵉᵈ ᶦᶰᵗᵒ ᵐʸ ᵐᶦᶰᵈ ˢᵒ ᶦ ᵐᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵃˢ ʷᵉᶫᶫ ᵖᵒˢᵗ ᵃᵇᵒᵘᵗ ᶦᵗ ʰᵘʰ

Jhin is an awfully good runner. His athletic build with those long legs and how he gets “inspired” makes him extremely nimble; if the victim tries to escape, he is able to easily chase and run them down, actually getting ahead to kill them.

It’s not just that he’s fast but also has the stamina to run for a pretty long time, much like a wolf chasing its prey. Also has the advantage of being ranged, traps and the immobiliser ray of magic he shoots with his cane.

The headcanon part is that he doesn’t just work on ground level but he would also scale buildings. While he isn’t too agile he could still get over fences a bit taller than him, and could climb up on the rooftops for a better view and shot, even fully armored. Mind, this isn’t ninjalike level agility at all, he needs objects he can jump/step onto, and is constricted by his gear and lack of that type of skill. Think of army level platforming, not that bs Talon can do, if you know what I mean. He can jump high and long, but no acrobatics.

Before taking any action, Jhin would scout the area thoroughly where he wants to put his stage onto, memorising every object of interest he can use, where and how he can climb up, viewpoints, secret routes, hiding spots he can squish his scrawny body in case things go sour. He’d map hidden trading routes, surroundings of farmsteads so he could catch his unsuspecting victims by surprise. He’d place traps in choking points or escape routes, mark distances with lanterns. He’d have to test every risky move or jump since he won’t have depht perception (one of his eye is covered) at the time of action.

Just imagine, you run for your life, wounded severely already, and no matter how you try to run, you can hear his (intentionally) heavy footsteps and steadily kept breathing behind you. Suddenly things go oddly silent. You look around, he’s nowhere to be seen. Did you manage escape the monster, this masked nightmare?

And then you hear the *clack clack* of armored boots running above the roofs. You get a terrifying glimpse of his crooked silhouette before he lands in front of you onto his hand and knee, the way we can all see when he arrives on base in-game. Straightening up, he dusts off his flowing, gold-trimmed cloak. The single eye studying you is the only indicator that this thing is human - but it’s glowing crimson from the channeled magic, and it’s shining is maliciously intelligent that is of a demon. “The Art cannot be escaped.” He laughs condescendingly. His masks muffle and echo his voice, the carved smile makes your blood freeze.