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The Shakespeare Code - Behind the Scenes (Part 4)
Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s set report from DWM #382

DWM quizzed David and Freema (separately, of course - no conferring!) to determine who knows the most about the Bard. They get one point for completing each famous Shakespeare quote, and one more for naming the play. 

Q: To be or not to be, that is the question…

DT: “’Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer / the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ - Hamlet”  (2 pts)

FA: “’Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well’? Um - it’s from Hamlet.” (1 pt)

Q: And thus the whirligig of time…

DT: “Oh bum. ‘And thus the whirligig of time draws on, um…’ That’s not right. It’s that kind of thing. [DWM: ‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.’] “I was close, though! Is it from Macbeth? [DWM: Twelfth Night.] This is terrible.”  (0 pts)

FA: “Is that from A Midsummer Night’s Dream? I’m not even going to pretend that I know. My God, I’m awful. I bet David got them all right.” (0 pts)

Q: Friends, Romans, countrymen…

DT: “’…lend me your ears; / I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.’ Julius Caesar.”   (2 pts)

FA: “’Friends, Romans, countrymen, um, listen up!” Ha! It’s from… ooh, is it Julius Caesar? Yes? It is? Put that I said that with conviction.”  (1 pt)

Q: By the pricking of my thumbs…

DT: “’Something wicked this way comes.’ That’s Macbeth.” (2 pts)

FA: “It rhymes? Um - ‘By the pricking of my thumbs / I’ll end up smacking those big bums.’ Ha ha!”  (0 pts)

Final Score: David got 16 out of 20, Freema got 6 out of 20 

Thank you to everyone who shares set photos!!

Other parts of this set available: [ one ] [ two ] [ three ]
[ List of all Doctor Who Behind the Scenes photosets ]

SU Theory: The Use Of Feeling Blue? - Their Use *IS*Feeling Blue!!

I’m going to start off by saying this is going to sound absolutely insane, but please please hear me out until the end. 

That Will Be All starts things off by revealing Blue Diamond, immediately shown crying over the loss of Pink Diamond. 

Now that is one stark contrast from what we originally saw of her back in The Answer

She was hardened then, willing to shatter a gem, even if that gem saved the life of a valued member of her court. Imagine disregarding a selfless act like that? That is ice cold.

But now, she’s broken. Thousands of years later, we learn, after having a taste of her own medicine, that all she does is spend time going back and forth between the Earth and the Zoo.

She abandons her post so much that Yellow had to come check on the zoo to catch her there again, and starts to sing a song to try to make her feel better.

It’s pretty clear that Blue is content mourning Pink forever, even willing to abandon her position as leader to do it. That’s some serious regret. 

And when Yellow suggests forgetting about Pink?

Nah. That’s not happening. It’s pretty clear Blue is having serious trouble letting go of the past. She seems to desperately want a do-over.

We’ve seen this character dynamic before.

I suspect the color parallels between Greg/Pearl and Yellow/Blue Diamond in Mr. Greg and this episode are foreshadowing.

Greg is Yellow, and Pearl is Blue. Pearl was unable to let go of the past, unable to get over losing Rose. Blue Diamond can’t accept having lost Pink. Even the names of their lost loved ones is the same name in different languages, it can’t get much more in your face than that really. They even fucking color coded it for us.

Greg helped Pearl move on after having been considered an enemy by Pearl for ages. Yellow Diamond is shown consistently trying to help Blue, doing anything in her power to do so, despite Blue’s clear disdain of Yellow’s efforts. 

But that’s where the similarities end, after that we end up with some interesting contrasts:

In Mr Greg, Steven was singing them a song that reminded them they’re all family, and how they needed someone who knew what they’re going through.

But in That Will Be All?

There’s empathy in the song, sure, Yellow understands Blue’s pain, but 

She’s lying to herself. She hasn’t moved on at all. Her repeating of the question ”What’s the use of feeling?” at the end implies she curses her own emotions for being so hard to repress. That’s why she wants to destroy the planet and forget about Pink altogether. They’re not talking anything out, Yellow is trying to push Blue along. Push herself along. She grasps the railing turning away from Blue Diamond as though in shame, here she was claiming to be above it all yet the moment she lets herself remember just a bit, she deteriorates. As though it’s the first time she’s allowing herself to feel anything about Pink’s death in thousands of years.

So the difference is, Steven’s song was about getting closure, while Yellow’s is more about repressing and damning the emotions that she can’t resolve. She was just projecting onto Blue.

That’s not all though. 

Greg was able to heal part of the pain of losing Rose by raising Steven, by telling him about his mom, by re-living his memories of his dead wifu with his son. What i mean is, having his son there to share in the pain of missing Rose helped a lot. Helps both of them a lot.

And as for Pearl, whenever she needed to, she could bring up a hologram of Rose and literally re-live her PTSD memories ad nauseum to get them all out of her system. In a way, she did get her do-over. She, at the very least, got to work out how to say goodbye, so that by the time she and Greg squashed the beef, she was ready and could finally move on to Mystery Girl.

But with the Diamonds? it’s a much more tragic picture. Yellow is in denial and wants to rush through/repress her pain and destroy the things that remind her of her loss. She refuses to face it. Blue on the other hand just can’t stop facing it. Not until she gets some sort of closure like Pearl. But that’s impossible, right?

I thought so too, until I heard this line;


Hold the fuck up. Employ????? Blue wants to employ the Rose Quartz line? 


Why?!?  Welp, hold on to your butts;

Yellow Diamond sings two pertinent verses: 

“Why would you want to employ her
Subjects that destroyed her?
Why keep up her silly
Zoo? Oh, tell me
What’s the use of feeling, Blue?“


“An army has a use
They can go and fight a war
A Sapphire has a use
She can tell you what it’s for
An Agate terrifies
A Lapis terraforms“

Yellow is juxtaposing the use of the Rose Quartz gems, as well as other gems in their society, with the use of emotions. What has Steven Universe been teaching us this whole time about emotions? What can they help you do? 


What else have we seen that heals things? 


Blue claims she wants to go to Earth to preserve specimens. 

But what if she’s looking for her do-over instead? What if her regret and depression are so deep, they’ve driven her to want to go down to Earth to find Pink’s shards and have the Rose Quartz line, the entire line, cry on them? 


Whatever happens, the Rose Quartz line’s healing tears can be used to fix other huge, previously unsolvable problems:

K so I was going to save this for angst wars but yknow what let’s dump this everywhere right now

so we’re all assuming Grif’s coming back. From a Watsonian narrative standpoint it makes sense to have him come back, from a Doylist standpoint he’s an iconic character and I don’t think they could really get rid of him.

But what if he just


What if the troopers get into trouble, and get out of it again, and go through another Big Damn Adventure and make it all the way through and it turns out they don’t need Grif. They’re fine without him. They work

and then they eventually come back with the day saved to an empty moon.

Kai’s the one who sends them a message to let them know he went back to earth. Sarge grumbles about “good riddance” and polishes his shotgun a lot and no one can find Simmons for a few days

Donut eventually goes to visit

and he has to go alone.

He gets there and he knocks on the door and Grif answers it and just says “oh. it’s you.”

not angry

not upset

not excited

completely neutral.


“do you need something?”

“I just wanted to come say hi!”

“well. Hi.”

and they stand there awkwardly for a minute or so

until grif just shuts the door and donut leaves

and grif is never spoken of again

that’s it.

“The image reflected in a picture is but an illusion. However, even if it is an illusion, wishing to hold onto it is one of the hollow dreams humans have.”

- Sebastian Michaelis, Black Butler

Forever bitter that Jasper being obsessed with fusion after being forced into one, Navy getting revenge and Bismuth wanting to fight back against her oppressors and being angry that she was wronged is enough for people to call them crazy.

But Pearl can endanger a child several times without being called crazy

Rose being a complete hypocrite and punish her friend for sharing the same ideals without being called crazy

Blue Diamond can demand can order for ruby to be shattered because of an accidental without being called crazy.

Peridot can monitor horrific Gem experiments with no remorse without being called crazy

Yellow Diamond can order for a fucking planet to blow up without being called crazy

Im just noticing this really unfortunate pattern of people labeling more non-white coded and/or masculine Gems as “insane” or “crazy” for being in an understandable situation.



Hello, you may look at this gif and see a door rotating either direction but what this actually is hiding is HOURS OF TORMENT.

Quaternions! They rotate towards the shortest direction in whatever dimension it is they exist in! And.. and then they do idk they do something else whatever they feel like at the time, if time exists for them (for real what even are they?) but HEY look here’s a super cool door script that rotates in any direction you could dream of (there’s only three dimensions in reality, unless you’re a Quaternion because they have four ok? FOUR. Don’t… don’t ask.)

Nice work, me! It’s only been four hours/days/ is it still June? Hello?

Coming soon to Unity Asset Store!

Keep On Trying

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Word Count: 1267

Warnings: Smut, unprotected sex, reader is trying to get pregnant, an ungodly amount of fluff, sweet Dean

Summary: Reader is trying to get pregnant, sexy times happen with Dean, and Reader ponders why he is going to make a great father. 

A/N: Seriously, I have no idea where this came from. I just got the idea stuck in my head and I was like I have to write a fic about this. It is crazy fluffy. I hope you like it

Waking up was becoming a sort of strange routine for you. Rolling over your nose squashed against a large hard expanse of skin. You couldn’t help the smile that started to tug at the corners of your mouth before your eyes had even fully opened. You inhaled deeply, the smell clinging to the skin of the man beside you was slightly spicy, something that was completely unique to your husband alone.

 “Dean,” you spoke against his right pec, “babe wake up.”

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Eliot Spencer and female-coding

So, a few of you asked about my female-coded Eliot comment I made. So here are more thoughts!

(Edit: forgot to say that my pictures came from @providingleverage !)

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18 feb 2017 { day 001 / 100 days of productivity }

had tutoring in the morning until noon-ish but i’ve been spending the rest of my day typing up some notes for legal studies! i’m aiming to study a bit ahead the rest of my class so i’ll always know what the teacher’s talking about, since legal can get a bit confusing sometimes

other than that, here’s a pic of last week’s bujo spread (: i’ve been keeping my spreads more colour-coded and simplistic + its really easy to set up!

items in pic:
‣ “turn” correction tape (daiso)
‣ pink washi tape (ebay)
‣ ice-cream pen (kmart)
‣ strawberry scented pencils (kmart)
‣ brush pen (daiso)
‣ muji pink double ended highlighter (muji)
‣ flower pen (kikki k)
‣ bullet journal (muji)

anonymous asked:

Can you just tell us what coding is? Google isnt being much help ;;

ugh god FINE but this is the last thing im talking about re: race in su and i mean it (maybe)

coding is hard to explain so this will be a very poor explanation (as well as possibly inaccurate) so if anyone who understands coding wants to jump in and explain it not poorly then please do

first of all, coding has to be definite and indisputable. it has to be ingrained into the character and be 100% INTENTIONAL from the writers. it’s not merely a fan interpretation, its something the writers are purposefully and EXPLICITLY portraying in the character that really CANT BE ARGUED

for example, you cant argue that garnet isnt coded as black. people who say “oh but shes an alien she doesnt have a race” just don’t know what coding is. like, you wouldn’t say jenny pizza is “coded” as black, you would say she IS black. garnet ISNT black, shes CODED as black. representational coding (there’s a lot of types of coding) is reserved for nonhuman characters, as it basically means youre ingraining real-world groups of people into the character

and it’s pretty clear why garnet is coded as black

afro, dark skin, physical features, voiced by a black woman, etcetc. if anyone looked at her who isnt familiar with steven universe, they would say she was a black woman, no doubt. she’s probably the most explicitly coded character in media that im familiar with

the point is, it has to be inarguable and extremely explicit and intentional by the creators. some people think pearl is coded as East Asian because of her fighting skills but that’s simply not definite enough. its an interpretation, and its arguable. you could argue that pearl is supposed to be a suburban white mom stereotype as well. pearl being east asian is just a headcanon. same with rose being latina. there’s not a lot of canon basis for that and it could be argued that she’s just white. even amethyst being latina can be argued, as she could also easily be interpreted as black by some people. the su fandom gets “coding” and “headcanons” really really confused.

if you want more examples of representational coding, i have some from other media…i cant believe im about to talk about knuckles the motherfucking echidna on my su blog but here we go

so im just gonna be straight up: knuckles is coded as black. his color scheme is intentionally supposed to be rastafarian, he has dreadlocks for that reason, and his main music genre from the earlier sonic games was rap/jazz/soul. he was originally supposed to have a jamaican accent but sega scrapped that idea. they basically wanted him to be an “island guy” as he was born on Angel Island. (he also has Mayan coding from his ancestry but thats just gonna make this complicated) HOW much he’s coded in different sonic games varies. the sonic adventure 2 game stressed this and even gave him a significantly darker snout color to emphasize it. it’s pretty much inarguable that in this game, knuckles is coded as black. it’s just extremely clear that this was the creator’s intentions…i remember everyone used to call him the “unofficial black sonic character”

there’s other characters who have clear racial coding from other media too…there’s a great post that ive seen floating around that talks about Eduardo and Wilt from foster’s home being coded as mexican and black, respectively. they also compared that coding to garnet’s coding in su. it was more geared towards those of you who think that “garnet is an ALIEN and there’s no instances of black in her” whereas this post im writing here is geared towards people who get “coding” and “interpretation” confused. id love to see that post again if anyone happens to find it

but yeah, coding has to be clearly intentional from the writers. if not, its just a headcanon/interpretation. garnet and knux are explicitly coded as black. pearl can be interpreted as east asian.

and whether representing poc through nonhuman characters is offensive or not is another story.

(anyone who actually truly knows about this stuff, feel free to correct me cuz maybe im just completely wrong. who the hell knows anymore)

anonymous asked:

Can I ask, what's your typing and/or editing process to get a chapter ready for posting on ao3? Like, for paragraph formatting and italics and what-not? Do you type the html tags in the original document as you go? Do you copy and paste the document in ao3 using the 'rich text' feature? I'm just curious, cause I'm a pretty new user over there, and it seems like a lot of work to get a chapter ready to be post-worthy!


Okay, so, I write in Word. Though I hear Google Docs is a very similar process.

And then I copy the chapter, and paste it into the rich text editor on AO3 when I’m ready.

That’s it. That’s all the hard work I do. Zero coding. The only HTML coding I’ll do is in the notes and summary, if I need to add links or images.

When I first started on AO3 I didn’t realise what the rich text editor did, and so I just basically hard coded everything, with my basic knowledge of HTML. It took so long, and I did most of the SAL stories that way.

But now the Rich Text Editor is my best friend of all time, and it preserves everything I do in Word, so I only need to copy/paste when I’m ready.

I also save all my story stuff directly into Dropbox, so it’s there if my computer ever dies.

If Dropbox dies though, I’m screwed, lol.

That being said, I usually have Word formatted so that I only press Enter once to create a paragraph break. This eliminates weird spacing issues in AO3 t hat can happen (though if they do happen, such as extra paragraph breaks, or no paragraph breaks, I go back in and manually edit it so for me it resembles the way an ‘AO3 fic’ should look (clear paragraph breaks, but not double paragraph breaks). 

This formatting is super inconvenient when I’m writing original novels though, which needs totally different formatting, lol. I should really create different templates, but I’m too lazy. So I just format the entire novel at the end.

I pretty much write the chapters the way they’re going to look on AO3, I include the italics and stuff I need while writing, with Word’s shortcuts to get those into the text. Basically it will really help to learn shortcuts like ctrl+i (italics) or ctrl+b (bold) etc. but a word processor will be your friend - Google Docs is free. :)


Despite it’s name, Dime Mystery Magazine is really more akin to the early pre-code horror pulps than crime/mystery mags like Black Mask, typically it’s regarded as part of the Weird Menace sub-genre alongside titles like Sinister Stories & Terror Tales, in fact, in many ways it’s a real precursor to horror comics like Tales From The Crypt.

Dime Mystery Magazine October, 1948.

Sadly, Dime Mystery did not include artist information after the first few years on publication, so the artists here are unknown. Some nice stuff though.


As I had to prepare and give a class presentation today I thought that I could prepare a post with some tips and pointers. I know presenting in class is not the easiest thing and that some people get very anxious and have trouble speaking in public, but if there’s a skill you should develop during your time in school, that is speaking in front of an audience. You are going to have to do it very often in your life, so don’t hide and avoid these situations, treat them as another learning experience.

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Hello everyone!

You’ve probably already noticed this but there’s been a severe lack of art and ask answering going on around here, and for that I apologize.

The thing is, I’ve been dealing with a ton of art block lately, to the point that I can’t even make any art outside of the blog, it’s been frustrating!

As of now, none of the art I’ve made for this blog behind the scenes has been up to the quality that I want so I haven’t answered any new asks lately (I was suppose to upload some reference art for this blog ages ago, and the art is all finished and everything but I don’t like how they look now so I’m probably gonna redo it all haha…). 

So yeah, I’m gonna be slow on answering regular asks, but I’m gonna try getting out of my slump by doing ask meme art, that way I can experiment more without feeling obligated to make high quality art for asks (which BTW I know no one is forcing me to but I WANT to make high quality art for those asks!). 

The sad thing is that I can’t even say that I’ve been too busy to make art, cuz I haven’t been busy, I’ve just been watching anime and sleeping these days lmao

BUT YEAH, sorry about the lack of content, not feeling great about my art skills as of late, hopefully I’ll get out of this slump soon so you all can see some more gong on your dash!

Also wanna remind everyone that my main blog is over at @skoodledoodledoo, follow me over there if you want. I liveblog Toonami every Saturday night so that’s pretty neat! 

I hope you all have a nice day/night! Love y’all!