anonymous asked:

omg that stilinski house post. the fish. the sad concrete slab. is there any chance we can see your ideas about the hale house?

Okay, this one is really not going to be that heavily tied to what we see in the show, because I kind of hate it. Granted, all we’ve seen of the Hale House is its burned remains, the front hall, and like half a room, but I still hate it, because like so many things in Teen Wolf, they had the beginnings of something really cool, and then they half-assed it in pretty much every way.

The exterior of the house is kind of a lazy Second Empire style, but weirdly short and wide considering the entire point of the style is to make things seem very tall and narrow. Even shot from below like this, when it should seem like it’s towering over you and being ominous, it just looks like the dumpy uncle of an actual Second Empire style house.

The floors aren’t tall enough and there isn’t enough space between the windows on the first and second level. The way they have it, the second floor windows would start like six inches off the floor, and the walls would be maybe like six feet tall. You could say that the fire made the wood compact and shrink, but it still looked too short in that one shot of the house on fire. 

Even without all the ornamentation, look how much nicer the proportions are on the right. It’s tall and stately, and doesn’t look like it’s trying to disappear into its own turtleneck and hide from the world.

And on the topic of ornamentation, the Hale House is depressingly bland, so to make myself feel better, I’m going to say that it was more ornate and all of the great details burned off. Because I’ve always considered the Hales to be a founding family of Beacon Hills–which probably would’ve been founded late 19th century–and wealthy founding families didn’t half-ass their homes back then. Even if set builders on MTV shows do.

Moving on.

Directly inside the front door is the foyer.

I hate this foyer. 

It’s a very stupid, very large foyer to put in a house this size, and it doesn’t fit the exterior, because the window above the front door implies there’s a room there. There are shades on it, it’s not very grand–it’s not one of those windows in a two story foyer that’s pretty much only there to frame a gaudy chandelier. This type of two story foyer also cuts out a massive part of the second story they could be using for rooms. 

So, to the right of the foyer looks like the dining room. Do your best to ignore a shirtless Derek; it’s the only decent shot of that room I could find.

Remember that Kate was about to come threaten him. It’s not sexy, it’s sad. Focus on the house.

On the other side of the foyer is the living room, and I get angry.

The way they divided up the house makes no sense. Half the ground floor is one large room, leaving everything else like the kitchen, dining room, storage, etc. to be crammed into the other half. But it’s not just a giant living room, because before you get to the living room, there’s a random hallway for no reason with a couple very shallow steps of a tripping hazard.

Where does this hallway go? What is its purpose? It’s not wide enough to be a room, so it has to lead somewhere at the back of the house, but that is the back of the house, unless the living room has double double doors to a study behind it that completely burned to nothing…while still leaving the doors intact. And then someone stole the doorknobs.

So based on what we’ve seen, this is the approximate downstairs Hale House floor plan:

Which is dumb and a bad Sims design. It could extend back further on the right, with a bigger kitchen and a bathroom or something back behind the foyer, but if it does, then only the ground floor does, because the second floor stops at the top of the stairs.

(Side note: Why is this house so lopsided? I’m all for asymmetry when it’s done right, but this just looks really shitty! They made the left side wider, but didn’t do anything to the right side to visually balance it out!)

Oh, and upstairs? There’s a railing on the left, so the hallway continues around the foyer of wasted space, and to the right looks like there would be a hallway. 

Only turn to the right and it’s literally just a wall and an old rusty bed frame.

Does that hallway wrap around to the right? If it does, I hate it, because then you have something like this. Which sucks and is inefficient, and I hate bathrooms with no windows. 

So, changes I would make:

Literally everything.

First, bring the right side of the house forward to help balance out the asymmetry, and to make the dining room larger. Big family, big dinners, they’re going to need more space than that rinky dink dining room they had. Add some windows for more ornamentation on the exterior to give it some visual weight, and you’re golden.

Then I’d put the staircase against the wall in the foyer and make the foyer narrower too. The only reason it was so wide was to fit the doorways on either side of the stairs, which was pointless and stupid. That makes more room on the second floor, and if the house extends out back more, you can easily fit four good sized bedrooms. Do the same on the third floor (but with smaller rooms because of the mansard roof) and bam! Big family house for werewolves!

Also lose the terrible wallpaper. 

I just can’t take the Hales seriously knowing that was on their walls.

Before I go give writing a shot tonight I thought I’d share another one of those extra NWY ficlets. Have some Shrunkyclunks! :D

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Steve Rogers has a broken faucet.

The Universe clearly doesn’t spare anyone from mundane inconveniences because Steve Rogers, Captain America, man out of time, Avenger, Superhero, has a broken faucet, no toolbox to help him fix it, and currently finds himself needing to borrow his neighbor’s.

The only problem, broken faucet aside, is that his neighbor is kind of cute. Kind of impossibly, right-out-of-a-fairytale cute, and Steve’s about 88% sure they’ve been low-key flirting for at least a month now.

It goes like this:

Steve Rogers finds a beautiful grey Norwegian forest cat chilling atop his sketchpad one day. Her name is Winter, and it looks like she climbed up the fire escape and into his living room from the apartment right below his. When Steve brings her downstairs, her owner greets him with the brightest, most beautiful smile he’s ever seen. “I can’t say I’m surprised she picked your place to break into,” Cute Neighbor says. “She’s always had great taste in men.”

Steve might’ve blushed.

The second time he sees him, Steve’s just getting back from his morning run when he bumps into Cute Neighbor as he steps out of the building, hair up in a bun and a huge, brown newfoundland dog at his heel.

“Oh, hi!” Steve says, probably a tad more cheerful than necessary.

Cute Neighbor looks like he’s still half-asleep, but returns the smile anyway, and introduces himself as Bucky and his cute pup as Hagrid. Steve has a bit of a crush on him already.

“I’m Steve,” he says in turn, and kneels so he can pet Hagrid. It gets him a kiss from the dog, and laugh from his owner. Win win.

“You know, I kinda hate you, Steve…” Bucky tells him then, and for a moment Steve’s face falls, but then Bucky winks at him and goes on. “No one should look as good as you do this fucking early in the morning.”

This time he totally blushes.

The third time he sees him it’s when Bucky comes knocking on his door. He’s smiling sheepishly when Steve opens, looking a bit on edge and holding a small parcel.

“Um… the postman left me this, but I think it’s yours,” he tells him. “It says they’re art supplies?”

“Oh! Y-yes, they’re, um, they’re mine,” Steve answers. “Thanks.”

Bucky shrugs like it’s no big deal, and then shuffles a bit on his feet before asking, “So… Steve Rogers?” Steve winces involuntarily, and Bucky’s quick to hold his palms up. “No, no, it’s okay, I just—I was surprised, s’all. I promise your secret’s safe with me.”

“It’s not…” Steve sighs softly. “I don’t mind people knowing that much, I just… I don’t want anyone treating me differently.”

“Ah well, you don’t gotta worry about that,” Bucky says, smirking. “If the landlord raises my rent cause there’s a famous guy living in the building, I’ll be kicking your ass whether you’re Captain America or not.”

Steve is infinitely thankful to Miss Reyes for picking this exact moment to step out of her apartment across the hall, effectively ending their conversation, because he’s not sure what he might’ve done about his racing pulse otherwise. Bucky shoots him one last reassuring smile and a “See you around, Stevie,” and offers to help Miss Reyes down the stairs.

He’s run into Bucky another three times, and the man has been just as charming and gorgeous every single one.

Steve really, really wants to ask him out.

Hence the nerves while standing at Bucky’s door, even if his reason for being here is entirely different. He takes a steadying breath before knocking, and after a few seconds Bucky opens the door. His face seems to light up when he sees Steve.

“Stevie!” he greets him. “What’s up?”

“Hi,” Steve says, unable to hold back his smile upon seeing him. “Listen, I was, um, I was wondering whether I could borrow a wrench? My faucet broke.”

Bucky doesn’t reply right away, just eyes him for a few moments, and then, eyebrow raised and an amused smile on his lips, he asks, “You’re friends with Tony Stark and you have to borrow your neighbor’s wrench?”

And yeah, okay, Steve should’ve seen that one coming. It does sound an awful lot like a half-assed excuse, and if Steve’s bathroom wasn’t currently such a huge mess he totally would’ve run with the chance to flirt with him. But.

Steve opens his mouth but his face alone must be pathetic enough to make Bucky believe him, because before he even gets to say anything, the man’s expression instantly changes, and he says, “Just gimme a sec, I don’t know where my toolbox is. I’ll be right over.”

“Thank you!” Steve tells him, almost reverentially. “I’ll leave the door open.”

Not even 3 minutes later Bucky’s letting himself into Steve’s apartment and meeting him in the flooded mess that’s currently his bathroom, toolbox in hand and looking like he’s trying really hard not to laugh at Steve’s predicament.

“I can’t believe this is really happening…” he says as he hands him the wrench.

“What, you thought it was an excuse to get you to come over?” Steve asks, too focused on what his hands are doing to stop to think about his words. “Cause I might be 99 years old, but I totally could’ve come up with something better. Sexier.”

“I just meant it’s hard to believe that someone like Captain America could find himself in this situation,” Bucky says playfully. “But I don’t know what to tell you, man. Your shirt is soaking wet, it can’t get much sexier than that.”

It takes Steve two seconds to fully process what they both just said.

It takes him another second to blush down to his toes, which seems to just be the effect Bucky naturally has on him, really.

It takes them less than a week to start officially dating.

Solar System: 10 Things to Know This Week

Need some space? 

Here are 10 perspective-building images for your computer desktop and mobile device wallpaper. 

These are all real images, sent very recently by our planetary missions throughout the solar system. 

1. Our Sun

Warm up with this view from our Solar Dynamics Observatory showing active regions on the Sun in October 2017. They were observed in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light that reveals plasma heated to over a million degrees. 

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2. Jupiter Up-Close

This series of enhanced-color images shows Jupiter up close and personal, as our Juno spacecraft performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet on Sept. 1, 2017. 

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3. Saturn’s and Its Rings

With this mosaic from Oct. 28, 2016, our Cassini spacecraft captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance. 

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4. Gale Crater on Mars

This look from our Curiosity Mars rover includes several geological layers in Gale crater to be examined by the mission, as well as the higher reaches of Mount Sharp beyond. The redder rocks of the foreground are part of the Murray formation. Pale gray rocks in the middle distance of the right half of the image are in the Clay Unit. A band between those terrains is “Vera Rubin Ridge,” where the rover is working currently. The view combines six images taken with the rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Jan. 24, 2017. 

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5. Sliver of Saturn

Cassini peers toward a sliver of Saturn’s sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band on March 31, 2017. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 7 degrees below the ring plane. 

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6. Dwarf Planet Ceres 

This image of the limb of dwarf planet Ceres shows a section of the northern hemisphere, as seen by our Dawn mission. Prominently featured is Occator Crater, home of Ceres’ intriguing “bright spots.” The latest research suggests that the bright material in this crater is comprised of salts left behind after a briny liquid emerged from below. 

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7. Martian Crater

This image from our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a crater in the region with the most impressive known gully activity in Mars’ northern hemisphere. Gullies are active in the winter due to carbon dioxide frost, but northern winters are shorter and warmer than southern winters, so there is less frost and less gully activity. 

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8. Dynamic Storm on Jupiter

A dynamic storm at the southern edge of Jupiter’s northern polar region dominates this Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of Juno. This storm is a long-lived anticyclonic oval named North North Temperate Little Red Spot 1. Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager. 

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9. Rings Beyond Saturn’s Sunlit Horizon 

This false-color view from the Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn’s sunlit horizon. Along the limb (the planet’s edge) at left can be seen a thin, detached haze. 

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10. Saturn’s Ocean-Bearing Moon Enceladus

Saturn’s active, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus sinks behind the giant planet in a farewell portrait from Cassini. This view of Enceladus was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back before its mission came to an end on Sept. 15, after nearly 20 years in space. 

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