one of the first farming techniques was slash-and-burn, which cuts down as much plant matter in an area as possible, and then lights it up, which destroys the rest, and leaves nice ash and soil for agriculturally significant plants to grow without competition from native plants. areas cleared via slash-and-burn are called swiddens, which is a fun word.
so this can go into alien admiration of human ingenuity, and risk taking (risk of fire going out of control vs reward of growing desirable plants). especially because this technique is literally ancient and continues to modern day, although somewhat safer. like, ‘ok, we need this much land clear for crops, get your shovels everyone, lets uproot all these plants,’ and the human takes a lighter and says, nah, this is easier’ and they’re right.
something else that we can look at is the comparison between earth and non-earth planets. first is we don’t know how common wild fires would be, so theoretically they’re exceedingly rare, only occurring at volcanos and such, especially if the planet doesn’t have any lightning-producing weather. fire could theoretically only occur on a small scale, for cooking and industrial applications. with that is the shock of seeing fire so goddamn big. like, it’d shock a lot of humans to be near a big fire, but we at least have a concept that ah, big fires exist.
so taking the ‘humans are space australians’ a little more literal, eucalyptus trees, because of the oils produced, are extremely flammable to the point that they give off flammable vapors in heat and have been recorded to explode during forest fires. ornamental eucalyptus trees out of australia (notably in california) are a serious fire hazard for starting and/or worsening forest fires with other species of tree
so knowing how flammable trees already are, like, what if aliens just don’t have a concept of plants being flammable. like, organisms are all kinda fleshy and wet, so if they burn, they burn like meat burns, and not like, oh shit, its going up in flames. so earth, compared to other home planets, is unnecessarily flammable for no goddamn reason and humans set fires anyway
thats probably bad for the aliens on the ship discovering that most humans have at least a little pyromania
On this day in music history: May 25, 1970 - “All Right Now” by Free is released. Written by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers, it is the third single release and biggest hit for the London based hard rock/blues band from London, UK. Formed in 1968, the four members of Free, lead singer Paul Rodgers, bassist Andy Fraser, drummer Simon Kirke and guitarist Paul Kossoff are all still teenagers when they play their first live gig at a London pub in April of that year. The band are given their name by musician Alexis Korner, a pivotal and highly important figure in London’s blues/rock scene, with many future superstars including Rolling Stones members Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, as well as future Cream members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker pass through the ranks of Korner’s band Blues Incorporated. Within several months, Free are attracting big crowds to their live performances and are signed to Island Records in the UK (and A&M Records in the US). Their first two albums sell modestly and yield no major hits. In January of 1970, Free return to the studio to begin work on their third album. Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser form a solid songwriting partnership over the previous albums, and write five of the seven songs for the new album. Fraser writes the music for “All Right Now” after a show at the Durham Students Union at Durham University in about ten minutes. Rodgers writes the lyrics while waiting for the rest of the band to pick him up for a gig. Band mates Kossoff and Kirke initially don’t think much of the song, but agree to record it. The basic track is recorded completely live at Trident Studios in London, with Rodgers overdubbing his lead vocal on the song at another session. Buried at the end of the second side of the “Fire And Water”, the five and a half minute plus track is edited for single release, and issued a month ahead of the album. Initially, the record attracts very little attention, but their fortunes change when US radio stations begin playing the song during the Summer. The turning point in the UK comes after Free play the legendary Isle Of Wight festival on August 31, 1970. From there, the record explodes, quickly rising to #2 on the UK singles chart. In the US, “All Right Now” enters the Hot 100 at #96 on August 15, 1970, peaking at #4 on October 17, 1970. The success of the single propels the “Fire And Water” album to #2 on the UK album chart, #17 on the Billboard Top 200, turning Gold in both countries. Now established as a classic rock anthem, “All Right Now” is covered by numerous artists, including versions by The Runaways, Rod Stewart, The Alarm and former Wham! background vocalists Pepsi & Shirlie. Steve Miller is inspired to write “Rock ‘N’ Me” (#1 Pop) in 1976 as a tribute to guitarist Paul Kossoff after his untimely passing. Free’s original version becomes one of the most played songs in the history of US radio, with more than three million plays by 2006.
So we released that cover song from the Wedding Singer (my favorite movie, not joking) earlier this week, and it’s gotten a bunch of plays which is tight as hell, but we only ever had one true dream for this cover, and that is that the sandman himself, Adam Sandler, would hear this weird cover, and then somehow we would know that he’s heard it, etc. It doesn’t seem too farfetched this assume that through six degrees of separation one of the people who “likes” our page would be connected to him in some way… Can we make this happen? Is this a real thing? I don’t know maybe it’s crazy to feel like it can happen but I figured i’d put it out there, that in this crazy world we can make one person hear this stupid cover. Ok that’s it, regardless if he hears it or not, take a listen cause it’s a fun and funny cover, and a cool way to support Father/Daughter and other independent labels and artists!! <3
I’m re-watching Season 1 of TVD and I’ve gotten to episode 19, the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. And I’m starting to notice just how much, even from the beginning, they kind of failed with Elena’s character.
Scene 1: In the dressing room getting ready for the pageant. So, you have Aunt Jenna fixing Elena’s hair and Elena is obviously not all that enthused about the pageant. She is telling Jenna how her mom made it seem like so much fun and Jenna counters that Elena was very excited herself when they had signed up for it before her parents died. And Elena says that indeed she was, but she would be happier if her mom were there to share it with her.
Scene 2: Early on in the episode we see that Elena had completely forgotten about the pageant, only being reminded when Caroline brings it up. It is made to seem that Elena is going to do the pageant because it was something very important to her and her mother before she died.
Scene 3: Then we have the whole monologue of all the girls competing, pleading their case to the judges of the pageant. Why they should be chosen etc. One girl talks about community service that she did…community service done because she got a DUI…L O L. Not gonna be her, apparently. Another mentions that she has already won Miss Mystic before…she’s probably off the table. And another seems to be a very kind, sweet girl…who isn’t from a Founding Family. She is just there to make it seem as if the competition isn’t a special Founders event. It is. So that leaves Caroline and Elena. Caroline lists off her accomplishments. It is a pretty astounding list. No way are any of these girls going to have gotten involved with and done more for this town than Caroline Forbes. Seriously. Elena sweetly gives a speech mentioning that she hasn’t been as involved lately (obviously due to her parents death) where she again puts emphasis on her mother and the values and legacy she thus instilled upon Elena.
The point? To empathize with Elena right? Cheer for Elena, she deserves it, she’s our girl! Rah, rah, rah!!!
So, I’m gonna go back to my first point. Jenna and Elena talking about her mother. The whole little scene was intended to make us root for Elena, not necessarily just to win the pageant but as a character all together. The whole time it was like there was a neon sign flashing above her head sympathy, sympathy, sympathy. * Applause, applause, applause* Love her! Pick this one! She’s special!
Then Elena gets up to go put on her dress, and the scene cuts to Caroline. Caroline Forbes, bubbly Caroline, in her bright hot pink robe, her make-up table & hair station over-flowing with products. Shallow, superficial Caroline Forbes. The back-up, she tries so hard but she’s never the one, she’s a kiddie pool. Right….right? No. Fuck you. She was never a kiddie pool.
A literal maybe 8 second cut-to-scene of her all alone looking in the mirror and Caroline Forbes suddenly has ALL of my sympathy.
Earlier in the day it seemed as if she was hoping that Elena would drop out of the pageant because she wants this sooooo bad but she could never beat golden girl Elena. But Caroline has heard this whole conversation, and this used to mean something to Elena too and she has lost her parents and minutes later when Elena wants to drop out Caroline says no, this was important to you once, this IS important. She pushes her fear of always being second to this girl aside, she crushes it to be a good friend to her.
That little glimpse we get of Caroline’s face in the mirror is meant to show us that she sees it, she understands what Elena is going through. She is not blind to it. Christ, even Caroline who wants to win so badly sympathizes with Elena. And it was meant to show that there is more to her, which, !yay! character growth, that’s fantastic! But that is not why Caroline got my sympathy and love in that instant. It wasn’t the look on her face that showed that even she loved Elena, even though she has been competing with her since they were children.
Caroline was alone. All alone. Both of her parents are still alive but neither are there for her. On this special day that means so much to her, she sits alone. No mother primping her hair, no father wishing her good luck. And Liz is there at the pageant. In uniform as security perhaps, but she never comes to say you look beautiful or I’m proud of you, after she wins. At this point the only champion of Caroline Forbes is Caroline herself. And goddamn it, rip my still beating heart out why don’t you, because it pumps for this girl.
And then you realize that even though Elena’s parents are dead, she still has people there for her always. The line of Elena worshipers stretches around the block. You kill her parents but Aunt Jenna is here for her, and the Salvatore’s too. Let’s kill Jenna. Oh, but Alaric will step in. Let’s kill him now. But Jeremy is still here and all of her friends and the Salvatore’s who will do anything for her too. Time for her to lose Jeremy as well. But oh wait, we can’t let that stand because her best friend who will die for her a thousand times can fix it. She is a vampire now. But no, she never wanted that. Let’s all risk Apocalypse Now to fix that for her too.
You made everyone love her and you killed everyone she loves. To show worthiness, and growth, and strength I suppose. She loses everyone and still goes on. Every one in the show will do anything it takes to keep her safe. So she must be someone worth rooting for. Right? No. Because fuck you.
It took a 10 second scene for me to fall in love with Caroline Forbes and I will love her forever. But damn did you fail hard with Elena Gilbert.
I don’t know what this is. A jumbled, sticky mess of my Caroline Forbes feels mostly. As soon as this scene happened, and I got the full impact of it again, I had to pause my shit and get all my feels out. I thought I was going to explode. For the record, I never disliked Elena until probably toward the end of Season 3. ….Until I started this re-watch. Now I’m really starting to see why some people hated her from the jump or like me just never cared much about her or got that special ‘oomph’ from her character.
Adam and Ronan go on a date. Only Ronan maybe kinda forgot to mention that it was a date? 1100ish words.
Thanks KL for the prompt and for looking it over. I would apologize for making you, but this is all your fault.
“There’s this abandoned drive-in—”
“Yeah, yeah,” Adam says, cutting Ronan off. “I was there once when I was a kid. When it was still open.” When my parents still gave a shit, he doesn’t say aloud.
Ronan rubs a hand over his head. He hasn’t shaved it in several days and it’s stubbly and soft-looking. Adam has the mad temptation to run his fingertips through the new growth of hair to find out if it’s as satiny as it appears. He shakes himself and tunes back in to whatever Ronan is saying. He seems agitated, like Adam cutting him off or knowing about the drive-in has rattled him somehow. Made him lose his train of thought.
“Well, I dreamed this projector that doesn’t need electricity and some reels of movies, and I thought maybe we could go up there since you have the night off for once.”
“That’s a great idea. Did you call Blue? Gansey said he should be home after six—”
Ronan is shaking his head. “Gansey and Blue are doing something with the psychics tonight.” He waves a hand around as if that explains their upcoming activities. “They’ll be there for hours.”
“Oh. So it’s just us and Noah then?”
Ronan’s eyes go wide. “Noah, he’s, uh…”
Noah pops into the room. “Busy having an existential crisis.”
Ronan nods emphatically and Noah pops out again.
“So it’s just us.”
“Right. Just us.” Ronan clears his throat. “I’ll, uh… I’ll pack up the stuff.” Two long strides and he’s out the door.