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10 Reasons Why Deep Thinkers Have A Difficult Time Falling In Love

Originally posted by ohiwishicouldlovemyself

Believe it or not deep thinkers rationalize their feelings. They don’t let themselves feel without analyzing every potential action. And sometimes they don’t let themselves even feel something sincere because they don’t want to hurt the ones they love. They’re idealists at heart and extremely intelligent and highly intuitive people that are difficult to decipher.

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anonymous asked:

Is there a story behind the blue jacket?

kind of. 

besides me being a fashion bombshell, even in the midst of wwii, the jacket was nice and warm and full of pockets. which is always a nice thing when you have to literally carry everything you need with you everywhere you go.

but on top of that, i grew up with tiny pre-human-lab-rat steve. among a very long list of medical issues which fueled his must-punch-everything attitude, steve was colorblind. (in a very typically steve move, he decided to become an artist, despite not being able to see half the colors out there.) 

 the modern term for what he was is ‘protanopia’ which is a type of red-green colorblindness which meant his ability to see the color red was not so great. pretty much everything in the red spectrum got toned down to taupes and greys, and yellows and greens were kinda muted. but his ability to see the color blue was basically unimpaired, so blue things stood out in his field of vision. back in the day, i wore a lot of blue because it was easier for steve to spot, and somewhere along the line it just kinda became my favorite color, and i tended to pick blue clothes out of habit. 

these days steve’s favorite color is red, just for the novelty of being able to see it.  

Broadway au where Yuuri is a lyricist and composer who is relatively successful and well-loved by fans but is known for being a cryptid.

-Yuuri never does the vocals in any of his songs for soundtracks nor does he give himself roles in any of his plays. 

-Yuuri always ends up accidentally covered in photos. It drives his fans nuts.

-Everyone knows from the rare videos of Yuuri found on Phichit’s SNS that he is a great singer and dancer. The actors that Yuuri has worked with regularly tell interviewers that he’s actually amazing on stage. 

-One day, Yuuri snaps. He’s been working on a play that is his passion project. He tells a lot of his own story through the characters, it’s got different styles of music, diverse characters, it’s unlike anything out there (think Hamilton) and he knows that if he shies away from the stage yet again he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. Before he can talk himself out of it he announces that he will be playing the lead role in his new play.

-The internet breaks.

-A few hours later, legendary actor Victor Nikiforov announces he is returning to his roots in musical theatre, and more specifically auditioning for the role of Yuuri’s character’s love interest.

-The internet breaks again.  

types of love

*check venus

Aries: Bold. Aries makes for extremely spontaneous lovers; they are full of energy and they don’t like to beat around the bush (unless that’s the fun of it. They love to tease.) They are surprisingly romantic and give off a child-like fun vibe with every move which keeps it exciting and adventurous. An Aries in Venus knows what they want, and will go for it directly and confidently. Their charm and in-the-moment actions will make them a memorable partner, even if it does not last long.

Taurus: Cautious. Taurus lovers are very careful with who they fall in love with, and will shy away from people who don’t seem secure. They find pleasure in the simple things such as hand-holding and a quick kiss before work. They are also very possessive, although, which may be a problem for some people, but their possessiveness branches from the fear of losing you. Either way, these signs are definitely marriage material for those who enjoy the simple, romantic things in life.

Gemini: Thoughtful. Gemini’s use their knowledge, wit, and stimulating conversations to win others over, and the fact of the matter is that it works. Gemini’s prefer a stimulating relationship over a comfortable one, as they like variety and to have plenty of fun. A Gemini is not someone who will let you hold them down, and they will not be stuck and cling to you. Gemini’s are full of life and adventure and are curious about the world around them which gives them a child-like innocence and approach towards love. However, due to their curiosity, they over-analyze every detail in their relationship, so be prepared.

Cancer: Sensitive. Cancer’s generally want a predictable, committed relationship that feels secure and comforting. It’s not that they crave a fairy-tale ending, but they know that if they hurt, it will hurt badly. They will pay more attention to your feelings rather than your words. They act out for your attention, and sometimes they want it just to know that they can still have it. They are very needy, but when their needs are met they return the favor with patience and love. They are kind, sentimental, and affectionate lovers, who crave the same sort of warmth from you.

Leo: Passionate. Leo’s crave that new, warm feeling in the beginning of a relationship and want that part to last forever. Settled and stale relationships drive them away. They love passion and spontaneity, as well as interesting and exciting people. Leo’s will love to brag and yap about you to anybody who will listen to them, and everyone will know you two are in a relationship. They can be quite demanding because they need to feel special, but everything you give them they will give back. If you can respect a Leo, and appreciate them, then they will never lose interest in you. Feel free to remind them that you have feelings too, and their affection will take into over-drive.

Virgo: Loyal. Virgo’s give devotion, nurture, and love rather than materialistic gifts. They give up their time and effort to see that a relationship works between you two. They enjoy when you appreciate the little things that they do for you, as most of what they do is small and seems insignificant, but they are strong believers that it’s the small things in life that count. They aren’t too keen on getting to know everyone at once, either. They are the definition of “taking things slow” but in the end, it’s all worth it, as they are devoted, loyal, and trustworthy. Definitely someone to take home to your parents.  

Libra: Idealistic. A Libra wants to impress you, and show you how kind and fair they are. These lovers believe that two halves do make a whole, and work in the relationship is 50/50. As long as you do your part, they will do theirs. While this is charming, they may compromise on too many things too often. If you like someone who can take charge and put people in their place, a Libra is not your best bet. They like to keep things civilized and peaceful, and don’t like to argue. However, they are true romantics. They will always consider how you feel, and treat you how you deserve to be treated.

Scorpio: Intense. These lovers are devoted, passionate, and emotional. Scorpio’s don’t beat around the bush when it comes to relationships, their approach is up front and direct. They try to win you over with their honesty and integrity, but even so they have their secrets that they keep to themselves. Scorpio’s are happy to devote themselves to you, but it important that you stay loyal to them as well because they have no problem with leaving you. What you may find although is that Scorpio’s are very controlling in a relationship, and are easy to explode with anger since they take everything to the extreme. They are not afraid of their own emotions but you may be, and that’s where part of the intensity in their relationships come from.

Sagittarius: Adventurous. They have a strong love for life and love to share that with everyone, and although that means they have a tendency to wander from their partner, they always come back. Sagittarius is a flirty sign, they are fun and pretty much open to anything. They always want to be on an adventure, and they want to share their experiences and happiness with you. Though it is sometimes difficult for them to make long-term commitments since they are not the settled type. They don’t like to feel like you are holding them back and not letting them explore, and may leave when things get far too serious.

Capricorn: Responsible. Capricorn’s impress you with their wit, their passion towards their goals, and their smarts. Relatively, they are very successful people with a drive to get things done and do it efficiently. Capricorn’s are generally attracted to those who are stable, serious, and have a set goal in mind with an idea of how to get there. Loose ends make them feel weary, as they take comfort in security. They try extremely hard to not hurt you, and to appear like the perfect partner because they strive for this sort of perfection. They want to be someone that you can count on, and they want the same from you. However, they are still warm and generous people, and have an old-fashioned charm to their love style.

Aquarius: Provocative. Aquarian’s say that there is no rules when it comes to love, as well as no restrictions. They love fun, unique relationships, kind of like the type that really can’t be described in those prime-time shows. They want to be loved for their brains, their uniqueness, and their personality above all. When they commit to a relationship, they actually commit. They are spontaneous, free-souls with high intellect which is easy to be drawn in by. However, they are known to stir up controversy and arguments from time to time, and can be very stubborn when it comes to how they want it to be.

Pisces: Unconditional. Pisces are dreamy, warm-hearted lovers with an old-fashioned romantic charm to them. Definitely someone who care about what’s on the inside rather than on the out, Pisces want to love you passionately and unconditionally. They want to help you through your hardships. Although, Pisces can stretch the truth a little bit, and are not the most reliable when it comes to information, but this comes from the fact that they don’t want to hurt you. Sometimes they forget that it will hurt more later when the truth comes out. They are empathetic, though, and sensitive. They tie in humor with love, and are gentle with affection.

V’s blindness

hello my name is void n i am lowkey (highkey) obsessed with eyeballs. i read a lot on the subject of injuries and diseases for shits n giggles in my part time n i just rlly ;lilke eyeballs ok. dont.,,,, judge me

 i wanna discus’ v’s eyes and why its so mcfreaking w ei r d to me. certain things doesnt add up

also spoiler alert if that isnt obvs but yea boi


Ok so all artists and fanfic author have some sort of different idea to how Rika blinded V, which is chill and I love them all. But in canon there are a few basic things that have been stated or implied very specifically about V’s eyesight and I wanna piece it together.

1) It’s supposedly curable with a surgery. 

2) It’s deteriorative (V was able to drive around relatively well initially, could still take pictures for a while but as time progressed his eyes gets worse until he’s completely blind in the Secret Ending)

2.5) Bonus factor that could just be bc of art style: his eyes clouds when he’s completely blind.

3) The injury that Rika inflicted must have been pretty small scale and with specific intentions to blind him if he doesn’t receive any other injuries/damage to his face or head.

With those three factors in mind, we can pretty much wipe out any burns/chemical burns. If Rika took a pot of acid and doused him in it, he’s gonna be disfigured as well as blind unless she straps him down and intentionally takes an eyedropper to apply it only to his eyes. We can also very easily remove any severe traumatic head injuries because a lot of the time, those head injuries are permanent and also affects other parts of his body. Anything to do with retinas should also be left out since that can’t be fixed with surgery, and so should blindness from loss of eyeballs bc ofc he still has his eyes they just dont work. Heck, Jumin pretty much told everyone what exactly was wrong with V’s eyes in Yoosung’s route (I think), but his answer doesn’t sit very well with me and I will tell you why in a sec.

4) Jumin said it was corneal scarring.

This satisfies 1, 2.5 and 3 easily. Keratoplasty is quite easy and accessible if Jumin is a freakin billionaire or some shit, and the surgery has relatively high success rates (but yknow with any transplant there can be things that go wrong). Corneal scarring can cause your eyes to go cloudy. It also can be relatively easily inflicted without any damage to other parts of V’s face (scratching, throwing sand at his eyes, etc,,) But of course there are three main factors up there and… 2 doesn’t quite fit.

Thing is. Corneal scarring isn’t deteriorative until it becomes something else.

Everyone who has acquired a scar will know exactly that that scar doesn’t spread and stays the same even if you acquired it as a child and grew up (unless the injury is not fully healed and keeps getting aggravated/reopened)— it’s the same thing with eyes, so V’s eyesight shouldn’t be deteriorating 1.5 years after he was injured just because of corneal scarring. The initial injury should have already healed if he is able to keep his eyes open with relative ease and they aren’t bloodshot and tearing. His vision would be limited but it shouldn’t be getting any worse if he doesn’t have any other conditions that could affect them. 

Now we look at another factor.

5) V refuses surgery. But does that mean he refuses all treatment?

Complications can arise if you leave an injury unmonitored. What many people doesn’t know is that even people who are blind still have to get check up regularly to make sure their eyes aren’t getting worse (yes they can get worse). Heck, sometimes they have to get checked up more often than sighted people because they cannot judge for themselves how their eyes are doing without their sight. So what can corneal scarring leads to if dear ol’ V refuses to even go to a doctor for a check up?

Infections, cataract, glaucoma to mention a common few. V passed the open wound stage already though since it has already scarred over, so infection is no longer an issue. The other two, though? Them springing up after 1.5 years of no monitoring and continuous treatment sounds about right. And yes, dear readers, those two are deteriorative. And I wanna bring up a final factor that’s mentioned.

6) V can still drive up until he’s completely blind.

No, not all eyeball conditions are the same, obviously. A lot of people like to think that your eyes just go blurry myopia style but that’s not the case a lot of the time. How his vision deteriorates can play a large role and of course, cataracts and glaucoma affect the field of vision in different ways. Cataracts is the clouding of the lenses in your eyes, and it blurs your vision. It’s like looking through a foggy window. Driving through fog is already dangerous a s f u ck, not to mention that sometimes cataracts also creates blind spots that can appear in the middle of your field of vision and if that doesn’t sound like a driving disaster then idk what is. 

Glaucoma, though? Well… there’s a reason why most people don’t realise they have glaucoma initially until it has progressed and claimed large parts of their vision.

Glaucoma reduces your field of vision. Periphery goes first, but the central part of your vision remains crystal clear a lot of the times if you have no other complications. We rely on our central vision the most, so your daily lives are not affected until one day you realise that you have to turn your head a lot more before noticing something that’s just to your left. Seriously. It’s so subtle that you don’t notice you are even losing your vision in the first place. A lot of people even drive and ride bikes when their glaucoma has already— oh wait.

;^)

Yeah.

Bonus fact;;

Blindness from glaucoma is permanent.

Is Jumin and V aware of that?

ps. its also highly likely that cheritz just havent done enough research, or they bent a few rules bc of plot but goddamn i want v to remain blind ok. either that, or magic is involved. and magic changes everything. so how abt a second theory, eh?

The Creator vs. The Created - A Theory About Prometheus, Alien: Covenant and the Xenomorph

Alien: Covenant spoilers ahead!

Alien: Covenant is one hundred percent a Prometheus sequel and that will either help or hinder your enjoyment of it, as I mentioned in my mini spoiler-free review. The biggest theme running throughout this movie is definitely creation, more specifically, the creation of life. I also feel that the theme beyond creation is being unable to control what you have made. There’s a lot going on for a movie with the deceivingly simple, bare-bones premise of ‘Where did the Xenomorph come from?’. Prometheus and Alien: Covenant have far more to say than that, of course. Alien: Covenant is just the first stepping stone toward the perfect organism we see in Alien. The creature has got quite a way to go. 

In Prometheus we learn that the Engineers created humanity. Humanity, in turn, create the synthetics - artificial persons. David, an artificial person, firstly infects Holloway. Holloway impregnates Shaw, who has been unable to conceive naturally, which leads to the Trilobite creature. The Trilobite impregnates and gestates the Deacon within the body of the last Engineer.

We’ve seen in Alien that the artificial people can ‘malfunction’, as Burke so delicately puts it, which goes to show that no matter how human (David) or less-than-human (Walter, the synthetic aboard the Covenant) the corporations make the synthetics they still can be unpredictable and, in some cases, uncontrollable.  

Prometheus and Alien: Covenant go even further into showing just how dangerous rogue robotics can be. David-8 is the beginning of the end for the Prometheus crew, as I mentioned, he deliberately infects Holloway and seems content with letting the final Engineer bomb earth with the pathogen. He’s seemingly obsessed with the pathogen and its properties, curious even to the detriment of the people he has been manufactured to serve. There’s something off about David even before he becomes thoroughly disillusioned with humanity. Walter says that the David line was discontinued due to their creativity disturbing people. Humanity is literally dialling back their creations, devolving them into what David sees as lesser beings. He very clearly sees himself as above humanity.

We see David and Mr. Weyland’s initial conversation about creation in the opening of Alien: Covenant and it seems fitting that David is with Mr. Weyland at the conception of the journey to find humanity’s makers and at the end of Weyland’s life where he is killed by the very thing he sought. David only continues on his warped path looking to make his own life, completely removed from any ties he had to humanity previously.  

In short, the Engineers created humanity and then sought to destroy us. Humanity created synthetic people and then, when concerned with what they had done, made them less like people. David contributed to the creation of a new lifeform and became obsessed with the idea of surpassing humanity, his creators, and then the genocide idea occurs.

The Engineers were perhaps unable to control humanity so they decided humanity should end. David takes it upon himself, as revealed in Covenant, to put an end to the Engineers by bombing their home world with the very pathogen they made to destroy humanity. David becomes more powerful than those which made his makers by wiping them out. Creator-versus-Created is a vicious cycle which repeats itself again and again and again throughout these two movies. 

Fast forward ten years and David has been tampering with genetics. Without more Engineers to seed worlds with humanity, David just needs one key element to finish the job and end the species he sees as desperately grasping at the stars. He creates a very familiar form of life in Alien: Covenant, however, I think there’s far more to this story. I believe that these aren’t the same creatures which will terrorize Ellen Ripley twenty years down the timeline.

Once David and Shaw arrive on the Engineer’s home world, after David has presumably killed them all and created his necropolis, he kills Shaw and begins to use her corpse to manufacture life by splicing the pathogen and human DNA. A colonisation ship, the Covenant, land after hearing a human-generated signal. There are spores around the signal’s source which are either occurring naturally thanks to the pathogen in the environment or they have been manufactured by David, either way they infect crew of the Covenant and create pale, fleshy creatures called Neomorphs. 

When he first sees it, David is captivated by the Neomorph. He is unconcerned by the corpse it has left in its wake, instead David sees a creature he has had a hand in bringing into the world and he clearly thinks he can control it. This is the first relative success he has seen, this is pre-Xenomorph but still a hybrid of human and pathogen. Maybe he really could control it if it wasn’t gunned down. David explains to Captain Oram later on that he has made something, his experiments have been a success. The Neomorph was a surprise, and a welcome one at that, but he has something far more sinister in store for the Covenant.

It is immediately clear that David set a trap and then he simply waited for humanity come and trigger it. David explains to Captain Oram that his successful creations have been dormant, waiting for something living, something human, to awaken them. The fleshy, ovoid eggs with skeletal Facehuggers have been laying in wait and Captain Oram becomes host to the very first Xenomorph… or something similar. David later explains to Walter that he does not think that humanity, their creators, are fit to continue expanding into the stars.  What is his solution? A perfect organism fit to wipe entire species clean. A genocide.

The Xenomorph born from Oram is very, very different to the ones we see twenty years later in Alien. It’s almost fully formed at chestbursting stage, complete with limbs, and it is noticeably more lanky. The Alien’s lifecycle is sped up considerably and it is both skittish and aggressive. There’s no hiding in wait picking off people one-by-one, this Xenomorph is feral and a ‘fast food’ variety of Alien. It’s launching itself openly into the fray, an assault warrior which is reckless and without finesse. It’s not there to take hosts, it’s there to destroy. David has a slight influence over it which is seen just after it has burst when it mimics his movements. The flicker of rebellion quickly rears its head when the Alien breaks a camera David is using to monitor it aboard the Covenant.

After it is killed, David is clearly disappointed that his ‘perfect organism’ failed to eliminate the entire crew of the Covenant, you can read it all over his face, and I think that’s because David hasn’t created the perfect organism at all, not yet. The entire recurring theme seems to be that you cannot control what you create, not indefinitely, and it is dangerous to try. The original Alien movies stress that the Xenomorph is highly volatile and, no matter how much Weyland-Yutani want it as a weapon, they will never, ever be able to control it. Its arrival on Earth would signal the end of a species: humanity.

I fully believe that the other Alien prequels will see David trying to perfect his prototype Xenomorphs until he develops them too far. He’ll do what humanity did with him and witness as his creations surpass him, however, it will be far too late to dial back what he has made. The Xenomorphs will begin to take on a life of their own, something he has been unable to predict. They’ll evolve, creating a queen, and begin advancing at their own pace, adapting to all manner of hosts and moving far beyond anything David can ever hope to keep within his grasp. Rather than specifically being engineered to eradicate humanity they’ll adapt to be in a position to wipe out entire galaxies.

At some point in the twenty years following Alien: Covenant the true Xenomorphs will somehow escape containment aboard one of the Engineer ships, the cargo bay full of eggs will be intact as the ship crashes onto a desolate moon designated LV-426. The last act of the ship’s pilot will be to send a permanent beacon warning people to stay away because the thing growing in its chest is far too dangerous to ever be unleashed upon the world. Humanity, in its ever curious way, will of course set foot on that moon and one of the greatest sci-fi horror stories will play out in deep space until the Last Survivor of the Nostromo takes on the Perfect Organism across the stars.

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 45: Maria Arkhipova
Born: January 9th, 1983 (Russia)

Bands/Projects: Nargathrond (2000 – 2004); Arkona (2002 – present)

Collaborations: Svarga; Ancestral Volkhves

Curiosities:
Known by her stage name as Masha Scream, Maria is a Russian folk/pagan metal musician from Moscow.
She is the founder, vocalist, and main songwriter of the folk metal band Arkona.
Maria is one of relatively few successful female vocalists to sing in a death growl style.

Personal life:
Arkhipova is married to fellow band member Sergei “Lazar” Atrashkevich with whom she has two children.

Logan and Legion

The latest additions to the X-Men Cinematic Universe take the franchise in different, and distinctly grown up, directions.

Logan features the swan song of key franchise star Hugh Jackman as the iconic Wolverine. It’s an exercise in R-rated action intensity that sports a surprising amount of introspective character moments. Legion is a niche TV hit for F/X, focusing on David Haller, the mentally ill son of Professor X, as he comes to grips with his powers.

In some ways, Logan and Legion are very different. That’s partly a function of their different mediums. With just over two hours allotted on the big screen, Logan needed to face its central plot themes head on. While it afforded a surprisingly generous amount of the run time to character introspection, including some sterling interactions between Logan and the ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), it sports several big ticket action sequences that make the best use of its large scale playing field.

As a TV production with ten hours to play with and a more intimate focus, Legion has room to play around. Its storytelling approach is often non-linear, bordering on stream-of-consciousness. Scenes play out languidly, often stretching beyond typical television conventions. The proceedings are highly impressionistic and symbolism-laden. Action intrudes into the character study, but often at the edges or even offscreen.

Logan takes place in a near-future that’s not really so much a dystopia as a logically potential end road of the past decade. Legion has a deliberately non-specific retro sensibility that could place it in any decade from the past forty or so years.

But both have a lot in common. Each production is interested in using the tropes of a comic book adaptation as a vehicle to explore a very damaged lead character. Not that building a comic book adaptation around a damaged lead is new ground; it’s practically baked into the genre. But Logan and Legion seem to take their protagonists’ troubled souls very much to heart. Each is interested in its anti-hero’s damage for its own sake, not merely as the excuse to don a colorful costume and go save the world.

Logan has an autumnal feel. If the erstwhile Wolverine is still ready to throw down at a moment’s notice, he’s also weary, slowly weakening and haunted by a lifetime of losses, hard choices and miseries. Logan and Charles both wrestle with the questionable legacies they’re to leave behind. A sense of mortality accompanies them everywhere, punctuated by rare moments of grace. It’s probably the first movie in the X-Men franchise to really give its central actors a showcase for some “capital A” Acting. Jackman and Stewart make the most of it.

Legion starts with the premise that David isn’t actually mentally ill, it’s just his immense power set that makes him seem unstable. But over the first half of the season, as the plot moves forward languidly, the show makes clear that David actually is as troubled as he seemed at first, though the genesis is a lot more insidious. Star Dan Stevens is a long way from his beloved Downton Abbey role, but provides a firm anchor for some very challenging, often defiantly weird, material. The actor’s inherent likability provides viewers with an interface to withstand some of the production’s odder touches (like the occasional Bollywood-style dance breakdown or David strumming a sad banjo and crooning “The Rainbow Connection”).

Both productions are squarely aimed at adults. Logan’s action takes full advantage of its R rating, with some brutal action sequences and heavy profanity. This grittier approach really works for the character, aligning it with some of the more adult-oriented Wolverine comic book stories.

Legion features almost casual acts of violence, a bit of profanity, some sex, some drug use and a pace that is almost entirely unsuited to young viewers. It may be set in the same world as the X-franchise, but it has neither the intent nor the interest of engaging the younger part of the X-Universe’s audience.

Logan and Legion also demonstrate how effective the genre can be when producers give an auteur room to do his thing. Director/co-writer James Mangold communicates a singular vision for Logan. The outré ethos of Legion is almost entirely thanks to series creator Noah Hawley, who’s written or co-written most episodes and directed the pilot. The superhero genre doesn’t always lend itself to the auteur approach. Given the big stakes usually at play, studios tend to exert tight control and enforce specific parameters. Logan and Legion both mine strong results from letting a creative mind execute his vision and pushing against the genre’s conventions.

And that might be the biggest lesson studios can take from the relative success of Logan and Legion. Taking chances and allowing creative minds to run with their distinctive ideas can yield strong, possibly very offbeat, results.

The Room is the cult classic that is widely considered to be the best bad movie ever made. It’s mind-bogglingly awful, yet painstakingly produced – it was not a lazy project by a disinterested hack. It was a full-fledged $6 million production by a desperate, unrelatable maniac.

Because of this, the entirety of the $6 million was funded by writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau. How did an obviously insane Eastern European man come up with that kind of money? Nobody has a goddamn clue. He had no wealthy relatives or successful business ventures that anyone knew about. He simply showed up one day with a bag of crazy money and a bigger bag of crazier ideas. He’s stated in interviews he got the money from Korean yo-yo and pleather jacket distribution, but that’s more a pile of strange words than a business plan, and he’s been so misleading and cagey about his past that nothing he says can be trusted.

The mystery surrounding the money has sparked a number of conspiracy theories, and they are batshit insane, but not as insane as this man having a perfectly ordinary backstory. Castmates have alleged in interviews that Tommy had mob connections in San Francisco, and he amassed his fortune doing favors for them. Others have taken things a step further, alleging that Tommy Wiseau is actually D. B. Cooper, the famous plane hijacker who stole $200,000 then jumped out into the stormy nether below. Was he never seen again, or did his head hit 25 different trees and turn him into Tommy Wiseau?

The Bizarre True Stories Behind 6 Crappy Movies

All baby boomers are not 60 year old white male ceo’s who grew up with silver spoons, and this idea is transitioning from annoying to ridiculous. To think that working shitty, underpaying jobs is some novelty for baby boomers is…nonsensical is the nicest way that I can put it. That is not unique to our generation.

This war between milennials and baby boomers is nonexistent and fueled by trolling online “journalists” who know that y'all will flip if they publish a headline like “Milennials Are Now Using Soap”. I just really want to know where y'all live at where the majority of baby boomers are flourishing and enjoying the privilege of never having worked a low paying job. Because I’m seeing a relatively small group of successful and secure (mostly white and able bodied lmao) old people become the face of a generation filled with people who are struggling to provide for themselves. All while dealing with a joke of a social security net and a piss poor amount of opportunities at getting high paying jobs because they don’t have the skills that we do.

It sucks being over qualified for jobs that we know we shouldn’t have to even consider, but that’s a lot better than being underqualified.

We’re not exactly killing it out here because the economy is some booboo, but at least the majority of us are young, free from those physical ailments that come from old age, have the all-important computer literacy, and have the backing of family members who we can lean on because they’ve worked their asses off to maintain a stable home and bank account throughout the years - even as they’ve seen all the jobs that they were trained for get phased out.

We always talk about how many decent jobs aren’t open to people who didn’t graduate high school or didn’t get at least an associate’s degree. Look at the rate of high school dropouts/college enrollment over the last few decades.

Guess who received their education at a time where there were drastically lower dropout rates and higher rates of college enrollment?

Not the fifty and sixty year olds who were trained for manufacturing jobs that haven’t existed in the tri state area in over two decades, I tell you that.

I’m already starting to see the “ugh I guess those angry El Gee Bee Tees are just impossible to please, they say they want representation but then get mad when you make it” line of logic cropping up around this LeFou thing and like….

Blizzard Entertainment, a scrap-pile of mistakes and bad decisions that has somehow by random chance coagulated vaguely into the shape of a relatively successful niche video game studio, just barely confirmed a gay character and the whole internet turned into a Big Gay Party for about a week, the decision was met with near-universal acclaim (discounting the anti-SJ crowd, we’re only talking about actual people here)

Like, Blizzard didn’t even do anything particularly right, they just didn’t actively go out of their way to do things wrong like “pick the one character everybody thinks is weird and gross and make them gay” or “name the gay character Idiot” or “have the gay character’s entire arc involve lusting after their straight friend, because that’s not a tired and offensive plotline or anything”

So basically, like, maybe the problem isn’t Too High Standards when the company in question seems to have gone out of their way to do everything wrong

I Scream, You Scream

After a (relatively) successful venture to the space mall, Coran was all set to fix the teladav with new lenses, Shiro was all set to make contact with their could-possibly-be-questionable-allies, and Pidge was mourning the incompatibilities of super-advanced Altean technology with a retro Earth gaming console.

But Hunk wasn’t paying attention to their gaming woes. Video games were cool and all, but this, this was way more important. He was checking over Kaltenecker, confirming that yes, she was a cow and not, like, a steer or something. She seemed healthy enough, but he didn’t really have enough experience to know.

“Hey Lance!” he called. His friend looked up from where he was comforting a weeping Pidge. “Is this a dairy cow? Does she give milk?”

“Well how would I know?”

“You said she was free with purchase, did the salesperson say anything?”

Lance had stood up and wandered over to Hunk and his prize. “Nope. Just ‘free’ and 'Kaltenecker.’ What’s the big deal, anyway?”

“Lance,” Hunk pleaded, “don’t you understand what this means?”

At the blank look he was getting, not just from Lance but Keith and Shiro as well, who were standing nearby and casually observing the interaction (Pidge was still grieving over her new console), Hunk had to lay his hands on Lance’s shoulders and shake him a little. “Just think! Milk, Lance! Fresh milk! Whole milk with heavy cream and don’t you realize what this means??”

Finally the light went on for the Blue Paladin and his eyes widened, mouth splitting into a huge grin. “Dairy foods! Holy quiznack, we can have DAIRY FOODS!”

The other humans were reacting with excitement, too, drawing Pidge into the conversation. “Cheese!” Keith suggested excitedly. But then Hunk’s expression dropped.

“Sorry, but I don’t think we have the bacteria cultures up here for things like cheeses and yogurt, but still! Imagine the possibilities!”

Shiro was still standing where he was, but his gaze had gone distant, a dreamy glaze over his eyes as he murmured, almost reverently, “Ice cream…”

Keith, Pidge, and Lance all exchanged thrilled expressions, repeating at the same time, “Ice cream!” And when they all looked at Hunk, he nodded solemnly, though his lower lip was trembling and there were tears in his eyes.

“Ice cream,” he confirmed with a little quaver in his voice.

“Does anybody know how to milk a cow?” Shiro demanded, and it sounded startlingly like his “we’re on an important mission” voice. Good grief, the guy was really serious about his ice cream.

But unfortunately there was silence from the four younger Paladins, everyone looking at each other sheepishly until Lance lifted one hand to rock it back and forth in a so-so gesture. “Maybe? When I was a kid one of my neighbors had goats. I used to visit and watch…”

“Alright Lance, see if you can’t figure out how to milk a cow,” Shiro ordered. Lance executed a snappy salute, the turned to lead Kaltenecker off the bridge while everyone else watched with the stars of newfound love and appreciation in their eyes. Then there was a loud mooing and Lance made a startled noise of pain. “Uh…Keith? Why don’t you go help him?” The addressed paladin nodded and trotted out the doors to keep Lance from being mauled by a space-abducted bovine. Their inevitable bickering faded down the hall. “Pidge,” Shiro addressed the Green Paladin next. “See what you can find out about pasteurization or whatever. Just so we know it’s safe.” She scuttled off to her station with an “Aye aye!” and Shiro turned to Hunk next. “Think you can whip up an ice cream churn with what we’ve got in the castle?”

Hunk gleefully cracked his knuckles, grinning, “Not a problem!” Then he left the bridge as well.

Allura couldn’t help but stand there and stare at this surprising interaction. She had put in the coordinates for their destination and was in the process of gently undoing the work the mice had done playing with her hair, but…

“What is 'I scream’?” she couldn’t stop herself from asking.

“The best comfort food ever!” Pidge exclaimed from her station without taking her eyes off of her research.

“It’s just a sweet treat,” Shiro explained with a smile. “Something none of us have had in a while. You’ll definitely have to try some when it’s ready!”

“I suppose so…” she conceded, intrigued, but also a little relieved to see the suddenly lightened mood of her Paladins, despite their upcoming mission. “I scream…” she murmured again.

Confusingly, Shiro chuckled and said, “You scream.”

Then Pidge gleefully piped up again, cheering, “We all scream for ice cream!”


Because I can’t ignore the temptation of Paladin shenanigans. :D I mean, Kaltenecker is a source of Earth food! Surely if anyone would capitalize on that, it would be Hunk!

Closing thoughts on ESC ‘17

◆  What a year, folks! In February, my closest circle of friends and I were quite despondent about the year’s offerings - it seemed like there was plenty of quality in the national finals, but little of it filtering through to Eurovision itself. I would never have dreamt of the firestorm that was about to come: Portugal winning its first Eurovision after almost fifty failed and often criminally underrated attempts is just the crowning surprise as we have a top 3 that, in its entirety, are countries getting their best results ever. 

The last time that all three “medallists” were also countries getting their best result ever at that point was in 2006, where Finland won for the first time, Russia got their best ever second place (Dima besting Alsou a few years before going for gold) and Bosnia & Herzegovina grabbing third. This trinity of victors is even more impressive, consisting of three countries who tend not to qualify, two of which (Portugal and Moldova) having not ever even reached the top 5 before. This was two fingers to those banging the drum about political voting being the be all and end all of Eurovision: here are three nations with few friends amongst juries or televoters, who won big through the strength of their song or stage show. Bravi to all three. Bulgaria has emerged as a powerhouse in the making having beaten their personal record twice on the trot with Poli and now Kristian. It’ll be interesting to see if it’ll be third time lucky to bring the contest to Sofia - and if the other two countries can build on their success last year.

◆ While we are mentioning political voting, however, that ugly beast did raise its head a number of times this year. Audible boos were heard when Cyprus and Greece embarked upon their annual exchange of douzes, but I wonder if that is more cultural than political. What I found lamentable was the overtly political voting of Azerbaijan and Armenia, who put each other last once again - and the former even put Cyprus second last thanks in no small part to the Cypriot being ethnic Armenian and pals with Artsvik. 

My particular award for “how unprofessional can you get?” goes to the Bulgarian jury, which tried to sink their closest rivals - giving no points to the much-vaunted Italians, placing Portugal’s Salvador just a few places below last and giving extremely lowball scores to Belgium, the latter countries that did very well in the televote. Juries on the whole made some very curious choices and seem to be less scrupulous than the televoters in many ways. 

◆ They seem to have favourites year in, year out - Sweden may never slip from the top 5 thanks to jurors’ lip service, and the most curious thing is their continued obsession with Australia, who would have not qualified from the semis were it up to the televoters alone - and received a humiliating two points from them in the final. More conspiracy-prone individuals may wonder if jurors are being encouraged to award Oz so that it has decent enough results to keep in the competition. On the other hand, their lowball scores to very musically meritorious entries like that of Hungary, who entered the top 10 mostly on the strength of its televotes. It feels like the juries do not know on what criteria they are judging. 

◆ At least this year should be controversy free as there was a convergence on the top 2 candidates, with both televoters and jurors agreeing that the best song was Portugal’s and the second best Bulgaria’s. It’s the first time that the jury hasn’t overriden the public vote for 3 years, and the first time ever since the introduction of this 50/50 system that they agree on both winner and runner-up. After two years of scandals and angry televoters, that can only be good for the contest. Unfortunately, there are some “fans” living in a world of alternative facts who claim it was a hoax. I feel sorry for them not being able to acknowledge the win of a country who’s waited so long to dispel their bad luck.

◆ Portugal’s win was the ultimate revindication of using your own language at the Eurovision, but not the only one. Italy did not soar to its expected heights, but got into the combined top 10, as did the tour de force from Joci Pápai, which showed that bilingual songs in which neither language is English can work! (My boss and some of my students ended up singing jáloma loma for the rest of the week xD.) The televoters, once again, show themselves much more open to other languages than many jurors: they would also have elevated the bilingual and bipolar entry from Croatia into the top 10 alongside France, making half the songs in the top 10 featuring another language than English partially or entirely - not a bad figure when that means 5 of the 7 songs featuring another language got into the televoters’ top 10, with Belarus not far behind. Will the qualification and relative success of all the non-English songs finally dispel the myth that one must sing in English to do well? I truly hope so.

◆ A less positive thing to remember the year for was the numerous fiascos at national final level. Spain screwed over its televoters by having the jury pick the winner rather than the public in the event of a tie - the opposite of what happened when Brequette and Ruth Lorenzo were tied some years prior. There were only 5 national finals this year where the public had 100% of the say at all stages - dwarved by the 9 national finals where jurors overrode the televoters’ top choice. It was a bad year for democracy at the national finals, and resulted in a number of “unloved” candidates who could not count on their country’s support.

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disciplineddedication  asked:

On your recommendation I'm reading the Power of Now. Eckhart talks about the delusion of time and how we should strive to end it. But without a sense of time, how would we function? If we don't think about the future, what goals would we have to achieve? How can we separate the desire to be somewhere, do certain things, be relatively successful. Of course not to attach our sense of being and happiness with material success but still...a certain direction in life..

There is a difference between using time and being used by time. 

Using time means you know how to set a schedule. You know how to use the hours in the day efficiently. You know how much work or activity you need to get done, you know how long it will take for you to do it, and you plan accordingly. 

Being used by time means you live in such a way that past and future become palpable parts of your reality. The past lives on as a source of prolonged suffering or nostalgic desire. The future dangles out of reach with the promise of fulfillment or change. Time becomes thus a structure in which you live. It also becomes a tension and a burden. Many mental “parasites” live in our mind’s past and future.

When Eckhart insists that we should put an end to the delusion of time, he means that we should stop pretending like the past and future are so real. They aren’t. The future is nothing but a soup of probabilities. The past is nothing but traces of stories we carry with us. Perceiving the Now as a small slice between an endless future and beginningless past is a method of self-imprisonment. 

The past is the memory of a Now and the future is the imagination of a Now. But the Now is all there is. To live any other way implies a certain level of illusion. 

No one denies we need to be able to use our intellectual mind to plan our time appropriately. Yet to assume linear time is reality and to live in that reality is a circumstance that allows our ego illusions to persist. 

Be present; be free. 

Namaste :)

Siege of Arendelle- Chapter Five

Finally home and able to fix the hot mess that was this chapter posted via mobile. Thank you all again for reading. You’re absolute delights! Your comments have been so kind (except a certain person who wants to kill me, haha, okay you too I appreciate the death threats, it means I’m doing my job!)

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Rating: T (Teen and Up)- For now
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anonymous asked:

Ooh rare Slughorn positivity! Do you mind if I ask why you like him?

Slughorn? He’s the best.

He grew up in the same environment as the worst of the series’ characters but that had no effect on his beliefs at all. While it is not an achievement not to be prejudiced, we have seen many characters lured into those kinds of beliefs by their environment. He may have gone to Hogwarts way earlier for Slytherin to be explicitly prejudiced but this is still a house that has Salazar as the founder and Pureblood as its password so… This doesn’t mean he was a mellow guy, this isn’t coming from passivity in him so he’s a sound dude.

He allows you to advance. The shelf. The shelf is a good thing. Here’s why. I can only give my own personal experience but I hope it’s demonstrative. I was a kid who was always entered into competitions and won them all without fail, without being asked whether I like it or not. It was a lot of extra work, for nothing. We have no prefects here, no head boy/girl, we get accepted to university based on our grades and only the most prestigious stuff counts as extra points when applying, (which I did but basically only that one national competition should have been enough, the rest were absolutely useless). Now, I’d like to get something for my work, if that’s not too much to ask, besides the joy of learning and parents thinking I poop gold on command. Credit, recognition, appreciation, extra points, better grades, an extra scrap of paper at graduation ceremonies, that’s all nice, but without the danger of sounding ungrateful, they’re also pretty useless. What matters is opportunities. You work hard, you want doors to open, right? Slughorn opens those doors for you. That is AMAZING. That is REAL help, that is the real fruit of your hard work. Opportunities are the hardest things to come by, Slughorn gave the best thing to students he could. Ginny may have appreciated the satisfaction she derived from her Bat-Bogey Hexes and the laughs she gave her friends but I’m sure the most valuable thing was meeting Gwenog Jones, her future captain, through Slughorn.

Meritocracy is a good thing. I believe in state schools, equal funding, I believe in the full comprehensive system, if you’re English/Welsh/Scottish (I’m Hungarian for the record just trying to help pinpoint what terms per geographical location I mean because it’s a mess ughhh). You should all have an equal shot. However, there is absolutely no point or use in treating all kids equally if you erase opportunities to stand out. That’s why even in comprehensives there are advanced classes and prefects, and a headboy/girl. I’ve seen some posts enraged about the everyone-gets-a-trophy culture that is prevalent in the USA (not in Europe really? idk, I’ve rarely seen this cookies for participation stuff). Yes, that is bloody useless and Slughorn is the opposite of it. He’s not vindictive about it, though. He doesn’t want to pit students against one another to vye for positions. The table seats enough, there’s always space on his shelves. But you have to earn it otherwise what’s the point?

He seems elitist because the first students he invites to lunch are people he assumes would be talented based on successful relatives but he also later invites Ginny for the hex and Hermione because she’s brilliant. In fact, he doesn’t take to Draco at all, because he’s right to stay well away from the Malfoys, and he sees Malfoy’s a right shit. If Malfoy was a good person and a talented student and Slughorn didn’t appreciate him just because of his family name, that’d be a problem. That’s not the case, though. He really wanted to teach Sirius as his Head of House, too, so he ultimately doesn’t care about what your relationship with your parents are or how much you’re like or unlike them.

He phrases his thoughts a bit bluntly to us, that’s also the writing, probably, I mean, whoever talks like that in real life? But he’s a character, he has to be a bit caricaturistic as opposed to the everyman(ish) main character. But the actual thoughts behind all that are something I like. He would have been Percy’s dream teacher, can you imagine? And yes, what Percy’s doing, the “networking” is a smart thing. It’s almost impossible to break out of a disadvantaged situation just on your own. (And he was being hindered by Arthur’s lousy reputation too.)

A lot of this sounds mean but if you work hard, yes, you absolutely should get real rewards, not just a plastic trophy or a well done comment. Otherwise what’s the point? You know, I just finished my BA in English and I had a yearmate who did the same degree over the course of double the time, on purpose.ON PURPOSE. (You get the first 12 semesters free here unless you go abroad after graduation in the next 25 years.) So this guy purposefully arrived at the uni, declared that he would fail every course twice to drag his uni years out, and he was the laziest, most annoyingly obstructing-everyone-else’s-work kinda guy. But he got the degree too. On paper, he and I are equal. I worked my ass off for my grades and bursary that meant life and death in some months, and did extra research for the most prestigious research competition/conference in the country. None of that matters to employers. He’s still going to be hired more likely, he’ll still make 14% more than me in any job. That effin caveman. So yeah, I’d love a Slughorn type person who has real help to offer. Real connections. Not just even more extra work, like other projects that nobody has motivation or ambition for, just more stuff I have to split my time on, like in this past year, like… no, no, no. If you see a student who wants to stand out, don’t give them yet more work. Listen, you have to give something real for something real. I love learning, I love working, but it does nothing to chit-chat and congratulate and tell a student they’d be amazing at xyz top university in whatever country that’s got more resources and prestige. You have to actually direct them to programs that they can afford, actually give them money, actually give them connections that get them jobs so they can save up on their own, or extra credits that will actually internationally matter.

Also, he collects people together, he creates events where talented people can meet, which is good. Brilliant minds are awesome on their own but when they join forces, they can make great things. (Well, terrible, yeess but great - if we look at the group that happened to contain Lucius and Riddle. Oops.) Slughorn makes his famous friends meet one another, not just himself. For the life of me I don’t understand why Harry’s averse to this. Sorry not everyone can afford to be a special chosen one??? People actually have worked hard to be invited to such parties as Slughorn’s one. Appreciate it, you utter idiot. I cannot believe that scene was wasted on teenage boy/girlfriend problems and the idiotic Draco plot.

I mean, I love that there’s that bit about Flitwick in the Ravenclaw greeting message on Pottermore that he cheers you up when you’re down. I love the Hufflepuff inclusivity, yes we should all want to be Hufflepuffs. However, The actual point of all that homework is to get somewhere, right? Slughorn.

Also, he’s a débonaire kinda guy, his bouncing moustache and big belly and extensive academic knowledge, he’s just awesome. I had a professor at uni, took an optional course on Italian Renaissance Literature and another on just Dante with him and he reminded me of Slughorn, especially when he started to go on about his love of Dante’s genius, like, man, that was real love. Anyway, Slughorn creates events at Hogwarts that bring people together. Quidditch is fun but it’s rivalry and it’s a giant event to go to a game. The drama club has been banned as far as we know. There are clubs that are study groups so not just spaces to only hang out. You have the common rooms but that’s just for your own friends and people study there. They have no movie nights, concerts, the Yule Ball is only because of the incredibly rare Triwizard Tournament. There’s no Christmas party regularly, since kids tend to go home. They need more events at Hogwarts where you don’t have to work but can mingle with people other than your immediate group of friends.

And one last thing to love:

“Oho!”

Bless.

Slughorn’s a good one.

Out on a Limb

This one’s a liiiiittle late lol. Sorry guys. It’s been one hell of a week, and I’m finally getting some off days. Looking forward to writing a whole bunch.

Never wrote this particular ego before, nor showed much interest in him, if I’m to be honest. But he was fun in his own way. Glad I got to write a sorta action chapter, in any case. And some more hints as to the overarching plot that wasn’t a thing until like chapter three!! Yay!

Enjoy the shenanigans. And if you want more silly supers, be sure to check out @alcordraws, of course. uwu

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Chapter 6: dam-squirrels in distress

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