i'm testing shit

  • Ravenclaw (right after they've graduated hogwarts): You know now, as far as society is concerned, we're adults.
  • Hufflepuff: Yes! Isn't it exciting?
  • Ravenclaw: Adults who have to make their own decisions about their lives.
  • Hufflepuff: It's so freeing, isn't it?
  • Ravenclaw: I have no idea what I'm doing and I want to go back to school.
  • Hufflepuff: ...
  • Ravenclaw: I don't want to do classes or anything, I just want someone to cook for me and tell me when meals are so I don't forget and basically be able to ignore life's responsibilities.

i just started reading sbr and so far……i’m mcloving it

when cutting onions:

-noct cries and complains about the fact that he’s crying
-prompto cries onto the actual onion
-gladio tears up and asks iggy why he’s doing this when literally anyone else could instead
-iggy doesn’t tear up because he’s a fucking beast

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And now for something completely different aka I can’t focus on a single project at once.

A small, mid-century modern-inspired home based on a floor plan I found because I’ve been shopping for apartment furniture and I live for MCM designs. <3 

warm up doodle on shitty paper 

anonymous asked:

out of curiosity (super-sorry if you've gone into this elsewhere) -- what's your take on that damn dog test thing? especially the fact that eggsy refused but roxy followed through.

Hi there! Thanks for the question :)

Personally, I have never minded the dog test. As a storytelling device and as a test within the movie. I think, primarily, it is there to show that Eggsy maintains some sense of antiauthoritarian sensibilities while also circling back to when he avoided the fox (or was it a cat? I can never remember) in the car chase scene right at the beginning. He can do as he’s told–but to a certain point. Really, it’s there to show that Eggsy is still gentle at heart–but it also shows that he’s not going to win everything. 

At the same time, it elevates Roxy to a level usually reserved for the male protagonist–she takes initiative and she lands the job we all thought Eggsy would get. It’s not this miraculous feminist move but it’s really a refreshing stance to have Roxy be the one to follow through. I don’t think it makes her an automaton because it’s important to note that Roxy gets Merlin, a man she has come to know over training and probably trusts a fair amount, while Eggsy gets Arthur (which was definitely not a mistake). In a way, Eggsy was set up to fail but over what Arthur (and Harry) perceived as a weakness but what is ultimately one of Eggsy’s greatest virtues.

In context of the movie, it sheds an unflinching light on just how far Kingsman is willing to go to push it’s recruits, to demand utmost loyalty. But what is loyalty? Is it complete obedience or is it trust? 

It’s safe to say, Arthur thinks complete obedience–he thinks Harry is disobedient (recruiting both Unwins, locking down his feeds, etc) and he thinks Eggsy lacks that same trait because he is unwilling to do what is asked of him, no matter how awful. Eggsy, I believe, thinks loyalty is trust. He trusts Harry, so he is loyal to him. Keep in mind, Eggsy was willing to die on those train tracks because he trusted Harry, thereby almost indirectly trusting Kingsman. To him, Kingsman and Harry are intertwined. 

He is asked, “Who is Harry Hart?” Would Eggsy’s answer had been different if he was asked just about Kingsman or who Arthur was? I can’t say but the minute he is asked about Harry, he makes a decision to keep his mouth shut, just like he did back in the Black Prince and with Dean. Harry commented directly on this loyalty and it’s because of this that Eggsy goes through with the recruitment: because he trusts Harry, right from the beginning. I’m sure Roxy was asked who Percival was, just like Charlie was asked about Arthur. But Eggsy was asked about Harry. So, Eggsy has his trust, and thus his loyalty, in Harry. That’s a hugely important distinction to make. 

It’s a flawed test but it’s meant to be. It’s not weeding out weaklings, I don’t think. It’s ultimately showing who is more attuned to how Kingsman works. Kingsman is not an altruistic agency, despite how they dress it up. They are trained killers and their own are easily corrupted. It is built on antiquated ideals, a need for utter compliance, and suspect motivations and trussed up in secrecy and good manners and fancy suits. 

In the end, it’s a needed test. Not because it proves who is stronger or weaker, but who will better serve Kingsman as a unit. And I hope, in some ways, that has changed in the sequel. But I guess we will see.