when keith has midterms, shiro stays up with him, mostly for moral support, refilling his coffee every so often, giving him words and smiles of encouragement, their ankles touching beneath the table. in the morning, shiro makes sure keith eats breakfast, and sees him off with “go, be great” and a good luck kiss to his temple.
sometimes keith walks shiro to lab, even though it’s all the way across campus. despite leaving early, sometimes shiro is late when a kiss goodbye turns into two, or four, or maybe more.
they try to keep the pda lowkey, it’s not really their thing. but anyone walking by can tell they’re in love; they just kind of exude it.
keith steals shiro’s university sweatshirts, likes the way the sleeves end right past the tips of his fingers, likes to tuck his knees into the shirt and shiro complains about stretching it out.
they room together, and sleep together, and text each other “what’s for dinner?” every night. there’s a chinese takeout place they love, where the owner knows their orders by heart.
fortune cookie fortunes are taken seriously. the first time they got chinese takeout before they were dating, they got a fortune that read “next full moon brings an enchanting evening.” that’s the night they first kissed and got together.
so, they count their anniversary by the full moons
My gripe here is that I took third place out of four kids, one of whom was my computer lab partner. The organizers knew about these projects a couple of months in advance, and there’s no reason they couldn’t have just punted us Computer Science kids over to the “Engineering” category and saved us the embarrassment of having to receive first, second, third, and honorable mention medals in front of a crowd who could see in their event programs that we were the only four kids in that category. Hell, that audience probably started the trend of dissing millennials for their supposed trophies. “All four won? Out of four participants? This doesn’t sit right with me at all! I’m gonna read a lot of blog posts about capitalism and alienate MOST of my friends!”
Kicking me over to the “Engineering” category also might have saved me from getting grilled by a computer science-y person who clearly didn’t want anything to do with this science fair. After I’d given my rehearsed presentation about my project, she looked up from her binder and said, “I’m pretty sure my son has an app on his phone that could teach him how to write this.”
I stuck with engineering for about a year and a half in college, but if I’m being perfectly honest with myself (and I guess with my parents), the moment I decided to switch majors was right then and there at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, and all I have to show for it are two participation ribbons, a participation medal, and freshly cooked plate of hindsight.
Let’s momentarily ignore the fact that “Rusty the Rescue” distorted the real life story of how LBSCR No. 55 “Stepney” was rescued and preserved by the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society into a completely fictional “great escape” tale about Rusty helping Stepney escape from an imaginary scrap yard ruled by “evil diesels”.
Because tossing aside the fact that it’s distorting real life events, the setbuilding, photography, and writing in the episode is fantastic, in particular this scrapyard scene.
In only a few brief moments to establish it, the atmosphere of this place feels very real, especially with the rusted over, half-scrapped remains of “dead” steam engines without faces strewn about haphazardly.
And then there’s the whole element of Stepney’s driver sitting with him in the cab. Maybe its just me, but I perceive a lot of “worldbuilding” in that I might even go as far to say actually delves into aspects of this universe that even the original Awdry books didn’t explore in much detail.
This scene is presumably taking place some time after midnight, and this driver came out of his way to this lonely, dank, secluded area to spend time with the engine he once used to drive, as Stepney waits in what’s effectively his deathbed, SURROUNDED by already partially demolished locomotives waiting either to be demolished himself, or to to slowly rust away.
I mean, just the fact that the other diesels tell Rusty that there’s only one engine on the sidings pretty much indirectly states that the other engines surrounding Stepney are in effect, “dead”, perhaps signified by the lack of faces on their smokebox doors.
The whole setup builds a feeling that engine crews can actually become attached to or befriend the machines they operate, enough for Stepney’s driver to actually come all the way out to comfort his doomed locomotive, and probably after a long day’s work, too.
I really only wish that this imagination had gone into a story about Rusty saving FICTIONAL locomotive character, because as an American kid seeing this episode in the early 90’s with no internet access, I had NO idea that Stepney or the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society actually existed, and the original purpose of Rev. W. Adwry writing “Stepney the Bluebell Engine” back in 1960 was to spread awareness amongst children that there were people rescuing and preserving steam locomotives and making a place for them to pull trains.
What’s even weirder is how the characters continuously talk throughout the episode talk about how “Rusty is looking for a Bluebell Engine.” but don’t even explain what a “Bluebell Engine” is supposed to be, and only briefly mention the “Bluebell railway” at the end, depicting it as a branch line on the Island of Sodor.
Knowing nothing about UK rail history, until I got my hands on the anthology of the original Awdry stories a year or two later, I was running around thinking the Stroudly Terriers were called “bluebell engines” or something.
Also, a localization problem, the UK version explains that “Rusty’s engineer became Stepney’s fireman”, which surely meant that Rusty’s MECHANIC who was on the footplate with Rusty’s driver became Stepney’s fireman.
But in the US, an engineer in this sense could also mean an engine DRIVER.
The line was unchanged when they re-dubbed the episode, so I remember watching this tape in 1994 and thinking “What? Rusty’s engineer became Stepney’s fireman? Then who the heck is driving Rusty on the trip back?”
Man I didn’t mean for this to become an in depth review of this episode, but hey, aspergers or something.
In 2015, scientists use CRISPR to cut the HIV virus out of living cells from patients in the lap, proving that it was possible In a few decades , a CRISPR therapy might cure HIV and other retroviruses, viruses that hide inside human DNA like herpes could be eradicated this way.
It will start slowly: the first designer babies will not be overly designed, its most likely that they will be created to elimenate a deadly genetic disease running in a family. As the technology progresses and gets more refined, more and more people may argue that not using genetic modification is unethical, because it condemns children to preventable suffering and death and denies them the cure. But as soon as the first engineered kid is born, a door is opened that can’t be closed any more. Early on, vanity traits will mostly be left alone, but as genetic modification becomes more accepted and our knowledge of our genetic code enhances, the temptation will grow.
If you make your offspring immune to Altzheimer, why not also give them an enhanced metabolism? Why not throw in perfect eyesight? How about height or muscular structure? Full hair? How about giving your child the gift of extraordinary intelligence?