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anonymous asked:

Even though Harry is my favorite actor from the cast, I think his acting is a little over the top in the sneak peek from next episode. I mean I know Magnus is dramatic, but he is sort of coming across as a caricature of who Magnus actually is in that scene.

You know, it’s interesting you point this out because I personally don’t believe this is a misstep on Harry’s part; I think this is a deliberate choice in terms of how Magnus behaves with various people. The reason I say this is because I’ve noticed it’s been a very consistent trait Harry has given Magnus when he’s around those he doesn’t fully trust or know.

I think in S1 and throughout most of 2x01, we see him largely around Alec, someone he’s willing to be more genuine with (Clary, too). But watch him in 1x04 (with Elias where he twirls like 3x in the scene, but also when he’s flirting with Alec while Jace is watching – when he flips that table with his foot, please), 1x07 where Jace and Luke are both present (Jace’s presence is usually the main factor because Magnus isn’t especially fond of Jace), 1x12 during the Institute meeting and when they’re going to find Ragnor (again, Jace (and Hodge) are present). Even the way he approaches Jace and Clary in 1x12 after the kiss is over, there’s a swagger you don’t see when his focus had been Alec.

You’re right, it’s an exaggeration and it’s not representative of who Magnus actually is. But I think that’s the point: it’s a deliberate front he puts up, a way of deflecting people from seeing the real him. Magnus does not like to be seen as who he really is. He’s an extremely guarded individual, and the hair, the makeup, the clothes, the gestures, even his speech patterns – that’s all there to shield him. The real Magnus is a privilege reserved for the rare few who have managed to sneak their way into his heart. At the time of that scene, Simon isn’t one of those people.

yeah tolkien probably didn’t anticipate how bad he messed up by leaving the seduction of mairon so vague…….like if he’d just explained……..did melkor have good campaign ads? did he show mairon a 300 slide powerpoint presentation on why Evil is the Way of the Future? I’m sorry mr tolkein but bc you never specified im free to assume that mairon had a big embarrassing eternal crush on melkor and they held hands a lot and also probably the powerpoint happened at some point. you can’t stop me.

Too Much to Ask

Prompt from anonymous: cole revealing Cullen’s feelings to the Inquisitor?

The room laughs at Varric’s tale but Cole shifts in his seat, eyes darting around the table but never at his cards.

“Come on, kid. You in or you out?”

“I…” His hat flops over his eyes and he shakes his head.

The Inquisitor sets her cards aside, eyeing the spirit. “Cole, what’s wrong?”

“He’s hurting,” Cole whispers. He tugs on her sleeve—a silent request to step away from the game. Away from the emotions.

“I’m out for this round,” she says, handing her cards back to Josephine. “But don’t think I won’t win back my money later.”

“Promises, promises.” The ambassador laughs and the table absorbs the two empty spots with a quick shuffle of hands.

Cole leads her to the loft and crouches on the railing. Hands twitch. Neck turns to the side. His eyes are on the game but he’s looking beyond it.

She stands beside him and waits for him to begin.

“He’s hurting—aching. I want to help but I don’t know how.”

“Who is?”

He is. Lion-hearted but so afraid. He leans across the table, in awe of her, yearning to be closer. She is so brave, so beautiful; he wants to taste the courage on her lips.” Cole’s eyes flick to her before returning to the table. His words come faster. “His hand brushes against her and it makes his heart pound. He wants her to notice. Wait. Does he? No. She is too good, too bright. It is too much to ask. But being without her hurts.”

Cole slides from his perch like a shadow. His blue eyes fix on her, all knowledge and sorrow. Her heart pounds within her cheeks; she grips the railing now, afraid she’ll fall if she lets go.

 “Cole, are you…” The words can’t escape her throat. She turns to the game, gaze fixing on Cullen as his head throws back in laughter. He is stripped of his armor in more ways than one. She swallows the lump and forces the question. “Cole, are you sure?”

“The nightmares often come for him but tonight he’ll dream of you.”

A smile grows on her face until her cheeks ache. “…thank you for telling me. I’ll make sure he doesn’t hurt anymore.”

“Did I help?”

“More than you know.” 

Evil Stepmother

This is really long, so I’m sorry in advance.

My soon to be stepmother is a very concieted bitch from Hell who will go on a warpath for any type of savings. She doesn’t give a shit who goes down for it, but by god, she will save something. I try my hardest not be around her (ES), but I had to go shopping with her since she wanted me to help get presents for my sister and also maybe gauge what I wanted because I have zero interest in presents this year (I’d prefer money - college student). We went to the mall and spent upwards of 4 HOURS!!! shopping because she “needed” to comb through every store to make sure she got the best deals. No problem there, I get it, but when we went to a bed/bath/kitchen store , she displayed some of the nastiest behavior. We passed the Ninja product section, and I just mentioned that my boyfriend had gotten me one of their coffee bars.

ES: *no hesitation*“How much did he pay for it?”

Me: “Um, probably like $120 when it was on sale.”

ES: “That’s too much! He must have not even used coupons! You need someone who knows how to save money. Here, watch me.”

ES goes to the nearest associate and begins asking about an expensive blender and whether or not she can use a few coupons on it, which would cut the price at about half. Being a sales associate myself, I knew right away that no, she couldn’t, and that’s what the associate said. ES just nodded and smiled, and then fucking just tore into this associate.

She was yelling at the associate, saying that it'a ridiculous that she couldn’t use multiple coupons, and that she had previously bought the blender (lies???!!!???) and that it got delivered damaged (more lies!!!) and that it’s only fair for her to be able to get a steeply discounted price for her “troubles.” This poor associate is just crumbling because ES has no sense of boundaries, so she’s getting all up in the associate’s face. I was completely dumbfounded and humiliated at what was happening, and I would try to butt in and stop ES, but nope, she would stick her finger in my face and keep yelling.

Finally, the associate breaks and runs off to get the manager. The manager looks like she’s been through hell already (it was a few days after Black Friday), and when ES began yelling at her, the manager didn’t put up a fight and just agreed to give ES the discount.

I am outright furious at this point. I’m typically very good at keeping my resentment and anger towards ES pent up and acting nice for the sake of my dad’s future marriage, but I could not handle this. I felt disgusted to even be looking at her.

Me: “What the fuck is wrong with you!?”

ES: *proudly smiles*: “You can pretty much get anything you want from stores if you complain about it enough. I saved half the price, and why should I turn that up? And you shouldn’t be cussing at me because that blender is for you for Christmas, so you should be happy that I got it for you for so cheap! You wouldn’t get that deal anyway else.”

I didn’t really have words to tell her how angry I was and just embarrassed about the whole issue that I didn’t want to conpletely lose my cool in the store since that would cause another scene. I told ES that I didn’t want the stupid blender, and I went to find the associate and manager. When I did, I apologized profusely for ES’s behavior, and I pretty much begged the manager not to give her the discount or even sell the blender to her. Manager told me she kinda had to to avoid a complaint, or worse, another outburst from ES, which I get cause my managers do it all the time, but she did thank me for my apology, and the associate said that she appreciated it so much since most customers lately had been yelling at her and not caring how she felt.

I again apologized a bunch of times before leaving without ES. I just went to another store to cool off until she called me to find me. After we met back up, I noticed that she didn’t have the blender. She didn’t say anything to me though, and we just left after that. After my dad got home, he yelled at me for upsetting ES since I refused the present and cussed at her. He said I was ungrateful and that I needed to apologize to ES, and that because of my behavior, I would not be getting anything for Christmas.

Because I’m kinda dependent on him for health insurance and monthly help from him, I couldn’t say “Fuck you and fuck her,” so I just went to ES, gave her the most sneered, fake apology, and immediately went back home. Seriously, fuck people who think that yelling at an associate or manager is such a good way to get discounts. I can’t and never will understand how some people can be so ugly and treat others like fucking trash and be okay with or don’t see anything wrong with it. Just because people work to help you and make you store experience positive does not give you the right to abuse people. And fuck people who support those abusive people.

Sidenote: the funniest part about this is how immature my dad was. His threat that I wasn’t getting anything for Christmas was such bullshit since my mom already told me he had gotten my presents already. And after I told my mom what happened, she called my dad and tore him a new one, and he ended up calling me days later to finally apologize for treating me like that. Still no apology from ES though, so fuck her.

a non-autistic’s guide to autistic special interests

autistic people like myself have these things called “special interests,” and a special interest can be kind of a hard concept to convey sometimes, so i’m going to try and explain it here to help non-autistic people (aka allistics) better understand

a common stereotype or image of an autistic person i’ve seen portrayed in media is a nonverbal little boy who’s obsessed with trains. the trains part is the special interest: autistic people become obsessed with specific things to the extent it’s all we can think or talk about sometimes. all autistic people are different, so the way that special interests present in autistic people varies greatly depending on the person.

autistic people are commonly emotionally drained by social interactions. what drives us and refuels us and makes us thrive is indulging in our special interest, learning everything we can about them. this could be by infodumping (enthusiastically telling someone everything we know about our special interest, usually as an attempt to connect with them or show them what’s important to us), or pursuing a career in the field of one’s special interest, or watching a new movie if your special interest is an actor or director, or anything like that. we reach out to others by talking about our special interests. for example: if your special interest is an actor, you show a friend a movie with that actor in it.

(note: special interests are a lot like obsessions, and if your special interest is a real person then that, like any person’s obsession, can cross a line at some point - but like with all people, it depends on the person. almost all autistic people respect boundaries, just like almost all allistic people respect boundaries.)

special interests can be anything, but a common trend is mechanical or technical things (like trains, airplanes, watches and watch-making, space, physics, etc), potentially because we love figuring out how things work in a literal sense. we also love fantasy and have big imaginations, so fantasy series like lord of the rings, harry potter, etc are common, as well as stuff like paranormal investigating, aliens, or the occult. we also have a very strong sense of justice, so social justice or human rights tragedies are common. but like i said, special interests can be anything, like architecture (a certain style or time period, or all architecture), animals (anything from one specific animal like a pet, to a certain species, to all animals), food (being obsessed with only eating a certain food for a little while, or food/cooking in general), sports (participating in or watching one specific sport, knowing everything about all sports, or fitness/health in general). anything you can think of, it can be a special interest.

you can also have more than one special interest, though from what i’ve seen there’s usually one dominant special interest that takes up the most time and energy. special interests are generally just a result of the autistic brain interpreting the world and fixating on certain things.

some of my past special interests, for some examples: airplanes, the titanic, ghosts/the science side of paranormal activities (even though i didn’t even believe in it), abrahamic religions, narnia, architecture, lord of the rings, the show fringe, lee pace, richard ayoade, criminal minds, the davinci code, autism, space, cults

i have two current special interests: actor aaron tveit, and making gifs. these intersect really well, because i just make a lot of gifs of aaron. i’ve had my gif-making one for about four years, and aaron for about one year now.

i’ll use aaron tveit as my example for the way special interests work and what having a special interest would entail: i watched one of his movies, les miserables (not even for the first time; i’d seen it before), and afterwards i had a very strong desire to see what else he was in. i watched all of his movies and shows that i could find. i watched and read every interview. i found out he had a concert in new york, and saved up and went. i watched movies and shows just because his former costars are in them, or he mentioned he liked it in an interview. nothing in the world makes me happier than showing a movie aaron’s in to a friend for the first time; aaron and his work are how i connect with others.

(at this point i’d like to say that as an autistic person, justice is more important to me than just about anything, and aaron’s privacy and respecting his personal life and not being a creep are all extremely important to me and i really don’t want to seem like a crazed stalker fan stereotype. people have tweeted some of my gifs at him and even just that level of interaction with him makes me extremely uncomfortable.)

special interests can last anywhere from days to years to a lifetime; it all depends on the person. we don’t really have control over what our special interests are (i once read about an autistic person who was extremely afraid of spiders but then got a spiders special interest). if i’m between special interests and watching a new movie i’m always like

(fun fact: the creator of community, the show that gif is from, is autistic!)

i’ve also seen a lot of autistic people talk about their special interests being linked to their anxiety; we feel empty when we’re between special interests, worry that we’ll never know everything there is to know about it, worry that we’re experiencing our special interests “wrong” (too quickly, too many at once, etc), or become afraid we’ll lose our interest and feel empty again. additionally, indulging in a special interest is commonly a way to help with anxiety.

in conclusion: special interests are very intense interests that fuel autistic people, and are a very key part of ~the autistic experience~. special interests can be anything, can last any amount of time, and more than one special interest can be had at once.

(if you’re reading this and currently don’t consider yourself autistic but this post is ringing a lot of bells, i would highly suggest doing some research into autism. the current statistic is that 1 in 64 people are autistic, but it’s suspected to be even more common than that, and autism is very commonly missed in girls, children of color, poorer children, etc. autism as a whole is very misrepresented and misunderstood in the media and academia, and you could very well be autistic and not know it)

anyone can reblog this (please do), and any autistic people can add on if i’m missing something important!

"You could do worse..."

“Holmes, are you in love with Miss Winter?” Watson asked of me, after some moments of silent contemplation.

I had been on the brink of a doze, for the doctor had dosed me with morphine on account of the injuries that I had sustained, courtesy of the Austrian bounder whom we had just defeated.

“What ever made you decide to ask me that?” I enquired. “Rather an odd thing for even my terribly romantic biographer to come out with, do you not think?”

He snorted. “No, I do not think so. After sharing rooms with you for so long, it is not difficult to deduce you.”

I gave a dismal groan. “Very well; explain your reasoning.”

“Well… When you described the baron’s disfigurement, you said that the woman that he had been pursuing would love him all the more. That sounded rather like the voice of experience. And you have already told me of the terrible scars that Miss Winter has been forced to bear, as a reminder of Gruner’s cruel treatment of her.”

“Really, Watson!” I objected. “I have made a study of human psychology.”

“You said that it irked you, that you had not realised that she was wearing her hair in an unusual manner.”

I snorted impatiently. “I pride myself in being observant. Besides,” I added with a yawn. “I would have thought that I would have noticed, were I even remotely in love.”

“I do not believe that you were in love with her, then. This has happened recently - since her act of revenge, perhaps.”

“Why in God’s name would you think that?”

He shrugged. “Because I have only noticed the change in you recently. When did you first speak of the manner in which she arranges her hair? Ah! When you both called on Miss Violet de Merville. Yes, your attitude towards Miss Winter changed after that.”

“Utter piffling nonsense!”

“Do you think so?” he asked of me. “Well, after all, you could do worse…”

All at once, all thought of restfulness was banished. “I daresay I could do much worse! But what about the lady in question - any lady? The fair sex requires love, security, comfort…” I shook my head. “All that I can offer is disturbance and danger.”

“Well, if you say so, Holmes. But you have been speaking very highly of her, of late.”

“The girl has juice, that is all. Now, if you will excuse me…” I truly was quite dreadfully weary and I was in no mood for such nonsense. With an sigh, I stretched my aching body upon the settee and closed my eyes. “I should like very much to sleep.”

He smirked. “Very well, old man. I shall let you alone to rest.”

I had never been so grateful for peace and quiet.

also not to be That Bitch but it’s interesting how aranea presents herself as a well-dressed clean cut lady, a soft and understanding femme, and yet vriska was… a nightmare of a poorly groomed tomboyish girl who had emotional issues and poor socialization

aranea’s presentation and the way that she interacted w others made her more dangerous than vriska, bc vriska was a poorly dressed messy butch girl with an abusive household while aranea was a calculating and cold manipulator… vriska was mean, brazen, and outright cruel on a surface level but was insecure and had abysmally low self esteem. she was easy to rattle and had a hair trigger temper, but… her intentions were, at the end of the day, MUCH less insidious than aranea’s.

vriska longed for redemption while aranea longed for infamy – but aranea was nefarious in her clean-cut persona while vriska’s messy tomboyishness and brash behavior made everyone around her immediately dislike her.

More Ravenclaw!Keith: 

Keith is a model Hogwarts student. He’s not only the top of his House, he’s the top of his class year. He aces all the tests, his homework is perfect, his projects and presentations are interesting, he practically lives in the library. All the professors love him. They haven’t seen a student this academically devoted and magically talented since Gryffindor’s Hermoine Granger from years past. Slytherins writhe with jealousy (one in particular, who is determined to beat him no matter what). Ravenclaw professors’ chests swell with pride when they look at all the House points he alone has accumulated. Keith is truly the pride of the Rowena Ravenclaw name.

Students: You do realize Keith got into Ravenclaw because he believes in aliens, right?

anonymous asked:

People say you're nice but you blocked me on my roleplay blog and all I did was send you my ideas :/ sooo

(If this is who I am assuming it is, you not only tried to force me to smut with you, even after I declined, but you also refused to accept that I am very busy and cannot spend every moment roleplaying.)

Black Flash Will Return To Multiple CW Arrowverse Shows

Arrowverse executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed more details about Black Flash’s return during the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour. He promised that Black Flash will be back on “multiple shows,” but didn’t clarify which specifically.

It’s unclear if Teddy Sears will reprise the role considering his character Hunter Zolomon turned into Black Flash in the Season 2 finale. Kreisberg said Black Flash will have “sort of classic comic book Grim Reaper aspect, it’s just it will be on multiple shows." 

"He’s a classic character. We have storylines on a couple of the shows that fit having him return,” said Kreisberg. “There’s something so scary about him, even sort of scarier than when he was just a man, because now it’s like he is the Grim Reaper, he is the devil, so how do you stop the devil? So it presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”

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Hubble gazes into a black hole of puzzling lightness

The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle.

At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!

The Milky Way galaxy, like most large galaxies, has a supermassive black hole at its center, but some galaxies are centered on lighter, intermediate-mass black holes.

RX J1140.1+0307 is such a galaxy – in fact, it is centered on one of the lowest black hole masses known in any luminous galactic core. What puzzles scientists about this particular galaxy is that the calculations don’t add up. With such a relatively low mass for the central black hole, models for the emission from the object cannot explain the observed spectrum.

There must be other mechanisms at play in the interactions between the inner and outer parts of the accretion disk surrounding the black hole.

European Space Agency

hojotoho-hojotoho  asked:

how often are you put off by things you don't see simply as the perspective of Westeros, but of GRRM himself?

I’m not put off by this as long as it doesn’t screw with individual character consistency. ASOIAF is set in a medieval-ish world, but it’s deeply informed by ideas and experiences from many different eras, including the present day in which George R.R. Martin and his audience lives. This is perfectly appropriate if you’re interested in not only presenting a world, but interrogating it and the genre at large. @racefortheironthrone pretty much nailed it: 

And this is where I think there’s an interesting political edge to GRRM’s writing. To speak frankly for a minute, Chett is an Men’s Rights Activist, he’s a Gamergater, he’s a Sad Puppy. He’s got the exact same psychological hangups and compulsions, predicted a decade or more before the internet gave his ilk anonymity and the ability to group up without having to socially interact in real life. So for all those people who read ASOIAF, this is what GRRM thinks of you.

Grandma Sam Shin said “It’s not a sin to fall in love”. Another theme of Goblin is love. Whether it be romantic, sibling/family, or friendship love. Seeing the blossoming love of the King and Queen was heartbreaking and endearing at the same time. It’s interesting how in present day, they both seem to be waiting for love. If it isn’t a sin to love why will one of they pay a heavy price? Will their love be doomed to repeat itself or will Yeo remember and be able to right the wrong he made and finally redeem himself.

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Feels like flying!

Wish I had more time to properly understand this apparatus. So much fun but getting used to the spin and angles presents an interesting challenge.


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