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15 Million Bosses, Day 5

Have you made friends/met anyone since being part of the channel? This one is strange because I’ve never really done the whole meeting people online thing. I’m quite lucky in that I have a few friends outside tumblr and the jse community. But that doesn’t mean I count the people I do talk to here any less! The great thing is that this community shares the same love towards Jack which can’t be said for the majority of my friends in real life so I can talk about things to do with Jack here and not get a groan or eye roll in response. I talk about theories with @fear-is-nameless a ton and it’s always fun when something new comes up so we can break it down and get a new line of conspiracy going. I consider them as well as @memoryofnow, @septic-heart-and-mind and @that-arty-youtube-watcher @nerdqueeniplier to be friends that I’ve talked to. I know that being part of this community means that there is always someone willing to listen so I know there will more friends out there. There’s a famous phrase that I like: “People aren’t strangers, they’re just friends we haven’t met yet.” I think this is perfect for the way I feel about the JSE community as a whole.


Four codenames: Antarctica, Langdale, Porlock, and Love.

Five people in the room: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Vivian Norbury, Lady Smallwood, and Sir Edwin.

It’s time to play…

“Who then is Porlock?”

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It is bittersweet that I present to you my last ever theory for Pretty Little Liars. I apologise in advance for the insane length, but this is covering all those frustrating loose ends across the entire series. I hope you can make it to the end so we can discuss. My only fear for this theory is that it is too daring and gutsy; it would re-define the show we thought we knew. Are the writers willing to ‘go there’ in just 10 episodes? I don’t know! Regardless if this is all right, partially right, or so damn wrong, I hope you have as much fun reading this as I did putting this together the past two months! For the last time before the show ends… I hope you enjoy!

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Gosh darn, I just can’t help but get excited when there are legit psychology references in shows.

If you’re confused at these two lines and thinking, “why would suspense ever bring two people closer??” Lemme break it down for you.

Izaya is actually making a direct reference to a psychological phenomenon known as the misattribution of arousal. It’s based off of Schachter’s two-factor theory of emotion which states that the process of emotion occurs like so; stimulant (eg. bear chasing you) -> physiological arousal (heart rate increasing, adrenaline, pupil dilation) AND cognitive labeling (oh, my heart is racing I must be feeling fear!) -> emotion (*feeling fear*).

This theory implies that when we attribute the label of an emotion to the physiological arousal we feel, we actually end up feeling the emotion itself. In other words, emotions to a small degree are a result of what we think we’re feeling. Strong, long-term emotions can not be altered by labeling it as something else, telling yourself that you are happy when you are sad doesn’t work. The emotions must have the same/similar physiological responses to be confused together, this is what is known as the misattribution of arousal.

Schachter also proved his theory in an experiment. Researchers had a group of white males cross a very high, wobbly bridge, and another group cross a low very safe and sturdy bridge. At the end of the bridge, a female researcher would ask them questions about a picture, and then give them her phone number “in case they had questions about the experiment”. Hint hint, she actually gave them her number to measure the difference in phone calls they got from the men that experienced arousal from crossing the high bridge, and the men than didn’t experience it from crossing the low bridge.(note: the men were told the study and the questionnaire was for something else entirely, and didn’t know the true purpose of the study).

The men that experienced arousal from crossing the high bridge had more sexual content in the story they told regarding the picture when they saw the female researcher. She also received more phone calls from this group in comparison to the control group. Later, they redid this study with women, and the results were the same. In conclusion, people will mistakenly misattribute emotions that are similar to each other physiologically. The participants mistook their physiological arousal and fear from crossing the bridge for sexual attraction.

Izaya is mockingly asking Shinra here if he confused his fear of getting caught by the police for sexual attraction/arousal/love for Celty.

I know his reference is a little vague here, but considering that Narita stated that Izaya was most likely in the social sciences during university, it’s pretty expected that he learned about this theory. This is one of the more respected theories of emotion.

Re-reading The Wise Man's Fear for the 3rd time when suddenly...

“I’ve never thought of "The Broken Tree” as very significant. Although in retrospect I suppose it would be considered at least partially prophetic.“


Gods blackened body dude what the fuck is gonna happen in book 3 that could make you go THAT far off the fucking deep end?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

I had a thought about the Hogwarts house ghosts:

The Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron are both canonically Founders-era ghosts. 

Hufflepuff’s friar’s age is never specified in canon, and he could be of any era from the mid 12th century, when the first mendicant orders were founded, up to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s. I am inclined to believe he was earlier rather than later.

Nearly Headless Nick canonically lived in the late 1400s, based on the date of his 500th deathday party in 1992.

When Harry asks Nick in OotP about why some people become ghosts when they die, Nick tells him that only people who are afraid of death become ghosts.

It took 500 years after the founding of Hogwarts for Gryffindor to acquire a house ghost, because bravery is a Gryffindor trait.

Ademre - Edema Ruh link

The Ademre and the Edema Ruh were once the same tribe, but split apart centuries ago.

When Caudicus is telling Kvothe about the Lackless family, he explains how the name changes over time and from region to region. Loeclos, Liklos, Loeloes, Lack-key, Lackless, even Kaepcaen.. they are all the same family.

The Adem people were once a nomadic tribe. If they haven’t stumbled upon a land no one else wanted, they would still be wandering.
The Ruh travel still.

Both have a reverence for music. While the Ruh believe it should be shared with the world, the Adem believe it to be something private. Still, they both believe it to be special.

Both have a strong belief in the right way to act. While the Ruh don’t have a name for it, Kvothe’s reaction to the fake ruh Troup makes it clear there is code of ethics the Edema Ruh follow. The Adem call this Lethani. Kvothe’s ruh upbringing is the reason his sleeping mind has such a deep understanding of the Lethani.

Swift, subtle, expressive left hands. The Adem have their hand talk, their way of showing emotions, subtle meanings. The Ruh use them to make the lute sing and weep.

Ademre - Edema Ruh
As the ruh say, one family.


E'lir are seers, re'lar are speakers, and el'the are… what? 

If the old way the ranks worked was based solely on naming prowess, what could be more powerful than speaking names of things? 

I don’t think it has to do with shaping. Considering the whole creation war with shapers vs namers, I don’t think the university had a mix of naming and shaping. It’s a possibility, but I doubt it. Elodin seems terrified when he thinks Fela has been changing her name, which I think is more a shaping thing than naming thing. 

Naming things is great and wonderful, but what about naming living things? Elodin says it’s nearly impossible to do, but Kvothe does it with Felurian: 

“Her eyes were like four lines of music, clearly penned. My mind was filled with the sudden song of her. I drew a breath and sang it out in four hard notes.”

What if el'the are singers? The Chandrian do not fear namers, they fear singers. They do not go after Elodin or students at the University, they kill a troupe of Edema Ruh singing about them. (The Edema Ruh, who I think were the original namers.) They say they fear the singers. What if things (non-sentient things) have names and living beings have songs?

Fallout 4 Headcannon #11 Nick Valentine wounds & Lab fears

Nick Valentine psychology

*Many spoilers ahead for vanilla game & Far Harbor*

Cut for length as this is a long one but I like to keep note of theories and headcanons like this one for reference in future fics I write.  It helps me to understand the character(s) better and to decide on what choices they would make in given circumstances and situations.

Nick’s wounds & fear of laboratories.

One thing that has always tugged my heart strings with Nick is his determination to keep moving forwards despite what life throws at him.  He talks very little about himself and his own problems (usually) but despite having a very strong personality and appears practically un-breakable in spirit there are many deep and sensitive wounds in this guy’s past.

Talking to Nick he uses lines such as;

‘I wouldn’t normally bother you with this but I feel like I can trust you at this point.’
‘Some of our prior conversations to the contrary I’m not usually one for long sob stories.’

This guy is anything but an open book and for those who want to know him better they need to rely heavily on time and experience, picking up on small details and choosing their moments to ask questions carefully.

‘Are you okay?’
‘Do I look okay to you!?’

We receive an apology very quickly after this outburst but it doesn’t change the fact that he snapped at (depending how you are playing) possibly his closest friend and confidante.  

Why?  Because he is frightened.  He is scared and is likely nursing a wound that is still tender even after 100 years.

We learn early on that he was some sort of prototype experiment and kept isolated.  We now know from DiMA what exactly they were prototypes for and the kinds of experiments they were subjected to;

‘I watched you wake up not knowing who or what you were so many times.’

This sounds horrible on a normal level but with Nick it goes an extra step.  The last memory that synth Nick could possibly have of the original Nick Valentine is of the man going to the C.I.T building to have his brain scanned.

Still in the C.I.T area for Nick to wake up he likely will have defaulted on that last memory – a human man going in for something he’d been hoping might help him overcome some of the horrors in his recent life only to wake up strapped down to a bed with these scientists pulling bits of wire and metal out of his head and body.

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@ the KKC fandom

can anyone speculate on or explain the significance of the way Patrick writes Felurian’s dialogue? like how it’s done with no capitalizations at the beginning of her sentences and the way that it’s usually written into the paragraph instead of the way dialogue is usually written?