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less than helpful advice-

aries: “have some patience!” - why should they? aries live many lives in one, they are working off their time, not yours. if you want ‘patience’ go be a nurse at a hospital

taurus: “just try to forget it and move on” - taureans have, as my parents would say, ‘memories like elephants’. they can’t just forget and move on

gemini: “just be yourself!” - yah, but what self? the one i am right now or the one i was 10 minutes ago? what self am i??

cancer: “you’ll feel better if you come out” - no. they won’t. because they are feeling down they will soak up more negative feelings from other people and spend the whole time wishing they were at home in bed.

leo: “you don’t need anyone’s validation” telling a leo they don’t need appreciation is like telling someone they don’t need sunlight. just tell them you love them so they don’t have to ask first..then maybe they’ll stop asking

virgo: “can you just sit down for a second!?” …what and explode in every direction from an over eruption of nervous energy? they’re all ready round up like a wiry string and above everything else going on in their minds you want them to suppress their bodies?

libra: “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” so there is plenty of stinky fish and i can’t find one that wants me? what is wrong with me?! why is it hard for me to catch one then

scorpio: “it’s all in your head” well not validating their pain isn’t going to get them to open up. and no sadness or anger is ‘just in their heads’ it penetrates and emulsifies through their whole bodies

sagittarius: “well you didn’t have to say that!” what, you didn’t want the truth? why did you ask their opinion then? did you want them to lie to you? if your butt looks big in that dress, they consider it in your best interest you know the truth

capricorn: “just try not to worry” not only have capricorns imagined the best case scenario, they have already foreseen the worst. it gives them peace to have an emergency exit planned, unless you want them to be jumpy all day

aquarius: “oh come on, be realistic!” aquarians think forward, sideways, and backwards. if it could be thought, they have though it all. not only are they intimate with reality (fixed/saturn) they are intimate with alternative, other galactic realities (air/uranus)

pisces: “don’t be so easily offended” they probably aren’t offended, it probably hurt. and if it didn’t hurt them, it hurt somebody they are close to them. and that is even more painful -C.

!sOMG, GMOs!

I was asked to elaborate in a less douchey way why I’m so hard on GMO opponents, so I thought I’d write out my entire position on it. This is very, very, very long… but I think it’s a good read.

The discussion in public forms, as currently phrased, is often completely nonsensical. Here’s why:

Genetic Modification is a label describing a collection of tools we can use to change the properties of plants and organisms. We’ve been doing it literally for millennia through hybridization and artificial selection - both of which are essentially educated guesses and a little blind luck.

So at the highest and most abstract level, saying you are against organisms that have been genetically modified doesn’t make any sense. Almost every crop, food, plant, or animal we consume has been modified by hybridization or artificial selection. So clearly a GMO Opponent doesn’t mean the mere *modification* of an organism genetically. After all, I can use hybridization to combine Cotoneaster and Blueberries to create a new, still poisonous berry that can kill you.

So we can step down a bit to the next level of the discussion: Opponents of GMOs obviously mean a *specific kind* of modification - most likely transgenics or RNA Interference (the newest and most accurate types of modification). But since approximately zero GMO opponents I’ve talked to know those words I automatically can tell they don’t know much about the specifics of the practices, at least in an academic sense. In order to understand the technology you *have* to know what those words mean. Sorta like saying “Yeah, I understand how cars work” but I don’t know what the words ‘transmission’ or 'gasoline’ mean.

So, the person should say “I’m an opponent of transgenic gmos” if that’s the case at the very least. But even then, transgenics is just a tool - taking gene A from plant A and put it in plant B to give B plant A’s properties. It’s sorta like being against using a certain kind of combine, or tractor, when farming. RNA Interference is turning on and off a gene already in plant A.

Of course, I have to ask, *why* they’re against that particular tool? I generally assume that either it’s because they feel that the tool (the method of conducting the modification) isn’t well understood (Thus, leading to unpredictable results), or that the *results* of using the tool aren’t well understood or are unsafe. (There certainly may be other answers, but I’ve yet to encounter them)

If the former (they feel the tool isn’t understood) I immediately try to understand their knowledge in the area. Are they aware of how much information exists on gene therapies, modifications? How long the techniques are in practice? Generally not (especially if they don’t know the term transgenic). Most often this 'feeling of unease’ around the *tool* comes from a complete lack of understanding. At the very least, I’m not aware of any evidence that gene transfer is outside of our understanding. (Please correct me if I’m wrong) or that the results of doing so are unstable.

Generally though, it’s the later: The results are unsafe. Well, they can be. A scientist could lace a gene that produces cyanide into a cucumber and produce deadly cucumbers if they so chose to. But, that cucumber couldn’t and wouldn’t pass any of the independent (or not independent!) testing that takes place. But even still, if a transgenics opponent thinks the *results* of a transfer are unsafe… which one? Each GMO crop is different, and simply because the same *tool* is used in a different set of crops doesn’t mean the different crops share the same properties or safety concerns. Case in point, the same equipment that tills the soil for tobacco is used for soy or corn. Just because tobacco is unsafe to consume doesn’t mean the same is true for the other crops that also use the same tool in the production process. 

So, even if a new, peer reviewed study came out that a particular type of Bt Corn caused issues - they’d recall the corn in a heart beat (Please see the Starlink Corn Recall - the creators spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the off chance there MIGHT be an allergic reaction, which there wasn’t) but that doesn’t mean anything about the *tool* used to make the corn, it only tells us about the gene that was transferred using the tool.

TL;DR
A person would need to be against modification on the whole (which they can’t be since nearly everything is modified by one process or the other), via a particular modification technique (which they would need to be able to identify, preferably using the correct name, the specific technique), and then either describe the problem with the technique (Which I’ve yet to see done in a GMO discussion) or the problem with the *result* of the technique, which would be specific to a particular plant or gene (which they would also need to be able to identify).
And if that plant had an issue, we’d be able to find it and recall the plant, but would certainly not testify to the safety of any other plant.

When I talk to most GMO Opponents, in general I get the sense they just, kinda don’t like the idea of genetically modified food, and the unease makes them fight against it. And *that* is what I mock whenever possible. 


———

I would (and have in the past!) take a GMO opponent seriously if they said:
 
“I’m against GMO plant bt Corn, because the xymz gene can cause slightly higher rates of kidney activity. Here’s an article showing the correlation, and here’s reviews of the article”

Or

“The introduction of glyphosate resistance has increased the use of glyphosate, which is worse from the environment than the organic pesticide blah blah. Here’s an article describing the differences between the two. That’s why I’m against GMOs that have the round up gene”

etc.

I’m glad to say I’ve had conversations like that before (and they’ve always resulted in me doing hours of reading), but they are very, very, very rare.


The other criticisms (generally of a vast global agriculture industry conspiracy involving every government, scientist, safety agency, research firm, and independent safety testing lab) or that the whole agriculture industry is garbage for this or that reason are red herrings and unrelated to the actual issue of GMO safety. 

First lesson after test and we went back to The Corner. Fucking nailed it this time!
The reason I’d never done this corner on previous lessons? Because it’s always jammed up with parked cars! It was a goddamn fluke that it was clear on my test!!!

Cheeky Nandos translation for the kiwi bros

Yeah nah, bro, it’s when you’re doing nothing much at the flat with your mates -  on the piss getting completely shit-faced and it’s mean as. Jono’s munted and Jim’s knackered so you round up the cuzzies ready to grab some fish n chips but Matt’s all “nah bro” throwing a hissy fit ‘coz the nearest dairy’s out in the wop-wops and his last paua fritter was real dodgy. Then Vinnie and TK rock on up and they’ve got room in the boot (choice!), so you get your a into g and head full tit down to nandos for some sweet as kai. The place is chocka but you’re good as gold. 

less than helpful advice-

aries: “have some patience!” - why should they? aries live many lives in one, they are working off their time, not yours. if you want ‘patience’ go be a nurse at a hospital
taurus: “just try to forget it and move on” - taureans have, as my parents would say, ‘memories like elephants’. they can’t just forget and move on
gemini: “just be yourself!” - yah, but what self? the one i am right now or the one i was 10 minutes ago? what self am i??
cancer: “you’ll feel better if you come out” - no. they won’t. because they are feeling down they will soak up more negative feelings from other people and spend the whole time wishing they were at home in bed.
leo: “you don’t need anyone’s validation” telling a leo they don’t need appreciation is like telling someone they don’t need sunlight. just tell them you love them so they don’t have to ask first..then maybe they’ll stop asking
virgo: “can you just sit down for a second!?” …what and explode in every direction from an over eruption of nervous energy? they’re all ready round up like a wiry string and above everything else going on in their minds you want them to suppress their bodies?
libra: “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” so there is plenty of stinky fish and i can’t find one that wants me? what is wrong with me?! why is it hard for me to catch one then
scorpio: “it’s all in your head” well not validating their pain isn’t going to get them to open up. and no sadness or anger is ‘just in their heads’ it penetrates and emulsifies through their whole bodies
sagittarius: “well you didn’t have to say that!” what, you didn’t want the truth? why did you ask their opinion then? did you want them to lie to you? if your butt looks big in that dress, they consider it in your best interest you know the truth
capricorn: “just try not to worry” not only have capricorns imagined the best case scenario, they have already foreseen the worst. it gives them peace to have an emergency exit planned, unless you want them to be jumpy all day
aquarius: “oh come on, be realistic!” aquarians think forward, sideways, and backwards. if it could be thought, they have though it all. not only are they intimate with reality (fixed/saturn) they are intimate with alternative, other galactic realities (air/uranus)
pisces: “don’t be so easily offended” they probably aren’t offended, it probably hurt. and if it didn’t hurt them, it hurt somebody they are close to them. and that is even more painful
-C.

What’s Gotten Into Your Head? (Pietro Maximoff x reader)

Requests:  1.  Can you do a pietro x reader where you’re a vigilante with powerful telekinetic powers that you use to save him in the Battle of Ultron but you fall off the grid afterwards and he wants to find you to thank you and admit his feelings pretty please 

2. Hiya! I love your writing style and was wondering if you could do a pietro x reader where somehow pietro and wanda’s powers gets switched and he ends up reading the readers mind and finding out the reader has a crush on him?

The city is flying.  We’re fighting an army of robots.  And I have a bow and arrow, none of this makes sense.

Well, that gave you no more insight into what was happening in your city than you had before.  You saw the man with Wanda Maximoff, but you weren’t sure if she was on their side or not, so you moved along, doing your best to hold your own against the robots that had taken over.  He was the first of the Avengers that you had seen in person, and you really weren’t in any hurry to find any of the others.

The faceless robots were coming from everywhere all at once and it was draining your powers to keep them away.  Your telekinesis was strong, but not without its limits; with each robot that you pushed away or threw to the side, two more would appear.  It was time to find a place to hide and regroup, but that was when you heard the call to run for rescue boats.

“(Y/N), what are you still doing here?  Get to one of the boats!  We can handle this!” Pietro yelled to you as you ran to his side, keeping your eyes open for sign of attack.  

“I thought you could maybe use some help,” you grunted, forcing several robots back to shatter against a wall.  “You know, you guys make it hard for me to protect my city with all of these tin men floating around.  I’m just one person, remember?”

“That’s not fair, (Y/N), you chose that life.  You’re the one who likes the danger, so this should be all fun and games for you, no?”

“No.”  You glanced to your side to see a group of Avengers completing the round-up of citizens and ready to depart.  “We best get over there if we want to catch our ride.”

Pietro grabbed your arm and was about to pick you up to run when he stopped and looked to his right, seeing one of his teammates about to be showered with bullets from above.  He glanced back at you and ran.  “Pietro, stop!” you hollered behind him, and raised your hands to stop the ammunition from hitting them.  You held that position as long as you could, waiting until each one of them had cleared away before letting go.  

You could feel yourself almost completely drained as you dropped to the ground, gasping to catch your breath.  The muscles in your arms were shaking and tightening, making you wince in pain with each movement.  You looked up just in time to see one of Pietro’s teammates coming towards you; it was the same one that you had seen with Wanda.  Before he could reach you, you forced yourself up and ran to one of the rescue boats to hide yourself away until you were safe.

~~~

“(Y/N).  Her name is (Y/N).  She came aboard just moments before we left,” Pietro said anxiously, searching everywhere for you on the helicarrier that he had access to.  “Are you certain that there’s no one here by that name?”

“I’m sorry, sir.  I don’t have anyone on the list.”

“Hey, Maximoff, you find her?”  Clint asked, stepping up to his side and grabbing the tablet away from the agent before he could argue.  “We’re sure she made it out, right?”

Pietro rested his hands on his hips, sighing in defeat as he looked around the room.  You had always been a master at hiding yourself if you didn’t want to be seen, and he was beginning to give up hope of finding you at all.  “I’m sure. She just doesn’t want us to find her, that’s all.  So we won’t.”

~~~

Once the team had returned to the tower, Steve was anxious to gather them together to talk about the battle, and to discuss how to move the team forward.  It had been traumatic enough, and they were still unable to locate Bruce.  The Captain had been talking for nearly an hour, but Pietro had heard none of it, his mind still on how he was going to find you.

“Pietro?”

“Hey, Maximoff?”

“Can someone give him a slap on the back of the head?”  Steve was getting more and more annoyed with each attempt to get Pietro’s attention. He picked up a pen from the table and threw it, striking the Sokovian on his chest, finally gaining his focus on the task at hand.

“Thanks for joining us. Is there something going on that you would like to share with everyone?”

Pietro’s head snapped up and looked at the group around him, all smiling and laughing quietly.  He shook his head and turned to look out the window again, unable to get his own mind to cooperate and focus on the job. “I still have had no luck on finding (Y/N).  I’m sorry, Captain, but I need to work on this.”

“Why is this so important to you?” Steve asked.  “If she doesn’t want to be found, why are you still pushing it?”  

“Because she saved me and I want to repay her.”  Pietro turned back to Steve and leaned forward on the table, his expression becoming stern, “actually, she saved you too, Captain.  She saved all our asses and you should be as eager to find her as I am.”

“Okay, listen-“

Steve’s words were interrupted by a loud clap of thunder and a vibration felt throughout the building. Several flashes of lightning illuminated the room, followed by more rumbling from the sky.  He moved to the window and pulled the shade up as rain began to pour and cloud his vision of the streets below.  Another flash of light lit the room, but this time it caught Pietro’s attention, bringing him to stand next to Steve.

“Did you see that?”

“Yeah, it was lightning.”

“No, this was different,” he put his hands to the glass and looked between them to try to see down to the street.  His vision was too blurred so he ran to the entrance of the building and waited.  He stood in place for several minutes, wondering if his idea were true; that if the flash of light that caught his eye was actually you trying to get his attention.  He stood at the door, watching and waiting until you finally showed yourself.

“Well, come in already,” he laughed, “you’re going to make yourself sick, you’re soaking wet.”

“I don’t have anywhere that I belong in this city that you’ve stranded me in, Pietro.  This was the only place that I could think to go.”

“Perhaps if you hadn’t been hiding from us, you would have been released in Sokovia like the others.” He reached out and took your hand to lead you in, but he stopped abruptly with his eyes wide and fast breaths. “What the hell?”  Pietro released your hand quickly, as if the contact with you was burning his skin.

“What?  What’s wrong?”

He opened his mouth to answer, but was interrupted when Wanda suddenly appeared before him, a trail of light following her frame as she sped to a halt.

“Brother, we have a problem.”

~~~

“Okay, but why do you all assume that this was because of me?  I was only trying to get Pietro’s attention, and I don’t have this kind of power in the first place.  I’m just a telekinetic.”

“Well there was something in that flash you created,” Tony began, focusing intently on the bank of screens in front of him.  “Somehow you created a way for the twins to transfer and exchange their powers with each other, and I have no idea how to switch it back.  Do you?”

You were beginning to feel very nervous and a bit surrounded, sitting on an exam table in the lab as they watched over you.  “Like I just said, Mr. Stark, I have no idea how it happened, so I really can’t offer you any help.”

“Well, speedster, it looks like you got what you wanted.  You found her,” Steve said, exiting the room, turning before he was fully gone, “now figure out how to fix what she did.”

“I told you-“

“It’s okay.  We’ll figure it out,” Pietro said calmly, taking a seat on the table next to you.  “I’ve often wondered what is was like for Wanda, being able to read people. Now I know.”

“You know?”  Your heart began to race, wondering if he had been in contact long enough to know why you were really there.  Did he read you long enough to know how you felt about him, and that you had been looking for him as much as he had been looking for you?

His feet began to swing a bit over the edge of the table, looking almost childlike in his nervousness. You couldn’t help but think of how cute it was.  “Yep,” he whispered, with a subtle pop in the ‘p’ sound of his word.  “Don’t feel any embarrassment, (Y/N).  I…I feel…the same.  And, I need to thank you for what you did, during the battle.  You saved me.  You saved us.”

“Wait, you feel the same? Did I hear you correctly?”

“There was never a good time, back home, and now I don’t want to miss the chance to tell you again.”

“Okay you two,” Tony said as he burst out from behind his computer, “here’s what’s gonna happen. (Y/N), I want you to stay here, and I want one twin on each side of the room.  The first step in solving a problem is replication.  Let’s just see what happens if you do the same thing that started it all.  Maybe we’ll get lucky.”

Pietro jumped down from the table and turned to you with a wink and a mischievous smirk.  “Yes,” he whispered, “maybe we’ll get lucky.” 

“Stop it,” you scolded under your breath, waiting for the two to take their positions on either side of you.  Tony walked out and stood just beyond the door, watching with an expression full of anticipation and excitement for an experiment to be played out before him.  

“Just do whatever you did before,” he said through the intercom.  “Make that flashy-light-thing that you did.”  The group standing outside covered their eyes; once you saw Pietro and Wanda covering theirs, you clapped your hands together and filled the room with a blinding light.  Once it dissipated everyone uncovered their eyes and looked to the twins anxiously.

“Guys?  Did it work?”

Pietro answered wordlessly, appearing next to you in a flash for a kiss that left you speechless and breathless, rushing away again before you could even process what had happened.

“Yeah,” you gasped, “that worked.”

My Dirty Girl: A Harry Styles One Shot

This was a request from someone asking for a one shot about sucking Harry’s dick so here it is! This is all just smut so I’m gonna put the rest under the break :D

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