i'm really bored and tired

so in the past people have pointed out that the reason sophie’s age curse lasts so long in this books (despite numerous people particularly howl, who’s meant to be a ridiculously powerful wizard, trying to break it for her) is because she strengthens the curse herself with her own magically powered self-loathing which she isn’t even aware of and her magic just happens to be stronger than Howl’s so even when he tries to break it all that happens is they both come over in a cold sweat and nearly pass out

and i love that because magic-wise what’s happening is essentially:

howl: let me break ur curse
sophie: no!!! i’m old and boring!!!
howl: sophie pls
sophie: fuck off!!!

made even more beautiful by the fact that howl is tryin real hard and sophie doesn’t even realise she’s doing it

I get that a lot of people really like the “we need to consider the consequences of science” theme in fiction, and I do as well. 

However, I get very uncomfortable that innovation that can be twisted into something evil, must necessarily and inherently be evil. 

Fitz did not create The Framework. He created a Virtual Reality training exercise, in order to help train new agents without anyone getting hurt. (Which, as far as I recall, was an approved and sanctioned SHIELD project that Jemma knew about and liked.) And we currently have Virtual Reality technology that exists in our world, and as I understand people are using it for all kinds of really good things:

  • helping terminal patients get to do things on their bucket list
  • help people terrified of flying disconnect from the world 
  • create beautiful fictional worlds for people to immerse themselves in as a way to enjoy their time (just a step above 3D movies??)
  • possibly teaching first responders how to deal with really traumatic situations

And those are just current applications that people are trying to improve and develop. There are TONS more applications that involve HELPING and improving people’s lives. Because you can potentially create an evil Matrix with virtual reality doesn’t mean the technology is inherently evil. 

If I recall correctly, Fitz’ job in SHIELD is to keep creating things that protect SHIELD agents and improve the way that SHIELD runs. Nobody complains about the containment module he created to help protect Inhumans? Or any of the other countless things he’s invented to help SHIELD? (Even though I’m certain if someone thought hard enough, they would be able to find an evil version of all of those.) The reason Radcliffe was able to build AIDA is because Fitz developed a realistic prosthetic hand for Coulson to improve his life. Should he not have done that? 

Yes, of course, it’s important to consider the consequences of the technology you create. But blaming a character for having someone else completely make a new, evil version of their technology with a mystical evil book that didn’t exist when the character made that technology is a bit far-fetched. 

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Nothing but an excuse to draw Takao and Midorima lol

Drew this post from @incorrectknb. The lucky item for Cancer when I drew this was a film classic, so he has a VHS copy of Gone with the Wind, nanodayo. (hope that counts lol)

listen no one was more of a sarcastic little shit than me growing up so i get it, but as i’m solidly in my mid-30s now, i have to tell you that life is so much better when you let yourself just feel honest emotions on a genuine and authentic level

and yeah sometimes that will be cynicism but not nearly as much as you’d think. 

Your Faves are Problematic: EDBaes edition

Compassion
-Hates everyone
-Hates everything
-Would probably hate you if she met you

Sam
-Too perfect
-Literally though
-She fiddled with her own timestream to make herself morally perfect
-Then let some nanobots make her physically perfect
-What sort of SJW bullshit

Fitz
-Are you kidding
-I’m not listing all of Fitz’s problems, we’d be here all day
-He’s the Problematic Posterboy
-He has fucked up in every conceivable fashion
-But we love him anyway <3

Eight
-Kisses people who aren’t me
-Straight-up shot a guy in the head that one time 

Father Kreiner
-Was literally a Communist for two years
-Seriously we never talk about that
-Am I the only one who remembers that book or???

The TARDIS
-Too blue
-Too box
-Hates San Francisco

It’s not diversity when your record streak of hiring not white actors is a long line of having to replace your “diversity” because the story demanded they die to further the plot*. You don’t get to count your total non white characters against the white ones when the white ones have been around for season after season while the non white ones are lucky to get through an entire story arc.

You are not progressive because you’ve introduced a record number of non white (or male) characters over the run of your show when those characters are forced to step on the dead bodies of their predecessors.

(p.s. it’s also shitty writing)

(*Or to prove to your audience that you’re a NEW kind of writer and that no one is safe, except your white favs, that becomes obvious after  a while.)