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One of my kids got the Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures DVD set for Christmas. We’re still working our way through it. 

You GUYS: the last episode involved A SHEEV PALPATINE MUSEUM ON NABOO. IT WAS HILARIOUS. Hallways decked with dramatic headshots of Sheev. An ANIMATRONIC THAT TALKED ABOUT HOW THE RESTROOM WAS NOT “QUITE OPERATIONAL”. 

WHO WRITES FOR THE LEGO STAR WARS UNIVERSE AND HOW CAN I BE THEIR NEW BEST FRIEND. I died through the entire episode. 

( @awkwardanakin you need to ask for this for your next birthday or gift-eligible holiday. This seems relevant to your interests.)

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any trk-compliant fics where Ronan and Gansey talk about pynch? Or that focuses on their friendship at all? I have a mighty need and it seems relevant to your interests....

HMMM that’s certainly relevant to my interests :’) here are a few fics I remember having good ronan-gansey content in some capacity. they’re not all trk complaint, but they’re all canon-y, i.e. not aus. they are all ronan/adam, but i have a brief ronan/gansey fic rec here, if you’re interested. i’m working on a trc rarepair fic rec too which will have various non r/a ships/friendship fics/etc.


Innocence Died Screaming, Honey

How Lancelet and Guinevere Slew the Dragon

I Keep It To Myself; I Know What It Means

This Isn’t a Heist

Son of the Nuclear A-Bomb

We’ll Never Be Those Kids Again

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anonymous asked:

Do you ever get bored of Pokemon Adventures? I've been trying to get back into it a lot, but I just can't connect with any of the newer stuff past Emerald. The writing for me just got stale I guess? I want to get back into it but I can't.

Oh, of course. Even as a 16 year long fan, I’ve taken breaks from Spe on occasion. I dropped the series when Diamond & Pearl arc started. Why? 

Because even though the writing was still top notch and characterization was all there, I felt somewhat betrayed? I was following a specific, intertwined group of characters, and then suddenly it felt like it was a hard reset button. And that’s not new, GSC and RS were hard reset buttons too, but they had a clear goal in mind. Diamond and Pearl felt really disconnected, and when I grew up with friends on Serebii and Pokecommunity, we all disliked how nonserious the characters were. It felt like it was a different series meant for a different audience. Sure now you have tumblr all loving Dia and calling him nice words like a “cinnamon roll,” but the rest of the fandom back in the day all loathed D/P to the point where all just died out. And for good reason too.

Diamond & Pearl, and later even the Platinum arc, make references to the past arcs, but it felt like it was a “hard reset” as I said above to the series. Nobody that cameo’d had any real relevance (sorry Daisy). It disappointed me and a ton of my old friends from back in the day. We all lost interest in Spe.

And while a lot of people appreciate Diamond & Pearl now, when I grew up, it came out in odd months, and I had to suffer waiting and waiting. Even worse the fandoms who had to live with crappy scans. Plus, the fandom at that point was basically dead. Even scanlators got annoyed at the stalling near the middle to the end of the series.

And then, I got back with HGSS. Finally, a strong start with a timeskip to what seemed like Gold battling Arceus, and then the arc basically took a dump on itself by wasting too much time with buildup and then getting cancelled essentially for BW.

Again, not many of us even know what happened at the end of HGSS until when Viz published their version.

Plus, BW came out, and again, it was another hard reset button on the series. It does make it hard to get into an arc, and that’s why not many people can get into the SM anime after being invested so much in XY/XYZ.

If you can’t get into the series, I totally get it. You’re not alone. Heck, I only came back in 2015 solely for ORAS and also seeing images of Red and Blue in ORAS. And then that was a big disaster in my book because Kusaka paced everything so wrong and slow in the beginning that all that buildup essentially was for nothing and he rushed it to the point where the climax was basically 2-3 pages. Really disappointing.

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I’d like to open this up for what might end up being a very delicate discussion, so if you join in, I’m going to ask you to do so with respect, but I have very mixed emotions about the direction they went with Ressler last night.

For quite a while now I’ve thought that the Hitchin story line was going to boil to a dangerous place. There’ve been various theories about how far it’d go, and let me be clear, I’m really not distressed over the fact that Ress killed her. What has me tilting my head and pondering right now was how it happened.

She has taunted him from the get-go, flaunting with gusto that she not only can but will use her power to do whatever the hell she pleases. I believe there are many reasons why this weighs on Ressler. A lot of it has to do with his father. Laurel was Reven’s Tommy Markin. They were friends and Hitchin killed her in cold blood and got away with it. Not only that, but Ressler put his trust in Hitchin (in the system) and it just about got Liz killed. For a man that believes so strongly in doing what’s right, that complicates his worldview tremendously.

When Red and Ress walked into her office to make their deal and Hitchin said that she wanted Ressler’s word, because “Boy Scouts don’t give up their Merritt Badges easily” I was hoping he’d lie. I joked about him inching into the grey in that fashion, but then he backhanded her and I just sat there staring at my TV screen.

Once again, I really don’t have a problem with Ressler killing Laurel Hitchin. She was a terrible woman with her claws so deep into power that getting her out in a legal fashion was going to be next to impossible, especially after Ressler made the sacrifice that he did by giving over the slug that killed Reven to help save his team (which is huge on his part, in my opinion). I find the way that she died to be an… interesting choice, especially given the fact that Ressler has canonically stated his feelings about a man “laying a hand” on a women (and for those that might, please do not start that debate on this thread. I’m just referencing it because it’s relevant here).

He didn’t intend to kill her. Out of anger he turned around, backhanded her, and she hit her head on her way down. I almost would have preferred if he had simply pulled his gun and shot her.

I don’t know what this means for Ress. The fact that it was him and not anyone else that this happened to sets him further into the grey than I expected him to go that quickly. I’d love to know how others feel about it, because I love Ress, and while I’m all for the character growth taking him where it needs to take him (because, let’s face it, no one survives in the Blacklist world if they hold onto their black and white worldview too long), this move by the writing team seems very intentional and I’m trying to wrap my mind around it. They’re good. They’re better than good, so I imagine that there’s going to be some deep soul searching for Ressler next season, but I’d love to know your thoughts.

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do you guys even remember me at this point? i’ve been gone for so long. sorry about that.

today i read gena/finn by hannah moskowitz and kat helgeson, which is about fandom and angst. it made me cry for several reasons but also made me realize how much i missed running this acc and talking to you guys and writing fanfic.

so here’s my question: i’m back. do you guys still care about solangelo? is solangelo relevant anymore? has this fandom died while i was gone? i have no idea honestly. i want to write again. should i keep writing about solangelo? is there a pairing you’d like to see me write about instead?

any feedback i can get from you guys is invaluable. if you’re interested in seeing me write another pairing, feel free to suggest one from any fandom, i’m in quite a few so it’s a worth a shot. you can reply to this post or send me an ask, whichever you prefer.

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The life of Superman and Wonder Woman as seen in Kingdom Come (1996) and it’s continuation on earth-22 in Justice Society of America #22 (2007)

The reason I am posting these up is in response to an absurd reblog about Clark and Diana from my post re them as my OTP. 

 http://hellacre13.tumblr.com/post/145843087367/there-are-times-when-its-alright-for-superman-to

There is nothing about Diana that grounds him or helps connect him to the world. She’s an airy outsider who chats with literal deities as if they were her next door neighbors. Oh wait, THEY ARE. The Superman and Wonder Woman relationship being pushed is basically proof that every criticism of “Supergod” is accurate. That his real identity is no longer Clark Kent, simple country boy from Kansas, who gives up the normality and simple life he craves to don the identity of Superman because he has to in order to help his fellow man. Instead he becomes Kal-El, descending from where he lives in the clouds with his goddess lover, deigning to help the mere mortals who are beneath him but hey, he likes them, why not. 

WTF??? Where in the world did this person even get this poo doo?

The person basically shows he/she has zero understanding of them as  individuals much less as a couple. Also their reading material must be very very limited.

First of all, when Clark and Diana get together  and share a life they always helping humanity. Not sitting as Gods. Clark is not just a farmboy nor is Diana some spoiled Olympian. He has great power and with it comes great responsibility and he serves as an inspiration because of his upbringing and innate goodness and choices…not because one love interest keep him grounded. Clark Kent grounds himself, got nothing to do with who he sleeps with or marries. Diana doesn’t have to be doing what she is doing but she chooses to use her gifts to help better the world. The woman doesn’t live as a God even if she happens to be a demi-goddess. Jeeze,  someone apparently did not READ WW new 52 series. And no love interest defines her goodness either.

Secondly, neither Clark nor Diana needs to be with humans only to feel love, empathy, have humanity, and love their planet. They have the same fears, hopes and dreams like any man and woman in love. So what if they have powers and can fly or smash mountains? They have emotions. They are not empty, unfeeling robots. I am sick of how some fans undermine their character just so Lois and Steve can have some relevance. It insults the Kents, the Els, the Amazons, Hippolyta, Donna, Lana. hell everyone they come in contact with that only 1 woman or man is needed to keep Clark and Diana heroic or caring of the people that they share the world with.

In Kingdom Come even after great tragedy Clark shows he can move on and mature and he works to help nurture the earth as a farmer but also is very much part of the process to have humans and meta humans work together. In the ultimate act of good faith and trust  he and Diana (with Bruce)  reveal their secret identities and give up their trappings of “Gods” . They are finally open and honest with the world. They become simply Clark and Diana. She is a teacher whose job it is to help and rehabilitate rogue meta humans…turn a hawk into a dove…with her empathy and unconditional love for humanity. 

When she and Clark start a family they live as normal  a life as they can.  Their children might have abilities  but they are like any family who share happy times like the birth of a new baby or sad times like losing a best friend and their children’s Godfather. They experience the highs and lows of life as the world changes and live to see their children grow up and leave the nest and start their own journeys. Clark lives to be an old man (aging slowly because he is not human, the guy has alien DNA) but he lives to see his legacy come to pass. His life with Diana has been a full and blessed one. They were not pandered to either ie just given it all on a platter. They had to work for it.

So to anyone saying Diana brings nothing to Clark or he loses something being with her, you insult both characters. Clark doesn’t go psycho like Injustice Superman  or hides for 10 years to play happy family  like  Rebirth Superman Nor does he spend a millennia  in the sun and then lives back to resurrect a dead wife and live like some golden God in his own created heaven like  DC One Million Superman. He does not  drop everything to save one woman like DCEU  movie verse Superman.  He does these things when he hooks up with Lois. Diana went to live with Steve on Olympus last time they married before Crisis on Infinite Earths. Oh and that Earth 2 Superman and Lois  lives in some bubble in heaven. So don’t come spew nonsense that Clark and Diana are the ones to live like Gods. 

With Diana, Clark stays heroic and connected because he is brave and noble man. She stays heroic and connected d because she is a wise and compassionate woman. Together they fight for humanity at risk to themselves because they care. Be it in the new 52 or earth -22. New 52 Clark identity being out has nothing to do with him needing it to function as a man. The only function that serves is old troupes that gradually is becoming irrelevant as times change and hiding behind glasses and pretending the way we tell news stays the same as it was decades ago. If anything Clark and Kal are just two aspects of one man. The reporter and hero can just as well enjoy fighting monsters and aliens as well as writing a good story and planting a field. He doesn’t have to be one dimensional. No person is. Clark has a Kryptonian heritage that makes him do what he does and ignoring that for only one part is like rejecting one’s ancestry. We have to reconcile ALL parts of ourselves to be a functioning whole.

End of the day my OTP is MY choice and my post is MINE. And to me it is a disservice to Superman or Wonder Woman to them throw them under the bus to try to make a love interest relevant. If Clark or Diana died..eg as new 52 Clark has…Diana would continue to be the best hero and woman she could be. She might stumble, she might fall but she will pick herself up and stand for humanity. Same for Clark. And all she wants him to be is the best man he could be and accept all that he is…which frankly is the best lesson for any person. So get outta here with that grounded bs. To me that is just lazy and diluting the characters to fit in a box. In this day and age mankind should not repress their potential and be allowed to soar. 

anonymous asked:

At the end of the day, 20 years from now, Harry will be as relevant to the general public as Andrew is right now. I don't understand why he felt the need to speak for everyone. It's just not a good look. I love but I wish he would take a step back from interviews.

I agree on the second part but not the first part. He was stupid, he shouldn’t be speaking for other people when he isn’t going to be king anyway. It’s been highly damaging. My friend with no interest in royalty asked me yesterday what I thought of the “calls to get rid of the monarchy.” It’s reached people with no royal interest. However, he will be more relevant than Andrew as Charles only has two kids to divide attention rather than 4 and all the minor royals will have died off eventually so there will be less people to focus on

Missed opportunity: Not posting this on Pokemon day.

20 years ago collected about 80 of these 2 inch Poke-figures made by Tomy.  There was a few that I could never find.  Once the Poke-craze died so did my desire to collect the remaining 151.  My Pokemon craze was rejuvenated by my girlfriend who reminded me that Pokemon was still relevant and still interesting.  I dug up my old toys and with her help I got the rest of the figures!  You would never guess which ones were the rarest…Voltorb, Electrode and Golbat caused me the most grief in my searches and were the last figures I got.  Haunter, Ghastly, and the Nidoran line were also hard to find.

Got a nice glass case for these bad boys, had some space at the top for some special Tomy figures and there ya go. Pokemon Master material.

Wait…there’s 600 more Pokemon! Oh crap…

Rock Never Dies/But There Are Things Much Worse Than Death

Yeah, so I’m starting with a Dumbledore quote this week, because Dumbledore’s always relevant and also whoa, wouldn’t that an interesting crossover?

[”Bad plot bunny! Down, plot bunny!”]

First things first: this episode wasn’t exactly terrible, but I’m only partially happy with it. Because, like, my problem with Supernatural at this point (and I say ‘at this point’ because I’m feeling generous and fully drenched in Christmas cheer) is really its lack of consistency. And, look, I’m not saying that a show must be an absolute masterpiece in order to be enjoyable - I understand that’s a hard thing to do, and okay - and also, there are shows I consider ‘beach viewing’ (that’s how you call a specific kind of books in Italian: stuff that can be read on a beach) - they’re not particularly exciting, and if they cancel them I’ll probably live, but they’re entertaining and comforting. I know what I can expect, week after week. And Supernatural - I simply don’t understand how a show that can give us stuff like Baby and Changing Channels and Swan Song and Hunteri Heroici and so many other episodes that were as close to perfection as they could get them can also give us stuff which is, frankly, awful to meh. Because Rock Never Dies? Sort of okay, and it sort of improves in rewatch, but only because our beloved Team Free Will + was working together, and that’s such a rare thing it was a delight to watch. Really, sometimes I get this feeling nobody really knows where the story is going or what to make of these characters and their motivations - the only ones to be completely consistent are Wanek and his minions - but, then again, they’re the same ones who wrote a you people read too much into this graffiti last year - and since that graffiti was visible in the background for half a second and we still saw it, I’m guessing we don’t have a leg to stand on. So, well - I don’t know if they drink schnapps instead of coffee during team meetings (if they do have team meetings, that is) or if they’re so focused on keeping everybody happy they’ve forgotten their primary goal is actually telling a story, but, man.

Well, whatever - back to the episode.

My first complaint would be that they’ve forgotten how to write supernatural creatures. Who Lucifer is and what he wants - to me, it didn’t work all that well. Lucifer was supposed to be the first angel to act on free will, and now suddenly he’s falling apart because dad isn’t there to tell him what to do? A few years ago he wanted to destroy the world, and now he wants people to love him? He spent months humiliating Crowley and then almost killed him but now he keeps Crowley alive because ‘you can’t hurt me, lolz’? And, again - enough with the daddy issues. Everybody on this show seems to function exclusively on daddy issues, and I’ll give Sam and Dean a pass, but these are not humans - they’re angels and demons and they shouldn’t be coded on the same parameters of human beings, otherwise what’s the point? Honestly, I’m so fed up I’m even starting to dislike the fact Crowley doesn’t kill anyone anymore, because that, in a way, was a perfect example of him being ‘other’ (being a good guy while also enjoying human flesh muffins, that is). But, well, the thing is - trying to write the unwritable - a thing that is way beyond anything we can imagine as humans - some writers, like Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke, can do it so perfectly you can’t sleep at night; and others - others should start considering turning their chracters human, because at least they would make sense.

(For instance, Lucifer beating Crowley with a guitar was suitably horrific, full of demented rage and all, but Cas attempting to attack Lucifer with a guitar was just weird. Is that how angels fight? Really?)

Turning to Destiel - I’m happy Dean changed Cas’ name from Castiel to Cass (even if, for God’s sake, what’s up with the extra s?), and the fact that Cas actually has opinions on what Dean wears was welcome news (not to Dean, since he acted all embarrassed and changed, like, five minutes later - although, I’m guessing he’ll be back in plaid next week), but, again - keeping whatever is going on between them in the subtext is starting to mess with these guys’ charactierization. For instance, infamous germaphobe Dean Winchester picking up a pair of discarded underwear? Yeah, I don’t think so. Literally the only purpose of him doing that was reminding us he’s partial to pink panties (on himself, that is), and having him glance at Cas as he held them, and showing us Cas picking them up next. But, subtext aside, it was a wtf thing for him to do.

(Much love for the fact they had two references to endverse this week - the panties and the ‘fearless leader’ jab at the end. Man, I’m still not over that episode.)

Under the cut: Sam acting weird, Crowley breaking my heart, the Winchesters vs the British MoL, Samson and Ladyheart and some random thoughts and feels.

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REASONS WHY I PREFER SUPERMAN x WONDER WOMAN.

Some of the reason are more serious than others; others just plain fun but they are mine and some my own head canon why I think Clark and Diana are the best comic pairing or has the potential to become one of the greatest comic couples in history. 

1. They are each other’s equal in every way. Intellectually, emotionally and physically. If I want a relationship of equals then this is what I want to see. A man and woman relating to each other on an equal footing and no beta-ing or weaking of one so the other can be superior.

2 She can fight along side him, watch his back and kick his ass if need be. There is something profound in being each other’s Kryptonite.

3  He is a farmer’s son with a galactic inheritance and she a Queen’s daughter from a matriarchal warrior society. Culturally this sets for a colliding of worlds and philosophies but more importantly it creates a greater opportunity for challenging each other, understanding, learning, growing and bridging differences.

3. Their temperaments complement each other. They both really good hearted people with strong beliefs and wills.They don’t fall into the lazy cliches of good/bad girl/boy dynamic to change each other. Basically they do not have to be jerks to each other nor be damaged and dysfunctional to have a story.

4. They are who they are and they respect that in each other even if they have disagreements. They stand up to each other if they have to. 

5. They do not take each other for granted. They have both made sacrifces for each other which is what defines unconditional love. They actually reciprocate as a couple and as allies.They would literally go to the ends of the earth for each other. 

6. Clark is not ashamed of his love for Diana. He’s come to value it and her. He doesn’t see her as some obstacle to his mission but as a partner capable of helping him fulfill his own. ie bettering the world. Diana struggled initially with her Amazon upbringing and having to be vulnerable when falling in love with a man..but she learned that love was not weakness no matter how it manifestes itself but strengthening and that they were better together.

7. They often turned to each other for comfort and to reflect on moral and ethical issues because only each other could truly emphatize with the cares, burdens they face as Superman and wonder Woman.

8. Neither needs each other to be relevant as evidenced by the fact they headline their own comics. 

9. The fandom does not mash up their names. They keep them as individuals because they see them as individuals. Superwonder is the only mishmash the fandom might use.

10.Their stories do not stop  if they are apart because they have roles to fulfill eg him a reporter, her an amazon queen or ambassador. Whether they are dating or besties they will always be Superman and Wonder Woman. 

11. They share a similar outlook on how they see the world.They rule by trust, not fear.

12. Clark is intrigued by her animal empathy and Krypto just loves her because she understands him. Clark gets a kick out of hearing her and Krypto “talk.”

13. The well being of the world comes first. She does not stand by while he tries to saves it, she races him to it.

 14. She is the more pragmatic of the two while he is the more idealistic. 

15. The innate loneliness they feel ( yes they would feel alone even though they had a good upbringing and trying to adapt as normal etc fact is they are different and they are reminded of it every day)  is eased when they meet each other or are together. They are kindred spirits and twin flames which is way different  than the soulmate connection. It’s rarer and unique and more challenging.

16. Truth defines their relationship.He’s never hidden who he is from her and she’s always told him what is in her heart.

17. Date night can be normal and or downright fantastical from breakfast at a diner to hanging on a different planet enjoying twin moons with strange plants and creatures around them. They enjoy both. 

18. He can get her to laugh and relax. She loves when he cooks for her or they go to taste different kinds of ice cream around the world. Diana can get Clark to loosen up on the dance floor. He is the only one who got her to tearup during a movie when he rented E.T.

19. She gets him to see his self worth and challenges him to see the leader in himself because as a princess raised as a potential heir to the throne and Queen herself in some stories…Diana understands issues of sovereignty and having to inspire a people. She knows the best leaders are those who are not power hungry and don’t see themselves as such.

20. She looks wonderful in his cape, he looks super in her lasso.

21.  They do not define each other’s morality. It’s one of my pet peeves, some writers trying to make love interests more relevant that they are they try to make the heroes’ goodness tied into whether they with them or not. That is short changing the hero and basically saying if x died y can’t remain heroic. Heroism isn’t about having fair weather and if that is the case as with some other pairings …x turns evil because y dies or x can only care for humanity or have humanity because of y then said hero is not a hero at all. 

22. They have to be strong and serious for everyone but with each other they can relax  and just be a couple .With each other you see them truly vulnerable because trimmings and titles and costumes are just that to them…they are just a man and woman really. 

23. When they spar…it’s real sparring. Diana gives no quarter. She is a real opponent and wants to win and brings out a competitive side in Clark he never knew he had.

24. When they make love it is with real passion and freedom. No holding back. 

25. Their mutual friends, allies and family think they belong together. Kara always looked upon Diana as an older sister. Conner even had a little crush on her. Donna looked  to Clark as an older bother. Bruce their best friend’s destiny is to becomes the Godfather to their children.

26. She’s never been in awe nor fear of him. eg While people go gaga for Superman to Diana at first he’s just another strong individual. She’s a warrior a daughter of Zeus, she knows and seen power. It’s his nobility, compassion, kindness, humbleness, standing up for the weak and oppressed that makes her fall for him. She enjoys when he reads his work to her and asks her opinion. She especially loves his human interest stories because it allows her to understand the world she is adjusting to better. She’s been encouraging him to write that novel he’s been wanting to write for a while now.

27. Clark might be one the most idealistic heroes and a sharp reporter but through Diana he sees the wonders of the world. Because her eyes are fresh just by being someone from another world/time and her speech is  honest and her heart empathetic. He offers hope, she offers second chances.

28. He loves how fierce she is. She is regal and genteel but no pushover. She treats people from all walks of life with dignity and he especially admires how she who could be a privileged  princess chooses to fight instead to better the world and advance social causes. Clark enjoys nothing more than seeing Diana addressing the UN, trying to get attention for social causes and womens’ and childrens’ rights and spending time with orphans and refugees and offering comfort where she can.

29 The potential for exanding the verse of Superman and Wonder Woman is a minefield.   Sci-fi meld with myth and magic. Wider scope, epic stories, a chance to really create, be it new villains, and characters, off world adventures, time travel etc. The idea of these two having children…new legacy characters and not just another superboy or wondergirl…a combination of two heritages has always had most of fandom intrigued.

30. The Superwonder fandom is fun and generally most seem to spend time celebrating what they have. Many have been shipping before the new 52 so they know what is is like to long for something and as a result their creativity came to the fore and created instead of bitching. We have some of the best fan artists and fan fiction writers imo. They often faced ridiculed by other rival fandoms who got stuff in cartoons and tv shows and movies, bu they still persevered. Maybe DC saw this and acted upon it, we don’t know. But patience and fair play has its own reward. Superwonder fans are not self entitled and are just glad to have a chance finally to say we are canon. I am proud to be part of this community. I hope DC gives us a chance for at least the time they gave the other pairing last canon. 

The Fellowship of the Ring - Book 2, Chapter 02: THE COUNCIL OF ELROND (PART 2)
[ Introduction post! ] [ a LOTR book blogging project ]

PREVIOUSLY, I spent a lot of time marveling at the hilarity of Sauron trying to send a messenger to Mirkwood and then marveling at just how much Tolkien can info dump into a scene and not actually provide much of any fucking context.

I’m glad that I basically look at those scenes, where there’s a ton of names–A DOZEN NAMES FOR EVERY SINGLE THING YOU CAN POSSIBLY THINK OF, I mean, shit, knowing Tolkien, he probably had Yavanna give a name to every single tree on Arda and then the Elves and Men and Dwarves all came along and named each of them all over again–and my reaction was:

I think I’m doing pretty well so far.  :|b  But this chapter may eventually yet break me, WE’LL SEE.

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Time for more Book of Life Theorizing. (Beware, you'll probable be getting a lot of this today.)

Ok, I just noticed something. When Mary Beth (the narrator) was explaining where Chikal got the Amulet of Everlasting Life (Joaquin’s medal) from originally, she said he stole it and that Xibalba later stole it back. But who did Chikal take it from originally? I think we can safely assume it wasn’t Xibalba, since the guy is not only extremely intimidating but also a god, and thus fully able to keep his stuff safe. Then it must have been from someone else who Xibalba gave the medal to. But who would Xibalba have given it to? Let’s take a look at something from the graveyard at the beginning of the movie. (I apologize for the quality of the photo’s, I was taking pictures of my TV.) :

Pretty interesting sword right? According to Jorge Gutierrez, it’s called the Sword of Seven Sins. (It also looks quite a bit like Chikal’s sword, but that not relevant.) Guess who it originally belonged to? Xibalba. 

Now let’s think about this. Why would General Mondragon have Xibalba’s sword? Unless Xibalba gave it to him. As we’ve already seen, Balby tends to prefer people like Joaquin, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine he would have liked his dad. We also know that General Mondragon was a great warrior and he died fighting Chikal. What if the sword wasn’t the only thing Xibalba gave him? What if the reason that Chikal had the medal was because he took it from Mondragon?

anonymous asked:

My God you sound so bitter about CS. As far as Hook dying, he wasn't gonna die in S2, that was never going to happen. IDK what made you think that he was gonna die then, because that was not gonna happen.

ok first i wanna see your receipts. cause honestly with the way that season was going, i had hard cash on cora killing him before the end for betraying her and going after rumple alone or something. greg and tamara complicated things and they got neverland so ok fair enough, for the sake of argument ok lets play this out.

they get to neverland. cs isn’t a thing, so hook’s just there as a guide. without the supposed ‘connection’ to emma how long does it take hook to betray them to pan in return for a chance to kill rumple? cause lets remember kids, if he’s not with emma then he’s trying to kill rumple. he dies in neverland; neal inherits his ship and sails it home. maybe he gets a semi-redemption in that he dies saving milah’s son? but he doesn’t get home from neverland.

i am bitter about cs. it’s killing what was my favourite show. it has no narrative purpose, and no character or plot relevance: cs has done nothing to develop either character or to advance the overall plot line. hook’s ‘redemption’ happened in five minutes so i’m not counting that. emma’s development comes from elsa, regina, lily, neal, and her parents, but never hook. cs also required a) a total overhaul of a character to make him even plausible as an emma love interest, and b) the death of one of the most important characters on the show, thus fucking MY favourite character’s plotline in the ass, in order to make it happen. 

After neverland exactly how important is he to the plot if he’s not emma’s boyfriend? without being emma’s boyfriend Neal would still be rumple’s son, and henry’s father. without being emma’s boyfriend hook is… the guy who screwed over neal and rumple once a long time ago. that’s it. 

and don’t tell me cs is his purpose because if you look at pretty much everything from s2 onward you can see swanfire endgame all over it. hook is being shoehorned in at the last minute to take his place. and i do have receipts for that.

seriouslythoughnourlisavailable  asked:

I've just read your hollstein library AU and I loved it :) please right a sequel :))))

Hollstein Library AU Part 2.

Laura left the library with a spring in her step as well as a book Carmilla had recommended to her, they’d agreed to meet for cocoa at the Silas Coffeehouse the following night.

A million things were running through the book-smart girl’s head that night as she brushed her teeth, contemplatively gazing at her appearance in the mirror. She swilled out her mouth and checked her teeth before turning off the light and getting into her head. She fell asleep to the thought of all the books Carmilla must have read and had peaceful dreams involving a stunning black cat.

The next morning she was as excited as she was well rested, nothing could put a dampener on her day, not knowing she had something to look forward to.

She was scribbling away in her Lit class when it hit her; no, it couldn’t possibly be- Was tonight a date? Like an actual date? She’d never been on one of those before. It continued to weigh on her as she walked out of the building, making the way to her dorm. On the way she bumped into LaFontaine, who had so generously told her about the Bio study group they were starting a few weeks into the semester. 

“Hey, Hollis. You doing alright?” They asked, smiling before waving to your floor don who was apparently their best friend, though, you were certain there was more to it than that.

“I’m great, thanks, LaF. Are you?” LaFontaine nods and Laura decides to ask for her advice.

“I uh, I was kinda hoping for some advice actually”

“Is that tall redhead giving you the stink-eye again?”

“No” Laura shook her head. “No, actually.. I’m meeting a girl - woman, tonight and I think..I think it might be a date”

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unemployedgirlwithtoomuchtime  asked:

Hey Sam, what are your favourite news sources? I know you do a lot of research and reading for work and fun (and you always post such interesting articles!), so you've gotta have a couple websites, papers or magazines that you enjoy most, right?

I really like Fortune.com. They’re one of the few major financial news sites that investigates or even talks about how the things they’re reporting on impact under-voiced communities (women, LGBT, people of color) and while they skim a fair amount of their news from other sources – at my office they’re referred to as New York Times From Yesterday – they always take the time to write thoughtfully about it. Shockingly liberal, for a financially-focused news site. 

Also, while it’s not necessarily news as much as it is journalism, longform.org posts longform nonfiction pieces that are sometimes current, sometimes relevant to current events (when a celeb dies they usually comb up a few pieces about them), or sometimes just of historical interest (infamous crimes, profiles of historic figures from their own era, etc). I find that when I follow longform regularly, I often pick up stories that go viral about a day before they hit, like the Oregon tsunami induction zone piece and the Truth About Cheap Nail Salons. 

I read, for my sins, the /r/chicago section of Reddit, and I get a lot of local news there. (It’s not as gross as the rest of Reddit but that’s not really saying much.)

I don’t really love the news, to be honest; too much of it makes me too angry. I don’t watch the nightly news or the morning news, in part because the news itself is usually terrible but also because I get really angry at how it’s reported. So I have chosen a certain level of ignorance, which I’m not happy about, but which also keeps my blood pressure within a manageable range. 

But we do a lot of news reading for work so I keep an eye on what my colleagues are reading, and we swap news back and forth a lot – the quote I just posted is from a set of articles my boss sent us. And I am friends with some people who are very current on the news, so sometimes I pick up stuff from them. :)