Art, real art, doesn’t need a justification to exist. It’s not beholden to anyone’s values or ideas or sense of morality. Art that’s subtle and patient and wise and practiced has never needed a reason to exist. It exists so long as the human impulse to create exists. Its existence is its justification. Should art engage with and illuminate social realities? Of course; any creative work that denies these realities is doomed, and reflective of a shallow mind. Should art and artists be required to go out of their way to proselytize and make a point about social ills in a way that’s comfortable and satisfying for people? No. Art isn’t about comfort and satisfaction. It can supply those things, but they are not its purpose. Art at its most powerful and transformative should remind us that our creative selves, our searching minds, our restless tongues have never needed to justify their existence, not to money, not to power, and ultimately not even to ideas of social betterment. Under capitalism we’ve all grown accustomed to justifying why certain things exist, the function they serve, the value they possess. And this mode of thinking seeps into progressive circles too, such that we feel guilty if our creative output isn’t quantifiable by standards of “right” and “wrong”, “good” and “bad”. We feel guilty if our art doesn’t provide people with the answers and solutions they seek. And so we don’t create, or we let guilt hamper the creative process. All of that is antithetical to the true power and purpose of art: refusal to answer to any one power or any one purpose. Art reminds us that creation and imagination will continue to exist, even under repression and fear. Art shouldn’t be made to answer for our failings as a society. Art should exist instead as a reminder of the freedom that lies beyond the terms of our material world. 

yuri!!! on ice soon… please be a tame fandom 🙏🙏

although i still haven’t been able to get into any of the new sports animes after haikyuu. let’s see what ice skating can do…

Weird Things About 6x01

The episode overall felt disjointed, IMO. For claiming this season would return to focusing on the core characters of Storybrooke, the storyline surely jumped around a lot, and attempted to introduce many subplots. Aladdin/curse of the savior, Untold Stories/Hyde, Return of the Evil Queen, Morpheus/Rumple Jr….yeah

Emma just got her True Love back from the Underworld after believing he was dead for good, which is awesome! So why is she suddenly being warned of the doom and gloom of being the savior? Suddenly manifesting these weird symptoms of over-Savioring? Wouldn’t that be more appropriate after she had sacrificed something of herself again, not moments after she had essentially been rewarded by Zeus? I understand this is the new plot device concocted by the writers to string along some semblance of drama for Captain Swan, but it feels terribly misplaced given they literally just went to hell and back…

On that note, having Emma revert back to secrets and walls quicker than the snap of a rubber band is also disappointing. Less than 24 hours after being reunited with Killian, whom she thought was a goner for good, she pushes him away? And then the writers send Archie (where the hell has he been?) to try and counsel her through her issue…As others have pointed out, Regina got to talk to Snow, shouldn’t Emma have also been graced with a heart-to-heart with her own mother? Or her True Love? Archie was such a strange, out of the blue choice. But why is Emma lying and distancing herself? Im accepting a head canon I read earlier suggesting the oracle is pushing her to isolate herself from her loved ones on the pretense that it is to protect them, when really it is manipulation to weaken her. Im holding out hope that this will all be a massive lesson for her (again…as if she hasn’t been given this message countless times) that love and family is strength. I just feel terrible on behalf of Killian, who has pointed out time and again that they make a hell of a team (pun intended) when she allows it.

Hyde…with his Bane impersonation and cryptic talk…why isn’t Emma, with her superpower to detect lies, slashing through his bs like a hot knife through butter? Did she really think threatening him with loneliness was incentive enough for an honest answer? She accepts his talk about her tremors and vision/find the red bird with zero suspicion? Really?!? Why revert back to season 1 with her walls, but not bring her overly-healthy dose of suspicion, too?

I feel like I say this after every premiere, but I am holding out hope after episode 1…Untold Stories might be cool…we’ll see.

Funny thing in my History of the English Language class today.

So the professor wrote ‘naddre’ on the board and asked if anyone could tell her what this Old English word had to do with ‘snake’. I knew the answer was ‘adder’.

Now, some of you may know that also. But the funny part is that I knew the answer because of a video game. In World of Warcraft, there are pets you can collect called adders.

I thought it humorous that I didn’t know the answer because of any schooling I’ve ever had, but because of a something some people eschew as stupid and unproductive. 

you know, while i support the sentiment behind saying only complimentary things to beginning/developing artists, i kind of disagree. obviously tearing someone’s art down for being “bad” is cruel, but only saying nice things can come across as pitying and it honestly can be pretty unhelpful. helping people get their confidence up is good, but being able to identify and fix your own mistakes and see yourself making progress is a confidence booster too. 

anonymous asked:

lords and ladys have different jobs in the castle but what exactly do those different jobs entail? what exactly does a lady do compared to a lord?

Well, their roles were interchangeable; A Lady was required to do all the Lord did in the castle, because in his absence she would take his place entirely. But in medieval times, which we use for Westeros primarily, a Lady’s duties included: 

-Arranging tournaments/tourneys/feasts
-Marriage and betrothal arrangements and discussions; more decisions for the daughters, suggestions for the sons. 
-Overseeing the education of her daughters as well as the education of any female wards etc that were in their household (for example, Catelyn would likely have overseen Jeyne Poole’s education as much as she did Sansa and Arya. If Theon had beena  girl, the same would have been there)
-If her husband was absent, the lady would also be required to sit on the council for the day to hear pleas, requests, etc from the lordlings and smallfolk
-She would oversee the meals, selecting what would be served at each meal, alongside whoever ran the kitchens
-She was oversee the stores in the kitchens, ensuring they never ran out
-Similarly she would have shared control of the finances/books with her husband, because they both have their own finance area to deal with. So accounting. 
-She would also be the primary contact for the religion presence in the castle (For Westeros this is the Septon as the Old Gods don’t have a representative)
-She would hire entertainment for the castle, bringing in musicians or artists or jugglers etc, anything to lighten and entertain during dreary long nights. A Lady was essentially in charge of making sure no one got bored would you believe?
-A Lady was also considered responsible for keeping alliances amicable; she would maintain letters to other ladies, ensuring all was well, she would be the one to invite lords to guest with them, breeding friendship and loyalty. A Lady did hold the role of mediator
-And she also had to, of course, bear children. 
-Hiring staff/servants

Now as for the Lord

-He had primary control of the fiancnes, so he would overse the books
-Settling disputes between landowners, farmers, etc. 
-Arresting/Punishing those who broke land the laws of the land
-Overseeing the training/education of the sons, preparing for lordship, leadership, knighthood etc
-Supervise the farming of the land
-Collecting rents
-Defending the castle/lands in case of battle or war
-Employing armourers, blacksmiths, etc 

As you can see the Lord’s duties are very much grounded duties, they’re all very tangible and straightforward,and often require a hardness, whereas the Lady was required not only to handle money and staff and organise things, but to generally maintain a smooth operation that stave off ideas of discontentment which might lead to war. A Lady’s duties were a lot more metaphorically delicate. But as I said, in the absence of the Lord, if he was away for whatever reason, the Lady would do all his duties also. And yet history continues to underestimate and undermine what women did. Thank God that at least Ned appreciates Catelyn, eh?