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Oh no, I’m so busy but I’m writing this:

Matt wakes up to Foggy’s alarm (late 90’s Britney because Foggy says it always makes him want to dance). This is the first time he hasn’t woken up before that alarm, and he’s surprised to find he actually feels rested. It takes another moment for him to process all his senses and realize that 1) he’s not in his own bed and 2) he’s curled around, basically on top of, of Foggy. His head is pressed to his chest (the drum of his heart is loud and steady and comforting); and his arm is wrapped tight around Foggy’s waist (his stomach is warm and where’s his shirt has ridden up, fuzzy and soft). Their legs are tangled together, and Foggy’s arms are around Matt, holding him close and Matt feels safe.

After a moment, Foggy’s heart accelerates and his breathing changes as he wakes up. “Hit me baby one more time,” he whisper-sings before being cut off by a yawn. He looks down (Matt can feel his chin brush the top of his head) and lets out a breath and a “huh” that sounds surprised but happy.

His arms tighten around Matt and shakes him a little. He whispers, “Hey buddy. Time to get up.”

Matt mumbles a protest and nuzzles into Foggy and warm and comfortable. Foggy laughs and moves one hand to pet at Matt’s head (Matt’s insides go all kinds of soft at that, and he decides then and there that all he needs in life is Foggy petting his hair). “I know I’m a nice pillow Matty, but we’ve got a lot of work to do still.”

“Five more minutes?” Matt asks quietly.

Foggy’s heart does something funny but Matt’s still too tired and too distracted by the rest of Foggy to try and decipher it. “Yeah ok. Five more minutes.”

To be continued…?

'This Is Us' Ratings Grow as NBC Drama Nabs Key Victory Over 'Empire'

This Is Us continues to defy ratings norms and expectations.

Nine episodes in, the NBC drama just matched its series high and scored a rather notable DVR feat. With live-plus-three-day ratings in for the week of Nov. 28, This Is Us outperformed Fox’s Empire to rank as broadcast’s highest-rated drama. This Is Us earned a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49, edging past Empire’s 4.0 rating (per Nielsen Media).

This fall season’s big -  and, depending on how you look at it, only -  true breakout hit, the Nov. 29 episode of This Is Us also averaged 14.5 million viewers in live-plus-three-day returns. Its growth, which has been matched by live-plus-same-day, is rather rare these days. The last show to post such week-to-week improvement in its freshman year, albeit much more dramatically, was Empire.

Multiplatform data does not come on the most timely schedule, but initial indicators for This Is Us were strong. It ranks as the most-watched new series on NBC’s digital platforms. 

Empire is still broadcast’s top drama, season-to-date, with an average 5.4 rating in the key demo. It outpaces This Is Us by s significant margin, almost a full ratings point, likely leaving its top status safe for the 2016-17 season.

Edit: this post has raised a few questions, and I’ve tagged further analysis with ‘sandra’s signature’ - please please please check that tag before messaging me about this. Thanks!

I am inspecting the Sandra Bland arrest documentation (available to view here) and I actually… think I have found… some fucked up shit…

Here is a sample of Sandra’s signature from every signed page except for page 7:

I underlined strange spelling errors in the paperwork because I’m not familiar with American police policy and was unsure if documentation would be created anew for each inmate. I’ve enlarged her surname in each of these pictures, because this is where I found a discrepancy on page 7:

For reference, page 7 is the female inmate intake form, which is the form in which Sandra states she is not taking any medication:

compared to the unsigned page 2, in which she states she is taking medication:

It’s kind of hard to spot - and to be honest, if I didn’t deal with contracts on a daily basis at my own job, I might not have spotted it - but that B is not the same on this signature. I noticed a difference in the way the base of the letter was formed, and on closer inspection, it’s apparent that it has been formed in an entirely different way to any of the other signatures in the arrest documentation, which is unusual for a signature as the individual generally writes it the same way each time. That’s, y’know, the point of a signature.

I’ve made some comparisons of my own to show exactly how this signature differs from all the others.

Firstly, here are the other signatures again:

And here is the signature on page 1 compared with the signature on page 7:

Here are my own attempts at replicating each letter B. The first B is a copy of the letter as it appears in the image. The second is an exaggerated depiction of the letter to show how the letter was formed. The arrows on each second picture show the direction of the line I was drawing to form the letter in one fluid moment without having to remove my pen from the page (as you would in a signature).

This is a copy of the letter B as it appears in Sandra’s signature on pages 1, 4, 5, 9 and 10:

And this is a copy of the letter B as it appears in the signature on page 7:

This image shows each individual component / pen stroke required in order to form the letter in each signature:

As you can see, the only stroke that these two letters have in common is the first downward stroke. The second stroke takes the letter in an entirely different direction - Sandra usually forms an upward stroke behind the first one, then comes around to form the two curves, then makes an upward stroke to join the B to the next letter. The signature on page 7, after the initial downward stroke, makes a horizontal and upward stroke to form the two curves, then a downward stroke to form the base of the B and join it to the next one. 

This difference cannot be explained due to normal signature variation. No-one’s signature looks exactly the same each time they sign it, but they write it the same way – they make the same fluid movements with the pen. The letters are formed the way they usually write them, and any apparent variation is simply due to circumstance – pen pressure, paper quality, time etc. This signature is not the same signature as the others. There is no reason for Sandra to form her B this way in one signature only. The only conclusion to be drawn here is that Sandra did not sign her name on page 7. 

I also noticed this funky looking area on the very first page (the booking sheet) which definitely looks like the paperwork has been doctored, but without seeing the actual paperwork, it’s hard to speculate whether the actual arrest template has been amended (ie all booking sheets use this edited template and have this unusual area on them) or whether Sandra’s has been doctored after the fact.

I don’t think it’s uncalled for to ask the Waller County Sheriff Department to explain the inaccuracies in this arrest paperwork, and I strongly suggest that people inspect the documentation themselves to see if anything else is amiss – I know literally nothing about the American police system, so I can only spot errors like this. I don’t know if any of the actual information is inaccurate. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it was.

Edit 25.07.2015: Another reading that has been presented to me of this signature is as follows:

I do not personally agree with this reading, and view it like this:

but it’s important to keep both ideas in mind and rely on fact rather than suspicion, which is why I’m adding this amendment here.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood openings & endings // fma 03 verison (x) // happy fma day!

reasons thomas sanders is better than ur fave:

  • his pranks are harmless and funny
  • he adds LGBT themes in his vines without making them the punchline
  • he puts his pronouns in his description, despite being cis, to normalize asking for people’s pronouns so people stop assuming gender
  • he’s hilarious
  • he’s the only white boy to come from vine that isn’t a complete asshole
  • he’s super nice to fans
  • he’s as nice irl as he seems
This Thursday (31st March) is Trans Day of Visibility

It’s that time of year again! That awesome day where trans people share their selfies and stories. It’s one of the two largest trans advocacy days, the other being Trans Day of Remembrance (20th November). That day is dedicated to mourning and solemnity, while this day is a day to celebrate being alive! Like last year, I’m not sure of the absolute official hashtag, so I’m guessing there’ll be a variety in use, such as: #tdov #transdayofvisibility #trans day of visibility #trans visibility #trans pride

This day has been recognised since 2009 and is increasing in popularity and support each year, but there’s still a long way to go in spreading the word. Visibility is something that the trans community often has to struggle for, so this is our time to step out of the shadows, take pride in who we are, and show the world that we exist and we’re here to stay.

If you are trans

This is your day. No matter your gender - whether you’re male, female, or any nonbinary gender - anyone who isn’t cis (ie. whose gender is different from the gender they were assigned at birth) can participate. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and be visible. If you’re comfortable, post a selfie. Share your story. This is your time to be proud of who you are! It can get hard and lonely sometimes, but there’s a whole community here who have your back.

If you are not trans

Please also get involved - don’t leave this day just up to us. Today is a day for you to support and listen to the trans community. Show us some love by reblogging some selfies and reading some stories, whether you browse through the tags listed above or stick to your mutuals. Now is a perfect opportunity to learn about our wonderful community and to look at some beautiful people. It’s a win-win, really.

Above all, I hope everyone has a fantastic TDoV! Have fun and keep it positive.

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Android!Baymax AU costume details + extended headcanons!  I’ve actually received quite a few lovely asks from potential cosplayers, so as a fellow cosplayer I felt it might be nice to provide reference pics (especially since I’m so sloppy and inconsistent in the earlier Android AU posts). 

I was also talking to a friend, and they told me that the reasons for my choices for Bay’s costume aren’t as obvious as I thought, so hopefully some of you will find my thoughts amusing.  Also added lotsa extra headcanons no one asked for lol <3

First Android!Baymax Post

Second Post (TadaHiroBae huggle)

The dumb outfit that started it all

(And as a note, if anyone wants to cosplay Android!Bay, holy crap, I’m super honored, and of course you’re more than welcome to!  Just give me credit for my design, don’t repost the images by themselves anywhere else, and please send me a link when you’re done because I definitely want to see! *A*)

Extra:

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All’s fair in friendship and espionage.

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Midnight (behind-the-scenes)

Lesley Sharp on David Tennant:
“When Sky is copying people’s speech patterns, we both had to learn the square root of pi to two or three dozen decimal places, but it was almost impossible to keep up with David.  His speech pattern, the rate at which he speaks, is phenomenally fast.  Really, really quick.  He learns pages and pages and pages.  And the rate at which he speaks is the rate at which he thinks.  Russell explained to me that David’s Doctor has a lot to say, because that’s David.  He’s so bright.  Isn’t that brilliant though?  The things that Russell thinks about and then re-interprets - I think they’re both amazing.”
         – from DWM #397

Part 2 of the Midnight behind-the-scenes photosets [ here ]
All of my previous behind-the-scenes photoset posts can be found here.