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If you enjoy analyzing the possibility of Teruki canonically being some sort of sociopath and/or taking a look at the more violent aspects of mp100 though a ONE-esque humorous lens, suitiblyskippy has the content you need! They’ve written a variety of oneshots, drabbles, case fics, 5 times 1 time fics, and even a Gintama Crossover! On to the individual works!


tomorrow isn’t always another day

Kageyama “Mob” Shigeo & Reigen Arataka. Case Fic, Time Loop. Completed. Rated: T. Word Count: 18,000.

It’s like Reigen’s been waiting for the question. He stops dead on the pavement, grips Mob by the shoulders, and stares down into his eyes with an expression as haunted as though every ghost the pair of them has ever exorcised has taken up residence behind it. “Mob,” he says. “Mob,” he says again. “Tell me, Mob. Look at me and tell me. Tell me truthfully. Do I look cursed to you?”

Mob looks at him, and tells him truthfully. “No.”

“Well, you didn’t look very long,” says Reigen. “Let’s just stand here for a moment, like so, and you can have another look, a nice long look, and really think about it…”

(There’s nothing strange about being called back to exorcise the same haunted photocopier six days in a row. It must just be a very haunted photocopier.)

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anonymous asked:

Here's an illegal immigration question for you: Why should people who broke the law coming here be allowed to stay? Neither Mexico nor Canada has nearly as lax of a policy towards illegals as the US does, so why shouldn't the US have similarly strict borders. Especially when these illegal immigrants are making things more difficult for legal immigrants, and others who are actually willing to respect our laws, including our border laws, to say nothing of the cost to taxpayers.

Honestly, I think that we should have stricter enforcement of illegal immigration and an easier path for legal immigration. 

But the people punished by the law should not be those that crossed the border themselves, it should be the businesses that exploit their labor in order to avoid paying American citizens a higher wage. There should be huge fines on business found to employ undocumented migrants, making the cost of employing those without the proper paperwork very expensive. 

Now, when we do that, the only compassionate thing to do is to give those that have been exploited, at the bare minimum, a Green Card. 

A path to citizenship would make more sense, they have labored and been exploited in order to expand our economy. Most have paid taxes, to which they get little back in return. They have been used, and should at least be rewarded for the hard work they have done. 

The thing that makes the most sense is an Omnibus bill that includes: massive penalties on those that employ undocumented workers, a path to citizenship for those who have been exploited, and a worldwide, rather than country by country, lottery system for immigration.  

Since laws cannot be retroactive, that means that those employers that are using undocumented workers would then be able to continue employing those same people, since they are now documented. It would mean any other hire of undocumented immigrants would be a risky proposition, lowering illegal immigration in the future. And since the US birth rate is currently at 1.86 per woman, lower than the 2 needed to replace the population, it would allow in an influx of migrants that would buoy our economy and allow us to, at least, replace the population that we currently have at a stable rate. 

You are correct, we should be stricter in how we enforce our immigration laws, but we should punish those that are exploiting others, not the ones being exploited.

- @theliberaltony

Paul Ryan either doesn’t understand insurance, or he’s lying about it.

As we struggle to understand the so-called Republican “health care” plan, which seems to have little to do either with health or care, it may be useful to review the underlying concept of that thing called “insurance,” which many in the GOP, particularly Paul Ryan, seem to have trouble understanding.

Among people with a basic high school education, it’s common knowledge that English civilization began expanding dramatically into the Americas in the mid-1600s. There are of course many explanations for this; among Christians, a favorite is the notion that colonists came to America to escape religious persecution. There’s some mild truth in that, if the only colonists you’re concerned about are the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, but the greater truth is, most colonists and the companies that financed their colonies established themselves in America for one reason– to make money.

Trade was the reason for developing and expanding the American colonies; shipping was the method by which trade was made possible; and insurance was what made England’s shipping trade profitable, turning a small island into a great ship-building empire that within a hundred years had colonies and dominions across three quarters of the globe.

The key to all of this, the reason America exists, the reason there was a British Empire, was insurance. Specifically, the concept of shared risk, in which the costs of individual disaster could be spread among many, for the benefit of all.

Ever hear of Lloyd’s of London? It’s the world’s oldest insurance underwriter, and in a real sense, it’s the reason Britain ruled the waves.

Before the mid-1600s, mounting a colonial expedition to the New World was so risky a proposition that only governments could afford to do it. Spain, of course, had a New World colonial empire a hundred years before England did– but despite the benefits in gold and precious metals, in many ways the colonial experience was a drain on the Spanish Empire, an extractive enterprise with all the diminishing returns of every extractive enterprise. (In the long run, extracting resources from a colony ends up costing more than the value received, which is one reason the South American colonies were eventually abandoned by the Spanish and Portuguese, or left to flounder under disengaged administration.) In the mid-1600s, in England (and more or less simultaneously in the Netherlands) that reality began to change.

Thanks to insurance.

In a coffee house in London, owned by a man named Lloyd, a group of wealthy merchants came together to pool their resources in a mutual insurance fund. The situation was simple: an almost-predictable number of colonial expeditions were certain to fail, and an almost-predictable number of ships were going to be lost at sea in any given period of time. The problem was, despite all of a merchant’s best efforts, there was no way to know which expedition and which ships would fail or be lost. Any merchant who financed a ship was as likely (or unlikely) to lose his investment as any other merchant. You couldn’t know in advance, which meant there was no way to mitigate the risk of your investment by yourself. Potentially your entire livelihood was in danger on a single roll of the dice. Only a madman would take such a risk (which is why most early colonial expeditions were led by madmen or religious cults).

However… if a group of merchants, each with his own expedition or his own ship, could be persuaded to pool their individual risk exposure, and to share the risk, what was potential financial suicide for an individual would become a reasonable loss spread across a group of individuals.

Shared risk made individual investment and national expansion possible.

Insurance empowered trade; trade created profits; profits created wealth; wealth created opportunity for individuals and the nation alike; individuals flourished and the nation became an Empire.

True, rational conservatives know this. Insurance– that is, shared risk across a group to protect the individual against predictable dangers– is a fundamental building block in business and finance. The Republican party, supposedly the party of responsible business, knows that insurance is a vital component in business, and, by extension, in life as a whole.

So why do they lie about it? Why would Paul Ryan, in his defense of the indefensible Trumpcare anti-insurance bill presently before Congress, describe the basic premise of insurance as “the fatal conceit of Obamacare”?

This is what Paul Ryan said:

“The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that we’re just going to make everybody buy our health insurance at the federal level, young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for older, sicker people. So the young healthy person’s going to be made to buy health care, and they’re going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s, or who gets heart disease in his 50s … The people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It’s not working, and that’s why it’s in a death spiral.”

Paul Ryan, the supposed policy expert who supposedly understands economics and business, is describing the basic premise of insurance– insurance, which made possible the world we currently live in– as a “fatal conceit.”

Either Paul Ryan is an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t understand Business 101, doesn’t know even high school economic theory– or he’s a mendacious liar playing to the ignorance, greed, and prejudice of the Republican base.

My bet’s on the later.

Shared risk is the basis of business investment; it’s at the root of every modern economy; it is the DEFINITION of society.

Universal health insurance isn’t an imposition on individual freedom: it’s a guarantee of individual freedom, a recognition that what might destroy us as individuals can be borne easily by all of us as a group. It empowers the individual to take risks he or she would otherwise never consider. It strengths the group by sharing a common burden.

It makes nations into Empires.

Mermaids and Language

Many aquatic creatures are renowned linguists. Water transmits sound efficiently over massive distances, so chatter builds up and exposure to a huge number of languages is common.

With long lives, a love of gossip, inquisitive personalities, and high levels of intelligence, mermaids are among the most proficient polyglots in the Netherworld.

Mermaids are often hired by sailors and explorers to navigate the sea’s complex and often dangerous barriers in language and culture. This is a risky proposition for rude or combative sailors as the mermaid will always side in favor of the aquatic party in times of conflict (regardless of previous agreement).

Warfare in space, ironically, underwent a major devolution. Better armor and ordnance that could penetrate said armor made it a highly risky proposition for soldiers fighting on space stations and satellites. Swords and knives and more modernized versions of said weapons were developed to avoid any such incidents where a hull would be catastrophically breached. Space combat is a brutal and bloody affair, starkly different from the science-fiction of bygone eras.

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See, I don’t really get a clear sense of what Jake wants from this conversation. His reaction to Jane saying she just wants to be friends is more or less, “Oh thank god, that’s one less heart I have to break.” And his response to Dirk’s advances is, “Well, maybe that could work.”

Really, it just seems like he wants to avoid having to make any hard decisions.

Going from a platonic friendship to a romantic relationship is a risky proposition, but it is a gamble that Jake could be willing to take. He says as much to Jane. He had thought about what it would be like to be romantically involved with either Jane or Dirk.

I get the feeling that if only one of them has confessed their feelings for him, then he’d be willing to reciprocate, but with both of them vying for his attention, that puts him in an awkward spot. Now he’s got to choose one or the other. (There’s also Roxy, but I’m not 100% certain Jake understands that she finds him attractive too.) That complicates things, because it involves saying no to one of them, and possibly ending their friendship right there. That kind of thing could lead to their whole friendship circle collapsing since Jane and Dirk are friends too. I think Jake is more interested in avoiding that than he is in finding a compatible romantic partner.

Incidentally, I think that’s what motivated Jane to not confess her feelings for Jake as well, hence the whole…

thing.

Miserable Lester, Part 16: Those Guys Meet Marius, And So On

Okay, so one fine day the Stanley Yelnats of this story, Bossuet, is chilling outside the cafe where the Alphabetters always congregate. He’s daydreaming, and thinking not-too-concernedly about how he got kicked out of law school the day before, and how this means he’s gonna have to change some of his plans for the future, sure, he guesses. This guy really is admirably zen about worrisome stuff happening to him, although I suppose with his luck the main alternatives would be to get all defeatist and bitter and self-pitying or to retreat into flat-out denial, so. Suddenly a cabriolet goes by, moving at an unusually slow pace, like, you could jog faster than this thing. It’s like whoever’s inside it isn’t sure where he’s going. That piques Bossuet’s interest, so he looks inside the cab (not hard, because it’s so damn slow), and discovers that it contains a Marius Pontmercy. Bossuet knows he’s a Marius Pontmercy because he’s clutching a big overnight bag with his name written prominently on the front.

“Hey,” Bossuet goes like, hailing the cab to a stop. “Marius Pontmercy? You’re Marius Pontmercy? I’ve been looking for you, man!”

Marius is all, “Who are you? Do we know each other or something?”

Bossuet is all, “Nope!”

“Then HOW DID YOU KNOW MY NAME??” goes Marius, still holding a bag with his full name clearly printed on it in large block letters facing out the window of the cab.

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anonymous asked:

(1/2)WRT the Chantry: A lot of DA fans seem to think that the Chantry is a bad thing, which aught to lose its army, or be otherwise diminished. But this, to me, seems a risky proposition. Thedas lacks any real formalisation for international relations. The factions of Thedas are largely relegated to reasonably polite interactions due to Chantry oversight, and no other organization seems ready to fill that gap (given the fates of the Inquisition). Without some bureaucracy for war, trade and such.

Oh, Anonymous person. What did I say? ‘Please not another ask about how the Chantry should absolutely have an army’. And what do I get?


Anyway, I’m still missing your part 2, but this was a week and about 14 boxes of tissues ago, and besides, unless the part 2 is a ‘Belated April Fools!’ I’m not sure I’d survive it. So. I’ll just work with this.


But why do people keep asking stuff like this? I mean – we have real-world examples, both historical and current, of why giving a religious organisation a) weapons, and b) political power is a really fucking awful idea. How many corpses do we have to scatter across history before people work this out?


1) The Chantry as somehow the only people who are capable of handling international relations.


I have no idea where this idea would even come from. I realise that pre-First Blight history gets a bit murky, but it’s not as though humans, Andrastianism, Orlais or the Chantry somehow invented diplomacy.


Groups of ancient elves seem to have traded and worked with humans:


What’s more, those elves who spent time bartering and negotiating with humans found themselves aging, tainted by the humans’ brash and impatient lives.

– Arlathan: Part One


and the dwarves had trade deals with the Tevinter Imperium before the Chantry ever existed:


It was with the Tevinter Imperium that things changed. Paragon Garal moved the seat of power to Orzammar to more closely oversee the trade that began with the surface. It seemed that our people were entering a new age of prosperity.

– Orzammar History: Chapter One


Moreover, consider this, from a Chantry source, no less:


The queen spent decades making alliances in the ancient Rivaini way: marriage. She wed her many children and grandchildren strategically into nobles houses across the continent. Within thirty years, Antiva was so well-connected that any hostile action against it would force half the nations of Thedas into war.

– Queen Asha of Antiva


Two obviously noteworthy things here: one being that Antiva is in no way relying on the Chantry even slightly to keep things civilised; two being that Asha is doing things ‘the ancient Rivaini way’, which is to say that nations have been handling international relations through mutual defence pacts and intermarriage since well before the Chantry was even thought of. And just to follow up, note the specific reference to Rivain, a specifically multicultural and largely non-Chantry society:


The influence of the Qun, if not absolute adherence to its teachings, is present throughout Rivain, getting stronger as one heads north toward Kont-aar … The Rivaini people trace their roots to pantheist ancestors, and many in Rivain still believe that their god and the universe are one and the same … Nowhere in Rivain is the Chantry influence stronger than in Dairsmuid, the capital. Rivaini royalty are Chantry faithful, but also progressive in their beliefs, if only out of necessity. The nation, with its patchwork of cultures, remains one entity through consensus and compromise.

World of Thedas I


Does any of that make it sound as though the Chantry is somehow essential to maintaining international relations? In fact, one might say it looks as though diplomacy is strongest where the Chantry is weakest.


2) The Chantry as somehow morally capable of handling international relations.


I mean, that’s pretty laughable. ‘Reasonably polite’? Polite? Try rampant bigotry and racism:


The Chantry began and has continued to be a predominately human organisation. Other races are seen to be further from the Maker. The elves have their pantheon of false idols. The dwarves worship themselves. The Qunari are worst of all, actively crushing the worship of the Maker and desecrating Chantry values in the name of the Qun. For these reasons, other races are considered all the more worthy of saving. The Chantry believes the Maker won’t return until even the Qunari sing his name

World of Thedas I


Look at all that lovely prejudice the Chantry rolls around in every morning. Again, two things of note:


1) Despite the claim that all of this is because these peoples follow different religions, the simple fact that the Chantry is just outright fucking racist. There are countless Andrastian elves. Now try to imagine an elven Divine … or Grand Cleric … or Revered Mother … or anything.


2) The Chantry’s ideals are toxic to diplomacy. They not only believe that their religion is the right one, but that any non-believer is actively preventing the return of their god. Their whole philosophy is ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us … and the Maker’.


Conversion is their primary mission. They will do it by persuasion, politics or outright violence – and have done all three. This means that the Chantry is hostile, not only to elves, dwarves and Qunari, but even to non-Chantry humans. Those Rivaini pantheists? Evil. The Chasind? Evil. The Avaar? Evil. Other Andrastians who don’t follow the Chantry? Evil. Remember that the Annulment at Dairsmuid happened because these people were practising non-Chantry traditions. They weren’t hurting anyone. They were following their own faith. And they were murdered for it.


Note that this is also a problem that, as bad as it is now, is only likely to get worse. Thedas is only one continent on the world Dragon Age inhabits. Traders trade and explorers explore; there has been some contact already. There’s a whole world out there that has never heard of the Chantry. How do you think it’s going to go when long-term contact is established?


I don’t know what you mean about polite interactions. At best, it sounds like you mean that two Chantry faithful humans might be able to bond over how superior they are to everyone else. And guess what? That’s not what functional diplomacy looks like.


3) The Chantry as some kind of neutral organisation with the right to manage international relations.


Um. You do know that the Chantry isn’t some lovey-dovey politically neutral faith that sprang out of the ether, right? You know it’s the official religion of the Orlesian Empire, right? You know – one of the most aggressive, intolerant, I’m-taking-your-land-because-it-is-the-Maker’s-will countries in Thedas?


It was founded by Kordillus Drakon, as part of his campaign of conquest:


At the time, the ‘nation’ his mother ruled over was not even half the size of modern-day Orlais, and unified only in their love of Andraste and shared hatred of everyone else. Prince Drakon believed it could be much more. For he had a vision. He believed Andraste had appeared to him in a dream when he was a child and and charged him with redeeming the world in the eyes of the Maker.

He began his holy quest at the ripe old age of sixteen by taking to the battlefield. At the time, each clan had its own variety of the cult of Andraste, its own rituals, traditions and versions of Andraste’s words. Young Drakon unified them by the sword.

Their campaign of expansion stalled as they met heavier resistance in the North. Drakon, fearing that his cause was failing because the Maker questioned his devotion, refocused his attention on glorifying his god. He began by demolishing the ancient Ciriane fortress that was once home to Jeshavis herself and using its foundations to build, he said ‘a chantry where the one true song of Andraste shall forever after be heard.’

World of Thedas II


Its first Divine was military leader:


According to Chantry writings, Justinia I was, before her coronation, the only female general in Emperor Drakon’s armies and a devout missionary of Andraste … Divine Justinia I is most well known for compiling the Orlesian Chantry’s interpretation of the Chant of Light. Her version of the Chant has survived with few changes to this day and is still recognised as part of the canon.

World of Thedas II


This is a religion that was designed, on purpose, to be part of the Orlesian war machine. It may seem logical to talk about ‘Andrastianism’ and ‘the Chantry’ as though they’re synonymous, but that’s only because the Orlesians murdered the fuck out of anyone who disagreed with them, then proceeded to slander their memory.


The Chantry declared an Exalted March on the Dales, giving a blatant Orlesian land grab the holy seal of approval. This has resulted in the destruction of a nation, the dispersal of a people and the near destruction of a rival faith. It did bugger all to intervene when Orlais occupied Nevarra, and the Orlesian occupation of Kirkwall is framed as a religious liberation. Later, explicitly to please the Orlesian empire, it engineered the downfall of the viscount of Kirkwall in order to undertake a covert Chantry take over of the city. Meghren, the Orlesian ruler of Ferelden during the occupation, has a Grand Cleric as an advisor – she does eventually turn on him, yes, but throughout much of The Stolen Throne you will see her attempting to legitimise his rule, which is hardly the act of an organisation attempting to protect a weaker nation from the depredations of a strong one.


On other fronts, multiple Exalted Marches have been conducted against Tevinter, which of course is in no way about two imperial powers butting heads for fun and profit, to the detriment of everyone else. And when the Chantry warred with the Qunari, it was the Qunari who came to the table. Why? Because Chantry diplomacy is always ‘murder everyone who disagrees with us’, and the Qunari, for all their other flaws, recoiled in horror from Chantry barbarity.


International relations. Right.


4) The Chantry as somehow disinterested even in its own right.


Never mind Orlais for a moment. The Chantry, in and of itself, is hardly some kind of disinterested international watchdog.


Consider lyrium. It is in Chantry interests to retain a stranglehold on the lyrium trade – they are able to use it to control their templars, to bolster the powers of their mages when approved, and to earn a tonne of money by handing it off to the Tranquil. Probably the fact that lyrium can only be safely mined by dwarves is the only thing keeping them safe. Also note another motive for repeated conflict with Tevinter: that’s the other big lyrium consumer.


So … what exactly is it that you think the Chantry is doing that makes life better for anyone? Why do you think that it is somehow managing international relations in a fair and just manner? Because people like Cassandra and Josephine think so? But they are Chantry devout humans – in many ways the beneficiaries of Chantry crimes, whether they intend to be or not.


What you think is risky, I think is a basic step toward a functional civilisation. I want to take away everything the Chantry has: its armies, its political power, its obscene wealth. All of it. You know what I think it can still have, at the end of all that? Freedom of religion. They don’t want to leave anyone with that.

spring anime 2017 part 2: girlfriendship is magic

I can’t believe Maidragon was so powerful it brought the entire 90s back.

See also:

• spring anime 2017 part 1: woke up late

• spring anime 2017 part 3: comfy and easy to wear

spring anime 2017 bonus round: things you already knew were good


Clockwork Planet

Yes, forecasts this season predict heavy showers of magical girlfriends.This time the dude afflicted by this sudden precipitation is a clockwork nerd, who gets a clockwork gothloli dropped on him. This may be less of a coincidence than it sounds because for spurious reasons the entire planet has been replaced by clockwork – if you thought this show was mentally capable of having a metaphorical title, I have bad news. So basically this is teen schmuck + robot superweapon having fights in a city that looks like a lazy steampunk cosplayer’s top hat, in between erotic misunderstandings. I’m regretting that I called Macchiavellism’s fights bad because a couple good action cuts are already a lot to ask for, as evidenced here: It looks just terrible, and obviously the content itself is even worse. Nuh-uh.


Eromanga-sensei

I love Hiro Kanzaki’s character designs. There, I said it. I just wish they weren’t attached to bullshit like OreImo or Eromanga-sensei, which, being by the same author and all, is more or less the same thing. It’s pretty bad when the implied incest fantasy is the least revolting thing about your celebration of otaku shittery: So a schlubby light novel protagonist who also writes light novels (and who happens to be surrounded by hot bitches that just love people who write light novels because that’s so cool) finds out that the mysterious porn artist he’s collaborating with over the internet is actually his hikkikomori little sister, who reacts to this revelation like any girl would: being tsundere. This means it’s full of mildly self-deprecating nerd humor, the infuriating kind that makes it abundantly clear that if the author meant any of it, he wouldn’t write this crap. Even worse is that the sibling relationship is played for sappy family feels, which I would be more willing to give the benefit of the doubt to if this wasn’t OreImo 2: The Sequel To OreImo. And the main guy can’t keep his eyes from wandering anyway, so it’s not like there’s a mystery here. I’ll say it looks real good, obviously there’s money in the OreImo market and it’s well made as a result, plus the aforementioned character designs. But if I want more Hiro Kanzaki I’d rather watch Go! Go! 575 again.


Hinako Note

There’s actually no Manga Time Kirara adaptation this season, but worry not, Hinako Note is indistinguishable from one of those (that one being GochiUsa). So it’s Kirara at it’s most basic too: 5 girls with mild, generic quirks hang out and cute things take place. You get your shy one, you get your hungry one, you get your tiny maid one, etc. Ostensibly this is theater-themed, but as of episode 1 it’s less about theater than K-ON is about music, and that’s saying something. Now, these shows are always extremely inoffensive by design, and if they do nothing fundamentally wrong they just come across as dull. Since this does nothing fundamentally wrong, it just comes across as dull. Congratulations, Hinako Note, you pulled it off even while being born in the wrong magazine.


Kabukibu!

The easy hook when writing about Kabukibu is that it’s another DEEN show about a classic Japanese performance artform, but it’s blindingly obvious right away that Kabukibu is no Rakugo Shinjuu – it being about a school club is right in the title after all, and it has the requisite spurious punctuation too, so everything else falls into place from there. The main innovation is that this is about cute guys doing cute kabuki. As always, our main dude has to gather the five members to bring the school club back to life first. So it’s unimaginative and honestly rather bad, but I still like it. For starters there’s the bit where our lead is such a nerd that he spends every conversation clearing up common misconceptions about kabuki, which is hilarious, since it resembles weeaboo Richard Stallman wanting to interject for a second over and over again. Secondly, the comical cast of misfits does seem to have potential, with a rock singer that can’t sing, an obvious woman that is actually a woman, and so on. Overall it reminds me of Cheer Danshi, an obvious C-list production that gets by by being earnest. If I can learn to not be annoyed at the yodelling kabuki inflection, I might actually watch this for a lark.


The King’s Avatar

This may be completely outside the “Japanese cartoon” purview of this post since it’s 100% Chinese and doesn’t even have a Japanese dub like the Haoliners productions, but it’s on MAL so it counts I suppose. Also, it’s rather… good? The King’s Avatar is about a legendary MMO pro gamer who gets kicked off his team and has to give up his account, which afflicts him with a multitude of sads. After a bit of soul-searching he starts playing the game again on a new server, starting from level 1. What makes this not as bad as it sounds is that it’s not an isekai bonanza, but a sports show where the sport happens to be visually interesting, and it’s a slow and contemplative sports show at that. The whole “starting from level 1" thing is a topical twist on the sports comeback story, and it looks fairly nice too, a few bits of unfortunate CG aside (but that’s common, so whatever). Yeah, I like this, and if fansubs turn out to not be a huge hassle to get hold of I’ll give it a try.


Love Kome - We Love Rice

Back in Japan, please enjoy this short comedy about rice crop gijinka, boyband edition. It has atrocious character designs and is painfully unfunny. So nothing new there.


Re:Creators

Girlfriends keep falling in my lap, and that might mean my eyes will soon be turning red. Hey, this is the old “reverse isekai”, where some nerd gets to live with a bunch of characters from his favorite anime that inexplicably became real. Brace for domestic hijinks and fish-out-of-water comedy - and a lot of action, because this is Ei Aoki working with offbrand Fate material. He may be this show’s saving grace, because I’m willing to forgive dumb action anime a lot if it at least manages to have some actual fucking action in it. The idea that these anime characters think they’re in the “realm of the gods” (i.e., their creators, you see) also has some storytelling potential, if it doesn’t get buried under stuff blowing up and comedic trips to the konbini. And it doesn’t have a “walking in on the girl naked” scene, which probably counts as “classy” in this field. I don’t know, it sure is stupid as hell but it might be a good time. We’ll see.


Renai Boukun

Renai Boukun is a comedy’s comedy about a very silly cupid that ships people, and herself. As a real anime comedy, it is of course chock full of people acting wacky followed by reaction faces, which is my kryptonite. I do have to admit that this show at least goes all out with it, it’s fast and furious and never lets up. Some of the jokes are even okay (mostly the more absurd ones like the unsettlingly bizarre cat with a human face), though most are just repetitive, like the yandere girl being constantly jealous. Yeah, this is just totally not my thing, but if I give it any amount of praise that probably means it’s a good one?


Seikaisuru Kado

Never say that bureaucrats don’t get no respect, because this is the second season in a row where we get an anime about pencilpushers being totally awesome. The main difference between this and ACCA is that ACCA was roughly 80% style, and Seikaisuru Kado has no style. It makes up for it with conviction, because this is a show where some desk jockey assigned to wind down an electroplating business spends a night googling, with the result being him developing a new electroplating procedure that saves the company and impresses physics professors – and that is the intro before the science fiction aspect comes into play. Oh yeah, there’s a science fiction aspect. So after a job well done, Super Bureaucrat Man is taking a flight from Haneda airport when a Borg cube unceremoniously drops on the plane. The rest of the episode is spent with scientists trying to figure out what happened, mostly by shooting tank shells at the cube and so on. Guess they just aren’t bureaucratic enough, because by the end our hero emerges from the cube, having apparently come to an agreement with the proprietor. Uh. Yes, this is an extreme amount of nonsense, and I have no idea where this is supposed to be going. With the amount of military hardware on display, it makes me think “GATE, but not for total assholes”, but who knows. It looks very weird too, it’s a CG show that cuts a lot of corners by using 2D animation (I know, right?). Usually CG characters are good when you have a lot of action because it enables a fluid camera, but this has no action and they still could have done their special effects in CG like everyone else. So it ends up as an anime where the important characters look worse than the unimportant ones they couldn’t be bothered to build a CG model for. The whole thing is bizarre enough to be intriguing, but I don’t have high hopes for it, especially since the slots for shows I actually want to watch are now filling up.


Tsuki ga Kirei

Case in point: Tsuki ga Kirei is a romance about a bookish nerd dude who loves to quote Dazai at his most morose, and a neurotic girl. Needless to say, it is very awkward, but also kind of cute. This may seem like a slim synopsis, but that’s pretty much it: Tsuki ga Kirei is the sort of show that has the potential to be great if it pays off, but just becomes boring to infuriating Mari Okada clone #3879435 if it doesn’t. So it’s a risky proposition, and not one you can call based on the first episode. On the execution level it seems to do it right so far, it’s well directed, sticks to its slow, sensitive tone and looks pleasant and detailed – the only distracting thing are regrettable and robotic CG background characters all over the place. Overall, this is a show that demands at least three episodes, which it will get from me. Ask again later.


Twin Angel BREAK

Finally, if you’re looking for some basic-ass mahou shoujo shit, here’s the new Twin Angel spinoff. It’s indeed some basic-ass mahou shoujo shit (two-girl team aka PreCure version). The genki red one and the reserved blue one go around fighting evil by the moonlight or whatever, while being cheered on by their one-gimmick-each friends. I somehow doubt this thing is setting itself up for a subversion of any kind, so yeah. What you see is what you get. The only memorable thing is that the action is more than merely bad here, it’s comically bad. Seriously, it’s somewhere between Astro Fighter Sunred and Ninja Slayer. Too bad the rest of the show is just unambitiously competent, so watching it for production pratfalls seems like it’s not worth it either.

Lost and Found (Part 2)

(Part 1) (Also available on FF.net)

Blindspot fanfic. In which a tattooed coffee barista hires a stubbly private investigator to find her long-lost brother. Wildly AU.

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to tell me that you were excited about this new story! This fandom is the best & I love you guys. 💜💜💜


“What do your tattoos have to do with your brother’s disappearance?”

Kurt leaned back in his chair and regarded his new client steadily.

The question hung in the air between them, but Jane didn’t so much as blink. Her brow wrinkled in an artful frown. “They don’t have anything to do with it.” She gave a puzzled shrug, opening her green eyes in wide innocence.    

It was a perfect performance, but Weller was certain she was lying.

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You’re not special.

The worst thing you can think you are is special. It can come in various forms; you might think you’re particularly smart, or pretty, or talented, or even submissive.

Why, you ask, is that the worst thing you can think you are?

Because odds are overwhelming that it’s just not true. You’re not particularly smart or pretty or talented or submissive.

Maybe you got good grades in high school. Granted, it was an American public high school. You didn’t ace the GRE. You’re not studying theoretical physics. Maybe you’re studying engineering. Meh. But it’s probably more like nursing. Maybe it’s psychology if you want to feel particularly academic. And there’s nothing wrong with those. But they are already pushing the limits of your aptitude, and they’re not exactly exceptional fields, and you’re not exactly at the top of the class in the best of schools in the world.

You’re above average, which is nice. But you don’t know much. And you certainly don’t know best. When it comes to the average Joe, you’re probably smart in comparison. But again, that just means you’re above average. And above average isn’t special.

This is important, because the very reason you’re alone now is precisely because you think you’re special. It’s helped you to avoid some undesirable men in the past, yes; it’s also cost you an opportunity or two that you were lucky to have in the first place, with men who were actually more.

It’s a hard pill to swallow that odds are you’re not worth doing much fighting for, and making someone work to earn what you have to offer is a risky proposition when what you have to offer isn’t particularly special when all is said and done. Someone worth you having will be someone who recognizes that fact sooner than later, and realizes that you’re not worth all the hassle. Not when there are other equally above-average girls who are less arrogant and who are actually pleasant to own and teach and train and guide and give to.

In this world, the world of kink, you girls are a dime a dozen. Luckily the average Joe Doms are, as well, so you’ll have no problem finding a series of them to fill your time, bouncing from disappointment to disappointment. But that’s not what you want, is it?

And herein lies the problem. You’re above average, which means you know you won’t be happy with something less than exceptional. But you’re also not actually exceptional yourself, so you can’t afford to act like you are. But that pesky pride of yours just won’t back down, and its little girl voice in your little girl head screams and cajoles you into being a brat, and stomping your feet, and making excuses, and just won’t let you be the kind of calm, quiet, receptive, respectful, humble girl that stands out from the crowd of entitled, defensive, lonely girls just like you.

In the end, you’re not worth fighting for until you’ve proven yourself worth fighting for. And making yourself a chore isn’t going to help you be any less lonely any time soon. To be sure, thinking you’re special is precisely what makes you the same as all of the average girls out there who insist on the very same thing, if the point needed further clarity.

No, if you want exceptional, learn to be humble, and learn to act in accordance with your place. If you come across someone who might actually be what you think you deserve, then you’d better be the kind of person they’d actually want to take ownership of, rather than being someone who might, maybe, possibly end up being worth their while (and time and effort and energy, because caring Doms and Daddies of the type you want put in orders of magnitude greater of all of those things than you girls - especially the inexperienced ones - realize) at some point down the road.

Help yourself. Be prepared to be worth their time. If you figure we’ll show our worth by doing all the work because you’re so special, you’ve already shown that you’re not. If you want to be seen as special, then be special. Be humble listen, do as you’re asked. That’s more special than you realize, despite being so especially smart to begin with.

Tides Unknown - Chapter 1: it begins

A reincarnation AU that comes after Birthright canon. Xander is a sailor of Nohr that meets Corrin who longs for adventure, and is headstrong despite the situation. Together they’ll embark on the seas, meet both old and new allies, face their inner turmoils, and discover the link that binds them both.

Note: there are certain quirks that may be different from the original Fates verse, due to the Birthright having a lingering effect that will be explored in time.

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anonymous asked:

I'm currently living with someone who is self-centered to the point that I cannot hold a conversation with her about anything that doesn't affect her directly. She's also a devout Christian and considers it her divine right/responsibility to micromanage the household. She also has considerable magic power, so binding/hexing is a risky proposition at best. (Leaving is also not an option at present.) Any idea if there's something that I can do to tame/reduce her influence in the house?

Instead of casting something on her, maybe try casting on yourself? Like a protection spell from her or something?? You could also use wards on certain parts of the house that you want her to leave you alone in

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Okay, this post was long overdue. Thus, let me present you: Imperial Agent’s companions’ files.

Side note: Remote Terminator was an extremely strong alcoholic beverage, the consumption of which was viewed by many in the galaxy as an extremely risky proposition. Before mixing a Remote Terminator, it was common for a bartender to ask whether the patron wanted the ingredients mixed using a preprogrammed recipe, or for the ingredients to be mixed together randomly. The latter option was considered to be riskier than the former. © Wookiepedia

pleasant-and-plump  asked:

As you somewhat pointed out in your last post, there is a difference in your list of most powerful and most interesting commanders. What are the most interesting commanders for each color combo, in your opinion?

Alright, we’re entering the personal opinion zone. This is based on my subjective taste and experience playing with or against certain commanders and is subject to change as I try out new decks and experiment more.

White

She supports a fun archetype (tokens), has a massive impact on the board, and she’s incredibly stylish. Yosei is also pretty fun to play with since his combos take a little work to assemble and a win with him doesn’t feel cheap/easy.

Blue

You can pretend you’re playing an aggro deck and ramp into the biggest creatures in the game, or you can go for the jugular by comboing out with The Chain Veil (basically, the Veil’s ability stacks even for commanders that aren’t on the battlefield yet, so you can recast Teferi over and over and net more stacks of the Veil, more mana, and more cards).

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5 Unforgettable Jake Gyllenhaal Performances

At only 34, Jake Gyllenhaal has starred in more than 30 film and television projects, ranging in scope from cop dramas and romances to epic adventures and his latest starring role, the wonderfully creepy “Nightcrawler.”

In writer-director Dan Gilroy’s crime drama — available to own now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD on February 10 — Gyllenhaal plays a scarily focused psychopath who has figured out a job he’s perfect for: prowling the streets at night for video of bloody car crashes, fires, and cop confrontations. Gyllenhaal is fantastic in it, so we’re counting his five most memorable performances.

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“Yokai live for a long time. Their hearts do not waver and they never forget.
They live with the same love in their hearts for centuries and so they do not have changes of heart without good reason. There are likely many who grow old without ever loving another.
To fall in love with someone and to need that person is in, and of itself, a highly risky proposition for yokai kind. 
That is true of Tomoe as well.”

My farewell to Kerbal Space Program

Hi,

There’s no good way to ease into news like this, so here it is: I’m stepping down as Lead Developer of KSP.

For the last five and a half years, I put all my work, my thoughts and my time into KSP. I’ve watched it grow from this little unassuming idea for a 2D game in which you’d put together rocket parts to see how high you could get, into a complete spaceflight simulator, a space agency tycoon, a planetarium of truly astronomical scale, a home for little green men and their space program, a Kerbal space program.

KSP has become far more than the game I imagined half a decade ago. When we first set out to take on this project, I could not have expected anything even remotely close to what it ended up becoming. To say KSP surpassed my every expectation would be, at best, a colossal understatement.

There was a time, years ago, when any single design decision of mine had the power to drastically change the direction of the project. There was the danger that by even moving ahead on development of one area instead of another, the entire feel of the game, the intent it carried, could be morphed into something else. There was a fine line we needed to stay on, lest we let the project slip and become something other than what we intended. That is no longer the case, and that’s a very good thing. It means that conceptually, the game is complete.

This isn’t to say KSP’s development is complete, however. Far from it. Plans for KSP reach far into the future, and there are enough ideas to keep us all going for years. The console versions are coming up, there are new updates in development, the list goes on. For myself, however, I desperately need to have something new, to create more than one game in my life.

I need to make one thing perfectly clear: development on KSP will continue as always. No features, upgrades, bugfixes or anything of the sort are being discontinued because of my leaving.

This I say with absolute confidence, because I have complete trust in every member of the KSP team, and I know they are fully capable of handling anything that comes their way.

The KSP team deserves more praise than I can give them. This is a band of outstanding people, all brilliant and excellent at what they do, never tiring, never doing anything less than their best. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished together. It’s something I’ll carry with me for ever. I also know beyond any question that KSP would not have become what it is without every single one of them. I am forever grateful and in awe of all the work they put in.

And of course, I must give all my thanks to the founders at Squad, Ezequiel and Adrian, who took this wild leap of faith with me, putting their unconditional trust in me without ever requiring any failsafes or guarantees of success. We all know games are a notoriously risky proposition in the best of times, and they nonetheless extended their full support to me, at a time when none could tell what lay ahead.

Lastly, but most certainly not least, I have to thank every single one of you, the community, our players, kerbalnauts, space enthusiasts, reckless rocket engineers, our friends. All of you, who like us, believed in our weird little game and supported us throughout the years with your ever-inspired ideas, your unparalleled willingness to help, your relentless honesty and your unfailing loyalty. I cannot thank you enough for all of it, and I can only hope I am so lucky to see you again in whatever comes next.

This isn’t goodbye. It’s just farewell for now. In the meantime, however, I hope you all enjoy playing KSP as much as I enjoyed being part of its making.

Signing off,

Felipe Falanghe, aka HarvesteR

Jupiter Ascending & Mad Max - A Question of Narrative Discipline

If you haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet, you need to - it’s frickin’ awesome. While I occasionally rag on WB for screwing up the Jupiter Ascending marketing campaign and deepening the production hell it went through (reshoots! Recuts! Release delays!), it’s very important to remember that WB is an unusually courageous studio when it comes to ‘risky’ pictures. Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road were both very, very risky propositions, yet WB funded and distributed both of them - for that courage, it deserves to be applauded.

Now, I bring up JA and MMFR here because the films have some striking similarities when you look at their broad-strokes. Both films establish strange and bizarre worlds quite distinct from our own. Both films feature all manner of weird and kooky elements (Fury Road serves up a fire-spewing guitar to JA’s royalty-sensing bees). Both films are female-driven sci-fi (irrespective of the marketing and the title, Furiosa is the true lead of MMFR), and I needn’t say how unusual that is.

Nonetheless, perhaps the most striking point of divergence between the films is how they’ve been received - while Jupiter Ascending was (generally speaking) rejected by audiences and derided by critics, Mad Max: Fury Road has been getting excellent word-of-mouth and rave reviews. So, how did Mad Max succeed when Jupiter Ascending failed?

As far as I’m concerned, it’s essentially a question of narrative construction - whereas Mad Max: Fury Road is highly disciplined and contained in terms of its narrative construction, Jupiter Ascending is sprawling and entirely undisciplined. One YouTube reviewer called MMFR a “lean, mean storytelling machine”, and that’s a perfect description - there is absolutely no fat on Fury Road. The narrative is very simple and propulsive, and while the world-building is highly imaginative and well done it all feeds into the narrative - the death cult (”Valhalla!”) bought into by the War Boys is what motivates Nux (Nicholas Hoult’s character) to chase the War Rig across the desert, taking the titular Max with him as a sort of living standard. In this way, MMFR is exceedingly elegant and well-constructed - you always know who wants what and why, and you always understand what’s happening.

Jupiter Ascending basically does the opposite. It’s extremely baggy in terms of its narrative, and many scenes exist to further/deepen the film’s themes, mythology and subtext rather than its story. It’s also heavily episodic - Jupiter Ascending is essentially Jupiter Jones going on a Wizard of Oz-esque adventure where she learns more about herself and ultimately achieves happiness and hope. At its heart, it’s a very small story of personal enrichment - it’s just that that personal growth is fuelled by extraordinary and expansive events that extend far beyond Jupiter herself. Jupiter Ascending also leaves many elements of its story and mythology obscure and unclear. Contrary to MMFR, you don’t always understand who wants what and why - that’s why we’re still discussing what exactly drove the film’s characters months after its release. It’s not that the characters lack motivations - they’re all clearly very motivated indeed - it’s just that we don’t always understand them. It almost requires the viewer to be something of a detective, picking up on scraps of information and finding parallels and connections between them.

I think this is perhaps the main reason why so many people have rejected Jupiter Ascending and act if it’s some kind of abomination - they feel flat-out alienated by it, shut out even, and don’t have the first idea of what it’s trying to do or why. Jupiter Ascending basically gives modern storytelling conventions the middle finger in favour of the fairy-tale ‘rule of three’ and a character arc last gobbled up by audiences in 1939. It also demands a lot of the viewer - you really need to be willing to dig into it (oh, it’s so very tasty!) in order to fully appreciate the film and how incredibly dense its world and mythology are. Most people were too baffled and put off by the storytelling choices to even begin to consider the film on those terms, which is why so many simply dismiss it as a “stupid” film when it’s nothing of the sort (it’s totally goofy and absurd in places, but that’s very different from stupid - the Wachowskis aren’t idiots).

In an ideal world, there would be space for both approaches. So we’d have immaculate and watertight films a la Fury Road and fascinatingly kooky and sprawling films a la Jupiter Ascending. Alas, I don’t think the world’s quite ready for the latter, unfortunately.

Cat’s Trendy Sauna Closes After Only One Week

Despite the rebounding economy, opening a luxury business is still an extremely risky proposition. Leo learned that the hard way after his spa and sauna fell so deep in the red, he was forced to close his doors a mere week after opening to the public.

“He took out a small business loan that was way beyond his reach,” says Melanie Sanders, a former business partner who passed on this venture. “He marketed it as a ‘boutique experience’ for young vacationers, but let’s be honest – it was just the steam coming out of the dishwasher after a hot cycle. No one wants to sit naked in that.” 

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