i feel like it represents how i feel about math pretty well

It’s early in the morning and nobody will probably read this but I just had the greatest ‘humans are space orcs’ idea

Imagine if humans are the only species that experiences impatience.

Think about it. Most prey animals are extremely patient. Ever meet a deer or a rabbit in the woods and hold still to try and out-wait the thing? I can guarantee your brain starts sending bored bored bored messages very quickly, and your instincts start telling you to give up and find something else to do. Humans can do the patience thing- as evidenced by our endurance hunting methods- but our instincts tell us not to. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this feels like a predator development. I have the idea that if aliens are mostly prey-based, and we’re predator-based, then the aliens will be very patient and we just aren’t.

As an evolutionary development, being impatient can be brilliant. It means that we didn’t sit around and wait for the ice caps to warm up, we knew we didn’t have the technology to survive that level of cold, but we did it anyways. We were trying to send people into the sky and then into space before we had fully figured it all out, simply because we didn’t want to wait and think it out, we wanted SPACE and we wanted it NOW. And personally, I tend to be extremely productive and inventive when I’m feeling impatient. Mechanic is booked for a few days? I’ll figure out how to change my oil and tires and tint my car’s windows myself. Strawberry season is still 4 months away? I’ll get a heat lamp setup and grow them myself. Friends can’t visit and help move furniture for a week? I’ll build a trolley out of some toy cars, tape, a chessboard, and do all the lifting myself.

This impatience is what made us design faster cars, faster computers, faster internet, faster communication, methods of growing food faster, of processing food faster, we’re always looking for the quickest and most efficient thing simply because we are not patient. 

Impatience leads to a type of creativity and persistence that patience just doesn’t have.

Imagine aliens starting to realize this.

“You got to your moon before you had developed LED screens??? You didn’t even have computers that could do basic math?!”
“Well, what else were we gonna do, sit around and wait?”

“Your planes don’t have gravitational control? Don’t you experience discomfort from the acceleration and directional changes?”
“Sure. But we needed to get on the other side of the planet in a decent amount of time.”
“So… what you’re articulating is that you’d rather have physical distress than have to have a long journey?”
“Yeah, pretty much.”

“Human____, our mechanical teams will be on site in several of your earth hours, so we won’t be going anywhere until then.”
“Screw that. Where’s the manual for this thing? I bet I can fix it.”
“But you don’t have any mechanical training.”
“I also don’t feel like sitting around on this rock for ages.”

“You’re back already? I thought your medical representative told you to not be walking on that limb for another of your weeks.”
“Ugh. I just can’t anymore. I’ve got to get up and move and do something, anything.”
“But doesn’t that hurt to walk on?”
“Absolutely.”
“…You would choose pain over waiting?”
“What can I say, I’m not a patient person.”

Like aliens just being baffled that humans would rather work hard or struggle with a problem or even experience pain and discomfort. They, as prey species, are used to just waiting it out. They don’t have the same impatience driving them to get up and go and to fight through things just because they can’t wait any longer.

Bonus: 
Human: Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Alien: Why don’t you have time? Is something scheduled soon?
Human: No, I just don’t feel like wasting time.
Alien: But… it’s not wasted. It’s time well spent. And you do technically have the time to spare for that. If there’s nothing scheduled, then you do ‘got time for that’.
Human: No. No, I don’t. It’s just… no.

Female Korean-American Teenager

Hi, I’m Caroline, and as the title states, I’m a female Korean-American teen currently living in a town that’s 80% white. The majority of East Asians living here are Japanese, and over the years, there have been a few sprinklings of new Korean or Chinese families moving in. For the most part, however, my family was the only Korean family in town when we first came here. This heavily impacted my childhood - made me ashamed of my culture and ethnicity - and of course, the racism that I constantly faced from classmates, parents, teachers, and sometimes even friends, was exhausting. 

It means so much to me to see Korean-American characters - or any person of color, really - be represented in today’s books, TV shows, movies, etc. For once, I’d like to see fully-fleshed out, complex characters who are people of color - not just the 2D stereotypes that too many forms of media put them out to be. So if a few more writers out there become less ignorant due to this post, I’ll be forever grateful. 

So. Let’s do this thing!

Beauty Standards 

Most East Asians represented in today’s media have extremely straight, practically black hair. And while it’s true that straight, black hair is the most common trait regarding hair amongst Koreans, there are (*gasp*) a few of us with curly hair, too. (Moi.) To the Koreans I knew, anyways, my hair was always an object of envy. I’d frequently be asked if I got the perm, and whenever I said I had naturally curly hair, there’d be a lot of “oh, how lucky"s going around. That made me feel pretty special, only it’d last for a short while before the reality of living in a mostly-white neighborhood kicked in, where my curly hair was usually made fun of. (Usually saying that Asians don’t have curly hair. Whatever. On the whole scale of racist comments I’ve been sent, the one about my hair is the least bothersome. When I was a kid, it bothered me a lot, though, and I think to some extent, it still bothers me at least a teeny bit - I actually started to straighten my hair when I went into eighth grade. Yup, give me the Hypocrite of the Year Award. I still need some adjustments.) 

Amongst Koreans, there’s also a lot of emphasis on having a small face, long and skinny legs, a fairly short torso…essentially, Koreans thrive for the typical European figure. Koreans, however, have pretty round faces, short and stalky legs, and long torsos for the most part. (With the exception of a few - and of course, the option for plastic surgery is always out there. I shit you not, almost every Korean woman I know have at least either (a) known someone who went through plastic surgery or (b) have been in plastic surgery myself. It’s a big deal in South Korea. My grandma had surgery done to her eyes twice, my mom’s friend had surgery done to her nose and her eyes, and my aunt’s brother is actually a plastic surgeon who does operations a number of times a day.) 

Clothing 

Growing up, I wore the typical American clothing - except for on special occasions, like my first birthday or New Year’s. On those days, I’d wear a hanbok, which is a traditional Korean gown with lots of colors and embroidery. The men would wear traditional clothing as well, and it’s customary for Koreans to wear these especially on New Year’s. Now, since my brothers and I have outgrown our hanboks, we just stick to American clothes on New Year’s. 

Daily Struggles 

Though I tell all my white friends and classmates that my first language is English, my first language was actually Korean. I don’t say that my first language is Korean anymore because firstly, I don’t want people to think of me as someone who only speaks Korean and secondly, I don’t know how to speak Korean anymore. It’s sad, really, because I can understand Korean much better than my siblings and my cousins, and there are moments when I can almost remember a phrase, but as of now, speaking the language is an extreme difficulty and embarrassment to me, especially when I’m surrounded by elders. (And usually, the only things I can say to them are ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’.) It’s frustrating to speak to older Koreans and know exactly what they’re saying but only being able to respond in English. 

That being said, growing up, I often had to translate - more specifically, re-translate - for my mother, who didn’t know English at all when I was a child. She used to feel incredibly lonely for it, and often times, she’d feel frustrated and cry about how all of the white mothers acted like she was an idiot for not knowing English. As an extreme social butterfly, this really hurt my mother, and it hurt her even more when her own children were starting to distance themselves because of the language barrier. I remember having to sit with my mother on the couch and help her learn English - and it was, to be honest, one of the saddest experiences I’ve ever had to go through. She’d grow frustrated with herself, and she’d hate every bit of it, I could tell, but she kept going because she wanted to be there for her kids. (She eventually got her American citizenship, too, but by doing so, she had to give up her Korean citizenship. Most East Asian countries don’t allow dual citizenships.) And though I don’t speak Korean anymore, I actually continue to re-translate things for my mother - in other words, I just have to simplify the English a little bit to get her to understand what someone else is saying. (This method works for anyone else who is struggling with English. Simplify the words, that’s all - but don’t treat the person with disrespect.) 

And, of course, there’s the very exhausting series of questions that come with being Korean. The most annoying and frustrating are (but not limited to) - 

  • “Oh, so are you South Korean or North Korean?” (Bruh. If I was North Korean, there’s a VERY slim chance I’d be in America right now. I’d still be stuck in North Korea, wouldn’t I?) 
  • “But what’s your nationality?” (American.) “No, I mean your REAL nationality.“ 
  • “What are you? Japanese? Chinese? Vietnamese?” (For some reason, NO ONE GUESSES KOREAN.) 
  • “Wow, your English is great!” (???) 
  • “English is your best subject? Wait, then what about math?” (…) 
  • “I bet you’re super smart!” (…I study hard, yeah, but that has nothing to do with the fact that I’m Korean.) 
  • “Oh, my God, Koreans are SO hot.” (Ew. Times a thousand.) 

Dating and Relationships 

My parents are pretty strict about my nonexistent love life. If my dad had it his way, I wouldn’t be allowed to date until I’m out of college. But for real talk, my mom’s actually the one who’s much pickier on who I date. She told me since I was a kid that it’d be best for me to date (and marry) another Korean-American. She means this out of the goodness of her heart - mostly that she wants me to marry someone who I can connect with culturally. (“Regular Koreans will be too grounded into Korea. You need someone with similar experiences.”) My dad just doesn’t want me to date anyone Japanese - and while I find this wrong, it’s mostly due to the bad blood between Korea and Japan. (World War II, the Korean War, comfort women, etc.) 

And because of this prejudice against Japanese people, my dad always found it difficult to accept that I had a few Japanese friends. He often wanted me to stray away from other Eastern-Asians in general, American or not. (Unless, of course, it was for dating/marrying.) This was because he didn’t want me to become a part of “THAT Asian group”, which, let me just say, is pretty sad, because when there’s a group of white kids hanging around, no one finds it strange. When there’s a big group of x friends of x race, it’s suddenly SUCH an odd sight. 

Food 

This is where I try to restrain myself for real. 

The most common foods you’ll find at a Korean dinner table are rice, kimchi (which is basically spicy pickled cabbage - lots of Koreans eat it, but I personally never did. And I still don’t. Oops), kim (pronounced keem - basically roasted and dried, slightly salted seaweed strips. Which are really good), along with a number of side-dishes and maybe one big, main dish. (Mostly meat.) 

Favorite Korean dishes include

  • seolleongtang, a lightly salted broth with oxtail meat, or sometimes some other kind of meat. There’s usually a sprinkling of scallions, and rice or noodles can be served inside. 
  • kalbi, the famous Korean BBQ. Just imagine meat being prepared directly in front of you served with veggies. Delicious, but be warned - your burps will stink - and I mean stink - afterwards. Its variant, kalbi jim, are slow-cooked short ribs served often with Korean-style steamed potatoes and carrots. Just as good. 
  • tangsuyuk, sweet and sour (mostly sweet, I think, anyways,) pork. The pork is covered with a batter that is fried and then typically dunked in sweet sauce. Some people like to have the sauce on the side so they can dip it in - and still save the crunch. It’s a personal preference. 
  • buchimgae, otherwise known as Kimchi Pancakes. Korean pancakes are not your typical breakfast pancakes. They’re made in a pan, like regular breakfast pancakes, but inside, there’s an assortment of seafood, veggies, and in this version, kimchi. (There are spicy and non-spicy versions). 
  • tteokbokki, spicy rice cakes. Very chewy and again, pretty spicy. 

Favorite Korean sweets/desserts/snacks include 

  • tteok, sweet rice cakes. There are many different kinds of rice cake, usually with flavors of classical red bean or green tea. The favorite of many children is the classical rainbow tteok, where the rice cakes are dyed with strips of green, pink, and yellow. The flavor of plain tteok is actually not too sweet, but it’s still a very classic, very traditional and cultural Korean dessert that cannot be skipped over. 
  • yakbap, a very special type of sweet rice cake all on its own. This is a favorite amongst many, and the rice is prepared in a way that it’s sticky and brown. Pine nuts, chestnuts, and jujubes as well as raisins are mixed in. 
  • patbingsu, a frozen dessert. Think of an evolved form of shave ice with toppings like red bean paste, nuts, and fruit. Extremely popular in South Korea, not to mention one of its most iconic desserts. 
  • saeoosnek, shrimp-flavored crackers. Again, a very popular snack that’s exactly what it sounds like. Crackers. With. Shrimp. Flavoring. 
  • choco pie, a popular chocolate-marshmallow cake that looks similar to America’s moon pie. Extremely popular amongst children. 

Holidays 

In my family, we never celebrated the direct Korean celebrations, but we always celebrated the Korean New Year the traditional way. Again, usually dressed in hanbok, children (and parents) would bow down to the oldest members of the family and pay their respects with a traditional phrase. They also have to perform a special bow three times while saying this phrase. (There are two different bows - one for men, one for women.) Once doing so, the elder usually gives a blessing to the family members and presents them with an envelope of money, very similar to the traditional Chinese red envelope they receive on their New Year’s celebration. 

Another traditional Korean celebration my family - and many other Korean families, I’m sure - celebrate is the 100 Days birthday. 

A brief history lesson - back when Korea was suffering due to the economy failing, it was a rare occurrence to ever see a child live past one hundred days. Once one hundred days had passed, then the family would rejoice and throw a large celebration, inviting friends, extended family members. There’d be lots of food and laughter and different rituals all dedicated to the child. Now, of course, Korea’s economic situation is not the same as it was back then, but we still hold these celebrations for tradition and cultural reasons. 

One of the most important rituals in the 100 Days birthday is sitting the baby down in front of a variety of items - usually a coin, a pen, a length of twine, a book, food, and sometimes other variants of those items. If the child picks up a coin, then it is to be predicted that this child will live a wealthy life. If the child picks up a pen or a book, then it is to be predicted that this child will grow to become a scholar. If the child picks up food, then it is to be predicted that this child will never go hungry. If the child picks up the length of twine (or sometimes string or a spool of thread), then it is to be predicted that this child will live a long life. Some families believe in this, others don’t, but either way, this ritual is performed because hey, tradition! (And besides, it makes for pretty cute pictures.) 

Home/Family Life 

Korean families and Korean home-life, I feel, will always have a different atmosphere from white families. Most Korean parents are very reserved when it comes to public displays of affection for their children, though like all families, this can vary. Independence and learning how to grow an outer shell is very important to the Korean lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that Korean parents don’t love their children - of course they do, and again, all Korean families work differently. However, this pattern and discipline is a common thing to find in most Korean families. 

There’s a certain emphasis on studying - and no, not all Korean parents are super strict about grades and threaten to beat their children if they get a B on a report card. (At least, my parents didn’t.) However, education is still considered a top priority. Studying is encouraged, and most Korean parents want to see their children secure a good job (ie doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc). Most of the time, Korean parents just want to see their children live a secured life. That’s it. At least, with my parents, everything they ever taught me or told me had something to do with me learning to survive when I become older. I used to resent this when I was a kid, but now that I’ve grown more mature, I actually find myself appreciating everything my parents have ever taught me. 

Another note - when a Korean woman marries, she is cut off from her birth family and is considered to only be a part of her husband’s family. This limits her visits to her own birth family - and though this was a common thing before, I believe many Korean families don’t operate the same way anymore. (Some traditions last longer than others.) 

Elders are respected. Period. Even if s/he’s getting on your nerves, you ALWAYS RESPECT THE ELDERS. 

Shoes are taken off before entering a house. No exceptions to this rule. If you wanna impress your Korean friend, take off your damn shoes. This will be appreciated. 

Things I’d like to see less of. 

  • people thinking that “all Koreans get hot when they’re older”. (FETISHIZATION IS A BIG NO-NO.)
  • Koreans being seen as submissive and docile creatures. (Note how I said creatures and not humans. Because that’s how some people treat Koreans and other East Asians. Like we’re creatures, rather than actual human beings.) 
  • Koreans being seen as kickass ninjas. (It’s either docile creatures or kickass ninjas. There’s never a line between the two, and it’s exhausting.) 
  • “Koreans are so romantic!” (Sorry, that’s the K-drama binge talking. If anything, Koreans are pretty reserved when it comes to PDA and again, affection in general. Of course, I can’t speak for all Koreans, but at least with my family, PDA was always kept to a minimum. Usually a quick peck on the lips, kisses on the cheek, hand-holding, etc. Never an actual full kiss in public. Forget about make-out sessions.) 
  • Stone-cold Koreans. (Again, there’s either the romantic Korean or the Terminator Korean. Never an in-between. Yes, keep in mind that due to cultural reasons, Koreans don’t typically display affection. THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DON’T DISPLAY EMOTIONS.) 
  • Straight-A Koreans. Typically good at math and science. (While yes, many East Asian countries and families put emphasis on these subjects, not all Koreans happen to be extreme nerds who cry at a B on a report card. Example A - I happen to stink at math. And I know many other Asian-Americans who also stink at math. So.) 
  • Assuming Korean parents are abusive. (While there are many abusive Korean parents out there, people need to stop assuming that right off the bat. Stop. It’s extremely disrespectful, not to mention just wrong?!) 

Things i’d like to see more of. 

  • complex, well-rounded Korean characters. (Give me a Korean character who hates math but still tries to do well in class. Give me a Korean character who’s bisexual and surrounded by loving family members. Give me a Korean character who likes roller-skating and getting high in the bathroom stalls and sings Jackson 5 all day. Give me a Korean character who goes out to be homecoming queen and buffs her nails while fighting demons. Give me a Korean character who cries, laughs, talks, breathes, LIVES like an actual human being, and you’ll get the respect of hundreds - maybe thousands - of readers and viewers who’ve been waiting for so long to be properly represented.) 

This is really complicated to talk around but like…

A really common way of coding someone autistic (without going through the bother of providing any real representation via research and canonical confirmation of neurotype) is by making them “smart but socially awkward”.

You probably know the type. It’s ridiculously common. I’d probably be more hard pressed to name a tv show that doesn’t have it, off the top of my head, than one that does. They’re almost always white, they’re usually men.

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Bad Medicine: Infectious Teachers || Prologue - English Translation~.

(ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧Well well~ I’ve been thinking about doing this for a loong time, so WHY NOT here it is. I liked the game and i didn’t find any translation, so… If this kind of thing goes well, i’ll be translating the routes as well (if i survive, lol) Have mercy

I will say this just once. Before we start:

  • Neither Japanese nor English are my native languages, so I apologize in advance for the mistakes you may find ;__;
  • I’ll let the name as default: “Kawana Hina”.
  • The game doesn’t belongs to me, just the translations.
  • Do not repost them and claim as yours. Ask me first.

Nothing more to say, enjoy~!


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Hina: This is Saint Christopher’s Academy… …!

From now on, I’ll be attending at this amazing school every day… …

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EXO COMEBACK CONSPIRACY THEORY

alright people i went back to MAMA era and traced EXO’s steps since then to put this shit together so i hope it was worth it. since i went back to MAMA and 3 members have left since then, some of the storyline may have changed as the new EXO comebacks rolled in. As i went along, i noticed A LOT of things that seemed to connect or mirror each other in different MV’s so i’m just gonna mention the ones that seem relevant. I tried my best to get as much information as i could so hahaha here i go!!! 

also before i start, i read somewhere that Lee Soo Man started planning out the group EXO when he was reporting on 12 UFO’s on the news in the 90′s. And apparently their director said that SM has official documents of the universe cause the concept is so intricate.

The only theory I’ve read about the comeback is based on the Monster teaser so here’s a link to that one: http://your-xiuminess.tumblr.com/post/145469582387/ive-been-thinking-so-in-the-monster-teaser-we-see (i think it fits in pretty well.)

ALRIGHT LET’S GET STARTED. ( btw I’m not technologically advanced enough to make gifs so i only provided visual examples in the form of screenshots. )

1st let’s start with MAMA. here’s the opening lines that i’m p sure are actually very important 

“When the skies and the grounds were one, the legends, through their twelve forces, nurtured the tree of life. An eye of red force created the evil which coveted the heart of the tree of life, and the heart slowly grew dy. To tend and embrace the heart of the tree of life, the legends hereby divided the tree of life in half and hid each side. Hence time is overturned and space turns askew. The twelve forces divided into two and created two suns that look alike. The legends traveled apart. The legends shall now see the same sky but must stand on different grounds. They shall stand on the same ground but shall see different skies. They day the grounds be kept a single file before one sky in two worlds that seem alike, the legends will greet each other. The day the red force is purified the twelve forces will reunite into one perfect root…a new world shall open up.”

In the opening we see images of the tree of life, and the symbols of each of the members’ powers and stuff so let me point some things out


here’s the tree after the heart grows dry ^ Look at how it has 3 main branches (keep this in mind for later)

When the narration mentions the different grounds and same skies/ different skies and same grounds a butterfly is shown like this:

It’s like they mirror each other, and form each other’s sky and ground. There’s quite a few thing from the MAMA MV and future MVs that seem very similar to this image so here I’ll show u

So the images pictured above are the ones shown in the MAMA MV and in the first one, chen and kyungsoo appear as each other’s sky/ground while in the second one, it’s chanyeol and Kris. Maybe this is some sort of connection their powers have. through out the MV the members seem to be sending signals/messages to each other and here let me point out kris and chanyeol’s interaction:

Chanyeol sends a message to Kris through fire. If you look closely at both of their flames, there seems to be wings flapping in both of them, and it looks pretty darn similar to a butterfly’s wings.

Now for chen and kyungsoo! So there’s a scene where chen starts to use his lightning and puts his hand to the ground, which causes like some sort of earth quake? And as we know, Kyungsoo’s power is earth. So this is like a connection between earth and lighting/ earth and sky?

both the butterfly, and the sky/ground thing relate to what is said and shown in the intro.

Now back to the introduction, when the narration mentions the forces meeting each other, the symbols are shown again. Kyungsoo appears first and the the rest are shown with Kyungsoo, Suho, and Tao being in the center and the rest surrounding them.

Also look at their beggining formation for the choreography. Kyungsoo is in the middle again


 So in the mv most of the members are alone. Except Xiumin and Lay who are in the same room, and baekhyun and suho who are in the same room. Kai ends up teleportating to almost all the members; he meets with Kyungsoo, Suho, Baekhyun, Sehun,  Chanyeol, Luhan, and Chen. Throughout the music video, they all send messages to each other. I think the messages are based on whatever Kai told the people whom he met up with. (kai met up with kyungsoo first, which i think is pretty significant) Mmkay so let’s talk about kyungsoo for a sec. First, let’s look at this recent scene from the Monster teaser

And let me go into the Pathcode teasers for a sec. Kyungsoo’s teaser was the last one shown. There’s a part where he’s walkin around and he stops by a door and looks into the peep hole. 

as soon as he looks in it, theres really fast flashes of every other member from their own teasers. It’s hard to see bc there’s like 15 scenes in the span of 1.5 seconds, but yes every member is shown once or twice. In the Pathcode teasers, they’re all recieving messages from someone/something except for kyungsoo, so what if kyungsoo is the one sending out the messages? They’re all in different time zones and stuff, but after doing the math kyungoo’s location and time ( Colorado 09:01) is ahead of everyone else. this conclusion kinda connects to that scene in Monster because he seems to be on top of everything and “all seeing” to the others, which may be the symbolism behind those security cameras. This way, it seems like he has some sort of control over the members, making him the monster right? WELL i thought of it a different way.

I think those cameras represent some type of authority and kyungsoo being on top of them like that in the scene from Monster, is like a portrayal of him challenging the authority. In the lucky one teaser the boys seem to be in some type of asylum and they’re like running away from/running to something right? and in Monster they seem like they’re trying to fight back or rebel against something/someone. Considering they get tortured and tested on in these places they’re in, there’s probably authorities watching them all the time. Those ladies in lucky one, and the men with masks in Monster. In Pathcode, both kai and baekhyun seem to be being followed. Now look at this scene from Romantic Universe

In romantic universe they’re all trying to complete tasks which either end up failing, or succeeding. The way they’re being watched here by the security cameras could be a connection to the cameras in the scene w/ kyungsoo. The members are being monitored and evaluated on their actions. 

I think kyungsoo knows something about the future that will impact exo as the “divine forces from exo planet” negatively. And i think he knows about this “authority” i been talkin about that will kinda cause it. As stated in the narration from MAMA, a “red force” created evil and damaged the heart of the tree of life which is the reason the forces divided in the first. So maybe kyungsoo knows something about this red force, and wants to do something to stop it, and knows what he has to do, which is the message he wants to get to the others. Kyungsoo’s roles in the past MVs and in Pathcode really lead me to believe this. 

Remember his connection with Chen in MAMA? well look at this scene w/ Suho from What is Love

they both see the eclipse, and the image from the sky is reflected onto the water. This seems similar to those sky and ground scenes from MAMA u know the ones. As we also know from MAMA, the eclipse represents the alignment of the different grounds, the unification of the forces (aka exo), and the rebirth of the tree of life and a “new world”. 

Before i keep going, i wanna explain somethin about kyungsoo and Luhan before Lu left. Ok so in MAMA, luhan is surrounded by these orbs and at the end, he’s holding one with EXO’s image on it.

Luhan had telekinesis, so he had psychic abilities. I think since Luahn left, some of the elements he had were applied to kyungsoo instead. Not necessarily the psychic abilities, but just look ok

These are the balls kyungsoo has in his pathcode teaser. To me, they seem pretty similar to the orbs luhan is surrounded by in MAMA. Luhan can see all of exo through those orbs, and in Kyungsoo’s teaser all of the members are brought up. 

Alright let’s take a quick look at Kyungsoo in Love Me Right

As we’ve gathered from other exo conspiracy theories, Love me right is alice in wonderland themed and Kyungsoo represents Alice. In the MV he’s constantly going through doors, and i think this represents his want to get to the rest of the members because he wants to warn them, or connect with them. Love Me Right is kind of a chaotic video bc there seems to be a lot of symbolism within the scenes. I think the football scenes are obviously the boys struggling through “the game of life” and going through hardships together, but overcoming them in the end. Kyungsoo can sense this, and he wants to find the rest of them so they could be together again. But he feels like he’s getting no where and just going in circles. He’s stuck in “wonderland”. 

Now, remember previously, when i mentioned kyungsoo in his Pathcode teaser, and how he looks into that peephole trough the door? In Love me right, kyungsoo and going through a bunch of doors so In Pathcode he finally finds the one that will lead him to the boys. That’s why he urgently sends the messages to them. Those little marble things he has represent the members ( there’s 10 of them and 10 members were in exo at the time). 

Alright so now that we kinda got those orbs explained, when kyungsoo is fiddeling w/ the marbles in his hand, more images flash and they’re kinda hard to catch but here’s what i gathered. ( they’re in no particular order, but there’s 9 in total)

the first image is this:

so first, that storm could be a reference to chen bc his power is lightning and lighting is usually part of storms right? It could also be a reference to Sehun bc he controls wind and it kinda looks like a tornado right? Alright so let’s look at this end scene from Chen’s pathcode 

a storm is forming. and Chen’s power goes off after he sees the eclipse 

You know which member is the only other one to see an eclipse? Sehun. And when Sehun notices the eclipse, his power kinda goes crazy as well. When you watch his teaser, you can see the clouds and the weather outside the windows going a bit crazy. I think they react this way bc they already kinda know something about what the eclipse means. In chen’s teaser it looks like he’s been researching something. And it seems like he’s been there many times. Maybe he chose to be at a rooftop because he kinda secretly hoped he’d get to see the eclipse one day? idk man

And look at what his book says!! Overdose reference that WILL come back later and is v important!! 

As for Sehun, when he looks at his phone in the teaser he’s lookin at google maps. The marks he makes on the map looks like he’s been keeping track of certain locations or something ?? But let me go way back into What is Love. Mmkay so, sehun and luhan are on like some sort of roadtrip and sehun is seen looking at a map in one scene, as luhan drives. Ok so now look at this scene from What is Love

he has that pic moon cycle behind him. and there’s an article from a newspaper that looks like it says “event eclipses aliens” (REMEMBER THAT THING ABT LEE SO MAN AND THE 12 UFOS I MENTIONED WAY AT THE  BEGINNING) So this leads me to believe that sehun and luhan knew something about the significance of the eclipse, and about the tree of life and all that jazz. Since luhan is gone, Sehun is continuing his investigation/search on his own in pathcode. 

Now here’s the second image from kyungsoo’s pathcode:

I think the light automatically makes us think of baekhyun bc his power is light, right? I agree that the light here may be a reference to him. In MAMA, when the narration talks about two suns who form in two worlds that seem alike, we see this image

Xiumin and baekhyun seem to be portrayed as the two suns. Maybe the light shining through thos clouds is baekhyun as one of the “suns”.

BUT that nice heaven-like picture also made me think of this:

we all know lay is a magical healing unicorn, but look at where the unicorn is standing! it’s like clouds and there’s a light around the unicorn. The pic of the clouds from kyungsoo’s pathcode look like they could be like a bottom view (?) of the scene in this painting. So let’s look at Lay in Pathcode. When he’s at that place about to drink his tea, a light flickers, and then his phone goes crazy and we see this

u see that static?? u see that blurry closeup of lay’s phone after the static passes?? It’s not super clear as to what that is, but it looks like a person lying on a bed or something. It kinda gives me a vibe of the lucky one teaser and maybe that’s another member inside the asylum?? He knows something is wrong so he leaves really quickly. When he passes by on his bike, notice that a dead flower suddenly get’s revived again. He had passed this same flower at the beginning of the teaser, but nothing happened. So it’s like his healing power suddenly activated bc he was triggered by what ever he saw on his phone. 

Now let’s take a look at Xiumin’s Pathcode teaser

Like Lay, static appears on his TV (the image revealed later is a river and the caption ‘Edinburgh 15:25′ which happens to be sehun’s location in the next teaser btw) After he see’s what’s on the screen, he immediately flees and similar to Lay, he power unconsciously goes off.

His frost starts spreading on the cup he was holding before. So i’m pretty sure the static is mostly connected to xiumin. It has appeared before in Love Me right:

And now in the new Monster teasers:

Look at xiumin in Every version of the love me right MVs. he’s always around old fashioned TVs or radios, which are known for being static-y.

And you know what who else he’s always around?? CHEN. Chen’s power is lighting right? and when there’s lighting, electricity always glitches. So xiumin is always around static-y technology bc of chen?? Idk what this really sums up to, bc i feel like there’s still pieces missing (this concept is complicated as hell and they’ve only been a group for 4 years, so i’m sure there’s still more to come) But bear with me through this. As you can see, Xiumin is talking on the phone in Romantic Universe. And would u look at that,

so is chen! Look at these screen shots from the Monster teaser:

Xiumin on da phone again… Now let’s go back to pathcode real quick 

As you can see, there’s books all over Xiumin’s floor (+ a random spinning thing that im confused about??) And remeber that Chen is also surrounded by books in his teaser? But that’s not all, Check this out:

Look at that radio next all of chen’s books! #xiuchenconfirmed

Alright, but let’s take a quick look back to Xiumin’s scenes in Love Me Right. The most obvious thing to point out is When he’s sitting alone at the tea party

Which immediately made me think of this from the Monster teaser:

( the link i put way at the beginning of the post is a lovely theory about this table in monster and i think u should read it if u haven’t already) 

back to love me right, Here’s a scene where we see xiumin through a mirror. It seems like an odd angle, but the mirror actually appears to be on the ceiling and reflecting xiumin from up above. 

ALRIGHT NOW WATCH THIS

that’s the room lay and xiumin are in in MAMA. Look at the ceiling, it’s covered in mirrors. There’s also a table. Oddly similar to the scene in Love Me Right…

Since we know that Love me right is Alice in Wonderland themed, let’s take a look into “Through the Looking Glass” which is the sequel. In through the looking glass, mirrors are a theme. In Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice goes through the looking glass to find a world both clear and recognizable yet turned sideways. Many things in it mirror the opposite from real life, such as clocks running backwards. Through the looking glass is extended as a metaphor into any time the world turns strange, or when things get turned around, as if one were Alice, inside of the mirror. 

So this kinda connects to what i said about kyungsoo in LMR earlier. LMR is a trippy video so maybe it mirrors things from whatever exo’s “reality” is. And remember the thing from the MAMA narration “in two worlds that SEEM alike”… it oddly fits to the theme of through the looking glass right?? So, maybe xiumin’s mirrors represent the looking glass, and his static-y electronics are  the bad connection the members have to real-life when they’re too caught up in whatever their “wonderland” is.

Now here’s the 3rd pic from kyungsoo’s pathcode

In the video when this appears, it looks like the light is reflecting on water bc the surface moves the way waves do. Light+water leads me to Suho and Baekhyun. Again, going back to MAMA, they’re in same room. Kai teleports to them, and after the message he gives them, suho and baekhyun send xiumin and Lay messages through the mirrors.

Baek throws his light to Lay

Suho throws his water to Xiumin and he feels it from one of the mirrors on the ceiling

I think my point here is, the members just keep and keep connecting to each other. As we go along, there’s always something that leads from one member to the other and it keeps happening in different MVs. The reason i bring up xiumin, baekhyun, suho, and lay, is bc there’s something in What is love that catches my attention. Chanyeol is looking through a worn out book, and the pages that are shown have images of things that represent the super powers.

In this first one, arrows are drawn from Water, to light, to Healing. When these are put together, they seem to form what’s shown in the diagram, with something new formed in the center. Suho, baekhyun, and Lay were all connected through the mirrors in MAMA.

On this next page, it seems to be a closeup of the object in the center of the previous diagram. The word are blurry, but looks like “teleportation instruments” which of course leads to kai. and look at his symbol

it looks at least a little similar right?? so the symbol in chanyeol’s book might not be kai specifically, but it says “instruments” as in plural. So maybe, This shows that when the boys combine their powers, they can really create something new and powerful. There’s probably dozens of different combinations in that book, but this is the only one shown. 

When the forces come together, they’re going to revive the tree of life and create a “new world”. So that means that when exo is one, they have a big impact and are the strongest. Look at wolf when they form the tree themselves

they created something new which is the wolf, and since wolves always travel in pack, exo are always together and the strongest when they’re together. 

If they can become so strong when they’re together, is that what pathcode could be leading to? Will exo ever unite their “powers”?

In the Monster teaser, it looks like they’re trying to come together and fight against the authorities, or the red force. (not to mention that red is color shown quite a lot in monster). Red can be associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination. It’s a pretty intense color, and the Monster MV will probably be really intense. Speaking of red, here’s the 4th image from kyungsoo’s scene in pathcode

idk what else to connect this to, other than the color red mentioned in MAMA and emphasized in the Monster teaser pics and videos. Considering Kyungsoo knows a lot about the members and their future, maybe this flash of red represents something that will happen in the future.

Now the fifth picture: 

So what other connection could this dried up tree have other than it represents the tree of life? Also this looks a bit similar to something back in MAMA…

In chen’s scene there’s a tree that kind of looks similar, but of of the branches fell off. Notice how there’s 3 main branches just like in the dead tree of like shown at the beginning of the MV, during the narration.

The sixth picture…

The water droplets can symbolize suho’s water. And again, water and light are shown at the same time. there’s a light being reflected the the background.

The Seventh…

so these sparks can be connected to baek bc he has light. Or chanyeol bc sparks are created w/ flame and chanyeol has fire. BUT they also remind me of this from the monster mv teaser:

actual fireworks that produce actual sparks!

Now the Eight image:


the flame is most likely a reference to chanyeol since he’s the one who control fire as his power.

Finally, the ninth image:

ok so a clock would obviously refer to Tao and his time control. Even though he left exo, the stuff he left behind seems pretty interesting so let me point some things out. 

In his pathcode teaser, look at the newspaper he’s reading from

the headline says “The comet is appearing in 10 cities around the world” Remember the thing about Lee Soo Man and the aliens, and Sehun in What is love with that article about eclipses and aliens?? “10 cities around the world” In every pathcode teaser, the members are each in different locations, and of course there’s 10 of them. Also check this out from the History Mv from a long time ago:

this flying blue space rock is shown at the beginning of the MV right before the music starts. Could this be connected to the “comet” in Tao’s newspaper? Another thing we see from Tao’s newspaper is this:

it says “…less strange…covered 3380 : ?”  I don’t know what that means but… those lights probably represent exo bc there’s  10 of them. When tao sees this he seems kinda shocked, and suddenly stops time. I think he seems to do this as a reflex, or subconsciously bc he was shooken up by what he saw on the paper and new somethings up.

Ok so somewhere when Tao’s Time control really comes in play is in Miracles in December. in MID they all seem to have like “normal lives” until xiumin and tao use their powers. Xiumin uses his power to make it snow. After he makes it snow, all the members kinda look up at the sky to see the falling snow. I’m gonna go wild here and say that Xiumin did this as a way to subtly capture all their attention so that he can get them al looking at the same thing; the sky.

Why, you ask? bc then an eclipse shows and they all have pretty interesting reactions to it. And we all know what the eclipse represents. It sorta seems like something is supposed to happen, until tao reverses time. This left me thinking, was tao trying to undo this event? was he trying to change something? like, what’s his purpose in reversing time? then i thought of something crazy. The butterfly effect

Xiumin changed the laws of nature by making it snow, so maybe that was going to cause something that would change exo’s future forever?? But then again, they all defy the laws of nature bc they’re from ‘exo planet’ so it shouldn’t be a big deal to use their powers right?? 

or maybe, this is going back to the “two worlds that seem alike” and tao is time traveling to see how exo’s lives change in ‘different worlds’ ??? I mean he controls time he can do anything.

And speaking of the butterfly effect, we see a butterfly in MAMA’s intro, we see it in chanyeol and kris’ fire, and if u watch the MV, you’ll notice sehun sends a butterfly to tao. Maybe it’s just a coincidence buuuut yeah.

On a last note about MID, when u watch the mv notice how the snow starts going up instead of falling down. Even in the scene w/ the 3 singing members who aren’t in the same setting as the rest of them, the snow goes up. So is tao’s time change effecting more than just one dimension?? And also this seems to fit in with “shall stand on different grounds but see the same skies” the sky is behaving the same even tho they’re in a completely different place?? The same applied to What Is Love! They all look at the eclipse. No matter where they are, they’re all looking at the eclipse. so, different grounds but same skies.

Alright so Tao’s ending scene of his teaser shows a clock counting up and landing on 10, w/ gears turning. Like this:

And when i saw these gears, i thought of something i saw way back in overdose:

these gears randomly pop up for like a mili second when Kai is shown outside the maze in the very beginning. I think there was supposed to be some type of connection to Kai, Kyungsoo, and Tao, but things may have changed after tao left? First of all, Tao and Kai have the same rings in their pathcode teasers.

In kai’s teaser, when he looks at the message he recieves, flashes of scenes from overdose pop up. Then he teleports and disappears 

And remember chen’s book from his pathcode? it said overdose on it so i think overdose is some sort of link in everything.

so first of all, there’s this:

Flickering lights are shown a loth in the pathcode teasers, and there’s a flickering light in Overdose as  well. Next,

that wall behind Baekhyun  looks like a bunch of picture frames. But what if they’re actually mirrors?? And since they’re all blocked out, maybe it’s bc reality has been blocked from them and they feel trapped in an endless maze.

The same concept of mirrors goes for the scenes similar to this one shown of sehun. Just think about the mirrors from love me right that i mentioned earlier. “a world that seems alike”. I think that in overdose the boys are having trouble deciphering reality again. They maze is just an illusion, but they feel like it’s real. Which leads me back to kyungsoo:

He has this cube and when he opens it and looks inside, it seems like he has a vision of some sort. These images are flashed:

You know what this gives me a vibe of? Lucky One. those hands in the first pic kinda look like what you’d see if say, you were lying on a bed and suddenly wake up to see a bright light and people examining/ testing/ experimenting on you?

When kyungsoo sees these images, he looks taken aback and drops the cube. Sand spills out, and i think sand might be a reference to time (aka tao) bc the symbol for time control is a sand timer. “Hence time is over-turned and space turns askew” Ever since the heart of the tree of life grew dry, the concept of time and reality just gets fucked up and i think that’s why the boys get ‘stuck’ in places like the overdose maze, or the wonderland in LMR. 

Since LMR is alice in wonderland themed, remember when Alice gets back to the ‘real world’ and ppl think she’s crazy so she gets put into an asylum? EXO is in an asylum in Lucky One which makes me think of the connection is might have to Love Me Right. When EXO are in the asylum, maybe they feel so trapped that it feels like an endless maze. Ever since the beginning i talked about how kyungsoo keeps trying to find ways to get to the members bc he might know something about the red force. In Monster, that scene w/ all the cameras:

Maybe it’s cause he escaped the “maze” and managed to do what he wanted to do? And that’s why they’re all fighting in Monster, cause they’re fighting against the red force??? idk man

but i also wanna point out some things about Sing For You

that gate remings me of…

these from monster. Maybe it’s meaningless, buuuut i thought i’d include it any ways AND ABOUT SING FOR YOU

the boys are either deeply struggling with themselves or with others. At first, they’re all having fun together, but as we go on, they all start disappearing and some of the boys are left alone. Also, we know that the whale represents the hertz 52 whale, the loneliest whale in the world. So, yeah this video is about lonliless. Something i wanna point out is this scene where kai throws the radio at the mirror

it kinda makes me think of a scene from love me right:

Like i’ve stated before, I’m pretty sure that mirrors and TVs are linked to xiumin. Kai threw a radio at a mirror and these things can relate what i said earlier about reality being unclear in LMR. As for the scene from LMR, i guess Xiumin could be the TV, Chanyeol the fire, and Kyungsoo the bowling ball (?)

I think that the TV and fire and stuff can somehow be a way to show that The boys can still be turned against each other even though they’re supposed to come together in the end ?? And look at this pic of Chanyeol from Monster:

See how it looks like there’s a radio or something behind him? Is that yet another reference to xiumin?

And thing about Sing for you is, They start of together, then one by one start disappearing, then in the end are together again. And Suho and Chanyeol are shown fighting with each other. So, this plays in with the whole thing about them having conflicts w/ each other even though in the end, they all come together. Maybe some of them end up having misconceptions of each other and that’s why there’s a “monster”. It makes sense, since reality is constantly being warped so maybe they get to a point so strong where they don’t know who to trust anymore, and kinda turn on each other ?? ?

Alright I’m almost done with this theory let me just point out one more small thing from light saberrr

look at those number nines. in case u haven’t heard, 9 is a recurring theme is EXO’s comeback. here let me show u 





CREDITS TO ALL THOSE USERNAMES SHOWN IN THE SCREEN SHOTS but yeah, i think they were originally starting to hint at 10 being significant in Pathcode, but things changed and now they’re really emphasizing 9!!! that is all…

Okay i’m officially done with this theory oh my god it took me hours to complete i’m so done ;-; goodbye 

Probably Gre/aysexual PoC?

eclecticcreative submitted:

Most of my life has been focused on the visible stuff. Oh, you’re Asian adopted to white parents. (That’s the real definition of transracial, BTW). Oh you’re Jewish (But you’re adopted/Asian….). Oh you’re a woman. Oh, you have a black cousin–I don’t believe you. But your aunt is white— are you *shock* biracial (with a face that says, That’s so wrong)

You were poor?

Why can’t you speak English well? Do you speak English well? You speak English well, but I’m not going to believe you. I’m going to compliment you on your English.

Why are you Asian and horrible at math with a learning disability?

Being this intersectional I didn’t have time to pay attention to the fact that my sexual attraction and romantic attraction was so-called “not normal”. People were on my case for everything else. I was liminal on a bunch of other things, why did I exactly have to pay attention to this too?

I’ve felt physical attraction before. There was a guy in high school I felt physical attraction to. 2 more with no desire to date them. But intense physical attraction wasn’t, OMG, I want a relationship and to sleep with them. And for that time period I thought that was normal and everyone else was kinda strange.

So I came up with the idea of what if I could cut out all attraction to anyone. And I really didn’t think that was a thing. I thought I invented it. I wrote it into a story, tried to trouble shoot it, and then found out it *is* a thing–before asexuality.org opened up.

OK, so it is a thing, but all the asexual people I met were aro ace or sex repulsed ace. (Still trying to write the Phoenix story with a clear PoC female aro ace as a lead. Because Phoenixes are naturally aro ace according to myth, and I couldn’t make the rider *not* aro ace. PoC, ‘cause well, Feng Huang, and other versions of it from East Asia got thrown in and I need to represent the people as much as the mythology.)  I wasn’t that so I didn’t think I was asexual. Besides, when you have people calling you from their cars sexist and racist things, why should I care about it? People are being prejudiced about everything else, so I can afford to ignore it.

Still, I saw people who went to bed on their first dates in movies and I thought, “Well, that’s not real” and one night stands… neither I understand.

It wasn’t until I took a demisexuality test for fun, thinking I would get allosexual, that I scored an impressive 80-something… and people below that score were identifying as demisexual, that I realized something was different. I took it again two more times at different times with the most conservative answers and still got in the 80’s. Took another test and still got a high rating. Did more reading, and it was more instead of a clicking moment, a “!@#$ another interesectionality–I don’t !@#$ing need this.” Let’s be clear that’s not denial, that’s more of this is a pain in the butt because of the other intersectionalities I’m already getting prejudice for.

Still, I think I fit more into the gre/ay area. And I still don’t give a damn, which might be a part of my sexual attraction/romantic identity anyway. I have more pressing things to worry about and most people aren’t going to say acephobic things to me, when they can chase after me for my religion, my mental health status, my race, my ethnicity, my womanhood, how much I do speak or don’t speak English, my learning disability, or say rude things about poor people–which gets to me since I have been poor. They could victim blame me in a number of ways, which I don’t feel like detailing that there is a set script for. And they could say while I’m listing the intersectionalities that I often forget the entire list for that I’m making it up. I mean even *I* think I look like one of those diversity characters you plug into a novel to *badge* prove you aren’t prejudiced in any way. I couldn’t even dare to plug all my intersectionalities into one character because I’d be staring at that character and not believing them and I’d accuse that character of the giant pathetic sob story, which I frankly hate, which is why I don’t usually air all of the intersectionalities at once. But somehow I exist. They have a plethora of crap to chase after me for most of which they know how to apply, versus asexual which is barely known yet, and so of the order of things on my list because of it and because romance and sex aren’t high on my list anyway, I pretty much leave the whole ace identity behind. I can take or leave romance, and I can take or leave sex. And I have restrictions on both that probably leave most men (since I’m heteroromantic.) cold. I need mental and emotional attraction in order to feel anything romantic or sexual, and it might take a while to get there too.

And even if I do get there, I still want to take it slower than the “normal rate” Something like the rate of a Victorian Romance Novel, which was pretty extreme fiction, even for the Victorians.

I think I can sum up my ace-ness this way: I hate dopamine addiction, but love me the oxytocin and serotonin, but to get there, I need certain mental and emotional connections met.

BTW, I still can’t write allosexual people. I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I’ve been working on it since I was a teenager and I still can’t do it. All those stories fizzled. The only way I can remotely do it is if the allosexual people are already married and in love, which, frankly, is cheating. I think I’m stuck writing ace people or ace-ish relationships for life. If I get published in addition to what I’ve already published (Which frankly was cheating on the allosexual), I don’t think I’ll be writing allosexual people. Sorry. I can’t do it. I tried. I failed repeatedly. Will they identify as ace? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll figure out allosexual people some day and then write it in.

grigori-girl  asked:

All of the headcanons for the nerds- er, I mean, SoMa~

☾ - sleep headcanon

Soul and Maka have slept together pretty much since the first night after they admitted their feelings for each other, not in a sexual way (well… maybe a little bit in a sexual way) but just… Soul really really likes snuggles, okay? So sue him, he likes being close to her. And after they’ve done the whole love confession thing, they’re both so giddy and happy and full of feelings that going to separate bedrooms for the night feels stupid and wrong so they just end up sleeping together.

★ - sad headcanon

Maka had an unplanned pregnancy when they were in their mid-20s. Even though it was unplanned and they hadn’t wanted to have kids until they were older, once it had happened they were actually pretty excited about being parents. However, just after the start of the second trimester she suffered a miscarriage.

☆ - happy headcanon

Maka found out Soul’s birthday (despite his attempts to conceal that piece of information) due to her inside track at Shibusen, and tried to make him a cake on the first birthday he had after they became partners, except it was awful. But she kept practicing in secret, and the next year, she made him a really really great birthday cake and Soul just did not know what to do with that because why did she care so much, it was just his stupid birthday… (but also he couldn’t help but get a stupid little smile on his face about it).

☠ - angry/violent headcanon

As Maka grows up out of her angry hormonal teen phase, she stops Maka-chopping almost everybody (except Black*Star because… well… Black*Star). But on the rare occasions when she and Soul fight about something serious (as opposed to their usual harmless bickering), it’s still her go-to reaction when she gets so furious she forgets how to use her words.

✿ - Sex headcanon

Maka is super into light bondage, there’s absolutely nothing she loves more than to tie Soul up to the headboard and then tease him until he’s begging.

■ -  Bedroom/house/living quarters headcanon

Despite many subtle reminders that she does, in fact, have her own house, Blair continues to live with Soul and Maka for almost forty years. Once they have their daughter, she acts as a live-in babysitter, which initially scares the crap out of both of them, but it turns out that Blair is actually excellent with children.

♡ - romantic headcanon

Soul is a humongous fucking sap. I’m pretty sure this is just accepted as a given by the majority of the fandom at this point. He tries to play it cool (ha!) but mostly he’s just a huge softie. And he’s not really a Big Romantic Gesture kind of guy, but sometimes he just gets so fucking overwhelmed by Maka, because this absolutely incredible person is in his life, and she loves him, and that’s insane, how did that even happen?  And whenever he gets caught up in one of those wow-Maka-you’re-so-great moods, he tends to end up accidentally blurting out all of his feels and Maka thinks it’s adorable when he gets all sappy and babble-y.

♥ - family headcanon

Okay, this is a super super dumb one, but I have this headcanon that Soul’s mother is like third cousins twice removed with David Bowie and it’s this horrible shame for her because oh my god Dave can you please not with the spaceman crap it’s so embarrassing to be related to you, and Soul never actually knew what the big deal was with “uncle” David except that he saw him sometimes at family stuff and he was much cooler than most of the rest of the family  and he wasn’t supposed to talk about him if he could help it. So, of course, being the sheltered little rich kid who wasn’t really exposed to stuff outside his parents’ snobby ideas of what was acceptable for their son, he never had any idea who he was related to.

And then… LIZ FINDS OUT. And all hell breaks loose.

☮ - friendship headcanon

Before they finally managed to get their respective meisters/dream girls, Soul and Jackie bonded a lot over their mutual pathetic pining. They’d been decent friends before, but they grew a lot closer during that time period.

♦ - quirks/hobbies headcanon

Maka has a bonsai collection that her mother gave her, and she takes caring for them very very seriously.

Soul has a rock collection. Not rock as in rock-n-roll, but an honest-to-god, amateur geologist, rock collection. When Maka finds out, he threatens to murder her in her sleep if she ever tells anyone he has such an uncool hobby.

(Maka offers to let him put some of his prettier samples in her bonsai pots so they can be on display without anyone knowing they’re his.)

☯ - likes/dislikes headcanon

Soul loves math. It’s concrete, it’s consistent, he can learn the rules and get the same results every time, and when they get into their later years at school and start studying Calculus, he gets so into it because the exact moment when you’re about halfway through a long problem and suddenly the penny drops and even though you’ve got a good twenty steps left to go you know how it’s going to come together is really beautiful and fun for him. Maka isn’t exactly bad at math herself, but she thinks he’s nuts.

▼ - childhood headcanon

Soul and Maka met once before they became partners, though neither of them remembers it. Spirit was representing Lord Death at some big fancy event in D.C. (as in District of Columbia, not Death City), and Soul’s mother was there representing some charity she’s on the board of directors for, and they both brought their kids along, and that’s how three year old Maka and four year old Soul spent like four hours playing tag and tripping up waiters. (Soul declared afterwards that Maka was his best friend, which Wes thought was really sad because he’d only known her for one evening and the odds of them ever seeing each other again was tragically slim, and his little brother never connected to new people that easily.)

∇ -. old age/aging headcanon

Okay, not really an “old age” headcanon, but Soul’s eyes are really sensitive to light because… well… albinism, lack of pigment, tissue more easily damaged because no pigment, you do the math.  That, combined with the fact that they live in the fucking desert, means that his eyesight degenerates faster than most peoples’, so he ends up needing reading glasses by his early twenties, and has to wear glasses full time by the time he’s in his forties.

(Maka finds it adorable.)

♒ - cooking/food headcanon

Maka was a decent cook by the time she and Soul moved in together, because she pretty much learned to cook in self-defense. Her mother wasn’t much of a homemaker, and Spirit… well, the less said about Spirit’s cooking, the better. She couldn’t bake for shit, but

☼ - appearance headcanon

Soul is extremely particular about his appearance (no surprises there), and he spends absurd amounts of time getting his hair to look just exactly the right flavor of “just had a quickie in the coat closet suckas”

ൠ - random headcanon

Maka’s grandparents on her mother’s side come to Death City shortly after the battle on the moon. They immediately see where the wind is blowing with Soul and Maka and basically enthusiastically adopt Soul as a grandson-to-be, which freaks them both out enormously.

Community, per se

… just… drifting… along…

… is a pleasant-enough feeling for a while, especially when you’re dealing with the big issues. It’s safe to say that the end of my relationship with HitFix is going to end up being a defining moment for me, no matter what happens next. I have been pushed out of the proverbial nest and have no idea what exists below. It is as strange and aimless a feeling as I’ve had in almost 20 years. When I think of the milestones in my life, they are typically moments of great upheaval, and this feels like one of those moments.

But one can only drift for so long before you start to feel unmoored. I may have made the choice to spend a few weeks holed up and radio silent to make myself feel better, but I did so knowing full well that it was just a temporary thing. I’m going to try to start posting some more regular things here as a way of warming back up. Over the weekend, I started to write a piece about Shin Godzilla, and I realized it was turning into a Film Nerd 2.0 piece just by default. That was a pleasant-enough feeling, and I was just rounding the homestretch when the Devin Faraci news broke, and I quickly stepped back to watch what was happening and to try to make sense of it.

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Eleven years, seven months, three days

Friday, 25 July 2003

Video games are released on Fridays in the UK.  Wonder if that’s the same elsewhere?  How universal is the experience of having to spend a whole day in school, desperate to play your new game?

When Perfect Dark was released for the N64, I took it into school with me.  Just couldn’t bear to be parted from it.  My friends and I spent our break times staring in awe at it.

But 25 July 2003 was different.  I didn’t have school that day - because it was the day of our county Eisteddfod.

The regional Eisteddfod had been.  That’s the one where everyone has a crack a it.  Goes on forever, whittling down the competitors in the various disciplines, picking winners to represent the region in the county Eisteddfod.

The county Eisteddfod is a far tighter affair, pitting the winners of two different regionals against each other.  This one or that one. This singer or that singer.This harpist or that harpist.

I was here for recitation.  A word I’ve never liked as an English equivalent to the Welsh llefaru, because “recitation” feels stiff and formal and ugly.  Llefaru, on the other hand, is open and passionate and beautiful.

I was pretty good at it.  Had my first lessons when I was three - reciting simple poems about toy lorries - and by this point, aged eighteen, I’d made it into the National Eisteddfod a number of times.

I was relatively unusual in one regard - most of the country’s best reciters were female.  That’s still true to this day.

This would be my last attempt at winning the competition.  I’d worked harder than ever before.  I knew that boys had to work harder than girls in this one, incredibly unusual circumstance.  I knew I’d be up against stiff competition even at regional level.  At county level, I’d be up against the girl who always won the other regional, and she was amazing.

But I also knew I was really really good at reciting this year’s piece.  I’d caused a great stir at regionals.  My coach and family were united in thinking it was the best performance I’d ever prepared.  But this piece was unusually difficult - it was narrated in the first person by a female protagonist.

I performed brilliantly.  I still lost.  I was robbed.  Everyone in uproar.

But I didn’t mind.  Because I’d made my own choice between this one or that one before arriving.  Between Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire.  I’d chosen the latter, and while friends, family and teachers were fighting the judges on my behalf, I continued to explore Hoenn.

September 2003

By the time I arrived at univeristy, I’d completed the main game, but I realised I had an opportunity I’d never had before.  If I worked hard, I might be able to Catch ‘Em All.

I never completed the Pokédex in my Blue version - because that would’ve meant going to an event to collect Mew.  With no other way of getting Mew (I’ve always been firmly against cheating for Pokédex entries), it was always going to be incomplete.  And this lack of completion would be inherited by my Gold and Crystal versions - no Mew to transfer over, and neither did I get hold of a Celebi in either.  Double the event Pokémon!

But Ruby and Sapphire marked a change in approach.  Pokémon from older games couldn’t be traded over.  So I was no more or less Mewless than any other player.  We were on an even playing field.  Presumably there would be new Mew and Celebi events (as well as events to get the new Hoenn event ‘mon, Jirachi and Deoxys).

In fact, of the 386 Pokémon which then existed, only 200 were available in Ruby and Sapphire combined.  My brother had a copy of Ruby, so with his help, I was able to reach 200 over the months that followed.

I was so exited to reach that number.  All 200 available Pokémon!  For the time being, the Pokédex was as complete as possible.

Friday, 2 April 2004

And then came the opportunity to reach 201.

Pokémon Channel was an exceptionally strange GameCube game where you would watch an in-game television with an in-game Pikachu.  If you watched enough television, more channels would be unlocked.  You could also walk around outside and meet more Pokémon.

To discourage younger players from spending too long playing the game, they deliberately made it incredibly boring.  As an added measure, only a certain number of channels could be unlocked each day.

On the day of release, I bought the game, and holed myself in my hall of residence room to play through.  Whenever I reached my allotted number of channels for the day, I’d change the clock of the GameCube, and continue playing.  This did not have the greatest effect on my mental health.  I’ve learned since that I should never spend a great amount of time alone.

But after completing the game, you could get a Jirachi.

Looking back, I was clearly suffering from loneliness in my first year of uni.  It didn’t feel like it at the time - I had loads of friends.  But nearly all of them were casual mates.  People I’d go drinking with, or watch a DVD with - but not people I’d have Big Serious Chats with.

Friday, 14 May 2004

I did eventually realise that my current group of friends were a comfort blanket.  I hadn’t made very many new friends at uni thus far.  The people I knew had either come from the same comprehensive school as me, or they were friends of those people.  I had a couple of mates from my maths course, and that was it.

So when the others decided to get a house together in town, I decided I’d stay in halls, forcing myself to make new friends from scratch.

Given that I’d be staying in halls, I decided to try and get a position on the hall committee.  This involved getting students in the hall to vote for you.  On this day, we had to make our case to the assembled students.  I had to convince them I’d make a good treasurer.

The hour in which those hustings happened (from 5pm ‘til 6pm) was one of only two hours I spent outside my room that day.  The other hour (8.30am ‘til 9.30am) was spent popping into town to buy a copy of Pokémon Colosseum.

This game included 44 Pokémon which weren’t available in Ruby/Sapphire.  Added to Jirachi, that would bring my Pokédex to 245.  Seven of them could evolve further (252).

Now, some of these could also be bred for further Pokémon.  In theory, this would mean a further 21 Pokémon.  However, in practice, you could only breed from females - with Ditto unavailable, there was no way to get a baby form from a male Pokémon unless you had a female of the same species.  Hitmontop can’t be female, and the in-game Espeon and Umbreon were always male - so no Tyrogue or Eevee for me.  Still, this meant an extra 19 Pokémon (271).

Saturday, 25 September 2004

Everything went according to plan.  As treasurer of the hall, part of my job included handing out room keys to every new arrival.  This meant I got to meet everyone as they arrived.

Technically, at least.  In practice, the lecherous secretary sprang into action whenever a girl walked in, so I only got to meet the boys.

Two exceptions: One was a girl named Meinir, whom I already vaguely knew (her parents and mine were friends).  The secretary was clearly furious that I’d robbed him of the chance to speak to a real human girl.

The other exception was named Hannah, and she was learning Welsh as a second language.  I didn’t realise this, though, because her accent didn’t sound Welsh at all to me, and she spoke in English when asking for her key.  The secretary lost all interest in this non-Welsh-speaker, and I helped her instead.  She laughed at my rubbish jokes - I liked her.  I decided to make a point of saying hello if I happened to see her around the hall.

Friday, 1 October 2004

Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen were released.  I bought a copy of each, since nobody else I knew in university played these games, and I was determined to Catch ‘Em All.  These games included all the remaining Kanto Pokémon (apart from Mew), and all the remaining Johto Pokémon (apart from Lugia and Celebi) that I needed.  This could bring me up to 382 Pokémon - leaving only four Pokémon in total!

As it was, I only got as far as 378 with these games, as I couldn’t catch Chansey, Tauros or Scyther in the Safari Zone (and the latter meant I couldn’t get a Scizor either).  But this didn’t matter.  By the time I hit 378, a sequel to Colosseum had been announced, which would include Lugia … but also the three Safari Zone Pokémon I needed.  Lovely.

Thursday, 21 October 2004

Every third Thursday of the month was the student union’s Welsh language night at Aberystwyth.  I’d go along sometimes, but occasionally - like tonight - I’d go and see the Christians instead.

A long-standing tradition was that the Welsh-language Christian union would prepare a huge amount of toast and tea in the hall to greet those who’d been clubbing in the union.  Over a hundred students would sit in the dining hall, chatting, eating and drinking, and maybe giving the Christian pamphlets on the tables a polite read.

My own brief exploration into any remaining faith in God the previous year meant I knew these people really well, and if I wasn’t at the club, I’d pop in early to beat the crowds for delicious toast.

While I was eating, Hannah came through the hall.  This was the first time I’d seen her since her first day in the hall - but I wasn’t true to my private promise, and didn’t say hello.  Too shy.

But - I still didn’t realise she could speak any Welsh at all, and suspected she may not have come across the toast and tea tradition.  I considered for a moment what she’d just seen.  The Christian Union preparing a phenomenal amount of food and drink for a man with long hair and a beard.  I wondered whether that looked a bit strange.

Ten minutes later, Hannah came back in the other direction.  I didn’t say hello.  And then, I thought - I PROMISED MYSELF I’D SAY HELLO.

I ran from the hall.

I caught up to her.

I said, “Hello.”

“Hello!” said Hannah expectantly.

Oh, I thought.  What now?  Um.

“They’re Christians,” I said.  “They make toast and tea every third Thursday.”

“That’s a good idea,” she said.  I’d imagine.  Can’t really remember.  That’s the sort of thing she’s likely to have said, isn’t it?

“Would you like to try some?” I asked.

“Okay,” said Hannah.  NO, SHE ACTUALLY DID.  I asked a passer-by whether she fancied eating toast and tea made by Christians, seemingly just for the two of us, in a dining hall built to accommodate hundreds, and she said, “Okay.”

And we had the loveliest time.  We talked about silly nonsense and made excellent jokes at each other and ate toast.  Neither of us drank tea.  We were both above that sort of thing.

And then we went our separate ways.  I’d see her sometimes, and say “hi”.  And in the end, I stopped even doing that much.  It wasn’t like we were friends.  We’d had one lovely, silly meeting.  And I had work to do.  I had more Pokémon to catch.

Saturday, 13 November 2004

Every year, the Welsh-speaking universities would arrange a big night out with live bands, cycling through the various locations of these universities.  This year, it came to Aberystwyth.

I had a whale of a time.  Met some celebs, drank a lot, danced a bit, came home.

Gethin, a guy who lived near me saw me come back.

“We’re watching Star Wars!” he said.  “As a drinking game!  Want to join us?”

We weren’t particularly good friends or anything, but that sounded like exactly what I wanted to do.  Which is an extraordinary coincidence, because by “we”, Gethin meant himself and his friend - and it was Hannah!  A New Hope.

Hannah got very drunk indeed.  This guy had been drinking vermouth, and she’d been drinking an equivalent amount of vodka, so the night ended with a significant amount of making-sure-she-was-okay.  She was very unwell.

But the next day, the three of us - Gethin, Hannah and I - went for a hungover lunch together.  I had a lovely time.  Turned out Hannah and I had loads in common.  We talked about Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett and comics and telly.

Monday, 29 November 2004

Hannah and I saw a lot of each other in the two weeks after Star Wars.  She liked going on walks, which I was happy to indulge, because she was happy to indulge my love of chat.  I introduced her to some video games - she hadn’t played console games before, so I gave her Zelda as a starting point.

On 29 November, we went for a night out, and on the way back, I asked her out.  She accepted.  And I was over the moon.

Shortly afterwards, she picked up my copy of FireRed - the spare game I’d bought for Pokédex purposes - so I let her have a go at it.  By the end, she became so good at it that she caught me the three Pokémon I needed from the Safari Zone.  I hit 382 Pokémon without needing the sequel to Colosseum.

(Hannah didn’t like her first name.  Instead, she preferred to go by her middle name - Elanor.)

Sunday, 6 November 2005

A year later, Vue cinemas organised a bunch of Pokémon events across the UK.  There’d be lots of activities, but I was mainly interested in the fact that Deoxys would be available - one of only four Pokémon I needed to complete my Sapphire Pokédex.

One such event was in Cribbs Causeway.  I headed down, and brought some friends with me, thinking we’d dash in for the Pokémon, and go to the pub afterwards.

Problem was, the website had said that this was a “Bristol event”.  I didn’t realise that Cribbs Causeway is a long way away from Bristol.  I just caught the train into Bristol city centre, and spent many hours trying to hunt down the Vue cinema.  By the time I found the right place, there was no time left for a fun day out.  But I had my Deoxys.  383.  Three to go.

Friday, 18 November 2005

Gale of Darkness released - the sequel to Colosseum.  This allowed me to get Lugia.  384.  Two to go.

August 2007

Both Elanor and I had left university by now, but I popped over to her home in Newport that we may go to Toys R Us together.  Pokémon Diamond and Pearl had been released the previous month, and I’d worried that this would mean an end to events for Ruby and Sapphire (there was no way of transferring Pokémon from the new games back to Sapphire).

But my mind was put at ease when Toys R Us announced a Mew giveaway.  This event was also in Cribbs Causeway, so we adventured our way by car.  I did a bad job preparing once again, but this time I had Elanor on my side.  We found a bus that said “Cribbs Causeway”, and followed it.

385.  One to go.

And …

Here’s the problem.

Only Celebi remained.  The only Pokémon I didn’t have.  But Japan had already been given Celebi - on a bonus disc that came with their version of Colosseum.  So as far as Gamefreak were concerned, there was no need for a further Celebi event.  There would never be a Celebi event for Pokémon Sapphire in the UK.

Tueday, 28 April 2015

But eight years later … this is what I’ve learned:

If you had a GameCube, a Freeloader disc (a third-party product which allows GameCubes to bypass region-locking), and the necessary cables … then you could potentially get a Celebi by getting hold of the Japanese bonus disc.  It’d set you back about £50, but it’s an option.

Except that to access it, you’d need a copy of the Japanese Pokémon Colosseum.  And you’d need to have completed the game, and purified all the Shadow Pokémon.  AND you’d need a completed copy of Ruby or Sapphire, to trade Celebi onto.

But if you managed to get hold of those games, and if you managed to play through the games in a language you didn’t speak, then you’d have a Celebi on that Japanese game, which you could trade onto a UK version of Pokémon Sapphire.

But I didn’t work that out.  I didn’t buy those things.  I didn’t play through those games.  I didn’t do any of that.

But because it was my 30th birthday seven days ago, Elanor did do all that.

Today, I have finally completed my Pokémon Sapphire Pokédex.  386 of 386.

I can think of no more appropriate way of completing this quest, which started  eleven years, seven months, and three days ago, than by trading with my wife.

Jeremy Lambert Slams Former Co-Star Root: “She is the Embodiment of the ‘Fake Geek Girl’”

Root/Shaw Celeb AU // Chapter 4: you know what they say about payback?


Looks like not everyone thinks Comic-Con darling Root deserves the title of Reigning Queen of the Geeks. Jeremy Lambert, who was Root’s co-star on her show Illyria for the first two seasons of the series, says Root should just stick to acting.

Or more specifically, in his words, she should stick to “being eye-candy” and should not “hurt her pretty little head by thinking too much.”

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