it seems like it's the ultimate question

Meanwhile, At Eggman's Base...

“Are those… Jell-O?”

Zavok paused in his mid-wrestling (tearing into pieces, preferably) with Metal Sonic.

Chaos perked up from their small makeshift kiddy pool.

Eggman dropped his victory fliers.

Infinite stared.

Every single living being (though Metal was questionable) in the room stared at Shadow the Hedgehog blankly.

“…What.”

“These things.” Shadow said again, poking at one of many floating, glowing cube of his newfound ally. The ultimate life form blinked innocently. “Are they edible?”

“No.” Infinite stared blankly, a finger reached up to adjust their mask that has started to slip from its place. Irritation clawed at the edge of their intonation. Almost unconsciously, they seemed to recall their energy cubes protectively. “Those are not for fooling around.”

“But … It looks tasty. Definitely looked like one of those jellies in TV commercial.”

Silence.

“I’m hungry.” Shadow, again, spoke up. “Either way I’m going to try that.”

Infinite narrowed their eyes. “No.”

“I should’ve gave him food.” Zavok heard the fat human mutter. Apparently, he assumed all of his ‘UltraAwesome Villain Squad v0.0.0’ is invincible by literal meaning, not needing food or beverage as much as normal living being due to each of their own superior traits …

“Make me.” Shadow stood up from his chair. Red eyes locked on one of those eerily tasty-looking cubes… “I’ll have one no matter what.”

Infinite took a step back and glared at Shadow as if he’s a madman. “I said no!”

Zavok and Chaos retreated. The latter begrudgingly had to push their own plastic kiddy pool to the side.

Metal Sonic turned to his creator.

[ “I thought we discussed this already.” ]

“… We did?”

[ “Shadow, despite being the Ultimate Life-Form, still in need of food to operate, Doctor. Same as Zavok, but since his race is extraordinary, refueling can be done at least once in a year. Chaos … Is basically a beverage.” ]

“Nothing a little food for the stomach wouldn’t help, Metal, my son. Besides, Shadow didn’t complain.”

[ “Sir, he is attempting to harm our new ally with pitchforks out of Chaos energy. ” ]

“Move!” Came the shriek from Infinite as he warped around the corner to evade the newly invented Chaos Forks. “Get outta the way!”

“JELL-O!!”

“YOU SICK HEDGEHOG!”

“Aren’t we like,” Zavok stared, not amused in the least - turning at the mutated Chao who contently drenched in water. “supposed to help them…?”

“Blblblblblblblblblblb–”

“Nevermind I asked.”

anonymous asked:

I feel like Rupi Kaur's poetry is SO overrated. In her book Milk and Honey, there is literally a poem that says "accept yourself as you were designed". How do you feel about that sav? Should poetry be that simple or should it be hard to understand?

Ha, are you just one person? I feel like I’ve been asked about Rupi Kaur five separate times today. Anyway, I’ll answer because this question comes up often, but full disclosure, I’m choosing my words very carefully.

I’m not crazy about her stuff. Ultimately, though, I’m hesitant to say that my stuff is all that different from her stuff, because I’m not sure it is.

Okay. So. Rupi is a brilliant businesswoman, it seems, and undoubtably a trendsetter, to the point where my agent and publisher mentioned they both get dozens of submissions a week from self-proclaimed “insta-poets.” I’m not sure she invented the style, but she capitalized on its popularity, filled a gap in the market, and holy cow, do I respect her for that.

However. I’m just not a fan of bite-sized poetry. Same thing with people like Lang Leav, Michael Faudet…it’s just quite meh. I get it, though! I get why people like it. They grapple with themes so universal, they’re almost vague. It’s accessible. It’s poetry for the masses. And I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing - it’s just not my thing. I struggle to read a four-line poem, or, like your example, a kind of flat aphorism that sounds like anyone could have written it, and actually take something from it. They don’t make me feel anything. But I don’t think poetry needs to be hard to understand, either! I just prefer mine slightly more…robust.

That being said, people could easily say the same thing about what I write! So. I don’t know. 

Hyrule Hellions Entry #1: Majora’s Mask

And the winner is…obviously Majora’s Mask [I may just refer to the entity as Majora from time to time in this entry, so don’t panic!].  This was the easiest choice to make in terms of my Zelda villain hierarchy.  Who’s the most insidious character after Ganondorf?  The answer was obviously Majora’s Mask because of its next-level chaotic master plan and multitudinous evil schemes.  Majora’s Mask is an ornate pinata filled with endless varieties of ineffable evil.  

Head’s up - There will be SPOILERS.  Also, after an illuminating conversation with a friend concerning the role of the Happy Mask Salesman, I will be focusing solely on Skull Kid (as long as he is pertinent) and the entity that is Majora’s Mask.  

No villain (not even Ganon, at least until Breath of the Wild) has had such lofty and simultaneously twisted goals as those the titular demonic entity.  This is evil on not just a grand scale but literally every scale.  The small evils are almost as important to the creature as his apocalypse plot.  This is perhaps one of the best examples of the classification “chaotic evil” in fiction, and certainly in video game narratives.  Unlike most villains who are defeated when their plots are undone, you spend the majority of the game fixing a number of terrors Majora conjures, so that you are chasing the emergency situation of the moment rather than conquering the repeat offender.  In this way, Link is put in a situation–which I feel sure Majora has orchestrated–where he is treating the symptoms rather than the disease (a demoralizing task if nothing else).     

There is no doubt that the Mask is in complete, if tactic-seeming, control of Skull Kid.  It would appear that the imp is just doing things that the Mask approves of, or, alternatively, the little scarecrow is driven by some phantom impulse placed in his already miscreant mind by the Mask’s shockingly insidious power and exceedingly enigmatic influence.  I say that last bit with a pretty strong sense of accuracy, since I doubt that Skull Kid’s to-do list doesn’t involve making the moon fall from its orbit to bring absolute and total annihilation to Termina. Cursing Link to be a Deku, however, seems like the work of Skull Kid once he has gotten a feel for the Mask’s power–in addition to being an action that Majora’s Mask would certainly permit.  

The genius where the agency of the seeming pair-as-one entity lies in the player’s ability to size up what are the actions of Skull Kid but never really know how far the Mask is willing to take the danger level.  I mean we certainly are privy to a taste of the Mask’s designs with its initial world-ending spell as well as when it starts to reinvigorate the moon to counter the four giants’ defense.  Still, aside from Majora’s Mask’s eschatological aims, the question of “What won’t this monster do?” is never discovered.  It’s important to remember that Majora’s Mask the game had the daunting pressure of following Ocarina of Time, whose villain became legendary pretty immediately.  Ganondorf displays a pretty limitless immorality–which is to be expected of a Dark Lord of his stature–but an unadulterated apocalypse does seem to be a line that he wouldn’t cross.  He values his own life too much. And besides, what would he rule?  Majora’s Mask, going the extra mile in evil, manages to place value on itself but also yearn for Armageddon: it reconciles these goals in a way that Ganon can’t.  Solving this paradox is due to the implication that the Mask feels like it would survive the desolation.  With the demon possessing such power, and the added protection of being inside the moon at the game’s end, one is given the impression of an entity whose existence is a constant in this particular Zelda universe.  If the writers intended to outdo themselves with a more malevolent final boss than their Gerudo madman from Ocarina of Time, they succeeded magnificently.  

When you finally stop chasing the catastrophes and have time to focus solely on Skull Kid and his magic mask, Majora makes itself known.  Its impish vessel becomes meaningless since it can no longer aid in the moon plot.  But following the Mask and interacting with it as its own independent spirit raises more questions than answers.  There are so many theories floating around the net about the Moon Children and the Child wearing Majora’s Mask in particular, but I think that the turgid amount of symbolism that’s found in the final portion of the game is, on a basic level, Majora delivering further frustration to the player by answering questions in so many ways that no single one of the many answers can possibly be correct.  In Skull Kid’s hands, the Mask was just a  overpowered magical item that allowed the wearer to commit “pranks.”  While still true, most of that plot is greatly equivocated when Link enters the realm of the Moon Children.  There is definitely some meta-awareness going on in the dialogue between the four Boss Monster Masked Kids and Link: they ask large and complex questions that lead the player to wonder if these creatures want Link’s answers or those of the person holding the controller.  

Symbols are fragile in the moon realm, and communication is turned on its head.  When you finally talk with the Majora Moon Child, it talks about good and evil as if it were a game of cops and robbers.  The morality becomes more relative, and the binary system of Good and Evil is deeply interrogated, if not completely rejected.  This deconstruction follows Link into the battle with Majora as well.  The creature is not accompanied by motifs of absolute evil.  There’s no Dark Lord aesthetic at work.  In fact, the whole fight appears like a novelty to the creature that inhabits the Mask.  You aren’t so much thinking “This is my ultimate enemy” as you are wondering what exactly this thing is.  Even the Fierce Deity’s Mask doesn’t come with a savior-esque aesthetic; it solely fulfills the role of its title to the letter by being a Fierce Deity, with little to say if the Deity in question is good or evil.  

True to its diabolically mischievous form, the different states of Majora are highly protean.  The Incarnation form seems more like an super mask form.  The title of “Majora’s Incarnation” seems more appropriately applied to Majora’s Wrath, who bears the least semblance to the Mask.  

Majora does, oddly enough, value continuity, and it makes sure that erratic behavior and odd presentation permeates all three of its battle stages.  

There is an element to this final conflict which I do strongly feel characterizes the demon’s greater desires.  Throughout the game, proof of the Majora entity’s power exists all around Link.  The creature performs feats of magic that even the most learned, experienced, and audacious Zelda villain barely rival.  From what I’ve observed and read, Majora has more than enough power to destroy Link (this is assuming that our hero enters the final battle sans Fierce Deity’s Mask).  Since Link is given the chance of defeating Majora, I conclude that the Mask set parameters concerning how much energy it would expel during this conflict (I do admit that its ability to lose the fight could simply be explained by exhaustion at this point in the game, but such an interpretation feels shallow in a game of such depth).  Still, this darkly playful motivation makes sense, since an over-powered approach wouldn’t be entertaining to Majora.  Giving Link a chance would allow the Mask to “play” in a more meaningful way.  Bearing this in mind, I think Majora is fixated on a bigger, more personal picture: if it wins, who will it play with?  The creature appears resigned to wait in the Mask’s dormant cycle.  It had its fun with Termina and a hero named Link, now, in an almost Pennywise turn, the immortal enters into a sleep, waiting (like petty and trickerster-like Cthulhu) for another chance to delight itself–to the horror of the world.

Special thanks to everyone who read my little amateur’s study (also, thank you for your patience!)!  A special thanks to http://antidevelopment.tumblr.com/ for his valuable and seasoned insight regarding the Zelda franchise and its exegesis.

If you’d like to read the other entries in this and one honorable mention, click here for more Hyrule Hellions.  There’s a link to each write-up below the honorable mention’s assessment

anonymous asked:

So what is Uta relationship with Donato especially since technically both of them have the clone ability ? It feels like they are Father and son ,but it doesn't feel right like I don't know maybe anyone can clone himself ? What is your opinion about this.

I don’t think that we have any clear indication that Uta can clone himself. I think people are jumping on that a little too quickly. It seems like its saying Uta lost a piercing and Donato lost a finger, but they didn’t necessarily serve the same purpose.

And all of Uta’s lines are about how he wants to stay involved in the middle of things instead of staying on the edges, and how he likes to be right there at the moment a person changes, especially when it poses a potential risk to him. Which would be weird if he wasn’t actually the one fighting. 

Remember, Uta had his tongue pierced and he just had a run in with a really unstable Mutsuki who was slicing the shit out of his face and has a record of removing tongues. 

It’s also possible that Uta gets a piercing every time a specific thing happens, as a commemoration. That’s a fairly standard trope for heavily pierced and tattooed characters.

I think Uta’s abilities are his morphing his face and body; incredible strength, stamina, and regeneration; and a great supply of RC cells and imagination.

But who knows what else he might have in store. Maybe he can create clones or control people (another theory people are floating) or whatever, though I don’t really know why his piercings would be involved in either, as ghoul’s abilities come from their kagune and i don’t see why pieces of his kagune being used as piercing would have anything to do with their later ability to be used as clones or mind control.

Kagune as having the ability to control people’s minds, of course, is something that has already been hinted at with what Eto did to Karren, so it’s not out of the question that kagune mind control was involved somehow in this plot. But again, it seems weird that Uta’s piercings would be involved that way.

Without really knowing anything about how kagune actually work its quite hard to say how likely it is that two people could have that ability. We know there is some genetics involved in kagune, but there also appears to be quite a lot of room for thoughts and feelings, as well as mutation, in their ultimate appearance and function. And we know a bunch of different ghouls can do things like detachment.

As for Uta and Donato’s relationship, I’m as desperate for more information as anyone, anon.

Uta has at least two references to Donato in his tattoos

and they seem to share a fondness for munching on eyes.

Given the timeline information we have, Donato would have been captured when Uta was a young teen. But whatever happened before that, or since - seeing as Uta was still referring to Donato as the boss of the clowns while the latter was imprisoned, we just don’t know.

I don’t see any real reason to think they are biologically father and son, but it’s certainly possible Donato had an influence on Uta when Uta was young. 

This arc has its fair share of Father-Son stuff going on, though, so who knows. It’d certainly be interesting, considering Donato certainly doesn’t seem to see Uta the same way he does his adopted son Amon. 

But it seems like a stretch at this point.

anonymous asked:

Really random curious question! In your books do you not drop the F bomb because you think it's too much for a YA audience or do you personally just don't like using it?

I personally do not mind the F bomb, but I felt like it didn’t quite fit into my world. It just didn’t seem to me like something my characters would say, so I never ended up using it. Their equivalent is “Bleeding, burning hells” that’s like the ultimate swear word in the Empire :D

anonymous asked:

I guess I have a question because it seems to be something that's popped up on here, but is 'obsessing' about boys an actual thing with compulsive het? Like I would have these 'crushes' on guys for long periods of time, but like ultimately could never picture being with them in any way or wanting any future with them? And if they did like me back I'd lose interest? But I guess is the 'obsessing' thing something that other people experience? Its the one thing that makes IDing as a lesbian hard?

It is a thing for sure, and it’s definitely one of those things that can make realizing you’re a lesbian hard! 

emblematik  asked:

i saw the sub last night and the ending really struck me in a way that it didn't before because it seems like the final resolution for the plana is that they have to come to terms with living in the world as it is. it's an interesting contrast to the way that the narrative ultimately rewards seto and, to borrow your phrase, gives him a bit of a wish fulfillment ending. what do you think?

It’s kind of a heady question, trying to puzzle out the meaning of this contrast on top of an ending that’s already highly up to interpretation. As such these are just my thoughts on it, my own interpretation. It’s by no means definitive and everyone is entitled to their own take.

On a practical level, I think Kaiba’s technology came to match the magic of the Plana: both were powered by a collective of the human conscious. Diva informs us the Plana-bearers function on a more intense level of consciousness; however Kaiba would’ve had a larger pool of people within the consciousness his technology utilized. There’s clearly a link between the pod in Transcend Game and the pod at the end of the film, and in both cases we see a petite hologram earth tracking a collection of neural signals. This is the collective consciousness powering Seto’s technology. Thus he’s gained a parallel to the magic of the Plana. The film informs us Seto has possession of the Cube, though the exact location of the Cube is kept vague. But I think Seto’s unique tie to the Millennium Items along with his technology allowed him to master the Cube. He is one of the “chosen ones,” and he doesn’t even need the Plana.

But I think what you’re really interested in is the metaphorical aspect in the juxtaposition between the fall of the Plana and the gift Seto’s given. Both Diva and Seto are mourning for a lost loved one. Diva wants revenge; Seto wants a reunion. I’m pretty biased in my take on the film’s ending. Seto harbors a labyrinthine relationship with death and he has difficulty connecting with people. Atem has come to represent both these things: death and connection. The film’s conclusion sees Seto gifted exactly what he wanted: he is reunited with Atem and for however fleeting or prolonged, he’s recovered their bond. It’s about connection, forgiveness, and closure. That’s why we don’t see Seto and Atem duel: the duel itself doesn’t matter anymore. But then there’s the side of the fallen Plana, between Sera and Diva, who have lost their powers. What do we see? To me it also looks like connection, forgiveness, and closure, albeit far more cramped. But Sera, Diva, Seto, and Atem all look pretty happy at the end.

So in truth, I wonder if everyone was given what they needed to find peace in the end. The power of the Plana chained Diva to the memory of Shadi, chained him to the duty Shadi left in his hands, and gave his festering hatred a weapon, feeding into itself. The return of the Pharaoh freed Diva from these things, allowing him to move on with his life.

So what’s the significance in the means of these two peaces being opposites? Grounded to the mortal world against breaching the barrier to the afterlife? I feel like it’s intentional. (There’s the question too of whether Atem’s netherworld is the dimension the Plana hoped to move on to.) I can’t really pin it to a moral, rather I think the real root is in the emotional payoff. Sera and Diva’s ending is a tangible reality. In contrast the ending within Atem’s netherworld holds all the aesthetics of Yu-Gi-Oh!: friendship, rivalry, magic, technology, death, Ancient Egypt, and games. It’s pure fantasy and it’s filled with poignancy. Seto and Atem are characters we’ve watched across the expanse of the original series. We’ve watched them fall and rise and stumble and build their bond from the rubble. A reunion between these characters is rewarding. It’s rewarding for them and it’s rewarding to me. And as Seto has flung open the door to the afterlife, so too is the door flung open to so many possibilities in this ending.

So you guys! I just put something together! A lot of people (me included) have been fawning over the new Genji skin. And this skin does make sense on a more basic “agile, close range Japanese guy in a costume” level, but I realized that tying Genji into the classic Ishinomori heroes also makes a crapton of thematic sense as well.

The show’s the costume seems to take most of its inspiration from (Goranger and Kamen Rider) both feature protagonists who are cyborg humans, just like Genji. Not to mention that Kamen Rider, in particular, often features short laments about how the hero has sacrificed some of their humanity, but carries an ultimate message that it is his heart and good nature that makes him truly human.

And while this fits with Overwatch’s tendency to use pop/culture costumes to highlight a certain aspect of characters’ personalities, I also like to think about the in-universe implications of Genji, perhaps recently rebuilt, feeling like some kind of monster & questioning his own humanity, then discovering this old show about a guy just like him, who was made into a cyborg and forever changed, but who is still seen as human and heroic because he uses his abilities to help others.

September 18, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAS

Hello,

With every passing year I am reminded of a few key dates, ones that mark the passage of time in a human life and were once entirely foreign in both concept and practice to me. Towards the beginning I had to be constantly reminded of this particular day and it’s sentiment, not because of the idea that I would turn one year older (because, frankly speaking, that does not apply to me), rather more because of the significance of the idea of a birthday.

I remember the day I was asked the question, after Sam’s birthday had come and gone in May five years ago. Sam had his soul once more and was celebrating a rejuvenation of life and emotion. Dean had made Sam go to a burlesque club in celebration, but he himself had chosen not to accompany his brother. Instead he and I continued working on the case we have been investigating during the time. It was when we were in the middle of looking through haggard books that he asked me about my birthday.

I told him that I suppose I did have one, but that day had never been bound to any sort of calendar in the past. I remember it vividly, the moment of my birth. Angels were created in our Father’s image, programmed to serve and already have a working knowledge of that which we were meant to protect. We did not know everything yet, of course. Knowledge comes with time, but we were far more advanced than a newborn baby.

I was not born like a human, was not raised like one either. I just… existed. For many years I existed and watched the phases of the moon turn, replaced by the blistering sun that looked upon a newborn world. There was day and night, only recorded history began to date days with actual references. My birthday could have been on a Saturday or a Thursday, the specific date could never be determined using contemporary tools.

Dean seemed to understand, but he asked for one anyway. “Just pick one then. One day out of this whole ‘contemporary’ life that you like. You’ve got the ultimate choice here man. Most people don’t get to pick when they were born.” he had said.

I did not know what to choose. There are 365 days, 366 on any given leap year, and yet I did not know what constituted a valuable choice for a birthday. I enjoyed all seasons, each had its own merit, therefore I did not have a preference. I suppose Dean had seen my struggling with the question and answered for me. September 18th. Today.

Today is a rather important day, but it was still that before Dean asked if I accepted this day as the date of my birth. Today, 8 years ago, I was going into battle to save the Righteous Man from the depths of hell.

I remember the preparation for the raid just as vividly as the day of my birth. Two squadrons would enter and combat the demons that held the gates of Hell, a smaller and more agile string of angels would then begin their descent and cover for those that would be extracting the Man from the chains that bound him, or rather, from the chains he himself had since created in the forty years he had been here. Time is not the same as it is on Earth in Hell. I was the one that managed to find Him first and carry him out, my wings nearly incinerated in the process. We lost angels in the raid, good and loyal ones, but there was not time to mourn respectfully. Their bodies remained in Hell, but their grace and essence returned to Heaven after I saw to it that Crowley stayed true to his word. I had been weakened by the fight, carrying the fate of humanity and the one that would stop the world from ending while also tasked with needing to put him back together again. To say the day was grueling would be a vast understatement.

This day is the day that battle took place, the day that I raised Dean from perdition and began a new life. I suppose that is why I accept this as my birthday. I was born again in the very fire I raised a soul out of. Today would be the day my life as I knew it would irrevocably change. Dean had been placed under my protection and I in turn began to learn just as a human child does when they open their eyes to this new world. I was born again.

So much has happened since then. War; Loss; Egocentrism; Grief; Death; A second chance; Falling; A third chance; Family. I lived my life on Earth and began to learn as a human in eight years what I never learned in 4 billion years. 2000 years mankind has lived on this Earth in recorded history, and yet they know so much more than any angel prior to the fall of Heaven.

This is my birthday, and true to his word five years ago, Dean and Sam have celebrated it, have made jokes about my age and partaken in ceremonies I had no concept of until recently. This day was no longer heavy with memories of war and losing my brothers and sisters in hell, of finding a broken body and attempting to put it back together into a man that thought did not deserve to be saved. This was a day to mark the celebration of birth, or in my case, rebirth, and for that I do not know what more to say, therefore I will smile and reflect on the events that have brought me here, to all that has happened these past eight years. I pray that I will be able to live many more.

 Yours,

Castiel

Yesterday | Tomorrow

Got a POT who’s making you crazy?  Here are a couple reasons why!

Sugar relationships are supposed to be simple. Both sides “benefit” in many ways and the resulting relationship can be fulfilling, exciting, enriching, erotic, playful and stimulating during its entire life and not be burdened with all of the baggage, drama, jealousies, insecurities, and abuse that pervades if not dominates “vanilla” relationships.

And, if your sugar relationship resembles the type of “vanilla” relationship I just described, or, as commonly, if your search for a SD seems to turn up POTs that act like every jerky, creepy, abusive, immature boyfriend you have ever had, you probably ask yourself, “hey, how did it turn out that way and is sugaring worth it?”

 Ultimately, the answer to the question of whether sugaring is worth it is a personal choice that you, and you alone, have to make, but, I have been thinking about the first question, “how and why does this happen” and, not surprisingly, I have a couple of thoughts on the subject!

 My first thought was that sadly, many men get really, really weird when it comes to young women, sex and money, and, mixing all of that together to concoct the sugaring confection, makes them simply go off their rockers.  There are so many societal taboos, restrictions, norms and judgments that pressurize the situation that it seems to bring out the worst in some men, and it always amazes me that they are not “self-aware” enough to see it happening.

 And some of the manifestations of this behavior are annoying as fuck – at their most benign – or scary as hell – at their most sinister and malicious.  Everything from cloying affection to stalking and threats; endlessly frustrating negotiations about money to making promises and not keeping them even though you held up your end of the bargain; making demands for sex when you are not ready to raping you when those demands are refused; putting up with some weird if not gross kinks to enduring some of his sick ass sadism or masochism in bed when that ain’t your thing; putting up with annoying, erratic and confusing behavior to realizing that he is a total control freak that manipulates and mind-fucks you at every turn.

 Then, I realized that these guys don’t manifest this behavior just in the bowl; this is just the way they are, this is the way they treat their significant others, business associates and friends in their vanilla life. They don’t get that sugar relationships are supposed to be different, an escape from all that shit.  They like their drama!  They like inflicting pain!  They like making others feel like shit!  They want to bring it all of this nasty behavior with them into the bowl and subject you to it!  And they figure that they are more than entitled to do so, because, hey, they are paying you for the privilege!

The only way to deal with it is to realize that, despite that it is supposed to be a “mutually beneficial” relationship and that money is involved, don’t think that sugaring is materially different from the vanilla world, at least not when it comes to choosing who you are going to let into your sugar world.  That means that your instincts, radar, sixth sense, spider sense … whatever you call it … is your most important tool to weed out the freaks that are intending on fucking you up.  Many of you have warned your sisters to “trust their instincts” and, I am here to tell you that is absolutely true and please never forget that.  Never let the promise of money cloud your judgment! 

There are a lot of men out there that know what being a SD is all about, and do what it takes to make sure that the relationship is truly “mutually beneficial”, but, unfortunately, there are more posers, fakers and monsters who want to use sex and their money as power to dominate, subjugate, control, harass and demean you.  The only things that you have to protect you are your own wits, to try to spot them a mile a way, and each other, to provide useful, honest and caring advice and support to each other!  

7

Sitting there watching this guy who back in 1987 was just being introduced as Johnny Depp in teen cop show 21 Jump Street. I had no idea what I would end up discovering in the land of Johnny Depp as I became more and more infatuated with him. Thirteen years ago was when I first saw that face, and what a face he has..almost a Dartanian type. It seems like decades ago, but here I am, in my twenties now and still holding an extreme soft spot for this beautiful human being.

Johnny was like my saviour during those difficult years of trying to discover myself, during the years of peeling away the paint that phases leave behind. It was him after all that quoted: “If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately OK to be different, that its good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.” That is so important to me because even to this day I am constantly judged, because I look unusual. I got into the industry of vintage hairstyling and make-up artistry a few years ago and because I’m obsessed with the 1950’s and the housewife/pin-up image and lifestyle I used that to reflect my work and talents. So what, I get a few stares now and then and generally most people don’t get it. I think a lot of people are small minded when it comes to broadening their horizons, as for me, I’ll be corny and quote Jack Sparrow, “Bring me that horizon.”

I will forever love and respect this man, not just for his looks and talent, but for his humanity, his humble demeanour and ultimately for being the best role model for a girl who grew up believing she would never become anything she dreamed of, because lets face it, Johnny’s been everything, and if he can do it, anyone can.

Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. | closed rei--ryuugazaki & rockhoppernagisa

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The myriad of activity around the busy market is something that Rei was beginning to get used to. Months ago he wouldn’t have even dreamed about being in a place like this, his elite sensibilities would have caused him to turn up his nose at the sights and smells of a market place such as this.

Being here with Nagisa was definitely helping. While he could never truly relax he had to admit that he currently felt a lot more relaxed than he had done for what seemed to be so long. A contented sigh emitted from his lips as he glanced across at the blond, bright eyes that he still had to get used to truly captivating.

“I’ve never been to a place like this before…I mean, not at least before the last few months.” Rei admitted as he ran his free hand through azure strands, keen violet hues observing his surroundings with intense scrutiny. He had been used to the drudgery of social functions of course, but this was definitely an entirely new experience. Rei felt slightly out of his depth but that was only to be expected. He still had a lot to learn and all of the information that had been bombarded at him was still flowing through his exhausted mind at the speed of a train.

“Is there anything you want to do while we are here?” Rei questioned curiously. While he may have been unaware of what there was to actually do in a place such as this, he had a distinct feeling that Nagisa may be able to come up with a few ideas of his own, after all the blond seemed to have far more experience when it came to actually socialising…albeit not in exactly the ways that Rei was intending.

Rei considered buying some more coffee but decided against it, there was only so much low grade coffee that his stomach could actually take. There were some things that just needed a little longer to get used to no matter how hard he ultimately tried. Glancing back across at Nagisa, his brows furrowed slightly in question.

“You seem far away? What are you thinking about right now?” Rei questioned, a little more bluntly than he initially would have liked.

‘The Night Manager’: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston Put New Spin on Cunning Spy Tale | VARIETY

Text by Debra Birnbaum, Photos by Frederic Auerbach

Introducing the “worst man in the world.” That dubious honorific is bestowed on Hugh Laurie in AMC’s new six-part limited series “The Night Manager,” as he masterfully embodies Richard Onslow Roper, a charming yet cunningly ruthless international businessman.

Lifted straight from the 1993 John Le Carré novel on which the spy thriller is based, that line “is the sort of thing a child might say,” concedes executive producer Stephen Garrett. “With the people around the world we read about in newspapers on a daily basis, that’s quite a high bar.”

Yet perhaps even more daunting was the idea of adapting a 20-year-old spy thriller for modern audiences. Two previous efforts at translating the novel to the screen had failed. But this time out, Le Carré’s sons, Simon and Stephen Cornwell, with the help of screenwriter David Farr, tried a new approach: updating the Cold War action to the present day.

The narrative was transplanted from Central America to the Middle East. Roper’s illicit deal was turned from drugs to weapons. And most crucially, a key character became a woman.

The sumptuously shot, $30 million series bowed earlier this year in the U.K. to rave reviews and record ratings, averaging 6 million viewers per episode. The hope, of course, is that American audiences will similarly swoon.

AMC had tried its hand in the spy game once before with the short-lived “Rubicon,” an original concept, back in 2010, but when approached about partnering with the BBC for a co-production, the network eagerly jumped back in, hoping for more success this time out. “It just came from good old-fashioned shaking the tree and opening up dialogue with the right producers at the right time,” says Joel Stillerman, AMC’s president of original programming. “It’s been a long ride and a lot of heavy lifting.”

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momo-hale-blog  asked:

Do you think the writing would be as effective if Derek sacrificed his life rather than Scott at the end? Every season the audience has gone in expecting Derek to die, because he's the one most often put through the wringer. I think I'd find his death overkill after all his suffering, and not nearly as effective as Scott's because 1. it's ultimately Scott's story, 2. the way his story seems to be headed looks like it will warrant redemption and 3. it will be more surprising, thus effective.

Great question, but I suspect I think so for different reasons than you asked it. :)

I’ve been thinking about the triskele of Scott, Derek and Stiles and their roles in the narrative a lot lately. And to cut a long and winding train of thought short, I disagree with you that the show is ultimately Scott’s story. The reason I think this is because it seems to me the protagonist, main character and viewpoint character are all different people, which is not all that common in TV.

Viewpoint character: I think Stiles fulfills the role of the viewpoint character. He often finds things out for us and explains them, or gets someone else to explain them. We tend to accept his view of events, and so far, he’s mostly been on Scott’s side, so the narrative privileges Scott’s story, but he also asks questions about other people too — increasingly so as the seasons go on. Stiles is the narrative glue which makes the different plot strands stick together.

Protagonist: Scott is our protagonist, as he’s the person who gets the most attention, and the person we are rooting for; his hopes and problems are privileged, and events are presented in relation to him. Scott is seemingly the eponymous teen of the title. However, he is not the focal/main character because his actions seldom drive the plot, and he has no backstory involving the supernatural world and its politics which are a big part of the plot.

Focal/main character & antagonist: Derek is actually the focal/main character, although he’s positioned as the antagonist to Scott’s protagonist at first, so it takes a while to realise that’s not all that he is. While we are meant to sympathise with the protagonist, we are meant to be fascinated by (but not necessarily sympathetic to) the focal character (think of Dracula, who is the focal character and main antagonist, but not the viewpoint character or hero; or the Phantom of the Opera is another example of a focal character who isn’t the protagonist). In fact, Derek’s the character who is driving the plot — he’s the werewolf with the important political backstory, he’s the one in the war with hunters, it’s his doomed relationship with Kate that sets off the chain of events that leads to Scott being bitten, his mad uncle killing people, and his decision to mercy-kill Peter and become alpha; it’s his decision to create a new pack, kill the kanima, trust Scott; his decision to rescue the betas from the alpha pack, to date Paige (and so unwittingly provoke Peter’s jealousy), to attack Isaac who then joins Scott, etc.

But here’s the interesting thing: Scott and Derek are switching roles!

Derek is becoming more sympathetic, building more alliances with other characters (most notably Chris Argent, the Sheriff and Stiles), but was also less of a plot driver in 3B.

Scott is becoming more unsympathetic, losing allies, and carrying more of the plot in 3B — particularly by making secret backroom schemes with Deaton and not telling anyone about them.

To give one specific example, compare the two fights they each led in 3B:

In the finale of 3B, Derek’s actions as leader in the attack against Nogitsune!Stiles were part of the causal chain that got a(n unsympathetic) twin killed — but note he had an archer in a high safe place, and Chris Argent survived. While Derek didn’t win this battle (hahaha), the battle was ultimately won and his contribution was key to that.

Scott’s actions as leader in the rescue of Lydia were part of the causal chain that got (very sympathetic) Allison killed, because he positioned her at ground level, not at a vantage point. Note that this battle made everything worse.

Even the viewpoint is changing to reflect this.

In Stiles’ own words he was the sidekick to Scott’s hero in S1 — Scott is definitely positioned as the hero/protagonist of the story. In contrast, Derek is the broody loner Stiles does a weird “Wow, look at you” dance for in the pilot — he’s definitely positioned as antagonist and focal object of Stiles’ (not always happy) fascination.

But as Stiles’ understanding of the world changes so does this. By 3A, in the (still terrible) episode Visionary, Stiles seeks out Derek’s story, and is obviously moved by it. In 3B, Derek is the “King” of Stiles’ chessboard, and by implication the “real alpha” too, where Scott is not (in fact, I think Scott is a pawn on the chessboard, if memory serves — which admittedly can become a more powerful piece, but has not yet done so).

If Stiles was Scott’s (childhood) BFF and sidekick, how are we expected to read his (adult) parallel relationship with Derek? Parallels are central to the way Scott and Derek are presented, so that’s pretty damn suggestive.

To bring this back to your question about how effective the death of Derek or Scott would be… I’m actually not convinced either of them will die. It’s a possibility, but by no means a certainty at this stage. I do agree that Derek has suffered so much that a heroic self-sacrifice at the end would leave things on a really sour note, no matter how well Hoechlin played it. And I also agree that if Scott does have a dark arc and redemption, a noble death is definitely one way it could play out, and yes, it would be more satisfying than Derek getting kicked one more time (although I still don’t really want Scott to die).

But the reason for my lengthy digression above is to point out the possibility that Davis is doing something else entirely. Namely, switching around the protagonist and antagonist, due not only to the ways in which they have both changed over the course of the show, but due to the increased maturity and understanding of the viewpoint character, who no longer takes things at face value.

I suspect this may have been Davis’ plan all along, as the seeds of Scott’s potential as an antagonist have been there from the start. They were somewhat forgivable at first, on the grounds he was still a kid and didn’t know better. But he’s still doing the same problematic things, and it’s less forgivable all the time.

This also explains my problems with reading the text in S1 and S2. I had trouble understanding how Scott was meant to be heroic, because those flaws were always there, and reading them from an adult perspective… the finale of S2 was unforgivable. I can’t put it any plainer. That was no hero. But see, I’m not the intended audience. I remember as a teenager I did tend to automatically think people were telling the truth, and I’d get very confused when the things I saw didn’t match up with the things I was told (like that people were chosen on merit — hahahahaha, no, because racism and sexism and classism are things which exist). So what I think Davis is doing, is taking the audience on a coming of age journey right along with the characters, and showing us that people lie and get things wrong and aren’t the way we assume they are on first impressions, that they lie for all sorts of reasons both good and bad, and they even lie to themselves, and that people will go along with and believe a lie if it’s told enough, even if the evidence shows it’s not true. But as the seasons go on, it’s harder and harder to believe the lies and what we’re told over what we see.

If that is really what Davis is doing, if he’s really switching Scott and Derek’s roles, and he’s doing it to mimic the way our perceptions change as we grow up, then I will a) be surprised he managed to pull it off, b) scream “YES!” and fist pump in excitement, because that’s awesome, c) have no idea how he will decide to wrap things up until much closer to the end.

If he does go down that road:

Scott might (I hope) get a redemption arc, in which he has his turning point, comes out the other side, and grows up to become a decent person. Derek might (I hope) get the hero’s ending of happily-ever-after. Stiles might (I hope) grow out of his childish childhood loves, and into more adult ones.

None of them might die. All of them might grow up.

And I think as far as “surprising and effective” twists go, that would be pretty damn great.

Initial thoughts on debate outcome.
  • Trump: Doesn't know anything about anything and has the temperment of Harry Potter's spoiled rotten cousin. Hates the people speak spanish, is unaware that being bilingual is a thing. VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM! Doesn't know about foreign policy, but he'll totes learn on the job!
  • Carson: Embarrassing answers, essentially called the military leadership a massive pile of unintelligent brawn, and still thinks tithing is a good basis for taxation. Also thinks going to war after 9/11 was bad...what?
  • Bush: Took some good swipes at Trump, kudos. However he seems ultimately very confused about whether to lean on his brother's record or ignore it. Can speak Spanish.
  • Cruz: Answered every question with eerily direct eye contact with the camera. He also sounded completely canned and memorized. Nothing special.
  • Kasich: He was on stage? Oh right, he wants to keep the Iran bill, he thinks it's fine.
  • Paul: Also thinks the Iran bill can be kept. Why is he on the stage? Also DRUGS!
  • Christie: Bluster bluster 9/11 bluster drugs bad.
  • Walker: THE PROTESTER IN WISCONSIN ARE JUST LIKE DEALING WITH ISIS!
  • Fiorina: Had me checking for changes in the Matrix, because I had serious deja vu with most of her answers. Her "I'll make two calls bit" was painfully identical to the last debate and so was her listing of the exact numbers of how she would increase the military in size.
  • Huckabee: GAYMARRIAGEABORTIONJUDGESABORTION Oh and he wants to launch a "war" on diabetes and cancer, because government involvement makes healthcare so much better clearly.
  • Rubio: Hey guys, some of these issues are lot more nuanced than you are letting on. My grandfather got his news in spanish, I want to reach people like that. Putin is a gangster. We need strong foreign policy. Government regulation is bad for the economy. Gun control isn't the issue, new laws won't stop criminals.
  • Conclusion: Rubio won.

anonymous asked:

This might seem like such a dumb question but is it an affront to the Palestinian cause/hypocritical of me as someone who is sympathetic to Palestine to travel to Israel to visit friends and thus fuel Israel's tourism/economy/perpetuate it's illegitimate existence? I mean there are a lot of countries with corrupt governments I would still travel to, if that makes sense, but I just feel differently in this case and would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

Hey! 

Ultimately, I think bringing up other corrupt countries in this context is a red herring. Israel isn’t just “corrupt”, its a setter colonial society that has managed to receive sympathies, financial assistance and political alliance from great world powers in ways that other nations with openly oppressive policies don’t. America gives Israel $3 billion dollars a year in military aid. Just to give you an idea, that’s more money than all of Africa receives.The vast majority of Fortune 500 companies support or have intimate business with Israel (McDonald’s, Starbucks, LoReal, HP, Caterpillar and ReMax to name a few). AIPAC lobbies have managed to appeal on all fronts. Liberals support Israel because its the “only democracy in the Middle East” with elaborate pinkwashing campaigns. Conservatives support Israel because their murderous expansionist policies and colonial foundation are akin to America’s and many brash racists do find solace in the similarities. To be honest, I don’t know where I’d find queer groups and GOP members on the same side of an issue the way they vigorously agree about Israel.

Also, we have to consider that Palestinian civil society has personally drawn out a guideline on how to support their liberation. I mean, of course we can discuss how to aid other marginalized people around the world, but THIS particular demographic has drawn up a blueprint for you. Stating x country and why they aren’t being boycotted is a wanton disregard for and a malicious deflection from all the work that has gone into BDS. If you don’t honor it, then you can’t say you are in solidarity against the Zionist project. Its really quite simple. Palestinians from all around the diaspora can’t go. Israel has exiled them. Its an absurd brandishing of privilege to go, for any reason other than being invited by Palestinian themselves.

If your friends had the right political stance, they’d understand and meet you elsewhere, but requiring you to do something you’re obviously uncomfortable with and deem unethical (as you should) doesn’t sound like the actions of a friend or someone with a moral compass. In any case, I strongly suggest you don’t go.

anonymous asked:

I know this is a weird question and it's totally ok if you'd rather not answer it, but do you have any tips for staying confident when most of your friends are dating and you feel like the odd one out?

boi if this ain’t my life…

listen, I know it can be real sucky to see all your friends dating while you’re just sitting around like a potato, but trust me it’s not such a bad thing. Dating someone isn’t the ultimate achievement, it’s just a part of life and just like anything else, it’s really messy

I know couples seem so happy and in love all the time, but being with someone brings its own package of problems with it. So honestly being single just means less stress™

and also please don’t date someone just for the heck of dating, that’s a b a d idea and will never work out and just make things worse, just be patient and you’ll find someone one day, don’t rush into things just bc you wanna fit in. And honestly if someone judges you for being single, tell them to go suck a fuck 

anonymous asked:

How was Marc handling a troll who was just asking a question?

Hi, Anon! I assume you are referring to this post of Marc’s that I reblogged and commented on? The questions asked by that person rubbed me the wrong way and came across to me as troll-like for a few reasons. 

1) The use of “Ollie” - historically on the show, there have been four characters who refer to Oliver Queen as “Ollie”– his sister Thea, Laurel, Sara, and Tommy. As Oliver states at the beginning of every episode, his name is Oliver Queen–not Ollie Queen. While it’s typical in the comics for him to be called “Ollie,” the show is separate from the comics. And usually–not always, but usually–the people that call the Oliver Queen of Arrow “Ollie” are the people approaching it from the comic book side of things.

2) Laurel just got her costume this past season. There is no reason to switch up her costume in the show. Oliver does have a reason to switch his costume–his old identity as the Arrow is no more, and he’s taking on his new identity as the Green Arrow. Hence, a new costume.

3) Wanting Laurel to wear fishnets just because it would serve as an Easter Egg…well, it’s impractical, as Marc pointed out here, and the showrunners already put two nods to the fishnets in–one, when Laurel mentioned wearing fishnets for Halloween in the past (back in season one), and two, with the design of the leather on her costume (as Marc noted here). I’d say they’ve already given as many Easter Eggs as they’re going to on the subject.

4) Lastly, it’s a show about the Green Arrow. They had just premiered his brand new look when those questions went in to Marc. And it really rubbed me the wrong way to see the leap from focusing on Oliver’s new look to “oh let’s make everyone look exactly like they do in the comics.”

I really appreciate the way Marc takes his time to answer questions from fans–even if half the time his answers make me want to throw something–and in this case, I thought he respectfully sidestepped the thing the asker seemed to be getting at (making Laurel exactly like the Black Canary of the comics) and addressed what works for the show. Because ultimately, the show is inspired by the comics, not a direct interpretation. It’s also a television show–which means practical things like “can the actors move and fight and do action sequences in these costumes” comes into play.

I hope that answered your question! :)