round pegs in the square holes

Adding to canon is not the same thing as destroying canon

At San Diego Comic Con, we learned that Sonequa Martin-Green’s character, Michael Burnham, is Sarek’s adoptive daughter. The second I heard the news, all I could think was, “Let the hate begin.” And boy, did it ever.

I understand the disappointment, particularly with fan fic writers who invested a lot of time and effort into crafting stories that fit neatly into canon. Amazing how one sound bite can bulldoze right through decades of widely accepted fanon, huh?

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10 Contradicting Things About INFPs

The INFP personality type can feel like a walking paradox. Why is this? Well, it’s because the INFP’s cognitive functions often contradict each other. For instance, although INFPs are Perceivers (which means they prefer an adaptable lifestyle), they lead with a Judging function, Introverted Feeling (which is concerned with establishing order). Likewise, it’s not uncommon for INFPs to have strong beliefs and opinions and yet be indecisive when it comes to making everyday choices. Here are 10 more contradicting things about INFPs.

1. INFPs want to help others yet they resist human contact. INFPs are true idealists who want to make the world a better and more compassionate place. They are highly empathetic individuals who have the capacity for deep caring. Although they are very interested in helping others, they can also be extremely reserved and private. As introverts, they need a lot of alone time to recharge, as social interactions can be draining.

2.  They’re both curious and shy. INFPs have a strong Extroverted Intuition (Ne) function which makes them enjoy exploring new ideas and possibilities. They are very curious when it comes to learning about the world, including learning about human nature and different cultures. However, at the same time, they can be shy and hesitant to open themselves up to people who they aren’t familiar with. This is because INFPs are conscientious, need time to reflect, and do not like to engage in shallow conversations. They take their encounters quite personally and are highly sensitive, so they may be wary about letting just anyone into their lives.

3.  INFPs can be extremely determined or apathetic. INFPs seem to run on an on-off switch. They can either be extremely obsessive about something or completely indifferent. That’s because Fi is their primary driver, so they are motivated by what feels right. So, if an INFP comes across something that excites them, they can become extremely passionate, even neglecting basic needs such as sleep in their pursuit. Conversely, it can be very difficult for INFPs to find any motivation to finish a task or partake in a discussion if it doesn’t spark their interest.

4. They can be easygoing or stubborn. INFPs are generally easygoing and flexible, especially when it comes to making everyday decisions. They also like to entertain different ideas and possibilities, thanks to their auxiliary Ne function, and are open to looking at things from many perspectives. However, INFPs have strong personal values due to their Fi and are reluctant to compromise them. They stand their ground and do not easily surrender in the face of adversity. For instance, INFPs believe in staying true to themselves so they resist giving up their individuality and values in order to conform, be part of a clique, and/or please others. They might get bullied for choosing to be a square peg in a round hole, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. INFPs are perfectionists but can also be negligent. INFPs have high standards for themselves and their work, and they can become perfectionists. For instance, they might reread an email several times before hitting send. At the same time, as Intuitives, INFPs prefer to focus on the big picture rather than spend time working out the details of something. Likewise, sometimes they get lost in their own idealism and neglect more practical matters.

6.  They’re unconventional and quirky, but also traditional. INFPs are highly individualistic people who break free from the status quo. They choose their own unique pathway rather than doing what society expects of them. At the same time, INFPs can be traditional due to their strong values and sense of nostalgia. They are extremely loyal and have clear beliefs about right and wrong. They also attach meaning to things from the past because of their Introverted Sensing (Si) function, so it’s not unusual for INFPs to hold on to childhood toys, treasured collections, or family memorabilia.

7. INFPs want to be autonomous and free, but also have stability and order. INFPs value autonomy and prefer to do things freely without any impediments. They like to be creative, expressive, and explore new things without being burdened by repetitive tasks and strict orders. However, at the same time, they are drawn to their inferior Extroverted Thinking (Te) function and desire some sort of stability and structure in their lives—or else things may get a little too chaotic. INFPs may find their life to be quite disorganized when they are being carried away by their imagination; they need something to ground them in reality.

8. They feel happy and sad at the same time. INFPs feel deeply and experience a wide breadth of emotions. They can vividly recreate experiences and feelings through their imagination. They may even experience several emotions simultaneously, such as feeling both pleasant and melancholy.

9.  INFPs want the ideal partner, but may find themselves drawn to toxic relationships. When it comes to relationships, INFPs may find themselves falling into one of two traps: they struggle to find their princess or prince charming, or end up in a toxic relationship. Because they are highly idealistic, INFPs may have unrealistic expectations when it comes to dating. At the same time, they are crusaders who want to save others. In doing so, INFPs may end up in an unhealthy relationship, attracting narcissists and other toxic individuals who take advantage of their unconditional empathy.

10. They are both children and old souls. INFPs can sometimes seem childlike because they tend to be optimistic and can see life through rose-colored glasses. In spite of their whimsical and free-spirited nature, INFPs are also old souls; they experience emotions intensely, have high levels of empathy, and can see many possibilities in a given situation. With these gifts come incredible insight, depth, and wisdom.

I really wish Dragon Age fans would understand that “Moral Greyness” can be JUST as contrived and convoluted as regular “Black and White” and “Happy Ending.”

Just look at the Mage/Templar Conflict. The devs have tried their darnedest across three and a half games to present the conflict as 100% balanced with both sides equally sympathetic, and they’ve failed each time. The devs have said they felt they made the mages look “too sympathetic” in the first game. For the second game they realized too late that making the player character come from a family of apostates and have two mage companions but no Templars made Templars look bad; and they fully admitted that Leandra getting killed by a crazy blood mage serial killer was an attempt to vindicate a pro-Templar playthrough. DAI? Well, we all know about THAT… (Retconning the Dalish to have a “three mages max” rule just to make Circles look better by comparison?) All to make a flimsy, “See? Both sides are equally flawed” argument that’s as sturdy as cardboard; blow on it, and it falls over.

Just look at The Masked Empire verses Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts. In the book, the human nobles are all completely despicable, racist, genocidal asses, while Briala (and Felassan to a lesser extent) is the most sympathetic and likable character. Briala is a straight-up hero who struggles to help her people despite knowing they won’t thank her for it, and being shit on by everyone she meets right and left.

In DAI, the devs flat-out hid the many crimes and character flaws of Celene and Gaspard, and hid many of the virtues and character strengths of Briala. Why? To create a flimsy and false “All three choices are equally morally gray!” so-called “choice.”

Just look at the Qunari. You can tell the devs have been trying their damnedest from game one to depict Qunari culture as rather alien and incomprehensible to outsiders and vice-versa, but still a good system with its balances of virtues and flaws like any other. And it never works.

And any time players complain about an aspect of their culture, they try to fix it next game. Sten said “women don’t fight”? In DA2 they’re like, “JK! Since the Priesthood allows both genders, we just made up this secret spy division of the Ben’Hassrath that allows female assassins. Please love our Qunari.“ When that didn’t work, in DAI they went overtime trying to make Iron Bull THE most likable character they could, then had him lend his charisma to explain away Qunari societal faults. Plus the whole “transgender acceptance” and “free love” and “Tamassran are still like family” thing, and the sudden, “Oh, the Qunari don’t REALLY keep women from fighting. If a woman is discovered to be good in combat, they just decide he’s a man who happens to look like a woman and let “him” fight. Please love our Qunari!”

And it’s NEVER WORKED. I mean, some small minority of weirdos like Qunari despite their flaws (myself included), but MOST players just find these flimsy attempts at “MORAL GREYNESS!!!” to be just that: flimsy.

So whenever I talk about a plot hole or character failing in the series, I’m so sick to death of seeing that go-to, knee-jerk, catch-all “moral grayness” excuse.

Yes. Sometimes, when written well, a morally grey conflict can be very engaging. But sometimes some characters or divisions naturally come across as more sympathetic than another. I’m not saying “one side is innocent and perfect and other other guilty and evil,” but sometimes one side comes across as a lighter shade of grey than another; it happens. If the devs would just embrace that and run with it and tell emotionally engaging stories, instead of spending so much time and energy trying to constantly backpedal or force a square peg in a round hole just for the sake of that original vision that just isn’t coming through.

- You can’t make a conflict where one heavily tyrannical and abusive faction holds complete power over another as a perfectly 50/50 “morally grey conflict” where “both sides are equally at fault.”

- You can’t take the freedom-fighting victim of horrific systematic abuse by two perpetrators of that horrific system and try to act like she’s “just as bad” or “on the same footing” as those abusers.

You can’t take a culture that thrives on robbing individuality, stripping free will, brainwashing resisters, and severely limiting the roles of its citizens based on their gender, magical ability, etc. and expect our modern freedom- and individuality-loving society to find them anything but restrictive and tyrannical.

“Moral Grey” can be just as CONTRIVED as any attempt at “black and white” or “happily-ever-after.” Because they’re still trying to force something that doesn’t fit.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
—  Rob Siltanen
Are you kidding me about Trump?

He fires the FBI Director who is the lead investigator in the Trump Russia scandal, WITHOUT a sufficient explanation (is this even legal while hes being investigated?).

He fires a US attorney while he was in the process of investigating both people in Trump’s cabinet AND a bank for money laundering that is closely related to Trump.  

He fires the acting attorney general just DAYS after warning them that the national security adviser could potentially be blackmailed by another country. 

Are you kidding me?? To non- Americans like myself, your country is trying to put a square peg in a round hole by acting that this isn’t extremely suspicious! 

honestly starscream is one of my favorite characters in the post-war IDW stories because he’s a fun twist on the fanfictiony old trope of “oh but he’s REALLY a good guy at heart”

see, Starscream got proclaimed to be “The Chosen One” by what is essentially a gigantic city-sized Transformer Apostle and all of the super-religious non-combatant cybertronians elected him to be President of Cybertron

so Starscream, the one Decepticon that loved being a conniving murderer more than any other Decepticon, is suddenly thrust in to a position of power where he has to straighten up and do what’s good for his people

except he fucking sucks at it

he’s trying to be a good person but it’s like fitting a square peg in to a round hole. he is so thoroughly an asshole that he struggles at making even the most basic of “right” decisions.

so basically he goes about his usual Starcreamy business doing shit like hiring robot brain doctors to modify the minds of people that want to cause civil unrest and being like “haha, well, it’s for the greater good, so it’s okay” and then he goes back to his office alone and immediately starts shitting his robot pants like “OH GOD THAT WAS THE WRONG THING TO DO WASN’T IT. FUCK FUCK I AM SO BAD AT BEING A GOOD PERSON. GOD CHRIST I AM SO BAD AT BEING A LEADER WHY DID I WANT THIS SO BAD”

it’s a lot of fun

One of the great ways you can tell whether or not you are converted is this: Are you so satisfied with the things of this world that you don’t need Jesus, except for that little thing you do on Sunday?

You’re so filled with the world, with it’s activities, with its things, its ideas, its dreams, its visions, its purposes that you don’t need to be satisfied in Christ. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who recognize the temporal nature of this world and hunger and thirst for God, for God’s kingdom, and greater conformity to His will.”


I would put it this way. Blessed are those who recognize that this is not their home. That they are strangers, and they are pilgrims, and they are outcasts, and their like – if they try to fit into this world they’re like trying to stick a square peg in a round hole. They just don’t fit. Blessed are the misfits.

—  Paul Washer
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
—  Rob Siltanen

“Holtzbert Wicked AU” just flitted through my synapses and I had so many conflicting emotions about it thAT I HAD TO SIT DOWN 💦

a small rant

I love Magic. It has been a part of my life since 1994 and a serious part of it since 2009.

And yet I feel out of place here in the tumblr Magic community.

When I started the magicjudge blog, I did it to fill a hole, to serve a need, to help a fledgling community grow. It still fills that hole and serves that need, but I don’t know that I help the community here grow any longer. 

In the past few months, my follower numbers have stagnated, my inbox has slowed down between spoiler seasons. Even during spoiler seasons, there are fewer and less varied questions.

I have been here for years now and watched the Magic community on tumblr grow and thrive and find its voice. Find its focus. Find its direction. That voice doesn’t speak to me. That focus doesn’t fall near me. That direction is away from me.

I am not a Vorthos. While I enjoy the flavor of the game, it’s not my focus. I don’t make an effort to stay up to date with it. I don’t feel the thrill that I see other people feeling when a new story or world guide or podcast is released. I wish I could feel that way about these things, but I don’t.

I am a tournament player and a judge. I enjoy the game when it is being played. When I am playing it. When I am judging it. I enjoy succeeding at it. I enjoy brainstorming and tweaking decks, playing matches, considering sideboard options. I enjoy the rules and policy of the game. I enjoy seeing people come together for organized competition. I don’t see others with these interests in our community. Where are the players? The brewers? Where are the decklists? Yes, I can find all of those on twitter or facebook or various sites, but why aren’t they here? Surely I’m not alone here?

In short, I’m just frustrated. I feel like a square peg trying too hard to fit into a round hole here. I feel like I’m speaking to a community that speaks a different language and plays a different game. I feel like no matter how much effort I put in here, I’m never going to fit in comfortably. (Maybe it’s because of my age? I’m not young anymore. I barely qualify as a millenial.)

Anyway, there’s no point to this rant other than to vent a bit. I’m not leaving tumblr or getting rid of any of my blogs. I just… I don’t know…

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Darren Criss & Brother Chuck Talk New, 'Unapologetically Fun' Alt-Pop Project, Computer Games

Darren Criss was always destined to make a career out of music. He studied the violin from age 5 well into his teenage years, picking up other instruments along the way, while also pursuing a love for musical theater. But he credits his own musical endeavors to the environment in which he grew up – particularly his older brother, Chuck, who brought other musical interests to the table especially when they were in high school.

“Music has always been the backbone of our relationship and our household,” Darren tells Billboard. “We both had a voracious appetite for music, but I think high school is when we started playing together and being to communicate on a level that changed everything. I think the kind of music we played is probably loud garage rock, because we were just playing in the basement.”

Once they graduated, though, the Criss brothers decided to take their own paths. Darren independently released a solo EP, Human, in July 2010, just months before debuting in his breakthrough role as dreamy choir head Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee, while Chuck found a home in New York City and became a founding member of indie-rock fivesome Freelance Whales.

With Glee seeing its end in 2015 and Freelance Whales’ most recent album hailing from 2012, both Criss brothers were itching to do something new musically – so they thought, why not relive the days of the brotherly collaborations? And come March 8, 2017, behold, the Criss alt-pop project Computer Games.

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“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

i don’t know how you do it but your presence makes my mind go blank. i’m so used to always thinking thinking t h i n k i n g about this and that and all my thoughts are round pegs paired with square holes but with you it all just stops.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people, who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
—  Steve Jobs

I’ll tell you what I wish someone had told me when I was feeling confused and alienated.

I wish someone had told me that there wasn’t something wrong with me and that I shouldn’t be trying to make it right; that I should stop trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

I wish someone had told me that I wasn’t like everyone else not because I was defective, but because I was designed for other things.

Being different might seem like a curse, but the important part is that it’s also a blessing. I wish someone had told me to stop trying to fix the curse part and start figuring out the blessing part.

—  Jed McKenna

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes — The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules — you can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things — They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

anonymous asked:

Kubo said he left out a few thing due to his illness or maybe editors rushing but they are still a hintes in bleach to untold mysteries one is inoue orihime and connection to royal family so it's no surprise her husband ichigo is also a nobel conect to royal realm. if only kubo had time to tell all story like he wanted but at least the ending is exactly like he envisioned starcrossed lovers unite in matrimony with beutiful kid.i recommed you read tanabata folklore to clear misinterpretation

[…] a few thing (sic)

“A few things.”

A few.  

Things.

A FEW.  

if only kubo had time to tell all story like he wanted but at least the ending is exactly like he envisioned starcrossed lovers unite in matrimony

i recommed you read tanabata folklore to clear misinterpretation 

You mean the legend of the Weaver Princess and the Cowherd?  Oh, I’m well-acquainted with it.  Are you?  Because the story has literally zero resemblance to that of Orihime and Ichigo.  I understand that you based this whole ‘star-crossed’ thing on that very legend, but Orihime and Ichigo are not in any way star-crossed.  

If they were, they never would’ve stayed together, because that’s what star-crossed implies.

You know, like Tanabata!Orihime and Hikoboshi, who actually are star-crossed and are only ever allowed to meet once a year.

Also, fun fact: Kubo did not name Orihime after the Tanabata princess.  You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s a link to all of his interviews. Look for the MASKED one from 2010 (emphasis mine):

Q: The characters in the World of the Living have rather ordinary names like Kurosaki and Ishida.
Kubo: I thought I`d give them normal names, but I wanted one part of their names to have an impact. It`s all about how it sounds or how it looks. I wanted a hook somewhere in their names. Ichigo is an unusual name for a boy. Orihime also has the word hime [princess] in her name so that might make you go “hmm?” Yasutora has tora [tiger] in his name. I also wanted one kanji in their names with a lot of stroke counts. (LOL) It just looks better from a design perspective when the characters` names are all lined up.

Naming her Orihime was a stylistic choice.

Also also, y’all think you’re being so clever and subtle when you try to justify Kubo dropping the ball on Ichigo’s Shiba heritage, as if it didn’t matter from a ~*narrative*~ standpoint, when you couldn’t be more transparent.  You may not understand why I wanted this to be explained in the manga, but I, on the other hand, understand perfectly why you didn’t.

The reason you breathed a sigh of relief when Kubo didn’t elaborate on Ichigo’s Shiba family, is that it just might reinforce the idea that Ichigo belongs in Soul Society by blood.  Because the theme of a fallen clan/family being redeemed by a ‘long lost heir’ is a little too classic and celebrated in fiction.

But hey, if you persist enough, you can even shove a square peg into a round hole, like, say, link Ichigo’s heritage to a debunked theory about Orihime.

Because the so-called connection to the Royal Realm? Nice enough theory with plenty of promise, but then it was revealed that the Soul King wasn’t what people expected (ie a parallel to Tentei, the sky king in the Tanabata lore you recced).  Instead, he turned out ot be simply a tool created to serve a purpose and not an actual king, so the theory fell apart.

The shape of Orihime’s Shun Shun Rikka was seen as a pretty massive clue in favor of a connection to Yhwach and the Royal Family, but here’s the thing: not only does Yhwach have zero resemblance to the fictional Tentei, the six-pointed star symbol of the Schutzstaffel is a nazi symbol.  Because if there’s one parallel Kubo did intentionally create, it’s the one between the Nazis and the Wandenreich.  The shape of Orihime’s pin is an unintentional similarity.

I recommend you read some world history to clear up misinterpretations :)  

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else do you look at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
—  Jack Kerouac (via: astro-zombiies)

I’ve been thinking a lot about how Lucifer will get past the Chloe/miracle revelation. I’ve read around and some people think that the only way is for Chloe’s purpose to be made clear by God or otherwise. But I disagree because I don’t think that’s the problem.

Obviously his Dad could explain things what with Him being the builder of this ship, but that situation would probably cause more damage because much of the reason for his reaction is his distrust of his Father and His plan. All of this is understandable considering Lucifer’s history, which is compounded by his own low self efficacy and intimacy and trust issues which again stem from his family.

But those emotional issues are only part of the problem. Lucifer is still a novice when it comes to human emotion. In 2x15 he was reading a children’s book and he wasn’t getting it. And he didn’t actually learn that episode’s lesson: that feelings can’t be controlled. They are natural occurrences in humans based on genetics, social training, and internal and external stimuli. They cannot be manufactured from outside the person. A person can fake an emotion, even ‘feel’ it, but not without that person being aware on some level that they are not ‘real’. Lucifer is confusing actual emotions (involuntary) with choice (voluntary).

There’s also Chloe. No matter how much he says that he trusts her, on some level he doesn’t. Lucifer is obsessed with control. If something doesn’t fit in his little box he freaks out. Chloe has always been the square peg for his round hole he’s always had for humanity, so there has always been a certain amount of suspicion towards her. The fact that he loves her makes it worse because he doesn’t understand how she makes him feel the way he does. He’s never felt that before Chloe. He’s lost control in so many ways with her that her love for him boggles his mind to the point where her being manipulated is more logical than it being genuine affection. I mean at first he was upset that maybe she was in on it. If that doesn’t scream mistrust, I don’t know what does. His immediate and stubborn assumption that her feelings aren’t real is saying essentially that he doesn’t trust her to express her true emotions, which she has always (2x15 and on not withstanding), and that she would willingly hurt him (would never happen, but not the first time he’s thought this!).

Even when Amenadiel sets him straight, he still doesn’t trust her to experience her own feelings/be her own person. Don’t forget that every celestial character believes that she only exists for him. To them she wasn’t supposed to exist until God decided to interfere with Lucifer’s life some more. Both that sentiment and his lack of trust will be huge points of contention when she learns the truth. (And I cannot wait for that fight! Chloe will kick his perfect behind!)

In order for them to get past this ridiculousness Chloe needs to know the truth so she can give her input, but also Lucifer needs to learn more about human emotion and human purpose, and he needs to, frankly, take a leap with Chloe by completely trusting her.

If they learn her true purpose, awesome! I want to learn more about her anyway. But that by itself, in my opinion, would be a bandaid over some serious emotional and relational issues.

In other words, the healing of their relationship will be long and hard, but so worth it for the wonderful character development and for their relationship to become even stronger!!