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A British Royal Navy T-class destroyer alongside the American carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in August 1945. Five T-class destroyers and the carrier HMS Indefatigable (R10) were part of Task Group 38.3 in August 1945. The two funnel rings identify the ships as part of the 24th destroyer flotilla (all T-class destroyers). As the vertical stripe identifies the division leader in the flotilla (the second senior commander), the destroyer is most probably HMS Terpsichore (D48). In the distance are a long-hull Essex-class carrier, probably USS Randolph (CV-15, flagship RAdm Gerald F. Bogan), and the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55).

I normally wouldn’t bother with debunking Preston Jacobs’ lunacy, but when it’s my baby boy’s story he’s getting thoroughly, crazily, tinfoil-doesn’t-even-begin-to-cover-it wrong, I see red, so allow me to vent. 

Quentyn Martell is dead. Quentyn Martell is dead. If you believe otherwise, you have completely misread ADWD, because GRRM foreshadows his doom from the very beginning: 

Adventure stank. 

She boasted sixty oars, a single sail, and a long lean hull that promised speed. Small, but she might serve, Quentyn thought when he saw her, but that was before he went aboard and got a good whiff of her. Pigs, was his first thought, but after a second sniff he changed his mind. Pigs had a cleaner smell. This stink was piss and rotting meat and nightsoil, this was the reek of corpse flesh and weeping sores and wounds gone bad, so strong that it overwhelmed the salt air and fish smell of the harbor.

Quent is not the hero, and that’s the point of his story: what it feels like to play the role of the hero when deep down you know it’s not going to work. It’s a deconstruction of fantasy’s obsession with the quest. GRRM is arguing that an active war zone is no place for a rousing adventure; that if a plan is risky and long-shot it’s probably going to fail; that dragons are “monsters, not maesters.” Quent’s decision to try and steal a dragon is born of desperation, his inability to face failure…and again, that failure was nigh-inevitable, given that as Barristan tells us, Doran’s plan was terrible.  

Prince Quentyn flushed. “The marriage pact—”

“—was made by two dead men and contained not a word about the queen or you. It promised your sister’s hand to the queen’s brother, another dead man. It has no force. Until you turned up here, Her Grace was ignorant of its existence. Your father keeps his secrets well, Prince Quentyn. Too well, I fear.”

Doran’s not a chessmaster, he’s a tragic character doomed to watch everyone he loves die in part due to his own mistakes. And Quent’s death is so thematically central to the story that GRRM named the damn book after it:

After the girl was gone, the old knight peeled back the coverlet for one last look at Quentyn Martell’s face, or what remained of it. So much of the prince’s flesh had sloughed away that he could see the skull beneath. His eyes were pools of pus. He should have stayed in Dorne. He should have stayed a frog. Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.

If you think that we’re supposed to be going “aha!” while reading that, rather than, say, sobbing our lungs out, then you don’t know how stories work. 

“But Dany/Bran/Mance had fire-related fake-out deaths!” Yes, and Davos wasn’t actually beheaded in White Harbor. Are Ned and Janos Slynt therefore still alive? There is such a thing as variation, and unlike Quent, Dany and Bran and Mance still had things to do in the narrative.  

“But Dany says that burned bones prove nothing earlier in ADWD!” Yes, and she’s lying to herself, trying to convince herself that her draconic “children” would never do such a thing to her human “children.” But they did, of course, because that represents how part of Dany isn’t interested in ruling and just wants to wield “Fire and Blood,” as is brought to the surface in her final ADWD chapter. It’s a character moment, not a secret hint, and that’s one of my big issues with this dude: he turns the entire text into this conspiracy theory, with no attention to what GRRM is trying to say about his characters. 

“But if you look at these various temperatures at which fire–” Dude, GRRM can’t math, and sometimes can’t even map, what on earth makes you think he’s hinging such a stupid, backwards thing to do with this character on temperature? If you find yourself spending your video talking about how leather reacts with fire, and not theme and character, you’re doing it wrong. Jacobs scoffs at the notion that “author error” could explain scientific inaccuracies in the text, because apparently GRRM is a perfect being who did not, in fact, have some Tyroshi sellswords join Robb after the Battle of the Camps and then forget all about them in subsequent books. Oh wait, he totally did. And as Attewell noted a ways back, GRRM also had Bronn move quicker in chainmail than Vardis Egen in plate, even though that’s thoroughly inaccurate. Why? Because that furthered the themes of the scene (the blind wealthy arrogance of the Vale elites falling to the pragmatic skinflint sellsword), and GRRM cares more about theme than scientific accuracy, as well he should. 

Again, Preston Jacobs is wrong about pretty much everything, so this is no surprise. But Quent is my patch, so to speak, and I can’t let this particular pile o’ nonsense pass without comment.

Rough seas have washed away the sands on the beaches of York, Maine, revealed the wreckage of a 160-year-old shipwreck.

 The 51-foot-long hull is believed to be from a late colonial or early post-colonial sloop, which means it would date from 1750 to 1850. 

A sloop is a sailing vessel with a single mast. Such vessels were common along Maine’s coast and were used for fishing and for hauling cargo such as dried fish or lumber.

Here we the “long-hulled” Essex-class anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) as she appeared in 1959 as the centerpiece and flagship of U.S. Navy Task Group ALFA with Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke embarked. Ships include Valley Forge in center, two submarines, and seven destroyers. Identifiable among the latter are USS Eaton (DDE-510) at left front, USS Beale (DDE-471) following Eaton, USS Waller (DDE-466) in the center foreground, and USS Conway (DDE-507) at right front. Aircraft overhead include two four-plane formations of S2F “Trackers” and three HSS-1 “Seabat” helicopters from the Valley Forge air group, plus one shore-based P2V “Neptune.”

Where’s the Fridge

In recent updates, people are freaking out because the thermal hull (fridge) is missing.

And it continues to not be there. There could be many reasons why. Such as:

1. Andrew might’ve just forgotten about the fridge. He has messed up other small things already. But this might not be the case because of how long the thermal hull continues to not be present.

2. Kanaya and Karkat might’ve taken it with them in order for Echidna to watch over it and make sure Gamzee didn’t cause more trouble. I have a slight hard time picturing this, though, as they already had to carry Jade with them and I’m not so sure they’re that strong to carry a fridge too. 

3.  Instead Jake and Tavrossprite might’ve taken the fridge. Nannasprite was strong enough to carry around an oven, thanks to sprite powers, so maybe Tavrossprite took the fridge with them? Plus, they have the final kernelsprite with them. 

4. There is one final solution I can come up with. Remember how before this Jasprosesprite was excited to revive Nepeta? Well, in order to do that she’d need Nepeta’s corpse, right? So she’d need the fridge that Nepeta was in. Aside from her clearly disregarding Vriska about prototyping one of those who are dead, she’s also gong to have to open the fridge to get to it. And guess who’ll be released? With no godtiers nearby to subdue him most likely?

This clown. Guess we’re hearing from him again, huh Vris?

Two U.S. Navy Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver dive bombers of Bombing Squadron 83 (VB-83) fly against the backdrop of ships of Task Group 38.3 operating off Okinawa. VB-83 operated from USS Essex (CV-9), pictured in foreground, during the period March-September 1945. Note the geometric identification symbols (“G-symbols”) of the aircraft from the Essex. In the background are the battleship USS Washington (BB-56), a long-hull Essex-class carrier and an Independence-class light carrier.