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So Katara Totally Should've Become Fire Lady...

I could start by listing and focusing on all the ways Zuko and Katara balance each other, and have so much chemistry it’s quite frankly ridiculous, how the avatar narrative would have benefitted immensely from pairing these two, creating a romance that would have gone on to become quite literally the stuff of legends (crystal catacombs anyone? Omashu\Zutara parallels? Political intrigue and complexities of foreign consorts? Love is stronger than racial differences, class differences, and the ugliness of war and prejudice? Anyone?) … That’s not even going into how great these two would have been for each other’s character development.

I could (and maybe I will someday soon), but I just want to focus on Katara as a character for a little bit…

This girl was literally made for politics.

She single handedly, at the age of 14, was able to inspire hope into the hearts of a ship full of enslaved, heartbroken and downtrodden earthbenders, who’s spirits in the words if the warden, had “long been broken”. This nacht for public speaking and spontinuity and genuine drive and passion would have made for an excellent politician. One who genuinely believed in the power of the people. One who could motivate and inspire people.

Her challenging the patriarchy at the north pole and her ability to stand up not only for her own rights but for those of the voiceless.

Her humility in taking on the persona of the painted lady and seeking to help the poor and unwell people of the enemy fire nation, in disguise no less. She wasn’t seeking glory or praise or any reward and simply, genuinely and unselfishly just wanted to help these people.

She would’ve made an excellent leader.

Not even just as fire lady but as a political figure in her own right. An ambassador? A councilwoman? An honored war-hero? Something. Anything.

It really was a travesty to see this incredibly empowering, dark skinned, poc, WOC, character fail to reach her potential.

Personal Statement Time

Good Morning All,

I thought I would do a quick write up on personal statements since this is the time of year to start really working on/finishing yours… That and I can’t get to the gym because Safelite is replacing my windshield (damn you tractor trailers). 

What goes in a personal statement?

Yes, this should be a pretty silly question for those of you applying this year, but for those of you who are still very early on in the process, the personal statement is an essay about yourself and why you want to go into medicine. There are hundreds of other careers out there, many of which are far less stressful and generate far more income, so you had better come up with a good reason why you would like to become a doctor. 

What if I can’t really put my finger on it? What if I just know I want to help people?

Well, I wish I could say thats fine… but its not. When I started the process, I knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I couldn’t quite say why. Truth was, I had a lot of experiences contributing to my decision, and without ever really sitting down to think about it, none jumped out at me. In reality 99.9 percent of human beings want to help other people. Its why you hear your friends in their late 20’s who are not in medicine saying things like “I just really want to find a job where I can make a difference”. People naturally feel good when they make someone else feel good and as a result, you can’t exactly write a personal statement about your general feelings. The question that got my mind thinking was this “If you want to help people, why don’t you be a ____? insert "cop” “firemen” “guidance counselor” etc. 

So what do I write about?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that for you. What I can offer, are some suggestions of where I looked to find the answer. The first being personal health issues. This is a great reason to be interested in medicine. If you have been unfortunate enough to have a recurring or serious health issue, and were inspired by the amazing nurses and doctors you worked with, then talk about it. If that doesn’t quite fit your bill, the next place I would look is shadowing. Pay attention here, if you think about your shadowing and can’t come up with at least one influential experience, you probably need to do more shadowing before further considering medical school. Remember that the admission committees want to make sure your really really certain that medicine is the life for you. That means shadowing a lot to see what it’s like first hand. This category will apply to many of you looking to write your statements(its ultimately what I used). Remember to keep reading though because if you just write about shadowing, I promise you will not get in. Lastly, there is caring for a family member. I urge you to use caution on this one. I am passing no judgement on this but it would seem that everyone has had an ill grandmother or grandfather that they assisted, and I get the vibe that the ADCOM’s get lots of statements about this. Thats NOT to say that if this is really why you want to be a doctor, you shouldn’t write it, I’m just merely warning you that it had better be pretty damn convincing with the popularity of that topic. OHHH, the real last I suppose would be writing about an underserved medical experience. If you are lucky enough to have a meaningful one of these… god bless you. I still don’t fully understand the absurd overemphasis on underserved medicine, but it appears to be the golden ticket. Excuse my bitterness on the topic but it is beyond frustrating to live in an area that has few if any underserved populations, acquire numerous great healthcare experiences that are in “well served” populations, and then be penalized on your applications for not having “meaningful underserved experience”. If this was made quite clear to me as a freshman that I needed to seek out underserved opportunities, and that all of my “well served” experiences would be cast aside, I wouldn’t be complaining, but anyway… I digress.

So I have an idea of my topic now, what do I need to put in this statement?

Your personal statement should be exciting but not corny, and above all, honest. This is your chance to show the ADCOM that you can capture their attention by being unique and genuine. Include info about your discovery of medicine and your interests, then incorporate your topic from above. It should ideally flow chronologically while being clear and concise. Generally, you want to shoot for a page or two, but NO MORE than two (single spaced, word count is on AAMC’s site). Remember, these committees read thousands of these, so yours should be memorable, but most of all, it should be you. Yes, what I’m saying write this yourself. Under no circumstances should you be considering hiring someone to write your essay. Proofreading and editing, yes, thats a great thing to have someone else do, but writing, absolutely not. 

What did I personally write about?

While I would love to post my personal statement for you all to read, it would put too much of a connection between me and this blog. That and I’m not sure the legality of doing so, and then having someone inevitably steal it and use it (none of you…but googlers). So I will have to describe what I did: I started with the portrayal of myself, the attending, and the patients family standing in a room, all of us surrounding a horribly ill neonate. I conveyed my desire to be there for not only the patient, but also the family. This was essentially my hook into medicine as the attending “gave me this patient” to research and present on all week. It was the first time anyone had allowed me to “participate” in healthcare and I loved it. 

Next I jumped back a bit and explained my curiosity for medicine from a young age, and my abnormally early start into pre-hospital medicine at just 16 years old, followed by my quick progression into an EMT. 

I then jumped back to the neonate and further illustrated my experience helping to care for him and describing all that I had learned in the week, but clinically, but also socially. I learned that I had the ability to connect with people in their time of need and I really enjoyed speaking with the family, despite the difficult nature of many conversations. Most of all, I knew I wanted to be there” for the many other sick patients and scared families in the future. 

A simple statement, yes! But did it get the job done, absolutely! These statements aren’t about coming up with the most elaborate, memorable, perfect essay the ADCOM has ever read, but more about making you a human being rather than a small stack of papers on their desk. There is a lyric that I really like, and I think it applies a lot to personal statements in its own way “Cuts on paper hearts can be awful deep”. What I mean is, if you can tug at a string of the ADCOM’s heart and make them believe in you and your desires, then you have succeeded. 

But wait ?!?!

You didn’t include the topic I wanted to write about, or the story I’m using, or the experience I value most etc… Sorry I just had to add this to help address some of the inevitable questions I will receive. Anyway, your right, I have by no means addressed EVERYTHING about writing a personal statement, but what I do feel comfortable saying is that I have covered the general basis of the statement and what should be in it, and what some safe topics are to write about. If you have further questions, or more personal questions, as always, I will be glad to answer them, just shoot me a question on here. Other than that, remember, you want this and its one of your life goals… a silly little essay surly won’t stand in your way :)

Until next time,


codex-chaotica  asked:

So all your posts about Nirvana In Fire are compelling me to watch it, since I think it's something my better half and I would like. Is there any particular method you use to watch it? Also on a slightly related note, do you watch Thunderbolt Fantasy at all?


I was careful to avoid any too-major spoilers here!  If you want to go in completely unspoiled, skip this, but if you’re on the fence, here’s a bunch of reasons why you should totally watch Nirvana in Fire!  (Btw, if you do plan to watch it, I would blacklist the spoilers tag, because I think it’s worth the effort! ♥)

→ You can watch it on Viki here!  Or DramaFever here!  Or on YouTube here! Basically, wherever you go to watch dramas, you’ll probably be able to find it. While Viki’s subs look the best of those I’ve seen (they got their hands on textless raws!), I admit the ads interrupting the show did put a crimp in the flow of it for me.  I would have cried like three times as much if I weren’t given breaks so often, so weigh which is more important to you or scout around a bit.

→ This is beautiful, beautiful series.  The sets are amazing.  The costumes are amazing.  The decorations are gorgeous, the details fantastic.  The people are stunning. Everything is just beautiful to look at!  SO MUCH PRETTY.  ♥

→ There are some great female characters!  While the male characters have more screentime/are ultimately the central plot, this is a drama that treats its women really well, they’re important and meaningful and varied.  They swear + terrify little shits who try to chastise them, they have such vastly different personalities, from quiet and calm in the face of anything this Court can throw at them to warriors who can kick anyone’s ass.  And they have relationships with each other.  They have relationships where they’re the central character.

→ There are EPIC PLOT MACHINATIONS BATTLES, where actions from decades ago are going to come back to haunt the fuckers who fucked innocent people over and YOU CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW SHIT GOES DOWN, once the main character starts stirring the pot.

→ Everyone in this drama is complicated.  Characters you start out liking may end up being poisonous snakes, but you’ll still have feelings about them because you understand where they come from.  Characters who make you uneasy in the beginning may prove to be truly vile, but you still understand where they come from.  There are characters that are too good for this world and you will love them with all your heart and want to marry them because they’re such a perfect sweet wuxia prince. There are characters that you’ll hate as soon you see them and never will that waver.  There are characters that you’ll want to protect, characters you’ll admire, characters that you feel compassion for, characters you’ll want to see kicked to the curb, characters who are too complicated to really put in a single box, and they’re all engaging and enthralling in just the ways they’re meant to be!

→ The main character is absolutely amazing.  He’s played by Hu Ge (who is super hot, too)(but also an amazing dork) who is phenomenal in this part, he has perfected this unreadable stare, where you can’t pinpoint precisely what he’s thinking or feeling, he gives nothing away, while being so intense you feel like he’s looking right into your soul.  Probably because he is.  His monster level genius is his greatest weapon now that he’s frail and sickly, he uses it to rip apart the corrupt Court, to expose every dirty thing they’ve done, to yank down every support pillar the two main Princes have, so that they lose their favor, so that Jingyan rises up, because he’d be a good Emperor, to put right the wrongs that happened.

You’ll love him (along with everyone else, who wants to baby him because he pushes himself so hard, he totally has a harem of people who like him best, because EVERYONE likes him best) because he’s so arrogant in his own intelligence, but he’s not wrong.  Just because he’s secretly a total brat about it doesn’t mean he’s not still the smartest person in the room.  And there are some truly amazing moments of his suppressed brattiness showing through!

→ Everything about Prince Jing (Jingyan), the least influential/ranked prince of the princes that we’re paying attention to.  What first gets your attention is that he’s stunning to look at, his costuming is incredible, but you quickly come to love him for his personality.  Jingyan is the prince who was best friends with Lin Shu (main character) and just cannot let go of what happened to the Lin family, he wouldn’t stop asking questions, no matter how much influence or favor he lost.  He cannot believe they were traitors, he’s still furious about it a decade later, this is something that triggers a white hot rage in him, and watching him struggle through those feelings, to learn to put aside the direct anger because he needs to temper it and not burn everything in his path with it, so that they can try to actually uncover the truth, it’s an incredible journey to watch.

He’s a military man, which means he’s not one for politics and he hates them even more for what they did to the Lin family and how no one could even talk about it because of politics.  Learning to work with the system while making it better, learning to trust this Mei Changsu person that he has no idea is the person he misses most in the world, that’s one of Jingyan’s most important journeys in the series and it’s so, so fascinating to watch.

→ And his relationship with the main character is ultimately the heart of the show and it’s so good, you’ll want to lay on the floor and cry about all the feelings you have for all the shit they go through.  Maybe you’ll ship it, maybe you won’t, but it’s certainly there if you want it, to the point that the actors IN AN OFFICIAL PROMOTION FOR THE SHOW joked about how Jingyan gave Lin Shu/Mei Changsu an engagement pearl, to the point of mock proposing in that promo.

→ Basically:  Come for the pretty everything, stay for the writing/acting that is top-notch and characters that will stay with you even after you’ve finished!

suck-my-nonexistent-dick  asked:

Any recommendations on good nonfiction books regarding racism, feminism, and queer issues? Maybe answer publicly so others can see too? Thanks!

frick yes, loving this question! also I will be the first to say that I try super hard not to be a White Feminist™ but I make mistakes sometimes, so if I miss a super cool writer or otherwise goof in this answer, somebody PLEASE correct me.


if we want to go for the triple with race/gender/queer issues, I’d really strongly recommend checking out Audre Lorde’s work. she wrote essays, nonfiction about her own experiences, fiction based on her experiences, and poetry. she focused heavily on her identity as a black lesbian woman, mother, and intersectional feminist/womanist, and explored what those identities meant very thoroughly.

bell hooks has also been pretty influential, at least in racial and feminist issues. I’m not going to pretend I personally love her work, but I would never discourage anyone from checking her out! just because she isn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean her work is bad.

two of my favorite contemporary black bisexual women in nonfiction are Samantha Irby, who’s published two books of memoir-essays called Meaty and We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, and Roxane Gay, who has her essay collection Bad Feminist and a memoir called Hunger.

if you like historical nonfiction I’d check out Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the book that inspired that movie. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it myself yet, but it sounds fantastic. Shetterly herself is a black woman, which I think is super important to telling that story.

if you want a super comprehensive overview of America’s history of racist lawmaking and legalizing discrimination, Carol Anderson (also a black woman) has a book called White Rage that’s a great place to start. she makes a LOT of very dense history and legal stuff pretty easy to read, and it’s a really eye-opening book.

another book I’m really looking forward to reading is Diane Guerrero’s In The Country We Love, which discussed immigration issues including her family being deported to Mexico when she was only 14 and being left alone in America.

all of these books vaguely fall under the feminism heading, probably, but one of my favorite specifically feminist nonfiction books I’ve read in a while is Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck, which is 1.) SUPER accessible for casual, non-academic readers and 2.) is a FASCINATING look at how and why women like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan get turned into jokes by popular media.

any of Hanne Bank’s history books are a good read. I just finished Virgin, which looks at the social construction of the significance of virginity in Western culture, and I’m about to start Straight, which is the first book I’ve ever encountered that seriously delves into the idea that heterosexuality is a social construct as much as queerness is. she’s another super accessible, casual-reader friendly writer, which is such a relief in academia honestly.

other miscellaneous nonfiction I’ve enjoyed: The Purity Myth (Jessica Valenti, examines modern obsession with virginity and harmful effects), The Sexy Myth (Rachel Hills, an informal study about people’s warped perceptions of what a “normal” sex life is - spoilers, they’re all wrong. Includes a chapter specifically to address queer identities, which is nice, and even includes an asexual person and their experiences with aphobia), Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari, a REALLY INTERESTING sociological look at how 21st century technology has radically changed dating, includes interviews with people from multiple countries and some cool historical nuggets), The Art of Asking (Amanda Palmer, just a really cool story about Amanda’s life as a musician and learning to be vulnerable and ask for help, also the book doesn’t really talk about it much but she’s kinda bi which is rad).

OKAY I hope this helps and something on this list tickles your pickle! 

Fandom: Gintama
Pairing: Takasugi/Kamui
Rating: T
Length: 410
Summary: Takasugi and Kamui flirt, probably. (The flirting is death threats.)

(also on AO3)

“Hey, let’s get hitched,” Kamui says.

Takasugi his pipe out of his mouth and turns to glance at where Kamui’s lying beside him, stomach pressed to a futon and head propped up in his hands. “I didn’t take you to be the type who bothered with pointless ceremony,” Takasugi says.

“Nope,” Kamui replies cheerfully. “Just wondering what you’d say. And you didn’t say no!”

There’s a hint of a smile at the corners of Takasugi’s mouth. “What a coincidence. I was wondering the same about you,” he says. “What made you bring it up?”

“We-ell,” Kamui says, tilting his head thoughtfully. “We kiss sometimes, and kill stuff together, and you’re not a bad opponent either! Can’t ask for much more from another person, really, so I figured no matter what you answered, there’s no loss to me.”

Takasugi puts the tip of his pipe into his mouth and smirks around it. “No love? How cold,” he replies sardonically.

Kamui laughs. “Aw, come on, I’m not a kid. My dad and mom had a shotgun wedding ‘cause my mom got knocked up with me, ya know.”

“Sounds more like animals mating than marriage to me,” Takasugi says. “Though that may be more apropos, in this case.”

“That reminds me, I realized the other day that I’d never seen a beast that smokes from a pretty pipe and plays a musical instrument before I met you,” Kamui says, and laughs lightly.

Takasugi turns towards Kamui, craning his neck to blow a mouthful of smoke into Kamui’s face. “I just know how to sheathe my claws,” he replies. “Unlike you.”

Kamui’s smile does not so much as twitch. “You still haven’t said no,” he says.

“Then let’s get married over the entrance to the River Styx and honeymoon in hell,” Takasugi suggests wryly, “kill Hades, and then make his kingdom our love nest. How about that?”

Kamui laughs. It only sounds a little bit unhinged. “Perfect. Well, then, how ‘bout I send ya over first to get the preparations ready!”

Takasugi smiles. It only goes a little bit haywire at the corners of his lips. “Sorry, but I require at least two heads of influential leaders as part of my dowry. Try again in a few months.”

 “Eh, really,” Kamui says. “Forget I even brought it up, then. I’m going to sleep, good night.”

- - - - -

Outside the bedroom, Abuto sighs. “They’re flirting,” he says. “I think.”

Bansai shakes his head, gets up, and walks away.

This is something that’s been growing on my mind ever since the podcast and I’ve been struggling with how to say it or even what exactly to say about it.  A lot of this might sound defensive or even reproachful, though I really hope it doesn’t, because it’s 150% not about being defensive or reproachful and just laying out things that I wish I had been remotely eloquent enough to express at the time.

I feel like we were rather critical about Mike Chang’s storyline in Asian F.  At the time I even actually felt myself being swayed by that criticism just because it all felt so valid.  And, again, I really don’t want to sound like I’m rebuking anything anyone said about it during the podcast, moreover it's entirely possible that I’m simply not truly understanding peoples’ concerns about it, and I apologize if I misrepresent them in my attempt to lay all this out.

Because the truth is that I find myself rather incredibly protective of Mike Chang’s storyline that began in Asian F.  Taken entirely on its own narrative merits, I feel like Mike’s struggles with his parents was a very genuine, rewarding arc that was absolutely not phoned-in in any way by the writers.  And as I mentioned, something similar to Mike’s situation happened to myself.  But far moreso than that, I feel like this is a very important storyline to tell regardless of how many “stereotypical” buttons it hits.

Because if this is stereotypical, where are all the other shows doing this?  Where’s all that other media depicting Asian families with all their earnest, uncomfortable complications?  Where are all the other stories of shy Chinese-American boys and girls breaking away from familial expectations to pursue the arts?  We call these things clichéd depictions of quote-unquote #Asianproblems and yet we never see them.  They are invisible, unrepresented.  If Glee is doing this wrong then who is doing it right?

Once upon a very hella long time ago, I compared Mike Chang to Kurt Hummel in the sense that the same judgmental, societal forces that compelled Kurt to hide who he really was were similar forces to those that made Mike afraid to dance outside his own room.  And if Kurt Hummel is a story that deserves to be told then I think Mike is as well, with all its racial and social cliches in all their politically-incorrect glory.  I think we take for granted that boys who look like Mike Chang don’t need to see him standing up to his father or finding common ground with his mother like he does…but they do.

In that light, I honestly don’t think there was anything wrong with the depiction of Mike or the Changs in that storyline.  Or…actually, let me rephrase: I don’t think there would be anything wrong with that storyline if it existed in a vacuum, if it weren’t the first and only storyline Mike ever really had on the show…as in, Asian F wouldn’t be objectionable at all if placing ½ of the token Asians into a Kinda Asian Situation wasn’t the only substantial thing Glee ever did with that Asian.

It hearkens back to the infamous Gangnam Style Dilemma.  Query: If Glee gives the Korean pop song to their one Korean-American actress, are they being racist?  But if Glee didn’t give the Korean pop song to their one Korean-American actress, wouldn’t that actually make them racist?  Which one is actually them doing it wrong?  Answer: Neither, because that’s the wrong query.  The real query is why their one Korean-American actress hasn’t had more songs before they wanted to do this one Korean song, because this wouldn’t be an issue at all if she did.  That’s what made it questionable.

Likewise with Asian F.  An earnest, satisfying storyline where a character’s race matters becomes stereotyping that character when he doesn’t really exist outside of that storyline.  But, at least to me, the influential importance of that earnest, satisfying storyline kind of overshadows the typecasty nature of it.

~peace and all dat shite~


Mercyful Fate: Don’t Break the Oath (1984)

Occult metal’s ultimate benchmark, Mercyful Fate ironically have their criminally short career to thank for preserving and even strengthening their unique legacy.

Of course I’m choosing to ignore their demos, posthumous collections, and solid but unspectacular reunion LPs in order to point out that the Danes had already left an indelible mark on heavy metal with just their two, original  studio LPs – both of which established the inimitable alchemy shared by Hank Shermann’s idiosyncratic riffs and King Diamond’s histrionic vocals.

I’d say Melissa is probably the more consistent of the two, but it doesn’t match the peaks achieved by Don’t Break the Oath, and certainly its incredible bookends, “A Dangerous Meeting” (the story of a séance gone wrong) and “Come to the Sabbath” (gothic metal’s pièce de résistance).

The introductions to both songs alone belong in a heavy metal hall-of-fame.

Then there’s Side One’s nearly perfect remaining trio of “Nightmare” (with its striking neo-classical harmony section), the wonderfully blasphemous “Desecration of Souls,” and the almost party-like “Night of the Unborn” (choice lyrics: “This one’s for the unborn!”), all of which highlight lead guitar wiz Michael Denner’s crucial contributions to the Mercyful Fate mix.

Side Two is where the band falters, somewhat, as “The Oath” occasionally trips on its progressive ambitions, “Gypsy” is comparatively too simple (though catchy as hell) in its construction, “Welcome, Princess of Hell” simply not special enough, and “To One Far Away” a sonic curiosity, at best.

None of which diminishes Don’t Break the Oath’s essential status in the core head-banger discography, if you ask me, nor Mercyful Fate’s singular place as maybe the most influential, yet least successfully imitated band in heavy metal history. No one’s challenged them yet and precious few have even tried.

More King Diamond: Fatal Portrait, Abigail.

The 25 Least Influential People of 2012

Any magazine can do a year-end list of influential people who have accomplished far more than most of us ever will. But only GQ possesses the iron testicles to count down the twenty-five least significant men and women of 2012—a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg. Please note that these folks are ranked in no particular order, because all zeros are created equal.

please do not blame white actors for taking on roles that could be filled by actors of colour. 

blame the casting director. blame the actual director. blame the producer. blame the studio. do not blame the actor. 

when they are offered a role, they are being offered a job in an unpredictable and unforgiving industry where they could otherwise spend years unemployed between films, auditioning without success, and films do not pay nearly as well as I think most people believe they do. 

as an actor of colour, I’m not negating our struggle. it’s fucking hard, most definitely harder than it is for white actors. 

but were a white actor to turn down a role because they believed an actor of colour deserved the opportunity or was more appropriate to the project, the role would simply go to a different white actor. 

do not blame the actor. we have no real influence. point your finger at the other side of the table. infiltrate the casting, the direction, the production, the monetary backing, and only then will you see the face of the industry change.

Looking at these murals we can see how many planets each Diamond controls. White has the most so she’s probably some kind of leader (or at least is the most influential), followed by Yellow and Blue.

What interests me though is that Pink has only one planet with one moon, meaning that Earth was supposed to be her first colony.

Now her death gets a new meaning.

But I still wonder, why she didn’t have more colonies before Earth? What was she doing?

anonymous asked:

watching this is us for the 100th time. the camping scene they r putting up the tents. li looks for the instructions they r in Swedish but H n N r like we r way too cool to read inst. lol n keep chattering about it showing off. meanwhile li works silently n as louis says"clocks it in 5 mins" that's the truest description of li. goes by the rules usually but if required he can solve any problem on his own intellect n works in silence in the background not asking for any recognition for his work.

Hi Anon,

Firstly, sorry if I what I say comes out as gibberish or more so than usual here.

You’re spot on. Especially re the recognition. Anyway first of all, here’s the clip btw.  Btw, I think its Zayn that says the 5 minutes line and of course he would. Probably so proud as he knew at least he and Liam would have a tent that wouldn’t collapse in on them in seconds. Ha.  Anyway…moving on.

I haven’t watched This is Us for a long time but the camping scene is great for observing them all even if the rest is meh.

Here I go again harping back to the Sony Wikileaks but they were every bit as informative about the way Liam’s ‘personality’ was forced upon us as anyone else, although it was nowhere near as harmful on the face of it as the image foisted upon Zayn.

Caring,. Driven. Kind. Sensible.    I mean none of them are bad qualities but man they dull him down and take away half of the man he is.   I won’t repeat it but I definitely prefer Louis and Zayn’s descriptions of him.

I think from some instances we’ve seen particularly in the early days, he was a bit harder to loosen up and he perhaps had barriers up, no doubt at least in part with his school experiences and otherwise.

And I certainly don’t see him as someone who flagrantly breaks rules like you but when needed, he will absolutely take risks.  Like he’s been doing for months, hell years, the ‘hate’ t-shirt on the first sighting of Payzer 2.0.  This man is nothing other than highly bright, intelligent and smarter than even the smartest bear, never mind the most average.

And as for not seeking praise, so true. Liam and Louis have both resisted talking at length about their songwriting partnership particularly when in the company of the others.

I think he has quite rightly an innate confidence in his own abilities and therefore doesn’t feel the need to shout about it. His future within the music industry I feel sure will do all his talking for him.

Good job others will do it for him or speak well of him for our sakes at least.  Influential people.

And yet when I did a search for ‘Musicians praising Liam’ all you got on the front page was ‘Liam is jealous of 5SOS success’ from all the usual suspect MM mouthpieces.  Sad. 

So yeah, Liam is damn intelligent, will adhere to rules but will never be afraid to stray if he needs to for those he loves (we’ve seen it for Zayn) and for his own sake.  And he’s not the slightest bit arrogant. I wonder who we don’t know about that he’s made connections with here and in the US, the stuff he’s done off the radar. Can’t wait to find out one day.  

I hate it so much when fitblr instagram accounts have had work done (butt implants, low rib removal, etc) and then pretend they got it through ‘working out’ a lot or a 'strict diet’. Their followers are basically working to something they won’t get, and something that account herself also never got. You can’t get an ass five sizes bigger from working out and your ribs aren’t magically going to change shape. You can do things by working out, but not THAT drastic.

Do whatever you need to be happy with yourself (butt implants, botox, etc) but if you are so influential, at least owe up to it because you are placing unreachable standards for your followers.

furyofthegods  asked:

Hey there. Sorry to interrupt whatever you were doing. But could you maybe post or recommend some areas one could look up the African (Black African) influence in Puerto Rico. When dealing with Caribbean Blackness we tend to get left out, and while its probably the least influential in my families ancestries I still find it an important aspect of what it means to be Puerto Rican. Id like to read up and uncover some more info about it. Thanks !

Note: For future asks like these check the “recommended readings” page first and the tags, I have posted about the African influence in about every Hispanophone country at this juncture. 

While I disagree that you “tend to get left out” there’s the suggested readings page: http://diasporadash.tumblr.com/reading

Also search the tags for this blog: boricua, puerto rico, afroboricua, boriken, afropuerto rican, puerto rican etc. 

Here’s a recent post: http://diasporadash.tumblr.com/post/71115123758/puerto-rico-sees-increase-in-blacks-american-indians

And WOOOF you want AfroPuerto RIcan sources, there are TONS but here are must-read ones to start:

-“Tuntun de Pasa y Griferia” by Luis Pales Matos one of the earliest writings on the African presence in the Caribbean (I scored this book for a couple bucks in San Juan, a priceless prize)

-“Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas 

-“The AfroLatino Reader” has a lot on AfroPuerto Ricans, the editors, Miriam and Juan (I love them), of the book are Afrodescendant and are executive directors of the AfroLatino Forum, also a great org/website to check out, I am part of the organization and if you are in NYC, we put on programming that speaks to the AfroLatino/AfroDiasporic experiences. Our 2nd conference will be October 2014. Subscribe for updates

-Women Warriors of the AfroLatina Diaspora

Africa and Afrodescendant spirituality is big in Puerto Rican music:

Ismael Rivera - Las Caras Lindas de mi gente Negra 

Willie Colon

Hector Lavoe

Tite Curet 

OMG this post will be too damn long…

Even just google search: “Loiza” “bomba” “plena” 

This is a great fb page to follow: Puerto Rico Historic Building Drawings Society

My series also features Puerto Ricans talking about their identity and AfroLatinidad: www.NegroDocumentary.com  this is the youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/InADashMedia

I’ll even list the specific ones:

NEGRO: Finding Identity - Rosa

NEGRO: Finding Identity - Ryan

Negro: Finding Identity-Conversation with an Ethnographer

Negro: Finding Identity- Ignacio

NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino Identity 14 min Preview of DVD

Negro: “Why Identify as ‘AfroLatino’?

There is A LOT of materials out there on this topic so you’re in luck!

some things that worked towards Arizona’s advantage...

Ranked from 1-4: 1 being most influential, 4 being important but least influential.

- There were some flaws in the way Callie’s lawyer argued their side. I thought it was interesting for Callie’s lawyer to argue that because Arizona worked more emergencies and went out drinking she was not a responsible mother. Especially at the end when Arizona decided to leave and she remarked, “Got something more important?” or something along those lines, considering the judge was clearly a working woman herself who may or may not have kids of her own. (Maybe she was so focused on making Arizona look bad that she forgot who she was trying to persuade in the end.) (3)

- Although it wasn’t fair the way Arizona’s lawyer played mind games with Penny, it did work in her favor that Penny second-guessed herself. It wasn’t the biggest factor of the decision, but it definitely added to Arizona’s advantage. And like I said in another post, it was hard to side with Callie because it would be so unfair to Arizona if Penny got to see Sofia everyday instead of her only because Penny is in a relationship with Callie. (4)

-Gambler was right about Callie and Sofia’s support system being in Seattle. Her move to NY is completely reckless and selfish because Callie decided that she didn’t want Penny to go without her. Sofia would have to start over NY and unless Callie decides not to work, she won’t have the time to take care of Sofia and we all know how hard it is for doctors to reject emergency consultations. (1)

- Definitely in the end when Arizona gave up her own opportunity to explain herself to save the life of another child and her mother. It showed that she knew what things were more important when life and death become factors. Arizona knew that even if she ruined her chances of keeping Sofia for herself, Sofia will still have Callie and even Penny is at least trying to be a good guardian. (2)