but you're okay too

Okay but let’s be real for a moment: Phil Coulson is a man you just have to love. Not only is he someone who admits to collecting cards of a super hero like a child or vintage cars like what youngsters would probably call a ‘nerd’, he is someone who frowns at you when you say “a man your age”. To him that (as canon depicted it) is something ‘you say to an old person’. In his own mind he is not old at all. He defies age by the way he presents himself despite the fact that his job couldn’t be more adult.

I’ve admired this from the moment I paid attention to him. A character like that is rare in the MCU if you ask me. I mean a man who has both qualities: the quality of convincing you he is serious when he is serious with you and the quality of making you smirk when he’s acting like a total manchild. Usually the heroes in the MCU are being “made more funny” by showing traits that are unlike their usually stern character. Others are only created to be humorous and when they get more serious you don’t really buy it. But then there is Phil Coulson who really personifies both and I sit here thinking “This is right. It has to be like that.” because otherwise it wouldn’t be Phil.

I love that in his own eyes age is nothing you see on people. And I love that they brought it up towards a younger member of SHIELD. For her to feel like maybe what she said wasn’t really smart. It’s easy for young people to look at older people and say ‘a person your age shouldn’t do this’ or ‘a person your age shouldn’t act like that’ yadda yadda, but even I - as I write this - want to still feel and do the same things I do right now in 30 years from now without looking in the mirror and thinking “Are you even allowed to do that being so OLD?” No way am I ever gonna conform to this stigma of aging. 

I absolutely love Phil Coulson for not seeing himself as an ‘age’.

While we’re on the subject of tumblr’s shortcomings as a fandom platform, I want to say one more thing. I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s really important to remember that fandom isn’t just on tumblr, but on AO3 as well. One angle that I don’t see people talking about a lot with regard to commenting on fic is that it’s another level of interaction that I don’t think fandom can live without–not just because it fuels writers, but because it can fuel readers too. 

Over the course of my fandom life, I’ve gradually worked my way up to leaving more and more detailed comments (not necessarily always longer, but definitely more specific) and let me tell you–it’s incredibly rewarding. Just recently, I left a comment that prompted a writer to share a lot more about what they were thinking while writing the fic and to give me a rec for a fic with a similar theme to the one they wrote. Sometimes writers will reply to comments by going into more detail about the headcanons they have for characters or explaining more backstory for a part of the fic that I mentioned liking. I’ve had people follow me here on tumblr after I commented on one of their fics on AO3 (and as a writer, I’ve followed people who have commented on my fic too–if I can find them here), and from that, sometimes new friendships arise.

What I’m trying to say is that the importance of comments as an aspect of fandom interactions can’t be overstated. It’s not just about stroking a writer’s ego. You can get things out of it too, whether it be a new headcanon to think about, an insight into the creative process, or even a new friend. Being specific about the parts of fic you like can give writers the confidence to write more things in the same vein or to write more period. Back in the LJ days, fic and personal posts were all mixed in together, so it was easier to have those kinds of interactions, but now that those worlds are split, I think it’s even more important to remember why commenting is important and what it can do for fandom as a whole.

So next time you’re leaving a comment, I challenge you to view it not as “paying your dues” for reading the story, but as an opportunity to interact with the person behind it. You don’t have to be long-winded. Tell them what your favorite part of it was. Pick out something that was unique about it and ask about their inspiration. Talk about how it made you feel or what it reminds you of. You won’t regret it. 

What you asked for: “Shiro/Keith, Shiro/Allura, or Shiro/Ulaz.”
What I heard:  “GIVE SHIRO THE LOVE HE DESERVES”

Well @wolviecat​, I was your secret gift person for the Voltron Positivity Exchange.  Bless you for giving me the opportunity to draw such a happy Shiro.  I hope you like it!

TAZ Crew Classpects

IPRE CREW

Magnus: Knight of Heart

Merle: Bard of Life

Taako: Mage of Mind

Lup: Prince of Rage 

Barry: Sylph of Doom 

Davenport: Heir of Void

Lucretia: Bard of Blood 

BOB 

Angus: Knight of Mind 

Johann: Page of Hope 

Carey: Rogue of Void 

Killian: Witch of Punching 

Bonus

John Hunger: Prince of Blood 

Fisher: Thief of Mind 

Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you:
Nathaniel

Looks like could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll:
Kentin

Looks like a cinnamon roll and actually is a cinnamon roll:
Lysander

Looks like could kill you and could actually kill you:
Castiel

Sinnamon roll:
Armin

did someone say percabeth? 

Fake Chats #151
  • Jimin: my hands are so small.
  • Jungkook: small and cute.
  • Jimin: I wish they were a little but bigger.
  • Taehyung: I don't.
  • Jimin: it makes holding onto stuff harder.
  • Hoseok: but they fit into our hands perfectly.
  • Jimin: they're like baby hands and I'm not a baby.
  • Yoongi: you're the best kind of baby, our baby.
  • Jimin: I don't like that it's so noticeable.
  • Namjoon: most people look at your mochi face anyway.
  • Jimin: it definitely doesn't help with my mochi vibe.
  • Seokjin: you don't like your mochi vibe? Everyone loves your mochi vibe.
  • Jimin: my hands...
  • Jungkook: are smol and we love them, so you should too.
  • Jimin: why do you get to be a giant baby and I have to be the tiny hyung?
  • Jungkook: because it's adorable, so just deal with it. See? Our hands fit so nicely. And your head can lean on my shoulder. It's nice.
  • Jimin: okay.
  • BTS:
  • Yoongi: I'm small too.
  • Hoseok: and you're adorable too.
7

So exboyfriend!Joshua’s voice message plays while Jun looks over old letters from him, and then currentboyfriend!The8 finds the letters???

EDIT (after multiple replays): Jun went to find Joshua in room 1013 and left a note for The8, idek anymore

Look, can we quit it with the conflation of arithmetic and higher mathematics?

I have dyscalculia. My teachers gave up on teaching me to perform basic arithmetic in tenth grade. I struggle with anything below trigonometry, and even trig is hard for me.

I have a bachelor’s in pure math and a master’s in statistics. Calculus? I can do that. Abstract algebra? I’m there. Topology and probability theory? Awesome. (Don’t ask me to do combinatorics, though. Don’t know why, but my brain nopes out on that one.)

I am SICK AND TIRED of reassuring kids I teach who come into our intro stats or calc courses going “I’m bad at math” and expecting to fail. A good three quarters of the time I probe further and discover they failed or nearly failed algebra because they struggle with arithmetic, and now they’re convinced they’re going to fail anything that even looks like it might possibly be adjacent to math.

WE HAVE CALCULATORS NOW, PEOPLE. Inability to do arithmetic is not even close to the end of your mathematics career. So can we please quit discouraging kids now?

Before my muse disappeared, they gave yours a series of 'open when' letters. Send a symbol to read them.
  • Open when...
  • ☹: you're not feeling okay
  • ☕: it's too early in the morning
  • ✎: you miss me
  • ❀: it's valentine's and i'm out of town
  • ♕: you don't feel important
  • ♡: you wonder how much i love you
  • ⚯: you need ideas for an adventure
  • ✰: you're staring up at the stars, looking for me
  • ✴: you're angry
  • ✸: you're angry at yourself
  • ☘: you're angry at the world
  • ☏: you need me
  • ☁: things won't stop going wrong
  • ✈: everything's perfect again
  • ✌: you're guilty
  • ❆: it's snowing
  • ☠: i'm gone

this isn’t really a prompt but i love the outfits you draw in your art, so could you draw louis wearing smthing cute? sorry this is really vague kjdfhfsdk,,,also i missed you and i love you <333    

aahhh thank you so so much for sending this 💕

A wild Adrinette appears!! 

For the sweet and wonderful @vanilla107!