“It is not so that the good detective should act, eh? I perceive your thought. He must be full of energy. He must rush to and fro. He should prostrate himself on the dusty road and seek the marks of tyres through a little glass. He must gather up the cigarette-end, the fallen match? That is your idea, is it not?”
His eyes challenged us. “But I - Hercule Poirot - tell you that it is not so! The true clues are within - here!” He tapped his forehead. “See you, I need not have left London. It would have been sufficient for me to sit quietly in my rooms there. All that matters is the little grey cells within. Secretly and silently they do their part, until suddenly I call for a map, and I lay my finger on a spot - so - and I say: the Prime Minister is there! And it is so! With method and logic one can accomplish anything!”
- Agatha Christie, Poirot Investigates: The Kidnapped Prime Minister
Anyone Who Thinks Petitions Don’t Accomplish Anything Needs To Remember That Only 3 People Signed The Petition That I Drink My Own Urine, And I Still Did It
In today’s charged political climate, it feels like we’re constantly debating the effectiveness of activist tactics. Though most people accept that strikes, boycotts, and protests are valid tactics, petitions have become a bit of a joke. On sites like Change.org and Whitehouse.gov, petitions can accrue thousands of signatures without seemingly changing anything. But to anyone who thinks petitions don’t accomplish anything, may I point out just one thing: Only three people signed the petition I wrote demanding that I drink my own urine, and I still did it.
That’s right: People power still gets shit done.
It’s easy to disparage petitions. After all, they’re just demands with a list of names attached; what power do they really have? When I first drafted up the petition that I drink a pint of my own urine, I was plenty skeptical that any real action would come of it. Just three signatures later, though, there I was on Facebook Live, gulping down a chilled glass of my dark, tart piss! Without those signatures, none of my friends or family would ever have seen that.
Think about it: Would I really be chugging my discharge if there wasn’t real weight behind the names on that page? I don’t think so. Petitions work.
Was it easy getting signatures on my petition? Anything but. Emailing it out to my extended family and only hearing back from Great Uncle Keith was disheartening, and getting just one signature from a very surly sophomore after 10 hours canvasing at my alma mater felt like a defeat. But overcoming apathy is the uphill battle that any movement faces. And when I finally got that third signature from my dental technician, and downgraded my goal from 200 signatures to three, it really did feel like a victory, no matter whether she knew what she was signing or not.
Changing the world is a long, slow, difficult process, and revising our methods is a crucial part of that. One day it might finally be time to lay the petition to rest, but if the film of urine clinging to my chin is any indication, that day’s still a long way off.
There’s been a lot of anti-Sungmin sentiment lately and I for one had no idea why there was hate for him to begin with. “Are K-ELF angry bc their bias got married??” I think that’s the most common reaction among I-ELF but that of course isn’t it. What bothers me the most is the divide between Korean & International ELF tbh. Each side calling the other stupid/ignorant bc “they don’t get it but they think they know everything” is very unfair. BOTH sides need understanding. Do research, try to hear what the other side is saying rather than judging them based on a couple of angry/hateful comments.
I did. I looked up posts from K-ELF on “reasons why Sungmin will never regain Korean fans” and read them. And you know what? I GAINED UNDERSTANDING. I finally get why K-ELF feel betrayed. But you know what else? I ultimately still support Sungmin (just FYI he’s not even my bias in SuJu so don’t go there).
I agree that the timing for his wedding was extremely poor especially considering what had happened with Leeteuk’s family & also the SS6 tour & the album promotion period. It was a selfish move to push on with the wedding. It just was. Also, him using bodyguards during fanmeetings to basically bully fans from bringing up the topic- very wrong. And denying the rumors to Korean fans but admitting it to others- also not cool. Plus, forcing his then gf’s nickname onto others via his new signature was kinda lame.
Even though I sympathize with K-ELF on those points, I still choose to support Sungmin & his wife bc at the end of the day, I feel like it was just a really unfortunate confluence of events, bad timing & yes, a tablespoon of selfishness (really like a cup if we’re keeping to cooking ratios but you get the point). They wanted to get married on the one year anniversary of their first meeting and he didn’t want to put it off bc he was enlisting 3 months later. They really wanted to be married. I can’t hate on him/them for that. Yes, it came at the expense of a couple of things- namely the inconvenience of his group but I don’t believe that means he doesn’t care about Suju anymore. He made a choice for himself and his love and put it ahead of the group. Priorities change in life, but again, it doesn’t signify that he has stopped caring about the members or the fans.
But- and I really want to emphasize this point- if the guys can move on from it, why shouldn’t we as fans? I’m not saying they’re all over it- it may well remain a sore point within the group- but to go so far as to assume that they want him out is going too far. By going against Sungmin and his participation with the comeback later this year, you are hurting the group as a whole. Losing Hangeng & Kibum was hard enough at the time, but now you expect them to expel him from the group almost 12 years into this thing (plus Kangin but that’s another topic for another day)? No. I also want to add that my main contention with the anti-Sungmin K-ELF and really with ALL fans in the world who feel like he/they/ANY idols owe their career to them (the fans). I disagree. Fan support is crucial & necessary but to say that “THEY OWE US” is going over the top imo. Just as the idols aren’t entitled to any fan support, we as fans are not entitled to access into the idols’ lives.
For the sake of full disclosure, I think most I-ELF are miffed by K-ELF, not just because of this mess but also from the Henry-ZhouMi disaster from way back when. They were not welcomed (to put it very politely) and found support from the international fans. It still breaks my heart to hear them talk about how they were THIS close to quitting bc of the backlash against them joining. Hell, to this day, a number of ELF still don’t acknowledge them as a part of Super Junior. As Heechul once said, “if you can’t support all 15 members, then what kind of ELF are you?”
Phil’s always felt weirdly privileged to share Dan’s bed
whenever he sleeps over.
It’s not like it’s anything he’s a stranger to – quite the opposite really, but out of everyone,
Phil’s the only one Dan will actually let in
his bed on account of the fact he can actually have a decent night’s sleep without
Phil taking all the duvet or accidentally rolling over and pushing him off the
bed. That’s Kyle’s trick – explaining
why he’s down there whilst his marginally less irritating best friend is up
here under his duvet, sharing his mattress. It’s nice sleeping with the knowledge
he won’t wake up either freezing cold or on the floor.
Phil’s used to them being the last ones awake – having been
friends with a bunch of total fucking lightweights for the best part of three
years, it’s become the norm for the rest of them to be down there, asleep.
They’re wrapped up in empty sleeping bags and spare duvets whilst the only two
who can actually handle their drink are lying side-by-side, a cut above the sea
of empty bottles and shot glasses littering Dan’s floor. They’d passed out about
half an hour ago, leaving the two slightly tipsy teenagers still giggling over
what had been a contribution to the night’s entertainment along with the heated
games of ‘never have I ever’ and one too many Malibu shots.
“Does this not feel weird to you?” Dan’s eyebrow quirks in
Phil’s direction as he holds the two small wooden cubes in his hand. “I feel-…
it feels- I don’t know- gross,
kind-of,” he huffs out a chuckle.
“Why would-…” he squints in the darkness, “-… lick-… elbow-… feel weird to me?” he replies, a threat of sarcasm in his
Mark: -Thinking- ‘That person is so beautiful… It looks like they’re so elegant too- TURN!! TURN AND WALK AWAY THEY SAY YOU STARING!! RUN!THIS IS SO EMBARASSING WHYYYYY’
Jaebum: He’s on the stage so he’s feeling braver than he usually does, so he sees them and waves, winking for good measure. When his future s/o winks back he can’t stop smiling and laughing, slightly embarrassed now. His eyes follow them the whole performance…
Little did he know that they had backstage passes and they’d meed up with him right after the performance
Jackson: He’d bump into them on the street when he got distracted by a food cart on the other side of the street.
“Oh! I’m so sorry are you okay??”
You: “Jeeze it’s like your shoulder is made of granite! I think I’m going to get a bruise now!” *laughing*
Him: “No, I’m seriously so sorry!” *smiles a bit since you joked it off* “Hey, I’ll buy you some food to make it up to you, okay?”
*after he buys his future s/o food and they have good conversation and seriously click, he gets their twitter username and possibly their snapchat (since it’s not as private as a phone number and he wants to respect their space for now) and he walks away freaking TF out like *gif* because YOU WERE SO FUNNY AND SWEET AND HE WAS GOING TO MESSAGE YOU ASAP!!
Jinyoung: A trainee at JYP and him were talking, and he knew deep in his soul that this was his future s/o when they weren’t afraid to playfully joke back when he started giving his signature sass. Though they were a little flustered, it was cute to him and they still made him laugh with their witty comeback.
*gif* “Well then if you’re going to sass me like that then I’ll have to punish you by making you pay for my coffee tomorrow morning. Sound good?”
Youngjae: There’s no doubt he’d be doing something silly to make one of the members laugh when he noticed his future s/o staring (you) at him, laughing along with the other members.
Where had you come from?!
He’d be a mess and start blushing and stuttering. You made his heart race by calling him cute, but you started acting silly too and that was what made him fall for you then knowing he could be himself around you.
Kunpimook: He was walking with Yugyeom when he met your eyes from across the street. He instantly changed the way he was walking and talking, trying to look and sound cooler to get you to look over at them.
Yugyeom would be super confused why he’d gone from silly to swagger in .3 second, but instantly realize what was happening when BamBam kept looking across the street to see if you were looking.
Instantly Yugyeom would be making fun of BamBam as loudly as possible and you’d end up staring and laughing at them for their silliness rather than BamBam’s swagger.
BamBam was mad now but he’d thank Yugyeom later when you two started going out. His loud mocking was what made you really notice them at first after all.
Yugyeom: Shy muffin.
We can all agree that Yugyeom has grown up a LOT in the past year, but he’s still the shy, goofy, lovable tol bean he’s always been.
He wouldn’t be able to stop staring at you after he saw you looking at him the first time during an award show. You two would be staring at each other the rest of the night, glancing away quickly and giggling every time your eyes met.
He’d be too embarrassed to try to talk to you after the show, but you weren’t.
You: “So um, do I have something on my clothes or do you find me as cute as I find you?”
He couldn’t stop laughing after you started furiously blushing, obviously feeling awkward after saying something so bold. He admired you beyond words for being so brave though and he ended up being the one shyly asking if you’d go on a date with him sometime.
A/N: Thank you so much for requesting dear! I hope you liked it~
just a few sketches of my pc for dave’s Mount Ethereal campaign
their real name is a secret but they go by clementine! they’re a half-drow fighter that likes uhhh parkour, eating people’s leftovers (even if they’ve been thrown in the trash), and haranguing local scavenger animals. they fantasize a lot about eating fancy gourmet food and wearing pretty dresses. they also have a “pet” possum with three legs that they affectionately refer to as Tripod
I REALLY REALLY LOVE DEAD MONEY! Like, fuck man it’s the best dlc out of the 4 that were in new vegas. Like fuck man. The atmosphere, the characters, the sense of dread you get when you realize you have yo chop up the enemies. THE RADIOS MAN. THE FUCKING BEEPING.
The thing that gets me to this day, and it will probably always give me goosebumps till I die…is the signature line…“Finding it, though, that’s not the hard part. It’s letting go.”
Pop Culture Builds 3: Uncle Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Fire is often thought of as the most volatile and
destructive elements, suited to violence and rage. However, even such an
energetic element works best from a position of understanding and wisdom.
Former crown prince of the fire nation, a retired general,
and uncle of Prince Zuko, Iroh rejected the violence and lack of enlightenment
shared by the majority of his people, particularly his family. Studying the
version of fire bending taught by the sun tribe, as well as various other
bending techniques, he sought to understand all four elements and their role in
the world, all the while seeking to aid those in need and negate the evils of
his brother somewhat from within.
Thanks to his understanding and wisdom, Iroh was arguably
one of the mightiest firebenders of the age, and in theory might have been able
to defeat his evil brother if Aang the Avatar did not. Regardless, he was one
of the most instrumental mentors that Aang and Zuko ever had, lending them both
Though human on the show, the real important thing to
remember is that Iroh is definitely in the elderly age category.
The class I would recommend for his build is the very poster
child of benders in pathfinder: the kineticist, specifically a pyrokineticist
with a minor in air to grant lightning as an element. Iroh would definitely
focus on fire, however, taking many techniques to help shape and control both
his flame and lightning, diversifying into those that blend elements from other
sources, such as defense, which is rarely seen in most fire benders in the
avatar setting. He should definitely take the fan of flames at least,
demonstrating Iroh’s signature flaming breath attack, though torrent and
explosion are also good. Overall the build should consist of a mix of blasting
and control, picking utility talents based on manipulating flame.
Iroh is also an excellent hand to hand combatant, so in
addition to feats playing off his ranged attacks, also consider adding Improved
Unarmed Strike and other appropriate feats.
The wise old man doesn’t carry much in the way of equipment,
relying on his powers in combat. However, I imagine that a wise old kindly man
such as himself would favor a tea set, various books useful for referencing
information, and the like.
Of course, there are a few other ways to build Iroh, such as
going for a more authentic bender experience by taking the elemental purist
archetype, to make for a kineticist that can only ever bend one element. Though
this does mean he loses out on lightning, it could easily be replaced by
plasma, and the ability to take any wild talent regardless of prerequisites
does emulate learning from other styles quite nicely. Alternately, a less
spectacular build might be a pyromancer mage, or a monk focused on fiery
If you’re interested in an older, more experienced
kineticist, you could easily strip the lore away and have a great stand-alone