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After @dancingwdinosaurs SOMEHOW managed to get chosen the first time I drew a number (STILL trying to figure out how that happened!), I drew for a new winner and they have been contacted :D
Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway! I’m well on my way towards 4k now, which will definitely include another giveaway once I hit that milestone! :D

Why the SPN mixtape scene from 12x19 is screenwriting gold, and should be taught to the next generations of screenwriters everywhere - analysis

20 seconds. Two lines of dialogue, three gestures, a couple more camera angles. Episode 19, season 12 of a genre TV show “Supernatural”. A single strike of screenwriting and cinematic genius. The mixtape scene.

Robert Berens and Meredith Glynn, I bow before you.

This scene should be used as an example for future screenwriters how you can put maximum of meaning into minimal time and dialogue. Should be analyzed and taught at universities everywhere, how to achieve the most using the least. How to write for TV, where you only have less than an hour to built something spectacular.

WOW.

Let’s just peel off all the layers of these 20 seconds of footage and these 13 words. 13 WORDS.

(Cas knocks, Dean doesn’t say anything. Cas opens the door, apologizes for disturbing Dean in his room, and then takes a cassette tape out of his left inside coat pocket, and puts it on the desk, while tapping the label on it that says “Deans (sic!) top 13 Zepp traxx”.)

Cas: Um, I just wanted to return this.

Dean: It’s a gift. You keep those.

13 tracks. 13 words. The future. So number thirteen is important for the future. I mean, are you trying to tell us something here, writers?

(Dean takes the tape, oustreches his arm, and gives it back to Cas. We see Cas’ hand grabbing the tape, and taking it back.)

That tiny scene is ENORMOUS from the perspective of the narrative and the characterization. Let’s see what we can get out of it. (Prepare yourself: it’s gonna be long. Damn, how much meta can you write based on 20 seconds of television and two lines of dialogue?) (Hint: A lot.)

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Catching prey using Vortices

I was reading about Vortices and after hours of research online, out of the blue I stumbled upon this amazing bird. This is the Red Necked Phalarope and from the looks of it seems to have put vortices to a really productive use - catching its prey.

By rotating around ~60-80 times a minute, it produces an upward vortex that sucks out insects/bugs/crustaceans from the water, which it swiftly picks up with its beak and eats. ( This one would have aced the Fluids class for sure :D)

This is analogous to tornadoes sweeping up cars and houses along its way in an upward swirl.

Mind Blown!

** The actual dynamics of vortices of course is waay more complicated. ;)

*** There are three species of phalarope (red-necked, red/grey, and Wilson’s), and they can all feed like that.            

What she says: I’m fine

What she means:  In one episode of The Fairly Odd Parents, Timmy’s dad stops wearing pants because as he explains, “Pants are for squares.” Was he referencing SpongeBob SquarePants? And another Fairly Odd Parents episode involves Timmy meeting the king of Atlantis, who says that he once ate an underwater squirrel. Holy shit, was that Sandy, or at least one of her relatives? In fact, an episode of Jimmy Neutron where Jimmy was swimming in the ocean showed a pineapple on the ocean floor. Was that another SpongeBob reference? We already know that Jimmy Neutron and The Fairly OddParents had a couple crossover specials. And remember when the Rugrats met the Wild Thornberrys? Or when iCarly and Victorious met up at Kenan Thompson’s house? Or when a Crash Nebula video game was seen in an arcade in Danny Phantom? Or when Drake and Josh’s nerdy friends Craig and Eric appeared at a convention to see iCarly? What about all those video games where multiple Nicktoons join forces to fight evil? Does this mean that all Nickelodeon shows exist within the same universe?

Have you ever came so close to Actually killing yourself, that you felt a sense of amazement. Amazed that you are living your last day, your last hour…your last minutes.
So you stand there, and look around observing your surroundings, saying to yourself “this is the last thing I’m gunna see” and then you start praying to God or who ever you believe in. Asking them to please make sure you make it home. But your attempted suicide somehow failed.
Now look around where ever you are, and who ever you are.
Look around and say to yourself “I’m still here” if your reading this, your still here…
Live life like theirs no tomorrow, but also, prepare yourself for a long future. Because you never know when you are truly going to die.
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“Yes, of course we still love her, and we’re always thinking of her…”

“I know you both needed someone who knows what you’re going through…”

…..wait, does Yellow Diamond know the crystal gems are on earth?

Yellow Diamond read the report from Peridot, it was why she sent her to Earth to check on the cluster, it was why she assigned her a jasper (not just ANY Jasper, the Kindergarten Quartz who could) 

but Peridot didn’t report seeing a Rose Quartz, just remnants of the Crystal Gems. Rose Quartz would be a threat. Her followers were not, especially only three gems. Jasper knew Rose wasn’t there either by she considered it a shame since she couldn’t beat her for it

and

Yellow Diamond SPECIFICALLY requested Aquamarine & Topaz get the humans from Peridot’s report, and Aquamarine said herself that the Crystal Gems were IN the report.

But the Diamond’s still believe the Cluster is Active. My guess is they’re not actively doing anything about the Crystal Gems since they believe the cluster will destroy them along with the Earth. No point picking a fight when they’ll be shattered soon. 

They’re as insignificant as ants to her.