okay so in my film theory class the other day we were talking about how film genres go through 4 stages:

  • the experimental stage, which is before that genre is actually defined and named as a genre
  • the classical stage, where the genre’s formula is established and recognized
  • the refined stage, where the genre is reiterated by nuanced artists for the film snob audience
  • and the baroque stage, where the genre is reiterated through parodies, remakes, nostalgia films etc. 

and as i was scrolling through my dash today i realized that memes do the same thing, they just go through the stages at breakneck speeds

like, last night was the first time i ever saw a picture of a fat cat with the word “BODE” on it. and now, less than 24 hours later, i saw a picture of a cat laying on a doormat that said “ABODE.” this meme has already entered the baroque stage!!

that still leaves the question of happened to the refined stage, though. since memes don’t really lend themselves to being embraced by the elite, i’d like to argue that the refined stage of memes occurs when fandom artists reiterate the meme for the consumption of a specific fandom. sticking with my earlier example, a refined BODE meme could be the drawing i saw of a homestuck character with BODE written over them. why can’t i major in memes??

anonymous asked:

Pearl, what do you think of Steven's fusions?

“Well, I must admit that I was a little… taken aback the first time I ever saw Stevonnie. We had tried our hardest to teach Steven how to fuse with one of us, but it just wasn’t working. And yet later on that very night, Stevonnie showed up and we were all shocked to say the last. That said, they’re a very… unique yet special fusion. You can just tell they enjoy being together, which is very telling of Steven and Connie’s close bond. It’s very sweet.”

“Maven, on the other hand, is a bit… too much to handle. Steven and Mabel both have a lot of energy, so when they fuse, they tend to get a bit carried away. Not that that’s a bad thing or anything; after all, they do seem genuinely happy all of the time. But, it might be wise for them to take it down… just a notch.”

“Now, Stepper’s personality is actually quite agreeable! He possesses Steven’s enthusiasm and Dipper’s intellect all in one! Still, they are a bit unstable… But what fusion isn’t after their first time? Plus, Stepper has quite a bit of potential in his fighting style… That shield-generating journal of his is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! With some proper training, he could become quite a formidable force on the battlefield!”

(I love it when Pearl gushes about the things she cares about. Have I ever mentioned that before? I feel like I have. Oh well I still love it)

Finally uploading this ol’ watercolour i did last summer. Mabels doing what I usually do every Monday night- and gawking at hot, greased-up centaur men.
Gravity falls has been one of my fave shows to come out in a really long time. And It really couldn’t have ended in a better way.  Ill miss it…but Im thankful its so good I can revisit it and its still as fantastic as when i first saw it.

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: gerard way, mikey way, and ray toro went to a frank iero and the cellebration show last night and i'm 1000% sure they took a picture together and i need it now. where is it. i need it. please give it to me i am so emotional right now my boys saw eachother for the first time in who knows how long. on the contrary, the four of them could have seen eachother many times since the break up and i would have never known. it doesn't matter. i. need. the. picture.

I have a lot of things to say about Minncon, but first of all, I want to talk about Jared.

I know he made a post today that was contradictory and a lot of people may think he’s an asshole. But lemme tell you a story that nobody told me, I saw it with my own eyes, and made me realize even more what an unique person Jared Padalecki is.

Last night, Minncon was ending and Jared was finishing his autos, he was last as usual and there was barely nobody around anymore. We were outside the room waiting for him to leave, so we could see him one last time. He finally emerges, and we wave and stuff, and he immediately goes hug the girls closest to him. He walks away , I yell that we love him, and he yells back that he loves us more. But that’s not what I want to tell you.

When I thought he had left already, I saw that Clif and other security had stopped, so I went to check what was happening, and I came to a scene of Jared crouched down beside a girl who was seating against a wall. The girl was desperately crying, and Jared was comforting her. He talked to her, he hugged her, he took his time. That went on for about 5 minutes. He made everyone wait just so he could talk to the girl. Then he went on his way. That touched me deeply, to see how much he cares. There were no cameras, nobody was around, it was only him, the real Jared. He didn’t have to do that, he could just walk past her but he didnt. That was not the actor, that was the person. Nobody would know he did that if I wasn’t making a post about it, because he doesn’t have to show off. That’s who he is. And I know it’s true because i was there.

My point is, Jared has flaws. I won’t applaud or agree with everything he does. He’s human after all. But I have never met in my life such a caring and loving person. He was so kind to me the both times I met him (I’ll talk about my autograph later), he has such a power within him, that I don’t understand how can someone hate him. Meeting Jared in person was a turning point for me, I already loved him for many years, but now i love the person Jared, the one who cares, who looks at you with the kindest eyes in the whole world and makes you feel important. The one who detours from his path to comfort a crying fan.

I’ve seen firsthand how other actors act when a fan says a simple hi, and how uncaring they could be. But not Jared. You can say a million things about him, but if you hate him, you’re wasting your time. You are missing on one of the most special people in this planet.

Jared, thanks for being who you are, I love you so much I can’t even put into words right now.

The quiet feminism of Jurassic World

When I saw Jurassic World for the first time last night, a sneaking suspicion rose in me.  Through a set of random circumstances, I happened to see it again tonight with a different friend, and my suspicions were confirmed upon a careful second viewing.

This movie is quietly, subtly, unostentatiously feminist.  It’s true that there aren’t a wealth of female characters (not counting the dinosaurs) but the film finds a way to sneak it in (there aren’t actually a lot of major human characters, period - but the film also includes a pretty healthy proportion of POC among them).  I know there are critiques to be made, but after two viewings, this was the impression I was left with.

First, the low-hanging fruit.  It passes the Bechdel test, several times over.  But going further, at no point do any women discuss men at all, except if they’re talking to a man about himself, which is a valid time for discussion on that topic, I think.

Second, the movie gets some mileage out of men being ridiculous.  Teenage Zach is poked fun of for his habit of staring slack-jawed at pretty teen girls at every opportunity.  As for those teen girls?  Are they given the usual portrayal as giggly and silly?  They are not.  They smile back but are obviously a bit “Whatever, dude, you’re cute and all but I got dinosaurs to see.”  Near the film’s climax Lowery tries to go in for the dramatic parting kiss, but is delightfully shot down.  Why didn’t his crush ever talk about her boyfriend?  “Duh, I’m at work,” is her response.  She is a professional, leaving her personal life out of the workplace, while he is living out rom-com fantasies in his own head.  Those boys, so emotional, you just can’t trust them with the really important stuff, amirite?  They might fall in love with you and be all distracting!

Third, let’s talk about Claire Dearing.  She is obviously a thirtysomething woman in a very demanding job.  In most movies this would be something that’d be addressed or become a point of conflict or at least attack by less likeable characters, but not here.  At no point is her gender (or her age) referenced when other characters deal with her in this capacity.  You could swap out her character for a fifty year old man and you wouldn’t have to change a word of dialogue (except when referring to the heels, more on that later).  Her gender is that much of a non-issue.  At no point does any character, even the villainous ones, use a gendered slur with her or call her by an infantilizing gendered name (like “sweetie” or “honey.”)  Her gender is never once used as a way for another character to tear her down.

And if you thought she was a damsel in distress…watch it again.  She is never, at any point, rescued by anyone.  She is absolutely in distress, yes, but no more so than everybody else being pursued by dinosaurs.  At no time does she ever require direct rescuing (apart from the general situation of “dinosaurs on the loose, we all need to be rescued somehow”).  In fact, the one and only time she and Owen kiss, it’s after he’s swept off his feet by her rescuing him.  There are practically little cartoon hearts in his eyes when she helps him off the ground.  At the end of the movie, when the shit is really going down, Owen is pretty much entirely ineffectual and is relegated to the typically-female role of “hunker down with the kids and try not to die” while it’s Claire who goes to free the T. Rex.

Okay, now for Claire and Owen.  First, right off the bat they’re doing a little trope subversion.  Claire is the buttoned-down, by-the-book administrator who doesn’t appreciate the wonder of the world, a role that would typically be assigned to a man, while Owen is the brother-nature respect-the-living-creatures raptor whisperer.  He is practically a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, here to teach Claire about the beauty of dinosaurs and respect for life and miracles, or something.  I won’t venture an opinion about whether he teachers her the beauty of his ass in those pants.

Speaking of, this movie is full of female gaze.  Bryce Dallas Howard’s assets are never really highlighted.  There are no lingering shots of her chest, no up-angle views of her ass or cleavage.  She’s not wearing a whole lot for some of the movie, but the camera never lingers on her in a sexualizing way.  Her skirt gets torn almost up to her hip but you hardly notice because there are no shots that emphasize it.  Pratt, on the other hand, is practically being caressed.  In their first scene together when he’s prowling around his bungalow in a tight henley, the camera is constantly following him, sliding up and down his body.  People in the theater were actually chuckling a little at how blatant it was.  Meanwhile in that same scene, she’s got a boxy blazer over her shoulders to hide her as much as possible.

Which leads me to the most-discussed point of feminist critique of this movie: those heels.  In case you’re reading this having not seen the movie, she begins the film in business attire including heels, and stays in them the entire film, because the shit goes down fast and there’s no time for wardrobe changes.

I am convinced that this is on purpose.  I now believe that this is the filmmakers’ deliberate elbow-jab at the trope of turning women in action movies into rippling combat-boot-clad badasses, which should not be required for a woman in an action film to be useful and be a participant.  It’s like that old saying about Ginger Rogers - she did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards and in heels.  Claire does everything Owen does, but she does it in heels.  And it’s never used to make her into a joke with her silly girl shoes.  She never minces around in her heels like she’s afraid of getting them dirty, from the first time she’s outside normal heel-wearing environments she’s striding around in those heels as if they give her no pause at all.  She never trips or goes down or lags behind - most of the time she’s running faster than Owen is.  It’s even made a joke of once - as they race out of the old visitor’s center, he pauses and turns back to help her down the stairs in her heels but she blows right past him, running full out.  I became convinced that this was intentional at the point when she’s leading the T. Rex out of her paddock and into battle, flare in hand, and there’s a shot of her feet, outrunning a dinosaur…in those heels.  She didn’t have time to change, or seek out better footwear.  Finding her nephews was more important, so girlfriend did what she had to do, heels or not.  

Because you don’t have to be Ellen Ripley to pull your weight in an action film.  You don’t have to suit up like Sarah Connor or be hard as nails.  You can have emotion, you can scream because omg velociraptor, you can be wearing clothes that were fine for business meetings but not so great for jungle escapades, and you can lack extensive knowledge of modern weaponry - but you can still try, you can still run, you can still fight and you can still save everybody, including the former Navy man who needs to just stay down and make sure that fine ass doesn’t incur any damages.

And you can do it all wearing heels, because shit, sister, not everybody keeps a spare pair of Nikes in their purse.  Now get off that island, make the company get you a suite at a posh hotel, throw Owen down on a bed and show him how much you’ve come to appreciate the beauty of natural things.

But keep the heels on.

1. Last weekend I almost called you but I didn’t want to bother you and my hands were shaking too hard to dial anyway.
2. I kissed a boy I met a few weeks ago. I swallowed my tears when he wasn’t looking and when I showed my mum a picture of the two of us, she told me he looks a lot like you.
3. I fell asleep on my best friend’s couch and she told me I was crying in my sleep the way I used to when I missed you.
4. Last night I was walking alone and the air felt like it did the first time you kissed me. When everything was cold except for us and cool air was hitting my teeth because I couldn’t stop smiling. I almost walked into a damn pole.
5. I was in the shops today and I saw a keychain with your initial on it. I’ve been squeezing it in my hand so hard it’s leaving marks on my skin. There are still marks on my heart from the night you left, I’ve stopped thinking they’ll go away. Battle scars I call them.
6. I watched your favorite movie 5 times today.
7. The boy I sit next to in English smells like you.
8. I was just calling to see how your mum was doing.
9. I stopped drinking ice-tea because it tastes too much like the days we spent together. I also stopped sleeping.
10. You left some stuff in my pockets, maybe you could come pick them up and we could go for a milkshake or something?
11. I play your favorite song a lot. I don’t even like it.
—  alannahclairem11 ways I tried to tell you I really miss you

This is Ashley Harrison and Garvin Whitmore. Ashley and Garvin are native Chicagoans who moved from Chicago to Aurora four years ago to escape the rampant violence of the inner city.
On Saturday, May 28th, around 5pm, Ashley and Garvin were on the west side of Chicago, preparing to pick up Ashley’s aunt so they could spend time with the family for Memorial Day weekend. They never made it. Someone ran up to the car and shot Garvin. Ashley grabbed a gun and fired warning shots into the air to scare the assailant away. Then, she dropped the gun and held her dying fiancé until police and paramedics arrived. Surveillance cameras on a nearby business recorded the incident.

This situation hits home for me for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Garvin was a classmate and friend for well over a decade. The last time I saw him, the night before his untimely death, he was smiling and having a great time with family and friends. Secondly, I can empathize with Ashley. Witnessing someone shoot your fiancé is obviously a traumatic experience. I imagine if I were Ashley, I would want to scare the assailant away as well so they wouldn’t harm me and take both of my kids’ parents away. Ashley probably thought she was doing the safest and smartest thing by shooting into the air instead of shooting at the attacker and potentially harming others.

Unfortunately, the State’s Attorney’s office did not agree. Ashley is currently being held on $250,000 bond charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Instead of comforting her children, mourning with her family, and making arrangements for Garvin, Ashley is in the county jail. I don’t know which is worse: witnessing your fiancé and the father of your children be killed or being arrested and charged for defending yourself while his killer goes free.

Ashley’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Ashley’s defense. To learn more, click here:https://www.gofundme.com/2727ky44. @Regrann from @blacklovematters4

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my experiences with the signs
  • (i saw one like this and i thought it was really cool so here you go)
  • aries: using a hookah for the first time, driving around at night illegally, blowing shit up, wrestling, drinking together, family
  • taurus: jamming out to our favorite songs in a traveling car at night, really comforting hugs, longterm flirtationships, constant snapchatting, the band Say Anything
  • gemini: talking about everyone and everything together, going to a comicon, being introduced to a billion people, loud but friendly voices, talking shit
  • cancer: long phone calls, making lasting friendships, complaining together, driving in the car listening to their horrible music taste
  • leo: wild eyes, deep talks with indie music playing in the background, surface level friends, staying up all night laughing and watching movies, watching anime, begin taught that fairies exist, listening to them talk about their passions
  • virgo: staying up all night having heartfelt talks, sweet laughs, excessive use of puns,
  • libra: sitting around singing songs late into the night, pretty eyes, not begin sure how they feel about you, being encouraged to show yourself off, relaxing but fun parties, different but alright music tastes, talent show winner
  • scorpio: deep, deep talks, feeling like someone finally understands what you're going through, drug addiction, a glamorous lifestyle, that comfortable feeling that you only get when you're in the presence of someone who feels you, like you've been friends for many lifetimes
  • sagittarius: making tons of new friends, that funny feeling you get in your stomach when you're doing something you wouldn't normally either good or bad, standing up for yourself for the first time, losing a friend for the first time, living life at a ten, feeling connected to the ocean, your best childhood friends watching them grow up without you by their side, playing soccer in the rain, surfing
  • capricorn: Skype conversations, sweet laughs, talking about our mutual love of unique foods, dying your hair vibrant colors all the time, that comforting feeling you get when someone you love says they love you back, the feeling you get when you finally are allowed to relax in the presence of others
  • aquarius: spooning someone new all night, light flirting even though you know they're taken, glances across a table that show you both were thinking the same thing but didn't say it out loud, seeing a meteor shower for the first time, comfortable silences while riding in the car, finally feeling like someone gets your need to leave home
  • pisces: showoffs, good friendships that can go wrong really easily, super clingy friends, having dreams that predict things, fighting but then making up, theatre, obliviousness, smoking weed, having lots of wild friends

So I saw Wicked last night and this guy behind me was your typical straight white male dragged to the show by his wife. Anyways, it’s Act II and Fiyero announces he’s going with Elphaba and the guy goes “holy shit. Yes. Yes bro go” And I’m about to lose it. Then after ALAYM Elphaba says her famous line “for the first time I feel… wicked” and they makeout and the guy is so excited and practically yells “FINALLY” and omfg. Same, straight guy, same.

Tomorrow night Jody Mills returns to Supernatural!

We’ve done a lot this season to support Cas, and there’s always ongoing support for the brothers, but I feel like Jody Mills deserves a twitter event just for her.

Why? Well, first off, on a show with a pretty poor track record for female characters Jody has survived since season 5, which is amazing in and of itself.

But also, she’s a total BAMF. Last time we saw her she got stabbed while tied to a table, managed to escape her bindings, pulled the stake out of her own body, and killed a Goddess.

Hell, the first time we saw her, in the aftermath of losing her son and her husband, she helped fight off a hoard of zombies.

Like, really, is there anything Sheriff Mills can’t do?

And that’s not even getting into how incredible Kim Rhodes, the actress who plays her, is.

So if you’re on twitter, tomorrow night join me in trying to trend #HunterJody

Let’s show @kimrhodes4real and the Supernatural PTB just how much we love our badass lady sheriff!


October 3rd, 2014 to October 3rd, 2015❤️

@taylorswift a year ago yesterday you invited me into your home because you wanted to meet me. As you played us your album you smiled at me and looked right at me during Out Of The Woods as I sat there and listened to it for the very first time. Last night, exactly a year later, you looked at me, pointed at me and giggled when you saw me freak out and you managed to make me feel just as special as you did a year ago. I love you so much Taylor. Thank you for an unforgettable night and for making October 3rd so memorable again this year. Love you forever and ever❤️

Black Panther/T’Challa

A friend of mine, Brandon Delaney, just wrote this on Facebook:

“I went into Civil War last night, completely unaware of the profound effect that seeing Black Panther on the big screen would have on me after the fact. I looked up in a movie theater, full of people, and saw a Superhero that looked like me. Not a sidekick, not some secondary or tertiary character, but a fully fleshed out, fully developed Superhero. He was not goofy, nor the loud mouthed comic relief. He was a man of thoughtful execution, intelligence, and cultural pride that I’ve never seen portrayed on that level before. For the first time in my life, I walked out of a movie, and didn’t feel enjoyment. I felt empowered as a man of color. And for that, Kevin Feige, and the people at Marvel Studios, I tip my hat to you.” @superheroesincolor

Once again it happened. 

I woke up, turned on my phone to check the time and saw lots of messages from my Canadian/American friends asking me if I was safe, and first I didn’t understand. 

Then, it struck me. 

Paris, november, the 13th. 

I got the same messages. 

Last night, I went to bed quite early. The fireworks were canceled in my city because of the wind, it could have started a fire. So we canceled our plans to go out. Thinking we would to do it today. 

But how can we celebrate anything today after what happened in Nice ? 

Once again, I woke up. And I felt terror.

I go to Nice often because I live near this beautiful city. I walked on La promenade des Anglais. Watched beautiful sunsets there. Ate icecreams. Tried to tan right there. On those beautiful beaches. I laughed. I lived. 

Here. See. Look. 

This is peaceful. 

That’s how I want to remember this city. This place. 


I don’t want to wake up and feel like this anymore. 

I don’t want to feel numb. 

I don’t want to think this is normal. 

I don’t want to get used to it. 

Watch AVPM with us this Thursday!

“I think co-writing this book was probably the most successful thing I’ve ever done.  5 performances of the show (we added one last minute) were completely sold out and then some.  I saw the show for the first time opening night and was completely blown away.  Every actor was absolutely incredible, and there are no words for the music.  We brought so much joy to so many people.  Maybe the most ‘full’ I’ve ever felt.”

                                          – Brian Holden’s diary journal, April 14th, 2009

I’ve been going through a lot of old notebooks as we get ready for StarKid Takes Manhattan.  It’s been an unbelievable 5 years, but there was maybe no greater time than when we first did A Very Potter Musical (or Harry Potter the Musical as we originally called it).  It was the light in an otherwise bleak post-grad life!    

We want to really get into the spirit of Throwback Thursday, so we’re going to watch A Very Potter Musicalthis Thursday, Mar. 20th at 8pm Central and we want you to join us!  Apparently you can watch a YouTube playlist on a Google Hangout, and given our amazing track record with that technology, we thought we’d give it a try!  Even if it’s a train wreck, it’s probably the closest thing to a DVD commentary you’ll get!  

Tickets are still on sale for StarKid Takes Manhattan! Get 'em now!