After watching Get Out again, I just realized the man who was blind was supposed to represent “white allies” who are no better than racists. Because he seemed “normal” to Chris and someone who *finally understood Chris, but it turns out he was no better than the other white racists. He represents white liberals. For him to say, “I don’t care about your skin color,” but is still someone who is willing to benefit from his white privilege and evident exploitation of black bodies is representative of “I don’t see color!” brigade.
Flareon run cycle I made back in April thanks to lots of help from some awesome folks down at the Pixeljoint and Pixelation forums! I’ve micromanaged this a lot, so I probably won’t do anymore to it unless something really bad sticks out. Nonetheless, I’m still willing to hear how it can be better for next time.
Imagine, just for a moment, that when they take the portkey, instead of an Avada Kedavra, it’s a Stupefy that hits him. Or that the AK misses him by an inch, hits a grave instead, knocks him out for a second.
Imagine that everybody forgets about the Hufflepuff boy out cold on the floor, because they are so intent on resurrecting Voldemort. Peter forgets as he ties Harry to that statue. Voldemort forgets as he is dumped into a cauldron full of flesh and bone and blood. And every death eater that comes sooner or later, well, no one tells them about the boy either - there are more pressing concerns.
However, Harry doesn’t forget. Because Harry has been in that sort of situation since he was eleven. He’s used to looking out for others, by now. Hermione and the Troll, Ron on the chess game, Ginny in the Chamber, Sirius and Hagrid and even Buckbeak- Harry always looks out for everyone, and never forgets about anyone, even if they are not really his friends.
So while he stares in horror, while he’s powerless and sees his greatest foe come back to life, a tiny part of his mind is screaming at him to check on Cedric, to get them out of here. Both. Alive.
Now let’s say that the ceremony, and the Death Eater meeting after the resurrection takes time. Lots of it. Let’s say that Voldemort, being the drama queen he obviously is, takes his time, and enjoys every single second of attention he gets from his followers and that Potter brat.
Let’s say he takes enough time for Cedric to come back to consciousness.
He awakes, lying in the grass and dirt, surrounded by bits of stone, his head aching and confused. The cup is laying about, not too far from him, and he could take it to go back but- he’s a Hufflepuff. He’s loyal. He doesn’t forget either, and that’s why, even if he’s confused about why or how he’s here, he doesn’t take the cup and goes searching for Harry.
Now, the tournament is a vicious thing, isn’t it ? Who’s to say to poor confused Cedric that this is not one more, secret, task ?
So Cedric goes looking, wand in hand, ready to fight, because he’s a Hogwart champion - and really, a Graveyard ? That’s creepy. And because he’s on his guard, and he’s moving around silently, no one notices him creeping behind one of the graves. No one notices the Hufflepuff boy, his horrified expression, and his frantic gaze as he slowly understands that no, that wasn’t a task, and that wasn’t a dream either.
Maybe not even Harry, or maybe he does, but that’s not the important thing.
The important thing is that being in Hufflepuff doesn’t make you stupid at all. The important thing is that Cedric is a champion, and smart, and a quick thinker and a hard worker.
The important thing is that Cedric thinks fast, and casts an ‘Accio’ on the cup as he runs towards Harry while he duels Voldemort.
He breaks through the crowd of amazed and struck Death Eaters, catches Harry’s arm with one hand, and with Seeker reflexes, catches the cup with the other.
Cedric lives, and both Harry and him go back to Hogwarts, terrified, bloody, and flinching away from the sudden noise coming from the public. They both live, and thus no one notices that something is amiss immediately, no one sees their wild glances around - as if someone was still out to kill them. The public cheers, and sings the victory of both Hogwart’s champions, and they are suddenly hugged by their families - the Diggorys and Weasleys.
No one notices, and that’s why when the noise dies down, and someone casts a sonorus on them to ask them how they feel about that victory, everyone hears them say, in a still disbelieving and trembling voice.
Obviously, everyone is confused, but they start talking, a bit over each other really, but they are in shock - and they say he’s back, Voldemort’s back, and he took my blood, and we were in a graveyard, and I was knocked out, missed most of the ritual, but it was him, yeah, and there were Death Eaters, in a circle, torturing Harry, horrible, had to get away, he’s back, he’s back.
And that’s when the people notice their faces, the blood, Harry twitching fingers - cruciatus - and their wands still clenched in their fingers, as if ready to attack anyone on sight.
This time, though, Harry doesn’t get ushered away by fake-Moody - because Cedric still has a hand gripping his arm, and wont let go for the world. He tells Dumbledore, and their families, though, when the Headmaster asks them to talk “More calmly and clearly, please, young men” at the Infirmary. Barty Crouch Jr is still apprehended, and the real Moody discovered, and it puts their incredible tale in a new, horrific and real, light.
Imagine if Cedric Diggory lived.
Two witnesses of His return. One is Harry Potter, Hero and Saviour of the Wizarding world. The second is beloved Hufflepuff Prefect Cedric Diggory, Hogwarts Champion. Even if people didn’t believe the first, they would believe the second, and vice versa.
Obviously, the ministry doesn’t take it well, but Amos Diggory and the Weasleys, and Dumbledore make a move together. Susan Bones helps her fellow Hufflepuff by contacting her aunt. Together, they get memory evidence - and they even agree on submitting to truth serum.
Because if Harry alone couldn’t do it - or had no idea he could - Cedric is there, and his father works at the Ministry, and he’s a seventh year. He knows more, and he has people ready to help him - and if he asks them, to help Harry Potter.
Sure, the ministry would try to get all this under the rug, but they couldn’t. Because Weasleys, and Diggorys, and Dumbledore, and Bones, and even Longbottom and soon every name that has a contact in Hogwarts - except some of the Death Eaters - are pushing for the truth to get out, and with a bit of blackmail, Rita helps - and this time, the Daily Prophet can’t repress all of them.
Imagine if Cedric Diggory lived, and how the war would have turned.
I’m starting my third year in 2 days and I was thinking about everything I’ve learned in those long 2 years and thought why not share some of it with you guys. Everyone’s experience is different and mine may not cover every aspect of college life, but here are some things that I’ve learned from my uni days so far.
1. College is not like high school
You must be like ‘well duh obviously it’s not’ but listen: you get much more freedom when it comes to your studies. And with that freedom comes more responsibility. You’re on your own here, you study for you and you’ll often study alone outside of class so time management is very important. There are no teachers who will go over the material again and again, you either get it or you don’t . But don’t worry,most professors are always willing to help you out if you don’t understand something.
2. Studying is beneficial for your future but sometimes so is going out
Every once in a while it’s good to take a break and hang out with your groupmates. You will get to know each other better in a more chill and relaxed atmosphere. Also, if you ever get exchange students, hang out with them as well. Believe me, you’ll learn so many interesting things about their culture and the background they come from and it’s always good to broaden your knowledge in those areas.
3. Don’t drink with people you don’t trust
((that is of course if you’re old enough to drink:)) There are some genuinely nice people out there who will hold your hair while you’re throwing up, pay for the cab and make sure you get home safe (or walk you to your dorm room), but there are also those who will not hesitate to take advantage of you, so please be careful about who you’re drinking with (it’s always good to have a trusting friend who you know will take care of you in case you take too many shots).
4. That being said, if you see someone who’s had too much to drink and doesn’t seem to have anyone they know wherever it is that you’re drinking at, take care of them
This is pretty self explanatory, and I know you may think it’s not your duty to take care of this person (especially if it’s someone you’ve never met before) but please don’t just leave them at the party/club/whaever, you will not forgive yourself if anything happens to them.
5. Hangover is a bitch
I’m realizing now that three out of five tips so far have been about drinking but oh well. If you have never (or you think you have never) had a hangover in high school, welcome to college. Keep sipping on that water cause it’s going to be a long, long day.
6. Never take a class you’re not interested in just because your friend is taking it
This one can be tricky if you (like me) suffer from anxiety. But if there’s a class you really want to take that none of your friends are interested in, do it! The best course I’ve taken in uni so far was the one my friends didn’t even consider and it was an amazing one. Yet at the end of last year, when I was signing up for classes for the first semester of year three, I decided to take a course I didn’t like just because my uni best friend had signed up for it, and now said friend is dropping out and I will be stuck with the course I couldn’t care less about for an entire semester, so that’s a cautionary tale right there.
7. Participate in optional work
If you have any debates, film/book discussion and things of that nature, take part in them. It’s yet another chance to meet new people, and you often get extra credit for them which is never a bad thing (that’s how I aced one of my classes in year one)
8. All-nighters aren’t cool
They’re not healthy and often do more damage than good. Only pull one if you absolutely need it (e.g if it’s already past midnight, the deadline is in 9 hours and you haven’t even started writing that 15 page essay)
9. Don’t start working unless you really need the money
Combining study and a full-time or even a part-time job is extremely hard. Think about it this way: there’s sleeping, studying and working; you can only have two. You will be either working and sleeping, studying and sleeping or studying and working, none of those options are good for you and your mental and physical health. And hey, once you graduate you’ll have to get a job either way, so if your parents are still willing to support you or you have another way of supporting yourself financially, it’s best to just not rush it and focus on getting that diploma instead.
10. Dropping out isn’t the end of the world
If at some point you decide to drop out, give yourself some time to think it through; a week, a month, a semester. College is not for everyone, and there are different life situations and if you end up dropping out, know that you are NOT a failure. Several of my friends dropped out over these two years and they’re living their best lives right now. You’re going to figure it out and you’re going to be okay, I’m rooting for you lil bean.
And some additional tips:
- Have a bottle of water on you at all times. Hydration is the key, remember?
- Libraries and reading rooms are the best. They’re pretty, quiet and often have wifi. Just don’t skip classes too often there.
- Don’t compare your success with others’.
- Sometimes eating dried tea leaves during a lecture is the best way to connect with people. Please don’t ask me why I know this.
Hope you guys found this helpful and hope you all are having a great beginning of your school year!
Tell me what it feels like to have your entire family ripped away from you. Look, your mother? She’s never coming back. Jace is not your brother. You feel like you’re all alone in this world, don’t you? Stop it! No! Feel it, Clary. Feel it!
I really want an event where Lucio and Symmetra take down Vishkar. It could be story based like Uprising.
We could first get a Lucio animated short that mentions his rebellion against Vishkar and focuses on his music tour, where he fights off people who are trying to get him and how he travels to places Vishkar is in to garner support against the corporation.
Next we get a comic where Symmetra finds out the horrible actions of Vishkar and Lucio ends up getting that info.
And then a comic before the event where Lucio is gathering a revolt to finally take down Vishkar and Symmetra joins in, though she is still hesitant to work with Lucio.
Then in the event we get two game modes you get to choose from:
1) We play as Symmetra’s espionage team taking down Vishkar in one part of Utopaea. We get a beginning cutscene narrated by Satya talking about her background, growing up with Vishkar and how they shaped her, and how she feels betrayed. But she is still willing to correct the wrongs of Vishkar and how she feels this is a good first step towards redemption, even if she doubts herself.
2) we play as Lucio’s revolt team taking down Vishkar in another part of Utopaea. The beginning cutscene is narrated by Lucio, who talks about his childhood and living in Rio, how it shaped him, and the injustice Vishkar put on them. Talks about why he feels the need to fight with world against injustice, and though he’s still unsure about Symmetra he still sees the that Vishkar has wronged her and also subjected her to injustice, and that he doesn’t doubt she has a good heart.
Throughout the game both Symmetra and Lucio’s team interact with each other through intercoms. Also the OW team that answered the Recall join in.
New legendaries for Symmetra and Lucio based on the event. Orisa also gets a legendary (for her and Efi’s support of Lucio), Doomfist gets a legendary (a combination of Talon and Vishkar aesthetic that shows Talon has been working with Vishkar), and a legendary for Ana (maybe she got in trouble with Vishkar during her travels, also she needs a legendary).
This is such a prime example of the whole video game culture that has been prevailing for YEARS, if not ever since video games started coming out.
It really feels like its impossible to find any safe area to exist as a woman within the video game community. The fact that Polygon, who is one of the most progressive video game sites out there atm (and who I dont blame in any measure for all of this), had someone like this working for them, shows how fucking hard it is to exist as a not-straight-white-cis-dude. You can’t escape this bullshit.
I’m sad and I’m disgusted and I’m disappointed. But at the same time, its so important to keep trying.
Dont boycott polygon, dont blame the McElroy’s or any other polygon staff (except Nick). Make sure that this shit won’t be stood for, and then keep trying to create and consume positive content. One creep shouldn’t be the defining voice of an entire subculture.
Feel free to stop endorsing anything he does. Just make sure you dont give up on the rest of the people who try their hardest (while still being critical and willing to speak up if they miss the mark on things). Dont let this one dude ruin things for you. We all deserve better.
My favourite book characters are so capable of protecting themselves with their swords and magical powers but I would still be so willing to follow them around with bandages and a hot water bottle to make sure they are ok
So. I’m going to try and make this short sons and daughters; to celebrate my development/experimentation week for a new style (oh so demonstrated above), in the midst of my meme week or month or maybe even year , I’m holding my own personalLGBTQ week in which I’m going to try to post art of specific LGBTQ ships to raise awareness and also help the fandom accept more LGBTQ ships in general. Here’s mi schedule can you believe i made a schedule.
Fri 27th of Oct - Chendy
Sat 28th of Oct - I might have plans during this day but if you’re doing something, try having a go at any lgbtq rare pairs!
Sun 29th of Oct - Erlu + Luvia
Mon 30th of Oct - Gratsu + Canajane
Tue 31st of Oct - Stingue + Yukinerva
Wed 1st of Nov - Luli
Thurs 2nd of Nov - Fraxus
So I guess that’s it? I just felt like doing this for myself considering as we all know, it’s getting very gay in the anime world this season.
If you’d like to tag along with me for this lgbtq ride then hell ye, sure go along! The tag I will be using for this and what you can use is #illulgbtqweek. Fics, art, coloured mangacaps; you’re all wonderfully creative amigos. You can message me for any questions or anything but like I said, this is a personal project so don’t feel obliged. I’ll be here listening nonstop to Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira Shakira and arting my ass off.
Well I just realized…..
Other skaters just make announcements through JSF or online, or through ice shows, but Yuzuru gotta make Japanese media fly half the globe to Toronto just to report about his new program, every year.
I don’t know whether to call this ‘extra’ or ‘burden’ XD
I think one of my favorite aspects of the Six of Crows duology is the fact that Kaz and Inej do not end up together.
And that’s not because I don’t ship them.
It’s because Inej, unlike so many YA heroines, isn’t what “heals” Kaz. Her love doesn’t magically fix him or make him a better person. He wants to change for her– he wants to get over his phobia of human touch. He wants her to love him. But it isn’t some overnight happening. He doesn’t suddenly overcome his affliction because of his love for her.
In the end, Kaz is still morally ambiguous, sometimes outright corrupt, and still has severe PTSD trauma.
And while Inej might love Kaz despite those things, she is not willing to lower her worth to accept them in a relationship. “I will have you without your armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
That was one of the most powerful YA heroine lines to her love interest that I’ve ever read. So many fictional girls (and real girls, for that matter) stay in the hopes of fixing a man, of healing his brokenness. Inej wants to heal him, but she understands that she cannot. Only Kaz can heal himself. Only he can want it enough to change. And it won’t be some overnight affair. Wanting to change and actually changing are two entirely different things. Kaz will have to go through agonizing changes if he ever wants to grow.
So far, he has accepted that he is the “demon of the barrel”. He still wants to burn the world down. He is still angry and hurting. He talks about wondering why over the years, with every violent turn his life takes, why his phobia has only gotten worse. It’s because he’s let himself rot in it. He’s stripped any and all goodness in the world down to the barest threads.
That’s why he is not ready for Inej. Inej, who might have her own issues and flaws, but who still has hope for a better world. Who is still willing to fight for it.
It’s not Kaz’s inability to touch her that she wants him to work on. It’s his mindset. His finality in the evil in his heart and his acceptance of it. He will never get over his phobia until he can understand goodness, the goodness of touch, the goodness of man.
And Inej will not accept him while he still holds on to that armor of hatred. And I think that is beautiful. It is healthy. It shows a level of self-respect that is often sadly absent from our fiction today.