not enough ted in this world

anonymous asked:

What if, for PR, the JLA let their sidekicks have social media? Like, Just imagine all them like that. constant flow of shitposts of them singing things that are so out, trying to throw and catch popcorn in each other mouths, sliding down the stairs of the titan tower on their matters. their ratings would immediately go up.

Batman glared around the table. “As you all know six months ago the League voted to set up official social media accounts for Young Adult heroes connected with us. A decision I was strongly against at the time, and I feel my worst fears have been realized”

“Superman” He said turning an icy look at Clark “Superboy has recorded nearly 40 hours of bottle flips, including one’s on the moon and while fighting an alien invasion. Meanwhile Kon el has been featured in a very popular viral video called ‘Superboy’s greatest dabs’” 

“Wonder Woman, world leaders are asking questions about Cassie’s mid-superbattle selfies. The national teachers union is putting out a strongly worded statement this afternoon about it” 

“Ted Flash, Blue Beetle and Kid Flash’s ‘shit white people say’ Podcast is very popular but also has made the kids a major target on right wing news, they have enough to worry about without getting pipe bombs from Fox viewers. Also Impulse and Blue Beetle’s cooking show, it would be nice if they could make it through one 15 minute youtube video without blowing up or burning down a kitchen and many parents are worried about the number of rude jokes and ass slapping”

“To the room at large, there have been complaints about the number of in underwear bathroom mirror selfies Beast Boy takes, 8 in one day not that long ago. Starfire’s make up tutorials are, eccentric to say the least. Many parents are worried that Raven is teaching children the dark arts on Instagram. And finally Aquaman, Aqualad’s Instagram is creating death treats from anti-gay groups around the world.” 

Hal Jordan leaned back in his seat “All in favor of doing nothing about this and letting the kids do what they like?” a roar of “AYE!” came from every corner Batman scowled. 

Friendly reminder that Robin chose Barney over Ted in the Final Page Part 2.
The main reason why Barney chose this exact date was to confront Robin and make her choose between Ted and him once and for all.
There have been two options for her:
Option 1: She chooses Ted, stays in the car and accompanies Ted to one of the biggest days of his career. That would have meant setting Barney free and allow him to move on without her.
Option 2: She chooses Barney, agrees to just be friends with Ted by getting out of the car and not being his plus one on the opening day of his first building. Her ending up on her favourite spot of New York City on top of the World Wide News Building.

It didn’t matter that she was mad at Barney, it didn’t matter that they tried and failed. All that mattered in that moment was that she still had feelings for Barney, enough feelings for her to “make an ass out of herself”.
If there weren’t any feelings involved from Robin’s side, she would have set Barney free, even if that would have meant Barney and Patrice being happy with each other. This wasn’t about her hatred towards Patrice, all of this was an act of jealousy proving she does have feelings for Barney and not for Ted.

If I had to think of the superhero most likely to totally transform the entire world, it’d be the Golden Age Starman. He invented a cosmic control rod that allows for antigravity, forcefields, and moving objects at a distance, all of which are powered by an endless, totally renewable power source (starlight). Basically, he invented the Mass Effect in 1942, combined with free energy! Ted Knight made a discovery that could change the world in a way that would make the Industrial Revolution look quaint.

“But superheroes often have advanced technology, and they don’t change the world!” Actually, there are usually lots of good reasons for why superhero tech doesn’t change the world…none of which apply to Starman. Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits are hundreds of millions of dollars each and with their price tag, they couldn’t be mass produced even if Tony Stark didn’t guard the technology so jealously. Starman was wealthy enough to dedicate himself to science, but there is no talk of the Control Rod having a high per-unit cost.

And while Superman has access to Kryptonian superscience a thousand years or more ahead of earth, he’s an alien and he has vowed not to interfere with human development. Starman, by contrast, is as earthly and human as they come, and he has no access to advanced technology. He didn’t find the Rod in a crashed UFO next to a dead alien, it isn’t a one-of-a-kind….he made it himself and can make many more.

And what’s more, the cosmic control rod has almost entirely peaceful applications: in the form it currently exists, its heat beams are far more effective than handguns or even artillery, but it can’t kill millions like an atomic bomb.

The best explanation I can possibly think of for why Starman’s rod doesn’t change the world is that Ted Knight’s invention is so incredibly ahead of its time that people don’t even understand what he did, even if it was explained to them. There’s some support for this idea; when Ted Knight was transported to the 30th Century, Star Boy tells Starman that though he was not understood in his own time, by the 30th Century, he’s considered on a par with Newton and Einstein.

There is, however, a chilling possibility. If Ted Knight could discover the principles of the Control Rod…someone else could, too.

expectogranger  asked:

Hi cat! What are you doing while in break, and who do you miss the most? *Winks and hands you a latte*

That is a virtual latte, and thus is a very poor material for barter. If you wanted to bribe me, the list of charities I support is on the CatCo website. I can’t tell you what I’ve been doing on my break, as that is classified as of yet, but I can tell you I have been diving. More like free falling off a cliff at some points, but diving just the same. As for the person I miss the most, that would have to be my son, Adam. We visited each other a few times over my break from CatCo, but after a lifetime apart, visits will never be enough. I fear that my missing him will never dissipate. Even when we’re in the same room. But we’re working it out, and I am beyond grateful to have him back in my life, and to be accepted in his.
I hope that answers your questions. By the way, do you know when Ted the new IT guy starts? You people contact me in the strangest ways…It would worry me if I hadn’t been hacked, kidnapped, thrown off a building, and saved the world as many times as I have.
(And if this is Kara trying to contact me: Save the winking for when I can see it, darling.)

Although Ted momentarily disappeared from the six o'clock news and the front pages, his national following was undiminished. The Ted he’d created for the cameras continued to receive heavy fan mail from all parts of the country. The strangest correspondents of all were Bundy’s groupies. Some exhibited a mothering instinct gone seriously awry, while others apparently lived in an appalling fantasy world that required an unattainable object of devotion. Most worshipful was a woman named Janet, who began writing Bundy in the summer of 1979. He returned a single letter after going to Death Row, enough response from her hero to inspire Janet for months. In September, she wrote him, “I got the letter you sent me and read it again. I kissed it all over and held it to me. I don’t mind telling you I am crying. I just don’t see how I can stand it anymore. I love you so very much, Ted.”

Janet sent him photographs of her and begged for pictures back. Her letters poured in. “I adore you and I just can’t stand not hearing from you,” she wrote. “It’s absolutely tearing me apart. You are so precious to me. I want you so much I can almost taste it. What I wouldn’t give to have an hour alone with you. I would show you in every way how much I love you. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do.”

- The Only Living Witness by Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth

Someone asked me what might have happened if Voldemort had gone after the Longbottoms, instead of the Potters, and I wrote this thing. But I kept thinking about it, and here’s another way the story could have gone: 

If Voldemort went after the Longbottoms, maybe the Lestranges went after the Potters.

Peter still betrayed them to enemy hands. Sirius still chased him down and laughed when he was arrested on the blasted-apart street. Both of these boys were still raised by families that did not know how to love them. Just the scar exchanged hands.

Except– I wonder if old Dumbledore would have made Harry go to the Dursleys then, or if that particular condemnation was only for the Boy Who Lived, who needed blood protection. Would Harry get to go to Lupin? Or maybe one of the Order members with a more stable income– Andromeda Tonks, maybe, who already had her own little girl to raise, and who despite all the complications did miss having siblings around.

Little Nymphadora, who even then demanded to be called Tonks, turned her hair every color and let baby Harry tug on it. Harry grew up loved, in this world, but he still grew up lost. He still studied his reflection like meeting his eyes might mean meeting someone else’s.

Harry still grew up knowing how to use a telephone, spent Christmases with Muggle grandparents. Ted told him and Tonks the story of Goldilocks (he turned his Metamorphagus nose to a bear snout whenever appropriate), and Andromeda told them about the Deathly Hollows.

“Which brother is the baby bear?” asked Tonks, not yet old enough for Hogwarts, a literary critic’s light in her eyes. “Which one is just right?”

When Harry went to St. Mungo’s, clinging to Andromeda’s steady hand, tugging on Lupin’s robe, Lily never quite met her son’s eyes. James stole ink pot caps and played catch with shaking hands, tried to sneak them out into Harry’s pockets, grin skittering.

“I think he thinks they’re snitches,” Lupin said. Harry was eight before he learned his father and Lupin were childhood friends. He was surprised. He’d always thought Lupin was much much older.

I experience this every day… If you don’t pay enough attention to the world outside of you, the world inside of you can’t scream in strategic writing and understanding of your target audience. And if you’re a writer you have a target audience my friend, because face it - if you’re not writing to be read, you’re not writing at all. Writing is difficult, stick with the craft and maybe your left eye will eventually stop twitching because you saw “believing” written as “beleivieng” on a motivational TED Talk about Steve Jobs’ life.

How I got banned from DCUO, the MEPPS incident part 2

Recommended music : Oingo Boingo “Insanity”

I’ve just been perma-banned from DC Universe Online for the crime of disagreeing with them, and asking for an apology almost a year ago.

To be honest, I’m not entirely shocked by this development.  It came to a head TODAY because I publicly disagreed with them about the new direction they’re going to take the game.  My post opened up with “I’m a stupid casual gamer”, and that was enough justification for them to ban me on “insults”  And I can’t log into the game, so I’ve apparently been permanently banned.

To understand this, we have to go back in history to June 13, 2014.  I was livestreaming when Ted “Mepps” Stewn decided to add some “fun” into my livestream.  Basicaly, he broke his own “Terms of Service” by harrassing me in world, dropping enemies on me and repeatedly killing me.  I thought it was a bug, until he admitted it to me in world chat.

(Video can be found at :

I was not happy with him doing this, and he never gave me an apology.  He claims he did, by saying “I apologize for the confusion”, but he never apologized for his ACTIONS.  There’s a huge difference.  All I wanted from him was an apology, and some understanding that what he did was NOT ok.

I should mention, there are a TON of videos of Mepps doing this to other livestreamers.  In all the other cases, they fall all over themselves once they realized they were being trolled by Mepps.  I’m guessing he was expecting the same reaction from me, and I’m not going to fanboy over his presence.  Besides, he had once already peeked into my livestream before, and did not interfere, so I know he’s capable of keeping his hands to himself.

But to this point, I was unhappy.  One of the members of the Dev team just broke the TOS of his own game, and then in message after message blamed ME for not enjoying it.

I didn’t appreciate this, so I pursued it.  I went to the BBB (waste of time, they never side with the customer), I went to Sony Online, I went up the chain of command and eventually got in touch with Linda “Brasse” Carlson, Director, Global Community Relations for Sony Online Entertainment.  She assured me of a few things, one of which being that Ted (Mepps) actions were considered acceptable and appropriate by SoE, I was the only streamer who did not enjoy being trolled by the SoE staff, and that his actions were “meant to enhance the excitement surrounding the livestream.”

I was also, at one point, reassured by Head GM Kaeldread thet he had “sent (the incident) information and this contact to his (Mepps) manager.”  I didn’t believe him at the time, I have no reason to trust anyone over there.  But, having been stonewalled for literally months I threw in the towel.  Having exhausted all my options, I tabled it, saved e-mails and correspondences, and moved on.

Now enter into today.  DC just announced a new system they’ll be unrolling in the near future that I disagree with.  Any time I see a wall of text post I mistrust it, especially when they include graphics and no real explanation.  But from whatI see, they’re basically dealing with their power creep problem by removing any reward for doing low end content.  They also want to release content monthly, but it’s all DLC.  It’s a pretty blatant money grab, if I understand it correctly.

So I posted my disagreement to this plan.  My opening sentence is “Hi, I’m just a stupid casual player, but here’s what I get out of this.”  And I got perma-banned.

I posted a screen shot on Twitter, and MEPPS responded.

It’s interesting that Mepps responded, and not anyone else.  This tells me that HE pulled the trigger, and he’s going to engage me personally to try to smack me down.  Can I prove that?  Of course not.  But there are a lot of other people who could respond, or they could have just not responded, but Mepps decided to not only engage, but do so repeatedly.

So my opinion, here’s what’s going on.  First the DCUO dev team is in an echo chamber.  They don’t like negative feedback, and never have.  So my post was met with “kill it with fire”.  It’s funny, for a game about super heros the dev team is VERY think skinned.

Second, DCUO, and in fact all of SoE / Daybreak games is a troll culture.  My proof?

Among dozens of videos, this screen shot.  They think it’s cool to troll players in their own games.  Never in my history of online MMO gaming have I ever seen a GM team that actively harassed it’s own customer base.  Hell, most of the time they’re not even IN the game, let alone interacting to harass players.

Third, this was personal.  Mepps history with me is long, and verifiable.  So what I think happened is that he got chewed out by someone at SoE corporate, and he’s just been waiting for an excuse to get revenge.  And now, he’s got it.  I’m banned off the forums, I’m banned off the game.  And all for what?  Because he thought he could get fanboyed by trolling me on my livestream, and then was shocked when I didn’t.

We’ll see how this plays out.  I’ve reached out to Daybreak Games to ask them for a statement, they’re still mulling it over.  But seriously, if they’re so thin skinned that they have to resort to this?  I’ll give them a chance to respond, but I have a feelign my next script is writing itself.

Edit add : I’ve also been blocked by their twitter feed, so they’re not even going to see any of this.

And, of note, so has Mepps on his personal feed.

But other members of the DCUO dev team have not.

So this kind of seals it for me, that this *is* personal for Ted Stone.  But, I’ll let Daybreak defend this.

Crow and the Sea

by Ted Hughes

He tried ignoring the sea
But it was bigger than death, just as it was bigger than life.

He tried talking to the sea
But his brain shuttered and his eyes winced from it as from open flame.

He tried sympathy for the sea
But it shouldered him off - as a dead thing shoulders you off.

He tried hating the sea
But instantly felt like a scrutty dry rabbit-dropping on the windy cliff.

He tried just being in the same world as the sea
But his lungs were not deep enough

And his cheery blood banged off it
Like a water-drop off a hot stove.


He turned his back and he marched away from the sea

As a crucified man cannot move. 

5 Tips for Critical Thinking

Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us. Some are small and unimportant, but others have a larger impact on our lives—for example, ‘Which politician should I vote for?’; ‘Should I try the latest diet craze?’; or ‘Will email make me a millionaire?’

We’re bombarded with so many decisions that it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But, there are many ways to improve our chances—and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. This is a way of approaching a question that allows us to carefully deconstruct a situation, reveal its hidden issues—such as bias and manipulation—and make the best decision. 

If the critical part sounds negative, that’s because, in a way, it is. Rather than choosing an answer because it ‘feels right’, a person who uses critical thinking subjects all available options to scrutiny and skepticism. Using the tools at their disposal, they’ll eliminate everything but the most useful and reliable information. 

There are many different ways of approaching critical thinking, but here’s one 5 step process that may help you solve any number of problems:

1: Formulate your question. In other words, know what you’re looking for. This isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. For example, if you’re deciding whether to try out the newest diet craze, your reasons for doing so may be obscured by other factors—like claims that you’ll see results in just two weeks. But, if you approach the situation with a clear view of what you’re actually trying to accomplish by dieting—whether that’s weight loss, better nutrition, or having more energy—that’ll equip you to sift through this information critically, find what you’re looking for, and decide whether the new fad really suits your needs.

2: Gather your information. There’s lots of it out there, so having a clear idea of your question will help you determine what’s relevant. If you’re trying to decide on a diet to improve your nutrition, you may ask an expert for their advice, or seek other peoples’ testimonies. Information gathering helps you weigh different options, moving you closer to a decision that meets your goal. 

3: Apply the information—something you do by asking critical questions. Facing a decision, ask yourself, ‘what concepts are at work?’‘What assumptions exist?’‘Is my interpretation of the information logically sound?’ For example, in an email that promises you millions, you should consider: ‘what is shaping my approach to this situation?’‘Do I assume the sender is telling the truth?’‘Based on the evidence, is it logical to assume I’ll win any money?’

4: Consider the implications. Imagine it’s election time, and you’ve selected a political candidate based on their promise to make it cheaper for drivers to fill up on gas. At first glance, that seems great. But what about the long-term environmental effects? If gasoline use is less restricted by cost, this could also cause a huge surge in air pollution—an unintended consequence that’s important to think about. 

5: Explore other points of view. Ask yourself why so many people are drawn to the policies of the opposing political candidate. Even if you disagree with everything that candidate says, exploring the full spectrum of viewpoints might explain why some policies that don’t seem valid to you appeal to others. This will allow you to explore alternatives, evaluate your own choices, and ultimately help you make more informed decisions.

This five-step process is just one tool, and it certainly won’t eradicate difficult decisions from our lives. But, it can help us increase the number of positive choices we make. Critical thinking can give us the tools to sift through a sea of information and find what we’re looking for. And, if enough of us use it, it has the power to make the world a more reasonable place.

From the TED-Ed Lesson 5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

Animation by Nick Hilditch

I’ve been thinking about getting some garden gnomes. I don’t know, maybe like 1,000? Line them up in a military formation facing the street, and then just not talk about it. Let the tension build until one day, a neighbor can’t handle it, like, “Hey, Dan. I know it’s none of my business, but what’s with all the gnomes.”
“Don’t worry about it, Ted. The whole world will know soon enough. Can’t control those bastards forever.”

Fake AH Crew: Sunday Driving

A continuation of my Fake AH Crew AU: Orphan Brigade

Sunday was Geoff’s favourite day of the week. It had become a tradition that rain or shine, he and his boys would go out for a drive around the city each Sunday. He would pile the boys into the back seat, then would go to pick up Jack or Ryan, whoever was free at the time. They never had a plan for these outings, it was far more interesting to drive and see where they ended up.

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randomthefox  asked:

apparently IDW apologized for including the dragondicks OC and fired the writer responsible for including him. huzzah? \o3o/

This is the logical conclusion that any company in a similar position would have taken.

People are fired from jobs all the time, and often because of things they have said or done, whether it was on company premises, or via social networking. 

Aflac canned Gilbert Gottfried from representing their company due to some of his posts on Twitter. 

Fred Willard was fired by PBS after being arrested for “lewd conduct”. 

The Food Network dropped Paula Deen over a comment she made to someone decades ago. 

Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men after publicly referring to the show’s creator as a “warlock” and a “troll”.

There are countless other examples out there, and not just from people in the public spotlight.

Ted Anderson openly, and frequently, insulted the very user base he was paid to write for, and there is a ridiculous amount of evidence of this.  As an employee of IDW, he was a representative of the company.  He not only did not make any effort to distance his work from his beliefs, but he even tried to shoehorn said beliefs into someone else’s creative property, which is absolutely not okay.

I’m sure monumental amounts of whining have already taken place because of this, likely crying that “those big mean BRONIES got that poor man FIRED!  And all over someone’s OC!!”.  No.  His attitude is what got him fired.  And if they have similar attitudes themselves, they might want to reconsider them, lest they destine themselves to similar fates.

No matter how self-righteous you think you are, if you’re a pompous asshole that gets their jollies by trying to tear down others over your own lack of self-esteem (especially if you have the nerve to try to PROFIT from it), it’s going to come back to bite you in the ass.  As for people like Dragondicks, who have already made themselves into laughingstocks, I have very little pity for, but still enough sympathy to hope they eventually come to their senses concerning their current, infantile mindset.

The real world and tumblr are two very different places.  And it’s about goddamn time they finally learn this.

duyguerkilic6  asked:

What would be your best advice when your going for a run?

1 Accept the challenge "Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.“ -Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher

 2 Shoot for this (at least) "Running 8 to 15 miles per week significantly increases your aerobic capacity, and positively effects many of the coronary risk factors." -Dr. Kenneth Cooper, aerobics pioneer

 3 Be a minuteman "The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles." -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach

 4 Wear good running shoes "Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make." -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner

 5 Think big (and wide) "Buy all shoes, both street and running, slightly longer and wider than your bigger foot. Also, avoid pointed shoes. You’ll save yourself needless foot pain." -Ted Corbitt, ultrarunner and 1952 Olympic marathoner

 6 Take the "talk test” "The ‘talk test’ means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera.“ -Runner’s World editors. 

7 Listen to the rumbling "If you feel like eating, eat. Let your body tell you what it wants." -Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon champion

 8 Relax to the max "When running, let your jaw hang loose, don’t bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed." -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist

9 Don’t crush the egg "Don’t clench your fists in a white-knuckle grip. Instead, run with a cupped hand, thumbs resting on the fingers, as if you were protecting an egg in each palm." -Runner’s World editors

 10 Make time for a quickie "If 15 minutes is all the time I have, I still run. Fifteen minutes of running is better than not running at all." -Dr. Duncan Macdonald, former U.S. record holder at 5000 (set when he was in medical school)

 11 Follow Road Rule Number One "Running against traffic allows the runner to be in command. Anyone who is alert and agile should be able to stay alive." -Dr. George Sheehan

 12 Try a "nooner” "Noontime running provides a triple benefit: daylight, a break from the workday, and a chance to avoid eating a heavy lunch.“ -Joe Henderson, runner/writer

 13 Warm up, then stretch "Try some light jogging or walking before you stretch, or stretch after you run. Stretching 'cold’ muscles can cause more harm than good." -Runner’s World editors

 14 Stay "liquid”… "Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! In cold weather and warm. We use water to sweat, lubricate joints, tendons, and ligaments, and to carry blood efficiently to major organs. I work all day at hydrating.“ -Dr. Alex Ratelle, former masters running great

 15 …But be moderate "Is beer good for runners? Sure…if it’s the other guy drinking it." -Jim Fixx, author of the running bestseller, The Complete Book of Running

 16 Listen up! "You must listen to your body. Run through annoyance, but not through pain." -Dr. George Sheehan

 17 Create your own running creed "My whole teaching in one sentence is: "Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately, and don’t eat like a pig." -Dr. Ernst van Aaken, renowned German coach

 18 Come ready to play "Fitness has to be fun. If it isn’t, there will be no fitness. Play is the process. Fitness is merely the product." -Dr. George Sheehan

19 Take what you can get "So-called 'junk miles’-those slow miles done on easy days or during warmups-do count. They burn calories as effectively as fast miles; it just takes longer. Regardless of pace, each mile you run burns about 100 calories." -Hal Higdon, runner/writer/coach

 20 Learn from your mistakes "You find out by trial and error what the optimum level of training is. If I found I was training too hard, I would drop back for a day or so. I didn’t run for 5 days before the sub-4." -Sir Roger Bannister, first man to break 4 minutes for the mile in 1954

 21 Dare to be different (but not dumb) "In training, don’t be afraid to be an oddball, eccentric, or extremist. Only by daring to go against tradition can new ways of training be learned. The trick is recognizing quickly when a new approach is counterproductive." -Benji Durden, 1980 U.S. Olympic marathoner

 22 Reach for fast, low-fat fuel "Energy bars are good portable food for runners. Look for bars with 4 grams of fat or fewer per 230 calories. Fat slows down digestion." -Liz Applegate, Ph.D., sports nutritionist

 23 Go for the goal "I believe in using races as motivators. It’s hard to keep on an exercise program if you don’t have a significant goal in sight." -Bob Greene, personal trainer of Oprah Winfrey

 24 Think big…but carry a small eraser "Brainstorm your training goals first, then write them down. Do this in pencil, so you can change some specifics when reality sets in." -Jeff Galloway, Olympic runner/author/coach

 25 Show some horse sense "During long, slow distance training, you should think of yourself as a thoroughbred disguised as a plow horse. No need to give yourself away by running fast." -Marty Liquori, running commentator and former world-class miler

 26 Build with care "If you put down a good solid foundation, you can then build one room after another and pretty soon you have a house. After your base mileage, add hills, pace work, speedwork, and finally race strategy." -Rod Dixon, New Zealand Olympian and 1983 New York City Marathon champ

27 Look at the big picture "Whether one shall run on his heels or his toes is hardly worth discussing. The main thing in distance running is endurance-and how to get it." -Clarence DeMar, seven-time Boston Marathon champion and U.S. Olympic marathoner

 28 Toss out the clutter "Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear….Run with your own imagination." -Lorraine Moller, 1992 Olympic marathon bronze medalist

 29 Listen to your body (yes, again!) "Your body is always trying to tell you where you are. Beware when you become tired and listless, when you lose interest in workouts and approach them as a chore rather than a pleasure." -Dr. George Sheehan

 30 Go steady "Day to day consistency is more important than big mileage. Then you’re never shot the next day." -John Campbell, former masters running star from New Zealand

 31 Find the right proportion "If you run 30 miles a week, then about 7 of those-or approximately one-quarter-should be quality miles. Quality miles will boost your aerobic capacity." -Owen Anderson, Ph.D., running writer 

32 Stay above bored "A 40-minute run punctuated with a half-dozen 30-second pace pickups (not all-out sprints) can really jazz up an otherwise boring training run." -Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World editor and 1968 Boston Marathon champ

 33 Be a "cross-eater” "Like cross-training, 'cross-eating’ adds needed variety to your diet-and life. Expand your nutritional repertoire by trying one new food each week.“ -Liz Applegate, Ph.D.

 34 Ease it back "After a run, don’t rush back into life. Take a few minutes to walk, stretch, relax, meditate." -Runner’s World editors

 35 Don’t force the tissue "Overly aggressive stretching can actually increase your injury risk." -Tim Noakes, M.D., author of Lore of Running

36 Think globally, act locally "We wrote our workout schedules in 3-week blocks. My coach and I knew what my immediate goal was-what I was trying to accomplish in the next 3 weeks. But in the back of my mind was the ultimate goal: what I wanted to do months away." -Bob Kennedy, U.S. record holder for 5000 meters

 37 Go with mind over grind "Any idiot can train himself into the ground; the trick is doing the training that makes you gradually stronger." -Keith Brantly, U.S. Olympic marathoner

 38 Have fun on your easy runs "I make sure I have some really enjoyable training runs, remembering to 'smell the roses’ along the way. That way I don’t become caught up in the training-is-everything syndrome." -Sue Stricklin, top masters runner from the 1970s

 39 Have fun on your hard runs "Do tough workouts that you enjoy. Mile repeats and quarters are more fun for me than fartlek. ["Fartlek” is Swedish for variable-paced, up-tempo running.] I feel better about my running when I do the workouts I enjoy and that I know I benefit from.“ -Dan Cloeter, two-time Chicago Marathon winner

 40 Stay open-minded "When you try a new type of training, think like a beginner. Just because you can run 20 miles every Sunday doesn’t mean you can survive 10 x 400 meters on the track at a fast pace." -Jack Daniels, Ph.D., exercise physiologist, coach, and former world-class pentathlete

 41 Be a smart camel "Before you do your long run, place containers of sports drink out on your course, even if you have to bury them." -Runner’s World editors

 42 Work on your growl "The long run puts the tiger in the cat." -Bill Squires, marathon coach

  43 Don’t always watch the watch "I don’t wear a watch during my long runs. That way I’m not tempted to compare my time from week to week.” -Lynn Jennings, three-time World Cross-Country champion

 44 Rest assured "Back off at the first sign of injury. Three to 5 days off is better than missing a month or two. Take regular rest days.“-Pattisue Plumer, two-time U.S. Olympian

 45 Divide and conquer "Pick one thing each year that you need to improve, and work on that. It might be improving your diet, getting more sleep, or increasing your mileage. You can’t work on everything at once.”-Bob Kennedy

46 Join the resistance "Hills are the only beneficial type of resistance training for a runner.“ -Arthur Lydiard, Olympic coach from New Zealand

 47 "Chip” away at it "Think chest/hips/push, or CHP, when it’s time for uphill running. Chest up, hips forward, push strongly off each foot.“ -Jeff Galloway

 48 Adapt…or weaken "Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger." -Eamonn Coghlan, Irish Olympian and only 40-year-old to break 4 minutes in the mile

 49 Up the ante "Move into a hill session gradually, running the first few repeats moderately and increasing the effort as you go along." -Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon Champion

 50 Avoid the downside "The advantage of running 'hills’ on a treadmill is you can go up without pounding down the other side." -Ken Sparks, Ph.D.

 51 Ramp it up "If you live in the flatlands, you’ll have to be creative about hill training. Deserted highway ramps or parking garages are possibilities, though they pose obvious safety problems. You may want to invest in a treadmill." -Bob Glover, runner/author/coach

 52 Grab hold of the rope "If you’re laboring up a steep hill, imagine that a towrope is attached to the center of your chest, pulling you steadily toward the top." -Jeff Galloway

 53 Lean into it "When going down, I lean with the hill. I know I’m doing it right if I feel like I’m going to fall on my face." -Ed Eyestone, RW columnist, coach, and two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 54 Save something for the summit… "Don’t attack a hill from the very bottom-it’s bigger than you are!”-Harry Groves, renowned Penn State coach

 55 …Then take off! "I’ve always found it effective in a race to make a move just before the crest of a hill. You get away just a little, and you’re gone before they get over the top.“-John Treacy, two-time World Cross-Country champion from Ireland

56 Make the switch "The difference between a jogger and a runner is a race-entry blank." -Dr. George Sheehan

57 Get up to speed "Three half-mile repeats on the track at 5-K race pace with a short recovery jog in between shouldn’t scare anyone away-and it will improve your speed." -Frank Shorter

58 Just "Q” it "Quality counts, if you want to stay fast. Don’t do all your workouts in the comfort zone.“ -Ken Sparks, Ph.D., top masters marathoner

 59 Stay in control "Run your own race at an even pace. Consider the course, the temperature, the weather, and most importantly, your current level of fitness." -Marty Liquori

 60 Be flexible (or else) "The idea that you can’t lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved." -Arthur Lydiard

61 Make a pass "Passing competitors always gives you a lift. It probably has a physical effect, too, because you get a surge of adrenaline." -Libbie Hickman, world-class marathoner

 62 Get over it "If you have a bad workout or run a bad race, allow yourself exactly 1 hour to stew about it-then move on." -Steve Scott, coach and U.S. record holder in the mile

 63 Be patient "Expect to put in 6 to 10 successful track workouts before you begin to see some payoff in your races." -Marc Bloom, runner/writer/coach

 64 Keep your finger on the pulse "If your morning pulse rate is up 10 or more beats above your average, then you haven’t recovered from the previous day’s training. Take time off or back off until it returns to normal." -Dr. George Sheehan

65 Mix it up "Fartlek training can help you build strength and endurance, learn race pace, and practice race tactics all in a single workout." -Bill Dellinger, former University of Oregon coach and 1964 Olympic 5000 bronze medal winner

 66 Tie the knot "I double-knot my shoe laces. It’s a pain untying your shoes afterward-particularly if you get them wet-but so is stopping in the middle of a race to tie them." -Hal Higdon

 67 Observe certain rituals "Once you find a warmup routine that works, repeat it as habitually as possible." -Ted Corbitt

 68 Warm up, don’t wear down "At most, jog easily for 15 minutes before a race. Then stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and lower back. With about 15 minutes to go, maybe do a few strides. But no more-you’ll warm up plenty in the early going." -Mark Plaatjes, 1993 World Championships marathon winner

 69 Wear the right pair "Feather-light racing flats might help you run a faster 5-K, but lightweight performance trainers (with better protection and cushioning) are a better choice for most runners, especially in longer races." -Bob Wischnia and Paul Carrozza, Runner’s World shoe experts

 70 Finish it off "To develop your kick, finish each repetition faster than you begin it. For example, if you’re running 6 x 400 meters on the track, start off at a steady, controlled pace, then subtly shift gears in the last 100 or 200 meters." -Robert Vaughan, Ph.D., coach and exercise physiologist

 71 Stay on pace "It’s better to run too slow at the start than too fast and get into oxygen debt, which is what 99.9 percent of runners do. You have to learn pace." -Bill Bowerman, renowned University of Oregon coach

 72 Don’t dodge the draft "Slip in behind someone running a similar pace and, yes, draft. It’s not illegal. It’s not even poor form. On the contrary, it’s just plain smart." -Priscilla Welch, former British Olympian and 1987 New York City Marathon champ

 73 Snap out of it "Occasionally pick up speed-for 2 minutes, tops-then settle back into your former pace. Sometimes this is all you need to snap out of a mental and physical funk. Pick a downhill stretch if you can, and really lengthen your stride." -Mark Plaatjes

74 Go minimalist "Marathon training doesn’t have to be a grind. By running for about 30 minutes two times a week, and by gradually increasing the length of a third weekly run-the long run-anyone can finish a marathon." -Jeff Galloway

 75 Step back a bit "Build up your mileage in gradual increments, but every third or fourth week, drop back in mileage to recover. This will help you avoid your breaking point." -Lee Fidler, coach and two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon qualifier

 76 Don’t push it… "In marathon training, 3 hours slow is better than 2 hours fast." -Pete Gavuzzi, coach of four-time Boston Marathon champ Gerard Cote

 77 …And enough is enough "Never run more than 3 hours straight in training, whether your marathon best is 2:42 or 4:24." -Ed Eyestone

 78 Be vigilant "During the hard training phase, never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest. If you’re at all sluggish, rest. Whenever you’re in doubt, rest." -Bruce Fordyce, nine-time Comrades Marathon champion from South Africa

 79 Pamper your muscles "When I’m training for a marathon, I soak in a hot tub every day, and get a weekly massage." -Anne Marie Lauck, two-time Olympian

 80 Try winning combinations "I include iron with vitamin C in my diet to prevent anemia. Without it, I wouldn’t have the energy I need to train." -Joy Smith, 2:34 marathoner

 81 Know when it’s show time "Just remember this: Nobody ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary." -Marty Liquori

82 Taper on time "The key step between a great training program and a great race is a great taper. Your last long training run before a marathon should come 3 weeks before the race-not 2." -Pete Pfitzinger, two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 83 Wait for the weights "If you strength train, shelve your routine about a month before your marathon, to help you feel fresh on the big day." -Steve Spence, 1991 World Championships Marathon bronze medallist

 84 Hone in on the range "Rather than going into a marathon with just one goal-such as finishing in a very specific time-develop a range of goals so that you increase your chances of success." -Jerry Lynch, Ph.D., marathoner and author of The Total Runner

 85 Don’t be in a rush "Thanks to the race-day adrenaline rush, any pace will feel easier than normal. So make a conscious effort to hold back in the early miles." -Lorraine Moller

 86 Divide by three "Divide the marathon into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." -Mike Fanelli, runner and coach

 87 Walk before you crawl "When using the run-walk method to finish a marathon, the most important walk break comes in the first mile. The second most important one comes in the second mile, and so on. The point is, walk before you become fatigued." -Jeff Galloway

 88 Be a little shady "Squinting intently requires more energy than you can spare over 26.2 miles. So if it’s sunny or you’re allergic to dust or pollen, wear sunglasses." -Kim Jones, world-class masters marathoner

 89 Save up "To be effective over the last 6 miles of a marathon, one must harbor some sort of emotional as well as physical reserves." -Kenny Moore, writer and two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner

 90 Forget about it! "You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”-Frank Shorter

91 Find a cheerleader "The primary reason to have a coach is to have someone who says: 'Hey, you’re looking good today!’“ -Jack Daniels, Ph.D.

 92 Be a copy cat "Visualizing perfect running form will help you stay relaxed. Visualize before the race. Then, once you’re in the race, pick out someone who’s looking good and running relaxed. This will help you do the same." -Gayle Barron, 1978 Boston Marathon champion

 93 Don’t overthink it "In running I go by the axiom that my coach Jumbo Elliott of Villanova used: KISS-Keep It Simple, Stupid.” -Marty Liquori

 94 Take baby steps "You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your goal too high and don’t fulfill it, your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.“ -Emil Zatopek, four-time Olympic gold medalist from Czechoslavakia

 95 Muster your mental might "Keep working on mental attitude. You have to fight that supposedly rational voice that says: 'I’m 50 years old, and I don’t have to be doing this anymore.’" -Ken Sparks, Ph.D.

 96 Train with someone… "It may seem odd to hear a coach say this, but I think a really great training partner is more important than a coach." -Joan Nesbit, coach and world-class runner

97 …Anyone… "Never underestimate the value of a good training partner, even if it’s your dog. Training allies will get you out the door on those days when exercise might otherwise be reduced to a finger on the remote control button." -Runner’s World editors

 98 …But sometimes go solo "The day after a hard workout, I always train alone. If you run with someone else, there can be a tendency to push harder than you should." -Mark Allen, former Ironman champion

 99 Find a reason why "We run to undo the damage we’ve done to body and spirit. We run to find some part of ourselves yet undiscovered." -John "The Penguin” Bingham

 100 Feel the magic… "For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I’m far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics.“ -Lorraine Moller

 101…But do what you must do "If one can stick to training throughout many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I’m tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I have to." -Emil Zatopek


Modern conlangs, including Klingon, are developed enough that you can actually speak them. However, speaking Klingon would mean getting used to pronouncing k with your uvula - that weird, cartoony thing hanging in the back of your throat. Believe it or not, you actually do that in plenty of languages around the world, like Eskimo ones.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? - John McWhorter

Animation by Enjoyanimation

My mother has been convinced I can't properly chat with people for years because of my "special personality" (I'm autistic)
  • so when the following texts were exchanged I decided to be as sarcastic as possible. Enjoy
  • Mum: Are you careful not to overwhelm your schoolmates?
  • Me: Everyone is overwhelming everyone else here.
  • Me: But yes. Unlike what you might think, I am indeed able to sustain conversations with my schoolmates. A never-seen-before exploit, one might say.
  • Me: Clearly an achievement that’s new and completely unexpected from me.
  • Mum: Oh I know you’re able, but sometimes you don’t realise you’re so enthusiastic you overwhelm others
  • Me: I am extremely surprised by your statement. Probably because I have never heard it before
  • Me: Decidedly the world is full of surprises
  • Me: A new view of the universe has just been offered for me to see
  • Mum: Sure you’ve heard it before! You just don’t listen enough :)
  • Mum: Well, I’m off to take my breakfast 😁
  • Me: The only acceptable emoji is the following: 🐢
  • Mum: Your answers are entirely going in the same direction as my messages darling
  • Me: Don’t betray the trust Sheldon the turtle put in you
  • Mum: 🐷
  • Me: Unbelievable. A contempt for rules the turtle kingdom will very surely remember. Ted the turtle king is outraged. 👑🐢
The Laurel, Oliver, Felicity Love Triangle Debate

lovesmoakingarrow submitted: Hi Jen, I know you have heard it so many times but bear with me please. CW is all for love triangles. In Arrow first season, they set the triangle between Laurel, Tommy and Oliver. After the backlash for Lauriver, they withdrew back from Laurel-Oliver romance and promoted Olicity in the first half of the second season and thought not as direct as first season, they set the conflict in romance with Oliver-Sara-Felicity. By the end of the season, they had established that Felicity is going to be the main love interest for Oliver this season.

Going into season 3, they were well aware that Laurel was not a character that was well accepted and they are aware of the hate that character receives so they made the wise decision to take the Lauriver completely off the table and are making her Black Canary so she will be liked. Meanwhile they keep scenes like hugging and carrying her out of the car to keep Lauriver shippers hope kindled. Oliver has been nothing but understanding and loving to Laurel given the tragedy that is Sara’s death. All these are the settings for their final litmus test. Is laurel going to be accepted by the fans or at least not receive hate as much.

If they succeed in it this season, they will set up the ever dreaded Laurel-Felicity-Oliver triangle next season because she will not be hated as much. Lauriver may not be end game but they will always keep the flames fanning. If Oliver sleeping with Sara was the breaking point for Lauriver in Season 2, I think if Oliver ever gets back with Laurel that will be the breaking point for Olicity. So what do you think?

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What happened after Ted held up the blue French horn:

Ted runs up to Robin’s apartment with the blue french horn and they begin a short-lived relationship after Ted realizes that he can’t uproot his children’s lives nor can he make her get rid of her dogs again because he knew he would and he’s not willing to lose contact with her again, he doesn’t want to be back at the beginning and go through it all again, and they break up after a few weeks.
After they break up, Ted is walking down the street with Penny and Luke and they see a woman with brown hair, about the same age as their father, walking toward them. Ted sees her too and immediately pulls Penny and Luke around the corner to reveal that the woman is Victoria- the third most important love of his life. Penny, not willing to hear another story, walks away and brings Victoria over, reintroduces her to Ted and watches them hit it off. Victoria makes a comment about Robin being so successful and Ted says that “he never truly got her” which leads to Victoria and Ted going out on a date the next night.
Victoria tells Ted that she was recently widowed by a German whom she married about 15 years ago and Ted shares this pain and they begin to spend more time with each other, eventually rekindling their relationship even though neither one intends to marry again and they are very happy even though they are not with their first-choice relationships and Penny and Luke love their new kind-of-stepmom and still have a good long distance relationship with their Aunt Robin.
Marshall is completely satisfied with his judgeship and he and Lily have their three kids- we learn the name of their third child- and that is their last child. The Captain has rehired Lily part-time as an art consultant and she has gone back to painting and teaching. They move out to Long Island and live in the Hamptons only a short drive to Ted’s house where they spend long hours on Ted’s front porch with Victoria and Ted and sometimes with Barney and Robin.
Ellie becomes best friends with Marshall and Lily’s third child, a daughter, which means that Barney spends a lot of time with the group. Ted and Barney’s friendship is strong and all of their kids spend time together every few weekends and each summer.
Number 31 - I have a headcanon that it was Robyn with a “Y”, just go with it - shares joint-custody of Ellie and Barney has her every third weekend.
Robin has one or two short-lived relationships but neither are serious because of her work schedule and in about 2033 she decides that she’s seen the world and accepts a higher job at World Wide News that is stationed in NYC with one or two international trips each year and begins to spend a lot of time with the group. She still has the blue french horn sitting on her mantle to honor Ted as her best friend and someone she did and always will love, whether it be in the same way.
One evening in 2033, Lily and Marshall invite the entire gang to their house and while the kids that are still young enough to be there are in the house or sleeping, they sit outside at the table with a bottle of Glen McKenna scotch and reminisce about their days at the bar and Ted comments that, “This is why our booth is where ever the five of us are.” Victoria comes out and sits next to Ted, Barney and Robin are sitting next to each other and Lily and Marshall across from them.
Later that year, Barney, who is still living in New York, drunk-calls Robin after have a horrible day. She comes over feeling sorry for him after giving him the cold shoulder for so many years. They talk and laugh and eventually Barney pulls out their wedding video from the back of his closet. They sit on his couch for a while debating if they want to watch it and eventually Barney asks, “Should i just put it in?” and Robin laughs and they watch it. History repeats itself and Barney and Robin begin a casual relationship that eventually returns to their previous intimacy, Robin falling in love with Ellie and all five members of the gang rekindle their friendship including Victoria.
Only Lily and Marshall remain married, but everyone ends up in a relationship with someone they love. Robin and Ted continue to be close friends and Victoria finally realizes that Ted will never stop loving her as a person and that’s just Ted. He’s a romantic. But he also will never stop loving Tracy and Victoria is fine sharing a little bit of Ted with both of them.
In 2035, the gang goes to see Robots vs Wrestlers and then goes back to MacLaren’s. Victoria goes to the bathroom and the final scene is Carl bringing over a pitcher of beer and some glasses and the gang toasts everything they’ve done and all the good times and all the bad times right in their booth. Their booth for over thirty years.