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little things about Invader Zim
  • zim’s skin is liquefied, weaponized, and then used to douse the entire student body
  • GIR destroys a whole city in search of tacos, along with physically and violently attacking children for candy alone. these are separate episodes and not an isolated event.
  • Irken Invaders are equipped with self-destruct programs.
  • Some form of meat is either an obstacle or a tool on multiple occasions
  • there is a child whose name is The Letter M
  • Zim receives a beating heart as a Christmas donation from complete strangers passing him on the street
  • it makes sense that nobody would believe Zim is an alien, considering the characters of Pigboy and Shunk Wugga
  • Minimoose just… appears
  • Keef’s head absorbs milk.
  • Zim yelled “my tallest” for three hours and apparently nobody tried to end the transmission but instead wait for him to stop
  • Walnuts apparently ruined the 3D budget
  • The whole skool is hypnotized by a pimple
  • PEEPI
  • the general concept of Bolognius Maximus
  • a man trapped in a costume with the zipper stuck is considered an urban legend akin to bigfoot
  • Poop Dog
  • the fart noises that punctuate the dialogue every so often, especially during small interjections from characters
  • Professor Membrane has a grudge against Santa
  • characters frequently going wall-eyed
  • the cat chorus during Zim’s speech in FBI Warning of Doom
  • the entire episode of Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars
  • Zim attempting to weaponize Christmas is remembered two million years after the fact
  • Bloody GIR in general
  • Zim canonically traps strangers in conversation in which he vents about his frustrations. It is entirely plausible Zim would use Omegle.
  • Zim’s escape plan in Frycook What Came from All That Space
  • GIR’s form at the end of Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom
  • it is implied Zim is at least a century older than Dib and the other children, but repeatedly assaults/tortures them.
  • dysfunctional robots with no concept of right or wrong or even with a clear goal as robots attempt to eat a child. upon being thwarted, they attempt to murder Zim.
  • One of the Tallest VAs begged Jhonen to kill the Tallest in Backseat Drivers
  • Dib has successfully raised the dead on at least one occasion and Professor Membrane acknowledges this
  • piggy piggy piggy piggy”
The “Bubble”

I hear a lot of bullshit about living in “bubbles” here in the United States. Specifically, I hear about how we live in liberal or conservative bubbles, where we only hear viewpoints similar to ours, and this is detrimental.

I really hate this bullshit.

I grew up in a predominantly white, predominantly Christian, very affluent suburb. The majority of minority students in my school system were East and South Asian. My extracurriculars kept me surrounded by a similar demographic.

Then I moved to the city. Through my academic and professional life, I began to interact with a shitload of people who were not originally from the United States, but came here to study, to teach, to practice medicine, to do research. I began to interact with people who were born here, but who were first generation Americans.

And just walking around and living in the city, I began to interact with people of all classes, ethnicities, countries of origin, religions, and so on and so forth. It is normal to me to be on the train and hear conversations in Spanish, in Chinese, in Arabic. It is normal for me to see signage in different languages. It is normal for me to pass by stores that sell Indian bridalwear, or a Russian pharmacy, or a Chinese specialty food shop.

Normal. Normal. Normal.

One day this past fall, I was sitting and waiting for the bus. An older woman sat beside me and began to talk to me (at me, to be honest; I don’t make conversation with strangers most of the time). She complained about how climate change meant that she had to drive out to another part of the state to see the leaves change, to experience a proper autumn. She said, despairingly, that you just couldn’t see the change in the city.

I commented that I’d grown up in a rural suburb, where I’d gotten to experience the spectacular leaf change she was talking about, but I preferred to live in the city.

“Why?” she’d asked.

“Well, public transit,” I explained. “I don’t have to have a car anymore. And there are stores everywhere and lots of great places to eat. And it’s much more diverse. I grew up in a mostly white suburb–not very diverse.”

As the bus pulled up, she asked me, “Why would diversity be important?”

I was a little stunned that anyone would even think to ask that question, so I didn’t have a ready response. Luckily, once we got on the bus, the conversation was over, so I could just curl up in a seat and relax till I got to my stop. But her question bothered me, and it wasn’t until the election that I could articulate an answer.

Diversity fosters empathy.

That’s not to say that you can’t be empathetic if you don’t grow up in a diverse area. I didn’t grow up in a diverse area, and I’d like to think I’m still empathetic. But diversity absolutely fosters empathy.

So when people talk about bubbles, I call bullshit. I’m a progressive liberal for a lot of reasons, and one major reason is that I live in a diverse city, and I work in a diverse field. That is not a bubble. That is not the same as being surrounded by like on a regular basis, and being afraid of the Other.

Sharing political ideals is not living in a bubble. Subscribing to factual news is not living in a bubble. Refusing to tolerate fascist bullshit and cutting people out of your life when they espouse it?

Not living in a bubble.

being shy and having resting bitch face is the worst combination because i look like a disinterested bitch but in reality i really want to socialize but i just dont know how to initiate conversation with strangers and also this is just my face

The wing man of the universe.

Humans are space orcs/humans are weird

But what if… Humans are the galaxies best wing men ever becaus:

Um no, we do not want to steal that 500lb purple jellatenous toxic love from you

Humans are bragging all the time anyways, so it’s not weird if they start bragging about our ailien friend

If there was a miscommunation and the intended was already spoken for… there is nobody better to be stuck in a barfightbwith because, a) humans are all terrifying and brutish b) If you win its a great story told tomorrow c) if you loose its a great story told tomorrow

Humans are always uninhibited it seems, even if they aren’t drunk, they are always starting conversations with strangers

Also, we are big cuddlers Which is nice if everything went wrong and it’s time to hug it out

Humans are so excitable that its like having your own personal cheersquad.
(Yeah you go Quztak! You go tell ‘em they’ve got a great squiggle!)

i’m ready to break, you’re ready to bend

for @eggo-my-leggo, thanks for motivating me ely :)

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tw: implied/referenced child abuse

Steve walked down the road quickly.  His eyes were burning, but he wasn’t sure how much of that was from the cold.  It was freezing, and he tucked his hands under his armpits before the fell off.  Winter in Indiana was always shitty, but in the evening it was even worse.

“Why the hell couldn’t you have grabbed your jacket, Harrington?” he muttered angrily at himself under his breath.

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How to casually start a conversation with a really hot stranger
  1. Walk towards them excitedly and lightly punch their shoulder
  2. Say “Oh my god heyyyyy! Can’t believe it’s you! I haven’t seen you in a while!”
  3. They will respond by saying “Uh…sorry do I know you?”
  4. You have to pretend to be shocked and confused upon hearing those words.
  5. Suddenly say “OH SHIT! FUCK, WHAT YEAR IS THIS?!”
  6. They will respond by telling you the current year.
  7. Slowly back away and say “Oh crap I’m too early. We haven’t met yet. Ugh, forget this ever happened. Hello stranger. You don’t know me. Bye stranger”
  8. Take pleasure in their confusion and proceed to do your little cute laugh when they come up to you and ask “this is a joke right”
  9. Casually sacrifice them to Satan if they don’t find you funny
21 Signs You Might Actually Be An Ambivert

1. When you’re out in the world, you’re probably not going to be starting conversations with strangers.

2. Generally, you’re always happy to meet new people, but you’ll probably be uncomfortable if you have to do it without any of your existing friends with you.

3. When a topic of interest comes up in conversation, you’re more than happy to talk in great detail about it.

4. But as soon as that’s done, you’ll happily sit listening to the conversation without saying another word.

5. Spending too much time with other people can be exhausting.

6. Your calm, controlled professional self feels like a very different person to the one your friends see.

7. Asserting yourself is tricky in many situations.

8. You can often go out and have hours of fun being the life of the party, but suddenly find that your energy has dropped, and all you really want to do is go home.

9. When you see things written about being an introvert, you start to relate…but then discover that you relate to the extrovert ones as well.

10. In fact, your friends disagreeing about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert is probably a very good sign you’re an ambivert.

11. Small talk is something that annoys you, because while you can do it, there are instances when it feels a bit insincere.

12. Some weekends, you just need to spend some time hanging out on your own.

13. Too much time spent alone can leave you a bit downcast, however, and you’re concerned that it’s not very productive.

14. And some of the best weekends of your life have been when you didn’t go home for three days.

15. Thinking before you speak isn’t a problem for you…most of the time.

16. You have a tendency to balance out whoever you’re with – if you’re with someone loud, you’ll be quieter. If they’re quiet, you’ll compensate for that.

17. You’re known to be quite intuitive and good at picking up signals that other people can miss.

18. Often, you just find yourself observing what’s happening around you.

19. And at other times, you’ll be getting involved in the moment.

20. So in the right context, you love attention, but more often than not, you don’t want to be the person everyone is looking at.

21. So if you can’t figure out whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, maybe it’s because you’re actually an ambivert!

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anonymous asked:

I just read the ask you got about people cosplaying things they don't know about and I agree with some things but it always pisses me off when I can't talk to them anymore once they admit they don't know anything.

But you are basically saying that this cosplayer OWES you a conversation. They don’t.

They are not obligated to feed your interest, just as you aren’t obligated to talk to them either.  Just cause it sucks that you thought you connected with a fellow fan but didn’t, doesn’t mean that is their fault or responsibility.

Also, who says you can’t talk to them anymore? Why not ask them “Oh why did you pick this character then?” “What shows DO you like to watch?” “What OTHER cosplays do you have?” “How did you make this costume?” 

Come on now. Let’s not give up on positive experiences just because they weren’t the ones we imagined.