Podcasts are personally my absolute #1 learning resource. I do extensive listening (upper intermediate to advanced!) whenever I have to do one of my 20~30-minute walks. My main goal of doing this is to make understanding a foreign language a natural, effortless thing as well as finding holes in my vocabulary. Here is a list of my favourite podcasts in Swedish (that are still actively producing episodes)! I just turn on auto-download in my podcast app and consume them whenever I have time.
(Note: I’m linking to iTunes because it’s the most common way people get podcasts. I personally never use it, so rest assured you can get all of these elsewhere as well.)
P1 Dokumentär: half- to one-hour audio documentaries about social issues or personal stories / struggles in Sweden. Usually in the very standard “P1 Swedish”. Comes out irregularly but very frequently.
P3 Dokumentär: pretty much the same thing. I actually don’t know the difference between the nature of the two documentaries - I think this one is more current affairs-ish? Comes out weekly on Sundays.
Historiepodden: a long-running podcast with two dudes randomly chatting about historical and sometimes contemporary themes. Probably a good idea only if you’re interested in history - but ‘history’ here refers to a really wide range of events from ancient to recent history. One of them speaks in some sort of southern accent, which is good for training. Comes out weekly on Sundays, can be up to 1.5 hours long.
Allt du velat veta: as the name implies, it’s an hour-long podcast where experts in different fields teach you about really random topics from science to politics to Sherlock Holmes. As of the time of writing I’ve actually just discovered it through the latest episode about conlangs (of course), so I can’t make too much comments yet. Comes out weekly on Tuesdays.
Den svenska musikhistorien: my favourite, even though I just started listening! (What can I say, I’m a music student.) It’s relatively new podcast, each episode less than half an hour long, that discusses, well, Swedish music. It goes all the way from the Middle Ages to folk and pop; it’s currently still stuck in the 1800s though, having already surpassed the total planned number of episodes. Comes out mostly weekly on Wednesdays.
Fredagspodden: guilty pleasure?! I don’t even know why I used to listen to this myself - it’s simply girl’s chat for an hour, and I’m a dude…I was probably just looking for something that’s regularly released to listen to and couldn’t find anything better…anyway it’s released weekly on Fridays (as the name implies).
That’s it for now. I’ll update this if I find any gems, even though I think I’ve looked through many different podcasts. Or if you have a favourite, tell me as well! Happy listening and happy learning!
*brings hot flowers that he prob tended himself, and prob despite the fact that roses are freaking hard to grow and it cost his gardener 'Best Bloom' in the local flower show because he actually puts thought into what she likes and thinks she deserves the best he can give, also supplies her with music because he knows what she's capable of*
*rips up some flowers from some random field without any thought except to get into Marianne's pantaloons coz he's a pig*
Okay so I get what you’re thinking - Boom Boom is a pretty straight forward MV, so what’s there to theorize about? But actually, I have a lot of questions that I’m going to be answering here. Here are a few of them:
What each member’s involvement is and how they relate to each other
Specifically what each point of the plan is
Why hip hop team is grinning sadistically while running away from the bombs
The meaning behind the random football field and the ship in a bottle
Just for information sake this will be a long post. Don’t say I never warned you.
So I was going to let this music video be, but something kept bugging me. Turn your attention to Exhibit A, the mission statement.
I have a number of issues here. Firstly, why is it bottom to top? Secondly, why is it right out in the open? Thirdly, how are there 17 floors on this tiny two floor ship? And lastly, the one I actually have an answer for, why does “Avoid bombs” come after “Defend the ship”? Defending the ship includes not blowing it up, right? Plus, a statement like that seems like an overarching statement, a purpose, the final thing before the plan is complete so why is it not the last thing on the list? My entire thought to look deeper into the music video came from that one thought alone, so I decided to take it step by step.
In the first scene after the opening sequence, we see them all walking together, arm in arm. This is an establishing shot to set up the next scene, in the elevator. We know that from the establishing shot, they all know each other and are very close. However, in the scene in the elevator, they stand apart and don’t make eye contact. Clearly, they don’t want people to realize they know each other.
This group is here only to gather information, to see how the place works. We see Wonwoo paying special attention to the elevator, as that’s where he’ll be stationed later.
After this group has finished the initial runthrough, they return back to their headquarters, where they gather around a glass board. Mainly, Seungcheol lays out the plan as the leader, however we also see him converse with DK. A few shots later, we see DK trying to explain something to a group that promptly walks away. DK is the strategist, however people don’t really listen to him, so as the leader Seungcheol helps to explain.
The next relevant scene, we see Woozi go into his room and boot up his computers, starting up the mission. Woozi is the hacker, who controls all the technology. Afterwards, Joshua and Seungkwan help Jun pick out a jacket, and Seungkwan passes Jun an earpiece. This is the only time we see Joshua participate in the mission, so we can assume he’s the master of disguise. Also in this part is Wonwoo, messing with a camera. The assumption is that Wonwoo put the camera up, but instead I think he was diverting the camera to Woozi’s control, as we see a dozen other cameras in the place. Wonwoo is the lookout. Cut to Jun bringing the boxes in. We can assume “Hide the boxes” refers to him, although we aren’t sure what is in the boxes yet. He gets three texts, each reading “Boom boom”. Wonwoo isn’t in the elevator yet, and we can assume he comes after Jun due to “surveillance” coming after “hide the box”.
Next we see Vernon below decks grabbing a coat, which we saw him wearing in the elevator shot. This means it was likely picked out by Joshua before and planted there during their first visit. This is the “Disguise” step, and Vernon is the inside man, who is likely under disguise to infiltrate a high-security area.
So far, it’s pretty straightforward. But here’s where it gets into details.
Next we see Hoshi and The8 go in to infiltrate a hallway with laser sensors. Hoshi starts to climb through the laser sensors, but then The8 sends his drone through. My theory is that this is the high-security area Vernon infiltrated earlier, however it would compromise him to just strut in and strut out again with whatever the goal is, so he needs a hand off. In this case, Hoshi is chosen to retrieve it because of his flexibility. Hoshi is the handoff, and The8 is the bodyguard whose job is “defend the ship” during the time Hoshi has it, and he ends up saving the day with his drone when Hoshi can’t make it through the lasers. We also see Coups ride up on his motorcycle. Coups is the transportation, to retrieve the goal and escape with it.
Next we see Mingyu, Coups and Wonwoo are all together, Mingyu walking down a hallway. At the end of this hallway is the goal that The8 and Hoshi have set at the drop point, and Mingyu’s job as the second handoff is to safely retrieve it and bring it to Coups, who is waiting with the lookout. However, he steps wrongly, and an alarm starts going off. We can tell by the expressions of the others that this is decidedly a bad thing.
The alarm and the trap is there for a reason, to alert of intruders. Now the jig is up, and Dino, the communications, passes along the warning through the radio that they need to get out of there, and the plan is moved up to “Avoid the bombs”. However, the trick here is that for a split second before the bombs go off, we see Woozi hit a key.
The bombs are Seventeen’s fault. The box that Jun hid contained explosives, which is why his keyword was “boom boom”, and they intended to blow up the ship all along to slow down the bad guys and throw them off their tracks. However, due to Mingyu’s mistake, the plan went wrong. He was not able to retrieve the goal, the bombs go off too early, and Coups drives away empty handed.
Or does it?
Flash back to the beginning, to Jeonghan on a soccer field. He sees the ship in the bottle and picks it up. This is actually the end to the story, and the small ship in the bottle was the goal all along. Jeonghan is the final contact, who is there to retrieve the ship. He was originally on the scouting mission so he could recognize the object, however he expected Coups to deliver it. but if Coups drove away empty handed, who is the hero of the day?
Thanks to the delay of Hoshi being unable to retrieve the ship without the help of The8′s drone, the two were put incredibly behind schedule and hadn’t made it to the drop point to leave the ship behind before Mingyu’s mistake happened like they were supposed to. Instead, The8 escaped with the ship in arm and made his way to the field to drop it for Jeonghan. Thus completing both “defend the ship” as well as “goal”, which is actually a subtle pun for the final drop off point - a soccer field.
And Seungkwan? Some suggest Seungkwan dreamt the whole thing, dreaming of the events of the ship in a bottle behind him. However, on closer inspection, the two ships in bottles are actually different, one with folded sails and a very simple structure and the other with grander features as well as unfurled sails, a miniature version of the larger ship.
So what is Seungkwan’s role? Perhaps his role isn’t a role so much as a representation, the representation of Seventeen. Seventeen who have a dream to defend something important to them, even if it isn’t as grandiose as things surrounding them but something they’ve made themselves. And if they work together then even through snags, if each member plays his part (even the ones who are quiet and unexpected), they can succeed. But that’s just my theory! A kpop theory
I could remember the way you smiled at me, the jokes you cracked in class, the way you smelled when you said you haven’t taken a bath for days because that’s what engineering students did. I could feel your hand touching mine as we sang “The Lord’s Prayer” when you and I went to church on a Sunday afternoon after I accompanied you on your Christmas shopping. I could even taste that buko pie from Laguna or Tagaytay that you bought for me on your way home from your field trip.
The random dates, oh! There were a lot. You would ask me out every time you were available, or should I say, every time you were in between relationships. I, on the other hand, also had a couple of legitimate boyfriends over the years. But never ever in those ten years were you really out of my mind.
Back in college, I told myself that I would find you once I graduated and got a stable job. But my jobs were not stable for three years. I moved from one company to another, trying to search for where I would fit in. And when I finally found the job that I loved, you had a serious relationship with someone else. And worse, you moved to another continent.
We still kept our communication lines open. You still maintained your original mobile number because of its sentimental value, like you said. But even when you broke up with your serious girlfriend, you NEVER pursued me.
We confessed our feelings to each other explicitly and implicitly countless of times. I waited. I thought to myself that maybe, you were still enjoying your bachelorhood. I waited for years. Though we would go out whenever you were on vacation in Manila, you never said a word about our status. You would just text me whenever you felt like going out on a date. And I would just say “yes" every time… until I could say yes no more.
I am sorry for not having waited a little longer for something that would or would not come. I am sorry for not being aggressive enough or vocal enough to tell you how much you meant to me when it could have still made a difference. But I am just like other girls who prefer being loved and pursued to loving one-sidedly.
There’s nothing I can do now. I won’t pursue you anymore. I won’t hold you back from loving other women. I won’t ask for your attention anymore or your time or for even just a short reply to my messages. I am letting you go. You may own a piece of my heart forever, but I won’t let you own all of me anymore. Not because I stopped loving you. I still do. It’s just that I got tired waiting for you to man up… so I married another man — a man who loved me back like you never did.
The next couple of weeks were tense. Hotch had grounded you to HQ, which made you jump to the assumption that Spencer was more needed in the field than you, and it only served to drag your spirits down more. You fielded random calls from your desk, helped Garcia whenever she needed an extra set of hands, took calls at 3 in the morning whenever you were dead asleep at an attempt to make you feel useful, and video-conferenced in whenever you felt you had something on the case.
Which was never, because it seemed that Spencer always came to those specific conclusions just before you called.
You had practically gotten used to the one-ring-hang-up noise from your phone.
You started to wonder if the team was even in need of you at this point.
Sitting at your desk, phone calls all ringing to voicemail, Garcia taps on your door.
“Y/N?” she asks meekly, your head slowly turning to her direction. “Hotch has been trying to get you on the phone. I wanted to come make sure you were alright.”
Sighing, you open up your laptop and video conference him, Hotch appearing on the screen with a very disapproving look on his face.
“Is everything alright?” he asks, his voice stern and his eyebrow high.
“Yes sir, just a little distracted,” you say, sighing with every word.
“Well, have you found anything looking thru the file and using Garcia as an aid?” he asks, a worried Spencer now emerging in the background, furrowing his brow as he sees how tired you are.
“No sir, I think between her and Spencer they have it covered,” you retort, your exhaustion finally getting the best of you.
Hearing Hotch sigh, his voice softens and he says, “Y/L/N, I know you’re upset about being at HQ, but until you can get your head back in the game, it’s safer if you’re there. You not only put yourself at risk, but you risk the lives of those around you, being as distracted as you are right now.“
“Oh, and Reid does have his head in the game?” you shoot back, seeing him visibly wince at you using his last name. “Like you weren’t complaining last week to Rossi about how distracted he was, and yet I’m still here and he is still traveling…which only tells me one thing.”
“And what is that?” he voice tenses, Spencer widening his eyes and shaking his head in the background, begging and pleading silently with you to stop.
“That you need to wrap your head around the fact that you’re not my father. You can’t force me to make time for an evening with someone to get to know them better, you can’t force me to not be distracted when the only thing distracting me is the fact that it’s clear that Reid is more of an asset to this team than I will ever be, and that you can’t force me to just ‘cheer up’ when the man that I have grown to love can’t even so much as look at me because of how far I’ve pushed him over the brink!”
Watching Hotch continuously blink, Spencer’s eyes widen in the background as you hear Garcia suck in a sharp breath of air.
Realizing what you just said and the tone you’ve said it in, you open your mouth to defend yourself.
You try to reason your way out, scanning thru your mental imageries in a last ditch effort to find some way of back-pedaling out of this horrid scenario you have, once again, created. But, with his hand raised, Hotch stops you in your tracks, closing his eyes and sighing before he proceeds.
“Go home,” he says.
“W-what?” you stammer.
And with that, the conference calls cuts, and you are left alone.
“Hotch…” Spencer says, taking a step towards him as Hotch spins around, looking him dead in the eyes.
“I don’t know what happened between the two of you, and I don’t know if what just flew out of her mouth is true. But whatever it is…go home and fix it.”
“But, the case-” Spencer tries to defend himself.
“Go. Home. Now. Fix it, and don’t come back until you do. Either of you.”
“Boss-” Spencer tries to change his mind.
As Spencer looks at Morgan, pleading for a ride back to the hotel, Morgan puts his hand on his shoulder and guides him out to the car.
“I need to get my things, and get to the airport,” Spencer says.
“It’ll be faster for you to just drive,” Morgan says, throwing Spencer the keys.
“Then why are you getting in to the car with me?” Spencer inquires, his brow furrowed.
“Because you’re going to tell me everything that has happened between you two in the span of the 15 minutes it will take to get us from this police station to the hotel, starting with the question: ‘What the hell have the two of you done?’“
Sulking onto the elevator, Garcia gives you a great big hug, along with promises to come over tonight with lots of wine and fruit to jumpstart a weekend of sulking. She tries to reassure you, telling you that at one point in time or another, they have all yelled at Hotch over something that they feel he is doing wrong.
Then, she tried to reassure you that, though it didn’t feel like it now, Hotch had always been right.
Sighing, you let the elevator doors close, your head pounding from the last few weeks, your mind whirling from the fact that you had just told off your boss via video-conference because you were angry at your fake husband for being more important than you.
Laughing in disbelief, you start towards your car, not understanding that a couple of hours away, Spencer was telling Morgan all about your wedding right now, in the hopes that someone, for once, would be on his side.
As Garcia sighs and turns from the elevator, she spots the envelope she had seen you give Spencer a couple of weeks ago, the contents of it sprawled out underneath all the paperwork on boy wonder’s desk.
Curiosity getting the best of her, she meanders over, slowly shifting the papers to the side as she gets giddy at the sight of pictures.
Picking them up, her eyes begin to widen as she realizes that the contents of the pictures are from you and Spencer’s drunken night, everything from the shots you drank to the wedding chapel…progressing with the two of you curled up in bed together, kissing furiously as you take pictures…and finally, ending with a loving picture of the you both with your foreheads pressed together, your wedding rings in the forefront of the picture with your fingers intertwined.
Picking up her cell phone, she dials Morgan’s number as fast as she can.
“Talk to me, baby girl,” he says.
“My sweet chocolate desire! Oh my god! I know what’s wrong with them!” she says, huffing into the phone as she tries to spit out all the words at once.
“Baby girl, breathe…breathe, sweetheart,” he coos.
“Didn’t you hear me, Morgan!? They got married!” she squeals.
“I know,” Morgan says as he waves Spencer off in the black SUV.
I THINK IT MAKES IT MORE FUNNIER cause she's a vegetarian which makes her trying to deflect the conversation even more funny and relatable like 'COMES UP WITH RANDOM THING BECAUSE LETS AVOID *FEELINGS*' and from left field you hear willam cupping his hands over his mouth shouting 'YOU DONT EVEN EAT MEAT BITCH'
Hi! What are some good meat replacers that actually taste nice?
Beyond meat and Gardein are my go-to’s! There’s many others but those two brands are amazing at what they do. I like random products from others though like Field Roast is another goodie (especially their cheese!!!!) and sausages. There’s also this brand, I think it’s from Germany, called Viana Gourmet - I was obsessed with their Mediterranean sausages, looks like this. Can’t really find an actually site for them but yum. My store rarely carries it anymore and i’m pretty unhappy about it haha. Also- Seitan is amazing!
H/P anon again (and I'm just gonna call myself Perse because that's not a mouthful). I totally have a headcanon that awkward, antisocial Hades would get kinda lonely in the Underworld, until one day he opened the door and there's the goddess of crossroads standing there like 'hey mind if I bunk in your palace,' and so begins an epic bromace. When Persephone shows up, Hecate totally ships it.
BABY YOU LIGHT UP MY WORLD LIKE NOBODY ELSE
sometime you should come off anon and we can bro harder than anyone has ever bro-ed before BUT YES LET’S TALK ABOUT MY SECOND FAVORITE GODDESS
Also, some fun stuff, Hecate wasn’t originally a dark goddess, like at all, as far as we can tell. The earliest textual source we have for the greek pantheon, the Theogony, describes her more the way Athena is usually portrayed. She’s described as Zeus’ favorite, and “most highly esteemed among the deathless gods” (trans. Lombardo, I think) and giving victory to kings and hanging out at sporting events and such.
But in later writings, we get the real Hecate we all know and love. Patron of all things magic, a protector of women, always shrouded in darkness while bringing light. Her two animal familiars, a ferret and a dog, are both women who were mistreated, Galnthis cursed by Hera, Hecabe forced to watch her kingdom fall and then cast into the sea, before becoming the companions of the queen of night. She’s also, of course, closely aligned with my absolute favorite character in mythology, Medea. According to my not widely accepted but favorite version of events (in the Diodorus Siculus), she was the mother of both Circe and Medea.
Witches in Greek and Roman literature are horrifying figures because of the threat they represent to male power, so I totally believe Hecate spent all of her time helping women take revenge on the men who did them wrong. She’s definitely the goddess most often invoked in curse tablets, after Persephone.
In between all her ass-kicking and name-taking, where else would the mistress of magic go to kick back but the Underworld? She probably just strolled in one day, past Hades scowling at the door, put her feet up on his table and said something the lines of ‘what’s up Aidoneus i’mma hang here for a bit where’s your dog?’
Because you know the thing they talk about more than anything else is their dogs. Hades probably gets super grumpy because whenever Hecate is hanging around Cerberus just follows her around like a puppy and she gives him all kinds of treats and Hades bitches about her spoiling his dog. Sometimes she brings her pack of hounds and Cerberus bounds around with them all across the Fields of Asphodel disturbing random souls from their eternal boredom.
And Hades complains about her intruding into his dominion every time but Hecate grins and pats him on the head and ignores his posturing and tells him he needs to quit brooding and get out more because he’s such a sad sack.
Then after the whole debacle goes down and she finds out that while she was helping Demeter search for Kore they were partying it up in the Underworld she storms down there to bitch him out for taking advantage of the girl.
And Hades is still super dumbstruck by the whole thing, so he’s just like ‘what you think i had any choice in the matter? please.’ And Persephone is like ‘as if, this loser is lucky to have me have you seen how lame and broody his mancave is?’
And Hecate decides that Persephone is fantastic and they get together and have lunch every week and discuss the best ways to enact righteous vengeance on the souls of men and Hades is constantly outmaneuvered by powerful women in his life.
Hands down, this is the best background I ever did! *happy giggling* I just looked up a simple tutorial for grass and I followed some of the steps and now it looks so great! Thought I made a good background, since the skecht was a bit….sketchy and this motive was perfect for a meadow from the Light fields in my eyes. I googled some random flowers, so I have no idea which are those. xD It also seems I prefer yellow as sky-color for those two. XP
I'm not a feminist because of <whatever reason>
Rabid 14 Year Old Feminist:
Do you even know what feminism is???? It is literally equal rights for men and women... WHY ARE YOU AGAINST THAT?!?!?!
Well, no... Feminism is the advancement of---- *becomes rudely cut off*
Rabid 14 Year Old Feminist:
OMG! You are soooo trash. Literal trash! You are a misogynist! FEMINISM IS EQUALITY! It is totes the dictionary definition of equality!! You are a terrible person! WHY DO YOU HATE EQUALITY AND WOMEN?!?!?!
Wha??? That's not even what I said.....
Random Asshole From The Middle of Left Field:
DIE CISHET RACIST WHITE SCUM SHITLORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Japan, the country responsible for Hello Kitty and World Cup Pikachu, loves mascots. One of the most popular fuzzy-suited characters over the past year and a half has been Funassyi, a giant pear creature hailing from just outside of Tokyo. Ubiquitous on billboards and TV commercials, he recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day for Japanese professional baseball club Chiba Lotte Marines.