strategy of change

i was just in aly’s stream and the point made there was that you dont have to be an accelerationist but if things are accelerating then you’ve gotta be able to combat capital on those terms and adapt. you cant just say “dang wish things were different” and expect that to be effective. the left does not like to hear this sorta stuff but changing strategy based on whats necessary for the time/place is actually a Good Thing


The first message comes from her, luckily for him he had his phone off already.
You got away with that, impressive - IA

He smirks reading the message, strangely amused before replying
You still have powerful “friends”, impressive - SH

Irene holds the phone gently, appreciating the moment, then she types again
You jealous? - IA
And when a reply doesn’t arrive she continues the conversation, fiercely.
My new husband is boring. Come over. Let’s have dinner - IA
But this time the answer arrives
Busy - SH

She laughs slightly
Busy? You escaped death. Again. You should celebrate - IA
She hesitates some further seconds before continuing 
YOU should celebrate. With ME. Catch a fly. Let’s have dinner - IA
When a reply doesn’t come, again, she changes strategy.
You wouldn’t have died anyway… - IA
That worked. She giggles, she knew that THAT would have worked.
What makes you say so? - SH
She decides to torture him for a while before finally answering
I would have helped you - IA

Is that sentiment, Miss Adler? - SH
Was it sentiment back in Karachi? - IA
And Sherlock doesn’t reply and Irene gets undressed thinking about him.

The next time he’s the one starting the conversation, sending a picture.
Irene is eating when she downloads that picture and once she sees it she almost chokes
Is that little Watson? - IA
she types fast
Her name is Rosamund Mary - SH
He confirms and Irene smiles gently before writing  
She seems pretty but your child would be prettier… - IA
Sherlock almost chokes too when he reads that and a couple of seconds later
Are you offering? - SH
Irene can’t help but rolling her eyes, even if she’s aware he can’t see her, then she texts again
Maybe. Or maybe not. You should come over to find out - IA

Irene write again a couple of days later.
This city is tedious - IA
I need some new “friends” - IA
She keeps writing and he keeps ignoring her
And I miss London - IA
And Belgravia - IA
And Starbucks - IA
And your funny hat - IA
You should wear it more often, it suits you - IA
But you already know that - IA
Com’on join me. Let’s have dinner - IA
Even the great Sherlock Holmes has needs - IA
To eat, for instance - IA
Or to… play - IA
Or to have dinner - IA
You like this don’t you? - IA
You bastard - IA
What’s so interesting to avoid me? - IA
I know you find this hilarious - IA
And then, eventually, he answers
I do - SH

Irene decides to return the favour sometimes later

Have you read John’s blog lately? I know you would find his last post HILARIOUS - SH
It’s been a week, still offended? - SH
Do you have anything to do with the Borgia’s perl disappearance? - SH
Not that I care - SH
Gone to the Opera today? - SH
Maybe - IA
Sherlock smiles gently enjoying this little game of theirs and decides to push her
Godfrey? - SH
The mention of her husband’s name manages to amuse Irene more than she was supposed to, probably.
Is that caring, Mister Holmes? Or jealously? - IA
Try not to be irrational, Miss Adler - SH
She’s happy in that moment, more than she’s right to be and appreciates the moment, liking the power she is holding, then she texts back.
I’m not and you know it. Let’s have dinner - IA

The next time is Irene who starts the conversation

I’m bored. Again. Let’s have dinner - IA
Busy. Again - SH
Try to be interesting, Mister Holmes. Let’s have dinner - IA
Not now - SH
He warns her tough without realising that this attitude can only manage to annoy her more
Why not? - IA
The woman doesn’t even wait a minute to write a further message
You know you can’t get me out of your mind. Let’s have dinner - IA
And then again another
It’s been too long. Let’s have dinner - IA

When she texts him again Sherlock is about to catch the flight to go home
Travelling around the world and not even a short visit in Montenegro? If I was a different person I might get angry - IA
When he reads that he finds the message unexpectedly funny. His reply is half a monkey, half a challenge
You ARE angry - SH
She doesn’t deny that but she attacks him
And you are hungry. Let’s have dinner - IA
He doesn’t deny that either

Then the word falls apart and he needs anchor, she needs her

Mary is dead. John hates me - SH
Her replay is immediate
I’m already on my way - IA
He shivers at the only thought of that, then he texts her
Don’t. It’s too dangerous - SH
He can almost hear her laugh, then her reply arrives
Nonsense. I’ll be there in 12 hours - IA
He trembles writing the following words
I can’t protect you. The last person I vowed to protect died - SH
Her response comes fierce, like her.
Luckily for you I’m prone to resurrection - IA

And for the first time in a while he genuinely smiles

anonymous asked:

Out of curiosity, how is the Patreon going for you? Have you had more time to write?

I am writing a lot more than I have even written while working or studying full-time, but less than I’d hoped the Patreon would enable me to do. I think this is for a couple reasons:

My writing on this blog is super responsive: I start conversations, they remind me of other things I wanted to write and talk about, I write about those, they provoke interesting asks, I answer those, etc etc. This means that I write in kind of streaks, with sometimes two posts a week and sometimes fifteen in two days. This feels unprofessional. I feel like a Nice Professional Patreon writer should produce work consistently. But it’s the way I produce some of what I think is my best content, and queueing posts that are responses to an ongoing conversation just feels sort of rude, like I’m artificially protracting a debate just for consistent content. I am trying a few different strategies to change this and if any of them work I will tell you all about that.

This is true severalfold more with my Elf blog, which lots of patrons requested I write for more often. When I am immersed in Elves and Elf conversations, I think of so many posts I want to write that I’m only constrained by the hours in the day and occasionally the baby drooling on my keyboard.  When I’m not, it is really really hard to try to stick myself in that mindset for a few hours for a post! I’ve ended up taking Elf days where I read and then write entirely Elf content to try to break this logjam, but I still don’t feel like the content is up to the standards of a Nice Professional Patreon writer so I’ve been secretly twiddling with it. 

And last, recovery is hard, harder than I expected. I thought I’d be at full health by now and I’m a lot better but I’m very much still not at full health. This means less hours in the day (fatigue contributes to long mostly-involuntary naps, food is challenging and an ordeal), though my hours-spent-working has been on a delightfully steady upwards trajectory since January and if we assume that my health will perfectly obey my RescueTime trendlines (that’s how eating disorder recovery works, right?) I’ll be at full health by June or so. I’m really really glad I did the Patreon, because I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to try to find a job that worked with my twice-weekly medical and dietician and therapy appointments, but I’m also really looking forward to being actually a full time writer instead of a part-time writer part-time anorexia patient.

Just a reminder that it’s only Darren who has had pics with his alleged  ‘SO’ on the Flash set.   I don’t see Grant, Melissa or Carlos parading their non famous partners about for pap shots.

There’s only one reason for TP to be there and we all know what that is.  His team needs to continually prove he is straight and she demands considerable attention as her part of the deal. Unfortunately stunts like this just prove that this relationship is fake.

…I really would have thought their image strategy would have changed by now because it’s not working for him or his fans.

Female Squad Goals: Get Some!

By now it’s clear that “The Wrath of Savitar” has given everybody enough feels to last all the way to the moment the next episode airs, maybe beyond that. (I know I’m still not over “Untouchable.”) But once again the people who developed, wrote and directed the episode fell into the troubling pattern of failing to capitalize on opportunities to develop characters and plots that could make the show so much better.

That doesn’t mean the episode didn’t have its merits. Barry’s fight scene with Savitar conveyed some important information: Barry is physically strong enough to fight and seriously wound a god, and his original strategy of changing the future by changing the headlines was a losing bid, as I said. Severing Savitar’s retractable claw was interesting. Not only did it demonstrate Barry’s growing strength, but it could offer a tantalizing clue in the discussion as to whether Savitar-is-future-Barry. I’m not into that theory myself, but perhaps there is enough residual genetic material on the claw to offer clues to Savitar’s identity, since it seemed to be fused to him enough to physically hurt him when it was cut off.

Barry “The Scientist” (and I do mean the thoroughly charming CSI who guest starred on “Arrow”) should have deduced that Savitar was released from the box and the Speedforce, which would mean that the stone, or a piece of it, was in Central City.

And that brings me to a consistent and frustrating weakness of the show: It’s complete inability to allow the women to develop relationships while being more useful. I won’t forget or forgive the wreckage of Iris’ relationship with Francine. Look at all the missed chances to talk things over with Linda, the bizarre shoulder of support offered to pushy, manipulative Patty, and the lethal nurturing of Caitlin Snow, who is only “meh” on whether Iris should live or die. That leaves Jesse Quick. Now, Jesse is supposed to also be a genius on Earth 2, with about five degrees or something. Couldn’t she have helped Iris with the investigation? Tracked down a professor of antiquities or something to get more of a scoop on the Philosopher’s Stone (Julian could even help, out of remorse) and piece together enough of a theory to prompt Barry to look for the shard and find it in Caitlin’s locker. It wasn’t fair that Wally was reprimanded for being a victim of Savitar’s mind games, when Caitlin, who deserved a dressing down over her deception, got a “There, there. We all do things out of fear.”

My concern is Iris. At a certain point a woman Iris’ age (27, 28) wants to talk to her good girl friend about how she’s feeling. If the male show runners are worried about taking on a chic flick vibe, trust me we’re already there. Barry is the superhero most in touch with his feelings. Flesh out Iris by giving her more to do, namely investigating a story tied to the villain somehow, then meeting her squad for drinks to unwind.

To the last drop

  • Did y’all see that Barry asked Cisco to be his best man right away, but Iris was crickets with Caitlin?
  • So Cisco and Gypsy are on a first-name basis? Since when have he and Cynthia been long-distance vibing? It beats incurring cell phone overages, I guess.
  • Barry’s “smooth criminal” expression when Wally confronted him!
  • My heart goes out to Joe!!
  • No seriously, what does this mean for the living arrangements? Which one is going to move out of the loft? Is Jesse going to keep living with Joe? Or does S.T.A.R. Labs have corporate apartments at the Central City W, I’m just saying?

Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless.
There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.

- H. G. Wells

Which is why, once you’ve looked around and recognized the need for change, your mind won’t stop working.

An aerial view of a Greenpeace protest at the Place de L'Etoile during the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015, in Paris, France on December 11th 2015. Around 50 activists tried to draw a yellow sun around the Arc de Triomphe monument. The summit is entering its final stages in an effort to secure a global agreement that would offer a long-term strategy for dealing with climate change. Credit: EPA/GREENPEACE

Just a quick reminder that this process isn’t for us.

It’s not supposed to be interesting to us or fun for us. This process isn’t for the fans - this process is for the public, and also through that, for Louis as well.

Everything is a blip in the public. People who read tabloids know not everything is accurate. But what won’t be a blip is that the name Louis Tomlinson is actually a name they can associate with a face.

I know this is boring and sometimes yucky, but no matter how the rest of the break goes, we will have Louis and the other boys back in June, and Louis will have his name known likely in both the U.S. and UK, and perhaps throughout most parts of the world.

anonymous asked:

Now every single day we get some kinda of talk about Harry's album. It's too much tbh. I think this is putting way too much expectations on him. They are hypeing it too much. This way is much easier for him to trash tbh. I mean, I don't expect him to do badly solo wise, but these expectations are way too high. This is why I don't think it's all coming from his team. Also, fans are getting increasingly more upset so if this was Jeff's strategy he would have changed it by now

i think it’s on every single one of us individually to balance those expectations, though. of course he won’t be able to match them for some. it’s ridiculous and i don’t think he is aiming to please all his fans. i think wants to do what feels right to him. the lack of ..anything from his camp is shady but i haven’t seen anyone setting him up for failure. the comments about his music all sounded genuinely supportive and excited. do i wish we would get more clarity though? 100%

There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which says you have to stop for a red light. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes right through the red light…Or, when a person is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed… Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved. Massive civil disobedience is a strategy for social change which is at least as forceful as an ambulance with its siren on full.
—  Dr. King

Angela Davis: How Does Change Happen?

From radical rebel to university professor, Angela Davis has dedicated her life to social activism. In this talk, Angela Davis reflects on her successes and shares her insights on the strategies for change that have made – and will make – history. Sponsored by the Women’s Resources and Research Center at UC Davis.

Long Ass Confession:

Okay, this is gonna be long as hell so bare (or bear? idk) with me. The Beatles suck and I’m not talking about just talent. Is it okay to consume art, in this case music, made by horrible people? John Lennon may have been talented but no one can really deny that he was a total dick. He was verbally abusive to Brian Epstein, a deadbeat dad, once offered cocaine to Stevie Wonder, and was physically abusive to his first wife as well as Yoko Ono. Like whatever you wanna like but if you don’t fuck with R. Kelly, you probably shouldn’t fuck with The Beatles, either. Just sayin’.Not only is John Lennon one of my problems, but so is Brian Epstein being the “fifth Beatle”. Brian had a marketing strategy for the group and that strategy was to change literally everything about the group and this strategy is where the suits and the haircuts came into play. He also advised them to play more “radio-friendly” tunes. “Beatlemania” was a heavily produced marketing ploy. In short, the term “Fab Four” is actually pretty fitting but if we wanted to steer closer to reality, fab probably connotes fabricated instead of fabulous.Next, they didn’t exactly do anything different as musicians. Actually, they did absolutely nothing different. The Beatles early recordings might as well be admitted plagiarizations of countless American artists, from Carl Perkins to the Supremes to Roy Orbison to especially Buddy Holly… in fact, the name of the group is a direct nod to the name of Holly’s band, The Crickets. And that’s not even counting the groups’ countrymen, including the Dave Clark Five, whom the Beatles “borrowed” tons of inspiration from for their post-“Rubber Soul” albums. As far as their much revered later work goes, just remember this: The Beatles didn’t exactly pioneer the art, or crunching guitar overlap, Bengali interludes or orchestrated feedback in popular music, either. Think “Helter Skelter” was the first heavy metal song ever recorded? Too bad Arthur Brown, Budgie andBlue Cheer were already established acts by the time the song was released, and completely ignore the fact that the first Jimi Hendrix album came out a full year before the “The White Album.” You get the picture. They didn’t really do anything different.

My next point is that their albums were ridiculously overproduced. Outside of the Ed Sullivan tapings, most people have never HEARD a live Beatles song, and that’s for a good reason: The Beatles were a TERRIBLE live act, that’s why. Earlier, I said that the Beatles didn’t pioneer anything new in music. Well, the closest they got to being innovators for pop music was the fact that they were the first band thatnecessitated overproduction in their recordings. Listening to “The White Album” or “Sgt. Pepper’s” is basically the equivalent of listening to the work of a hundred people, because there’s so much post work and audio tweaking on the tracks that there’s hardly anything organic about the compositions at all. I’ve stumbled over a few criticisms by Jonathan Eisen in 1970, William Ruhlmann in 1995, and Christopher Scapelliti in 1996.

NEXT point. Say what you will about John Lennon’s lyrics (which he, by the way, thought were pretty pointless himself), the reality is unavoidable: none of the Beatles were remarkably talented at what they did. Yeah, Lennon and McCartney could play the piano, but if you made a list of the top one hundred pianists of the 20th century, you would have to be an absolute mongoloid to include them on the countdown. If you can name ANY bassists or drummers out there that cite McCartney or Ringo asdirect influences on them, please let me know, because I haven’t heard such praise in all of my 25 years on the planet. George Harrison was probably the most talented of the Beatles, but let’s face the facts: would anybody feel comfortable in naming him one of the greatest guitar players of all time? Was anything he did on par with the work of Hendrix, or Van Halen, or Stevie Ray Vaughn, or even a Scott Ian? In all reality, that dude from Limp Bizkit was more impressive as a guitarist than he was. The Beatles may have been adequate singers and writers of mildly above average poetry, but that’s about it as far as their musical dexterity goes.

My last point is that they are all a bunch of hypocrites.  For whatever reason, people seem to equate John Lennon and the music of the Beatles as symbolic of the peace and human rights movement of the 1960s. The only problem? John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrisonwere all a bunch of duplicitous, insincere a-holes. McCartney and Harrison both went on and on about the ills of consumption and commercialization, but what do you know? Both guys spent the rest of their lives living in luxurious mansions, collecting gargantuan royalty checks that they spent on such humanitarian efforts as themselves. Ever one to note the valueof the musical art form, McCartney celebrated the medium by doing what any connoisseur of art would - he bought up the licensing rights to more songs than anybody on the planet, so that he could make a profit every time other people’s work was used for commercial purposes. And then, there’s John Lennon, the “martyr” that just wanted us “to give peace a chance.” Here’s a quote about Mr. Lennon that you’ve probably never heard amidst all of that vaunting and praise he is perennially showered with: “I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite…[he]could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him…how can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces - no communication, adultery, divorce? You can’t do it, not if you’re being true and honest with yourself.” At first, that sounds like your run of the mill case of the sour grapes, until you realize this: the above words were written by John Lennon’s own son.

There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which says you have to stop for a red light. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes right through the red light……..Or, when a person is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed…… Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved…Massive civil disobedience is a strategy for social change which is at least as forceful as an ambulance with its siren on full.
—  Dr. King