i bet a lot of people can relate

I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school… I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy…

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An epic Phan analysis awaits.

So. Yes. *Ahem* This is a bit nerve-wracking because of the comments I might get (but tbh I have a rubbish number of followers so it’ll probably just get ignored), so yeah. (long I’m sorry oh god I’m a nerd)

Here it is.

I love Dan and Phil. Like I actually, truly care about them in way that I’ve never cared for celebrities or internet stars ever before. Why? Because I can feel the love between them, and I know they are genuinely good people. I’m also their age (right between, actually). I can relate to their experiences, both of them. They click with me.

I also wholeheartedly believe that Phan is real. (well, no one can be sure, but I would bet a helluva lot of money on it). If you’d like to read my ramblings why, feel free! Or just keep scrolling and avoid my madness, idc. I’d understand.

Before I start, listen. I don’t really “ship” people. Not that I see anything wrong with it, but I just don’t - especially not couples that I don’t believe are possibly canon. It’s never appealed to me. This might be because I’m 26 years old and totally missed a ton of internet cultureguys, I was in high school when YouTube came out in 2005, so… The only other couple I have ever shipped was Brolin/Merthur because it seemed sooo plausible. I root for canon relationships in shows. That’s just me, but I don’t judge others! I’m totally a fangirl regardless.

For some background on me, not that it really matters, I have two bachelor’s degrees, a Master’s degree, and have just applied to PhD programs. I have traveled alone around the world and lived and worked in various countries, so it’s safe to say I’ve witnessed a lot of human behavior and interactions. I have also been in my fair share of relationships, had best friends that doubled as roommates, and even been in a secret “friends-with-benefits” sort of situation that escalated into more because I realized that I can’t, apparently, separate sex from emotion for very long (and I’m not convinced this is possible for any extended period, but I could just be a hopeless sap). I’m not saying that I know anything more than teenagers do. I’m a teacher. I respect teenagers. I just want to take preemptive measures in order to avoid arguments against me accusing me of being young/naive, because I’m neither of those things.

These are some facts that stand out about Dan and Phil that I just can’t rationalize if they’re platonic (though, again, I’m not some all-knowing oracle and could be wrong). I feel weird putting so much time and investment into such a creepy detailed relationship analysis, and have been avoiding it, but they’ve pulled me in… and I’m also starting to get really annoyed by all of the poorly-informed and thought-through debates that focus more heavily on opinions than facts. The real truth is that NO ONE KNOWS THE NATURE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP. But I do think we can make a pretty educated guess. And here are the truths on which I’ve based mine.

1) They have never stated that they’re straight, so it’s wrong to assume as much. Even if we try to be fair and ignore old Formspring answers, we have no reason to believe that they’re hetero; all we know for sure is that Dan “likes vagina” (and also Evan Peters). Bi-erasure is so commonly talked about on tumblr that I’m sure you all understand this already, but it drives me crazy when some people spout out things like “They’ve repeatedly said they’re straight and not together, GAWD!!!” just… no. No, they haven’t. Why do people ignore Dan’s constant comments about guys being attractive? Phil’s much more quiet on the matter, but we all know what he’s admitted in the past (and he was in his 20s at the time, much older than Dan was when he claimed he often lied to get attention, and was probably much less likely to say anything untrue). Also, straight people don’t generally have problems admitting that they’re straight when asked. It’s quite telling that they haven’t.

2) They haven’t openly denied being in a relationship in YEARS. (A surprised Dan telling a phangirl no when she asked him on the street and a mouthed “no” at TATINOF don’t count, because what else was he supposed to do? But remember that the “no” did, apparently, follow a wink, so make of that what you will.) Why wouldn’t they put the phans to rest and just say “No, we’re not together” if they’re not? I refuse to believe that they’re simply manipulating us to believe in Phan in order to increase their views and popularity. If people believe that this is, in fact, what they’re doing, okay. Maybe it is. Maybe I am naive after all. I just think that they are better people than that, and if that were their intention, it would be played up much more than it is. Despite accusations of queer baiting, they’re actually very tame around each other. (I’ll get to that later).

3) They avoid stating that they’re single, at least in those exact words. Look at Jameela on BBC1 asking if they were and both just awkwardly laughing and Dan saying “Is it that obvious?” That’s evasion. So was their answer to the American radio interviewer who asked if they were married (awkward laughs and ”Don’t ask me about the future” instead of simple denial) or Phil reassuring a viewer of his live show that it was okay to be single without saying “I am too, I get you!” Not definitive in and of itself, but surely indicative of something.

4) If Dan and Phil were mixed-sex, ie if one of them were female, it would be much more difficult to argue that they’re platonic because of the whole “straight people of the opposite sex can’t just be friends OMG there’s always attraction there” (despite the fact that this isn’t necessarily true, it’s a common belief). Just an observation. So if two potentially gay/bi/pan guys live together, doesn’t that at least create a scenario of possible mutual attraction? At the very very least. Start to put these numbered points together, guys.

5) People wonder why, if they’re both gay/bi/pan (or even if just one of them is), they’ve never officially come out. That seems clear to me, and it’s also another reason I believe in Phan. If either one were to reveal his sexuality, it would immediately put pressure on the other to make a similar declaration, or at least to handle a bunch of invasive, personal questions. It would also basically force an official relationship confirmation or denial just because their audience would be relentless, and avoiding the questions would be just as telling tbh (as it already is now but x100). The best way to protect their relationship is to avoid stating anything concrete about their sexualities, though I do believe (or hope) that the hints we’ve been getting might be a gradual, unofficial coming out that won’t require any public declaration. If they weren’t together, Dan and Phil strike me as the kind of people who would have come out a while ago, especially Dan, since Phil is more naturally private.

6) I hate dredging up Dan and Phil’s private and largely deleted past, so I’ll just be general, but come on. Over the years, they’ve left a trail of evidence indicating a relationship so irrefutable that they’d be found guilty in a court of law if they were trying to defend their platonic-ness (if this makes sense).  At the very least they’ve created reasonable doubt that should mean anyone with common sense should be able to admit that a long-term relationship is a distinct possibility. And no one can tell me that the V-Day video was a prank. It’s much too genuine, detailed, and heartfelt, and not funny at all - shouldn’t pranks be funny?

7) There’s just the constant feeling that they’re hiding something and avoiding the elephant in the room. Sure, they play up Phan a bit now, at least more than they ever have, but in the big picture, they’re such small things. The occasional innuendo. Hands-on-heart. “Ironically” written vampire phanfiction (but goodness if that didn’t tell us how strong Dan’s emotions really are for Phil). We have ONE on-camera hug between them in SIX YEARS (2 if you count the tackle at the end of PINOF, and it was completely spontaneous). Yes, they always sit close together (their default, I think, which just shows their fondness for each other), but they generally avoid open touching that isn’t a pat on the back. And people think they’re queer baiting? I think the opposite. They know how to make fans happy, but they’re not going to make a total mockery of Phan and the idea of a physical relationship because it would turn their love into a joke. It actually makes me sad to look at collabs Dan especially has had with others because he is so much more unabashedly physical - hugging Caspar twice in their video and joking about him getting a boner because of it, touching hands with Tyler and saying that his crouching friend looked like he was giving him a bj, even Phil skipping around and holding hands with Dean was something he never would have done with Dan. Why? There’s clearly something to hide. Doing those things with each other, taking their affection up a notch, would increase speculation that might force a coming out, even though all of it was clearly a joke with other people. It’s sad they can’t just be themselves. They don’t even say very affectionate things (though we can feel the love through the screen in other ways, and the “I hate you’s” and “You’re the worst person in the world’s” carry a lot of subtext). I just think of Joe hugging Caspar from the back around the shoulders and saying “I’m so proud of you” in Caspar’s 5 million subs video. D&P don’t do that.

8) They just don’t act like roommates. It’s true that there’s not one “right” way to do anything, but look at other YouTube co-inhabiting duos. Joe and Caspar, for example. Yes, they’re shipped together, but so is basically everyone. They laugh about it. They’re very, very touchy with each other (*ahem* because they’re not hiding anything *ahem*). Their apartment doesn’t feel like  home, and they don’t seem to have many shared possessions. No one thinks that they’ll live together forever. Even Ian and Anthony moved into their own places, and stayed that way after splitting from their girlfriend/fiance. Why? Because they were financially independent and secure and wanted to start their own separate lives. Even if their friendship is as strong as ever, that’s all it is, a friendship. There’s just no great reason to have a platonic roommate for much longer than Dan and Phil have for anyone else in a similar position, especially since they’re both creeping out of their 20s and might naturally want to get their own place and look for a partner to settle down with. They’ve already done that. I think that if they live together for even one or two more years, that’s basically confirmation. Dan even said in the TABINOF audiobook “What if we ever don’t live together?” Not “when”, but “if”. 

9) Can we stop talking about 2012? Aside from Dan’s snarky denial comments on tumblr and some scattered live show moments, we have no idea what happened. He’s lied about plenty (both of them, for example, have changed their origin story multiple times, despite the fact that real phans know the truth, which not only indicates that they’re hiding something, but that they’re willing to lie to protect themselves for whatever the reason may be). If anything, I think Dan’s actions were of a protective person trying desperately to hide something important to him, especially because the video leaking had to have really hurt Phil - he wanted to protect Phil, and he didn’t care if he had to lie to do so. Moving further apart on camera may simply have been a way to keep their relationship personal and not for our consumption, to not make the same mistake again. If the video were a prank, and if Phan weren’t real, I don’t think he would have gotten so angry and defensive. A break up is definitely possible for around that time, which seems to be many people’s headcanon, but I just don’t buy it. Why would Dan have moved in with Phil that same year? I would never want to live with my ex, though I guess anything’s possible. 

10) Just look at everything. All of it. The whole picture. Not just what I’ve said above, but the shared vacations. The movie premieres. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY OTHER ROMANTIC PARTNERS FOR EITHER OF THEM IN 6 YEARS (and the phandom would have discovered this, no doubt). Their clear and obvious love, fondness, loyalty, mutual understanding, and even co-dependence. Dan’s occasional displays of jealousy in live shows. Little slip-ups that have gotten past (”the bedroom”, Dan’s duvet on Phil’s bed in the prank video and the pillows set up for two), sneaking off together at parties, never getting sick of each other. And yes, the old tweets and Formsprings, though I hope I’ve kept this analysis somewhat minimally invasive (we all know what tweets I’m talking about).

In conclusion? I would be much more surprised if they’re not together than if they are. 

But really… I just want them both to be happy. Their relationship is goals either way. Let’s leave them alone, stop arguing, and admit that we don’t know. They’ll tell us if they want to, or if not. (but I sure hope so)

Review - 13x24

Hey guys, @jordan202 here. This is going to be a quicker one. Since it’s the last installment of the season, let’s wrap it up assessing the entire episode, but keeping the focus on Omelia of course.

I have to say that, compared to 13x23, this episode didn’t excite me as much. Sure, we got amazing moments, especially for Omelia, but I think this whole thing probably would have worked out better as a two hour season finale. In all honesty, I thought 13x23 was a bit more exciting. I could be biased by the fact that we had a huge Omelia turning point from ep 22 to 23 and a much smoother transition to 24, but I think the pace of last week’s episode was more intense.

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anonymous asked:

D*ny is an extremely popular character. I've often found it odd how her colonialist tendencies have completely flown over the heads of those who want to see her on the Iron Throne and completely ignore her actions. If she does turn into Dark D*ny before season 8 do you think the show will receive some sort of backlash from the audience/fans of D*ny? If so, do you think the consequences of her actions will be glossed over to accommodate those fans?

[cont. – Also, just another quick comment - I just want to say thank you for being constructively critical of D*ny’s character. I used to support her character’s actions and decisions until they made me extremely uncomfortable, particularly because my people were also once colonised by people who think they needed to ‘civilise’ us. But ANYWAYS, it’s so refreshing to see opinions like yours, especially about characters who seem almost untouchable in the fandom :)]

First, you’re very welcome! This is what I live for. Critically analysing characters, plots, and themes were literally what I went to university for. My professors will be proud that I put it all that to good use lmao ;D But honestly, thank you for reading my ramblings. 

As for your questions… I bet there will be. She’s a popular character amongst fandom and casual viewers. They invested a lot into her story. And the thing is when you really like a character, it’s usually because there are aspects of them that you can recognise and/or relate to. To have her go from A to Z will be a complete blow for these people, which might elicit some backlash. But great stories make you question yourself just as much as the characters on it. And I’m not totally faultless. I liked Dany too as a hero. I really rooted for her for a long time. It’s easy to be a woman and get suckered into her narrative. We’re so rarely given female heroes that when we see one who is on the surface brave, strong and good, we latch on blindly and become completely ignorant to their faults. As a person of colour, it was easier for me to see how problematic Dany was becoming because all of those scenes made me really uncomfortable. 

Whether or not her actions will be glossed over? Well, honestly, maybe. I don’t know. I sincerely hope not. It would really be a disservice to Dany’s character to gloss it over. She represents an important message if done right. 

One of the reasons I love Joan so much is because I relate to her as an older sister. She’s intentionally distant and professional because it’s her job but she has so much love in her heart and fiercely protects her people. If it was my little sister that was in Mark’s place you can bet your ass I would do the same things she did, but with a lot less eloquence.

anonymous asked:

So I know a lot of people want Sangwoo to kill Bums uncle, but wouldn't that be a really bad move? If Bums uncle goes missing or is found dead, they'll probably find his family connection to Bum. The uncle has publicly abused Bum (in the start of the new chapter), and that could make Bum a suspect. If Bum is made a suspect, you bet your ass Seungbae is gonna find out, and recognize Bum right away (as Sangwoos "cousin"). Which means that he's gonna realize that Sangwoo and Bum aren't related

You’re right. It’s a bad move unless Sangwoo can think of something up his sleeve but the fact that Bum is gone AND the Uncle is dead is so suspicious that I don’t know how Sangwoo will do it.

Me n some other folks in the Kingdom of Daein server are aro/ace af and overwhelmed by all of the romantic/smut fics and stuff that we can’t relate to, so we are working on setting up an event in the vein of femslash week and rarepair week bet dedicated to FE “gen” fic & art, named after the gen tag on AO3, referring to fics not associated with pairings and polyships. We have some daily prompts scheduled and I’m getting ready to launch the blog with a formal announcement post. We want it to be a fun and welcoming event for everyone, so we hope lots of people will get excited and join in!

Red and Green

Okay so there was something I noticed while rereading the manga recently: in chapter five, when Red and Miss Fairy are looking for the others, they find Green’s footprints outside the pyramid.  Red refers to them specifically as Green’s footprints, not any of the others.  And he’s right, but there’s no way I can think of for him to have known.  Conclusion: he didn’t know, he just hoped or assumed.  Red was scared and lonely and he didn’t know what to do next – it makes sense that the person he would most want to find was the leader, who would presumably know what to do next.

(It’s an important bit of character development for Red that he doesn’t find Green – he finds Blue instead.  Despite what Blue might think, he is not a leader.  So while the two of them are by themselves, Red has to learn to plan for himself and take the initiative sometimes.  An example would be when he lit the lanterns to defeat the Poe.  But I’m getting off topic.)

Aaanyway, I think Green and Red are both very extroverted, social, and “people-oriented.”  Red may look up to Vio a lot, but much of what Vio says goes straight over his head.  On the other hand, Green and Blue may be friends, but their conversations tend to devolve into fist fights.  Green and Red can relate to each other and get along well.  I bet they’re extreme chatterboxes when left together for extended periods of time.

Vio and Blue

Ah, the archetypical “brains vs brawn” debate.  I think it could be argued that the relationship between Blue and Vio is even more rocky than the one between Blue and Green.  At least Blue and Green meet each other on the same page, with physical aggression versus physical aggression.  Vio, on the other hand, meets physical aggression and intimidation with verbal insults and trickery.  It’s not that Vio and Blue aren’t evenly matched – they’re just on completely different wavelengths.  Apples and oranges, if I may be cliché.

(When Blue is helping Vio up after they rescue him from the lava, it’s definitely a sweet moment, showing that they’re still friends despite it all, but I can’t help but think Blue looks a little smug.  A little “so where would Brains be without Brawn, then, eh?”)

Vio and Blue may well understand each other the least out of all the Links, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be good teammates.  I feel like by the end of the manga, even though they still have a hard time seeing eye-to-eye, they’ve each learned to respect the important role the other plays on the team.

Except for when they forget and start sniping at each other again oops.

“You think you know!? You think you understand? How could you possibly understand?”

This is what was being yelled when Draco Malfoy walked into the eighth year common room.

“I don’t understand? I. Don’t. Understand? Bloody hell, I’m sorry. I thought I had lost my brother in the battle, I must be wrong. Let me just go on and give Fred a call shall I?”

“That is not what I mean and you know it.”

Draco heard the shouts of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. He never heard them fight, until now it seems. He had heard something about them not talking to each other back in forth year, but that was the extent.

The other eighth years were looking at their squabble from various seats or corners. Some looked on waiting to gossip about it while others looked slightly fearful. There were some, who seemed quite indifferent though.

“Oh! Now I know. Now I know what you mean. What do you mean Harry?”

Weasley’s whole head was as red as his hair. Potter looked absolutely furious, his eyes bright with rage. Then, Potter grunts angrily and starts storming toward the door. Draco jumps out of the way and Harry just sends him a quick glare before walking out and slamming the door behind him. Weasley watched before stomping up the stairs to the boy’s dorm and also slamming the door.

There were quiet whispers at first and then it rose to a chatter. Everyone was trying to find out what they meant. After a moment or two Draco decided to follow. If he found anything out then he’d have something to hold over others, he’d have the reason behind the shouting match.

Following Potter was little more work then Draco previously believed. Eventually he turned down a hall and slipped into a classroom. Draco thought It was unused considering he knew all the professors and each already had their own classroom.

Draco opened the door and walked in and saw Potter leaning against a couple of stacked desks, not looking at the door. 

“Fuck off.” Draco placed a smirk on his face.

“Having trouble in paradise with the Weasel and Granger?” Draco sneered.

“I said to fuck off! What don’t you understand?” Harry swung his head around and though it was clear that he was still angry Draco kept his smirk on.

“What? Is it hard being the Savior of the Wizarding World? Tired of all the adoring fans? You were right, Weasley wouldn’t know about that would he?” This struck a nerve, Draco could tell.

“That’s not my fucking problem. Go to hell, Malfoy.”

“Sorry to disappoint, but, I believe I’m already there.” Potter seemed to have deflated a little as he shuffled over to a desk on its own. Sure, he was still angry but not with the same rage Draco and seen in the common room. Draco decided to soften a little, get his information another way. He leaned his back against the door and asked. “What was your problem then?”

Potter looked up at that. Startled and a bit shocked.  He looked to be mulling it over before starting to speak.

“I don’t even really know what my problem is.” Harry jumped up on the desk and was sitting there, hands in front of him and he was fiddling his thumbs. “I guess, my problem was the war.”

“Isn’t that everyone’s problem?”

“I was used as a pawn, the whole time. My choices were chose for me. Not for my well being, not always. But for me to be useful later on.” Potter sat silently for about a minute and then he started again. “Ron thinks my problem is that I’m grieving. We’re all grieving, show me someone who isn’t. I bet it’s impossible.”

“The war did take a lot from people.” Draco said. They were both silent for a minute until Harry let out a sigh and flopped backwards across the desk.

“Everything was decided for me. I was manipulated. Raised just to defeat Voldemort.”

“I can relate.”

“Sure. Of course you can.” Potter says flatly.

“My father raised me to blindly follow the Dark Lord. Hell, I was just raised to follow. Follow my father, follow my family’s traditions and expectations. But, do you know what I’m doing now, Potter? I am being my own person, trying at least.” Draco stood there watching Harry who had sat up once Draco started talking. “You can too. No matter what you’re problem with it all was, you have the opportunity to change now.”

Harry chuckled and said, “I never imagined you’d give me a pep talk. Don’t you like it when I’m miserable?  Isn’t it part of your life force or something.” Harry was grinning and while Draco tried to hold a scowl, a small smile broke over his face.

“No, actually. Why would I want my life dependent upon the likes of you?”

“You’re a git, Malfoy. Thanks.”

Which Doctor are you - autistic edition

So I bet you all Doctor Who fans have taken a personality quiz to see which Doctor you resemble the most, and they can be interesting but not very relatable, especially for autistic people like me. And I thought, well since I and a lot of other people think that the Doctor is autistic, let’s make a test like that, but with autistic traits! 

Now some of these come from canon facts and observations and headcanons, but some are completely arbitrary and random, so don’t take it too seriously. This is just for fun, not for careful character analyses. If you don’t match any of the answers, just pick one that is closest to the truth. Grab a piece of paper to write down your answer letters. And at the end of the test I have links to some autistic!Doctor headcanon posts, be sure to check them out. Have fun!

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anonymous asked:

I'm interested in Anubis, but I find that information about worshiping him is MUCH harder to find than, say, Bast. I found many lists of things Bast enjoys and prefers and all sorts of stories about experiences followers have with her but hardly anything about Anubis! I think Anubis would be a good fit for me, as I have heard he has a rather quiet yet challenging sort of personality and helps people deal with things and heal. Any tips about Anubis that are specific-ish to him?

Well, I guess it depends on what you’re looking for? For historical information on him, per-sabu is gonna be your best bet. And history is an important place to start- you can learn a lot about a deity based off of their epithets and ancient cult centers and practices.

I know that thejackalsdance answered an ask tonight about Anup that may be useful. And bigbadjackal is useful for information on anything jackal-related.

All in all, I don’t tend to have a bunch of deity-specific offerings and such because I feel it’s best to start off with the generic basics (water, bread, beer, etc) and go from there. A lot of the websites you see out there with lists of offerings and “preferred” items for gods are not always as reliable or accurate as one might want them to be- many people seem to believe that if you offer something and nothing goes wrong- that it must have gone down well, and it gets added to the ‘things this deity likes’ list without a lot of second thought. Since it’s hard to vet the recc lists on a lot of websites- I always suggest starting safe and branching out and learning from there.

That tangent aside, you may find this previous ask helpful. Make sure to look through the notes, as some people did respond with more information. And of course, hitting up Anup devotees for information is also a good idea.

Top 5 Cliches About Catholics

ONE: CATHOLIC SERVICES TAKE FOREVER!!!

This is true; on average, a Sunday Mass take about 40-60 minutes, depending on the size of the Church and the length of the homily.

But – as it is wedding season – I’ve met several people at Catholic and non-Catholic wedding services who have complained about the length of Catholic weddings. Last I checked, the ceremony was for the bride and groom, not for the congregation. If you don’t want to go to your Catholic friends’ hour-long ceremony, then don’t.

And yeah, sorry our services can take up to an hour (if not more) on Sundays and holidays. It’s probably because we like spending a lot of time with Jesus, which is the whole reason we are there in the first place. And yes, it is very ritualized and confusing if you’re attending a Mass for the first time, but take it all in stride. Non-denominational Christian services are strange to us, too.

TWO: CATHOLICS ARE WEIRD, BECAUSE THEY THINK THE COMMUNION HOST IS ACTUALLY JESUS.

True; we do believe the Eucharist – the bread and wine that the priest consecrates to become the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ – is truly His Body and Blood. We realize it doesn’t look like, taste like, or smell like it – it has all the effects of bread and wine – it is our belief that the Eucharist is Christ that makes it sacred to us.

We interpret John 6 and the five Last Supper accounts differently than other Christians; and we hold that our beliefs are confirmed in numerous Old and New Testament passages, as well as the writings of the Early Christians not in the Bible (such as the Didache), the works of the Church Fathers, the Church Doctors, the saints, and other scholarly Catholics both of this generation and previous ones.

Also, there have been several Eucharistic Miracles recorded throughout the world; these, we take on Faith.

So, if you’re a non-Catholic and you attend a Mass, please do not consume the host when it is time for communion. We ask that you respect our beliefs as you would want your beliefs and rites respected. If someone who didn’t believe in Christ wanted to be baptized, you would let them do it, right? It’s a similar situation.

THREE: CATHOLICS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.

This is absolutely false. Catholics are actually the first Christians. I believe it was St. Ignatius of Antioch who first began calling Christians “Catholic.” Yes, there was once a time where all Christians were Catholics, to some degree or other. There is a long history of heresy and divided beliefs among the faithful, but that’s why we have the Magisterium (Pope+bishops) to clarify our Faith when there is confusion and division among the Church.

Every Christian sect has branched off the Catholic Church at some point in history. Our Eastern Orthodox brothers are the closest to us in theology and morality, while there are some important differences. We do recognize that most (if not all) of their sacraments are valid, and they do have Apostolic Succession, even though they do not recognize Papal authority. (But, we are working on repairing our relationship with them, so hooray for that!)

Obviously, most non-Catholic Christian branches are courtesy of Martin Luther, Zwingli, King Henry VIII, and so on. But, if you look hard enough, you can trace almost all of the sects back to Catholicism. In fact, if you’re using a Bible, you can thank the early Christians/Catholics for putting it together for you!!

We do believe that Christ is God, came to Earth to save us from our sins; we study the same Scriptures (even if we translate and interpret them a bit differently). But we believe in both The Trinity and The Incarnation. I don’t think Christians (Catholic or otherwise) can argue on those points if they’re truly Christian.

FOUR: CATHOLICS WORSHIP MARY AND THE SAINTS.

No. No, we don’t. We honor Mary, because God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit honored her first. In fact, the Angel Gabriel called her “full of grace” ; Elizabeth (a holy woman in her own right) called her “blessed among women” ; and Mary says herself in the Magnificat, “all generations will call me blessed.” So… I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to be obedient to Mary (as Christ was) and call her the Blessed Mother. Yeah, Catholics are really tight with Mary; but if we’re called to live as Christ lived… and Christ was really tight with His mom… shouldn’t we be, too?

Now that we’ve established that our Heavenly Mother is legit, and is totally worth talking to/asking for her intercession/modeling ourselves after her… there’s no reason we can’t model ourselves after the holy men and women who came before us in the Faith.

We all probably have older relatives – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. – who are pretty badass, because they survived some crazy stuff because they kept the Faith. Why wouldn’t we want to be like those virtuous, prayerful people who endured their crosses with great Faith, Hope, and Love?

My great-grandmother was widowed when her youngest of five children was a year old. She raised those five kids on a farm in Western Kansas during the midst of the Dustbowl and the Great Depression. And, from my understanding, they all turned out pretty well. I don’t know how she did it. A lot of prayer, I’d bet.

If I can grow up to be half the woman my great-grandmother was, I’d be pretty freakin’ happy.

So… why can’t we do the same with the saints? Just because we’re not related to them, we can’t model ourselves after them? We can’t ask for their prayers and intercession?

Living people, ask for their prayers, no problem.

But, once they’re dead, and probably in Heaven – close to God in the Beautific Vision – nope, better stop asking them for their prayers.

St. Paul wrote in 1 Cor 11, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” So, even St. Paul saw the virtue of having saintly role models and intercessors. (And incidentally he is one of my favorite and go-to saints.)

FIVE: CATHOLICS ARE ALL SUPER CONSERVATIVE AND TRADITIONALISTS; THEY ARE SO BEHIND THE TIMES!

Yeah… kinda. We earned this reputation for a reason, as the Church has been strongly anti-contraception, anti-abortion, anti-female priests, anti-gay priests, etc. etc. etc. But, when it comes to several other social issues, we see that Catholics fall just as much on the “liberal” spectrum almost as much as they do on the “conservative” one. (Note: this is according to the American political spectrum.)

Catholics believe in fair wages, workers rights, dignified immigration treatment and reform, just war, social programs, and so on.

Basically, what it comes down to is human dignity. We Catholics believe that a human in the womb and a human working on an assembly line for minimum wage should both be treated with the dignity that is due them. For the child in the womb, that means protecting them, because they are at their most vulnerable both physically and legally. For the assembly line worker, that’s fair wage, decent hours, and (if necessary) union representation.

Regardless of our political beliefs, we are all called – Catholic or not – to love our neighbor as ourselves; and our values and lifestyles should reflect that.

If it weren’t for my former 10th grade history teacher, who is of Armenian descent, I would’ve never known about the Armenian genocide, because it’s just not taught in public schools here in the US (or at least in California, idk about in other states). Even though the class she was teaching was US History, she once lectured us on the Armenian genocide and how her grandparents were among those killed, and how her parents can’t even look at any Turkish people the same way because of that, even if they nor their families were directly involved in the genocide. 


Yes a lot of Armenians who were victims or who knew victims are like this towards Turkish people. It’s even harder on mixed Armenian Turkish people because the relations between Turks and Armenians aren’t very good nowadays especially with the Turkish government still denying the genocide that they caused. 

I’m Armenian and I didn’t even know the details of the genocide until I was 19 and saw the documentary Grandma’s Tattoos. Before then it was just a phrase “the genocide”, a title for an event that my family never talked about and I wasn’t allowed to ask about. I can bet if your history teacher wasn’t Armenian you’d have never learned about it. It’s not taught in schools, it’s barely taught anywhere else except for Armenian circles. Honestly… it’s very telling of how invisible the genocide is, the event that literally spurred the creation of the word “genocide”, when and Armo doesn’t even know about it until they’re an adult. 

Part of the reason why, is because unfortunately there were very very many victims who couldn’t talk about what happened if they survived. It was too traumatic to live through. I’ve heard about victims who stopped talking altogether. When it’s so horrifying that it’s not talked about even by people who weren’t victims, you know there’s a problem with how victims were treated afterwards, there was a huge lack of healthcare much less counselling, and you know the education system is extremely lacking as well. This got long but it’s something very personal to me, I’m glad some of our followers are interested in it at least. 

And it IS an American problem too, there are so many Armenian diaspora here, but the US government denies the genocide as well so it’s up to smaller communities to spread awareness, but it’s often just too painful for some people.

-NJ

But..

Amy never said she was a lesbian, so that makes it perfectly fine for her and Liam to have sex..

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Ever heard of bisexuality people?

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Yeah, she might be exactly that. Or she was just drunk and wanted to hurt Karma

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I bet there’s a lot of you out there who can relate to this so..

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You have to stop hatin on writers/the show/Amy/Liam/Karma/Kiam and whoever else there is to be hated, cause really, that ending was genial.

De nada.

anonymous asked:

I think it's ridiculous that you will obviously answer recent questions not related to helping people at all. I bet you are just deleting them.

I have been getting…. A lot of these types of asks lately. 

Please understand anon that we get 20+ asks a day. I’m not sure how many times I can stress that. 

Sure, I answer recent asks that followers ask if it’s related to recent posts. Mostly because they are on top. And they are easy to answer.

Just as hard as it is for you to figure out the answer to your question, it’s hard for me to sit down and sift through the information for you. 

I want you to know that despite having other things in my day to day that i like to do. Unfortunately I am a full time employee and while I try to do what I can to help everyone, sometimes there are other things I want to do then search for other people’s wigs and cosplay references. 

I choose to help people. I am not obliged to do so. 

And if you are depending on me to answer you in order to finish your costume, I advise you start learning the ways of research in order to find an answer yourself. 

In most cases, I can copy and paste an ask into google and the answer is in the top 5 search results. “Cosplay tutorial sailor moon tiara” BAM. Right there. 

But I don’t mind linking you, or finding wigs for you, or giving my best advice on how I might go about building 20-ft-wings. 

But remember that I do this because I love to do it. 

Do not make me hate doing it. 

If you respect me enough to come to me for advice on your work, respect that I need time to give you my full attention. 

anonymous asked:

Why is Kenny your favorite character?

well, anon 

Kenny’s my favorite because he’s literally one of the best characters in the show. not even because i like him so much but because it’s the truth.

yeah, he’s quiet and doesn’t say much and when he does a lot of people can’t understand him but there’s something about him that i really love.

he’s loyal. he cares about his friends. he’ll kick anyones ass who messes with Karen. he’s funny. he’s witty. HE FRICKIN WENT TO HAWAII FOR BUTTERS. he FIGHTS CRIME. he’s happy even though his home life is shit. he keeps going and going and i know this is gonna sound dumb, but i really admire that about Kenny. 

i just see him as a really good kid who finds joy in things. 

like playing games with his friends or playing on his PSP or even being Mysterion. i bet it does him a lot of good to be able to help Karen in that way. and a lot of other people too.

and i can relate to Kenny in a lot of ways and in a strange way, i kind of lok up to him???? I AM SO DUMB BUT ITS TRUE. 

he’s just a great character. 

/ps have u seen the fanart hot damn what a babe/ 

Yoruichi gives Tatsufusa Enjoji advice for wooing Soi Fon


As requested by anon. :)


The third seat of Squad 8, Tatsufusa Enjoji (you may remember him as the guy who got punched into the stratosphere by Chad), has a crush on Soi Fon. Let’s say that he went to Yoruichi for advice as to how to woo Soi Fon properly. Here is the advice that Yoruichi might provide!


1. Try to tone down your - personality.

You are a big, loud guy. There’s nothing wrong with that - except of course that Soi Fon doesn’t tend to like guys who are big or loud. I’m not saying you should change who you are just for a date, but maybe just tone it down. A lot. As much as possible, really.


2. Don’t bluster.

Remember when you boasted that you would beat Sado easily and then Sado punched you into the sky? Pretty pathetic! You really shouldn’t have blustered. So don’t do that with Soi Fon. She hates undeserved arrogance.


3. Try to be better at what you do.

Nothing is a bigger deal breaker for Soi Fon than incompetence. So don’t be incompetent.


4. Emphasize the Squad 1 angle.

Soi Fon appreciates those who have power. And you are the lieutenant of Squad 1! So try to work that in. Just don’t be super obvious about it. Remember what I said about blustering.


5. Don’t eat in front of her until at least the third date.

Thanks to her lieutenant, Soi Fon is very particular about how people eat. So I wouldn’t risk it until at least date #3! If she suggests eating before that, just claim that you are testing to see how much your body can handle not having food or something. She’d appreciate that.


6. When you eat in front of her, choose your food wisely.

Things to avoid: crackers, messy pastries, spaghetti, oreo cookies, anything involving powdered sugar. And for the love of god don’t stand behind her and eat. Remember how tall you are,


7. If you tells you not to help, don’t.

You might be tempted to be gerenous with Soi Fo, or to assume that just because she says she doesn’t want help doesn’t mean that she really doesn’t want help. Don’t be a moron! If she says to keep away, she definitely means it!


8. Don’t stand her up.

It’s rude and also I may have given Soi Fon some abandonment issues. Moving on!


9. Ninjas are only impressed by flowers if they don’t see you deliver them.

Showing up with flowers is lame. Secretly delivering flowers is much better. Remember: you are wooing a ninja.


10. She likes cats.

Just a pro-tip. Cats-related items? A good bet for Soi Fon. She especially likes black cats that talk in a male voice.


11. She likes people who are mean to Urahara.

I REALLY shouldn’t tell you this, but there it is! The fastest way to Soi Fon’s heart is to hurt Urahara in some way. Don’t worry - he can take it!


12. Play with your braids a lot.

Soi Fon likes braids.


13. If you fight together, don’t get in her way.

As members of the Gotei-13, you naturally find fights romantic. But if you guys do decide to go on a double fight, just make sure you DO NOT GET IN HER WAY.


14. Don’t make a lot of big movements when you fight.

Which I know is your thing! But I’m just telling you - Soi Fon won’t find it sexy. She will find it annoying.


15. If she offers to give you a butterfly tattoo to show her appreciation, RUN.

It will mean you have failed. And also death is coming.

anonymous asked:

The video gave me Frozen vibes and after thinking about it I bet Taylor relates to that movie. She's a lot like Anna in personality (very optimistic, enthusiastic, funny) but she kind of has the same problem as Elsa where she's a queen everyone is watching, with this gift that can do incredible things (like build an ice palace) but it also can hurt everyone around her. just like how Taylor's talent is incredible but the fame it comes with has sometimes isolated her & effected people she loves

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Dear Jake,

I’m sorry this one’s coming on the late train to Timbuckyou, but it’s been a wild day of adventure and I wanted to cap it off with this. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles, countless pictures and flashy gifs of last year’s sappery, but I hope if by some figurative semblance of acknowledgement that you’ll like this nonetheless.

I can’t believe it’s been four whole years since I put myself in your shoes. I remember gearing up for my first gathering in Pasadena whereupon I punched my knuckles red in lieu of a bat for the piñata. Little did I know, the act of bravery it took to come to that wonderful event would set me on a course the led me to here.

Golly, what an adventure it’s been with you. Numerous panels, run-ins with Hussie, wonderful meetups, countless acquaintances, the silliest of Vines, and a friggin’ music video with DANTE BASCO! It hits me every time I would recount all the opportunities, relationships, and sights I’ve come to see thanks to you.

I may be 20 years of age now, but in your abundant and never-failing youth, you’ve inspired me all the while. I don’t think I’ll ever find another, fellow, Pacific Island adventurer with glasses, an eye for firearms and a fancy for the archaic who was raised by his grandmother until she died when he was young. Swear to all things I can swear to, I’ve never found another soul closer to my own, even taking into account this tangible world. Call it cheesy and call me mad, but I don’t think there’s anyone else that I could relate to on such an eerily precise level.

I always hate to admit it to the point where I’ve practically tried to run from the reality, but it appears our time together during the course of your journey nears to the close. A lot of people have already left and lost interest, but you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be sitting front row when the curtains start to close. You’ve got a big battle up ahead, hearts to mend, and an existence to save. After all that, I don’t know what may come. It is from the bottom of my heart that I wish you the finest of endings, something that a lot of us can look back on and be glad you’ve reached.

After its all over, there’ll come a time where I’ll stop bearing your moniker and your garbs, both shorts khaki’d and booty’d. There will be no more Vines left to make, no more con meetups to go to, and no one left to RP with. I’ll lay all the grand, fantastic memories I’ve made because of you to rest in a safe place where I’ll find them again whenever I need them. Until then, we’ve got a bit of a ways ahead til sunset.

If by some magickry I had the ability to talk to you if only for a moment, I would want you to know this:

You are every bit a hero to me and a lot of people. Though people would need more than two hands to count your flaws, everything you stood for and worked to save and champion is what you will be remembered by. Though you found more than you could chew on this game, you can still win this. Though you doubt yourself to have any significance now, I hope you realize that this book needs a page to make for a good ending. You are the adventurer known as English, packing fisticuffs, bearing love for your friends, and abounding in a hope that can’t be broken.

Thank you for existing and simply being you. It’s been an absolute pleasure and I hope it can continue to be for awhile longer. You’ll always be a legend to me and a part of what made my young life, abroad on adventures or being stuck at home, the gayest, most spectacular time.

Happy Birthday, Jake.

With most bookish malarkey and highest hopes,

Max

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to say I think your music is great. Your voice is very unique & I love the texture. I really like Hey September! I bet a lot of people can relate to that song. Just wanted to send some encouragement :) I think you'll make it pretty far!

thank you so much!!!!!