It occurred to me while writing my last post that Rip’s method of recruiting the team is really kind of interesting.

Because, he did lie to do it, of course.  He told them he was working for the Time Masters and he told them that they would become famous, when the truth is that he’s a renegade and he’d chosen them because they were insignificant in history (and going by Legendary, Sara at least would be dead soon.  Possibly the others as well.)

And of course he lies by omitting that his primary motivation isn’t just saving the world, but saving/avenging his family.

But see, that part’s really interesting to me.  Because Rip is fairly desperate.  He knows he can’t do this alone.  He is completely without the support of the Time Masters.  He needs the crew and is willing to try to deceive them to get their help.

At the same time, he omits the one truthful fact about his motivation that might have been even more effective at getting their cooperation, or at least their sympathy.

He really has nothing to lose by being honest with them.  Yes, he’s got a “selfish” reason to go alongside the altruistic one.  But it’s not like he’s asking them to sacrifice the world in the process of saving/avenging his family.  His goal, ideally, would accomplish both.

And the honesty might have done a lot of good.  It would have humanized him for the more altruistic and empathetic characters like Ray, Sara, Martin and Jax.  It would have given him common ground with Kendra and Carter, who have also suffered at Savage’s hands.  And even though Mick and Snart haven’t had their heroic development yet, they absolutely understand the lengths that someone will go for family.

If anything, that reveal might have made them more likely to sign on faster.  But he hides it until they all but corner him.  He doesn’t disclose the loss of his family, he confesses it.  

And I think that says so much about the Time Masters and the environment in which he was raised.  

Of course, we’ve seen a lot of other evidence toward the fact that the Time Masters are fucked up: they recruit traumatized ten year olds and change their names to avoid attachments, they humiliate and ostracize members who fall in love with each other, they send assassins after grief stricken renegades when a therapist would be a wiser option, and so on.

So it fits.  But it’s also sad.  Because at no point during the season does Rip actually reach out to any of the others to deal with his grief.  They’ve reached out to him a few times, and he’s reached out to Sara during her grief, but we don’t see Rip reach out for help to deal with his own.  Instead, we see him hiding, in his office or the cargo bay, utterly alone.

I think the Time Masters have a lot to answer for. 

You ever get that awesome feeling where you really really really like a person and you have a feeling you just kinda– annoy them? lmao me right now. I need to stop trying.

In other news, done moving so yay @ that. I’ll have more time to RP again yasssssss!

Something I needed to be reminded of every day - some people are just full of negativity which I don’t need in my life. So don’t even bother trying to make them appreciate you. 😄
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i know it’s hard to accept compliments as anything other than lies. but when somebody blurts, “you’re beautiful,” take a breath. think of your dog, panting happily and covered in mud. think of your mother in her bathrobe with her hair in tinfoil while the dye sets. think of your best friend with her face streaked with tears and makeup. think of your little brother when he was sick and his face was a red puffy mess. think of how, even then, your heart swelled up with love of them. this is i think where compliments come from: when they look at you, no matter what, they see somebody beautiful, not some body, beautiful.

i can’t believe this ryan goes to square up and lindsay just

“Hands off!!!”
12/8-2014 <3


Dragon Age Inquisition AU where adaar/trevelyan/lavellan/cadash actually died in the explosion, and the Inquisitor has actually just been a manifestation of the orb.

basically prototype + final fantasy x end. if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go sit somewhere sadly and think about what I’ve done.

What antis get wrong about the tattoos.

I don’t think the tattoos are the biggest “clue” about the nature of Harry and Louis’ relationship simply because they exist. Because it’s true, a lot of people have a lot of nautical tattoos. And I don’t think Harry and Louis are in a relationship with the 3 billion people on planet earth who have a ship tattoo or a heart tattoo, generally speaking.

What sets Harry and Louis’ complementary tattoos apart are the intent, timing and placement of the tattoos.

Butterfly/It is What It Is

3 days after Louis began getting tattoos in earnest, Harry posted this photo of a couple’s tattoo to his instagram and said “Siiiiiick.“ He most likely found the picture, which is a picture of a computer screen, by googling “best couple tattoos” where he found a slideshow featuring this photo.

The exact same day as this instagram post, Louis reacted visibly to Harry when someone said the phrase “it is what it is” in a radio interview.

About 2 months later, Louis and Harry may have also made an inside joke about the “it is what ti is” tattoo in an interview before their American X Factor appearance.

So while they did not get the butterfly and it is what it is tattoos within hours or days of each other, this is enough to make me recognize that particular set holds some significance to Harry and Louis alone, as the others did not react the same way to the phrase. 

And while it is is true that the butterfly and “it is what it is” tattoos were from a group of 7 sheets of flash Liam Sparkes put out in 2010, the tattoos were grouped together on the same sheet in the layout in which Harry and Louis got them tattooed: it is what it is above the placement of the butterfly on their respective bodies. Also, as I noted at the time the flash sheets were discovered, several of Harry and Louis’ tattoos were taken from these same 7 pieces of flash. It was not just the butterfly and it is what it is. 

What sets those two apart is the references to Louis’ tattoos shared between Harry and Louis in the months before they got them.

Ship & Compass

They literally got these 18 hours apart at the same tattoo shop by the same artist in the same style and color. I don’t know what else you need me to say here.

Rope & Anchor

What sets these 2 apart is the placement. They did not get them close together. In fact, there were nearly 6 months between the two. But Louis got his untied rope on the top of his wrist on his right hand and Harry got his on the the top of his opposite wrist. 

On top of this, the first time we saw Harry with the anchor tattoo was 11 January 2014, the same day we first saw Louis back in England after a long stretch of MIA days and Louis was wearing a shirt with an anchor on it.

Heart & Arrow

They got these tattoos about 18 days apart. And while they got them on different continents by different artists, they are again similar in style and color. [Also, Harry was with Louis at the shop when Louis got the arrow tattoo].

Rose & Dagger

This is the most interesting one to me. They got them over a year apart, so it isn’t about the timing (in comparison to each other). It’s about the placement. Louis got his dagger on the same arm in the exact same place as Harry’s rose tattoo, after a year of fandom discussion of Louis possibly getting a dagger tattoo to match the rose.


Harry and Louis’ tattoos set them apart from other members of the band and crew and general population. They consistently got complementary tattoos around the same time, in the same places on their body and have made references to the tattoos explicitly and implicitly over the years. While other people have many similarly-themed tattoos as Harry and Louis’, they do not share those components. 

If Harry and Louis are so exhausted and repulsed by people thinking they are romantically involved, it would stand to reason that they would not get a series of tattoos to suggest otherwise. Louis/Liam and Harry/Zayn manage to get tattoos all the time and nobody seriously links them together, at least to the point it has to be constantly “corrected” a la Larry.

This isn’t about 1 set of tattoos. It isn’t about the “oops” and the “hi” or even the birds, which all have Larry theories behind them.

This is about the facts, which, when taken into account, indicate at the least a shared vision on some of their tattoo sets. Best friends and bandmates do get tattoos together, but they do not typically get a series of different and complementary sets that complete each other over the course of 3 years. 

“Of course Pearl is still raw from Rose’s death! 11 years is like a BLINK to a Gem!”

“Garnet should forgive Pearl already she’s trying so hard and it’s been enough time!”

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i often think to myself ‘man i wish i could draw’ and then remember that it takes lots of hard work and practice and repetition and to all the people who stick with it shine on you crazy diamond i respect the bejeezus outta ya 


A Kris A Day, Keeps Me Sane [bonus anime sketches]

will be continuing day 5 when I get back