i think it could be better

Here are two things that are both true:

  1. Bisexual characters are important representation
  2. Same-sex relationships are important representation

These things both being true does not make them related. It is neither the purpose nor the responsibility of bisexual characters to provide same-sex relationships. Bisexual characters are not problematic if they do not provide same-sex relationships, and acting like they are inherently devalues them. I’ve never seen anyone object to a same-sex relationship for not providing bisexual representation, nor have I ever seen anyone object to a m/f relationship for not providing bisexual representation. The demand for bisexual characters is almost always tied to a desire for implicitly straight characters to be in same-sex relationships (see #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend), with very little focus on making the character bisexual simply to have a bisexual character. Bisexual characters who provide same-sex relationship rep are praised (for as long as they do so), while bisexual characters are in m/f relationships are accused of everything from being pointless tokens who exist only to get their creators brownie points to reinforcing harmful stereotypes about how bisexuals always pick a side (an argument I’ve never seen used against a bisexual character in a long-term same-sex relationship).

And I want you to really think about the implications of all these things, in terms of representation. They’re saying that bisexual characters have no value, outside of providing same-sex relationships. That there’s no reason to be bisexual, if you’re in a m/f relationship. They’re implying that it would be better to not have bisexual characters than to have bisexual characters who are in m/f relationships. And that is deeply biphobic and fucked up.

I’ve read the arguments about bisexual characters in m/f relationships. I’m not saying that these relationships are perfect or without their problems; a lot of the time the characters involved don’t get to ID as bisexual, and their sexuality is the subject of one episode, at best. They are almost always female, and their male partner usually thinks it’s sexy. This is a pattern across several shows I can think of, and it’s annoying, but it’s also not some kind of horrific epidemic. To hear some people in fandom talk, every show has a token bisexual female character who says she’s into women despite being exclusively in m/f relationships.

To the extent that this is a problem that exists, it’s a writing problem, not a problem that’s inherent to bisexual characters in m/f relationships. Bisexual characters being in same-sex relationships doesn’t mean that their bisexuality will automatically be handled well, or that they will discuss or explore their bisexuality in any meaningful way. It doesn’t even mean the character will be obviously or explicitly bisexual; often, in fact, characters in exclusively same-sex relationships are just assumed to be gay, and fandom treats it as offensive to bring up these characters could be bisexual, lacking a textual label. Which is another delightful fucked up level of the fandom treatment of bisexuality.

When a bisexual character is in a same-sex relationship, it will be obvious they experience same-sex attraction. That’s it. And it’s easy to think, well, that’s better representation because you can tell they’re LGBT! But the truth is, the average person watching isn’t going to think, ah, that character is bisexual. They’re probably going to think the character is gay or lesbian. It’s not better representation because a casual viewer makes a different wrong assumption; it’s a different kind of erasure, and it’s still harmful to many actual bisexual people, both ones in m/f and same-sex relationships.

So I’m tired of fandom blaming bisexual characters for a lack of same-sex relationships in media. I’m tired of the idea that bisexual characters in m/f relationships are MORE responsible for a lack of same-sex relationships than straight characters are. Because, okay, let’s say, for the sake of argument that Clarke Griffin is 100% going to end up with A Dude at the end of The 100. Doesn’t matter what dude for our purposes, just the character she is romantically involved with at the end of the show is going to be male, and the writers have always known this will happen and have never wavered from this plan. Would we better off if, because of that, she was never written as bisexual? If she never had relationships with women? Is her bisexuality pointless if her end-game pairing is with a guy? 

If your answer to this is yes, then, and I mean this genuinely and wholeheartedly: fuck you. And I know what the argument here is: “But why can’t she be in a same-sex relationship? It’s gross that she HAS to end up with a guy.” Which is in some sense true, but in a larger sense beside the point of the exercise. In this hypothetical, she is, and that’s just how it’s going to be. It’s valid to talk about getting away from that, but it’s a derail. And let’s even say the reason for it is any of the things I’ve seen argued wrt same-sex relationships: that the network doesn’t want it, that the writers are afraid to go there, that someone with power over the story genuinely believes that bisexual women are going through a phase and will always end up with men in the end. It could be any or all of those things, and I still say fuck you if you think that’s a reason to not make a character bisexual. If you think it would be better for a character to be straight, if they don’t provide the relationship you want. I still want that character, and fuck you if you want to take that away from me.

The truth is, if you want to have good bisexual representation, you need bisexual characters in m/f relationships, just as much as you need bisexual characters in same-sex ones. You need bisexual characters who are single, who are promiscuous, ones who are confident in their identities and who are figuring it out. As always, the best way to represent any group is through a diversity of experiences, which is why I find the devaluing of bisexual characters in m/f relationships so frustrating. We need to stop acting like these characters aren’t a vital and valuable part of representation; we need to stop acting like they’re a disappointment or failing as rep. They are not.

Most of all, fandom in general needs to stop acting like bisexual characters are valuable in direct proportion to how much same-sex relationship content they provide. Bisexual representation has inherent value, regardless of the character’s relationship status.

(As a final note, I apologize for how gender-binary this post is; this argument as I’ve seen it in fandom is basically restricted to cis-male and cis-female characters, and m/f felt like a better way to refer to relationships between them than “different sex” or “opposite sex.” If anyone has better terminology for “relationships between people who do not share a gender identity” vs “relationships between people who do,” I’d be happy to use those terms in the future.)

5 Reasons Room for Ruby is Poorly Written

Here’s a link to my Mellow Frames of the episode if you want to read that before you read this review. 

Aw Room for Ruby, it’s a decisive episode. Not just for the fandom, but also for yours truly. There’s some things I really like about this episode, but also some things I really hate about this episode. However, one thing I know for sure is that it’s a really poorly written episode. Now just because it’s a poorly written episode doesn’t mean it’s a terrible episode. Hit the Diamond is a poorly written episode that I love. Room for Ruby is somewhere in between a poorly written episode that’s still charming like Hit the Diamond and a hard to watch poorly written episode like Fusion Cuisine. Now let’s get on to the list. 

1. The Beginning is Contrived, Horribly Improbable and Lazy 

As someone who has written before and has read multiple screenplays I would tell you that it can be hard to connect your plot points. Sometimes the writer knows what’s meant to happen in a story, but they don’t know how to get to that point. Beginnings can be hard to write is what I’m saying. However, that will not stop me from saying that the beginning to Room for Ruby is lazy as hell. Navy just lands in front of the temple, no real build up or no reason, she just lands in front of the temple. You have to have your turning points in your story happen more naturally than that. It’s like if you wanted to start a romance story by having character #1 go up to character #2 and say “Hey you seem nice, let’s date”, to which character #2 said “sure”, then the plot begins. It’s not only lazy for an opening, but it’s also confusing. What are the fucking chances she lands in front of the temple. She was drifting in space and fell to the Earth( which is really huge) to fall exactly in front of the temple. If she did it on purpose then how the fuck did she accomplish that!? I’m guessing she didn’t do it on purpose because she didn’t know the location of the temple, so she just happen to fall in front of the temple. That is really contrived Lauren! 

2. It’s Hard Not to Take Navy’s Side Here 

Originally posted by stevensstars

One thing I loved about the episode was Navy turning out to be “evil”. I really like what they did with the Ruby Squad where they first appeared to be dumb comic relief nuisances, but actually turned out to be somewhat legit threats. Eyeball trying to kill Steven was a big surprise, but Navy tricking the Barned Gems was a bigger surprise. I like how they pull it off in the episode. In most of the episode it wasn’t even considered that Navy could’ve been tricking them (yes a lot of the fandom was suspicious, but the characters weren’t), then she wanted to see their ship and tricked them. This was great. Here’s the downside, she’s kind of in the right.The ending of the episode treats it like she was being a sadist, but she wasn’t. Her anger towards them is justified (which to be fair the episode does mention) and she flung them over water where they would be safe. It’s not like she tried to kill them, she just wanted some catharsis. I can easily see a likable hero doing something like that.

Also the Crystal Gems left the Rubies stranded in space and didn’t even try looking for them once. Yes this was a problem outside of this episode, but this episode could’ve fixed this a little with a small change. Have Steven and Garnet look for the Rubies at the beginning of the episode (also imply that they’ve been doing this regularly) and have them find Navy. This would’ve made the CGs look less like the bad guys and also would’ve fixed the problem with the opening being contrived. Navy’s betrayal would’ve seem more like a betrayal too. The sloppy writing involving the Rubies is definitely why half of the fandom was like “How dare you!” and the rest were like “You go girl!” 

3. Lapis Being the One Who Objects Doesn’t Work 

Originally posted by doafhat

Here’s something I did like the first time I saw the episode. It was Lapis’ objection to Navy staying there. I liked that the show was finally giving Lapis a little character development and I liked that they presented not getting use to something quickly as a positive. However, the more I thought about it and after I rewatched the episode I realized that Lapis objecting to Navy staying there doesn’t work. First her objection is pretty much that Navy has forgiven them way too quickly, which is ironic for Lapis to say because Lapis has not brought up once to the Crystal Gems about the whole mirror incident. She doesn’t seem to show any resentment towards them at all. I don’t think it’s conceited to say that I’ve handled this better because I have a running joke about Lapis getting revenge on Pearl by using her water punch on her at random times. 

Lapis second objection is that Navy is getting use to the Earth way too quickly since it apparently took Lapis a long time to get use to the Earth. Yes, it took Lapis so long to get use to the Earth, like 1 episode, maybe 2. Some of you might argue that maybe it took her awhile to get use to the Earth while she was living in the Barn. If that’s the case than that’s really lazy writing and a huge side effect of that cursed barn. Actions speak louder than words and that definitely applies to fiction. Lapis’ dialogue in this episode breaks so many show don’t tell rules. Now this isn’t just the fault of this episode, but when you’re trying to write a continuation to a story than you need to make sure the pieces fit with what’s been established. I’m not actually against the story Room for Ruby was telling, but Lapis is terribly miscast as the objector. Now if only there was another Gem in this episode where it would make more sense to be the objector… Wait a minute! 

Originally posted by geekylaugifs

Peridot would have worked so much better! Think about it. Peridot went through multiple episodes where she had to get use to the Earth. She had to get over Homeworld bigotry, she had to learn to value the life on Earth, and she had to be disillusioned to the Diamonds. Her transition to loving the Earth was so much harder than Lapis’ and we actually got to see it. I could see Peridot saying Lapis’ dialogue in this episode and it working a lot better. Unfortunately, they decided they had “better” uses for Peridot. 

4. What Are You Doing to Peridot!?

Originally posted by sapphirerose818

This episode is really frustrating because it features two of my favorite characters of the show at their absolute worst. The first one they featured at their worst was Peridot. She got a lobotomy before this episode happened. In the episode she is completely happy go lucky and doesn’t question anything. There’s even a scene where Peridot is hanging of the back of Navy’s ship and she’s all like “Wow Navy is showing us the ocean!”. What happened to that wonderful three dimensional character we got in Season 2? The fucking barn happened! That fucking barn. 

5. What Are You Doing to Garnet!? 

Originally posted by gemster

Like Peridot, Garnet was also one of my favorite characters that the show has slowly ruined. They didn’t even have to use a barn to ruin her. Back in my Mellow Frames for Mindful Education I made fun of how Garnet is only used as a fusion wise guide. The show pretty much took that as “you think Garnet only talking about fusion is bad, we can make her worse”. The Garnet since Mindful Education comes off as a huge idiot, especially in this episode. Why didn’t Garnet go with Steven to redeem Navy? This could’ve been a good opportunity for Garnet to get some good screen time, or even have her unfuse and have Ruby help her fellow Ruby. The ending implied that Garnet used her Future Vision and saw a possible future where Navy joins the gems and a future where she betrays them. If that’s the case then Garnet not going with Steven is even dumber. Why couldn’t she have gone to make sure they don’t do anything stupid like what they ended up doing in the episode? Her reaction to what happened also makes it look like she too had a lobotomy before the episode begun. Her reaction to Navy stealing the ship is pretty much “oh well, at least we tried”. Um Garnet, this is actually a pretty big deal! A homeworld gem stole your only ship and is no doubt going to tell the Diamonds what happened leading to another homeworld invasion! This is pretty dam serious Garnet! God! What this show did to Garnet is so disheartening and this episode made it worse. They even fucking shrunk her. 

Now that is the five reasons why Room for Ruby is a terribly written. Now I honestly don’t think it’s a terrible episode since I thought it was entertaining, had a good story in theory (just poorly executed), and Navy’s betrayal was awesome. I would say it’s passable. Now my next review is going to be of a Lauren Zuke episode that a lot of fans hate, Rocknaldo. I’m going to be a little controversial and tell you why that episode is actually good. 

Cozy (Spencer Reid x Reader)

A/N: Hey guys! This was super fluffy to write and I really liked it. I decided I should post something for you before I go to a football game so here ya go!

Warnings: major cuddle fluff

Pairing: Spencer Reid x Reader

Prompt: the reader and Spencer have only been living together for about a week, but Spencer likes his bedroom really cold, and she likes it on the warm side, so they have a little sleepy argument in the middle of the night and the solution is cuddles and lots of blankets because Spencer is a stubborn lil cutie

Requested by: @kayleexidk

Upcoming Imagine: Spencer is about to leave for work…

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You shivered and pulled the blanket from Spencer, trying to cover your goosebump-covered arms, but he pulled back thinking it was a game.

“Spencer why the hell do you keep your room so cold?” You asked as you scooted closer to him so you both could share the one blanket.

“I just like it cold. It helps me sleep better.” He said with a sleepy smile.

You sighed and turned around, hoping you could fall asleep and fight the freezing cold his room was.

You eventually fell asleep, but shortly woke when your body was shivering.

Spencer had pulled the blanket off of you and was sleeping in a cuddly, warm, and soft cocoon.

His hair was sprawled across the pillow and his soft breathes filled the room.

Still shivering, you reached over and tried to unwrap the blanket for Spencer so you could get some sort of warmth but it wouldn’t budge.

You sighed and looked around his poorly dim room for some sort of blanket or coverage from the nipping cold, but with your luck, there wasn’t anything.

You heard Spencer groan and he rolled over to face you.

“Yess.” You whispered as a little bit of the blanket came undone.

You tried to cover as much of your freezing body with the little corner of the blanket, but it didn’t do its justice.

Spencer moved again, shuffling in his sleep to get comfortable, making his eyes creep open ever so slightly.

“What are you doing?” He asked quietly.

You weren’t really disturbing him, but the struggle of you trying to take the blanket from him confused his half asleep state.

“I-I’m so cold.” You said as you shook the whole bed from your shivering.

“Mmm come here.” He said trying to lift the blanket, but then realizing that he was all wrapped up in it.

He awkwardly but successfully got out of the blanket trap and wrapped it around you before pulling you on top of him.

You buried your nose in his neck, making him gasp at your cold nose.

“Wow you are cold.” He said rubbing his arms against yours to create heat from the friction.

“Stay here, I’m going to go get more blankies.” He said laying you down, kissing your forehead, and then leaving.

Spencer threw two big fuzzy blankets on top of you before jumping on top of them.

You weren’t going to complain though, he was like a portable heater.

“Come under here with me.” You said reaching out for him.

He wiggled his way under the covers with you and pulled you close.

You slid your hands into his pajama pants, resting your cold hands on his butt, making him yelp.

“Wha-what are you doing?” He whisper-yelled as his whole body tensed at your cold hands.

“Warming my hands up.” You said with a laugh.

He decided to let it go because what he wanted the most is for you to be comfortable and warm.

“How are you doing down there?” He asked with a smile.

“A lot better.” You whispered, burying your face in his chest.

“Are you cozy?”

“The coziest.”

Jack’s Betrayal

Bitty sobbed, “I can’t believe you! How could you do this to me?” He glared at Tater. “How can you let him do this?”

Tater shuffled his feet nervously, too afraid to look at Bitty.

“We are all human. Cannot help it.”

Jack tried to place a consoling hand on Bitty’s shoulder before thinking better of it.

“Bits, I’m so sorry.”

“Store bought pie! And not just any bakery bought pie! I’m gone for one week and you buy pie in CVS, and your precious Falconers just go along with it. How did artificial sweetener and failure taste like, Tater?!” Bitty spat out.

“We spoiled, of course we not like it as much as yours!” Tater hurriedly assured Bitty. “But we are human, and pie is pie.”

“Bits…” Jack tried to placate Bitty again, but was rebuked.

“Fine! Since all pie is pie then Jack can get all of your food from CVS! Maybe he’ll feel fancy and try Kroger cakes! Y'all better really enjoy that because I’m making nothing!” Bitty stomped off.

“Noooo!!! Zimbonni, what are we going to do? No more pie!” Tater cried out miserably.

Jack’s ears reddened, but otherwise there was no change in his expression. “Come on, he’s my boyfriend. I’ll find a way. Maybe. There’s still some frozen pie at home if everything fails.”

Tater’s mouth dangled open. “There was pie?! And you not share it with us? You give us fake pie and have Bitty be mad at everyone but it is okay with you because YOU still have pie at home?! You are dead man walking, Zimmboni.”

Jack shrugged.

anonymous asked:

Ok I know you're busy but please please please write whatever pairing you want for the post of the person who is advertising their services as being a terrible date to your family Thanksgiving dinner. No rush. Whenever you want. IF you want. Your life things absolutely come first

This has now been posted to AO3 here!

-Refers to this post  (text is there, but I changed to better match the situation/add in a joke or two)

A/N: This is set before the sort of reconciliation we get between Eliza and Alex (for reasons, even though other things have already happened that canonically take place post-reconciliation and really the timeline is all sorts of fucked but I’m beyond sleep-deprived), and since I’m writing from Alex’s POV, their relationship will sound pretty shitty, though it’s not the focus here. Also, this is pure crack–probably fairly terrible crack. In case anyone worried it would be serious….

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Knitting her eyebrows together in confusion, Alex reread at the vague subject line in her inbox: “Saw this, thought of you.” Knowing it was from Lucy already had her on high alert—the last time she’d unthinkingly opened a link from one of her emails at work, she’d ended up with the video for “Dick in a Box” playing at full volume to the surprise (and amusement) of her DEO recruits. But, since she was at home and more than a little curious, she clicked on the link, finding herself on a Craigslist ad that read:

“It’s Thanksgiving. Want to skip that long, insulting conversation about how youre still single? About how your parents really want more grand children? Well, look no further!

I am a 29 year old ex-con (long story, don’t worry, I’m plenty friendly!) with no family to worry about and a dirty pickup truck one year younger than me painted with some Scissor Sisters album cover artwork (there when I got it, but I like it too much to change it). I can play anywhere between the ages of 25 and 35 depending on hair and makeup. I’m a bartender and work late nights. If you’d like to have me as your strictly platonic date for Thanksgiving, but have me pretend to be in a very long or serious relationship with you, to torment your family, I’m game.

I can do these things, at your request:
• Openly hit on other female guests while you act like you don’t notice
• Start instigative discussions about politics and/or religion (I prefer to play the flaming liberal atheist, but can adapt depending on how promising the dessert selection will be and how much it would piss off your shitty family)
• Propose to you in front of everyone (I’ve got a cheap ring and all)
• Pretend to be really drunk as the evening goes on (sorry, I don’t really drink much anymore, but I used to. A lot. too much in fact… I know the drill)
• Start an actual, physical fight with a family member, either inside or on the front lawn for all the neighbors to see (I require advance warning if I’m not to harm them in any real way or leave marks)

I require no pay but the free meal I will receive as a guest!”

Scowling, Alex switched over to email and sent back: “What the hell, Lane?”

Mere seconds later a reply came back in: “Morning to you too, Alex! You said you didn’t want to deal with your mom and your sister’s shitty boyfriend alone again so… voila! A solution—and it’s free.”

“I’m not going to hire an escort service,” Alex shot back.

“She says ‘strictly platonic,’ so it’s really not an escort service. And you’re not paying her, just feeding her. C’mon, think of all the joy those stories could bring to me, your dear friend, your oldest friend.”

“You arrested me for treason.”

“Hey look! Something you two have in common. You could totally bond about being ex-cons together.”

“Fuck off.”

“Do it!”

“No.”

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MAMA 2017 tag game

Bold for the artists you predict to win and cursive for the artists you  wish to win/voting for ^^

Best New Male Artist

Wanna One (it’s the damn nation’s boygroup)

Golden Child (seriously they deserve this!! but sry, I think it’s pretty impossible to go against W1)

The East Light

Samuel

Jeong Sewoon (my ponyo, sry but he needed a better debut song even though it was solid but just not the bop)

Best New Female Artist

PRISTIN

DreamCatcher

MOMOLAND

Weki Meki

Kim Chungha (I really like her as an artist, it’s so difficult nowdays for solo artists especially new ones)

Best Male Artist

G-Dragon

Zion.T

PSY

Yoon Jong Shin

Zico (actually I don’t follow any1 of them lol but Zico does got few good tracks)

Best Female Artist

Sunmi

Suzy

IU

Taeyeon

Heize

(tbh I have no totally no idea here, this would be one of the most interessting fight lol)

Best Male Group

EXO

GOT7

NU’EST W

Wanna One 

BTS 

SEVENTEEN

( this will be a bloody fight lol and I can’t choose who’s going to win)

Best Female Group

BLACKPINK

TWICE

Red Velvet

MAMAMOO

GFRIEND

Best Band Performance

CNBLUE – “Between Us”

DAY6 – “I Smile”

FTISLAND – “Wind” (I actually I like all bands)

Buzz – “The Love”

Hyukoh – “Tomboy”

Best Hip Hop & Urban Music

Dean – “Come Over”

Mad Clown – “Lost Without You”

Woo Won Jae – “We Are”

Zico – “Artist” (I don’t know since I’m not that into Hip Hop and Urban)

Heize – “Don’t Know You”

Best Collaboration

Dynamic Duo, Chen – “nosedive”

Jay Park, Dok2 – “Most Hated”

Soyou, Baekhyun – “Rain”

IU, Oh Hyuk – “Can’t Love You Anymore”

Hyorin, Changmo – “Blue Rain” (I have no idea whos going to win but I really love Hoyrin and Blue Rain was good!!!)

Best Music Video

EXO – “Power”

TWICE – “Signal”

Wanna One – “Energetic” (sry, kinda typical MV to me)

BTS – “Spring Day” ( Ithink Spring Day stood out the most to me, while Don’t Wanna Cry was a nice MV as well. No idea who’s going to win though)

SEVENTEEN – “Don’t Wanna Cry”

Best OST

Bolbbalgan4 – “You and Me from the Start”

Suzy – “I Love You Boy”

Ailee – “I Will Go to You Like the First Snow”

Chanyeol, Punch – “Stay with Me”

Crush – “Beautiful”

Best Vocal Performance Male Solo

Zion.T – “The Song”

Yoon Jong Shin – “Like It”

Jung Seung Hwan – “This Fool”

Han Dong Geun – “Crazy”

Hwang Chi Yeol – “A Daily Song”

Best Vocal Performance Female Solo

Kim Sejeong – “Flower Way”

Suran – “WINE”

IU – “Through the Night”

Jung Eun Ji – “The Spring”

Heize – “You, Clouds, Rain”

Best Vocal Performance Group

WINNER – “Really Really”

MAMAMOO – “Yes I Am”

Bolbbalgan4 – “Tell Me You Love Me”

BTOB – “Missing You” (they deserve this seriously well as male group and then MAMAMOO as female group, but I don’t think they can gog against Winner)

Highlight – “Calling You”

Best Dance Performance Solo

Sunmi – “Gashina”

PSY – “New Face”

Lee Hyori – “Black”

Taemin – “Move” ( I have no idea, maybe Taemin might win lol but his promo is kinda late? or how long does the voting last?)

HyunA – “BABE”

Best Dance Performance Female Group

Apink – “FIVE”

TWICE – “Signal”

Red Velvet – “Red Flavor”

Girls’ Generation – “Holiday” (no idea just random pick here)

GFRIEND – “Love Whisper”

Best Dance Performance Male Group

EXO – “Ko Ko Bop”

NCT 127 – “Cherry Bomb” (or BTS maybe I just want NCT 127 to win something lol)

Monsta X – “Beautiful”

BTS – “DNA”

VIXX – “Shangri-La”

SEVENTEEN – “Don’t Wanna Cry” (the dance was really good and they are really synchron especially for such a big group)

I’m tagging: @leesungjongg @whiteconfession @shinwhoohoo @soooldout @little-piece-of-woohyun @lemon-candies @chickenyeol @gyu-booty @pitdae and any1 who wants to do it^^ like usual no pressure XD 

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Another evening visitor gets a less friendly welcome… 

Cordelia: Sorry Daddy. I’m still working on teaching him to say hello without all the teeth. 

Martin: Hmph. To think my own daughter keeps a dangerous beast like that out in the open where it could savage any hapless passers-by! 

Cordelia: Calm down, Dad. I know you don’t like dogs, but babies are nice, right? Come inside and meet Zephyr. 

Martin: Hmm, yes, babies are much better. Good to see you haven’t lost all sense. 

Cordelia: Would you like to hold him? 

Martin: Of course I want to hold him! Don’t be stingy now. You know I’ve always wanted to meet aliens myself

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Rhubarb: “Well if i’m calculating this right, it looks like I win.”

I couldn’t believe my luck. I went for the winning shot and missed.  Now i was going to have to go on a date with Rhubarb.

Marigold: “Well Mr. Thinks-He’s-Better-Than-Everyone-Else where are we going to go on our date?”

Rhubarb: “I guess you’ll just have to find out tomorrow night.”

Marigold: “My family is staying in cabin 6, pick me up there tomorrow.”

I sighed with a huff and headed out of the rec area.  He had tainted my favorite area.  I was frustrated and infuriated.  I just haaaad to show him how good I was, I just haaaad to play against him.  If i would have just left it alone i could have gotten to know Berry better, instead now i was forced to go on a date with that jerk.

anonymous asked:

I recognize that this question is going to be hard to answer because there are so many possibilities but what is your absolute favorite thing about Finn?

Anon, why must you torment me like this? Alright, how about I give a physical and a non-physical feature?

Firstly … his eyes. Not only are they the loveliest shade of dark brown, they convey so much emotion. I could look into them forever and never get bored. His fear, his happiness, his anger …

And for the non-physical feature, I love the care he possesses. He was raised to be an emotionless monster and yet? He saves Poe “because it’s the right thing to do”, and he keeps asking Rey if she’s alright. When they’re blasted on Jakku and he is the one hurt … what does he do? He asks Rey if she’s alright. I’m crying already thinking about this lovely, lovely man and his capacity of kindness. I better see him being taken care of and worried over in the next movies like he did over his friends.

anonymous asked:

So, what do you think about the last set of candids that we have of Taylor & Calvin at the airport coming back from their trip to the Bahamas? Like she didn’t look miserable? But we know the relationship was done soon after those photos? So not to dig up the past but Gorgeous kinda does that? Taylor was unhappy in her relationship for whatever reason. She probably already had her ‘moment’ in the dark room with Joe. You think those feelings are what made her want to end her relationship w/Adam?

No I think those feelings are what led her realise she deserves so much more than being left to go home alone whilst your bf is out in club doing who knows what. She realised that she deserved better and left whilst she could. And I’m so glad she got away

damnrandomwords  asked:

What do you think of vertical axis wind turbines? Seems to me they'd complement small domestic PV installations nicely and could use some wider usage

I’ve heard some people get quite preachy about vertical axis wind turbines being no good, but personally I’m rather fond of them. I definitely agree that for domestic use, they make more sense than regular windmills. They’re also much better suited to urban environments.

The typical style of wind turbines are great when you have lamellar flowing air currents, like near the coast or on flat plains, but city wind is more gusty and turbulent. Vertical axis turbines definitely seem ideal for that!

I think some of the reservations people have stem from the fact that, in the past, vertical axis wind turbines have typically been less reliable, and the turbine blades are more prone to fatigue. Though using modern engineering materials and turbine designs, I’m not convinced those old problems still apply.

Some designs for small scale applications are also impressively discreet and quiet – though seemingly rather expensive!

Things about 13x02 “The Rising Son” #5

Verdict:

This episode felt all over the place to me. There was too much packed into it, if you ask me. I think it could have been a lot better if they had just focused on Jack and the Winchesters, because that were the scenes that did really work for me. I enjoyed the talks and arguments between the Winchesters, I liked Sam showing concern for Dean and I continue to be absolutely emotional about Dean and how high up he has his walls right now.

The ending scene between Dean and Jack was great, because it tied back to the “pain”-line earlier in the episode and it paves a way for a connection that will grow between these two, I think, even if it entirely unwanted by Dean. Jack obviously cares a lot about what Dean thinks about him, so if I was to make a wild guess I could imagine that in the end Jack may die to save Dean (and Sam, etc.) - the one who thinks he is past saving himself. And there also him and Jack have something in common.

So yes, while I am still very apprehensive about the season and wasn’t a fan of the nephilim stuff all throughout S12 atm it is working really well for me, because this story brings something out that was missing in all of S12: emotion. And emotion is the key to anything after all.

So plus in my book were definitely the Dean, Sam and Jack scenes and in particular the ending scene. Like I said last week, to me the reason the nephilim storyline works rests on Alexander Calvert’s shoulders, because he is able to give Jack this certain vulnerability that I think is important if you want to create a character that resonates with the audience. Also: He to me still remains a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Seriously, he looks like Leo did in Titanic, when he played “Jack”. :)

As for Aesmodeus. I find him to be cringeworthy. :/ And also: Why do demons always have to be so god damn stupid. I mean, demons haven’t been scary in a long time on SPN, but that doesn’t mean that is a good thing, you know?

In general to me overall - especially also with these new creatures Aesmodeus wants to raise - there are still a lot of S7 overtones there. These things seem to be the equivalent to he leviathan - guess they’ll be a recurring part of the “Big bad”.

And last but not least: I still don’t care one bit about the story of Mary and Lucifer in Otherworld. I mean, it‘s nice that the show finally gives Michael some attention, but then again I’d rather had him in the normal universe (and yes, played by Hensen - just once please!!!!)

I don’t know how to rate this episode tbh. It was a 50/50. I think it was okay with some stellar scenes, such as the ending scene or the one where Jack teleports himself away or the hallway fight. But overall not groundbreaking - lots of pretty shots again however. And I see they kept with this slightly different approach to filming. Good call on that! :)

1989-fearless13  asked:

No she Isn’t. She’s knowing her worth. She’s talking about being in a relationship where the person she is with doesn’t appreciate her or treat her well and she’s realising someone else could treat her better. Everyone who has been in serious relationships that has fizzled out has experienced this. You would only be the villain if you acted on it whilst still being in a relationship.

She kind of is though like how do we know that the relationship in Girl at Home hadn’t fizzled out or that the girl wasn’t treating that guy well and maybe he realised that Taylor could treat him better? And I mean Gorgeous definitely seems to suggest acting on it which is an interesting turn of events. I don’t necessarily think that the guy in Girl At Home is as much of a villain as the song makes him out to be, but it’s interesting that Taylor wrote a song about not liking someone who expresses in someone else whilst they’re in a relationship and then writes a song about doing that herself.

(long post, sorry)

In spite of everything I love Harley Quinn but, damn, writers treat her so badly. I swear, the temptation to make her actually stupid must be terrible because it’s so often implied, or explicitly stated, that she slept her way through school. First of all, it does not work like that.  Second, she’s not a therapist or a psychologist, she’s a psychiatrist, she’s a fricking MD and a damn young one too. Managing pre-med and collegiate gymnastics that she relied on to keep her scholarship? Harley is fucked up, but she’s not the dumb blonde she plays. (also stop making her stacked, she’s a gymnast. she is 4’11” of pure muscle and is not top heavy)

If you want a good Harley backstory it’s simple. She’s ADHD but medicated and slightly robotic because of it. I want to take special care not to demonize meds but, rather, people’s disapproval of neurodivergence and a lack of focus on what is best for a patient rather than what is most convenient for others. So, maybe, around ten years old Harley is a hyperactive space cadet who’s brilliant at tests but sloppy at coursework, who would be a gymnastics prodigy if she could actually focus on technique and put in practice time instead of fooling around. Then the meds come and it’s actually really cool because she can do the things she needs to do instead of just wanting to do them, doing something else entirely, and getting in trouble. People are proud of her, she’s proud of herself. But now there are expectations. Family and teachers and coaches overschedule her, find worth only in her success and don’t care about her mental health at all as long as she’s performing and castigate her when she does fail. Fuck if you don’t internalize that. But she doesn’t look unhealthy and she’s doing amazing. She actually has to choose between the Olympic trials and continuing her grad studies. She probably has some issues with self-harm but it either doesn’t look like self-harm or is well covered up. 

When Arkham accepts her, fresh from her residency, it’s not a mistake. The woman is amazing. All they can see is a mountain of achievements rather than the seething ball of nerves, self-loathing, and imposter syndrome boiling just under the surface. That’s when Joker comes in. He’s got the Hannibal Lecter shtick down. Where everyone else sees an intelligent driven young woman he sees a frightened overwhelmed girl who is working her hardest to convince the world she’s anyone other than herself. Sending her into a nervous breakdown would be too easy so he doesn’t even bother. Instead he’s open with her, almost friendly. The other doctors are amazed, Harley is amazed, she’s not done anything particularly revolutionary but, for the first time in forever, it looks like the clown prince of crime is showing progress. He unravels her and it’s a challenge, she flinches back and gets very serious when he comes too close to the real Harley under the professional. Still, soon she’s questioning everything. She doesn’t even really like her co-workers. She hasn’t had a real friend in years. She’s forgotten how to have fun. Did she ever want this to be her life or did she just do it for other people? It starts so slowly that it looks, at first, like she’s getting better at self-care. Maybe something totally silly one weekend, a trampoline park where she can enjoy the way her toned body moves without stressing out over landings, a face painting booth at a street fair, some garishly colored downright tacky decoration that clashes with her sensible apartment. Suddenly she realizes how much she hates knowing the difference between cream and ecru. The beigeness of her life is repulsive. She hates the person she’s pretending to be even more that she hates herself which is really saying something.

After her weekend of freedom she would have called in sick if it wasn’t so suddenly important to see him. The relief she feels at talking to one of Gotham’s most infamous supercriminals is disturbing but it is relief and she’s been swallowing a slow-motion panic attack for hours. She admits, though she shouldn’t, that she took his advice about doing something fun and he teases her, what would straight-laced Doctor Quinzel do for fun? Did she realphabetize her sock drawer or buy a new clipboard? It’s not important to impress him, it’s really not. He’s dangerous, cruel, and he looks so proud when she admits that she bought a lamp shaped like a lawn flamingo. The only mistake, he says, is that she should have stolen it. She hopes the wicked thrill it gives her doesn’t show on her face. It does. She almost even laughs. He likes it when he can make her laugh and she likes it when he likes things.

It’s wrong and unprofessional, the relationship she develops, and she knows it but her whole life she’s been so high strung. Nothing she’s done has been for her, she’s not sure she knows how to really do selfish things anymore, but he knows the selfish things she needs to do. It feels good when she follows his advice even when it’s small things like the rainbow striped socks she wears concealed under her very bland slacks and sensible shoes. She’s so happy, almost giddy, and he loves her happiness, he loves her, he loves the real her that she’s had to beat down and hide for so long, the her that even she isn’t able to love. She is able to love him, though, and since he loves her she’s able to love herself for him, to protect and nurture something so important to him.

When the choice comes between her old self, the tedious endless labor of making the world proud, and Him, the spectacular man that brought color into her life, it’s not even a question. She kills Doctor Harleen Quinzel, she throws away the version of her that let herself burn just for medals and hollow accolades. She embraces Harley Quinn and it’s so much a part of her nature she can’t even see that she’s still living her life for someone else’s approval, except this time that person is a murderous clown. She hasn’t let her hair down, she’s just put it in pigtails instead of a bun.

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