i made that quote up but it works so we're good

anonymous asked:

Once again, people are taking BC quotes out of context 🙄 It's actually plain silly tbh (a misogynist, fat-shaming, racist? Where's the proof?) but since we're on the topic of dissecting every single word the man utters, I was wondering what are some of your favorite positive quotes of his? ... see how I took it from a - to a + 😉 because that's how it should be really.

lol. my god the recycling of the archival misquotes on this website *shrugs* 

but YES; let’s look at some favourite Benedict Cumberbatch quotes! so what i did is I asked twitter. And I loved the responses:


BC being… what appears to be BC:

“What Time Does Sean Connery Arrive At Wimbledon ? Tennish…” (sorry. that fave is mine. dusky.)

“Oh shit, I’m at the wrong party”

“"Downton Abbey or some such shit. Not that Downton Abbey is shit" (lol)

“f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck”

 BC being philosophical:

“"It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It’s made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary.“

“Keep failing better.”

“Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame”

“Don’t underestimate the seductive power of a good vocabulary”

“You can’t please everyone, and you’d go mad trying.”

“… I think success is being content with yourself & be happy with what you’ve got rather than wanting what you don’t need.” (Flaunt)

“You can get through anything if you believe you can, and I believe you can.“

“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on a sofa reading a book”

“I mean, we can formulate and explain things in scientific terms but it doesn’t take any of the magic away; revealing the work, or the mechanism behind the beauty doesn’t destroy the beauty…”

“We’re not momentary specks in an indifferent universe. We’re momentary specks within a very caring, loving universe.”

“It’s absolutely fine to be different. Don’t feel that you have to apologize for it”

“"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible’.“

"The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”

“Searching for happiness is a sure way to sadness, I think. You have to take each day as it comes.”

“A lot of idle time, wasted rather beautifully.”

 BC being… happy:

“I learned where my home is. I learned where my heart is… [Sophie]”

“I know where my home is, I know where my heart is, where my centre is, where my…now and forever more is. And she’s called Sophie Hunter.”

 And I love these ones from personal encounters with BC;

“Thank you”, said to me, to my face, while looking me in the eye and smiling…”

“I then choose “hiiii hi hi” said to my face…”

“Call me Lord Cumberbatch… and you don’t need to stand during an entire answer. I find that very sweet. Sit, my child” (lol again. Ed.)

And my favourite:

“"You ought to let go.“ - while trying to pry the Hamlet program out of my clutching fingers to sign it properly (over three rows of people)…( I’m tiny so I didn’t know it was him tugging until I heard him say that. So very English. He could have so easily just passed me by.)…”

 And how can I not end with:

“Thank you very good much. See you at the loo.”

xxx

prongsno  asked:

prompt: we're neighbours/live in the same flat? and it's raining and you've left your clothes out on the line and its CHUCKING it down

Thanks for the prompt! :)
It got away from me a bit and ended up twice as long as I planned for it to be, but that’s really not much of a surprise!

It’s just something that I want to do

“For fuck sake, not again!” Lily shouted and aimed a well-placed kick at her dryer, which had apparently decided to crap out for the fifth time this month, and promptly collapsed to the ground clutching at her throbbing foot which was probably broken now. It would be just her luck and it would perfectly top off the shittiest day imaginable.

It had even started off terribly, which most of her shitty days did not – usually it was the type of awful that crept up on you, the kind you didn’t see coming, that hid behind a normal, every day morning, and then hit you quite suddenly and left you reeling. That was what had happened the day her parents had announced their divorce when she was fifteen. It was even how she had felt when her sister had sent her that nasty text telling her that she was no longer welcome in her wedding party because she had disagreed with Petunia’s fiancé. Fucking Brexiters.

No, today had started out terribly. Today, Lily had woken up late for work for the first time ever, had arrived over an hour late without even being able to stop for coffee on her way in, and had to listen to her god-awful cow of an editor berate her for something which, admittedly, was actually her fault for once.

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anonymous asked:

You called it right on BS3. It was already in the can when desperatedan 'warned' us he was gonna to do it. But I just dont get it. What was the point of making louis do that or the print interview kind of blaming harry and saying we ruined their friendship and all the same simon shit? We're kjoking its like 2013 again but it actually really is, down to the fan wars and bullying stoked by 1dhq. But why do that again now theyre solo? I just dont get it.

I dont get it either anon. Do any of us get it? Its pretty much impossible to understand, because we’re hit by blizzards of spin and lies and apparently counterintuitive tactics and we only get to see glimpses of clues whizzing by as to what’s really going on. That feels even truer since the hiatus and their solo stuff. I’m reassessing my view of things all the time as I see what may be another flash of a possible clue but Im aware that its just as likely we’re being manipulated with these glimpses too, so… One thing that is clear to me is that a vast amount of money and potential earning power is at stake and large corporations will literally stop at nothing to secure that. The people who built and ran 1D have been manipulating the emotions and beliefs of 1D fandom from pretty much the point they realised how wealthy the band could make them, and how powerful the fanbase is.  That’s not a conspiracy theory. That’s really how it works. 

So I’m afraid don’t have any brilliant insights, just sticking together pieces that really dont seem to fit, to make a whole that’s not coherent. One thing though that struck me yesterday and made me begin to possibly re-evaluate a few things, was the realisation that each one of the guys solo is displaying the exact PR image/character given to them in the band, as broadcast to us helpfully over the years by Dan Wooton. Harry and Louis especially, in their solo campaigns, have confirmed the exact ‘revealed exclusively by DW’ 1D images we railed at for years as OTT and unbelievable. I find that… interesting. 

That said, it works. I realised reading around today that as far as I could see, while Larries dont believe that DW article yesterday ‘quoting’ Louis on Larry and Harry breaking the band, almost everyone else does (thus blaming Harry) or blames Louis for ‘saying it’. It really is incredibly easy to get an idea fixed in this fandom if you haven’t already seen the holes. I took in the ‘Harry forced the hiatus on the others’  myself, until that particular article made me wonder. Thats because it seems to me that ‘Louis’ sort-of-confirmation that Harry broke the band must have been explicitly put out there with Sony endorsement.  

For me Dan’s involvement is the smoking gun. Other people can print it and you can question where its coming from, but Dan is a Sony HQ PR/Syco PR press release. DWs role really is notable because he’s not just some Rita Skeeter narcissistic monster, he’s Sony-Syco’s monster. The ‘scoops’ he got for years about all the boys, are now being 'shown to be true’ by the guys solo careers & lives. That’s been “proved” to the fandom and GP because “they’re all independent now” and “making their own choices”.  I suspect when he’s fed the odd bit of dud info about the guys, (possibly with his full knowledge and collusion), it’s always to fulfil the longer term aims of Syco HQ-Sony and he knows they’ll give him something juicy to make up for momentary embarrassment. Dan needs the trust and goodwill of Sony-Syco. They feed him 'scandals’, smears, PR narratives they want out there without being questioned; he gets the glory of endless 'scoops’ which built his career. To me there’s no way Dan would write anything damaging about Harry that Sony HQ don’t want out there for their own purpose. 

Syco-Sony’s1D publicity tactics admittedly always went with the ‘bad publicity is always good publicity’ mantra Cowell loves, but even so Im now wondering what Sony are trying to do to Harry’s image and how free of old ties he actually is.  Then there’s yesterdays DW exclusive that Simon is 'determined’ to get 1D reformed as a Stones type supergroup, even as they up the Harry v/s Louis drama and ‘Harry is the one stopping a reunion’.  Yesterday I saw a reminder that Kelly Clarkson was trapped in a Syco contract for 15 years. And another that 1D are still on Syco’s website as their act. 

Do they want the’ engagement’ of fan wars between Harrys core fanbase and the others, especially Louis’? And the clumsy attack by Sony/Syco through Dan (who clearly has a personal vendetta too) on Larries in the knowledge it could have seriously damaged Louis launch?  Why do that when they could have left Larry to wither and die? Especially since Louis’ filmed 'denial’ was so underwhelming, and unconvincing to anyone not already convinced. Obviously. 

Basically, the reasoning behind what’s happening is far too complex to work out from the outside because there are too many pieces missing. So after all that, the simple answer is 🤷‍♂️. Shit this was long. You wish you hadn’t asked now don’t you?

Richard Siken Quote Starters
  • I woke up in the morning and I didn't want anything, didn't do anything, couldn't do it anyway.
  • I say I want you inside me and you hold my head underwater. I say I want you inside me and you split me open with a knife.
  • Vanity makes you say things like "I deserved a better life than this."
  • I sleep. I dream. I make up things that I would never say. I say them very quietly.
  • Your world doesn't make sense.
  • Someone once told me that explaining is an admission of failure. I'm sure you remember, I was on the phone with you, sweetheart.
  • A man takes his sadness and throws it away but then he's still left with his hands.
  • I've been in your body and it was a carnival ride.
  • Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again.
  • Love always wakes the dragon and suddenly, flames everywhere.
  • You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won't tell you that he loves you, but he loves you.
  • Is that too much to expect? That I would name the stars for you?
  • To them he is a mirror, but to you he is a room.
  • You want a better story. Who wouldn't?
  • Let's admit, without apology, what we do to each other.
  • If you love me, Henry, you don't love me in a way I understand.
  • He was pointing at the moon, but I was looking at his hand.
  • I am more than one thing, and not all of those things are good.
  • Fairy tales have rules. You are a princess or you aren't.
  • You wanted to think of yourself as someone who did these kinds of things. You wanted to be in love and he happened to get in the way.
  • We have not touched the stars, nor are we forgiven.
  • If this isn't a kingdom then I don't know what is.
  • Your body told me in a dream it's never been afraid of anything.
  • You swallow my heart and flee, but I want it back now, baby. I want it back.
  • Sorry about the blood in your mouth. I wish it was mine.
  • Everyone needs a place. It shouldn't be inside of someone else.
  • I'm sorry I came to your party and seduced you and left you bruised and ruined.
  • Everyone could see the way his muscles worked, the way we look like animals, his skin barely keeping him inside.
  • I'm pulling you out of the burning buildings and you say "I'll give you anything" but you never come through.
  • Dear Forgiveness, I saved a plate for you. Quit milling around the yard and come inside.
  • You wanted happiness, I can't blame you for that.
  • I swear, I end up feeling empty, like you've taken something out of me and I have to search my body for scars.
  • Oh, the things we invent when we are scared and want to be rescued.
  • I do believe his mouth is heaven, his kisses falling over me like stars.
  • He had green eyes, so I wanted to sleep with him. Green eyes flecked with yellow, dried leaves on the surface of a pool. You could drown in those eyes, I said.
  • Damn if there isn't anything sexier than a slender boy with a handgun, a fast car, a bottle of pills.
  • The entire history of human desire takes about seventy minutes to tell. Unfortunately, we don't have that kind of time.
  • You play along, because you want to die for love, you always have.
  • You're trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist.
  • Moonlight making crosses on your body, and me putting my mouth on every one.
  • I wouldn't kill your pony. I'd like to believe it, anyway.
  • Imagine a story where everything goes wrong, where everyone has their back against the wall, where everyone is in pain and acting selfishly because if they don't, they'll die.
  • You're a train and I'm a train station and when I try to guess your trajectory I end up telling my own story.
  • The way you slam your body into mine reminds me I'm alive.
  • I'm just a writer. I write things down. I walk through your dreams and invent the future.
  • I couldn't get the boy to kill me, but I wore his jacket for the longest time.
  • Imagine a story, not of good against evil, but of need against need against need, where everyone is at cross-purposes and everyone is to blame.
  • You looked at me long enough to see something mysterious under all the gruff and bluster. Thanks.
  • In the wrong light anyone can look like a darkness.
  • You just wanted to prove there was one safe place, just one safe place where you could love him. You have not found that place yet.
  • This is not harmless. You are not breathing.
  • Lesson number one -- be sneaky and have a plan.
  • I know history. There are many names in history but none of them are ours.
  • You know that a boy who likes boys is a dead boy, unless he keeps his mouth shut, which is what you didn't do, because you are weak and hollow and it doesn't matter anymore.
  • Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.
  • Sometimes you get so close to someone you end up on the other side of them.
  • When someone is trying to ditch you, kill you, never go back.
  • All wars are the same war.
  • We are all going forward. None of us are going back.
  • I'm not suggesting the world is good, that life is easy, or that any of us are entitled to better.
  • I wanted to be wanted and he was very beautiful, kissed with his eyes closed, and only felt good while moving.
  • Okay, so I'm the dragon. Big deal. You still get to be the hero.
  • Actually, you said Love, for you, is larger than the usual romantic love. It's like a religion. It's terrifying.
  • You take her out into the rain and you fall in love with her and she leaves you and you're desolate.
  • Sorry about the scene at the bottom of the stairwell and how I ruined everything by saying it out loud.
  • Someone is digging your grave right now.
  • There's a niche in his chest where a heart would fit perfectly.
  • Your co-workers ask if everything's okay and you tell them you're just tired.
  • Here is the repeated image of the lover destroyed.
  • At this point in the story so many things have gone wrong, so many bad decisions made, that it's a wonder anyone would want to continue reading.
  • Eventually something you love is going to be taken away.
  • I wanted to hurt you but the victory is that I could not stomach it.
  • Tell me we're dead and I'll love you even more.
  • I take the parts that I remember and stitch them back together to make a creature that will do what I say or love me back.
  • I am sad and angry and I want everyone to be alive again.
Tv-quotes that remind me of the signs
  • Aries: "Hey! Hey! We can all fight when we're drunk!" ~Leela (Futurama)
  • Taurus: "Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the Tunneling Electron Microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in your problem." ~Frasier Crane (Frasier)
  • Gemini: "If I were a guy, and... did I just say IF I were a guy?" ~Chandler Bing(Friends)
  • Cancer: "People are going to disappoint you, I get that... I kind of expect that, but I dont know, what if you wake up one day and realize that you're the disappointment?" ~Peyton Sawyer (One Tree Hill)
  • Leo: "I am like Tinkerbell, Finn. I need applause to live." ~Rachel Berry (Glee)
  • Virgo: "If you want me, earn me!" ~Olivia Pope (Scandal)
  • Libra: "True evil only comes from corrupting something truly good" ~The Dread Doctor (Teen Wolf)
  • Scorpio: “It’s easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor.” ~Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Sagittarius: "My body is very attracted to your body, but when you speak, my brain get's angry." ~Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project)
  • Capricorn: "This is an environment of welcoming, and you should just get the hell outta here." ~Michael Scott (The Office)
  • Aquarius: "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." ~Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)
  • Pisces: "Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe, you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be." ~Carrie (Sex and The City)

lifeisntwastedonus  asked:

I know your probably swamped with requests but can you pretty please do a crybabyxnevada we're he's just super cuddly for some reason??? It's been that type of day I need cavity inducing fluff with the trashcan.... Thank you❤❤❤

Digging into the depths of not-yet-answered requests for a couple Shortie Stories… // Hope you like this: fluffs for the trashcan ahead!

Originally posted by seekret-fanfic


Nevada never knew a woman in a pencil skirt could be so hopelessly annoying.

She was a realtor, nothing more, the one with the keys to all the places little Caroline had been calling for the last week; so why did she have to talk so much? They were going to see three apartments; all just outside the neighborhood she had grown so accustomed to, in the areas Nevada approved with red circles on a map. Safe places.

He’d noticed a trend when reviewing the little binder their vexing host had handed him while chirping in a high pitched voice about flooring and square feet- All the places his Crybaby picked had three bedrooms.

“Why’s a little brat like you need so much space?” He tapped at the small of her waist, causing her to jump and giggle in the back seat. “Room to what, get away? Breathe?”

“Or to grow,” she whispered it back to him, chastised his interrupting their guide with a swift swat to his knee before hooking her thumb in his belt loop.

To grow. For some reason, that stuck with him, made him bite his tongue- Mrs. Whatever droned on once gifted silence, due to Nevada being trapped in his thoughts…

What precisely had Caroline meant by that?


The first place made him sea sick; up in a high rise, Nevada was bored and annoyed after the elevator ride. Despite the Realtor insisting the building was ‘the best of the best’- even Caroline didn’t seem impressed by the gaudy tiling or the ‘wide open floor plan’.

“I feel like I’m in an opera house, and I hate the opera-” Nevada confided after tugging his Crybaby close to his side. “Everything echoes, you couldn’t whine without driving me fuckin’ crazy.”

Ignoring him, even with his arm over her shoulders to weigh her down, she turned instead to ask a question, “Miss, what if the elevator breaks down?”

Her nose crunched; the echo had made Nevada’s confession a little less than secret. “Maybe we should move along to the next place?” Only a damn good salesman could accept a surrender so cheerily, he chuckled as she flipped pages in her binder and shoved it into their faces. “It’s a little less… eclectic.”


“So, by…” Nevada tried to find the word she had used, formed air quotes to emphasis and remind her it was her own phrase: “less eclectic”, Caroline rolled her eyes and hit his hands down, wishing he’d take this all a bit more seriously; “You meant ‘a damn dump’?”

Only for a second, the Realtor’s face twitched; “It’s the cheapest of the three suggestions, yes, but I wouldn’t call it a dump-” 

“It’s got…” Crybaby was trying to be optimistic, but even she couldn’t quite get into the rustic feel. “Charm.”

Oh really? Nevada groaned, curled fingers around her wrist, and brought her hand up to lay against the wood paneling on the walls. “I feel like I’m in a 70s porno, this place is old as dirt.”

“It’s a bit antiquated, yes,” Exasperated, the Realtor went to flipping to their final option of the day, but made no efforts to hide her mild annoyance. Her apparent-client hadn’t chosen to hide his, after all, she really wished she could just keep working with sweet Caroline instead. “But in it’s defense, this is a historic neighborhood-”

Apparently unimpressed, Nevada roared with laughter, bumped his girlfriend with his shoulder and watched as she stumbled over a slightly loose board. 

Crybaby squeaked; Nevada caught her by the hem of her skirt; the Realtor pushed the binder they’d been working out of against his chest.

“You only have to suffer through one more viewing today, Mr. Ramirez.”


“Oh, Nevada!” She had abandoned her shoes at the door, apparently too entranced with the hardwood to resist traipsing about on bare feet. “Look, Honey, these windows!”

Yes, the windows were lovely; ceiling to floor, wide enough for Caroline to spread out her arms and lay palms against the dark frames around them- four of them spanning the wall from the living room to the open kitchen. Obviously elated by the sunlight pouring through- she spun on the balls of her feet, jumped from spot to spot as if there were stepping stones there to guide her, all the way from the first window to the last.

Sure, the view and the light was beautiful- but Nevada couldn’t bring himself to agree with her; he was too busy watching his Crybaby’s silhouette dance about, the gauzy trail of her chiffon skirt as it flailed around to try and keep up with her. 

“As you can see, it’s an open concept; picture frame molding on the walls, some columns mostly for decoration-” as if she had expected protest, the Realtor paused, took a moment to glance at her previously-difficult client, “three bedrooms, two are a bit smaller than the master; but there is an en-suite in addition to the full bath down the hall.”

Helping himself, Nevada sauntered through the referenced corridor, took a thoughtful peek into the rooms. They all looked the same, for the most part- decent size, same dark wood floors and ivory walls. 

All he could think of while examining the extra space, was the purpose his little lady had suggested; to grow.

The ladies chatted about marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances, he thought he heard Caroline asking about the possibilities of a chandelier; she was already considering decorations, but Nevada felt as if he was in a daze.

Imagine, he thought- if instead of a guest bed, they could fit a crib in instead. The two smaller bedrooms were just feet away from the master; they’d be able to hear cries with little or no effort on their part. To grow. Bookshelves were built into the walls; what would be their room and the living area both had them; they could fill the spaces with his Crybaby’s silly poetry books, or they’d be overtaken with toy trucks and dollies… the floors, though stunning, they’d need to get rugs. Winter would come, they’d get cold, the place was conveniently just on the third floor- he thought he could even hear little toes padding along the wood-

“Nevada,” Caroline came up behind him, surprised him, pulled him from his dreamy reverie with a jump. She had managed to sneak down the hall, join him in the master bedroom without him even noticing her approach- the sound of footsteps had been as real as the walls around them. “Nevada, what do you think?” Up to tiptoes, so she could force hands inside of his jacket, obligate him to embrace her- “How’s this joint make you feel?”

Feel? It’d been easy to explain that in the other apartments, he’d felt out of place, disconnected, rather aloof about the entire moving process in general. Caroline’s slithering was counteracted with his surprisingly eager reaching for her; Nevada selfishly coiled arms tight around his precious Crybaby, an arm firm on her waist and the other up her back so he could tangle his fingers in her curls. Without really thinking, in the midst of yet another large window’s champagne-colored light from the approaching sunset, he found himself swaying with her; there may not be any music playing, but he could imagine it just as well as he could little laughter and loving, shrill shrieks.

His cheek found hers, he nuzzled close and she adoringly lay a palm over the other side of his scruff. It was rare for him to want to coddle her so, somewhere other than the solitude and safety of their respective apartments, she’d take all the dancing and snuggling he wanted to give her. 

Recklessly, he began kissing at her smiling face; atop her pink cheeks, that scrunched up nose, her forehead and her shut-tight eyelids. In the waning sunlight, just like this; her skin had a golden tint, she was glowing brighter than the stars that would be coming soon. He ran thumbs over her cheeks, shivered and welcomed her hands as they moved to slide up his back under his shirt. 

Imagine, Nevada couldn’t help himself; this every night. Not just the evenings he managed to stumble the blocks to her little nesting place, but each and every one. They’d put the bed right here, so when she stretched out luxuriously atop the sheets, every inch of her skin would glimmer and she’d be as resplendent as the goddess she was- He’d come home early just to catch the sunset of an evening, bring her here so he could worship…

After cupping up her smiling face in his hands, Nevada finally found her lips, kissed her like he hadn’t done in too long; with adoration, sincerity, honest love. “I feel like I’m home, Crybaby,” he admitted it while still pressed to her pout, could feel her smile against his lips and sighed when she let out just a whisper of a squeal she couldn’t conceal. “It’s perfect, and there’s so much room, to live, to breathe…” Finally, he opened his eyes again, and felt his heart nearly burst from his chest when confronted with her pure excitement. “To grow, ya know?”

Oh, and she howled, jumped despite his uncharacteristically sentimental moment, and leapt up so he had to smartly grab hold of her thighs to keep her above his hips. Caroline hooked ankles behind his back, tightened arms over his shoulders and around his neck while he supported her weight. “Oh Nevada, you’ll love it, this’ll just be swell, I promise Baby-”

A tap-tap-tap of the Realtor’s knuckles against the door frame garnered their attention; a satisfied smirk of success plastered across her face. “I take it you like this one?” A hand to her hip, and she wagged her prize binder up into the air once confident both of them were looking her way. “There’s time to make an offer today if you’re truly interested-”

If? Nevada scoffed, his old attitude back despite having his lady hanging from him and kissing the softest parts of his throat. “We’ll take it, but-” he held out a finger, pointed directly at the damned book that had been thrust at him too many times already for his liking; “don’t gimme that fuckin’ binder again, just tell me where to sign.”

Caroline could only smile, happily able to ignore his attitude while considering the new adventure ahead of them… their new adventure.

Nevada Ramirez had finally made true to his promise;
to bring his Crybaby home. To live, to love… to grow.

Originally posted by nerd-girl-642

Analysis Time! Flame Princess, her role then and now

I’m still working on the Lemongrab one (goddamn it’s a bit of work!), but this is just something I’d like to talk about for a second. 

Recently there was a person who said this on confessingadventuretime:

I am aware that a lot of people outright hated the character when she was first introduced, and with good reason. Whether you thought Flame Princess was adorable or not when she first appeared in ‘Incendium’, there’s no denying that introducing a new character for the sole purpose of becoming the protagonist’s love interest is not good writing. Even so, it there’s a chance at saving the character.

A good writer must ensure that this character is entertaining enough, with a distinctive personality and onscreen presence, to hold their own episode. Luckily, they managed to do just that with Flame Princess. 

Though it took them a while. 

I’ve read a lot of reviews of 'Incendium’ written years ago, after the episode first came out. Without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that a vast majority of these reviews were dedicated to criticism, either of Finn’s behavior or this mysterious new love interest shoehorned into the show, completely missing the symbolism and parallels between PB and FP packed into eleven minutes. Little did anyone know that it’s kinda hard to have the plot that 'Incendium’ had and dedicate enough time to giving this new love interest any grounded personality. 

That’s what 'Hot to the Touch’ was for. 

'Hot to the Touch’ (which, coupled with 'Incendium’, is Rebecca Sugar’s all-around best episode in my opinion) did a fine job of doing all the things I listed a newly-introduced love interest must have. 

It made Flame Princess entertaining to watch, and interesting seeing how naive she was about the world around her, giving us subtle hints that she was in that lantern for a really long time. And she also has a very distinctive (albeit slightly overused) explosive personality and onscreen presence that has this very fiery vibe to it; you, or at least I, can’t take my eyes off the screen whenever FP is on. Think of it like Lemongrab, and how every episode he’s in after 'Too Young’ has this very unsettling vibe to it ('Mystery Dungeon’ aside). 

Even with all that, there’s still no denying that Flame Princess’s primary (and for a while only) role was to be Finn’s love interest, and this continues on through 'Burning Low’ and 'Ignition Point’. 

But 'Burning Low’ wasn’t about Flame Princess. Rather, it was more focused on Finn’s relationship with Bubblegum, a brief hint at FP’s backstory, and to give us probably the most memorable and powerful line in the entire episode, if not the whole show: “Responsibility demands sacrifice." 

'Ignition Point’ was just that, the ignition point to Flame Princess’s path to becoming good. So far this is my only real piece of criticism I have with FP’s character arc, how they just kinda drop the whole "born evil, but could be made good” thing after 'Vault of Bones’. We’re given an uneasy climax to the episode as the princess relishes in killing the skeletons, who passes it off as “destroying only evil stuff”, but after that…nothing. Maybe it will come back in the future, now that she’s king. Which brings me to my last point of this little post: her future. 

The confession from the beginning worries that the writers will just forget about Flame Princess completely now that her arc appears to be “done” with Finn and she’s with Cinnamon Bun. 

Well first off, and I’m quoting the writers here, it's platonic love.You know, the love you share with your best friends? Your siblings? That kind of love. 

But that aside, there’s so much they can do with Flame Princess and still do with Finn. As for her role as a king, we’ve already had an episode where Flame Princess had to deal with an attempted coup set up by her father, and at the end Cinnamon Bun makes the Fire People realize that a ruler doesn’t need to be powerful to be a good leader, but have a strong heart and close friends. However, 'The Red Throne’ was greatly hindered by Finn. I feel this would have been a much stronger episode if it just focused on the coup and Flame Princess’s relationship with her people. I get the point was to show that Cinnamon Bun is everything that Finn is not, but to nail the whole thing about good leaders on in the literal last minute just makes it feel empty without there being any buildup. 

Another criticism people have of Flame Princess’s character even today is that everything she is now is because of Finn, and that’s true. But that’s also kinda the point. If it weren’t for Finn, she would have never met Cinnamon Bun, or became the new Flame Queen. 'The Red Throne’ was supposed to show us that she doesn’t need Finn anymore. 

Besides, it’s not like this isn’t an easy fix. Remember early Princess Bubblegum? Her only role in the series was to be Finn’s love interest, act as a plot device or a red herring. We were given a bit more in 'What Was Missing’ and throughout Season 4, but ever since 'The Suitor’ she’s completely been her own character.

However, there are more stories they can do with Flame Princess as she matures into a strong leader. Just to list a few:

-Doubts about her ability to change the Fire People

-Repercussions of total honesty

-Return of Me-Mow, mayhaps? 

-Building relationships with other kingdoms

-Showing Ooo that it doesn’t need to be afraid of the Fire Kingdom

And as I’ve said, there’s still more they can do with her and Finn’s relationship. Personally, I’d love to see the two of them bury the hatchet of their old relationship and become good friends. And apparently we’re getting an episode for just that.

'Jake the Brick’ is an upcoming episode that will finally deal with the whole “Baby Lich” situation, and Flame Princess will somehow get involved. 

Very interested in seeing where that’s going. 

And even with all that guys, if you still think Flame Princess is a weak character and her shoehorning into the show was unforgivable, at least look at it this way: 

'Adventure Time’ did it miles better than any attempt MLP has ever made with a shoehorned love interest (though that’s hardly saying much).

But that’s all I got. I hope you guys know where I’m going with this. Lemongrab analysis is coming up hopefully by the end of the week. 

Peace!

My History of Science Was Wrong
  • Back when Venus passed between Earth and the Sun, a conversation with a local astronomer got me interested in reading just a little bit about the history of astronomy. I was completely surprised by how reasonable old-timey theories like Aristotle's levity/gravity and a geocentric Earth are--IF you drop your presentist knowledge in favour of the tools that were around at the time.
  • I learned a lot of things from reading just one (long) online comment-thread
  • Part of the understanding is just how crazy our modern cosmology is. Of course none of us question it because there were astronauts on the moon on TV and besides our teachers told us so and they have a higher social position and education than we do. (Bacon) This really hit home for me when I read that some ancient Greek natural-philosophers had measured how fast the Earth would have to spin to validate heliocentricity and concluded the number (~10,000 mph) was ludicrous. It sure feels like I'm standing still and not being blown by a 10,000 mph wind!
  • One ancient natural-philosopher speculated: If only there were some kind of ... ENVELOPE, or SHEATH, that would protect everything from spinning off and keep the air still on the Earth as the Earth whirled at its . Speaking of ad-hoc theories that fail Ockham's Razor....
  • (But wait ... how could they make that calculation if they thought the Earth was Flat because no Colón/Magellan...? I think that's another misconception I'll have to remedy later.)
  • Also interesting is that the concept of relativistic frames shows up in the 14th century. To say whether the celestial sphere or the Earthly sphere is rotating (what the stars can be observed to do at night) ... well, it's all just a matter of perspective, innit? Neither one "is really" rotating, it's just that the "other" is rotating -- considered from wherever "you" are standing.
  • I was also reminded, in imagining the astronomers working with their epicycles to predict -- quantitatively, not necessarily knowing the underlying mechanism -- the motions of the stars and planets, of quantitative finance. Particularly the machine-learning side. We just try to figure out *a* formula that works. If it has lower Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension, great, but all we're really trying to do is predict what will happen or, more often, the risk of X happening. I can imagine future economists looking back on what fools we are, with our neural nets trained on the wrong data and overfitting the wrong functional forms. All for the sake of making a dollar and getting that social approval.
  • Have you ever tried explaining why inertia is right and things all fall at the same speed to a kid? Because things don't all fall at the same speed, and smoke in fact goes up. Not only that, but (if you have chosen to live far enough away from artificial light or regularly venture there at night) the sky is obviously still and even with great precision we can't measure parallax. Not to mention
  • Also -- that whole "Humans have over time come to see themselves as less and less special or privileged in the order of the universe"? Who said that, Sagan? I oughtta put a different book in front of his face before he promulgated all that stuff. The ancients and medievals didn't see humans as special or privileged by the Earth being at the centre of the Universe. They saw us as being at the bottom (which we obviously are. all the Heavens are above us. "up" is defined as the normal to the manifold surface of the Earth) of the natural order. This is totally consistent with the Fallen post-Eden state -- the Earth getting older and decaying, Man living shorter and shorter lifespans and falling deeper into Sin, the great civilisations of the past crumbling and decaying.
  • Anyway, there are way too many informative things said by different people to do "Quote" posts and I want these to be tied together. So I'm using the "Chat" Format instead.
  • if heliocentrism is so blatantly obvious and only the stupid Catholics didn’t get it because of their “blind faith”, why did the Chinese, who were unencumbered by both Aristotle and the Bible, have to wait until the Jesuits – of all people – came, rather than vice versa? It’s funny how all these clamorous indictments against the Catholic Church for holding back science somehow amount to a big insult to non-European civilizations, who didn’t have the evil Church to hold them back and somehow still didn’t make it, despite being given a 1000-year headstart.
  • Don’t forget, heliocentrism had been falsified in good Popperian fashion by the absence of the predicted stellar parallax and the lack of eastward deflection in falling bodies. (Good evidence why Popper is inadequate.) The latter was not empirically settled until the 1790s when Gugliemini dropped weights down the inside of the spiral staircase of the tower of the Univ. of Bologna. The former was apparently settled when Calandrelli observed parallax in a-Lyrae. (“Apparently” because some have contended that he could not have actually observed it. However, it was reported in the literature in 1803.)
  • the Jesuits were half-way convinced. Grienberger was reported to have said that Scheiner was on board and even Clavius was not far from the Copernican system. Then GG had to get into a flame war with Grassi over the comets of 1618, where Grassi had made meticulous telescopic observations and was clearly right on the science while GG had not even bothered to observe them, and so the Jesuits, who had earlier celebrated Galileo, sat on their hands when he went on trial.
  • Galileo declared that the comets of 1618 were emanations in the earth’s atmosphere; whereas the Jesuit astronomers claimed they were bodies in highly eccentric orbits that had come from somewhere beyond the moon. In the Dialogo, Galileo had claimed the ocean tides were sloshing caused by the earth’s rotation and so conclusive proof. But centuries before, Aquinas had written that the tides were caused somehow by the moon.
  • Somebody else pointed out that the Catholics have had the longest-running astronomical observatory in the world. Elsewhere that Aquinas wrote that there are multiple possible interpretations of the Bible and we shouldn't settle on THE official one until we know it's true (however false interpretations can be ruled out)
  • Apparently the future Pope told Galileo in 1611 that the theologians needed a little time to go over his work. He pushed them on the issue and said they needed to reinterpret the Bible based on his work of natural philosophy, That was a no-no because only the Church can interpret the Bible (this is before Martin Luther) and that is in fact where all of their political power comes from. So rather than being anti-science, the Church was forced, politically, into taking GG head on when, for intellectual reasons, they woudl have preferred to continue their centuries-long project of squaring science with religion.
  • (In the discussion it coes clear that science and religion as we think of them today are misleading terms, because science as we understand it didn't exist and neither did religion as we understand it. Natural philosophy, astronomy, geometry, and theology are better terms.
  • here's what the other guy said:
  • The Catholic Church has one of the oldest operating observatories in the world. During the time the Catholic Church was ascendant, Europe experienced one of the greatest scientific booms in world history.
  • The conflict thesis about Galileo and Bruno are basically urban legends that have little connection to what actually happened. It always disappoints atheists when they find out that Galileo was actually kind of a dick, and Bruno wasn't executed in the slightest for his support of heliocentrism, but I try to always attack urban legends whenever they crop up.
  • Geocentricity was not seen to support humanity’s “specialness”. The centre of the universe was the bottom of the universe – everywhere you looked was up. That we occupy the place of least dignity in the universe was a commonplace of classical & medieval poetry. --Andrew Brew
  • "Anachronistically, we tend to think the Church's great problem was negotiating the difference between dogma and emerging science. But the Galileo debate was superimposed on a much older struggle to assimilate Greek thought (Aristotle) w Church teaching." —Jim Harrison
  • "Immutability of the heavens is not & never was prerequisite to geocentricity. Stoics rejected immutability & accepted geo."—@rmathematicus
  • "There is an obsession with suggesting that X was wrong, and that the 'truth' came along and bulldozed all previous lies."—Pete Langman
  • "contrary to popular opinion, Copernicus’ De revolutionibus was not on the Librorum Prohibitorum but only referred there until corrected."
  • "Kepler worried about having his book on the Librorum Prohibitorum but friends pointed out that it became more attractive, forbidden fruit."
  • "All the ban meant was that scholars could not find the book on open shelves but had to apply…duly delivered from the poison cabinet."
  • attributed as a chat
  • presentist ... fuels debate
  • W
  • Jim Harrison: What really ended the debate was not a decision on which system had fewer epicycles and assumptions, but the emergence of a persuasive dynamic explanation. So long as it’s just a matter of geometry, Tycho’s system works as well as a heliocentric system even if you consider the phases of Venus. Once you develop laws of motion and a theory of gravity, however, it becomes pretty hard to think that the itty bitty Earth is lording it over the enormous sun. It seems there was this guy named Newton…
  • Came across a historian of science who is tearing apart the story we were all told about the Catholic Church and Galileo.
  • https: //thonyc.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/but-it-doesn%e2%80%99t-move/
  • A few choice quotes:
  • @rmathematicus: if heliocentrism is so blatantly obvious and only the stupid Catholics didn’t get it because of their “blind faith”, why did the Chinese, who were unencumbered by both Aristotle and the Bible, have to wait until the Jesuits – of all people – came, rather than vice versa? It’s funny how all these clamorous indictments against the Catholic Church for holding back science somehow amount to a big insult to non-European civilizations, who didn’t have the evil Church to hold them back and somehow still didn’t make it, despite being given a 1000-year headstart.
  • @rmathematicus: Don’t forget, heliocentrism had been falsified in good Popperian fashion by the absence of the predicted stellar parallax and the lack of eastward deflection in falling bodies. (Good evidence why Popper is inadequate.) The latter was not empirically settled until the 1790s when Gugliemini dropped weights down the inside of the spiral staircase of the tower of the Univ. of Bologna. The former was apparently settled when Calandrelli observed parallax in a-Lyrae. (“Apparently” because some have contended that he could not have actually observed it. However, it was reported in the literature in 1803.)
  • @rmathematicus: the Jesuits were half-way convinced. Grienberger was reported to have said that Scheiner was on board and even Clavius was not far from the Copernican system. Then GG had to get into a flame war with Grassi over the comets of 1618, where Grassi had made meticulous telescopic observations and was clearly right on the science while GG had not even bothered to observe them, and so the Jesuits, who had earlier celebrated Galileo, sat on their hands when he went on trial.
  • @rmathematics: Galileo declared that the comets of 1618 were emanations in the earth’s atmosphere; whereas the Jesuit astronomers claimed they were bodies in highly eccentric orbits that had come from somewhere beyond the moon. In the Dialogo, Galileo had claimed the ocean tides were sloshing caused by the earth’s rotation and so conclusive proof. But centuries before, Aquinas had written that the tides were caused somehow by the moon.
  • @rmathematicus: Somebody else pointed out that the Catholics have had the longest-running astronomical observatory in the world. Elsewhere that Aquinas wrote that there are multiple possible interpretations of the Bible and we shouldn't settle on THE official one until we know it's true (however false interpretations can be ruled out)
  • @rmathematicus: Apparently the future Pope told Galileo in 1611 that the theologians needed a little time to go over his work. He pushed them on the issue and said they needed to reinterpret the Bible based on his work of natural philosophy, That was a no-no because only the Church can interpret the Bible (this is before Martin Luther) and that is in fact where all of their political power comes from. So rather than being anti-science, the Church was forced, politically, into taking GG head on when, for intellectual reasons, they woudl have preferred to continue their centuries-long project of squaring science with religion.
  • @isomorphisms: (In the discussion it coes clear that science and religion as we think of them today are misleading terms, because science as we understand it didn't exist and neither did religion as we understand it. Natural philosophy, astronomy, geometry, and theology are better terms.
  • here's what the other guy said:
  • The Catholic Church has one of the oldest operating observatories in the world. During the time the Catholic Church was ascendant, Europe experienced one of the greatest scientific booms in world history.
  • The conflict thesis about Galileo and Bruno are basically urban legends that have little connection to what actually happened. It always disappoints atheists when they find out that Galileo was actually kind of a dick, and Bruno wasn't executed in the slightest for his support of heliocentrism, but I try to always attack urban legends whenever they crop up.
  • Andrew Brew: Geocentricity was not seen to support humanity’s “specialness”. The centre of the universe was the bottom of the universe – everywhere you looked was up. That we occupy the place of least dignity in the universe was a commonplace of classical & medieval poetry.
  • Jim Harrison: Anachronistically, we tend to think the Church's great problem was negotiating the difference between dogma and emerging science. But the Galileo debate was superimposed on a much older struggle to assimilate Greek thought (Aristotle) w Church teaching.
  • @rmathematicus: Immutability of the heavens is not & never was prerequisite to geocentricity. The Stoics, for example, rejected immutability & accepted geocentricity.
  • Pete Langman: There is an obsession with suggesting that X was wrong, and that the 'truth' came along and bulldozed all previous lies.
  • "contrary to popular opinion, Copernicus’ De revolutionibus was not on the Librorum Prohibitorum but only referred there until corrected."
  • "Kepler worried about having his book on the Librorum Prohibitorum but friends pointed out that it became more attractive, forbidden fruit."
  • "All the ban meant was that scholars could not find the book on open shelves but had to apply…duly delivered from the poison cabinet."

sapphicstarships-deactivated201  asked:

I absolutely love everything that you've been posting, and bridging the urban-rural divide to help change the ideologies of rural culture is literally what I'm planning my career around trying to do. My focus is very America-centric, but if you're interested, I can definitely recommend some reading material for you! xx

It’s something I have been thinking about for a long time, in explicit terms since our election in July where my home state elected a stain on Australian politics that just won’t quit: first elected in the mid-90s, then it was racist commentary on Indigenous and Asian Australians, then we exiled her from politics but she’s made a comeback, now it’s Islamophobia. But it’s always been something in the back of my mind, the insular nature of the liberal elite.

I’m from a small regional city, I know “those people.” They’re my extended family and people I grew up with. They make lots of spelling mistakes and questionable comments about minorities on my Facebook feed. But the thing is, they’re not write offs or somehow fundamentally different from “us”. They’re actually regular people like you, like me, who happen to live somewhere else and have a different exposure to political issues. Their local economies work differently and the things that concern them are less relevant to people who live in cities. For years they’ve been listening to the only people bothering to speak to them: the right wing media. And so their culture and their world view is different. It’s easier to recognise someone else’s bubble and liberals are so god damn smug about it, but we live in one too. 

Gleefully actually, until we lose an election and then we all come out crowing about racism and sexism and bigotry. 

All this is to say: that sounds super interesting and yes, do share! I think it’s interesting to compare these things between countries, to see what we can learn from each other. (Again, it’s easier to observe than to exist within the system.) Because it seems to be happening all over the world, but the peculiarities of each country or culture emphasise different aspects of the issue.

David Wong on Cracked has been writing a lot of good stuff: How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind is actually far more incisive and less facetious than the title suggests. Also this

If you focus on the racism and ignore the economic anxiety, you’re intentionally blinding yourself to much of the problem. It doesn’t matter how much you hate them; their concerns must be heard and addressed or else this will happen again. Or, as someone on Twitter put it, “I’m begging liberal Democrats to discover a tactic other than wealthy celebrities mugging in a camera about how dumb the GOP is.”

The follow up to the quoted tweet:

I don’t know if it’s just that people from cities don’t know what it’s like to drive through those depressed near-ghost towns? But there are lots and lots of parts of this country (and I’m guessing America too) that are a post office and a pub. One street and one dwindling industry, with double figure youth unemployment and nothing that looks like change coming anytime soon. Of course racism and bigotry and “the good old days” rhetoric takes hold in these areas. It’s hard for urbanites to see because it’s so obvious that so many things are better now. But for certain groups in certain areas, they were good old days. You can’t talk about progress without acknowledging that or it doesn’t mean anything to a great big chunk of the voting population. You’re just not speaking their language.

And yet the liberal response to this is “you just can’t talk to some people” and like, yeah!!! You nailed it buddy. We are not talking to “some people”, “those people”, and they’re not effing voting with us. How thoroughly unsurprising. 

(I hope you don’t mind that I published this! I thought other people could jump in if they are also interested.)

Heathers: The Musical Sentence Starters (Act 2)
  • **SOME OF THESE AREN'T EXACT QUOTES FOR THE SAKE OF THEM WORKING FOR MOST PEOPLE**:
  • "There has been a lack of girls climbing in my bedroom window lately"
  • "My teenage angst bull shit has a body count"
  • "Jesus says it's cool"
  • "That was one hell of a fishing trip"
  • "What is that smell in the air? Is that tolerance?"
  • "You don't have to be so smug about it"
  • "This ends right here, right now. Or I'll break up with you."
  • "Fine. We're damaged. But that does not make us wise"
  • "Let's be normal, see bad movies. Sneak a beer and watch TV"
  • "Don't you want a life with me?"
  • "And you're right, it really blows"
  • "Don't stop looking in my eyes"
  • "if you could let me in, I could be good with you"
  • "So what's it gonna be? I wanna be with you tonight"
  • "You're love is too good to lose"
  • "'And they lived happily ever after' You really believe that? You think it's all goes back to normal?"
  • "You know exactly what he is, and you love it."
  • "I think they were murdered."
  • "Well fuck me genitally with a chainsaw"
  • "Nancy Drew is on to you."
  • "It looks like she's going to lady prison"
  • "This is a pretty wild theory..."
  • "My heart knows the truth!"
  • "He didn't write that love note. I did."
  • "The whole school was in on the joke."
  • "Don't you trust him?"
  • "Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?"
  • "I'm ending our affair"
  • "It might be a bad time to say I faked it every time"
  • "The last guy I slept with killed himself because he was gay for the linebacker.."
  • "Well who made her captain"
  • "You don't deserve to wear our school colors"
  • "You said you would protect her!"
  • "Stupid child proof caps!!"
  • "You're gonna die alone"
  • "If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?"
  • "If you were happy every single day of your life, you wouldn't be human. You'd be a game show host."
  • "Why are you carrying a gun?"
  • "Where did you get these pictures?"
  • ".....And then he woke up"
  • "He kissed me quick"
  • "He was mine until we his first grade"
  • "Certain boys are for kindergarten, certain girls are meant to be alone."
  • "Why are you pulling my dick? It was your boyfriends idea."
  • "Just another geek trying to imitate the popular people and failing miserably"
  • "You've earned that red shrunchie"
  • "I'll scream and my parents will call the police."
  • "Come out and get dressed. you're my date to the pep rally!"
  • "It's guaranteed they won't see their senior prom"
  • "I was meant to be yours. We were meant to be one"
  • "I can't make it alone"
  • "you were all I could trust"
  • "I'm sorry for being a horrible person"
  • "No one here deserves to die, except for me and the monster I created"
  • "One more dance and than fair well"
  • "Got no time to talk, I'm a dead girl walkin'"
  • "I'd hardly call this a bomb"
  • "I wish your mom had been a little stronger, I wish she'd stayed around a little longer."
  • "I wish you'd come with me"
  • "I wish I had more TNT"
  • "The irony of this is that I never got to write my own suicide note."
  • "I respectfully disagree"
  • "But you aren't beyond repair."
  • "You beat me fair and square"
  • "Hope you miss me, I wish you'd kiss me, then you know I worship you."
  • "Say 'Hi' to god."
  • "You look like hell"
  • "Yeah, I just got back."
  • "Brand new sheriff come to town"
  • "My date for the pep rally kinda blew...me off"
  • "Are there any happy endings?"
  • "High school may not ever end"
  • "One day we'll change the world, but let kick back tonight"
  • "Let take off our clothes and dance"
  • "Maybe we won't grow old and then we'll never die"
  • "We'll make it beautiful"
Interesting piece of dialogue I picked up on during The Talking Dead's live broadcast of 5x04 - 'Slabtown'

So I’m watching some Talking Dead episodes with Emily Kinney in them because I’m bored, and a particular piece of the conversation between her and Chris Hardwick really sparked my attention and sent my Team D vibes running wild. Here we go:

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  • Kurt: Hey.
  • Blaine: Hi.
  • Kurt: So you went to go see Elliott?
  • Blaine: I did. He's a good guy. He's a good friend to you.
  • Kurt: He's one of the only real friends I've made since I came here. He texted me as soon as you left his apartment six hours ago, so I guess I've just been wondering where you've been.
  • Blaine: Well, I um, actually took a water taxi to the Statue of Liberty. Just needed some space so I could think.
  • Kurt: I went to the Highline, to do the same.
  • Blaine: Well then, can I go first? I think I should move out.
  • Kurt: I'm not sure if that's what I want.
  • Blaine: Me neither, but I think we need to take a step back for a second, together, and just look at the situation honestly. It's not working out. After graduation, I just moved in and we didn't even have a conversation about it, we never weighed the pros and cons, we never really discussed if this was the absolute best thing for our relationship.
  • Kurt: We just wanted to be us, together.
  • Blaine: And we are together. We are so together. But I just think that maybe living together in less than ideal circumstances...
  • Kurt: Maybe we don't need that pressure right now, but it's such a scary decision to make. I just, I feel like I -
  • Blaine: I know, I know. It is scary, but I think it's a little less scary if we make the decision together.
  • Kurt: We can't go backwards.
  • Blaine: We're not going backwards. I think we're being smart.
  • Kurt: By protecting something that is very precious to me. You know that, right?
  • Blaine: Of course I know that, of course. Always, I know.
  • Kurt: No matter who we become, even if we do need alone time, which is completely valid, we'll always belong to each other. And even though this wasn't a fight, this was just, you know, a grown-up, adult conversation, you know, we are now going to have the hottest makeup sex ever now.

“If you watch the early Hartnell shows now, so much of what you see is the show you know - with one startling, sometimes frustrating difference: the Doctor is in no sense the hero. I don’t just mean that he’s an anti-hero, because he still is sometimes: I mean he’s not the focus of the stories. I still find this baffling. William Hartnell is clearly terrific - he’s got the cool spaceship and the best costume, and damn it, he’s playing the title character - but most of the time he’s left flustering at the back of shot, while the camera hones in on Ian and Barbara. Who made that decision? You’ve got a charismatic, unpredictable time-travelling genius, and you ignore him to foreground a couple of slightly-too-earnest teachers who are cross about going to exciting planets and fighting monsters and basically want to go back to school instead. Eh?

Look, I’m not slagging it off, these are brilliant shows and a legend was launched - but why? I’m not even talking about screen time - the Doctor is hardly in Blink, Sherlock Holmes is absent for most of The Hound of the Baskervilles - it’s how his screen time is used. I fully get that the First Doctor was never going to be James Bond, but he doesn’t even get to be M. Trapped in that cell on Skaro, it’s Ian who figures out how to deal with the Daleks. Ian?? Excuse me, the science teacher, in the cardigan, who discovers that time travel is real and that the stars can be his but decides he’d rather get back to work, shoves in front of the alien genius time-traveller with the best hair in the show, and nicks all the close-ups? Oi! Writers’ Room! Check the title page, whose damn show is this?”

- Steven Moffat (DWM issue 497)

Just wanted to put this quote here because we just felt like highlighting how vastly different people’s ideas about Doctor Who are. Here, we couldn’t disagree more with Moffat.  

It’s a shame he feels as though Ian and Barbara’s character development is ‘stealing’ screen time away from the star and that an ensemble drama can’t work. When the programme was envisaged, yes the Doctor was the lead but that doesn’t mean he has to be the only focus, plus he really doesn’t only stand in the back of shots flustering. There’s more to being a character than bouncing about and running- there’s observing and learning and bonding and just about anything else. Plus he’s gradually becoming the hero character and to have him start that way would be pretty boring. And why not the reluctant cardigan wearing teacher being a hero? Isn’t that great for an audience, the idea that each of us can be thrown into something beyond our control and grow in more ways than we knew. And Ian and Barbara were hardly invited along, they were kidnapped, of course they’re not as excited as others, they want to go home because the ship is broken and there’s a real fear they may never see their loved ones again. It’s not like New Who where they can pop some place and get home in time for tea. Of course anyone would find travelling more fun if it was easier, but Ian and Barbara were never given a choice and then couldn’t get home. Whilst they were there they relished every opportunity to see history and experience things but wanting to go home doesn’t make them boring or uninspiring. It makes them real and human and relatable. Some people don’t want to travel forever, some people do, but most people will want to go home in the end and the drive for them to do that is what makes them so compelling and what makes the early years so special.

It just seems so sad that he feels as though there’s only room for one hero and it has to be the Doctor. For us, the companions have always been really special and we adore the First era for allowing the companions to be every bit the heroes too. But also the First Doctor is a hero to us because he learns how to be one, to become a good person, to know when to save the day, but also to know when to step back and let someone he cares about shine, because they are capable and deserving too. Moffat also asks why was it done? But why not? Did it work? Did it start a show that’s lasted this long? Surely they did something right. Plus the Doctor may not be the focus, but he’s a mystery and when you unravel too much of that character we feel the programme feels smaller and takes away that something alien and unknown about him. We are so happy the First era chose to do it the way it did and we doubt we’d have ever have liked it the way we do if it had gone the way Moffat prefers.

anonymous asked:

babes, fingers crossed for April but fraid we're gonna have to wait longer. too much work still needed imho. we need to see way more seeding - Eleanor to disappear completely, break up announcement, clean Harrys image, give Louis a public profile, cast doubt on louis sexuality, fix their dynamic on stage, more referencing them together, a pic or two together...other cases - matt bomer, ricky martin practically paraded their partners or/and kids for us/media prior to confirmed outing.

Look at the articles about Harry, they already changed their tone. I’m disagreeing with the need of a BU announcement. Louis has been getting a public profile for a while, all those Rovers articles, the songwriting and now the businessman articles are very much present. Cast doubt on L’s sexuality? It’s 4 years of rumors and even an accidental vine is making an outing. What matters that fans stood up and created trends how much they support him. I hope their team saw it! 

E disappearance, stage interaction: What you say can happen in a very expedited way. I can refer to my post about those 10 days in November when at the end of the day press was full of articles about Harry’s sexuality and Louis’ sexuality. That would’ve been the end game, but things changed because Modest pulled the break and BS 2.0 happened.

I’m gonna quote my CO timing speculation post here: (read it if you want to see the entire argument)

“….plans change. Plans change as they changed in November, plans change because BS 2.0 happened, plans change because they do. That’s why they are plans. Plans cannot count with people’s reaction. Plans cannot count with how ready people are, plans are just a good way to lay down a timeline.

Plans are not able to control the masses, plans that had been laid out in Aug or even earlier just cannot count with how people would react to anything Harry and Louis.

Remember Lairport? Twitter BLEW UP. Twitter blew up because Harry and Louis traveled PUBLICLY together for the first time in three years. People talked about Harry and Louis so much that they made number one worldwide twitter trend for 24 hours. We didn’t even get picture, only in the last minute, we didn’t even have them arriving and leaving at the same time, they were minutes apart and twitter blew up. HELL, Louis called Harry’s name on one of their shows and IT MADE A TREND. It made into a trend that one band member called the other one on a nickname. How insane that is, right?

There were 7-8 twitter trends about Harry and Louis in February. Then abruptly stopped. As fast as it started, it stopped too. Too early, right? Who would’ve guessed that twitter would blow up? That’s something even the best plans cannot count on. AIMH getting 70 K retweets in 24 hrs on the Oscars night? Who would’ve guessed it? People cannot be controlled, masses cannot be controlled. Their reaction is unpredictable. And I have to say again: look at Lairport.

We don’t know for sure when the CO is planned, never, next year, this year, album promo, OTRA break, we have no clue, we can only guess. But plans can change and I really don’t know how much more their team or whoever who is behind the CO needs to give the final nod, how many more trends and support from fans, how much more time, we don’t know, but they definitely want 100% control over it.

So they plan to seed the HL friendship? Well, good luck. Good luck with that. The first time they are papped grocery shopping or whatever is planned, then good luck. Good luck controlling the masses, good luck stopping the larry is real and whatever trends that would be coming. Because they WILL be coming and people will tattoo it on their foreheads how real Larry is. It will be everywhere and more and more people will be on board. More and more people will eagerly wait for them and their time to shine.

And there’s gonna be a point, I don’t know when and it’s impossible to predict, but there’s gonna be a point when every single minute of delay of the CO is going to be a wasted rainbow dollar. It’s a blurred line, but there WILL be a point when it won’t make sense to delay it. Based on Lairport I tend to believe more and more that their first public hanging out will be the last straw. Media will BLOW UP, there won’t be only a handful of articles like about Lairport, but there will be syndicated articles everywhere, because their papping will be part of a plan. Which is all fine, BUT Twitter will BLOW UP, everything will blow up, so good luck seeding that friendship and still have control over it.”

Hi Irish Central, bet you're having fun with all the responses.

I want to start off by saying I understand this kind of response from a non-Irish dancer. I really do. To an outsider, Irish dance is madness. We’re glitzy, we’re flashy, we’re “a hyper competitive” subset of Irish culture. But really, I expected this from some bored and overly opinionated blogger, not from a professional journalist.

As an aspiring journalist myself, I must ask: where did Cahir O'Doherty get his information? Did he actually interview irish dancers while writing this piece or did he blindly search Google for a few hours until he’d had enough? I can guarantee you, if any real member of this community was able to explain to him half of his misconceptions about the sport, I repeat sport,this article would have been written very differently. I mean, I’m no pro, but that’s very basic journalism.

Moving on to the editors. Did any of you care to notice that all his information has gone uncited? Did you care to question what this “underground network” is called or where he got that magical $1K dress price (which, by the way, is off by a considerable amount, further proving my point)? What about quotes? Isn’t the best way of writing an opinion piece using the other side’s argument to prove why your side is more compelling? I, for one, regardless of my Muggle or non-Muggle status, most certainly am not compelled.

Mr. O'Doherty, do you possibly have kids that compete in some sport and have to deal with their anxiety while they train and compete? Better yet, were you an athlete when you were younger? If you were, did you put up with the anxiety because you loved your sport? Did you truly enjoy what you did, regardless of any stupid parts that came along with it? I know my brother hated the constant bad calls in soccer, and my sister could not stand the uniforms she had to wear for track. But hey, it’s part of the sport. You hate it that much, you can quit. 

See that’s why we’re angry. Your violent opinion bashes something we dedicate a great deal of time to and love to dedicate a great deal of time to. Sure the dresses, the wigs, and the makeup are ridiculous, but that is a valued part of our sport because we, unlike other athletes, are athletes and performers. We are a sport and an art form. The crazy attire, in our opinion, looks good on stage, and gets us in the zone for the long and tough competition days. You may not agree, but you’re also not a part of this community so you don’t quite understand either.

In addition, like many things, Irish dance undergoes transformations in competition and in style. You don’t see NBA players wearing those ridiculously short shorts they wore 30+ years ago. Why? Because styles have changed. Similarly, our dresses are far different from traditional dresses because that is how style has progressed. However, most dresses honor the tradition through Celtic design, even traditional Celtic stories, like the famed Academy storybook dresses.

In gymnastics, the tricks in all events have become more and more difficult as the years progress. 30 years ago, an Olympic gold medalist could barely do a full; now, one barely makes the team unless they can do a quad. As in gymnastics, Irish dance has evolved, with wilder tricks and more intricate routines. This evolution is not unique to our dance tradition and will continue to occur as the teaching side of Irish dance progresses to the next generation of retired dancers.

As for the money aspect of your argument, yes, it is very expensive to be an Irish dancer. Some of my best friends have quit because paying for it all is too much of a burden. However, you fail to recognize how this community provides for its members. Every single dress I have bought, custom-made, for $2000, has sold for at least $1800, if not full price. Hotels for competitions always have group rates to make staying there more affordable. Regions often organize stipends for world-qualifiers that need a little help getting the money to go. My school even has parents in the airline business that offer up some of their buddy passes to let dancers go to majors. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had a friend stay in my room during a competition because it’s too expensive to have one themselves. 

The irish dance community is not the largest, but hell, we are strong and we are united. Most of us are not “impressionable young girls” because of the aspects of our sport O'Doherty disapproves of, and if being this driven is a wrong quality to have, I never want to be right. Irish dance is one of the best parts of my life, and has made me the person I am today. Because of Irish dance, I have learned dedication, I have travelled places my friends could never dream of, I have made friends from all over the world, and I understand the valuable of hard work and good sportsmanship. Our “I-need-to-be-seen-from-space” costumes may not reflect these qualities, but then again, Cahir, a brief Google-search can’t tell you all that. 

So no, Irish dancing has NOT lost its way, and yes, we do continue on changing for the good of our sport. And no “Muggle” has the right to disrespect our community the way that this article has done. 

anonymous asked:

I know we're all sad but I think it's good to remember a few positive things right now. The "there's still love there" quote. And the fact that there probably always will be regardless of what happens. The fact that there was no cheating or ugly fights or drama. And the fact that ultimately we don't really know what happened or what the future brings so there's always room for hope. :) Hugs!!

yes, anon. i was thinking about it just yesterday. i’ll rant on this a little, if you guys don’t mind.

i have so many things positive things to remember about them. in fact, i only have positive things to remember about them. there’s not ONE negative thing that comes to my mind. they taught me SO much about love, respect and commitment. they showed me what is really like to love someone. they showed me what it’s like to love someone so much that you wanna do EVERYTHING in your power to protect what you have with that person, because it’s just so special and beautiful that you don’t wanna take any chances. they showed me that be in a relationship doesn’t mean you have to change for the other (unless it’s for the better) but rather bring the best in each other. you constantly want to make yourself a better person because the other person in the relationship deserves it.

the way they handled their relationship -not constantly shoving it down our throats or displaying it 24/7, like they needed some validation- somehow made it ten times more precious, because every PDA, every red carpet, every coffee grab, every kiss, every hug felt so natural and genuine. it was just them being them. not for show, but just because that’s how they were as a couple.

the way andrew took care of emma -and i don’t mean like when you’re sick and someone takes care of you, but in general- will always be one of the most beautiful things i had the pleasure to witness. it was always there, in the little things, when he would pull the chair for her to sit, help her with the stairs, making sure she got her cab, protecting her from the paps… not even once it felt like he was doing it for the cameras. you could FEEL he was just happy to do it. it was his pleasure. he would do anything for her and that was always clear. he wouldn’t talk about them as a couple, but he never missed a chance to praise the woman she is. (also i have to mention how truly happy he was for her when she looked like a 15 year-old-fangirl meeting mel c form spice girls).

emma peharps wasn’t the best at showing her feelings towards andrew in public, but we would get glimpses of it. when she adjusted his jacket during a press conference or when she asked him to hold her hand under the table when she thought no one was looking (ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS), when she used his sweater and his beanie, the way she hugged him -like she was never letting him go or even when she said her ‘heart swells up’ when she hears the things andrew says about her…

they had the best kind of relationship anyone could ask for. unfortunately, sometimes, things don’t work out. that’s life and, sometimes, it sucks. i said this one time and i’ll say it again: i don’t think they will ever love someone like they loved each other. they just won’t. maybe they will marry other people and have kids, bc you have to move on in life, but, 10 years from now, when they remember each other, their heart will still beat faster. there’s no way you forget a relationship like theirs.

and i thank them for showing me real love. the real kind. the pure kind. i can only hope someday their souls find their way back to each other.

fiy-on  asked:

Any advice for new Christians? How do we continue to keep our faith growing deeper and more personal with the Lord? And how do we "measure" our growth? How do we know that we're moving forward with the spiritual journey, not merely staying stagnant?

Hey my dear friend, thank you so much for trusting me with such a huge question.  This is one of those things I would love to sit down with you over coffee, but alas I hope I can jumpstart your journey in just a few words here.

Please first allow me the grace to share some posts; please feel free to browse around or skip them completely.

- What It Means To Be Spiritually Mature

- The Desperate Difficulty of Knowing God’s Love

- How Do I Love Jesus With My EVERYTHING?

- Sermon: A Living, Breathing, Pulsing, Dirt-Filled Faith

 

I’m afraid perhaps that a To-Do Checklist will make you more neurotic about your faith and you’ll put more hope in a flowchart than Jesus — so please hear me in that the Christian faith is not about doing more or less, but about letting the life of Christ work in you as you get to know Him and rest in His grace.

This is probably very counter-intuitive to everything else in the world: because we’re always performing to a deadline or due dates or demands, and all this for a paycheck or a score.  Our fallen world is only familiar with working for approval instead of from approval.  Yet the Gospel tells us that God already approves of us through His Son, and so we work from that acceptance and not for it.  It’s tough for us to really wrap around the Gospel because we live in a reward-punishment culture.  But the Gospel motivates you by an unchanging relational anchor, which is the only way to have real joy.

Let’s look at the difference between a Boss and a Mentor.  Your Boss says “Do A and you’ll get B.”  Your Mentor says “I’m giving you A to help you do A.”  Your Boss probably respects you and even teaches you, but he’s looking out for his profit.  Your Mentor loves you and even likes you, and he’s looking out for you.  Your Boss will promote you if you do well enough.  Your Mentor has already promoted you to the very highest position.  Your Boss will make you a partner if you work harder than everyone else.  Your Mentor has already made you a co-heir regardless of how much you’ve failed.  Your Boss requires you to be good to earn his respect.  Your Mentor will make you good by simply loving you.  Your Boss might let you go if you’re not performing well.  Your Mentor is like a father to his son: you’re adopted into the family, and you don’t have to “try” to be his son.

This analogy isn’t perfect: but we’re learning that Jesus is all about grace.

 

So it would be really hard to measure our spiritual progress when grace throws that all off.  I hesitate to draw a diagram.  Progress always happened in imperceptible degrees, without hardly trying: because no one can “try to get better,” but we become good by resting in the only one who is Good. 

I can see that I’ve become more patient, more caring, more repentant, less prideful, and less greedy over the years: but I hardly kept track of these things.  I simply look behind me and see the bloated corpse of who I used to be, a foreign creature killed by the softening power of God’s love.  I am capable of things now that I could never do ten years ago, like donating half my salary to fight human trafficking or hanging out with the homeless on Mondays. 

In a sense, I almost “fell into” these things because I loved Jesus.  The more you get to know Him and embrace His love, the more you will love others with the same love.  The more you know Him, the less attractive that sin will look, the more appealing that charity will become, and the more patience you can have for your friends to seek their potential too: as Jesus did with you.

I think stagnancy happens when we forget to be in the mix of people, when our faith gets isolated.  Whether you’re a rookie Christian or a long-time veteran, I always recommend keeping up with mentors and leaders and pastors and missionaries and fellow mature believers, because it’s within the myriad of sinful people that you really understand grace.  And perhaps I’ve quoted 1 John 4:12 a million times, but I’m always reminded that I can see God by loving others and being loved, so I will always endorse the church to you as our messy wonderful hope for the world.  The church has her problems: but stick with her, because she is God’s Idea.  Within community is where we find depth and life.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

— 1 John 4:12

— J