Short thoughts on Transformers: The Last Knight (no spoilers)

So… it’s the best of the sequels. And yes, low bar. Full acknowledgement of that.

The robots are almost all characters. They may not be deep characters, but they have personalities, most get a line or two. They’re around a lot more than the plot actually demands them to be. Barricade gets more involved dialogue. Hound is there a LOT. I genuinely liked the new Decepticons when they were around. And there’s a handful of bots just… around. They have no plot importance, they’re just… there. Hanging out. I like that. There’s very little gratuitous robot death as well.

The grossness is in severe remission. The leering gaze on female bits, the “ethnic people being loud = funny”, all that tone is largely gone. Izabela speaks Spanish at several points and it is never a joke, it’s just her causally speaking Spanish. Hell, there’s even a line where a character takes a swipe at Cade on saying something “kinda racist” and it’s very much a “yep, dude’s right” moment and Cade shuts up.

Anthony Hopkins is funny. He’s clearly having a ball and they’re letting him just… say things. I never thought Hopkins flipping someone the bird would be so entertaining, but there it is. Isabela Moner is gonna go places, she acts her damn heart out in this. And Cogman… oh Cogman.

And the core story is… not bad. I mean it’s dumb, yeah, but did you see the name on the franchise when you walked in? It shows more thought and bits of old TF lore get mixed in, which is nice. And the shots are more pulled out and it’s easier to make out the action.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut. These improvements and fun bits end up highlighting easily all these movies’ major problems: HOW the story is told. The editing is a graceless kludge. The story flow is awful, the tone all over the map (it ping-pongs between silly and dead serious WAY too much and in poorly-chosen times a LOT). Plot points big and small are all given the same leaden perfunctory THUD of a delivery, and the overindulgent action scenes again go way too long, which makes it hard to keep any sense of what’s important in your head. There a big SPOILER that’s almost offhandedly revealed with no fanfare (or explanation to the uninitiated) like half an hour in, then revealed AGAIN in the middle of an action sequence, AND THEN tease-revealed in a mid-credits bit. Characters once again just kinda drop in and out without much explanation.

All in all… I liked this more than all but the first, but this one FRUSTRATES me more than any of the others because I can see an okay movie buried in there that perhaps a damn good editor could salvage. And I mean “okay” beyond the “Transformers media” grade-curve, because hoooolllly hell you gotta grade most TF media on a curve. If the series could lean into the “self-aware stupid” zone that TLK veers into at points, but pull it off with some grace and charm (the recent The Fast & The Furious sequels and The Running Man are good places to look that would match TF well), it could be a good dumb-fun romp.

But as it is, it’s just a big Katamari of scenes slammed together, full of delightful bits, but once again less than the sum of its parts.

BtVS S7 (Rewatch) - Potential

You’re not special. You’re extraordinary.   -Xander

Good episode, just Dawn’s scenes with the Potential could have been shorter. Anyway, Dawn is really brave and smart and then graciously accepts that Amanda is the Potential - and what a fighter this one is!

Xander has a nice approach about Dawn being a Potential, not wanting to pressure her, while the others are all freaking out.

Willow remembering that “thing about Buffy and Dawn sharing the same blood” and Anya saying “Yeah, I never got that”…

Buffy says in this episode that The First is in remission and they don’t need to worry about it pulling Spike’s strings for a while. She takes the Potentials for an *educational* night out and shows her faith in the girls when she locks them in the crypt - which builds their confidence, as we see later at home.

And in this episode, Buffy once more reinforces that Spike didn’t have free will when killing those people - while Andrew had when he killed Jonathan.

Buffy and Clem seem to have become friends during the Summer that Spike was away - I presume, because I don’t see any other time when they could have bonded to a point where he knows Buffy’s preferences concerning TV shows…

And now the lovely Spuffy moments…

Buffy worries about Spike’s boo boo (yeah, Rona, you are totally right, that is hot!)

Buffy talking to Amanda and trying hard convincing herself that “it is over”: 

Well, it depends. Sometimes that’s how people relate. Being mean to each other. Even mortal enemies- then with the- and that leads to no good, absolutely no good. And much confusion. A-and then it’s over. Absolutely, seriously, definitely over. And that’s confusing too. The over part. Which it is. Over!

And the pearl of the episode: Spike’s crypt was comfy

And finally Xander… he is very insightful and gives Dawn what she needs at that moment. I like him.

They’ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn’t chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody’s watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You’re not special. You’re extraordinary.

BtVS S7 - 7x12


After using a Lana icon and Doraava x Lana screenshots as my blog’s side image and mobile header for ages, I finally changed all these images into a lesbian Jaesa pride icon and Vette x Jaesa screenshot edit with the lesbian pride flag background.

As a lesbian myself, I would be remiss if I did not use any lesbian pride icons. Not to mention consider my blog title, it would be a waste to not make any lesbian pride images for Vette and Jaesa.

Jaesa Willsaam and Vette are lesbians and in love <3


Ben J. Pierce ( @benjpierce ) and I would have been remiss if we didn’t do a cover from La La Land, so we hope you enjoy. <3


I’ve been busy fixing up my next YouTube video, but I would be remiss to let this weekend go by without paying tribute to THE TONS of amazing art you created this past week!!!! May not be a #FanArtFriday or #SuperArtSaturday, but it is a SUPREME SUNDAY for art!! Flip through to see all the artwork and artists!!

A groundbreaking gene therapy treatment which boosts a patient’s own immune cells has been shown to clear disease from one third of terminal patients.

US pharmaceutical company Kite Pharma released results from the first six months of its trial of the new treatment, called CAR-T cell therapy.

Some 36 per cent of the 101 patients on the trial were still in complete remission at six months, and eight in 10 saw their cancer shrink by at least half during the study.

“The numbers are fantastic,” said Dr Fred Locke, a blood cancer expert at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa who co-led the study.

“These are heavily treated patients who have no other options.”

The treatment, which has been dubbed ‘a living drug’ by doctors, works by filtering a patient’s blood to remove key immune system cells called T-cells, which are then genetically engineered in the lab to recognise cancer cells.

Cancer cells are very good a evading the immune system, but the new therapy essentially cuts the brakes, allowing immune cells to do their job properly.

Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head cancer information nurse, said: “These results are promising and suggest that one day CAR-T cells could become a treatment option for some patients with certain types of lymphoma.

“But, we need to know more about the side effects of the treatment and long term benefits.”

Patients in the study had one of three types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer which affects 13,600 patients in Britain, and had failed all other treatments. Most patients with such an advanced condition only live for six months but half of the trial group are still alive nine months since the trial began, and a third may be cured.

Dimas Padilla, 43, of Orlando, who was warned his case was worsening after chemotherapy stopped working, is now in complete remission after undergoing the therapy last August.

After learning his cancer was probably terminal he said: "I was thinking how am I going to tell this to my mother, my wife, my children,” he said.

After CAR-T therapy he saw his tumours “shrink like ice cubes” and is now in complete remission.

“They were able to save my life,” Mr Padilla added.

However there are still concerns that the treatment has significant side effects, and can even kill some patients, as it puts the immune system into a state of over-drive. During the trial two people died from the therapy, rather than their cancer.

Of the study participants, 13 per cent developed a dangerous condition where the immune system overreacts in fighting the cancer, and roughly a third of patients developed anaemia or other blood-count-related problems.

Nearly one third also reported neurological problems such as sleepiness, confusion, tremor or difficulty speaking, but these typically lasted just a few days.

The scans show how cancer has disappeared after just three months, and the remission has continued
The scans show how cancer has disappeared after just three months, and the remission has continued
Full results will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research conference in April and the company plans to seek approval from European regulators later this year.

“It’s a safe treatment, certainly a lot safer than having progressive lymphoma,"said the cancer institute’s Dr Steven Rosenberg,

Other companies, such as Juno Therapeutics, have had to halt trials into CAR-T treatments following patient deaths.

artsy-trin  asked:

Ok so i know I'm quite a bit late to the party, but i started your new video and it's so great that you included Rose in it! Loving the support for, well, all of the LGBT+ community! (^v^)

I’d be remiss not to have her there!

I have a pre-existing condition. It may cost me $200,000 to stay alive under the AHCA.

I developed a pre-existing condition in 2013 after a lump in my neck I’d been ignoring swelled to the size of an apple and I was unable to keep food down.

Several PET scans, a biopsy and dozens of needles later, the official diagnosis was stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In addition to the tumor in my neck, I had seven more in my intestines. I began chemo the day of my diagnosis.

I’m in remission now, but I’m not medically cleared until I’ve made it five years without a recurrence. The Affordable Care Act ensures that, if I lost care, insurance companies couldn’t deny me on the basis of my “pre-existing condition” — cancer. Read more  — Robert Kessler

anonymous asked:

you said you were working on reading 10 trans and wlw books this year but you didn't mention what they were!

THAT WAS REMISS OF ME, because so far they’ve been mostly friggin’ awesome: 

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie ♥ (wlw 1/10) – light sci-fi, light dystopian, LESBIAN MOTHERFUCKING PIRATES!!!!!!!!
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel ♥ (trans 1/10) – this is what I was reading when I made that post, and it ended up being the borderline-literary, adult fiction, family + trans kid saga of my dreams
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters (trans 2/10) – old enough to be considered a Classic of the very small, very niche genre, but is now suuuuper dated compared to everything else on this list (that possibly makes it required reading, tbh) 
  • Beast by Brie Spangler ♥ (trans 3/10) – I absolutely loved this book! it’s ANOTHER boy meets girl ~*~with a secret~*~ (i.e. she’s trans) book but actually really refreshing and lovely 
  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (trans 4/10) – this is more of a novella than a novel and also NOTHING HAPPENS but it was still cute
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (wlw 2/10) – a lovely, quiet, sad-but-hopeful book (in which the protagonist just happens to be gay)
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (trans) – I’m not counting this towards my goal of 10 because it’s a memoir by someone who’s married to a trans man rather than A Novel About A Trans Person, but it was a really great read!
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry ♥ (trans 6/10) – one of the most fulfilling Book Surprises of my life was realising that Thomas is trans!!! the cherry on top of an already stunningly beautiful and moving novel 
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (wlw 3/10) – I wasn’t mad about this book, but two of the POV characters are lesbians who’re in a relationship with each other (and iirc they’re the only relationship in the book) so it counts I guess 
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (trans) – this poem is trans in a THE GODS HATH TVRNED ME INTO A WOMAN way rather than a regular trans way, so I’m not counting it, but it was ELECTRIFYING and I loved it 

compulsory heterosexuality and general heteronormativity leads bi women to be isolated from each other, from other gay women, and from other lgbt more generally. because straight people erase bi women, a lot of them have a very difficult time finding women to date and cohabit with. moreover, compulsory heterosexuality itself obscures the reality for bi women that they can actually love women and choose to be with them. some of them end up dating men (or more men than women) for this reason. straight men abuse bi women because they seek to possess their bisexuality, force their love for women out of them, display their masculinity through violence, power, and control, and assert their dominance. moreover, because straight men feel emasculated by homophobic & biphobic stereotypes surrounding bi women (that bi women are going to cheat on their partners and deceive them), they project the embitterment and humiliation of feeling emasculated onto their female bisexual partners. this is exactly why the rates of IPV against bi women are so high. 

so, bi women are abused because of homophobia and misogyny, and some of them have only ever dated men because of homophobia. it’s the same reason why there are gay men and lesbians who have been in heterosexual relationships before - heteronormativity obfuscates any nonheterosexual feeling to the point that we force ourselves to be in heterosexual and only heterosexual relationships. and no, bi women are not abused because they’re “idiots” who are “asking to get abused” by “taking the easy way out” and dating a man. that is absolutely not why they are abused, and in fact it’d be remiss to call yourself a feminist if you think blaming any woman for her abuse is a good thing (yes, even when that abuse takes place in an m/f relationship, contrary to what your paltry little radical cultural feminists would have you believe ). 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any good latinx wlw books?

*sings gospel of JULIET TAKES A BREATH by Gabby Rivera forever* 

*and LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova*

(And I haven’t read it, but it’s worth mentioning DOWN TO THE BONE by Mayra Lazara Doyle)

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore is m/f, but the female MC is queer. (The same is true of her upcoming WILD BEAUTY.)

(By non-Latinx authors, there’s also Cam Girl by Elliot Wake w/a Leah Raeder, the upcoming Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta, and the upcoming It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura has a Latina love interest, as does Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters; I haven’t read either of those, but A&B by JC Lillis is fab and has a Latina love interest as well.)

It’s not out until 2019, but I’d be remiss not to give a shout to When We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, too!


Pick a street corner in downtown Hamtramck, Mich., and you’ll be struck by the incredible mix of cultures crammed into this tiny, 2-square-mile city.

A Catholic church across the street from a mosque. Polish pastry shops, sausage factories, and grocery stores promising “the best Polish food, shipping to Eastern Europe,” side by side with Bengali clothing shops that sell richly embroidered dresses and headscarves. And you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop in the many Yemeni restaurants serving fragrant lamb and discs of flatbread the size of hubcaps.

What has united all of the immigrant groups who’ve come to Hamtramck? Good jobs in the auto industry. Hamtramck is surrounded by Detroit, and for decades, car manufacturing was its lifeblood.

Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

Photos by Elissa Nadworny/NPR


REMISS - (ri-mis) - adjective


  • negligent, careless, or slow in performing one’s duty, business, etc.
  • characterized by negligence or carelessness
  • lacking force or energy; languid; sluggish

Related forms:

  • adverb - remissly
  • noun - remissness

Example sentence:

  • The waiter was fired after always being remiss in his duties.

Stovenly thinks:

  • personally I find rolling boulders at 3am a very counter productive use of my time but you do you

Today is #NationalScavengerHuntDay! We at gishwheswould be remiss if we didn’t celebrate this revered holiday, so we’ve concocted a bit of diabolical fun.

Get ready, Gishers… time for a #gishwhes NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY MINIHUNT!

1. Post your submissions on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Facebook*, tagged #gishwhes & #NationalScavengerHuntDay.
2. You have until 11:59 PM PDT May 27 to submit your Items.
3. No photoshopping (unless we’ve explicitly told you to Photoshop.)
4. Anyone can play. You don’t have to be registered for gishwhes to participate. (Though we recommend it for a better life, stronger nails, and a shinier complexion.)
5. Yes, there will be prizes!

*Please make sure your posts are publicly visible so we can find your precious works of remarkability.


1. IMAGE: Office Art 2: The Revenge. They say the sequel is never as good as the original. Grab your highlighters & paperclips and prove them wrong! Take time out of your busy work (or school) day to create a beautiful, museum-worthy sculpture or mixed-media art piece in your cubic comprised entirely of office supplies. All items submitted must include a yellow didactic panel with the name of the piece & artist’s intent.

2. VIDEO: Boxing Video. We’ve all seen Unboxing videos on the Internet, right? Let’s reverse the trend with Boxing Videos! Pack a box with either shelf-stable dry goods or donations for your local food bank or homeless shelter, explaining each item as you go. However, there’s one catch: As you fill your box, everything you do must appear as though you were running an unboxing video backwards - backwards speech, backwards movements… you get the idea. At the end, it’s time to move forward… to your local shelter or food bank to donate the goods!

3. VIDEO: As all Gishers know, Medieval Knights were often depicted battling snails and nobody knows why… except you. YOU know. Show us a historical re-enactment that adequately explains this centuries-old rivalry.

4. VIDEO: A serious dramatic reading of an excerpt of “Streetcar Named Desire”, “Long Day’s Journey into Night” or “Death of A Salesman” … as performed by “chin face” thespians.

5. IMAGE/VIDEO: What do dogs dream of? Show us what happened in your pet’s REM cycle last night.


6. VIDEO: A YouTube “Get Ready with Me” video, but instead of a girl, it features a long haired dog. We want to see it all… Waking up, breakfast, the whole glam routine— complete with first-person voiceover from the dog’s perspective.

All right Gishers… GO!

anonymous asked:

So, when my sister was hospitalized for severe pain (turned out to be cancer and she's in remission now), the doctors put her on Morphine. Turns out one of the side effects of Morphine is that it makes your nose itch and so I heard quite a few stories from my mom about how she was constantly scratching her nose. Are there any other weird/funny side effects of drugs that a doctor would give you like that? And what situations would they be for? Thanks!

There are quite a few strange side effects like this, and it would be an interesting idea for a post. One that I’m intimately familiar with (and you’ll get the pun in a second) is a side effect of the intravenous injection of a steroid called dexamethasone, which is useful in asthma, COPD, anaphylaxis, allergic reactions, etc.

If the medication is given too quickly, it causes an intense burning in the groin of females receiving it. (I’ve never seen it happen to males, but I’ve definitely seen women get it). The effect passes quickly, but it is noticeable.

Other side effects that I know exist but have not personally seen:

A great deal of medications can cause hallucinations (Lunesta [sleep aid], Lexapro [antidepressant]). Chantix / varencline (smoking cessation) has been known to cause really wild and vivid dreams, and Ambien / zolpidem is known to cause sleepwalking, sleep cooking, sleep driving, and sleep sex.

Some medications cause blue or green urine, such as amitryptiline (antidepressant) and indomethacin (analgesic). Metronidizole (antibiotic) can cause urine to come out black.

Many SSRIs can cause decreased sex drive and other issues.

Viagra / sildenafil (erectile dysfunction) can cause blue vision, while dangerously high doses of digoxin (antiarrhythmic) can cause yellow vision and “ghosts” when looking at lights.

Statins are a common class of cholesterol reducers (including Lipitor, Crestor, etc.), and can cause very strange memory issues due to demyelination in the brain – there was a former astronaut who went for a walk, came home, and didn’t recognize his wife as a side effect of Crestor.

GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Requip / ropinirole (treats Restless Leg Syndrome, Parkinson’s), say that their product may cause compulsive gambling and sex.

If you’re looking for your character to have some interesting side effects of a medication, there are a few options. First is to Google “Medication” + “side effects”. You could also try googling “Side effects” + “effect” and see what drugs might cause a given effect.

I’m sure my good friend @scriptpharmacist probably has a LOT to say about side effects, so make sure you check them out too!

I hope this was useful :)

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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sarahmgellar: “20 years ago today, I had the greatest privilege to bring Buffy to your tv screens for the first time. It was a long and challenging road to get there. First the movie, then a passed over pilot presentation, and eventually a mid season time slot on a little known network. That first season, we liked to think of ourselves as the little show that could. While we knew the potential, I don’t think any of us saw the lasting impact our show would have. As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more. She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one. Thank you to Gail Berman for always believing there was a show in that movie. Thank you to Joss Whedon, for trusting me to give life to one of the greatest female characters ever created. Thank you to David, for always being my Angel. Thank you to James for understanding that while Buffy and Spike may have been love/hate, I have nothing but love for you. Alyson, as any woman knows, you are nothing without the love and support of great female friends, so thank you for being that. Michelle, you will always hold a key to my heart. Thank you to all the incredible actors for seven seasons of amazing performances. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible crew that worked tirelessly (and also really tired) to bring this show to life. And lastly, but most importantly thank you to all of you, the fans. We made this show for you, and your unwavering support has kept this show going long past our seven years. You are everything. And always remember…“if the apocalypse comes, beep me” #buffyslays20