I love people’s writing about perfume, because it’s forced to be so creative. Scent is hard to talk about, so people have to resort to stories and metaphors, all of them intensely personal to the writer.
And when they don’t like a perfume, that creativity gives forth some of the best insults. I have here curated my favorites from Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. The list is long, but trust me, they’re all worth reading.
A disclaimer: The same thing that makes perfume reviews fun to read also makes them super subjective. I have never found less of a consensus on anything than on perfume. In other words, if you find your favorite perfume on this list, please don’t take it personally (and don’t blame me- I haven’t smelled most of these myself!)
Honestly I don’t like the ‘science as vocation’ idea that is so pervasive in how we talk about science. Like it’s completely cool if you view it as your vocation but think that the idea that it’s a vocation for everyone is somewhat harmful.
Because it helps to justify and support the exploitation of non tenured workers (particularly grad students and postdocs). The idea being that we love science so much that we’ll put up with horrible working conditions just to get to do it. If science is more than just our job, if it’s our calling, than who cares if we work 80 hours and week and have no work/life balance? We are grateful to just be able to do what we love.
Science isn’t my vocation. It’s not my calling. It’s my job. It’s a job that I enjoy, sure, but it’s a job. And I want to be able to have hobbies outside of it. And not feel guilty for not working 12 hour days all the time. And I don’t think that’s so unreasonable to ask.
I also think that presenting science as just another job, exactly as important and demanding as all jobs, with it’s particular requirements sure, but not inherently different or better than, say, being a tax accountant, will help people outside of science understand it better. Because it makes us regular people and not academic elites so removed from the public that we’re not part of it.
Anyways I’m tired of the idea that science is somehow inherently ~~~special~~~ and so much better than everything else and that we should sacrifice ourselves at it’s altar just to be given the chance to purse it.
Neil opened his eyes slowly to a sun-filled room. It was bright out, clearly past his usual rising hour, and for a moment it worried him. For that moment he didn’t recognize the room; couldn’t name the country he was waking up in, let alone the city. It was natural to force the panic to settle by looking around the room, picking up specific memories from objects placed strategically in view of the bed. As Neil scanned, forcing himself to breathe normally, the world pieced itself back together again in front of his tired eyes.
On the dresser at the far end of the room was a framed photo of the Foxes’ first championship win, Neil’s first year on a Class I team. From there his eyes drifted slowly to the the bedside table, where there was a familiar set of keys – the keys to the house in Columbia – placed close to him for this exact reason. Just above, hanging on the adjacent wall, was Neil’s jersey from his first professional Exy team, when he played for New York. At the end of the bed was a cat, Sir, and the memory of taking him home rose to the surface of Neil’s mind. The last movement was a natural progression. It was instinct that came from going over this same list every morning.
But when Neil rolled over to check the other side of the bed, it was missing. The last piece had been removed from the board before Neil could manage to finish the puzzle. He looked back at Sir, at the end of the bed, and it was almost ridiculous how long it took his mind to finally make the connection.
Andrew wasn’t beside him.
Instinct told him to panic. A feeling of dread washed over Neil’s body like a tsunami devastates a city.
Hey, I was reading your post about Dean stepping away from Sam when on the phone with Cas and I was wondering if you could clarify what you meant. I wasn't sure what your point was, sorry.
Part of what I love about the Dean / Cas relationship is not what we see on screen but the subtext of what we see off screen and what is held back.
Things like the deleted scene going around my dash today with Cas saying ‘I’ve been told I’m getting funnier’ - well heck if that isn’t a conversation he’s had with Dean. The fact that Dean took Cas to Hot Topic to buy Claire a grumpy cat plushy. What happened off screen after they went to the brothel in season 5, the fan fiction gap of 9x06, the drive home in 7x23 after Dean told Cas he would choose him and Cas felt partly forgiven, THE DRIVE HOME AFTER 12x12!!
So yeah I enjoy all this stuff a LOT :)
The phone calls tie into this nicely. I wrote a post particularly about phone conversations here:
Essentially, the fact that Dean often moves away from Sam when calling Cas or is completely off screen when speaking to Cas and, when Sam comes in or he comes near Sam, seems to change the subject back to the case at hand (it’s quite clearly often NOT a continuation of the conversation from before). This just upholds more off screen development of their relationship friendship which is canonically referred to on screen through these references.
So, you know when you were a kid and had a crush, you’d want to speak to them, well heck if you’re going to do that around your sibling, especially one who seems to constantly roll his eyes at you anyway….well imagine you’re a 30-something year old man with crap all relationship experience, a shitty childhood, a complicated understanding of your own sexuality and your crush is a celestial wavelength of intent in the body of a sexy yet holy tax accountant who most of the time seems oblivious and you’re not even sure if he is interested in anyone sexually or you as more than a friend, a mission to protect or his charge, even if he clearly cares about you a lot?
Yeah, its complicated….
So, over the years we rarely see Dean spending time alone with Cas, but we do get snippets of phone calls.
This is 11x06 by the way, for example, or as I like to call it the expositional episode where Amara canonically said that DEAN REPRESENTS HUMANITY. Only 2 seasons late but you know better late than never ;) So here Dean steps away from Sam to speak to Cas, trying to be supportive but in the end kind of being an unhelpful ass to Cas’s struggle as he doesn’t get it and needs him working to solve the problem at hand (kind of exactly how Cas reacts back to him in 12x02).
And ah, season 12, the season that just keeps on giving….
First we have Dean and Cas’s amazingly open exchange in 12x02 precisely when SAM ISN’T THERE. Dean opens up to Cas like a book, delves into his feelings for Chucks sake…. “It’s all just toooo much”. And yeah, like I say, Cas responds in such a mirrored way to 11x06.
But then? Well Mary is our stand in Sam here, when she is around, Dean’s all business.
This is part of a running theme and kind of cements the point I’m making within ONE episode. And its a Bucklemming episode…
Then the opener at the bunker of 12x13 gives us another, standard case of ‘Dean is talking to Cas on the phone for an unspecified amount of time and when he comes near Sam ends the conversation with a perfunctory statement’.
Which, you know I’m not going to make a big deal of, but they make a point of Dean walking in talking to Cas in exactly the same place that he then watches Gavin reunite with the woman he loves surrounded by a glowing light exactly one episode after Cas was all glowy. Just saying.
Then 12x15 gives us GOLD.
First of all the intentional double layering of Sam’s “I love you” to Mary and Dean’s closing his conversation with Cas. I loved how intentional this was, it was a clear exposition for me that TPTB are aware of this and playing on it for *reasons* that I hope will eventually come to fruition.
At the end of the episode Cas is in a difficult situation and Dean knows it, the whole “did he sound off you you?” - this is nowhere near the first time. Dean knows Cas but to be fair he also is a master at reading people generally so I take it as a little of one and a little of the other in these situations.
BUT I do love this moment:
Which is exactly the same reaction to the ‘honour bar’ moment in 9x18 - in both Dean looks aside at Sam in a way that insinuates he is holding something back due to Sam’s presence. Which ties into why he usually walks away from Sam or starts the conversation away from Sam where possible when he talks to Cas.
So I hope this answers your question - because basically yes, the phone call thing is just one of the many ways in which Dean holds back from whatever is happening with Cas because of his perception of Sam. Whether he needs to do this is another matter, but he does.
And as this is part of his facade that is being addressed this season I’m interested to see whether we might get more phone conversations with Cas in front of Sam moving forwards to show this alongside what I hope will be Dean being generally more open with his feelings.
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This comic made me want to donate! So I just did under Graci. So good
H-holy crap o.O T-THANK YOU SO MUCH, wow that is a VERY generous donation and one I feel I don’t deserve, but I need very much at this moment ;A; Thank you so, SO much, I’m so happy that you enjoyed it that much, and thank you so much for feeling that my art is worth supporting in such a way. Thanks to your donation I definitely have the motivation to continue it, I’ll try to get up another update next week! ;A;
IN CASE WE STILL HAD ANY DOUBTS. This is an ACTUAL SCREENSHOT TAKEN AT THE MOMENT HE’S PAYING FOR THE RING.
It EXPLICITLY says “Gold Wedding Ring” and it/they cost 768.94 Euros which is a little over $820. (I can’t make out the first word)
BINCH Y U LYING TO YOURSELF. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING, BOY
EDIT: A friend of a friend just pointed out something IMPORTANT! Yuri only bought 1 ring as a gift for Viktor as seen by the total on the receipt and the qty. That means that after that ring was purchased, Viktor bought the matching ring with his own money. This explains why Yuri looks at his hand so shaken when he has the ring placed on him. He only expected to give– not receive– and Viktor FUCKING DELIVERED. And Viktor didn’t do it under the fake pretense of “Good luck charm”. HE KNEW EXACTLY WHY HE WAS BUYING THIS RING
OMG THIS SHOW IS DESTROYING ME
CAN THEY BE MORE BEAUTIFUL
12/8/16 Update: I tweeted at Kubo in Japanese to ask her if she’s able to confirm whether or not the rings were both bought by Yuri or if Viktor bought the second one as a surprise to him, so stay tuned! Crossing my fingers and hoping for a reply! —
12/8/16 Edit: Someone said it could say “Pink Gold Wedding Ring” which looks nothing like the rings that were bought, so I’m not sure. At this point, even with all the pausing and squinting, it’s impossible for me to say.
Someone else said that Yuuri bought both, which was what my original thought was before I was challenged, but it’s hard to say right now. I went back and reanalyzed the scene and noticed that all the rings have individual prices, none of which seem go under 440 Euros (although it is obviously a little blurry the further the rings are from the shot), so if he bought the set, he would at least be paying 880+ Euros which is why I’m leaning towards 1 ring. In addition, even rings of the same set have different prices (presumably because of the band size?) so given that they are both male and would require rings on the larger end, I can see them costing just a bit more.
Second, one of the lines in the translation on Crunchyroll is completely wrong and misleading.
The full speech Yuri gives Viktor after giving him the ring is: “今まで、ありがとうございます。これ以上ぴったりくるもの思いつか なくて。でも、あの…明日からがんばるね…その… 御呪いよ。”
Which translates roughly to: “I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than this. But, um… I’ll try my best from tomorrow (onwards) so… that’s… (a) good luck charm.”
Crunchyroll adds a translation line of “Tell me something for good luck too” which is incorrect. Yuri does NOT request anything from Viktor, which is why I was so convinced that what Viktor did next was completely improvised and on his own with no prompt from Yuri. That, along with Yuri’s extremely shaken expression upon realizing what Viktor is now doing/did (take out the matching ring) sells me on this.
It’s possible Viktor bought the ring right then and there as Yuri purchased his (he could’ve spoken to another employee and be like, get me the matching ring to that customer’s), as Yuri looked about for the one he wanted, but it’s hard to say at what point this happened IF it’s true that Yuri only bought 1. I GUESS WE’LL FIND OUT.
12/13/16 Edit: Found two great new posts that support my theory of Yuuri having only bought 1 ring.The first (and most definitive) post can be read here
It discusses the price of the gold rings and how the tax added on top of it will bring you up to a total closest to the price shown on the receipt. Initially I had noticed the price of the gold ring myself but since I noticed it was only 600+ euros and not the 760+ shown on the receipt, I disregarded it, not thinking to account for tax which is so simple that I feel silly! In the comments made to someone on my original post, I also talk about how Yuri saying “Those two” are in reference to two styles of rings he was trying to decide between.In addition to this, if you assume that gold rings had two different prices (as was shown by the shots of all the other rings) and factor the fact that he could’ve bought the cheaper ring (which again, given the shota of the other rings is roughly around 40 dollars cheaper) the ring becomes 609 + 21% = 736.89 which JUST misses it but if you consider Yuuri’s foreign transaction fee (since he is purchasing outside of Japan) a 4% charge brings us MIGHTY closee at 767.45
All that would really change the numbers a bit is what percentage Yuuri’s card charges per transaction (since it could really be anything between 3-5% realistically, depending on the card, if there is any at all) and which ring he bought, since I already theorized that the different prices were due to different band sizes and the slight difference in price would likely change depending on how small (or big) he would have to go down from the display size.
Discusses where Viktor got HIS ring from to give to Yuuri. I do support this a lot because if this is the case, it implies Viktor was going to propose on his own anyways, which is what I always believed, given that Yuuri is definetly caught by surprise since he didn’t expect anything back, and is also ROMANTIC AF.