rule of the universe

The apocalypse, a pair of neanderthal-like twins, and an army of miniaturized Chinese soldiers on Mars. These are subjects of Kurt Vonnegut’s 8th novel, Slapstick, which uses a dystopian wasteland as the backdrop for Vonnegut’s plea for basic human kindness. A slew of insane sci-fi elements provide the rules for this universe: gravity comes and goes like the weather, all citizens are assigned a random name and number for their middle name and the twins that serve as the protagonists of our story become geniuses the closer in proximity they become. Vonnegut uses these elements to explore dark themes like incest, drug addiction, the afterlife and human decency.

So join Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim as they dissect these themes, the plot and the famously terrible film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick.

Vonnegut Predicted The Apocalyptic Loneliness Of Modern Life

Character Challenge!

I Challenge you guys, to tell a character story using the first picks! 
As I love rules so:
#1 Has to be inside de Inheritance Universe (of course) 
#2 Has to be the honest first pick!
This a fun and creative challenge, so I hope you all jump in! Don’t be affraid of posting your story. 

Your Race:

Your Weapon:

Your Affiliation:

Your Dragon:

You can subimit me your character or send me via inbox. 

anonymous asked:

Necromancery Anon here! Two things: What is the greatest hypothetical size of the Mystery Shack once it starts to grow sentient and grow larger, and something slightly more crackish, if some of the core rules of the universe are that the house never loses, and neither does Mabel, what happens when Mabel plays against the house?

1. Mod S imagines that outwardly, the Shack doesn’t change overmuch size wise, outside of gaining an extra back room and a room tacked onto the roof completely in the face of any and all building codes. 

Inside  on the other hand well… If the Shack likes you, you only get lost sometimes. If you try and hurt the people inside, the Shack will swallow you whole

(it big)

2. Look, I for one don’t want the universe to implode and neither does the universe, so we just keep Mabel away from games of chance with cosmic entities.

The Cis: there are only two genders! read a 5th grade biology text book!

scientists: actually both sex and gender exist on a spectrum and as a rule almost nothing in the universe is binary

The Cis:

Quotes from celebrities with your moon sign

Aries: Salvador Dalí: “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”

Taurus: Mother Teresa: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Gemini: Sigmund Freud: "Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions.”

Cancer: Isaac Newton: "To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”

Leo: Mahatma Gandhi: "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”

Virgo: Stephen Hawking: "One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”

Libra: William Shakespeare: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Scorpio: Nelson Mandela: "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

Sagittarius: Albert Einstein: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Capricorn: Ernest Hemingway: "The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”

Aquarius: Voltaire: "The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”

Pisces: Leonardo DaVinci: "Why does the eye see more clearly when asleep than the imagination when awake?”

I think it’s so funny that people legitimately believe that somehow their liberal arts university or art school represents the core of what it means to be lgbt, to be queer, and that they legitimately give a decent window into the needs psyche & beliefs of ~the community~ as a whole.

Like, you need to acknowledge that you’re predominately surrounded by other white middle class twenty somethings, and that these isolated pockets, so often cut off from most of our reality, reaaalllyyyy is a poor representation of queer existence as a whole.

Thing #1 you learn as a writers:

You know those lists we all see on how to writer *insert character type here* full of dos and don’ts?

Yeah, forget everything single and replace with a much simpler rule sheet that applies as a universal.

1)No matter the character type, writing people as people above all else is the number one rule. The number one way to avoid stereotypes is to write everyone in a three-dimensional human. 

2)People do stereotypical things because stereotypes are created from exaggerating and generalizing reality. The difference between a stereotype and and a character that does stereotypical things is that for the later those traits do not define them. The stereotypical behavior is just facet of a complex personality.

A good example of this for people from the lower-class or Southern US is Finn on Bones. He has a lot of traits from his place of upbringing like his accent, southerisms, and tastes but isn’t defined by them. He’s still just as smart and well educated as any of his co-workers and people stereotyping him as “dumb white trash” is actually shown to be something he struggles with in an educated environment full of city folk.

Trying to hard to avoid stereotypes completely often results in alien and unrealistic characters that come off as cold and inhuman because they have no particular personality traits people from their real life demographic can relate to. 

As someone from a lower-class area in Southern-Iowa, I relate to Finn because he likes “down-home” things like Country Music and Fishing while still trying his best to be educated and respectable. I relate to that more than i would someone having a generic intern college-kid intern and claiming he’s from a lower-class, American upbringing with no traits that actually show it.

3)Anyone can be a villain, the key just avoiding implying things like a certain minority status are the root of a characters evil. It can be a tricky dance because sometimes cultural things can lead to certain extremes, but for real people it’s often a case of a violent personality type twisting their beliefs around their evil desires to justify it.      

4)No matter what people tell you: Tropes are not bad and in the hands of a skilled writer about anything can be done well. Some of the most beloved media is often built on the back of a well-used cliche.

That’s it, that’s literally the backbone of writing good characters that don’t come off as cardboard cut-outs or paper-thin stereotypes. 

listen music elitism is all shit i should know i’m a music major and i love britney spears completely unironically and what’s more i’m pretty sure most of my division does too and that includes the professors okay you like what you like and tdlr britney spears is probably better than mozart

Heath Ledger’s Joker suddenly finds himself in a very different Gotham City than he’s used to, that of the Adam West Batman. He finds himself intrigued by this new Batman as well as the different rules of physics and logic in this universe. After one year, he puts his master plan into motion.

Give woman the right red lipstick and she can rule the world.
—  Β. Κ.
  • Peridot: shows a complete disinterest in anything she isn't obsessed with
  • Peridot: quickly becomes obsessed with a television show to the point of pouring hours of time into it
  • Peridot: has difficulty telling when something is appropriate or hurtful to say
  • Peridot: does not know how to apologize or express her feelings
  • Peridot: mimics behavior and phrases
  • Peridot: enjoys certain sensory triggers
  • Peridot: is content to watch a single episode of a show for days
  • Peridot: often makes repetitive gestures when she is upset or frustrated
  • Peridot: is a precious autistic gem sorry i don't make the rules