celebrating creativity

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someone asked me about if Amy was kinda like.. the female version of Warfstache, and y’know what ?? ?

I’m super in love with that idea tbh

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BIG’s LEGO House Makes Its Grand Debut in Denmark

The BIG-designed, 12,000-square-meter LEGO visitor experience center known as the ‘LEGO House’ has officially opened to the public, inviting people of all ages to learn more about the ubiquitous plastic brick and practice their creativity and problem-solving skills through play.

“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities,” said former president and CEO of LEGO, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.

Womanist Mixtape

I created a Spotify playlist “Womanist Mixtape” of some of my favorite songs that empower, inspire, are righteous rage, Black power, vulnerable, confident, loving, romantic/sensual/sexual, friendship, fun and more. Some are on specific topics such as domestic violence and labor, for example. This isn’t me labeling the artists; they can self-identify. These are songs that speak to Black women/femme lived experiences and the knowledge obtained from them. These are songs that make me happy, and joy is an aspect of my womanism; “wholeness of entire people…” and such.

Songs in initial playlist:

  1. “Respect” - Aretha Franklin
  2. “Control” - Janet Jackson
  3. “U.N.I.T.Y.” - Queen Latifah
  4. “Q.U.E.E.N.” - Janelle Monáe
  5. “I’m Every Woman” - Chaka Khan
  6. “Ladies First” - Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love
  7. “Electric Lady” - Janelle Monáe ft. Solange
  8. “I’m Every Woman” - Whitney Houston
  9. “***Flawless” - Beyoncé
  10. “Milkshake” - Kelis
  11. “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” - Bessie Smith
  12. “Alright” - Ledisi
  13. “Closer” - Goapele
  14. “Didn’t Cha Know” - Erykah Badu
  15. “Work Song” - Nina Simone
  16. “Ghetto Woman” - Janelle Monáe
  17. “Workin’ Woman Blues” - Valerie June
  18. “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna
  19. “Money Money” - Lady Saw
  20. “She Works Hard For The Money” - Donna Summer
  21. “Lost Ones” - Lauryn Hill
  22. “Independent Women” - Destiny’s Child
  23. “Bossy” - Kelis
  24. “Queen of The Pack” - Patra
  25. “Conceited” - Remy Ma
  26. “Run The World (Girls)” - Beyoncé
  27. “She’s A Bitch” - Missy Elliott
  28. “Many Moons” - Janelle Monáe
  29. “Cold War” - Janelle Monáe
  30. “Sally Ride” - Janelle Monáe
  31. “Superpower” - Beyoncé
  32. “Strange Fruit” - Nina Simone
  33. “No More Auction Block For Me” - Sweet Honey In The Rock
  34. “Brotha” - Angie Stone
  35. “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” - Nina Simone
  36. “Greatest Love of All” - Whitney Houston
  37. “Be Real Black For Me” - Roberta Flack ft. Donny Hathaway
  38. “Rhythm Nation” - Janet Jackson
  39. “My People” - Erykah Badu
  40. “Unpretty” - TLC
  41. “Pretty Hurts” - Beyoncé
  42. “Don’t Take It Personal” - Monica
  43. “Love Is Blind”  - Eve
  44. “Love Don’t Love You” - En Vogue
  45. “Single Ladies” - Beyoncé
  46. “Ex-Factor” - Lauryn Hill
  47. “Tyrone” - Erykah Badu
  48. “Not Gon’ Cry” - MJB
  49. “No Scrubs” - TLC
  50. “Irreplaceable” - Beyoncé
  51. “Houng Dog” - Big Mama Thornton
  52. “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” - Yo-Yo ft. Ice Cube
  53. “Roxanne’s Revenge” - Roxanne Shante
  54. “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” - Blu Cantrell
  55. “My Lovin’ (Never Gonna Get It)” - En Vogue
  56. “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” - Whitney Houston
  57. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” - Brandy
  58. “How Can I Ease The Pain” - Lisa Fischer
  59.  “Unbreak My Heart” - Toni Braxton
  60. “I Care” - Beyoncé
  61. “Deep Sea Diver” - Angel Haze
  62. “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” - Chrisette Michele
  63. “Dirty Laundry” - Kelly Rowland
  64. “Caught Out There” - Kelis
  65. “Shotgun” - Valerie June
  66. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” - Tina Turner
  67. “Man Down” - Rihanna
  68. “A Rose Is Still A Rose” - Aretha Franklin
  69. “Golden” - Jill Scott
  70. “I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor
  71. “***Flawless” (Remix) - Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj
  72. “Feeling Myself” - Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
  73. “Towards The Sun” - Rihanna
  74. “Sing To The Moon” - Laura Mvula
  75. “Diamonds” - Rihanna
  76. “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” - Jazmine Sullivan
  77. “Let’s Talk About Sex” - Salt-N-Pepa
  78. “Oops (Oh My)” - Tweet
  79. “Blow” - Beyoncé
  80. “One Minute Man” - Missy Elliott ft. Ludacris
  81. “Worker Man” - Patra
  82. “Love Me Thru The Night” - Diana King
  83. “Rocket” - Beyoncé
  84. “Push It” - Salt-N-Pepa
  85. “Rain” - SWV
  86. “Work It” - Missy Elliott
  87. “Veins” - Jazmine Sullivan
  88. “Last Days” - Goapele
  89. “Kissing You” - Total
  90. “If” - Janet Jackson
  91. “Keep On, Keepin’ On” - MC Lyte ft. Xscape
  92. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston
  93. “Count On Me” - Whitney Houston ft. CeCe Winans
  94. “What About Your Friends” - TLC
  95. “Best Friend” - Brandy
  96. “Best Friends” - Missy Elliott ft. Aaliyah
  97. “That’s What Friends Are For” - Dionne Warwick ft. Gladys Knight
  98. “Together Again” - Janet Jackson
  99. “Next Lifetime” - Erykah Badu
  100. “Heaven” - Beyoncé
  101. “Open My Heart” - Yolanda Adams
  102. “Order My Steps” - GMWA Women of Worship
  103. “Long As I Got King Jesus” - Vickie Winans
  104. “Black Synagogue” - Angel Haze
  105. “What Is Love” - V. Bozeman
  106. “A Long Walk” - Jill Scott
  107. “Lions, Tigers & Bears” - Jazmine Sullivan
  108. “Dangerously In Love” - Beyoncé
  109. “Love Me Today” - Zhané
  110. “For Real” - Amel Larrieux
  111. “Other Side Of The Game” - Erykah Badu
  112. “Gloomy Sunday” - Billie Holiday
  113. “Can’t Live Without Your Love” - Janelle Monáe
  114. “Sending My Love” - Zhané
  115. “It’s A Pity” - Tanya Stephens
  116. “I Wanna Be Down” - Brandy
  117. “Yoga” - Janelle Monáe 
  118. “Escapade” - Janet Jackson
  119. “Dance Apocalyptic” - Janelle Monáe
  120. “Get Me Bodied” - Beyoncé

I’ve seen similar playlists in the past so I don’t seek to steal anyone’s thunder, but I cannot find them; I have too many “likes” on Tumblr to find stuff anymore. Womanists/Black feminists, feel free to reblog and write songs (below my text, as to not confuse people with what is already on the list) that you think I should add and I’ll consider; this playlist is just a start; I just made it today. 

Black music is everything to me.❤

Remember the first time we saw this scene, heard the sound of the skates, and the click of the skates stopping on the ice rink?

Presenting a countdown to relive your favourite Yuri on Ice moments to commemorate the one year anniversary of YOI! Taking place over a period of 12 days, each day will feature a prompt/theme where you can contribute creatively to celebrate 1 year of Yuri on Ice and the joy it has brought to all of us. 

Prompts/Themes : (Each daily prompt is derived from each episode!)

  • Day 1: Hasetsu
  • Day 2: Two Yuris / Instagram
  • Day 3: Eros/Agape OR Katsudon / Pirozhki
  • Day 4: Yuri On Ice / Music
  • Day 5: Biggest fan / Love
  • Day 6: Relationships
  • Day 7: Hugs and/or Kisses
  • Day 8: Makkachin / Pets (e.g. PTS, Phichit’s hamsters, Seung-gil’s dog)
  • Day 9: Food / Reunion
  • Day 10: Rings / Banquets
  • Day 11: Determination / Longing
  • Day 12: Stammi Vicino / Welcome to the Madness / Free skates
  • D-Day *ANNIVERSARY DAY*: Go crazy, draw everyone, draw anyone doing anything! Congratulations MAPPA & YOI for their first year!

As for details when the countdown will start, what to tag your posts as etc; all that has been put up on the blog! Info/Rules  &  FAQ. Twitter users can also cross-post their works over to Twitter with the same hashtags as there is a Twitter as well!

There’s still more than a week left until the countdown starts! Lace up your skates everyone, and let’s start brainstorming over what to create for the countdown!

Transiting Venus in Libra
October 14, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Aphrodite is at home when Venus is in Libra and she activates the lover in everybody. We approach our social life, relationship, and matters of romance like we are consuming sugar, and there is a real desire to luxuriate in our natural pleasures. Also, the actual consumption of sugar can increase, because Venus is the ruler of confectionery, sugar, and sweet treats. This is a good time for appreciating the quality of relationships in our life, be it with friends, lovers, or family members. The energy of Libra is all about connection, harmony, and unity. If you have been feeling disconnected or isolated, Aphrodite responds with her appetite for togetherness, and she encourages us to re-establish and maintain contact with other people. She exhales the breath of tranquility, so it’s possible to resolve conflicts and disagreements. Venus also rules over financial matters, and she is prone to excess in her own sign. It means that we can become less concerned with financial responsibility and spend more money on personal luxuries like new clothes, make up, dining out, alcohol, caramel mochas, home decore, and social events. The relationship sector is the whipped cream of life with Venus in Libra. It’s a time for spending weekends cozying up to loved ones watching Netflix, cooking with lovers, getting a new hairstyle and feeling your most beautiful, and enjoying the traditions of dating and old fashioned romance. Transiting Venus in Libra offers many different experiences, pleasures, and creative inspiration for different people. The qualities of Venus operate where she is placed in your personal horoscope. 

It’s important that you check your own transit chart for validation, because some people have signs close to the house cusp which can move it into the following house, or have Venus making significant aspects to outer natal planets


Aries rising or transiting Venus in the 7th house: Venus in Libra may be quintessentially social, but her condition in the 7th house also generates the need for self reflection and quiet appreciation. The sense of belonging is especially emphasised, and through the Venus mirror, loved ones reveal their finest qualities. The relationship stage is especially under the spotlight here, but it’s also about acknowledging and appreciating their own beauty, it’s a time for falling in love with themselves. All matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. 

Taurus rising or Venus transiting the 6th house: Work and maintaining the responsibilities of daily life become easier and harmonic. It’s possible to develop closer relationships with colleagues and find work especially enjoyable, especially for the social aspect. The energy for sacrifice is great, the person can burn themselves out trying to be all things to all people. Health matters come into focus, the individual can make or break their diet or health regime. It may be very difficult to resist sugar and lollies, the person can experience sugar highs and lows and extreme changes in mood. It can also emphasise health anxieties. Looking after themselves helps them feel better about themselves

Gemini rising: or Venus transiting the 5th house Personal amusement and pleasures becomes an insatiable urge, the individual may spend a lot of time cooking, eating out, spending money, having sex, and possibly think about children. There may be an opportunity for developing romance and satisfying romantic and sexual fantasies. Venus is comfortable here, maybe a little bit too comfortable. Her sultry side and seductive side is the star of the show. The ego celebrates its existence through creativity 

Cancer rising or Venus in the 4th house: Home is a safe place where they return to a place of belonging. The appreciation for family members, especially the mother and sisters becomes especially enhanced, it’s a time when their mum can become their best friend. Family and domestic disputes can be resolved, because Aphrodite is so rattled by resentful energy. Instead of going out, the individual loves more than ever to be surrounded by friends and family in the home under the blankets and sharing stories between movies. The individual may spend a lot of money on the home decorating or re-designing  

Leo rising or Venus in the 3rd house:  The communication is decorated in cupcake ice, so the verbal delivery can be more beautiful, harmonising, and attractive than ever. The sensory environment becomes exquisitely provocative, so the individual can be more responsive than ever to music, meaningful conversation, literature, or conflict. Social contact is important and the individual can be more talkative and engaged with friends. The person may spend quality time with siblings or resolve conflict between them. There may be nothing more pleasurable than spending the afternoon reading a book, magazine, or a blog 

Virgo rising or Venus transiting the 2nd house: The sensory appreciation is enhanced here and there can be an increased urgency for affection, the protection of loved ones, and having somebody to provide for. It’s possible that the individual will spend a lot of money on their dependants and investments. Creative material can generate capital, and all matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. It’s possible that the income will stabilise if it has been unreliable 

Libra rising or Venus transiting the 1st house: After surrendering to loneliness and exile, social contact is emphasised and relationships validate their existence. The individual wants to be seen with their lover, somebody they are proud to be a part of. A beautiful appearance is in the mirror’s eye, the person can be more mindful on presenting a polished image and experimenting with personal style. If the individual is not in a relationship, Venus here can conduct a bee-to-honey performance where romantic interests emerge from their hiding place

Scorpio rising or Venus transiting the 12th house: Pleasures can be consumed in excess, alone, away from the eyes of company. This makes it possible for the individual to lose sight of how far they have gone. This could be any personal indulgence like eating, substance use, pursuing forbidden romance, or gambling. Venus is social, but here she is quiet, inactive, and dreamy. The streaks of melancholy can generate inspirational creativity. Old lovers can come out of the woodwork. If the person is in a relationship, the partner may become unwell or need to be looked after. Much of this time is likely spent alone with the partner, napping together. Personal income may become uncertain 

Sagittarius rising or transiting Venus in the 11th house: Friends are the sweet sugar of life and there is no better time to appreciate the good qualities they bring to your life. The social calendar can be especially active right now. The individual may desire to join a group, charity, or an organisation. It’s possible that friendships or relationships can develop online, and the individual may enjoy sharing spiritual knowledge, astrology, or political revelations with friends or online circles. The personal style can become experimental

Capricorn rising or transiting Venus in the 10th house: Expect a warm response from the public. You are more socially radiant and desirable than ever. But do they see the real you? or are they blinded by the image they have and want of you? It’s important to decipher this possibility. You can charm yourself into that promotion you desire or impress superiors with your personal qualities. Venus here may also resolve conflict with parents or offer reward for all the hard work, maybe the individual finally has enough money to buy that object of material desire. 

Aquarius rising or transiting Venus in the 9th house: You can enjoy yourself again without excess guilt or compulsive self destruction. The individual may think about traveling or even book a trip overseas. Long distance relationships can begin. Also the love of learning and matters of the spirit are enhanced, it means that playing with astrology can be really fun. If you study tertiary education, you may be more interested in the social events, parties, and being with your university friends than going to the lectures. This also means that group work assignments are easier, for once. Personal comment, I think we all know group assignments are the worst lol. Ok back to focusing. It’s also a good time for accessing the help you need from academics or expert advice from any professional like doctors or psychiatrists. 

Pisces rising or transiting Venus in the 8th house: Deep desires and romantic longings reveal themselves as sexual desires, so the person can be drawn to close and intimate experiences. This isn’t really a comfortable place for Venus. It can activate her dark desires or obsessions. The course of current relationships will grow deeper and more intense, it’s time to the plunge and expose the parts of themselves they have feared to reveal before lovers. There can be physical urges and sensations without causation, powerful attractions to forbidden, complex, and mesmerising people. The person can be more secretive than usual. 

-C.

[art: Mab Graves]

100. This is my 100th #everyday art. Thank you for everyone’s support and being a part of my journey. I learnt so much both technically and mentally. .
Some days it can be painful to make when I’m exhausted from work or to post when I’m not happy with the art. .
Nonetheless, this rigour helped me to make new friends and contribute to fun projects. I’m excited to continue this streak. Thanks for being a part of my journey, I really appreciate it! 
#makegoodart

Young David Bowie: *is a creative musician who influences music and encourages others to make art and be themselves*

*publicly calls out MTV for ignoring POC artist*

*waves his bisexuality so intensely that he’s one of the few celebrities that the media DOESN’T actually erase his sexuality*

*tells gender norms to piss off and supports trans individuals*

Old David Bowie: *dies after long, brutal battle with cancer*

Angry tumblr slacktivists: “You know he did drugs and some people say that some groupies who he slept with were underage and despite little to no evidence, that completely dismantles any good that he could have done ever, he was a terrible person.”

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One of my local newspapers got a little creative with celebrating the Pens Stanley Cup win and I’m so in love with it! It’s like a movie poster (feat. the Two Headed Monster) and where they have the production credits on the bottom of poster they WENT OFF, they start off with our fearless director Coach Sully and then they go on listing each player (with their position and playoff points broken down); each team they defeated (how many games were played in each round), and their regular season standings. I’m holding onto this forever. It’s a gem. <3 

Finally after reading Humans Are Space Orcs posts for weeks, I’ve thought of something applicable. So: you know how humans celebrate bad creative works? I’m not talking popular vs. “high-brow” culture, I’m talking media that is recognized as and is sometimes intentionally created to be sub-standard, campy, or otherwise ridiculous. What if we’re the only species that does that? The only species with the concept of “so bad, it’s good.” Like, while we’re getting together in groups to experience the chainsaw-wielding beauty that is Sharknado, all other species only broadcast and consume the best of what they can create.

And then imagine what would happen when another species is confronted with what they think is human “art.”


T’Dahx’s feelers clicked nervously as the names of humans began rolling up the screen. They very much wanted to make a good impression on Human Laura. She had been so kind to invite them into her home and they had been excited to experience this example of Human “motion pictures.” But T’Dahx had also been expecting…more.

“So?” Human Laura asked, her face contorting into that teeth-bared expression T’Dahx had begun to recognize as joy. “What did you think?”

Oxygen rushed through T’Dahx’s tracheae as they tried to formulate a response. Their wings fluttered.

“The Human Joe Marshall…” they started. “He is both a cop…and a samurai?”

Human Laura had explained that “cop” was a colloquialism for a civil crime-prevention officer and a “samurai” was a member of a warrior caste from the region of Japan.

Human Laura resonated her vocal chords in that odd way that humans did when they were amused.

“Yeah, he is,” she said. “I mean, it’s so stupid, right?”

T’Dahx had been thinking a similar thought several moments earlier, but it did not stop them from recoiling in shock.

“Human Laura!” they said, “You speak so, about your art?”

The two stripes of hair on Human Laura’s brow moved closer to each other, but she did not stop her resonations.

“Art?” she said. “Samurai Cop is not - well, I guess it is art. In a way. But it’s not good art.”

T’Dahx cocked their head, feelers clicking in confusion now.

“I do not understand. Good art?”

“Well, it’s not Shakespeare, or Langston Hughes or anything,” Human Laura said. “They’re quality. Samurai Cop is just kind of terrible.”

“You…intentionally consume subpar art?” T’Dahx asked. “You do not dispose of it?”

Human Laura shook her head.

“Oh, hell no,” she said. “I mean, there’s something glorious about something as ridiculous as Samurai Cop or Plan 9 or Sharknado. They’re so…” she thought for a moment. “Good at being bad.”

T’Dahx stared at their host. “You are saying you preserve art such as this because it…excels at its mediocrity?”

Human Laura nodded. “That’s a good way of putting it.”

“I have never heard of such a thing.” T’Dahx was still confused, but suddenly relieved as well. They would evidently not insult their host by discussing the faults of Samurai Cop. “Fascinating.”

“Want to see the sequel?”

“They made two?”

Celebrate Aries with loud music, a surprise kiss, a strong drink, and a joy ride.

Celebrate Taurus with good company, sweet indulgences, a spa day, and creative reward.

Celebrate Gemini with laughter, a riveting debate, a beautiful day, and a novel venue.

Celebrate Cancer with a home-cooked meal, hugs, getting things off your chest, and a cozy movie night.

Celebrate Leo with some sunbathing, that needed shopping trip, a unique dance, and a tour of the theater.

Celebrate Virgo with a good book, some strong tea, unexpected talks about how the world is/works, and a planned outing.

Celebrate Libra with juicy gossip, on point aesthetics, walks to the bar or a hot spot, and teamwork.

Celebrate Scorpio with a new tattoo, vinyl records, an ardent embrace, and instant connections.

Celebrate Sagittarius by watching the stars, plenty of jokes, a place off the beaten path, and talking philosophy.

Celebrate Capricorn with champagne, people watching, a good horror flick or tour in an old building, and a black card!

Celebrate Aquarius with incense, shots, late night conversations, and a rad house party.

Celebrate Pisces with a double feature, make out session, bunch of snacks, and puppies/kitties.

🍗🍖✨ Sauce Magic ✨🍖🍗

🌶 BBQ: family, friends, home, celebration, bonding, energy, creativity, summer magic

🌶Hot Sauce: curses, banishing negativity, passion, fire magic, pain, chaos

🌶 Sweet & Sour: energy, combinations, boldness, life, choices

🌶 Ranch: cooling off pain, protection, simplicity, peace, happiness

🌶 Honey Mustard: sweetening up your mood, positivity, life, spring magic

anonymous asked:

I love reading what you have to say about anything in general (dan and phil, politics, your work day [even in passing]) and idk I just wanted to say hi + ask what you have to say about their new gaming video? I loved it, they were so (insert a multitude of different positive adjectives) and Phil is such a broad thinker it's amazing. I think (im pretty sure) you loved it as well and I just wanna read your thoughts, hahaha thanks!

can you hear that? it’s the sound of me screaming because i have to rewrite the entirety of this ramble after tumblr DELETED IT THE FIRST TIME ifjaoiwejraoiejroaeir. but YES oh my god. i did love this video. a lot. there’s so, so much to talk about. grab a fkn snack mate, bc this is super long. 

1. there’s been a lot of discourse about dan and phil’s interaction in this video. i received a handful of messages regarding dan’s apparently aggressive treatment of phil and one regarding the way people were apparently abusing phil in the comments under the video and calling him “stupid and untalented.” um. okay so i’ll work backwards. i have watched the video three times now. all three times i scrolled really deep into the comments. NONE of those times did i see a single comment that was insulting or demeaning to phil. where are people seeing this? i feel like this is a classic case of one or two people saying something happened and then everyone repeating it without actually checking the source. if anything, the yt comments are full of people saying firstly that phil is “too creative” for this game and has a fascinating mind, and, secondly, that he’s a full-grown man who doesn’t need the protection of his fans from dan of all people, the so-called aggressive bully in this scenario, who just so happens to also be his best friend and life partner. i definitely agree with that latter point.

something else that’s been lost in this discussion and that seems extremely relevant is that a lot of this video’s central dynamic, with dan being shocked and appalled at phil’s seemingly abysmal drawing skills and phil doing the absolute most in every drawing, felt really, really put on or exaggerated for dramatic/comedic effect. i think the very first instance of it, when phil draws his fucked up umbrella, and dan just sort of jokes about it looking like a palm tree for a while and then at the end just says like a few words about how extreme phil’s interpretation was—i think this was a super authentic interaction. but i also think they quickly gathered with the drawings that followed that it would be really funny to ham it up for the sake of comedy and that’s why phil’s drawings seemed to get intentionally more and more “creative,” so to speak, while dan’s responses got correspondingly more and more extreme and high-pitched and shriek-y until basically everyone’s eardrums were bleeding. i get why the video was grating to some people bc like,,, this shit can get tiring to watch when it seems so extra. but personally i found it very funny… especially bc of my next point.

this narrative around phil being some sort of unappreciated creative genius who was constantly being berated in this video by his callous friend and just sadly tolerated all of this abuse is not only annoying bc it infantilizes phil but also because it’s just … wrong? and overlooks two of my fav things about the video which were how supportive and ENCOURAGING dan was, even while he was trying to exaggerate his “holy shit phil how are you so bad” thing, and simultaneously, how assertive and opinionated and sassy (i hate that word but literally don’t know a better one to describe him in this vid) phil was the whole time. to the first point, i don’t think there was a single one of phil’s turns in which dan wasn’t passionately yelling saying something like ‘come on phil. you can do this’ and also giving him recommendations on how best he should draw the object to get the point. even when he was in the middle of screaming about how bad phil was, he seemed to occasionally rein it in with a compliment to balance it out. for instance, during phil’s lobster drawing, he did the whole ‘what the fuck even is that’ for a while and then immediately had to dilute it by saying something like, “okay but by the end i could totally tell they were claws.” or when phil very reasonably points out that he’s using his wrong hand which is why he’s struggling, dan immediately agrees and repeats it as if for emphasis: “they’re not using their wrong hand to be fair.” and he even calls himself out about this, with the usual “WHY AM I HELPING YOU???” i honestly read dan as wanting to go to his default mode of supporting phil and celebrating his lateral/creative thinking (reminiscent of when he did this in the impossible quiz) the whole time, but then also needing to keep the comedy going by acting so confounded by phil’s inability to draw simple objects. as mentioned however, phil does not respond in the typical amazingphil™ way to all of the taunting. whereas in 2014-15 era dapg bants, he tended to just remain docile while dan would make his ‘what the fuck are you on about’ comments regarding phil’s weird sexual innuendoes or whatever else, in this video phil was anything but docile. he was in fact quite consistent in giving his own opinionated statements/retorts. just an abbreviated list:

  • the bit where he names the robot bianca and dan immediately objects and phil basically goes, yes. i named it. deal with it. hoe.
  • when they’re looking at other people’s umbrella drawings and he goes “oh shut up. look at you with your perfect umbrellas” in the sneeriest voice known to humankind
  • when dan is making fun of him pretty intensely and phil actually adamantly defends himself and says, “put me under pressure, and i can’t do things.” doesn’t seem like someone who’s just submissively accepting dan’s mockery. he’s explaining why it was hard for him.
  • “look at arty jim down here” damn. arty jim got fuckin rekt  
  • “how is ‘lobster’ easy ???? ?  i mean what the hell,” again in the sneeriest voice i’ve heard
  • his absolute disgust that dan got elbow so easily, and the way he proceeds to shove dan and threatens to “elbow [him] in the face.” like damn. he fightin back
  • when he’s like ‘i don’t  even do anything with this hand’ and flops his left hand around i s2g he is trying to sneak in a cheeky sexual innuendo and slyly allude to wanking in the way that he does best and DAN DOESNT HEAR HIM THE FIRST TIME bc he’s talking and phil just stares at him while he flops his hand around and repeats “i don’t even use this hand it’s a dead weight” and dan absolutely doesn’t take the bait. oh my god. phil intentionally trying to annoy dan with innuendoes, and checking to see if he gets it,,,, that is the shit i live for
  • ‘all or nothing on the zebra’ cheeky laugh. damn.
  • the way he’s like ‘just shut up then’ to dan as he begins drawing the zebra. because he’s not taking dan’s shit
  • etc etc etc

and i firmly believe phil was HOLDING BACK in this!!!! !! ! and was still at least partially constrained by/aware of the camera and his usual role as the quieter, gentler foil to dan’s hysteria and melodramatics. so like. just imagine how much more assertive he is when the camera isn’t on. i don’t think any of y’all need to be worried in any way about phil’s ability to handle everything dan dishes out bc i think he’s happily returning it in full measure.

2. on a similar but somewhat unrelated note, phil spent a lot of time in this video sitting patiently while dan went on some truly remarkable monologues and i thought it was noteworthy, mostly in that phil just couldn’t stop looking at dan in apparent adoration even while he was being a dramatic child. i felt like the staring was much less guarded than phil tends to be—he’s usually so aware of the camera and consciously tries to maintain eye contact with the audience as much as possible, but there were just a few moments in this where i was surprised by how long he let himself just watch dan. 

during dan’s first ‘artsy vs. creative’ monologue:

during dan’s random ass screaming about a raccoon idek:

during dan’s second ‘artsy vs. creative’ monologue:

phil was p captivated. and these def are moments where he’s looking at dan for longer than usual, not just one-off instances of the most fleeting glances that i screenshotted for effect. i promise. 

3. there were some like,,, incredible exchanges during this vid that i specifically want to analyze.

first, the ‘dabble with a robot’ bit at the beginning when dan tries to get phil to admit that he’s making an innuendo and phil won’t do it. i loved this so much. i don’t even have anything much to say other than dan is trying to kill the innocent!phil trope so hard and it’s so funny to me. also. phil was def talking about robot sex. and right after he says dabble the first time, there’s this really obvious jump cut and the immediate frame following it is THIS:

and i just NEED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF DIRTY ROBOT SEX COMMENT THEY CUT OUT. ugh.

second: ‘i think bianca has a crush on you and she’s mistreating me.’ let’s unpack this. because at first i was just like oh so some inanimate object with a vaguely female voice is showing a potential preference or softness for dan, and phil immediately thinks that she’s crushing on him. and that’s interesting in itself because it’s a surprising leap to make, tbh, and i would never expect phil to say it. but then the second bit, ‘and she’s mistreating me,’ stated as a completely natural follow-up thought. i initially didn’t even pay any mind to this bc like ok whatever he’s whining about not getting his point. but like. think about it for a second. in what context would someone who has a crush on dan mistreat phil other than jealousy or irritation due to the fact that phil is the reason dan is romantically unavailable? like honestly??? ? a platonic interpretation of that comment doesn’t even exist. ‘x has a crush on you and they’re mistreating me’ is literally only a thing someone would say to their significant other. tbh.

third, and my personal fav: the convo after phil ‘cheats’ or pushes dan’s arm while he’s drawing the spoon. just every bit of it. the way that dan leans in on his second repeat of ‘how would you do it then.’ the way that phil completely drops his on-camera voice when he says, ‘no we’re not doing best of three, we’re doing three rounds. it’s 4-2 right now.’ it’s the most natural voice ever, as though he immediately assumes this convo won’t be left in the video. and i imagine a lot of their behind the scenes negotiation as they film for dapg, regarding how things will be scored/structured, happens like this. as in, without some sort of CUT CUT PAUSE interjection to break the filming, but rather just a noticeable shift in tone to demonstrate to each other that they’re saying something that should be cut out in editing. to me, this is just completely reaffirmed by the amount of eye contact that immediately follows phil talking about the score. here’s an amazing gifset of it, which i need all of yall to click and look at, to really get what i’m saying here. and here’s my own screenshot bc y not:

it feels like phil definitely is trying to just have a conversation with dan to figure how they should proceed but dan is still performing a bit, and hamming up his exasperation for the camera when he says, ‘best of three, that would mean i win.’ phil then catches on, drops some of his softness and his natural voice, and immediately looks back to the camera. just. such a good, revealing little exchange. and as soon as the little natural moment is broken, phil immediately defaults back into the sassiness that he’s been demonstrating the whole video by saying, ‘i’m not! i’m just having so much fun,” in like. the world’s most sarcastic voice. then dan chiming in with the requisite fond “this guy” followed by “he’s so sneaky, can you imagine playing monopoly with him?” and that’s interesting too bc it’s dan ~breaking the fourth wall~ more explicitly and talking directly to us, and specifically to this section of his audience that has been voraciously demanding they play board games. he knows he’s being cute and domestic or whatever but at the same time it seems like he’s been genuinely a bit insecure about so overtly denying the audience something they’ve been asking for for so long, which is why he keeps bringing it up and trying to justify it in various ways–by explaining that it would be boring (as he said in his live show) or that it’d end badly (as he said on twitter and now in this video).

wow. just such a good and unexpectedly thought-provoking video. i loved it and genuinely laughed a lot even though the bants were so dramatic and overdone. they were having so much fun the whole time, in my opinion, and that, coupled with their continued lower boundaries regarding on-camera mannerisms, eye contact, touching, etc. seem to be the running themes of post-baking universe dapg. excited to see how these things develop over the course of the year! and also just so excited to see that they are actually carrying forward and sticking to their perceived re-commitment to the gaming channel that happened with gamingmas. they’re really making an effort to film in advance and post way more regularly than we’ve been used to, despite “life things” that are happening. they’re working hard to show us that they care deeply about this channel still and it’s just so uplifting to see that, and to be reminded with each video that they also have so much fun together, always :’)

(dan vs. phil: quick draw)