haven't seen this one yet and i like it a lot


nct life | entertainment retreat: a summary



I’ve only just been able to tear myself away from these beautiful cards in order to make this post. They arrived this morning and ever since, I’ve just been handling them and taking endless photos. I swear, it’s impossible to take a bad picture of this deck! 

Some thoughts and first impressions bellow the cut! 

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anonymous asked:

Can you write about lance (from voltron) getting angry? like snaping, because I feel like we haven't seen lance truly angry yet, all the times we have seen him mad, but it seemed more agitated to me, and so I would love it if you wrote about lance snapping, just him being so sick of everything and someone makes a bad comment at the wrong time and he just snaps and he is terrifying, please? (p.s can it be super angst?)

Sorry if this is quite what you wanted, but here you go anon!

I image Lance as someone who would let himself get beat up but would kick someone’s ass if they dared to touch his friend, as well as being quietly intimidating since he often is loud and the contrast shows how serious he’s being.

Warning for some light swearing!

Lance made his way towards the kitchen, he was up a bit earlier than usual, though not overly so. He had gotten enough scoldings from Allura to know he needed to get his shit together. He often feels like he’s holding back the team and he is willing to make double the effort to become useful.

As he approached the entrance to the kitchen, he heard the muffled sounds of his teammates talking. Hoping Hunk was working his magic and preparing something other than the bland food goo, he sped up a tad. His fantasies of Hunk’s cooking ended abruptly when he got close enough to clearly make out what one of the voices was saying

“-know he’s trying, but he has to step it up! He’s lagging behind all of us.” He heard Shiro say

Lance stopped in his tracks. Shiro, Lance’s hero, just openly spoke about some of Lance’s biggest insecurities.

He spun around to go back to his room, however, dozens of cheesy soap operas and cliché scenes of drama being started from someone misinterpreting, mishearing, or misunderstanding made him stay.

He pressed his back against the wall, and he slid down it until he was sitting. He was a couple feet away from the doorway so while he could make out what his team was saying, he still had time to react and get up if he heard footsteps.

“I say we make him train more,” was Keith’s less than helpful input in lance’s opinion. He has trained a lot on his own, but he just wasn’t improving fast enough.

“Guys, Lance tries really hard, lay off a little,” Lance appreciated Hunk’s support and confidence in him, though it didn’t make Shiro and Keith’s comments sting any less

“Hunk, we know you’re the closest to Lance, but doesn’t that make your opinion a little more biased?”

“Lance isn’t at the same level as us, and he needs to get there.”

Hunk desperately tried to defend him but Lance knew it was a lost cause at this point, the more he listened to, the more he got frustrated. He contemplated getting up and leaving to calm himself down in his room now that he knew this wasn’t a misinterpretation; he was the subject of the conversation, more specifically, his inadequacy.

“Shouldn’t you get back to cooking or something? Shiro and I were discussing this and you kind of butted in,” Lance snapped to attention at that comment, did Keith seriously just say that?

Before Lance even processed what he was doing, he stormed into the kitchen, walked up into Keith’s startled face, his own looking furious, “What the hell did you just say?” his tone was even in a terrifying way

Keith seemed to understand it was a rhetorical question, Shiro seemed unnerved by Lance’s uncharacteristically serious tone.

“Lance, it was nothing-”

“That’s bull, Hunk, and you know it. That was entirely uncalled for.” Lance turned back towards the other two presences in the room, “Listen and listen well. If you even breathe another word that belittles, demeans, puts down, or even suggests Hunk did anything wrong when he hasn’t done a damn thing, then you’d better hope and pray I am as far behind in training as you suggest I am.” His tone was chilling, his eyes locked onto Keith’s, his icy glare effectively putting out the fire in Keith’s.

Keith soon snapped out of it and seemed to contemplate something before speaking, “So are you saying that if we insult Hunk you’ll be more motivated to train harder?” that was the wrong thing to say.

The ice in Lance’s gaze melted, being replaced with a fire that could burn anyone it was directed at, “If you dare to suggest what I think you are, my position on the team will not be your main concern.” his voice had started low, rising with every word, “Are we clear?” his words were short and tight, intimidating everyone in the room.

Nods from both Shiro and Keith were enough for Lance, he wasn’t going to let it go right away but he knew they understood.

“Alright, good,” Lance questioned if he should address what had spurred Hunk being dismissed and decided he would if only a little.

Lance locked eyes with Keith “What you say cuts deep,” he glanced at Shiro “Both of you. I looked up to you both, but I can take it. I know my faults, I know where I need improvement, and Hunk’s right, I do try…”

Lance’s voice had gotten soft as it trailed off, his eye’s having found themselves trained on the floor directly in front of his feet, he could feel the pitying gaze of the other three “All you are doing is vocalizing thoughts I’ve had a thousand times over,” Lance shook himself out of it and looked up again, Shiro and Keith stood in front of him ”but what I can’t take is you putting down my best friend when he has done nothing wrong.”

Lance had just about burned out, getting angry was exhausting. He was done with being frustrated for today, he turned on his heel and stalked out of the room, initially heading back to his room before opting to go to the only place he knew he couldn’t be disturbed. Blue.

SNK Chapter 90 In A Nutshell
  • Soldier: So obviously we shouldn't tell the public about, you know. *Gestures at the basement*
  • Pixis: If we keep secret from the public doesn't that make us as bad as the guys we just overthrew?
  • Historia: Baldy's right. We're going public.
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  • Newspaper guy: So basically we're the descendants of a minority race who can turn into titans and outside of the walls is a giant military that wants us all dead.
  • Levi: Hit the nail on the head. So how are people taking it?
  • Newspaper guy: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Citizen 1: Well hey this is pretty interesting. It explains a lot.
  • Citizen 2: HA! You expect me to believe this?
  • Citizen 3: The government is spreading lies about an upcoming war so they can put us all in labor camps and fuck our wives while we're away.
  • Newspaper guy: Mixed reception.
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  • Hitch: Sup bitches, heard Marlow died a hero's death.
  • Flock: Yeah he ruled. When Erwin went down, he led the charge that let us take down the beast titan.
  • Flock: But in his dying moments, I'm pretty sure all he felt was regret.
  • Jean: Dude what the fuck.
  • Flock: Hey man I'm just spitting facts.
  • Flock: I still think the commander should've survived, not Armin. You know who else thinks that?
  • Flock: Literally everyone but Eren, Mikasa, and Levi. You know, the fucking assholes who put their emotions above common sense?
  • Eren: I will fight yo-
  • Flock: Oh shut the fuck up, Eren. I get that you're the main character and shit, but more matters than just what YOU feel. You should've given up and sopped pestering Levi, like Mikasa did.
  • Mikasa: *Shame*
  • Jean: We get it Flock, you have a small penis. Just let it go, alright?
  • Flock: Jean, Connie, Sasha, none of you stopped Levi or Eren and Mikasa from fucking us all up the ass. You just stood there like a bunch of people with smaller penises than me.
  • Flock: Come on, I signed up to save humanity. If that's not what you're about, let people know before they join this organization.
  • Armin: ...Yeah, Flock's right. Commander Erwin should've lived.
  • Eren: You don't know that, Armin! Come on, we still know nothing about the world out there! You still haven't seen the ocean, right? There's so much to learn about the world, you can't give up! If we just go beyond the walls-
  • Eren: *Flashback to what happened to Faye when she went beyond the walls*
  • Eren: Fu-
  • ----------------------------
  • *Ceremony where Historia gives out rewards commences*
  • Eren, in his thoughts: I know that our situation is bleak, and if I can change I'd be willing to sacrifice my life. And yet, I can't bring myself to sacrifice Historia.
  • Note: This is a reference to how Eren know that, when he activated the coordinate, he was touching a titanized royal (Dina), so they might be able to activate it by titanizing Historia. But he didn't tell anyone.
  • Eren: *Kisses Historia's hand*
  • --------Memory is awakened in Eren----------
  • *Back when Grisha was confronting Freida, before he ended up killing them all*
  • Grisha: Come on guys just use your powers to kill everyone trying to kill the people I love so the people I love don't have to die.
  • Freida: *Glares at Grisha*
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  • Narration: Anyways so the guillotines pretty much got rid of all the titans and they retook wall Maria. And there's almost no titans left on the island.
  • Narration: So I guess all the titans are killed. One thing off Eren's bucket list.
  • Narration: SO a lot of months passed and they set off to find the ocean.
  • Survey Corps: *Reaches Ocean*
  • Narrator: Another one off the bucket list. Productive day.
  • Everyone: *FLIPS THE FUCK OUT*
  • Eren: *Somewhat sullen, contemplative*
  • Eren: So... on the other side of that ocean, there's people who are going to try to kill us.
  • Eren: We aren't free yet. Is killing the people who oppose us what it takes to finally be free?
  • Fandom: Dude chill.
  • Fandom: Also who does your hair it's fabulous
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  • Sorry this wasn't as funny. hopefully it's easy to understand, at least.

anonymous asked:

yo i haven't seen pd2 in like YEARS but yuuri and victor in your little drabble had me weak and i don't even know what kinda factor they play in the movie or if there's anything else you can give us but i'd love to see more of them because. yes @ them being all over each other in front of everyone when people have shit to do, i.e. important ruling a kingdom stuff

well, the dynamic between the queen and joe in the movies (can’t say much about the books bc it’s been years since i read one of them lmao) is that they’ve got a will they won’t they tension going on and literally the entire damn country ships them (the friggin bishop or…. whatever religious leader officiating the wedding was like “finally” when they did get married in pd2 lolol) and yea that’s probably what i’d be going for. but with a couple tweaks since a lot of details have been shifted around in this au to make it work better with the yoi cast lol

Viktor’s never seen anyone as stoic as Mr Katsuki before in his life. He runs a tight ship, getting all the other security officers into line and smartly suited up. He obsessively goes over every possible breach or flaw at every venue, even drawing up blueprints and maps of the buildings Viktor sets foot in just so he knows the weaknesses of each wall, the locations of each ventilation shaft. He knows the precise details of Viktor’s schedule down to the minute, coordinating with Lilia, his chief advisor and assistant, until everything around the King seems to flow like clockwork, the well-oiled cogs of a machine designed to protect his every step.

“Why are you doing this?” he asks Mr Katsuki once, a couple months into his tenure as chief of security, and Mr Katsuki only smiles a tight, brittle smile that doesn’t reach his calculating yet sparkling eyes.

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if you were hurt, Your Majesty,” he replies.

Viktor laughs at just how earnestly serious the man looks. “My life is in your hands already, Mr Katsuki. You might as well call me Viktor.”

There’s a little chink in Mr Katsuki’s armour at that when his cheeks flush visibly pink. “I don’t know if I could, Your Majesty,” he says, his voice quiet, soft, and Viktor immediately realises he’d do anything to see this sort of expression on the man’s face again.

Mr Katsuki is a reassuring shadow at his side, watchful yet protective. Viktor values his work and dedication. Admires his bravery and honour.

But he doesn’t fall in love, though, until one fateful afternoon when he’s leaving his motorcade and a gunman opens fire, and Mr Katsuki is on him in an instant, tackling him onto the asphalt and shielding him with his body. As his heartbeat rings loudly in his ears, Viktor looks up into the wide-eyed expression on his chief of security’s face, and realises that the man is genuinely terrified of losing him.

“Yuuri,” he breathes, reaching up for him. The light haloes Mr Katsuki, making him almost angelic. The noise and commotion fade away with each blink of Mr Katsuki’s long lashes, and then the world fades to white.

When Viktor wakes up, he is in a hospital bed, and Mr Katsuki – Yuuri – has fallen asleep with his fingers inches from Viktor’s own. 

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vilde and compulsory heterosexuality: a theory

‘lesbian vilde’ has been a hot topic of discussion lately in the fandom and it’s definitely something i’d noticed/thought about while watching the show the first time around but i figured i’d compile a list of reasons/textual evidence from the show that stuck out to me:

1. vilde’s preoccupation with the idea of noora being gay/having a girlfriend in the first season.

2. vilde seeming more hung up on the idea of william (’he’s the hottest guy in school everyone says so’) as opposed to actually being attracted to him on a deeper level. everything about how she talks about william seems very superficial and it always seemed to me that, by pursuing william so aggressively, vilde was trying to create/maintain a certain image rather than actually being into william as a person separate from him being one of the ‘cool older guys every girl wants to be with’.

3. this is just my interpretation, but i feel like vilde wasn’t actually all that crushed about finding out about william and noora. i think her pride was hurt more than anything and she was upset that noora was keeping such a big secret from her but it didn’t seem like she was heartbroken over william

4. vilde making out with eva at that party and seeming way more into it than any time we’ve seen her with a guy

5. vilde’s comments after making out with eva at that party

6. and this could just be me reaching but i’m going to include it anyhow - vilde’s  love of cats. yes it was a running joke that ~magnus loves pussy~ (the cat hooker thing and then the cat hooker and his friends group chat) in season 3 but it’s interesting that we’re explicitly told that vilde also loves cats in the finale. i mean, we know they love their metaphors (isak’s locker = the closet) so i wouldn’t put it past them to subvert what they’ve built up with magnus by then applying it to vilde too.

7. and this isn’t textual evidence but definitely worth noting - julie andem’s very pointed ‘no comment’ when asked about vilde being a lesbian in a recent interview.

i’ve thought a lot about season 4 (as we all have) and i don’t think vilde is going to be the main (my gut feeling says she’ll be the main in the final season).

what i do think is going to happen in season 4 (regardless of whether the main is sana or even or whoever) is that vilde will be forced to confront and work through the compulsory heterosexuality that has guided her actions for the previous 3 seasons. 

I think she and magnus will actually try dating but vilde will realize that, unlike william (who she knew never actually had feelings for her), magnus is actually into *her*. 

there are so many stories in real life and in fiction of people who haven’t come out yet (even to themselves) crushing on people who they believe are out of their league or who will never like them back because they’re a ‘safe’ option. 

i think that was a huge factor in the vilde/william story and i think that, in the new season, the vilde/magnus thing will be a turning point because suddenly vilde has this guy who’s attracted to her and likes her and she’s going to be forced to realize that - oh shit - she doesn’t feel the same way.

anonymous asked:

HC where RFA+V+Saeran sees MC kissed by a foreigner but it turns out that the foreigner is her cousin and it's like normal gesture for him. (let's make V get his sight back) (The gang haven't confess to MC yet on this one) how will they react?? (Tbh imma slut for Jelly Gang)

Hello~ Ri had a bit of writer’s block with this request so Nao kindly offered her assistance :3

Ri was responsible for Yoosung, Zen, Jumin and Saeran, while Nao wrote Jaehee, Seven and V~!

We hope you enjoy~!

– NaoRi (our name for collabs ;))

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anonymous asked:

Hi, quick question because I haven't read the books in a while. Did Ned encourage Arya's unladylike behaviour at all? I know he obviously let her keep Needle but apart from that I'm sure he wanted to make her a lady (the whole 'your sons will be knights... quote etc) but he and Cat just sort of gave up. I see people say because she remind him of Lyanna he encouraged it but I would've thought if she reminded him of Lyanna, he would discourage it, hoping she doesn't share the same fate

The short answer to your question, Nonnie, is NO. Ned did not “encourage” Arya in unladylike behavior. The Ned Stark who indulges his youngest daughter in every whim and thinks it’s charming if she’s rude to people is entirely a fandom creation. At least as far as the books go. Not having seen the show, I never pretend to speak to portrayals of the characters there. Honestly, this idea of Ned as the super progressive, indulgent father who would want all his children to live freely and marry for love and spend their lives doing whatever their little hearts desire if it weren’t for that horrible bitch he’s married to infuriates me as much on Ned’s behalf as it does on Catelyn’s!

As much as I love the guy, as much as he genuinely loves both his wife and children a great deal more than many other lords in ASOIAF seem to, as much as he absolutely values women as human beings capable of rational thought and worthy of respect in a way that far too few of the men in the series do, Lord Eddard Stark is a pretty traditional guy. He married for duty, became Lord of Winterfell for duty, lives his life with as much honor as he can–as he understands the concept. He expects no less of his children. He does not want them unhappy and would not willingly place them in harm’s way, but he expects Robb to fulfills his responsibilities as heir to Winterfell and one day its lord, to rule with honor and wed a woman who will make a good Lady of Winterfell. He expects Bran and Rickon to grow up and become bannermen of their elder brother, perhaps with their own holdfasts in the North, helping defend House Stark and the North and administer justice in their brother’s name. He expects Sansa AND Arya to make marriages which are advantageous to House Stark. Not because he thinks of his children as pawns, but because this is WHAT PEOPLE DO! This is how a good father secures his children’s future and how a good lord secures the future of his House.

So, OF COURSE, he doesn’t encourage Arya’s wild ways. Now, we don’t get to see any actual hands-on parenting by Ned of his daughters in Winterfell on the page. Catelyn is obviously in charge of them. Not because she’s controlling and he’s lenient–but because that is HER job. Arya sees her mother as the primary disciplinarian in her life simply because her mother, as the more hands-on parent in her daily life, is the one who’s telling her what to do and not to do on a far more regular basis. 

We DO see Ned interacting directly with Arya in King’s Landing, when Catelyn is far away and unavailable for the duty. He’s exhausted, he’s miserable away from his home and his wife, he’s frustrated with his seeming inability to make Robert act like a king or to make headway in the matter of Jon Arryn’s death or the attempt on Bran’s life, and he’s completely bamboozled on how to handle the open warfare between his daughters. And now Septa Mordane comes to him and tells him that after he left the Small Hall in frustration without finishing his dinner after yet another altercation between the two girls, Arya has made a scene and left the Hall without permission. He goes to her room, wondering how in hell to deal with her and finds her with a sword she informs him is his.

During their exchange, (which is from Arya’s POV), she notes more than once how tired her father looks. Upon realizing the sword was made by Mikken, he SIGHS. “My nine-year-old daughter is being armed from my own forge, and I know nothing of it. The Hand of the King is expected to rule the Seven Kingdoms, yet it seems I cannot even rule my own household.”

This is a dude at the end of his rope!

When Arya informs him that she hates Septa Mordane, his answer is given in a voice GRRM refers to as ‘curt and hard’. “That’s enough. The septa is doing no more than is her duty, though gods know you have made it a struggle for the poor woman. Your mother and I have charged her with the impossible task of making you a lady.”

YOUR MOTHER AND I, he says. Not just ‘your mother.’ Like Catelyn, Ned understands that Arya chafes against a lot of what is asked of her. Like Catelyn, he sees learning to do it anyway as necessary to her future.

Arya protests, of course, and gets the well-known speech from her father about having a wildness in her, or the wolf blood as his own father used to call it. And when he tells her she reminds him of his sister, even nine-year-old Arya hears the sadness in his voice. And when he tells her she looks like Lyanna, and she protests that Lyanna was beautiful he says, “She was. Beautiful, willful, and dead before her time.”

In this moment, Ned is remembering his sister with both great love and great fear for as much as he might love the echoes of her which he sees in Arya, he DOES NOT want her to follow Lyanna’s path or share her fate. Immediately after that is when he asks her what she thought to do with that sword. He’s trying desperately to figure out what to do with this daughter who is so unhappy, so determined to do what she wants, and eerily like the sister who followed her own will right into an early grave and triggered a terrible war. 

They go on to have quite a wonderful conversation in which he tries to understand her and make her understand him–talking of the pack and winter and honor, etc. Some things, she understands, and others not so much. He never mentions Lyanna again in the conversation. He tells her Septa Mordane is a good woman and emphasizes her sisterhood with Sansa, telling her that while they may be as different as the sun and the moon, the same blood flows through their hearts and they need each other. And he needs them both.

We’re in Arya’s head here–not Ned’s. But you can almost feel his desperation when he then tells her she has to STOP with the willfulness. “This is not Winterfell. We have enemies here who mean us ill. We cannot fight a war among ourselves. This willfulness of yours, the running off, the angry words, the disobedience … at home, these were only the summer games of a child. Here and now, with winter soon upon us, that is a different matter. It is time to begin growing up.”

Basically, he just told her to knock off all the things that so many in fandom feel he encouraged in her. While he may have been fairly lenient (NOT encouraging) of her shenanigans in Winterfell, they’re now in a dangerous place, and at the ripe old age of nine, he expects her to act more grown up!

Then, he lets her keep her sword and arranges lessons for her. Why does he do that? I think at least in part, it’s because he needs somebody to be happy about SOMETHING. He’s so guilty about Sansa’s wolf that he can barely speak with her, and he knows Arya hates King’s Landing, and he knows even better how much HE hates King’s Landing. Maybe if he gives her this one thing–he can keep his daughter from a full-on rebellion like that of his sister’s.

But even after that, some time later after word arrives that Bran has awakened, Arya asks Ned if he can still be a knight, and he tells her no, but that her brother may still someday be lord of a great holdfast and sit on the king’s castle or raise castles like Brandon the Builder or sail a ship across the Sunset Sea or enter their mother’s faith and become High Septon. Arya promptly asks if she can be king’s councillor and build castles and become High Septon, and Ned, of course, tells her no.

“You,” Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, “will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon.”

Arya wants none of that, of course, but my point here is that, sword lessons or not, this is the future Ned saw for Arya, the future he WANTED for Arya, not because he was a bad father, but because he loved his daughter. And to this traditional High Lord of Westeros, having his daughter become a Queen or a great Lady was the absolute most he could offer her.

So while he loved his daughter Arya dearly, and had loved his sister dearly as well, and probably did love that he could see a bit of Lyanna living on in Arya, he did not encourage her to be willful and wild any more than he had encouraged it in his sister.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I haven't heard your thoughts about the the apple symbolism with characters associated with it. Let me see: eto, furuta, touka?

It all comes back to the apple from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Eto is the serpent who offers knowledge that brings suffering. This is seen principally with Kanae and Haise, who are severely tormented by the epiphanies Eto leads them to, but it also includes the Japanese (and even world) populace after her press conference and ‘Bileygr the King’. Their suffering in the conflict that erupts from the truth has already begun in the Clown Siege. Adam and Eve are seduced by the serpent, take the fruit, and them and all their kind suffer eternally because of it.

Furuta (*cough* FRUIT *cough*) is like if Adam had not only eaten the apple, but then used his newfound knowledge to topple God and take Eden for himself. He comes from the Sunlit Garden (of Eden), he knows how the system truly works, and now he’s using it for his own advantage. But although he hides it behind the mask of a clown, he’s suffering too, and he has a lot more to suffer before the series is through.

In her birthday art back in 2015, Touka was guarding the apple of knowledge for Haise. She had the power to unlock his memories, but chose not to, because (just like Haise’s memories), the apple does not only enlighten but brings immense torment to follow. Yet despite being aware of its dangers, Touka is still fond of the apple as deep down she does want Haise’s memories to return.

But in the end, having no reservations when it comes to causing pain, Eto is the one to indirectly grant the apple to Haise.

Thanks for the question, anon! One of these days I’ll write up a Biblical Reading of TG, where I’ll expand on a lot of the ideas I’ve talked about here. 

quetzalrofl  asked:

What if we haven't seen White Diamond yet because she IS Homeworld?

Okay you’re probably joking around about this but listen. I’ve been over here with thoughts of like “what if Homeworld’s planet or planets is like a single massive geode” and then there’s the fact that planets are arguably life-givers to the Gems as they literally need to incubate inside of a planet and the series does put a lot of thought into reproduction/birth and how that works- for Gems, the crust of whatever planet they’re in basically functions as a “womb” to contain them.

And then with all this, the idea of maybe there are living planets? I mean- the Gems are living rocks full of light. What are planets but really big rocks full of light and heat?

I don’t think White is a planet because she’s given a humanoid form, but it is noteworthy that she’s depicted holding that one big sphere different from all of the other colonies the Diamonds are depicted holding.

…Shoot, I’ve had a theory for a while that there technically is a dimorphism in the Gems, but a bit more like a beehive where all of the Gems that we’ve seen, including the Diamonds, are non-reproducing “workers” and somewhere there’s one or several reproducing “queens” that probably have a very different physiology.

After all, the Diamonds are “matriarchs” and Gems able to produce subordinates, at least corrupted ones, are referred to as “mothers” (Centi was the “Mother Centipeetle”) and this would seem to suggest Gems have a concept of life as coming from another entity.

So… combining these ideas: Homeworld might not be a location as much as a character. If I’m right in my theory that Homeworld is four planets, each with an assigned Diamond, it might well be that the planets of Homeworld are the reproducing “queens” of the Gems- and the parasitism of other planets might have arisen because something happened to sicken or injure those queens, to the point that they’re able to produce the Gem “seeds”, but unable to carry their own children ‘to term’ and thus the Gems have begun seeking surrogates from other planets- which might be able to keep up for a while but ultimately wither and die because they’re not up to the task either.

This would fit nicely with Crewniverse trying to make everything they can into a character so that the worldbuilding is primarily character-driven. If it’s true, it also might give Steven a pretty clear path forwards for how to save the Gems and protect Earth at the same time, if he can figure out what happened to Homeworld and find some way to heal the ailing “queen” Gems. 

…After all, rather a big deal is made of Steven’s power to heal, isn’t it? 

(It’d also put some very interesting context on all the characters we’ve seen that miss Homeworld terribly in some magnitude, and the whole Gem philosophy of acting in service to a larger whole)


Holy shit, Quetz.

the orchestra, according to a pianist
  • this is coming from someone who's never played any orchestral instruments and is based entirely upon personal experience with people who play these instruments and listening to performances with these instruments
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  • flutes: I always hear you practicing but never see you outside of class or performances. words like "embouchure" come to mind, which makes me appreciate how relaxed my posture and breathing can be. compare to: when you're performing and can't slouch
  • piccolos: screechy fucking harbingers of death. compare to: bashing on the top notes of the piano as loud as possible to annoy people
  • clarinets: you complain about reeds breaking a lot, but you sound nice until you squeak. also Brahms clarinet sonatas YES. compare to: nice melodies in the middle of the piano
  • oboes: after seeing one of you with a knife, I am eternally scared of you. compare to: prepared piano where something buzzes a bit, except much nicer
  • bassoons: have always been nice to me and I haven't seen any of you with a knife yet. compare to: see oboe, except in lower range
  • french horns: always remind me of Beethoven concerto 5, I love you so much. compare to: when your instructor asks you to "make it warmer", nice things.
  • trumpets: please stop practicing outside of practice rooms; also, you're always dressed nicely. compare to: loud
  • trombones: the slide ruler in instrument form, most of you are nice to me. compare to: glissandi
  • tubas: how do you carry your instrument it's so heavy?! compare to: left hand
  • first violins: you think you're so good but can't play more than two notes at once HA. compare to: the right hand
  • second violins: see above, but much nicer. compare to: thumb of the right hand
  • violas: always asking to play the Brahms clarinet sonatas; sometimes are violists who weren't good enough to be second violin, in which case they're usually complaining about the alto clef. compare to: middle c
  • cellos: we're always asking you to play Brahms and Beethoven sonatas but that's only because they sound so great. also we want to be you. really. compare to: when you have a melody just below middle c and it sounds so good
  • basses: you're wonderful but need to be louder. also #relatable because it's difficult to carry your instrument around. compare to: left hand
  • percussion: you have to play like fifty different instruments and might actually practice more than us. #respect. compare to: prepared piano
  • piano: if you're here then it's either a modern piece or you're playing a concerto, in which case I commend you on memorizing that many notes and urge you to shove your score in violinists' faces (and you can also laugh and say that you get to sit while playing solo pieces!). compare to: the entire orchestra minus variety of timbres

anonymous asked:

I saw the team 7 post you made. I only watched the anime and I haven't read one of the data books and I think that Sakura was 'a little' useless in the normal Naruto series but she is not in Naruto shippuden and I can understand why people always have to say that she's useless like hello are we watching the same anime? And I'm saying this as a Sakura hater by the way... and sorry for my bad english.

No worries, I understand! Yeah, I agree. But, honestly, I think “useless” is the wrong term here. Even in part one, Sakura wasn’t exactly “useless”.

[ I have an issue with this that I might as well voice now, so thank you! ]

Tbh, the prime determinant here is that Naruto is (or, at least it was) a shonen series, meaning:
( a ) “Fans” will find any character who isn’t constantly throwing punches – i.e. engaged in battle – “useless”.
( b ) The mangaka will not utilise their female characters – i.e. have them participate in many fights or their own fights. (Unless Mashima’s writing it, tbh.)

Kishimoto has been labelled a (perhaps inadvertent) sexist in the past – as the majority of this genre is – and it can be seen in the lack of battling panel-time that female characters receive. I mean, we only really got to see Sakura’s competitive combat skills as a ninja a handful of times during this segment (e.g. the Chunin Exams). But, again, the important thing to consider here is Sakura’s lack of prestigious heritage, because it is a prime reason why she was not on par with a frickin’ Uchiha and jinchūriki of Uzumaki bloodline, as she’s so often held to the standard of.

“…all of the shinobi within her (overall) generation (including Team Guy & the Sand Siblings) were of prestigious descent, with the exception of Lee, Tenten and Sakura. Yet despite having no birth-right privileges or opportunities (unlike all but two others), Sakura was the only ninja – apart from the duel-protagonists – to reach Kage level (in the surpassing of her master).”

Yeah, Sakura wasn’t very offensive in part one. But that doesn’t exactly make her “useless”, you know?

  1. Kishimoto’s ‘Official Naruto Fan-Book’ states that she is “evenly matched” in ability with Ino; emphasising that “their physical strength is identical”. This being a feat, of course, because the same book reveals that Ino graduated at the top of the academy, even above Sasuke (due to teamwork grades, etc.).
  2. Sakura had greater chakra control than both of her teammates, Sasuke in particular. She excelled past them in this skill even at Genin level, on her first try at the exercise, with zero prior training [in the tree-climbing].

Not to mention that simply being offensive doesn’t automatically/necessarily make someone “useful”. Like, if you bring up the argument of ‘brain > brawn’:

  • Sakura is acclaimed for her intelligence and repeatedly stated to be one of the smartest shinobi, even before graduating to Genin level. She’s acknowledged as the cleverest kunoichi in her generation, eventually developing into one of the smartest kunoichi all inclusively by parts two and three. She’s arguably the 2nd brightest of her generation overall, losing out only to Shikamaru. (Yet said ranking is only in practice – not theory – as she surpassed him academically, since he didn’t try.)

A relating feature often (and conveniently) forgotten is that:

  • Sakura was able to answer the questions in the Chunin exam with her own knowledge… Being, of course, that the manga commented on the exam’s difficulty, in that no Genin should have had the ability to calculate and decipher those questions. To compare, both Sasuke and Neji – acclaimed geniuses of their generation – had to cheat.

Multiple characters have canonically validated Sakura’s intellectual skills on numerous occasions. In the first <50 chapters alone, we have:

1. Kakashi in chapter 24.

2. Sasuke in chapter 36.

3. Ino in chapter 42.

Oh, and plot-wise too, right? Like, we must also remember Sakura’s significance to the series, which obviously made her a useful character. She contributed to major plot-points and, a lot of the time, acted as the audience’s voice & was a means of explanation in plot matter.

To be useful is to provide purpose. It can be measured in different areas and most of which were demonstrated by Sakura, even in part one. I mean, she was useful enough to save her teammates’ asses, including Lee’s!

  • She protected and cared for Naruto and Sasuke whilst they were down and out…
  • She rationally took precaution and set traps to guard them whilst vulnerable.
  • She successfully fooled the Sound with a “basic” Substitute Jutsu twice in a row, cleverly setting up to fool them again with a real attack (which they thought would be another trick).
  • But what’s most notable is that she put her life on the line, enduring numerous kunai to the body, blows to the head, etc. She tried to save her comrades by taking on the Sound, 1 V 3!

I agree that 12-year-old Sakura was nowhere near as useful as her part two counterpart, but the term “useless” gets thrown around without much rationale of meaning. It’s intended to be pretty harsh word but, in many cases, it’s not true.

[ Thanks for the ask! Sorry, I rambled… 😅 ]

Okay but imagine:

Sportacus is trans, and he is always wearing a binder (even to sleep) and doesn’t understand why his back is hurting all the time. He suspects that it is because maybe he pulled something from all his flipping? But he isn’t sure until one day Robbie see’s Sportacus say bye to the kids and when he is out of site Sportacus tries to crack his back, and is obviously in pain. Robbie is kinda confused, until he see’s the binder strap when Sportacus is rubbing his neck or something. Robbie, (either being trans or knowing a lot about the LGBT+ community) confronts him like, “how often do you wear a binder?” And when Robbie finds out it is 24/7 he flips out and is like, “you can’t do that!! You’ll seriously injure yourself!!” Then Sportacus flips out because he is worried about permanently damaging his body and is like, “but how else do I keep my chest flat??” So Robbie suggests top surgery and Sportacus gets very excited because he hasn’t ever heard of that before and Robbie decides to take him to get an appointment set up. When it is all ready, Sportacus is about to go and says his goodbyes to the kids and all that. Going in he is very nervous, and keeps asking Robbie if it’s safe, and normal, and all these questions and Robbie just rolls his eyes and calmly assures him it is all okay. After the surgery, Sportacus comes out shirtless and is so happy and excited. He runs up to Robbie and is the happiest Robbie has ever seen him. It is a good day for all.

Bonus: Robbie can’t help but kiss Sportacus bc of how cute he is and then they start dating 

caricaturesofintimacy  asked:

Surprised I haven't seen this yet but: bughead coffee shop au

Okay, I wasn’t satisfied with this, but here it is! Never quite sure what direction to take an AU so I did mid-twenties Betty and Jughead, meeting in another life.

He was here again. Betty felt a little fizz of pleasure run through her - the dark-haired, dark-eyed boy with the sarcastic tilt to his mouth and the keen, perceptive eyes was sitting in his favored spot at the coffee shop counter. Betty had started coming to Casablanca’s only two weeks ago, after moving to Riverdale from Los Angeles, and had initially wandered in, at 10pm, expecting it to be a bar, given the name. Instead, the kindly barista had explained that the owner loved classic movies, and had given the shop an international flair by offering coffee brewing methods from all over the world. The nameless boy had been there then, sitting at the counter with a laptop in front of him, and as she glanced at him through the half-shadows - for the shop had just closed - dark eyes lifted from the screen to study her without expression. She’d been struck, at once, by the quizzical slant of his face, and by the piercing intelligence of those eyes.

Since then, she’d come every few days, mostly for the exquisite, exotic coffee - impossibly sweet Turkish lattes, muddy Sudanese brews with the grounds still floating in them, perfectly balanced Italian espressos - but also to see him. She’d come armed with some notebooks and a textbook this time, for her class on Violence Against Women. The shop was unusually crowded - probably because finals were coming up. Walking up to the counter, ignoring the boy, she studied the menu briefly, trying to decide what to try this time.

“Panama geisha.” A voice broke through her thoughts.
“I’m sorry?” she turned to the boy, who had shifted sideways in his seat and was, disconcertingly, studying her.
“It’s a balance of sweet and bitter.” He offered her a half-smile that made his eyes crinkle in all kinds of interesting ways. “It suits you.”
Betty didn’t know whether this was a compliment or otherwise, but nodded, examining him in turn now that she had a chance to. She should think of him as a man, she thought, that was more accurate to his age - he looked to be mid-twenties like her - but someone she couldn’t stop thinking of him as “the Boy.”
“Thank you. Medium Panama geisha, please,” she asked the barista, who by this time knew her.
“Coming right up, Miss Betty,” he responded promptly and whirled away. Betty shifted her books and looked around, unable to spot a seat in the crowded shop.
“Sit,” the boy said gently, lifting his coat off the bar stool next to him. Betty spotted two seats open at the far back, but who was she kidding, she came here to see this boy, and she wasn’t about to pass up the chance.
“Any woman fighting the hard battle you’re in deserves a seat and the best caffeine around,” he said, nodding at her books.
Betty glanced down.
“How do you know this isn’t just a general ed class and I’m gritting my teeth through it while I major in marketing with an emphasis on high-end fashion blogging?”
Laughter crossed his eyes and was gone quick as a flash.
“Because I happen to know that isn’t a general ed class. And because your style is too unique for you to be into Vogue. What are you studying?”
“International Affairs. I’m focusing on human rights challenges for women,” she said, slightly curious to see if he’d be at all intimidated, or bored - a lot of men were.
Instead, he looked at her with a snap of complete attention, as though she was the most interesting thing he’d ever seen, and she caught her breath, feeling like the world had receded and left just the two of them. The blue plaid brought out the multi-colored shades of his eyes - blue and green - and he wore a stylish black coat over it with the effortless ease of someone very, very comfortable in their own skin. Curly dark hair sprung in all directions, and she resisted the impulse to push back one lock that had fallen over his eye.

Bending toward each other, they fell into conversation - he peppered her with questions, and somehow, she told him all about herself. How she’d left home at 17 - she glossed over why but something in the warmth of the eyes on her made her feel that he sensed the undertones when she talked about her parents. About how she’d found a best friend, Veronica, worked in a coffeeshop and then done part-time accounting, putting herself through college, and planned to do her master’s in Italy. His face lit up at this and he told her about the year he’d spent backpacking through Europe after high school, how he’d fallen in love with coffee in Italy, and then trained as a barista at high-end shops all over Europe.
“What do you do now?” she asked.
“I’m a freelance journalist. I travel a lot, but always end up back here. You can take Jughead away from home, but you can’t take small-town America out of the Jughead,” he said, laughing.
“Why do you love travel so much?” she asked curiously - she was very eager to travel abroad herself, but wanted to hear his response.
He paused.
“It’s the reset of it - the magic. You travel, and you get to leave who you are, all your former selves, behind, and find something new, in your environment or yourself. And - I’m looking for something. I don’t know what - I’ll know it when I see it.”
“I know that magic,” Betty said slowly. “When I left home - when I left my parents for good - it felt like I’d been sleepwalking my whole life, and suddenly I woke up, and the universe opened up to me full of possibility, and I could be anyone I wanted to be.”
He nodded, and looked away, then looked back at her, and something shifted in the air.
“That feeling - that sense of wonder, adventure, surprise…that’s the feeling I got when you first walked in that door two weeks ago,” he said with quietly, his eyes darkening with intensity.
She flushed and looked away, then back at him as he continued.
“I could tell you something trite like you’re beautiful. Or that I want to get to know you better. But I’m not going to pretend this is ordinary. It isn’t. When you walked in, it was like an old, favorite movie had started, one I’ve loved forever but that I experience new each time. That I feel like I know you.” He shook his head, and a slight, rueful smile crossed his lips.
“And now if I haven’t frightened you off completely - tell me if I’m crazy.”
“You’re not crazy,” Betty said softly. They looked at each other for a long, long moment.
“Then go to the movies with me,” he said with a grin that changed his whole face, lighting it up with warmth, humor, magic. “As a beginning, tonight. That won’t be the end of the night - but let’s start.”
“Yes,” Betty half-whispered, listening to the fact that she was more attracted to this boy - this man - than she’d ever been to anyone.  Jumping up, he slung his laptop behind the counter and picked up her books for her. As they turned to leave, the barista caught Jughead.
“Boss - sorry to bother you,” he said in an undertone, “but can we close early today? Just got a call my family’s here earlier than expected, and Todd can’t take my shift.”
“No problem,” Jughead said easily, also in a low tone, and headed toward the door.
“You’re the manager?” Betty asked in puzzlement. “Then how do you travel…?” she trailed off as realization came to her. “You own this place!” she exclaimed, in surprise and pure pleasure.
He opened the coffeeshop door, and turned back to her, and smiled, summer wind blowing past him and touching her as it stirred his hair, and he offered his hand.
“Let’s go on an adventure, Betty Cooper,” he said, lights playing in his dark eyes, and even though it was crazy to take his hand, because they’d just met, Betty felt a rush - of magic, of security, of rightness - as she looked into those eyes. She took his hand, and he laced his fingers with hers - they fit perfectly, of course.
“Let’s go, Jughead Jones,” she said, smiling brightly, and they turned together into the night.

Things you might not know about the production of Sense8

As found in the behind-the-scenes documentary, Sense8: Creating the World

  • All of the scenes were shot in the countries they were shown to be in. So they really did shoot in Mumbai and Seoul and Berlin etc. 
  • They hired local actors and crews for each of the countries, which helped increase the realism of the scenes.
  • Between main, side, and minor characters, there were around 180 speaking roles.
  • When the cast visited each country they wouldn’t break between them. They’d be in one country shooting one day, and then shooting in another in the next. 
  • The scene with Riley and Capheus, and also with Will on the plane to Iceland was literally shot on a plane to Iceland. 
  • The cast described traveling around the world together for 4 months as something that created a family bond between them. They all grew very close and considered the feeling of the few times where they could all be together as ‘electric’.
  • They described being in the different cities as having different vibes and feelings that could only be experienced by really being there, which added a lot to their portrayals and helped them a lot with understanding their characters. 
  • There were scenes that were shot two, three, or even four times due to having to do certain parts in different countries. This often meant that scenes could be changed a little as they had chances to watch over previous takes and see if they could improve it in some way in the new city.
  • The show really shot in the middle of the Gay Pride parade, and the scene where Nomi fell off of the motorbike was in the midst of the ‘Dyke’s on Bikes’ part of the parade.
  • They also had real wide-shots from the Mumbai Ganesh festival, however it would have been impossible to shoot the acting parts because of the vast amount of people that attend.
  • When shooting scenes where the sensates ‘share’, they don’t shoot one character doing the scene, shoot the other, and then put them together through editing. Clever camera shots where the camera pans away for a few seconds meant they would often literally switch places by one doing things like ducking and rolling away on the ground whilst the other jumped in their place.
  • Aml Ameen said that when he played Capheus driving the van, 90% of it was actually him. He got to drive around Nairobi, and was actually pulled over by the police at one point and the crew had to explain what was going on.
  • In Riley’s opening scene that establishes her as a DJ, she was playing to a real audience. She came on between two other real and well known DJ’s, and the audience wasn’t aware that she wasn’t a real DJ.
  • The very first scene Miguel shot as Lito was the sex scene in ‘Demons’.
  • The wrestling match that Lito, Hernando, and Daniela attended was a real match, with a real crowd and fighters.
  • Kala and Rajan’s dance scene was repeatedly shot all in one take rather than in short parts unlike traditional Bollywood movie dance scenes.
  • Brian sustained multiple injuries during the course of the show through Will’s action sequences including hurting his shoulder and his triceps, including an internal bleeding bruise. 
  • Doona Bae was extremely excited about the cast coming to Seoul as that is where she lives, and so she gave them all tours around the city.
  • Similarly, Max Riemelt cooked dinner for his cast mates and showed them around Berlin.
  • Jamie Clayton said that her favorite scene in San Francisco was when Nomi was escaping by bike and decided to try and steal a car to get away before realizing she couldn’t drive, mentioning that she herself doesn’t know how to drive either.

And plenty more. It’s on Netflix. so you guys should definitely watch it if you haven’t already!

anonymous asked:

I haven't really watched Jane The Virgin, only seen snippets of episodes, but I saw that Michael died? Why did they kill him?

The simple answer to your question can probably be found in the letter Jennie Urman (the showrunner of Jane the Virgin) shared with the fans after Michael’s death (x). However, the reasons Jennie gives and the reasons I believe they killed Michael are very different. If you want to know more I’ll explore this under the cut.

A little pre-warning, this is very long and slightly anti-J*fael in parts. 

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Could you talk some more about Hannah not being blameless or perfect? I like Hannah, but I haven't seen anyone really discuss her character yet. Who did she hurt?

Well for starters, she hurt everyone on the tapes by making them. I’m not saying they don’t deserve it (though some do more than others), but the none of the recipients are unscathed by it.

She gets upset at Ryan (rightly so) for breaking her trust and publishing her poem even if it’s technically anonymous, yet in making the tapes she reveals secrets of the others’ that aren’t hers to reveal. Most notably, Jess’s rape. She also makes a second Justin tape for how he lied to Jess and didn’t tell her she was raped by Bryce…..but neither did Hannah (although I think Hannah takes a little responsibility for this too in the tape iirc, and Clay has that line to Jess in the final episode or two about “I think Hannah let you down too”). Imagine being Jess and hearing the tapes and realizing not only did people who you thought cared about you lied to you, but now a whole bunch of people know what happened to you and that decision was made for you instead of by you. Rape is about power, not sex, and Hannah knows firsthand at the time of making the tapes how powerless one can feel afterwards. So to reveal Jess’s secret *and* make Jess one of the thirteen reasons was kinda crappy on Hannah’s part.

Hannah monologues a lot about how you never know what the other person is going through and how we need to consider other people’s perspectives, but she doesn’t always take her own advice. Granted, I think there is a correlation between her increasingly crumbling mental health and her becoming worse at taking that advice, so I’m not really blaming her, just stating an observation.

I think the episode that really shows that Hannah isn’t supposed to be a flawless, blameless victim, but rather just as equally flawed and human as the other characters, is Zach’s tape. When Zach asks her out, he’s polite, albeit not the greatest with his words. But instead of talking to him, she yells at him and pushes him away. Did Zach respond immaturely afterwards with what he did to her compliments from communications class? Definitely. But Hannah clearly projected a lot of expectations on Zach from herself (“are you lonely too?” she thinks but never actually communicates to him). And made assumptions that we see end up not being true (that she thinks Zach threw out the note). The whole episode does a good job of reminding the audience that the tapes are Hannah’s truth and not the actual truth, and while Hannah’s truth does mostly align with the actual truth, it’s not 100%. Hannah is neither totally good or bad, she is just as grey and human as the others.

I’m not victim blaming or saying that Hannah was never treated like shit (she definitely was), just that she also hurt others too.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry but I'm not buying Matts answer regarding the tv performances of JHO. This is the PR line being used but I personally think that Sony is screwing with Louis (and Niall/Liam). I really feel there are some left over contract restrictions in place, which is why Liam & Niall have apparently spent more time working on thier albums than Harry but still haven't released yet. I really think there was some hold over from Sony so Harry would be first. Niall seemed close to dropping his album- 2

2- & then it was after the new year, then he was still working on it, then it was crickets for a while but now that solo Harry has happened he & Liam seem to be gearing up again. It makes me wonder… If the legalities of posting tv appearances on your own channel is so difficult how come Harry’s have been posted within 24hrs or less. Not buying it, Sony is still screwing with all the boys. Bonus it props Harry up, makes him look more professional and like he has complete agency. 3-

3- It creates division in an already fractured fandom and it pits the boys careers against one another publicly. From what I’ve seen thier evil plan is working. A lot of fans who once supported ot4 are now stanning their fave hard and many are turning against Harry thus diminishing the chances of a 1D return. Which suits Sony fine because Solo Harry has been the end game since the Taylor stunt. Ot3 is being sabatoged at the alter of Harry Styles Rock God. NOT HARRY’S FAULT BUT IT STILL SUCKS


“I really feel there are some left over contract restrictions in place, which is why Liam & Niall have apparently spent more time working on thier albums than Harry but still haven’t released yet. I really think there was some hold over from Sony so Harry would be first.”

this is something i’ve been considering too.

yeah things are A MESS right now and i know personally the longer louis is bogged down in stunts the less inclined i am to stick around.

you provide a lot of good food for thought and yeah i don’t really understand matt’s argument either unless this is yet another instance of sony fucking with louis’ career and trying to bury him.