excellent analysis


Given the news that Jackie Chan won an honorary Oscar, I thought people might be interested in this excellent analysis from Every Frame a Painting.

The video above points out the ways in which Jackie shoots his scenes that make them more effective than American action sequences.

One thing: from what we know about the story, the Wall was covering the kingdom of Lucis entirely for ~120 years, until King Mors decided to reduce it to Insomnia alone. Doing so, he allowed Niflheim to occupy the territories of Lucis have been abandoned by the government. I say “abandoned” here because we have evidence of things that have just been left here in numerous places. Take for example:

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kat-master-of-sass  asked:

So in the scene where the ninja are all trying to hide and Cole gives off his bird call did you notice that jay is laYING ON THE GROUND IN FETAL POSTION NEXT TO HIM???? Look at my bros he wants protection from the stronk boi

You mean this little cutie trying to hide behind the tiny grass??

“Cole’s hiding here this must be a good place”

Honestly he just wants to be bros with Cole I love him so much what a lil baby 

Diagram from John Yorke’s ’Into the Woods’ (classic book about narrative structure). 

I’ve read a lot of excellent analysis of Sherlock, but none that explicitly addresses narrative structure in terms of acts. If we assume each act is a series, and each episode is one step within each act, this does seem to fit with Sherlock falling in love with John. (The use of ‘problem’ is unfortunate terminology in this case, but if we consider that Sherlock sees emotion as abhorrent, then it is a 'problem’ in that sense. Bear with me.) I’m not suggesting that the writers have deliberately explicitly followed this structure (Moffat has said he hates discussing structure and just tells the story), but that (as Yorke explains) good writers cannot help following this structure because THIS IS HOW STORIES WORK.


Act/series one: from no knowledge of what love feels like to a knowledge of it as he and John meet and become close, saving each other’s lives. 

Act/series two: from a refusal to acknowledge that he loves John (separating himself from him physically frequently in ASiB, eg the hitchhiker scene, Battersea Power Station where he is present but unseen), to an acknowledgement of it (TRF). 

Act/series three: Experimenting with the knowledge - testing out John’s feelings (eg in the tube carriage in TEH), key knowledge about John (take your pick from everything in TSoT), and experimenting with key knowledge of problem (making sacrifices for John and Mary). 

Act/series four: Consequences. Fear. Anxiety. (All of which fits with what we’ve been told.) Full knowledge (an actual confession of love?). The worst point (Mary-related? Moriarty? Mycroft? All of them? Gaaaahh). 


Act/series five: Final choice (John vs some major aspect of The Work?), final battle (Moriarty/another antagonist kidnaps John, perhaps?), then mastery of knowledge (canon Johnlock relationship, throwing of confetti, uncorking of champagne, much merriment throughout the land).

If anyone has more on this idea I’d love to read it.

Tagging a couple of excellent people below for your thoughts if you’re interested.

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Of Laundry and Boyfriend things

Characters: boyfriend!Jungkook & you

Setting: domestic au

Genre: fluff

Warnings: very lightly mentioned sexy times and failed attempt at humour

Words: 1360

Summary: Moving in with Jungkook brings unexpected surprises.

Notes: This is very random but inspired by that Bon Voyage episode in which Jungkook does somebody else’s laundry. For @sugasweetsubs because we simply crave more domestic Jungkook fluff.

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Victuuri in Frame

So this is something I’ve been sitting on for like… 11 months, that I think might be worth some interest to Yuri on Ice fans, but like I’ve been busy and it’s a lot, so I haven’t worked on it. But then like v-niliforov wrote their really excellent short analysis of those two scenes from Episode 2 and Episode 12 and I realized I really need to get off my lazy Communications major butt or someone else will steal my thunder.

In case you haven’t read v-niliforov’s short observation: when we’re talking about visual mediums there are generally accepted meanings behind positions and camera angles. For simplicity sake, it is generally accepted that moving towards the right indicates progress, while moving towards the left indicates stagnancy or regression.

Yuri!!! On Ice is quite cinematic as far as anime goes and there are numerous examples to draw on (I would love to delve into the use of the dutch angle at a few key frames, but I digress…) For brevity I’m going to point out some notable places where what direction the characters are facing tells us something about their mental state and where they are going in the narrative:

 Now let’s look at one of Yuuri’s lowest point in the show:

Here he is, head down and moving towards the left of the screen, thinking that all his hopes to skate on the same ice as Victor had been hopeless. (also note that he is framed in a box, because he is trapped)

Then later in the episode, after he has skated “Stay By Me” and is starting to seriously consider how he wants to move forward in his career and he is facing right (still framed in a box, but in a more open space than before)

Jumping ahead we get to see Victor when he’s thinking of his past, and his own low point we see him also hunched over and looking to the left (also framed between two pillars and those iron bars) as he feels trapped by his isolated life.

In contrast, when we see Victor in episode 10, at a beach, looking towards the right as he makes the decision to choose Yuuri and staying with him over returning back to his career.

Taking us to here:

First of all, Yuuri and Victor are not facing the same direction as they often are during moments of trust and understanding in their relationship:

(look at how cute Yuuri is, being in the dead center of the frame like that like the protagonist he is)

Instead we have Yuuri and Victor facing each other. Yuuri is to the right of the screen which usually denotes the more active person in the scene and he is facing towards the left (his head is once again bowed, though in a different context), so this is a step backwards for Yuuri, whose letting his anxiety try to sabotage himself and undo the progress he has made.

This scene actually has a lot of interesting things going with its composition, but in terms of where Yuuri is in a frame telling us about where he is emotionally, we can see he is at another low point here like at the beginning of episode 1.

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jackabelle73  asked:

Top five moments in the Outlander TV series that you feel were BEST adapted from the books.

Oh goodness, what a great question!

Jamie’s response after Faith’s death (2x07): In the books, I hated that Jamie rushed off to Portugal, leaving MONTHS of emptiness between he and Claire after the worst had happened. When he DID come back, I really disliked the “nettles” exchange/reconciliation.  Some excellent analysis by @lenny9987 and my other supersmart friends has helped me come to terms a bit more with that chapter. HOWEVER, I still truly hate Jamie’s anger over what she did to have him freed, and the whole tone that that cast over their grieving for their daughter. So, I think it was a MARVELOUS adaptation in the show for Jamie to come IMMEDIATELY to find Claire, and then to show true strength (still grief and revulsion, but holding it in check) by hardly missing a beat before saying “you did it to save me”. This was such a relief for me as a viewer, because this is how I would have written it. It was also so important to me that they visited the grave together, something which DG does not show. 

The wedding episode in general (1x07). I think they did a masterful job in showing Claire’s growth from shame and hesitancy to tenderness and love in so short a time. 

Similarly, the entire Rent episode (1x05). I think they did a fantastic job in just an hour episode of showing the tensions, the growing affections, the political landscape, etc. It remains one of my favorite episodes to this day!

Claire’s return to 1948 (2x01): In the books, we have to wait until the third book to see Claire’s pain after Culloden/the aftermath with Frank. In the books, we go straight from Hot Spring Sex at the end of Outlander to BAM CRASH ZIPBOOMBAH SURPRIIIISE here we are in 1968 with no explanation, cheers!!!!! I think it was a fantastic decision to start season two instead in 1948. It’s still jarring, and still a WAIT WHAT HAPPENED?? moment, but far less drastic, and so much more respectful for Claire’s growth and experience as a character

Not really a moment, per se, but the decision to make Fergus a part of Claire’s emotional journey as well as Jamie’s. I’ve ranted before about this, but it’s worth saying again that it really bothers me in the books how ambivalent Claire is to Fergus over the years, (all the way from her very comforting “"Don’t tell me any more” when he’s falling apart confiding in her about his rape by BJR, to the total absence of him in her emotional landscape in the later books) it just bugs the crap out of me. She bonds with Marsali and with the children, but Fergus is always “Jamie’s”. I think the show did a particularly good job of beefing up this relationship from the start, and for showing how Fergus is part of Claire’s healing after the loss of Faith.

Sorry for the novel! Thank you again for such a thought-provoking ask! 

Pluto in the Houses

Pluto in the 1st House: You radiate intensity, and others’ first impressions of you tend to be strong, one way or the other. You might often intimidate others with your manner. You can be very protective of your privacy, yet you generate much intrigue and interest with your strong presence. You might struggle with fears of being overpowered, rejected, or minimized, yet few are able to guess that you could be anything less than confident. Your first instinct in new situations is gutsy and determined, defensive and intense. You rarely accept the obvious or the surface of matters – instead you look through situations in order to read any information on hidden levels. Strive to avoid getting your back up or viewing life as a battleground.

Pluto in the 2nd House: When it comes to building your resources, your instincts are powerful. You might find it hard to let go of things, attaching much sentimental value to your possessions or holding on to them because you fear poverty or because you fear a feeling of helplessness and wanting. You might feel a powerful need for control over your money and possessions. You could be driven to make money. Others taking something from you without asking, even right in front of you, could be especially irritating to you. It’s not about being stingy–you simply have a strong sense of ownership and prefer that you are asked. You may experience some form of loss in your life in order to learn lessons of change, and that strength, worth, value, and wealth come from within. You are excellent at strategy and planning when it comes to finances, and you are able to spot a good deal or objects of value instinctively. Your advice on these matters can be invaluable to others.

Pluto in the 3rd House: You rarely accept what you hear or what you read as truths. Your mind is very analytical and you instinctively search for hidden meanings. You can be exceptionally persuasive in the way you express yourself, whether through the spoken or written word, simply because you communicate with authority, conviction, strength, and decisiveness. You tend to learn through observation rather than by asking questions. In fact, you may be somewhat resistant to learning directly from others, preferring to be self-taught. You might fear the loss of self through self-expression, and thus you might choose your words carefully as to avoid letting others know too much about you.

Pluto in the 4th House: Early experiences may have led you to feel self-protective or to be secretive about yourself. A parent might have been secretive or ashamed, for example, and this pattern is deeply ingrained in your psyche. You might feel a sense of guilt for where you came from, even if most of you feels proud of your roots. A parent might have encouraged you to look beyond the surface of matters, and might have encouraged in you a love for psychology. A parent might have been very protective of you and attempted to shield you from negative experiences, and you subsequently grew to fear change. Or, your early experiences might have included a shocking, intense, or scary event that lives within you. Alternatively, you might have absorbed the strong fears or obsessions of a parent.

Pluto in the 5th House: You possess powerful creative impulses, and you might invest much energy and passion into the creative arts, romance, or child-rearing. You take much pride in, and invest much of your ego into, whatever it is you produce. Romance for you needs to be intense, passionate, and deeply intimate–nothing superficial or light attracts. You have an “all or nothing” attitude in love. If you are not “owning” this attitude, then you may be meeting Pluto energies through your lovers, and thus attracting intense, controlling, or passionate romantic partners. A deep-seated fear of loss or betrayal can be behind any jealous, obsessive, or controlling behavior in fifth house areas, including romantic involvements, child-rearing, and creative endeavors. Your attitude towards play, entertainment, and recreation is also intense–rarely lighthearted. While you may yearn to throw your soul into your creative endeavors, fear might prevent you from doing so completely.

Pluto in the 6th House: You are a hard worker and can be quite protective or private when it comes to your work output. You are excellent at analysis, but you can also easily become obsessed with finding an answer to problems, perhaps even finding problems that others overlook. You “come alive” when presented with a problem that requires research and analysis. Work can become an obsession for you, and you are able to work almost tirelessly. You might be private or insular when it comes to your work, and you might also feel overly attached to what you do even to the point of paranoia. Fear of criticism might run high when it comes to your work output. Directing your own work or working for yourself may be the best route for you to take, as you can easily resent others controlling your schedule and the work that you do. You are likely very interested in areas of health and self-improvement, as well as explorations of the mind-body connection, and you instinctively seek alternative therapies for healing. Some of you are excellent researchers in these areas.

Pluto in the 7th House: Power struggles in close personal relationships are themes. This can play out in a variety of ways. You might simultaneously fear and desire complete absorption in a close one-to-one relationship. You might find yourself both drawn to and resistant of close partnerships, fearing loss of control over your own life. You might be drawn to people who are intense, jealous, possessive, or obsessive, or possibly who you feel are powerful. On the other hand, your own resistance can bring out control issues in a partner, who fears the loss of you or your betrayal. In fact, you might bring out the “worst” in others by your relationship behavior – you tend to be the catalyst for others to discover their more primal instincts and fears. Never underestimate your role in this interplay, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are simply a victim. You also discover your own power through your relationships, and this may or may not be comfortable. How you deal with it determines outcomes. You might feel trapped in a difficult relationship, or have a hard time finding the deep connection that you crave. Obsession in your interactions with partners can be a big theme in your life. Watch that you don’t project your own urge for control onto your partner. Strive to come to terms with your own intense and deep-seated fear of losing someone you love and fear of betrayal, or you will meet these energies repeatedly in your closest relationships.

Pluto in the 8th House: You have a natural attraction to all that is hidden, taboo, or “dark”. This fascination can lead you to experience more unusual events than others. A natural psychologist, you are expert at cutting through appearances and getting to the heart of matters. You are endlessly interested in motivations and sources. You may be especially interested in hypnosis, healing therapies, occult sciences, as well as great mysteries and the darker side of life. Sexual relationships are very intense and perhaps complicated. You are both fascinated with and fearful of deep intimacy, and crave unusually deep, passionate, and intense experiences with others. This fascination can bring you intense experiences with others, and attraction to nontraditional sexual experiences, particularly those that involve domination and submission, control, and possession. If you are attracting controlling people into your experience and are uncomfortable with it, strive to examine and understand your own deep-seated fears regarding power and sharing issues. Some of you might engage in power struggles with money, particularly with a partner. Themes of control are quite possible with Pluto in the eighth house. You would likely be quite talented in the healing professions, especially helping others deal with crises and trauma.

Pluto in the 9th House: You are extremely attached to your opinions and belief system. Due to this attachment, debates might easily turn into arguments if you are not careful. At your best, you are persuasive and intelligent with a probing and incisive mind. Your opinions are strong and well-researched. You are able to back up your arguments, and enjoy doing so! At your worst, you can be obsessed with “converting” others to your beliefs. You are suspicious of new ideas until you’ve given them deeper thought. You may have a disdain for blind followers of belief systems and for hypocrisy. You may be considered “deep” or “profound” and you are likely to come up with some unusual and unique ideas that impress others. Your sense of adventure runs deep and can lead you to unusual experiences. You are likely to make an involved, captivating, and inspiring teacher, speaker, or lecturer. While you may not share your ideas frivolously, when you do express yourself, you do so creatively and persuasively. Some of your most intense and life-changing experiences may come through travel or in connection with other cultures.

Pluto in the 10th House: There is something very unique about you that makes you stand out from the crowd. Your ambition may be well-developed, or you pursue your goals with great focus and determination. You might have a strong interest in research, making improvements, understanding how things work, and transformation, and these are qualities that you use most notably in your career or in your dealings with the public. Some of you could have a parent who is/was quite driven, or work(ed) in healing or research professions. Your personal presence is strong, and you may find that you might inspire love-hate reactions as a result, particularly in your professional experiences. Nevertheless, you can be very persuasive when you choose to be. You have an especially strong sense of commitment and responsibility, but you are unafraid of going against the grain or bucking traditions if you feel they are outdated. Sometimes with this position, there are deep issues that need to be confronted revolving around the relationship with the father. Many of you are perfectionists and especially detail-oriented, particularly on a professional level. You tend to naturally take the lead, and you don’t always enjoy being in the position of subordinate.

Pluto in the 11th House: You may meet many of your power issues within the social sphere, particularly around special interest groups or when dealing with political processes. You’re not the women who enjoys sitting on the sidelines if you’re part of a group, especially if something could be done more effectively. If you have not developed a strong sense of your own ideals and beliefs you can fall under the influence of others who would usurp your power in order to boost their own. But once you’ve awakened to your own ideals, drives and directives, you can be a highly influential leader and instigator of social change. The extent of your efforts depends upon you and the choices you make for yourself.

Pluto in the 12th House: You have a deep interest in secrets, the underworld or unconscious, and anything hidden and mysterious. Psychoanalysis, investigating your dreams, and other methods of uncovering secrets are very interesting to you. You may be exceptionally perceptive intuitively or psychically. Your emotions and subconscious energies are complex, and periodic transformations and personal crises are sprinkled liberally throughout your lifetime. You may be tempted to repress your emotions, particularly those which have to do with those deep needs which spring from the shadowy side of yourself. You may even have problems with depression or addictive behaviors which create a kind of emotional trap until you learn to delve into the depths of your being and clean out the ghosts and dragons from your past which still haunt your dreams. Old resentments can also act like a potion which poisons your imagination and undermines your ability to trust your inner self. Once you’ve conquered your own demons, you may feel driven to help others confront their own, and can become an extremely effective healer.

anonymous asked:

Hey I'm trying to explain y libertarians r Not Good™ to one of my friends, but I'm bad w words. Could you help me out please?

Besides being about as useful as centrists in politics, libertarian ideology provides a view not all different than conservatism: in society, elites climbed their way up through hard work and dedication, and everyone unable to fulfill these purposes is either lazy or inferior. Decisions made by an elite class are for the greater good of the masses, regardless of motive. This exact concept is what easily leads right libertarians into nationalism and far-right politics. I just posted an analysis on this called “Into The Mainstream” if you’re interested.

Libertarians uphold values they claim to hate on the basis of profit and privatization. With the transformation of neoliberalism, these principles have lead to the deaths of millions and counting. Read the book “Imperialism in the 21st Century” by John Smith, it’s an excellent analysis on globalized capitalism.

Most conversations with libertarians come to an end when you address systematic oppression. These free market principles assume everyone has equal choice and opportunity. Everyone can just shop somewhere else or work somewhere else when they’re harmed, right? That’s what they believe. But it’s historically and factually incorrect.

Overall, libertarianism is social darwinism repackaged and sold as freedom for all.

Freedom and Whisky

Welcome to 305, that I enjoyed so much I struggled to not just wave my hand at the whole episode.  Also, I have seen some truly excellent recaps/analysis which I’ve reblogged, that to some extent I feel like I’m reiterating points, but I’ve never known myself to shy away from voicing an opinion!

Truth, history and her story (ies) - This aspect of the episode, while I feel it was pretty much spelled out across the piece, has still resonated with me throughout the day.  I think it’s interesting, in a book series which has a first person narrative (who is often unreliable), that the idea of what is really the truth became front and centre.  Who gets to tell the tale?  Who does the story serve? Bree is a great example of this.  Now that she knows her true parentage, she’s struggling to work out who she is.  The stories we are told as children about our families and our nations are very powerful markers that last with us (the modernist critique of national identities, we’re all manipulated to feel national kinship as opposed to class solidarity).  So, what happens when we don’t have that anymore?  The story that Claire has told so far, was it the whole truth?  It was through her filter so what did she miss?  The feelings she had for Jamie were powerful but what if she was wrong and he didn’t feel the same?  Lastly onto Sandy.  Now, this to be was the bit laid thick, but it neatly showed two truths or stories - the one that we know, or have seen and the one that Frank told.  I could have probably done without that bit, but I liked how it got me thinking more about perceptions for the rest of the day.  It’s like the interpretations and reactions we all have to this show.  There isn’t a truth per se, there isn’t a right either but what our filter and lens sees and interprets.

Claire and Bree - I was a massive advocate for minimal Claire and Bree up to this point.  It seemed to serve the wider story being told well and I think that we get to this point in the story realising that Claire and Bree had a complicated relationship that since returning from Scotland has begun to grow a 

Joe - Always have a Joe around.  How fantastic is this actor and how much do you just love Joe from his performance?  I’ve always been a fan of the character and truly I revelled in the moments between him and Claire.

Costumes - Oh knitwear didn’t you looks smashing?  Every single bit that we saw just felt right to me.  Even Brianna’s pseudo BPC get up at Frank’s memorial.  It was like Brianna phoned around and said ‘I need to feel Scottish but from the 18th century, can you do that for me?’ And the seamstress said ‘mark me I can.’  

Dem Bones - I saw a post saying that the music played in this scene was Master Raymond’s from season 2 and don’t you just love that little Easter Egg.  Also there’s a grizzly end coming for that woman…

Christmas - How atmospheric and since we’ve been spanning decades and weeks in recent episodes so nice to be in one place (so to speak).

The tweaks in general - I just loved the way that Claire is seen agonising over the decision.  How as much as she loves Jamie, she has Brianna to consider and that is an equally powerful magnet.  I loved how it was in Boston and they had Roger come over and the time gap between Scotland and his return with the news felt more realistic.

ROGER - I mean, come on 

I would pay cold hard cash, I’m not going to lie.

But, on a more serious note, I found it delightful to see him revel in American telly.  Those of us old enough will remember the time when we’d have to wait maybe 4 months (or more) before American shows would be broadcast over here (the UK) and how it was always a different, brighter colour palate.  I remember going on holiday and watching episodes of one programme and being bereft that I’d have to wait ages before I could continue to watch.

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Arya & Rhaeyns: A Stark/Targaryen Analysis

Part 1: Arya & Good Queen Alysanne


Rhaenys was the youngest child of the 3 Dragons that conquered Westeros and second daughter of Aerion Targaryen.

Aegon had a deep love and affection for Rhaenys and was far more detached with Visenya. So the fact that Jon feels deeply for Arya is an advantage that we can’t ignore.

Rhaenys’ personality is described as: Playful, curious, IMPULSIVE, and given to flights of fancy.

These are descriptions that would describe Arya. There are many moments in the books where Arya’s wolf-blood is on display: her impulsive and curious nature has her exploring new things, meeting new people and doing what she wants. Whereas, Sansa is sterner, reserved, follows the rules and minds her courtesies. It seems like she will grow to be even colder and sterner as the story unfolds.  Nothing like Rhaeyns.

*Dancing: Arya is a water dancer, just like her needlework, she does it a different way. Arya’s water dancing is like ballet. She is completely enthralled by this style of sword-fighting. Rhaeyns was a fan of Poetry and she also “supported many a singer, mummer, and puppeters.” Arya is literally working her mummer skills, living and working amongst them, and absolutely loves it. An interesting note: Arya remembers fondly learning the speeches in “The Conqueror’s Two Wives” (about Aegon & his sister wives). As Mercy, she enjoyed working in the plays and memorised other actors’ lines for no reason other than her enjoyment.



Arya has the strongest connection to wolves and still has her direwolf and is deeply connected to golden-eyed Nymeria. Arya is a warg and a skin-changer. There are credible cases to be made that Arya could one day ride a dragon herself, skin-changing one or with the help of Bran.

Out of the 3 Dragon conquerors, Rhaeyns was the most connected to her dragon.

Rhaenys and her Dragon Meraxes: “It was said that Rhaenys spent more time on dragonback than her brother and sister combined, for above all things she loved to fly.”

Arya not only has a connection with actual Dragons and calls them “old friends”, but she also wants to grow wings and fly. Arya says wants to see a “dragon”. GRRM uses dragon imagery in Arya’s chapters. She dreams of seeing a Dragon while remembering Old Nan’s tales, which happen to be the truest foretelling of things to come.

*Also interesting: GRRM includes an image of Arya gazing at Blarion the Black Dread, which just so happens to be Aegon the Conquer’s dragon. The only other major characters that are alive in the asoiaf that are also depicted in GRRM’s book TWoI&F were Jon & Dany.



So not only is Rhaeyns the most connected to her dragon and spends the most time on dragonback, she also said she wanted to fly on her golden-eyed Meraxes and cross the Sunset sea and discover what is West of Westeros. *squealing*

So Rhaeyns is also an adventurer at heart, brave and independent.



Arya (like her heroine Nymeria) will never be a battlefield warrior like Visenya. Nymeria was a commander and leader of her people. This is similar to Rhaenys, who was more a strategist than a combat warrior. Rhaeyns also has a vengeful side as we saw with her attack on Storm’s End,

“Rhaenys wrought vengeance upon the attackers of Orys, robbed them of familiar territory to use in the future, and struck a healthy dose of fear into the stormlords, who warned King Argilac of the dragon and her rider.”

When Rhaeyns tried to take Dorne, going on her own the first time, shows how much trust Aegon put in her, and how powerful she was with Meraxes. Rhaenys was fearsome as she threatens Dorne with bloody retribution, Rhaenys replied, “but we will come again, princess, and the next time we shall come with fire and blood.”

*SPYING:  Arya’s talents in this area are well documented with her training in the HoBW. She also demonstrates early signs of being an excellent spy BEFORE arriving to Braavos. When she was a prisoner in Harrenhal reading Roose’s letters or climbing a huge tree at the God’s Eye lake to scout miles ahead for help. Rhaenys also used this ability, “Spying from dragonback, Rhaenys could report the movements of the Storm King’s host without Argilac himself having any way to counter her scouting (as he might have with traditional ground-based scouts).”



Rhaenys focused on building allegiances and paid particular attention to the smallfolk (A common trait shared with Queen Alysanne Targaryen) and a strong link with the Stark child most linked with the smallfolk. Even before everything went to hell, a highborn Arya at Winterfell valued people for who they were, she was curious to listen to their stories and learn about their lives, and saw no class and just saw them as human beings. Arya has a natural charm, friendly and connects with people instantly:

“Sansa knew all about the sorts of people Arya liked to talk to: squires and grooms and serving girls, old men and naked children, rough-spoken freeriders of uncertain birth. Arya would make friends with anybody.”

After everything Arya went through in the Riverlands, being a prisoner at Harrenhal, with the Hound and the BwB and her training with the FM… The Arya we knew in Winterfell is still under there, charming as ever and a magnet for the smallfolk:

Cat had made friends along the wharves; porters and mummers, ropemakers and sailmenders, taverners, Brewers and bakers and beggars and whores. (Cat of the Canals, A Feast for Crows)

[Merry’s] girls were nice as well; Blushing Bethany and the Sailor’s Wife, one-eyed Yna who could tell your fortune from a drop of blood, pretty little Lanna, even Assadora, the Ibbenese woman with the mustache. They might not be beautiful, but they were kind to her. (Cat of the Canals, A Feast for Crows)

Arya even risks her own life to save a 3 year old lowborn orphan girl from burning alive in the flames. Before this moment, she ran into this battle screaming, “Winterfell! Winterfell! Winterfell!” 

Arya’s treatment and regard for Northmen are well pointed out in the books. She prays for their release while in the Godswood at Harrenhal. She calls them her pack. Her people.

For more quotes on Arya’s Leadership/Queendom, read ashotofjac’s excellent analysis here:




Aegon loved Rhaeyns the most, their closeness being the reason he married her, despite already having Visenya. He openly makes his affection for Rhaeyns obvious. Aegon was more distant with Visenya and treated his marriage with her as one of duty.

Jon & Aegon Receive Important Letters

Rhaeyns goes to Dorne to put down another rebellion when Meraxes is killed and Rhaeyns is never seen again. Her body is never returned to King’s Landing. There are many theories on how she died. Dorne later send Rhaeyns’ dragon’s skull to her husband King Aegon as a cruel taunt. But Dorne also wanted peace and Aegon received a letter:

King Aegon was determined to refuse the offer until Princess Deria placed in his hands a private letter from her father, Prince Nymor. Aegon read it upon the Iron Throne, and men say that when he rose, his hand was bleeding, so hard had he clenched it. He burned the letter and departed immediately on Balerion’s back for Dragonstone. When he returned the next morning, it was done. He had agreed to the peace and signed a treaty to that effect. (“Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons”, The World of Ice and Fire)

It is commonly believed that what was said in that the letter revealed Rhaeyns was currently captive and being tortured in the most horrible ways by the Ullers - a sadistic House full of rage over Rhaeyns’s first visit to Dorne and all the burning her dragon did. The letter asked for peace between 2 sovereign Kingdoms, and in return Dorne would give Rhaeyns mercy and end her suffering. We see the actions of Aegon, who bleeds first, fists clenched so tightly, and acts immediately and accepts peace. Weakening his own position and risking rebellion among other powerful Houses. He never thought twice. He gave Dorne the peace they asked for.

Jon faces a similar dilemma in Dance, when his beloved sister is held captive and married off to a monster and sinister family - House Bolton. (much like the Ullers) Jon looks physically sick after reading the first letter with Arya’s marriage proposal. Jon wants to choke Ramsay to death with his own bare hands. Jon then breaks his NW vows and sends a King to rescue his sister. Notice his reaction once he received yet another Letter and learns the rescue had failed: “Snow?” said Tormund Giantsbane. “You look like your father’s bloody head just rolled out o’ that paper.”

Jon gathers Northmen to march to War in Arya Stark’s name. I love the fact that Flints are among the Northmen marching. Arya is named after Arya Flint, Ned’s grandmother. The Flints were former Kings of Winter and have the blood of the First Men. Arya’s name literally means “Nobility”.

Jon has broken several vows, too many for some brothers in black and they kill him for it.

Jon dies thinking about his lost sister. Stick ‘em with the pointy end…

anonymous asked:

You told an anon that many people going into zoology are shocked because it isn't what they expected. How so? What is studying zoology like, and how is it different from what people might think?

Most people going into zoology seem to think they’ll be more direct contact with animals, especially vertebrates. Which is not always the case. Zoologists want to minimise contact with animals as much as possible. People tend to then be disappointed when there’s not a lot of contact with ‘cute’ or ‘interesting’ animals (mostly code for mammals).

In my experience you get quite a lot of contact with invertebrates, especially with insects because of ethical reasons (cause no ethics forms needed).

There’s also a lot of lab work compared to field work. (And fieldwork tends to be long, lots of waiting and travelling to sites). And it requires education in chemistry, basic statistical math and of course, lots of biology.

Also lots and lots and lots of data analysis  (excel and other data software if your new best friend) and even more scientific report writing. So much so you learn to do it in your sleep. 

You don’t really know what you’re getting into until you’re in it.

Goodwin Liu [PDF]

Since for some reason anti-Affirmative Action nonsense is in the news again, I thought I’d share this excellent analysis of Univ. of Calif. v. Bakke by Goodwin Liu.

Here’s the background on Bakke:

In 1973, a white student named Allan Bakke applied unsuccessfully for admission to the Davis Medical School at the University of California. Bakke reapplied in 1974 and was again turned down. At the time, the medical school enrolled 100 new students each year and operated a two-track admissions process consisting of a general admissions program, under which Bakke’s application was reviewed, and a special admissions program, under which various minority applicants could seek review. The special program screened minority applicants to fill a quota; it continually recommended applicants to the general admissions committee until sixteen were admitted. Before the Supreme Court, Bakke argued that the “racial quota … prevented [him] from competing for 16 of the 100 places at the Davis Medical School and, as a result, barred him — by reason of race alone — from attending the school.”

Justice Powell agreed, noting that students with lower scores were admitted in the year that Bakke tried to apply, and gave this table as evidence:

After sharing this table, Powell writes the following (direct quote, my emphasis): “[h]ere … there is no question as to the sole reason for respondent’s rejection — purposeful racial discrimination in the form of the special admissions program.”

That’s the story, and if you don’t think about it too hard, it seems reasonable. After all, look at how much higher Bakke’s scores are than the special admittees! It’s reverse discrimination, by jingo!

Then Goodwin Liu raises a very important point. If you ignore the special admittees, and instead look at this modified version of the table…

…Bakke scores significantly better than the regular admittees in every single statistical category. So forget the special admissions program: Why didn’t Bakke get in ahead of everyone?

As it turns out, admission to a competitive secondary education program like a medical school are based on more than just grades and test scores. Liu goes on to note the following:

From Justice Powell’s opinion, we do not learn exactly what qualities the regular admittees had that Bakke lacked, although Justice Powell noted that the chairman of the admissions committee, who interviewed Bakke in 1974, “found Bakke ‘rather limited in his approach’ to the problems of the medical profession and found disturbing Bakke’s ‘very definite opinions which were based more on his personal viewpoints than upon a study of the total problem.’ ”

This final quote I think sums things up rather nicely:

Of course, with additional criteria, it may be possible to narrow down Bakke’s competition to a small enough number that the effect of the quota turns out to be substantial. The point, however, is that without precise information about how Bakke’s application fared in the overall pool — and Justice Powell’s opinion provides none — no reasonable basis exists to infer that the racial quota, and not some other selection criterion, caused his application to be rejected. In a selection process where there are far more applicants than available opportunities, the likelihood of success for any candidate is low, even under race-neutral criteria.

I like this point, because Liu’s not saying that there’s zero validity to Bakke’s claim, but that the logic that was used to justify it was, to put it charitably, faulty. The same type of faulty logic is often used today, so it’s good to be able to identify it when present.

(Note: The above is a summary of the first part of a very long and interesting review, which is linked to above. Worth a read, if you have the time!)

anonymous asked:

So... everyone says to get research experience during undergrad, intern or assist in a lab or whatever. But how? Where does one find these elusive labs that take children* for free-ish labour? (*undergrads, same difference) Like, summer schools and whatnot select applicants based on 'research capacity, ability and promise' but how do you get things on your CV to indicate those things before you've even done your bachelors thesis?

I’ve been to a few seminars at my university that mentioned finding lab experience. What they mainly did was talk to the researchers and show their interest in working in their lab.

One thing that can help figure out how to sell yourself to them… is to know yourself a bit better. Make a list of skills that you do have and give an example for each. You don’t even have to tell anyone the whole list, just the ones you think are relevant and represent you well. It’s mainly for you to know that you’re more qualified that you realise. Here’s a link that gives examples of skills. In your own examples relate them to something that you have experienced, e.g., if you’re ever written an essay based on some research then your relevant skills are: excellent written communication, critical analysis, data analysis. If you ever used a stats program: statistical data analysis. If you’ve ever worked in a group project, your skills may include: listening, oral communication, conflict resolution. 

You have skills, so find the words to describe them.

How to get experience in a research lab:

Step 1. Find labs. Two ways:

1. Google search: [your city] research lab.

2. Search on your university website, and even other universities. Search under the different departments. 

The closer to your own field the better. Search for names of the professors/other related people, look up their contact details.

Talk to your teachers. Ask if you can work with them, or if they know any labs that may be interested in an extra set of hands.

Step 2. Contact these labs

1. Email them showing your interest in their lab and ask them how you can help them. Something like this, but probably don’t copy it word for word since I’m not great at writing emails:

Subject: Your research on [topic]

Dear [name/position/lab],

The research conducted at [lab name] really resonates with me [because…]. Your recent study on [look it up, read the abstract] [’really interested me”, other relevant comments, keep it concise].

I currently study [course] at [university] and I would love to help out in whatever way I can. I have [some related vague experience, like great at data entry, research, familiar with statistical analysis, conducted surveys before, am familiar with code of practice, anything…]. I am available [times]. I do not seek payment, simply experience and woking in such an 

Kind regards,

[university email]
[phone number maybe]

Make your own template. Send 100 emails, you’re bound to get a response.

2. In person. It might be easier to find researchers in your university. But you can try this with other universities/labs. Once you find out their contact hours (look it up on university website), go and talk to them. You probably have 30 seconds to show your enthusiasm and confidence. 

Say something like “Hi [Mr./Ms. [name]]! Could I talk to you for a moment? Your research paper on [topic] really interested me, particularly about [something you read about their paper]. I was wondering what I can do to help you out in your research, I don’t mind doing some basic things to lighten your load. Although I am good at [skills, e.g., statistical data analysis and written communication, etc.].””Would you know of any researchers that may be interested?”


There are many researchers looking for eager people to help them out, so if you really want to do research in your future, don’t hold back. Be polite, passionate, confident, concise and you’ll find something :)   

anonymous asked:

Good grief, some anons really need to take a screenwriting class or a story & structure class. Jon has been saying "I'm not a Stark" since S1, EP1. He still feels that way now, 7 season later. Jon loves his family yes, but he’s ALWAYS felt like an outsider. It’s a running theme with his character. His character arc though the show is of self-identity. Who is he? Where does he belong? It’s why he joined the Night's Watch, because he he wanted a place to feel like he really belonged. [1/5]

“Where do I belong?” is Jon’s internal central conflict in GOT. (His external conflict is the fight against the WW). In turn, Dany’s internal central conflict is wondering where she belongs, where she can finally find a home. In the books, that is symbolized with her remembering the feeling of being “home” as a house with a red door. In the show, she thought she would have that feeling of home when she returned to Dragonstone, but she didn’t. [2/5]

Jon and Dany both have a “want vs need” in relation to this. Jon has always WANTED to be a Stark, to be Lord of Winterfell. It’s the only thing he ever wanted as he confirmed to Sam in S5. At the end of S6, he not only gets it, but more as KITN. He’s gotten what he wanted, but it hasn’t changed or resolved his “Where do I belong” internal conflict. Just like joining the Night’s Watch didn’t. Dame with Dany. She’s finally in Westeros fighting for the throne but still doesn’t feel “home.” [3/5]

The resolution to BOTH of these internal central conflicts is clearly going to be “I belong with her” for Jon and “My home is with him” for Dany. For Jon, that will not just come from falling for her, but in that she is related to a missing part of himself he’s felt since childhood, which will answer the “Who am I?” internal conflict. He thinks he’s a motherless bastard. The truth however, brings him together with the same thing that will resolve the “Where do I belong” internal conflict. [4/5]

Also I know he technically fulfilled his vows, living and dying as a member of the Night’s Watch, but Dany doesn’t know that. That’s what I was getting at. I’m sorry for the length of this ask. I could have just reblog one of the post and answered it there, but I’m not really ready to bring these types of discussion & thoughts to my own blog just yet. Your blog is great for talking about Jon & Dany, and I really appreciate the time you’re taking in dealing with the load of asks you have. [5/5]

Wow, anon! This is an excellent analysis and a pretty good response to some of the arguments I received last night. Thanks for sending this. I have nothing to add. And thanks for reading my blog and offering your insights :)

Is Sans overprotective of Papyrus?

Is he as overprotective as the fandoms makes him out to be? And if he is, what is the nature of his protectiveness?

Under the cut, I do my best to answer all these questions at length, but here is the short version:

Sans can definitely be seen as overprotective, because:

  • His initial plan was to hide you from Papyrus [1]
  • He uses soft speech to avoid hurting Papyrus’ feelings [2]
  • He is on the watch for anything suspicious close to Papyrus [3]
  • He leaves his job to check on Papyrus several times a day [4]
  • He encourages you to do things to make Papyrus happy [5]
  • He lies to Papyrus to keep him from being sad [6]
  • Avoid saying anything critical to spare Papyrus’ feelings [7]
  • He follows Papyrus to keep an eye on him [8]
  • Protect Papyrus from the truth on a regular basis [9]
  • “here, i’ll give you some advice about fighting my brother. don’t. capiche?” [10]

(More about each of these later)

I think the fandom makes his protectiveness more overt, as Sans is very subtle about it, but the intensity is actually quite close.

They way Sans goes about is hard to explain in a few words, but here goes nothing: 

Keep reading

re: what smh thinks of the romper trend - this photo is on the romphim kickstarter page and i can say with full confidence i downloaded it as soon as i laid eyes on it bc i had to let the world know about this excellent group photo of the samwell men’s hockey team. ransom is in the fur. shitty is to the far right with a bottle of what i hope is alcohol. dex is second from the left looking uncomfortable. bitty is screaming while opening champagne. chowder is on the far left just happy to be there. holster is in the peach one ready for the bubbly. nursey is in the splattered one caught off guard by bitty’s yelling. no one knows who the guy second from the right is. johnson is just barely out of frame. jack ripped his romper bc his ass was Too Much™

———- @zimmerdouche this is exactly the photo that set me off too ahaha. Excellent analysis thank you

anonymous asked:

There are three tododeku kiddos. The oldest two are Hakka and Kenji. Hakka's name means white flower and sounds like the Japanese word for mint (because of her mint green eyes and green and white hair). Kenji's name means dedication, with the individual characters meaning "pull" and "intention" (appropriate for his pull quirk). The youngest, quirkless girl is named Tomoki with the characters for "radiance" and "wisdom".

Hakka takes after papa Shouto both with her quirk and with the fact that she’s very regal (despite her untamable hair). She’s an introvert, so rather quiet… unless someone brings up her favorite subject: dragons. Hakka absolutely ADORES dragons, to the level of Izuku’s All Might obsession. She will talk your ear off about all sorts of different dragon mythologies, is fascinated by people with dragon like quirks (like Ryukyu), and not-so-secretly LOVES the fact she can breathe fire. Kenji is a lot like Izuku but without the anxiety and with a dash of Shouto’s obliviousness. (He’s a smart kid, he just sometimes misses the obvious). He ends up injuring himself a lot thanks to “pulling” heavy objects and either smacking into them or having them fall on him. He is a pro at rushing into things without thinking (he does the “My feet moved on my own!” thing) exasperating both his parents. He’s kinda fickle when it comes to favorite heroes, but Red Riot often tops his list. Tomoki is basically Izuku from Discombobulate. She is super observant and smart as hell, and like her father is excellent at quirk analysis. She’s not actually all that interested in heroes though… at least not the flashy sorts (Aizawa is probably her favorite) instead her true passion lies with detective work. Once she’s old enough to read, she becomes a huge fan of detective novels. Her least favorite thing in any mystery show / book is plot holes, and she will fume about them endlessly. All three of the kids prefer Japanese style breakfasts, so no cereal. - The only one who regularly has “shitty grades” is Kenji, and even then it’s mostly because he’s forgetful (he possibly has some form of ADD). He shows said grades to Izuku, because Izuku will immediately offer to help him study the troublesome subject in the future. Izuku is the best parent when it comes to helping out via non-traditional study methods. Shouto tries, but he’s pretty vanilla studying wise and it shows. The tddkiddos rarely meet Endeavor, for obvious reasons. When they do end up talking to him, Hakka goes full ice queen and only answers him in single word sentences. Kenji doesn’t like being mean to people, but he also doesn’t like Enji at all, so he just sort of stands there looking confused. Tomoki is the only one who is seemingly polite, but she manages to stealth pick at all his insecurities. Enji always leaves their conversations feeling irritable and vaguely insulted for some reason.

okay so i mixed up anon’s tddkiddos with the other post duduiduya anon pls forgive me.

but, ya!!! these tddkiddos are amazing i cri ((i mean if they’re tddk’s kids obvs they’re amazing)). they can beat me up and i would thank them.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi

The quote is by Rumi, a 13th century Persian Sunni Muslim Poet. If Cordelia was the one to inscribe the line on the back of the picture, it shows her connection to her mother’s Persian roots. Mettahu.wordpress.com (Reaching for the Sky), did an excellent analysis of what it means, and also included the full poem on his website:

“When life is rough, when we experience trauma and abuse, we often learn to get along in life by forgetting about the past. But just as a physical wound must be opened, lanced and cleaned before it can heal, so must we open our emotional wounds to the Light in order to heal them. We have to go back to the source of our pain and face it in order to make it go away. A bandage may stop the bleeding, but it will not heal the wound in of itself.”

“Our imperfections are our wounds in need of healing. When we own them and take responsibility for them, we can start the process of healing ourselves so that we can serve as ever greater channels for God’s love to the world. Opening our various wounds is scary, because we become vulnerable, but as the poem says, it’s the only way for Light to enter.”