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The Midheaven: How You Will Be Remembered

The Midheaven (MC) is commonly thought to describe one’s career path. Although this is a decent indicator of one’s overall path, it can be hard to relate to a specific career so early in one’s life. So, if you don’t relate to your Midheaven like, “Oh, you have a MC in Aries, so you’re probably going to be a police officer, solider, or athlete" then maybe try thinking of the Midheaven as how you will be remembered or what you are generally associated with. (Always trust your dominant sign to describe you the most- *a post similar to this coming soon)
✨No matter what career you decide, you will be remembered by your peers, co-workers, friends, and family by traits from the sign, aspects*, and planets* bestowed upon your 10th House.✨

♈ Aries MC: will be remembered for their courage, boldness, intimidating/unsettling nature, and/or originality.
(ex. Stephen King, Meryl Streep, Kanye West, Joan of Arc, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Madalyn Murry O'Hair, Pablo Picasso, Rachel Maddow, Will Smith, Franz Kafka, Tyra Banks, Aleister Crowley, Tina Fey, Francisco de Goya, Julia Roberts, Chris Farley, Joseph Goebbels, Marvin Gaye, Iggy Pop, Kate Moss, Alfred Hitchcock, George Wallace, Hank Williams, Ayn Rand, Rob Zombie, Alexandre Dumas, John Steinbeck, Anne Frank, Twiggy, Jack Black, William Blake, Celine Dion, Galileo Galilei, Al Gore, Emmylou Harris, Las Vegas-Nevada, Manhattan-New York)

♉ Taurus MC: will be remembered for their extravagant style or possessions, their values, and/or “diva” attitude.

(ex. Henry VIII, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Pope Francis, Jackie Robinson, Selena Gomez, Drake, Donald Trump, Freddie Mercury, Agatha Christie, Muhammad Ali, Frida Kahlo, O. J. Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Marlene Dietrich, Malala Yousafzai, Christopher Columbus, Michael Bay, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicole Richie, Woody Allen, Marilyn Manson, Maya Angelou, Martin Scorsese, Bernie Madoff, Ringo, Josephine Baker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Palin, Josh Groban, Chris Brown, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Norway)

♊ Gemini MC: will be remembered for/through words (writing, phrase, acting, thoughts, speech), their cleverness,
and/or mental/emotional detachment.

(ex. Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Albert Camus, Madonna, J.R.R. Tolkein, Donna Summer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chelsea Handler, Alex Trebek, Kurt Cobain, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Jay-Z, Richard Nixon, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tom Hanks, Kris Jenner, Walt Disney, Miss Cleo, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Hugh Hefner, Lizzie Borden, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Kathy Bates, Winston Churchill, Melissa Ethridge, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Mitchell, Paul Simon, Greece, Tokyo-Japan)

♋ Cancer MC: will be remembered for their emotional impact, sensitivity, and/or parental care/control.

(ex. Beyoncé, Matamha Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Venus Williams, Britney Spears, Arthur Rimbaud, Elizabeth Warren, Denzel Washington, Jeffery Dahmer, Sun Yet-sen, Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder, Anderson Cooper, Cat Stevens, Anna Nicole Smith, Joe Jonas, Rock Hudson, Alice Cooper, Woodrow Wilson, Barbara Walters, T. S. Elliot, Coretta Scott King, Albert Schweitzer, Ted Cruz, Monica Lewinsky, H.P. Lovecraft, Anaïs Nin, Katie Couric, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Harper Lee, Giacomo Puccini, Sidney Poitier, September 11 attacks, United Kingdom)

♌ Leo MC: will be remembered for their theatrics, arrogance/vanity, power, and/or regality.

(ex. Grace Kelly, Prince, Isaac Newton, Adolf Hitler, Katy Perry, Charlie Chaplin, Aretha Franklin, Sigmund Freud, Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy, Stanley Kubrick, Courtney Love, Mark Twain, Chaka Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Alfred Nobel, Eric Clapton, Annie Oakley, Martha Stewart, Divine, Louis Pasteur, Robin Williams, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Vladimir Putin, Clint Eastwood, Missy Elliot, Frank Sinatra, Mel B, Edgar Allan Poe, Los Angeles-CA)

♍ Virgo MC: will be remembered for their scandals/controversy, never-ending toil, physicality/health and/or attention to detail.

(ex. Hillary Clinton, Bruce Lee, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Nelson Mandela, Bette Davis, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley, Erykah Badu, Jimmy Page, Eartha Kitt, Leonardo de Vinci, Bob Marley, Joan Crawford, Margaret Thatcher, Eminem, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Lynch, Chaz Bono, Marlon Brando, Björk, Ozzy Osborne, Emily Brontë, Bernie Sanders, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diana Ross, Kahlil Gibran, Russia, United States)

♎ Libra MC: will be remembered for their inner/outer beauty, adaptability, and/or desire for or appearance of stability.

(ex. Elton John, Jane Goodall, Malcolm X, Coco Channel, Kylie Jenner, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Michelangelo, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Winona Ryder, Jimi Hendrix, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Taylor, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angela Merkel, Tom Brokaw, Alan Watts, Charles Darwin, Brigitte Bardot, Patti Smith, Chuck Norris, Linda Lovelace, Ray Charles, Lionel Messi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, Noam Chomsky, Lucille Ball, Venice-Italy)

♏ Scorpio MC: will be remembered for their physical attractiveness, taboo activities/topics, and/or natural talent.

(ex. James Joyce, Billie Holiday, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Carrie Fisher, Jim Morrison, Selena, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Queen Elizabeth II, Ariana Grande, Marie Curie, Anthony Hopkins, René Descartes, Nina Simone, Willem Dafoe, Paul Newman, Mariska Hargitay, Thomas Jefferson, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Stalin, Larry King, Duke Ellington, Joan Jett, Buddy Holly, Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gwen Stefani, Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Loren, Marcus Aurelius, China)

♐ Sagittarius MC: will be remembered for their joviality​, reckless/wild free spirit, sense of humor, and/or philosophy/spirituality.

(ex. Al Capone, Deepok Chopra, Shia LaBeouf, Audrey Hepburn, Harvey Milk, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Bettie Page, Pablo Neruda, J. K. Rowling, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Henry David Thoreau, Adele, Janis Joplin, Maximilien Robespierre​, Ellen Pompeo, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, Evel Knievel, Bruno Mars, Jimmy Fallon, Peggy Lipton, Karl Marx, George Takei, Ryan Gosling, Whoopi Goldberg, Vincent Price, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil)

♑ Capricorn MC: will be remembered for their accomplishments/legacy, conquering of odds, and/or persistence.

(ex. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Rihanna, Isadora Duncan, Benjamin Franklin, James Dean, Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, Serena Williams, Joan Baez, Snoop Dogg, Alexander the Great, Barbara Streisand, Ron Howard, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, Immanuel Kant, Queen Latifah, Johann Sebastian Bach, Walt Whitman, Che Guevara, Liza Minnelli, Amelia Earhart, Mariah Carey, John Lennon, George Lucas, Donatella Versace, Louis Armstrong, Pakistan)

♒ Aquarius MC: will be remembered for their rebellious nature, involvement in a social organization/group​, and/or unpredictability.

(ex. Miley Cyrus, Tim Burton, Voltaire, Mick Jagger, Carl Sagan, Rita Hayworth, Neil Armstrong, Amy Winehouse, Pamela Anderson, Carlos Santana, Edward Snowden, Leo Tolstoy, Mae West, Orson Welles, Charlie Sheen, Eva Peron, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Johann Kepler, Suddam Hussein, Ruby Rose, Gerard Way, Helen Mirren, Howard Stern, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, George R. R. Martin, Kristen Stewart, Jean Piaget, Ronda Rousey, Willow Smith, Florida, India)

♓ Pisces MC: will be remembered for their delusional optimism, supernatural success, and/or they are often idolized
.
(ex. Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Irene Cara, Cher, Salvador Dalí, William Shakespeare, Edie Sedgwick, Fidel Castro, Lady Gaga, Dalai Lama XIV, Steven Spielberg, George Michael, Marie Antoinette, RuPaul, Judy Garland, Michael Phelps, Sally Ride, John Cena, William Faulkner, Victoria Beckham, Lee Harvey Oswald, Douglas Adams, Jean Renoir, Buzz Aldrin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Farrah Fawcett, Osama bin Laden, Sam Cooke, Michael Jordan, Switzerland, North Korea)

Writing Antagonists: (Aka, Your Villains and Bad Guys)

The antagonist is often either one of the most fun things to write, or the most dreaded. But either way, they are a key element of the story, and that cannot be ignored. So, let’s talk about how to make a really great antagonist.

You may have in the past met a writer or teacher or whomever who insists on using the words “protagonist and antagonist” over words like “hero and villain.” Personally, I am not so stingy about it, I feel that I know what you mean anyway so it doesn’t really matter- what there is a legitimate reason as to why you should at least try to think of your villain as your antagonist instead.

And that reason is connotation. Well, denotation too, really- villain and antagonist aren’t completely the same thing, but I’m bringing it down to connotation. 

Simply said, when you think of the word “villain”, you’ll think something like “that’s the bad guy in the story.” And when you think of the “antagonist”, you probably think “that’s a fancy word for villain, aka the bad guy in the story.”

But antagonist isn’t just a fancy word. It’s a fancy concept. It means “the guy that opposes the good guy.” That can be on any argument or view. When writing your antagonist is to remember that nothing is black/white, good/bad thinking, and that includes your antagonist.

Let’s map out the steps to making a complex villain- aka, an antagonist.

First, remember that your antagonist (usually) is a person, just like your protagonist. It might help to develop them outside of their intentions first, and put a person to the upcoming reputation.

Background:

Chances are, your antagonist didn’t just rise up out of the ground ready to kill. They came from somewhere. Your readers don’t even have to know everything about your antag’s backstory, but you do, if you want to really understand them. It often holds the key reason as to why your antagonist is where they are. The drive behind anger, revenge, change, or pleasing someone else can come from the events in their background.

Why do they hold the beliefs they hold? Were they raised that way? Were they taught by some mentor figure? Were they cover from a reality they couldn’t bear? Are they trying to please someone, or get revenge on someone who displeased them? The answer should be in their background.

Motives/Beliefs:

Remember, every villain is a hero in their own mind. They believe that what they are doing is necessary, even if they recognize that it is unpleasant. What are they fighting for? Why does it matter to them so much, that they are willing to overlook all the harm they do?

“The Greater Good”: This is one of the more common and understandable villain motives. They believe that what they are doing now is paving the way to a better future. But keep in mind that what your antag views as a “better future” may be very, very different than the average opinion. Maybe a “better future” for them is a genocidal purge or the world ending in flames. Who knows.

That’s not the only type of motive. Be creative. Work with the information you established in your character’s background to find the most reasonable motive.

Tipping Point:

This is going to be related to your background and motive in an interesting way. Think of your antagonist as a character who has already completed their Character Arc and reached a negative end. Look at the points of change on the character arc- the ones that push your character farther down their path. What are those events? Those are the tipping points that prompted your character towards becoming they way they are now- those key moments where your character had a choice, and they chose to become bitter, hateful, vengeful, cold, or other negative things.

These could be the deaths of loved ones, the promptings of a mentor, or a moment of injustice that made them realize that the world isn’t always kind.

Personality/Actions:

This is the part where you develop them outside of their intentions. How do they behave? 

It’s tempting to just say that your villain is a villain because they torture and kill people. But those are not the only things that make a villain a scary or serious threat. Some characters might jump to violence easier than others. Some might be more into psychological torment. Some might actually seem really charming or persuasive, which is frightening in it’s own way- they might actually be tricky enough to confuse you into making bad decisions on your own. Think about your character’s background again. What makes the most sense for them as a person?

Presentation:

This is how your antagonist comes across to others. Keep in mind that your reader and your other characters don’t know your antagonist like you do. How does this person present to the world? 

-Are they open to discussion/negotiation?

-Are they open about their intentions?

-How quick are they to violence?

-What are their methods of war?

-When you meet them, are they charismatic, quiet, charming, vulgar? Do they have a sense of humor, or are they stoic?

-Do they seem to enjoy what they are doing, or do they express regrets even as they do it?

Moral Complexity:

What are they willing to do to achieve their goals? Do they have weaknesses in their personal lives?

1. Do they have noble ends behind their controversial means?

2. Is there a line even they won’t cross?

3. Do they have someone/something that they care about?

4. Do they prefer to do the killing/torturing etc themselves or do they just give the order?

Remember that if your antagonist does have any of these moral weaknesses, they are not going to want to show it. One has to keep up intimidating appearances, after all. 

Speaking of appearances…

Appearance:

This part is here to tell you what not to do. There are certain appearances that are getting really old with villains.

1. Dressing in all black. Why do they even do that? It’s time to stop associating black with “bad” and white with “good”. It just isn’t like that, so stop making villains all dark and stuff.

2. Scars. I think scars are pretty cool, don’t get me wrong. But if there is no relevant reason for it to be there, don’t talk about it all the time. That goes for all characters, not just villains. Like the color black, scars are not just a villain thing. Everyone has them. Don’t associate them with “bad.”

3. Sexy. I get the idea that making a villain attractive makes them harder to hate, but that can be kind of a cop out of actual complexity. Again, if there is no legitimate reason to make your villain sexy, then don’t. It’s not necessary.

4. Ugly. I hesitate to call any traits inherently ugly, but if you’re striving to make your character unpleasant looking just because they’re bad, then once again, you are associating feature=evil, which is not creative at best and seriously socially harmful at worst. 

Basically, your villains should be just as diverse as anyone else. You don’t need stereotypes to make them scary. Sometimes it’s scarier than anything else to just have an average person. It sort of adds to the idea that anyone could be a villain. And that’s pretty frightening.

Key Point:

- Complicate your villains. They’re not just Evil McEvilpants. 

That’s it for now, but like anything else in writing, antagonists have a lot of possibility and exceptions. But that was your basic rundown on the things to consider when making a complicated antagonist. 

~Penemue

5/30/1990

Let me start out first by wishing you all a very Happy Halloween, this post is my Halloween gift to you all. I will be attempting to analyze the now infamous “Dog Semen” comic strip. This is commonly considered to be Jim Davis’s “Cow Tools” strip, a strip that’s audience interpretation became far removed from the CREATORs intent. Considering the current controversy around this particular comic strip, I thought it would be a great idea to try and give an explanation to this piece and end the controversy once and for all. I’ll be putting it all under the break, hope you take th/ time to read /t..

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Because some things are worth fighting for — The War of the Bucket

During the 11th and 12th centuries the Italian states and the German kingdoms were often at war due to a series of conflicts called the Investiture Controversy.  The Investiture Controversy was a politically motivated war fought over who would be the supreme power of Europe, the theocratic government of the Roman Catholic Church, or the secular government of the Holy Roman Empire. The Controversy officially came to an end in 1176 when the forces of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa were defeated at the Battle of Legnano. 

While the Investiture Controversy ended in 1176, conflict over the issue still remained in Italy between the many kingdoms and city states, which were divided into two factions, the Ghibellines who supported the Holy Roman Emperor, and the Guelfs who supported the Pope. The town of Modena was an ardent Ghibelline city, while Bologna was a staunch Guelf city. Thus for many centuries the two cities were fierce rivals.

One night in 1325 a small group of Modenese commandos snuck into the city and stole the ceremonial civic bucket from the town well.  Before they left, they filled it with is much looted treasure as could fit.  Enraged by the theft of their sacred bucket, the Bolognese mustered an army of 30,000 men to crush Modena. The two armies met at the town of Zappolino. The Modenese only had an army of 7,000, however the Bolognese were disorganized and poorly armed while the Modenese were well equipped, well trained, and disciplined.  As a result, the Battle of Zappolino lasted on 2 hours before the Modenese broke Bolognese ranks, killing 2,000 in the process.  The Modenese chased the defeated army all the way to Bologna itself, however they did not have the numbers to lay siege to the city.  Rather, they paraded around the city walls, displaying the captured bucket for all to see while shouting insults, wisecracks about Bolognese mothers, and made obscene gestures.  Today, the bucket is still in the possession of Modena. 

There’s a lot of people saying how the characters being ‘fictional’ ruins them and takes away from the journey we see them go through and their development. While I agreed with them at first that is absolutely not the case anymore, actually I think the opposite now. As the ending says even if their pain and feelings where ‘fiction’ it doesn’t change how real it was for them. The pre game them are dead now and the V3 students who go through the game are very much the real them now and their personalities being different beforehand doesn’t change or ruin that. In all honesty I think it adds on to their characters. They where all people who willingly signed up for a death game, who wanted to change and escape their lives so badly they gave up their life, I wonder on what they wanted to run away from so badly.

For example, instead of taking away from Kaede it brings up a lot to explore about her. She was shy, untrusting and insecure, her free time events with Amami show she dislikes people like that by putting down Saihara for having those traits. Her dislike could be because hated herself for being like that and subconsciously still feels that way without knowing why. It makes Kaede a lot more relatable to me, she was someone who wanted to be an outgoing, inspiring leader and hated herself so badly she was willing to do anything to change that. Or at least that’s how I see it, anyone else could read it differently based on how they view Kaede or you could not believe Tsumugi because she is quite the liar and her not being truthful is her possible. It makes so much about the V3 cast so fun to analyze and see what about themselves they disliked and the people they wanted to be. They could have a deep reason for it, or it could simply be for fun because they wanted to be someone else. I headcanon Shinguuji wanted to be the creepiest characters just to freak out his future classmates for one idea. They could be the same way just with a few minor changes to make the game more entertaining as well, there’s a lot of potential for exploring every character!

And just because they may not have started out as who they where in game doesn’t take away every moment they’ve touched your heart, made you smile and given you hope. That is them now and that’s how they will be from now on. It’s just there’s more to add on to them and makes them all truly wonderful and deep characters. The characters you feel in love with are still there, just like they had their classmates they loved who ended up being completely different it doesn’t mean the one they loved no longer exists. They could have been 'written’ to love them but it doesn’t change their feelings or make them any less real to them.

I loved the ending of V3 and the 'fictional’ plot twist and I hope this explains why I do well! I think the V3 cast is one of if not the best out of the Danganronpa’s and I think the twist only adds onto that. And even if it didn’t it doesn’t change how much I love all of them and how well written they are.

Dear Richonne Writers

Richonne is almost back and it’s time to thank you all !!

This hiatus was endless but it was so prolific !! The Richonne tag was an avalanche of talent !!! All kind of stories:  funny, tragics, new ones, happy endings, continuations, controversies, acclaimed, one-shot, multichapter!

We, readers, we aren’t always easy, we forget to leave feedback, we complain about the story’s direction, we disagree with a character or relationship’s description, we harass you for a new chapter. We sometimes forget how much time and energy you are spending to please us!

And yet still and always, you use your talents to make us laugh, cry, stress over your stories. You almost managed to kill us sometimes !!

So a big thanks to all of you, thank you for taking care of these lovers for us!

Hoping that the new season will be a new source of inspiration for the Richonne fandom!

Here some of my hiatus favs…

@reciprocityfic:

@can08writer:

@fikfreak

@mamagrimes6:

@bigunknownkingdom:

@kendrawriter:

@sunflowerdope: Everything I never told you

@lovedmoviesb.: We are the one who lives

@avintagekiss24:

@siancore:

@twhorus:

@twriter12: 7 days

@vegasloversteel:

@nyese3529:

@thebaetide:

@lyraverse:

@cranesinthe-sky: Honey bees

@cake-by-thepound: Palm Trees

@akiasi: Letting go

@fitholala: L4yers of war

@chezza3009:

@severelybabykryptonite: In another life time

@nattah-gudgrrl: Call

@rubducked: Toys and things

@richonnelandfill:

@asleepywitchysamurai: Start again

@yellehughes:

*charrrmed: The Antidote

*Idcabtthisish : Must’ve been Somethin’ Else

*anomilee1: His slight muse

*malladay: Easy Silence

*tellyoscar

*kirashiki: Stand By

Ok this is my longest post and yet I know I have forgotten so many stories and writers (I told you: prolific hiatus) !!

Merci @richonnefics and @richonnejustdesserts  for allowing me to discover and rediscover so many authors and stories!!!!!!

SJM Accent Challenge
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SJM Accent Challenge

(yes that’s me in the pic hehe) I’m super excited and nervous about this you guys! So ESL, therefore I have the strangest accent, and my voice isn’t really my strong point LOL but I hope you enjoy this anyways (even with the controversial ending bahahahah)💕💕💕 Also, I recorded this early this morning!

I was tagged by Cas @highlady-casandra  to do the SJM Accent Challenge (you are an angel)! Here are the questions:

  • Name and username
  • Where are you from?
  • Pronounce the following words:
    Archeron, Rhysand, Cresseida, Thesan, Rhoe Galathynius, Illyrian, Manon, Abraxos, Prythian, Lucien, Ianthe, Suriel, Bryaxis, Carridwen and Nuala, Elide, Velaris, Rowan Whitethorn, Chaol Westfall, Yrene Towers, Nehemia Ytger, Rifthold, Adarlan, Chrocan, Kaltain Rompier, Sorscha, Dorian Havilliard, Lyria, Asterion horse, Valg, Eyllwe, wyrdmarks, rowaelin, feysand
  • How did you find out about the books?
  • When did you start reading them?
  • Favorite character from TOG?
  • Favorite character from ACOTAR?
  • Have you read The Assassin’s Blade? Do you plan on reading the ACOTAR Novellas?
  • Favorite ship/s?
  • Read a page from your favorite book from TOG (or ACOTAR)
  • Which scene destroyed you the most?
  • If you read fanfiction, name your favorite or some of your favorites
  • Fave headcanons?
  • Favorite quote/s?
  • If you could choose any piece of media to readapt the Maasverse in, what would you choose? (e.g: movie(s), tv show(s), animation, a musical, videogames, etc)
  • TOG or ACOTAR? Why?
  • Which would be your ACOTAR Court? Why?
  • And last but not least, say 3 unpopular opinions. Do it, go off

I tag:

@dorianthekinkymf @cassianandfenrysaremyboyos @feysandfeels @rowan-buzzard-whitethorn @azrielsiphons  @fiery-feyre @dr-woodsprite @deziremyacotar @feyre-starkov @2-bookmaster-2 @illyriangoddess @micmac21 @wrydtoyourmother @thebookdiviner @tntwme @captainkatieb @carrnnam @runesandfaes @seeliequeenofprythian @illyrian-high-lord @my-ships-will-never-be-sank @itsawriter @ericatheweirdo

And anyone else who wants to do this! Make sure you tag me and add the hashtag “SJM Accent Challenge” so I get to watch each and every one of you because it’s so much fun and it makes my tumblr session so much better! Have fun guys!!

"Fans of Dungeons & Dragons seem to have a masochistic relationship with alignment..."

Here’s an excerpt from RollPlay Presents: a 5E Roundtable Discussion, which is great and you should watch it. (excerpt starts at 0:14:27)

ADAM KOEBEL: I think [4E] is a great game, but 5E definitely succeeded more in the “being D&D” kind of space. Mike, when you were developing 5E, were there any of those mechanics that felt less like points of inspiration and more like… shackles, let’s say, for the design? Because there are things, I’m sure, you felt you were required to include.

MIKE MEARLS: Yeah, and the trick to it was instead of thinking of those things as shackles that are holding us back, to think of it as a challenge. I know it’s a cheesy answer…

ADAM KOEBEL: “What would you say are your greatest weaknesses, Mike Mearls?”

MIKE MEARLS: But really, when you’re building the game, [you might say] “this is kind of a weird thing to have in a game”. Like, why would you have alignment? But then you realize your users are asking for it. You have to come at it from the angle that this is a benefit. You can’t hide it.

ADAM KOEBEL: I see Evil Matt Colville has something to say about that.

MATT COLVILLE: They’re asking for it! You asked for it, you’re gonna get it.

ADAM KOEBEL: Fans of Dungeons & Dragons seem to have a masochistic relationship with alignment. They’re like “we hate it! it’s the worst! fuck you, get it out of here!”, but if you’re like “what if we just took alignment out?” then they’re like “NOOOOOOOO! bring it back! it’s not D&D if I can’t be Lawful Evil!”

MIKE MEARLS: D&D is a culture. That’s what we discovered working on the game, it’s not a game, it’s a culture. So you can say, game-wise, alignment, pfff, this is kinda silly. But for having-arguments-online-wise, oh, alignment is awesome. Just say, alignment’s back, man! That gives you like two weeks of threads. Because it fuels the stuff you’re doing when you’re not at the table playing the game, and it fuels the connective. It’s a connection between each playgroup.

MATT MERCER: *is hungover, listens politely*

I’m gonna correct Mike Mearls here. (The nerve!)

They didn’t accidentally “discover” that D&D is a culture, they deliberately designed 5E around that notion, in order to use it as the main selling point of 5E. That was their marketing strategy from the very start. And that’s why, in the early stages, they weren’t asking playtesters “do you like this mechanic? is it good enough?”, they were basically asking “is this mechanic D&D enough?”

The above is fact, the following is an educated guess: It must have been at those early stages, when they were figuring out what elements are so iconic in D&D that they just have to keep them (shackles or challenges, you take your pick :p), when alignment passed, and probably with flying colours. It may not be a good rule, but damn it’s the most iconic D&D rule ever.

What Mearls says later is also telling, and very very true: alignment is never-ending fodder for controversy. Once an argument erupts, everyone has something to say and no one ever shuts up. I’ve been there, you’ve been there, we’ve all been there. An alignment debate is like a perpetual motion machine: it’s fucking imaginary, and it never fucking stops. The relevant TV Tropes page perfectly illustrates this point even BEFORE it gets to the actual article:

And that, from the designers’ point of view, is apparently not a bug, it’s a feature. It’s clickbait. In D&D 5E, that’s literally all alignment is for: it exists to generate buzz. We suspected as much, and now it’s confirmed. :p

But there’s another reason alignment is so popular. It’s basically a bunch of little boxes where you can put yourself (primarily!) plus all kinds of characters, concepts and things. Such reductions are immensely appealing (think Hogwarts Houses, signs of the zodiac, INTP, RPG classes *cough*) even when they are inelegant and/or arbitrary. And alignment is neither. It’s actually an ingenious reduction (and if it were treated as such - and NO MORE - by all D&D players and designers, you’d have never heard me complain about it), with its easy to grasp two-axis structure, and the neatest possible visualisation in a perfectly symmetrical 9-box grid. This is pleasing for anyone, imagine nerds!

In the end, alignment’s elegant simplicity is the reason why it’s so appealing and so infuriating at the same time. It’s practically impossible to agree on what exactly it means once you start applying it to actual characters and their actions. And it’s a recipe for DISASTER if you apply it to real life people and historical figures. (Seriously, don’t do that.) But everyone thinks they know what it means, precisely because it’s so elegant and simple. And when you think you know something, why, you gotta make sure everyone else knows, too. You wouldn’t let someone be wrong on the internet, would you?

Hence: the undoubtedly masochistic relationship that D&D fans have with alignment. Oh, it’s not because the fans are weird. It’s because alignment is so freaking… symmetrical.

This is not an anti post, so if you're IH shipper and see this in your tag don't judge by first few sentences and keep on reading!

I’ve been shipping IR for few years now. It’s my favourite pairing ever made in any story. Naturally this made me very angry when IH became canon, I just didn’t want to accept that. I refused to look at things objectively. Let me tell you why.
Rukia and Ichigo have so many moments that in my opinion are very romantic and suggest that these two love each other. I always thought their chemistry is amazing and man, it was the first hetero ship I liked! Orihime, on the other hand, didn’t seem like a good option for Ichigo. Sure, she did have a crush on him but I never felt like he viewed her as anything more than a friend. Also I just felt like her character was way too shallow.
After Bleach ending I was disappointed and angry and I really got into anti IH. IR just made so much more sense to me. And all the posts I was seeing on tumblr just made me angrier and angrier. There was so much proof for IR and none for IH, everyone was saying that IH has NOTHING. I believed that. But after a while I got tired of all those hateful feelings and I decided to take a look at some IH blogs. Oh boi where do I start. It’s not like I ship IH now. But I accept it. I no longer pretend like 686 didn’t happen. It did and it’s valid. Believe it or not, there is actually IH development in the manga and I do believe that Kubo planned it from the start. I never knew about it because I started reading where anime left off. IR just kinda… Got out of hand I suppose. Rukia’s and Ichigo’s personalities just work really well together so characters started living their own life or some shit! And while in my opinion there definitely isn’t as much proof for IH as there is for IR, I have to admit that Ichigo and Orihime had quite a few scenes that have romantic feeling to them. At first I didn’t want to admit that, but then I looked at those scenes the same way I would look at IR and yes, both pairings seem to make sense. Also sidenote, a lot of people in IR community say that Orihime only likes Ichigo for his looks but after seeing those panels I am 100% sure she’s genuinely in love with him and it’s not just a stupid crush. Anyway after reading some explanation as to why Renji didn’t talk to Rukia for so long, I can see that ship working out too.
And don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like some things about IH, like how in my opinion it shallows Orihime’s character and how it needed more development. But I am starting to see more positives and who knows, maybe one day I’ll ship it?
Anyway what I’m trying to say is… Stop the hate. IR’s call IH’s toxic and delusional and vice versa which shows exactly how both of the sides are wrong. Both ships are valid. For you one might be better than the other and it’s fine, but characters we all love and want to be happy ARE HAPPY! What else do you want? Please stop bashing each other. PLEASE.
Sorry for the rambling, I tried to put all my chaotic thoughts into words but I’m no good at that shit… Damn that’s a messy post.

anonymous asked:

hey! this is probably a really hard question but do you have a favorite joke/moment out of all the talk shows you like? or a few that come to mind

Oh my god! This is the best and easiest question ever! Let me link you to some of my favorite videos! Here is a short list to get you started:

  1. The Daily Show’s Questionable Graphics (Jon, TDS)
  2. Whores! (Stephen, TCR)
  3. Carlos Danger/One Crazy Summer (John, TDS)
  4. The Toss – Just a Quickie (Jon & Stephen, TDS/TCR)
  5. On Topic (Jon & Stephen TDS/TCR)
  6. Who’s Nailin’ Palin? (Stephen, TCR)
  7. Platonic Relationships (Stephen, TCR)
  8. How To Carve A Pumpkin (Stephen, TLS)
  9. Kid Theater with Tom Hanks (Jimmy, TS)
  10. Stephen Colbert’s All-Inclusive Wedding Cake Toppers (Stephen, TLS)
  11. Book Club: How to Be a Bad Bitch (James Corden, TLLS)
  12. Handsome Men’s Club (Jimmy Kimmel, JKL)
  13. MasterClass Junior with Kevin Spacey (Jimmy, TS)
  14. Only Jon Stewart Can Make Sense of the Trump Candidacy (Stephen & Jon, TLS)
  15. Shiri Appleby Tells Stephen What Jon Stewart Said About Him (Stephen, TLS)
    Televangelists (John Oliver, LWT)
  16. John Oliver & Cookie Monster Out-Takes (John, LWT)
  17. Seth’s Story: Seth Doesn’t Get Recognized on the Ferry (Seth, LN)
  18. Seth and First Lady Michelle Obama Give College Freshmen Advice (Seth, LN)
  19. Harrison Ford Almost Wasn’t In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Stephen, TLS)
  20. Jon Stewart vs Stephen Colbert: Who’s the World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan? (Stephen & Jon)
  21. Stephen Tells RuPaul About His Drag Persona “Raven” (Stephen, TLS)
  22. On Your Mark, Get Set, Act! with Tom Hanks (Stephen, TLS)
  23. Tom Hanks Tries Baileys and Lucky Charms (Stephen, TLS)
  24. Bill Clinton - Hillary Clinton and the Changing Political Landscape (Trevor Noah, TDS)
  25. A Man, A Sam, and A Tiny Horse (Sam & Jon, FF)
  26. Web Extra: Jon Stewart Alternate Endings (Sam & Jon, FF)
  27. Q&A: The Craziest Thing That Ever Happened To Stephen (Stephen, TLS)
  28. Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (Stephen, TLS)
  29. Maybe Coming Soon with Chris Pratt (Stephen, TLS)
  30. Blanket Fort (with First Lady Michelle Obama) (Stephen, TLS)
  31. Carlos Danger Compilation (John, TDS & LWT)
  32. Emily Blunt Gives Stephen Colbert Some Acting Tips (Stephen, TLS)
  33. Stephen Helps President Obama Polish His Résumé (Stephen, TLS)
  34. Doomsday Video (John, LWT)
  35. Kevin Spacey Reads Carol Burnett A Poem (Stephen, TLS)
  36. Jimmy Kimmel Thanks President Obama (Jimmy, JKL)
  37. Presidential Interviews (Sam, FF)
  38. Ryan Reynolds & Conan Star In “The Notebook 2 (Conan)
  39. Envisioning President Trump’s First Term (Trevor, TDS)
  40. The Fascinating Emails of a Sixty-Something (Sam, FF)
  41. Let Hillary Be Hillary (Sam, FF)
  42. Gene Puts The Show to Bed (Seth, LN)
  43. Stephen Addresses The Kiss(es) (Stephen, TLS)
  44. Family Meeting With Vice President Joe Biden (Stephen, TLS)
  45. Strange Bedfellows (Sam, FF)
  46. Jon Stewart Reads Trump’s Next Batch Of Executive Orders (Stephen & Jon, TLS)
  47. Pitch Meeting: Book Report (Seth, LN)
  48. Oscar Bait (Seth, LN)
  49. Jon Stewart To The Media: It’s Time To Get Your Groove Back (Stephen & Jon, TLS)
  50. Ragtime Gals: Talk Dirty (w/ Kevin Spacey) (Jimmy, TS)
  51. Web Extra: Dick Cavett Has Some Notes (Sam, FF)

i wish we could all stop using ‘all x should die’ as a hyperbole or whatever, i know everyone is like ‘but im not actually advocating for the deaths of an entire category of people!!’ yet it simply sounds so… mean 

it just seems really hateful, even if it’s not necessarily meant to

i’m sure there are a million other ways to express the exact same thing without sounding like an asshole 

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Ship Name: Berena
Film/TV Show: Holby City (BBC) [TV] 2016-ongoing
Canonical Pairing: Yes | No | Undecided
Characters: Bernie Wolfe, Serena Campbell
Actors: Jemma Redgrave, Catherine Russell
Ending: Happy | Sad | Ongoing | Undecided
Other Traits: Slow Burn, Older Ladies
Why you should watch it: This is a beautiful pairing with a lovely slow burn that climaxed in some great on screen moments. It’s two older ladies slowly falling for one another with lots of drama pumped in between it all. The show runs weekly all year on the BBC so there are lots of moments between the two (though the show focuses on a largely rotating cast) Both actresses have taken a break from shooting (Catherine Russell is returning very shortly) and it caused a controversial “ending” to their romance. Producers have been supportive and hinted at the Berena storyline not being over.
What you may not like about it: Some overly dramatic sad stuff and lots of character suffering.

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Links so you can watch it yourself if you haven’t

The Playlist that started it all (and the expedient playlist if you want to get to the meat of the story featuring scenes with both characters) 

The Long Playlist if you want all of the scenes of both characters from the moment Jemma Redgrave joined the cast

Okay so you’re fully obsessed and you want all of the Bernie scenes

Okay so you’re CRAZY obsessed and want all of the Serena scenes through the history of time.

Personally? I don’t agree with the Sansa QiTN theories but something that I also don’t agree with is this idea that Sansa isn’t “as Northern” as her other siblings. That may have been the original outline for her character but I think that there is enough proof to show it’s evolved beyond that. That isn’t to say that Sansa’s connection to the North isn’t at risk, but I think ultimately she will reclaim her identity as a Stark and a woman of the North.

I am always in awe of all the parallels between Arya’s and Sansa’s storylines, and the biggest one is this loss of identity. There is the chance that perhaps Sansa losing Lady early in the series means she loses her strongest tether, but remember Lady was also brought back to and buried at Winterfell, because that is where Lady, a representation of Sansa’s spirit, belongs, according to Ned. Like how Arya will be reunited with Nymeria and lead the wolf pack, I think, in a (semi-morbid i guess lol) way Sansa can also be reunited with Lady. I always wonder about Lady and how she was brought North and the line “The Lannister woman will never have /this/ skin.” Was Lady’s skin preserved somehow? Could Sansa “reclaim” this skin in the only way she can now? Lady might be gone, but we have seen in Bran’s chapters that her spirit lives on in how he can “feel” her. Idk i am interested in seeing where this goes in the books.

There seems to be this need among a lot of Stark stans that to prove they are the Starkiest Stark, they have to rule Winterfell, and I just??? don’t really agree with that. Being a Stark and being of the North to me is more than just where the characters physically are, it’s about how they choose to /be/. Even if my wolf pelt theory doesn’t come to pass lol, Sansa’s spirit still remains in the North and that is something that can’t be taken away from her no matter where her story takes her. Right now, Sansa is in a tough situation in the Vale where her morals are being put to the test but I think we can’t count out that she’ll overcome it like a Stark.

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the end of all things // panic! at the disco

i think the messiest thing ha minho did (y’know other than sexually harassing underage fans and sexually assaulting his ex gf) was changing his name and profile to yoo seonho so that it would all be blamed on him like imagine if the girls didn’t screenshot their convos before he changed his name?? seonho would have gotten all the controversies and ended his career. what snake would try to do that to a middle school kid he claims to be friends with. this binch