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Westallen wedding

Do u know what I wanna see? I wanna see a MASSIVE cross over between all the shows for the westallen wedding (including winn and james) and everything is happy but then there’s some kinda disturbance and all of them fight like a big team and beat the SHIT out of the bad guy. WOULDN’T THAT BE GREAT (also julian should be alive obv)

you know what would have been great? if ron got sorted into slytherin.

imagine– we have this kid on the train, the first friend harry meets, with his corned beef sandwiches and smudged nose. ron is eleven years old and he wants gryffindor, because he’s a weasley and that’s what always happens. but it doesn’t happen.

what a way to redeem slytherin house– or, god, at least complicate it. because ron is petty. he is mean and sharp and ambitious and jealous– and he is loyal to the ends of the earth. he is all those things, and he is and always has been good.

potter becomes before weasley in the alphabet, so harry says not slytherin please and gets told might as well be gryffindor. percy and fred and george are all sitting there in red and gold, ruffling the already-ruffled hair of the boy who lived, smug, and then ron sits down and the hat spits out slytherin!

c'mon it’d be fun. just imagine–

  • the weasleys freaking out– but even that first christmas molly sends him a sweater in beautiful green and silver.

  • snape taking points from gryffindor when ron breaks rules or mouths off. “i’m in your house.” “hm, couldn’t tell which weasley it was…” /drifts away

  • sitting with harry in potions and in flying– whatever classes they happen to share. meeting up to study. scarfing down their breakfasts at separate tables so they can go hang out in the empty classrooms before the day starts. hermione reads while they play exploding snap.
    • the trio signing up for all the same electives third year. this friendship being something they earn and work for; not just the one that looked easiest. (not to bash canon ron&harry, the bros to end all bros, but by putting this very obvious obstacle between them– it makes it that much clearer to the reader that this is a love worth fighting for, because they’re fighting for it).
    • ron being jealous that harry and hermione get to share this house, this home, these hours, while he’s stuck with malfoy and parkinson and goyle– because that would eat him up some days, some months, this insecure kid who’s been the last at everything all his life. this kid who always leaves and always comes back.

  • ron, who constantly compares himself to his brothers– not as smart, not as popular, not as good. one more nail in that coffin, here, yeah? he’s not a prefect, not a quidditch star, not a troublemaker– and even when he becomes those things, someone else has always gotten there first
    • well, i guess he got to this house first at least

  • ron still snaps at snape in potions, after hermione’s been ignored three times, “you know, sir, i think hermione might know the answer.” he still pulls the bars off harry’s window with a stolen, flying car. he still shows harry around the burrow shyly, not knowing what a wonder a warm home is. he still stands up in the shrieking shack as best as he can with a broken leg and tells a mass murderer that if he wants harry he’ll have to go through him first. 
    • ron weasley is a lot of things, but one of them is absolutely a true friend.

  • in their second year:
    • when everyone calls harry the heir, they eye ron at his side and sniff.
    • when hermione lays petrified in the medical ward, ron sits at her side and reads her homework assignments aloud and thinks my house this was my house
    • when ron hugs ginny’s damp, shaking frame after the chamber, ron says sorry and sorry and are you okay and i’m so sorry and ginny calls him an idiot.

  • the trio spends more time in the library with hermione, since ron can’t come to gryffindor tower to study, and homework remains a thing that has to happen. fred and george constantly try to sneak him into the tower anyway. 
    • “c'mon, ronnykins, you belong here, you deserve it, no one’s gonna fuss, it’s your BIRTHRIGHT,” and ron fusses and rolls his eyes at them
    • and then in fourth year in one of those periods where he’s not talking to harry and harry’s not talking to him– he just snaps at the twins
      • because it’s not, alright?
      • not his birthright, not his house, and maybe no one would fuss if he snuck in, maybe no one would care, and that makes it worse not better, because then he’s just that weasley who should’ve been gryffindor
      • and isn’t
    • (and harry overhears this caterwauling, feels his heart fall to his toes, and goes and awkwardly asks ron if he wants to go a few laps on his firebolt). 
    • (because, god, harry-the-chosen-one, harry-in-the-cupboard-under-the-stairs, harry-who’ll-save-us-all– he knows what it’s like to have should have beens on your shoulders, and he knows what it’s like to not be wanted).

  • ron cheers for gryffindor during quidditch matches in those first few years, and sits with hagrid and hermione and neville. harry’s seeker, and fred and george are beaters, and ginny becomes chaser eventually, and honestly screw the slytherin team. they have each and every one of them said disparaging things about ron’s mother.
    • harry and hermione badger ron into trying out for keeper fourth year; he and harry have been practicing on the quidditch pitch because its a non-library-shaped place to hang out where both of them are allowed. ron makes the slytherin roster, and malfoy grudgingly provides ron a team broom after the captain chews him out for a bit.
      • “he may be a weasley, but he’s our keeper, don’t you want to win, draco”
    • but the sort of things they spit in the locker room, the words the players hiss or snigger, the slurs that come easy to their tongues– ron would like to say that he considered just walking out of the cesspit, but instead he snipes and sasses and shouts and sometimes tries to spell slugs at the worst of them. 
      • it doesn’t do much, that one irritated voice of protest– except that it does. and he’s got a new (hand-me-down) wand, after the gilderoy fiasco, so the slugs even come out the right end.
    • fred gives him a black eye with a bludger one time (though ron does manage to block the quaffle) and molly sends a howler to gryffindor table with the morning post. (“RON DID YOU TATTLE”) (“IT WAS CLEARLY PERCY, FRED, SIT DOWN”)
      • (the weasleys often have family conversations across the great hall, with hufflepuffs and ravenclaws covering their ears long-sufferingly between them)

  • in the lake, it’s still ron hanging there in the water, still and bloated. it’s still harry’s heart that stutters in his chest, for all it’s just a game, just a game, just a game, right?

  • ron listens hard and tries to talk himself out of fist fights, all that next year in the slytherin common room as they read aloud rita skeeter articles.

  • when hermione calls dumbledore’s army to its first session in that pub, there are green scarves in that crowd– ron and one of the beaters who ron’s gotten to help glare to rest of the slytherin quidditch team into submission.

  • ron beats draco to being prefect (i think i remember it was dumbledore and not mcgonagall who seemed to award prefect status– snape doesn ’t get a say).
    • percy is SO PROUD, as usual, but so are fred and george. “did you see the little malfoy git? green with shame, my god.”

  • when harry has the dream about sirius, ron isn’t there to wake. but when draco’s pulled out of bed to be a professional bully– er, i mean inquisitorial squad member– ron follows at a careful distance and curses draco from behind. 
    • they ride thestrals over london. harry finds the prophecy and ron thinks about the sorts of things that get decided at your birth.  
    • sirius black was a son of slytherin who had a lion living in his chest that he couldn’t hide away. 
    • ron was meant to be gryffindor, and through a haze of injury and fear he watches sirius die just out of harry’s reach.

  • just imagine: ron with his temper and his sharp words and his fierce loyalty. ron who looks into the mirror of erised and sees house cups and prefect badges and ambitions earned– he could belong in slytherin. there is nothing wrong with wanting things, and he wants them so bad.

  • there are so many reasons to fight a war, and so many ways. harry and his sacrifices, his loving resignation. hermione’s good right hook and bottomless bag of supplies. luna, brilliant and a bit batty. lee jordan’s radio and mcgonagall’s burning patience and brittle, certain bones.

  • just imagine: when the last battle comes, there is a slytherin on the field who is not snape.

  • when draco and his parents walk away, in that last battle, ron–
    • who slept in the same dormitory as the boy for six years
    • who heard draco’s nightmares and saw him paling and desperate all sixth year
    • who is as pureblooded as lucius’s spoiled whelp
    • who remembers grimacing at the thought of squibs
    • who has known magic all his life
    • who spotted draco penning letters home to his mother every sunday and hiding them when the other boys could see–
    • ron sees them going.
      • he sounds no alarms. he says no farewells.
      • he turns back to his friends, and his fight, and lets them be.

  • just imagine: when harry kneels on the train platform and his second son asks him “but what if i get sorted slytherin, dad?” harry can say, “the bravest man i ever knew was in slytherin house. whatever you are, wherever you go, we’re going to be so proud of you." 
    • and they can both gaze over to where ron is squawking beside his daughter’s trolley of luggage because crookshanks (who will live to be forty eight million years old) has latched onto his shins with a violent fondness.
things with sharp edges & bullets in nazis, swearing by pushkin & tolstoy & trotsky, armor & arrows & black widow stings,these are a few of my favorite things
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When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord’ was super rad, but really masculine—ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy. So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end!                           Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.

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get to know me: favorite team → team avatar (open in new tab for larger size!!)
Sokka: “I just wanted to say: good effort out there today, Team Avatar.”
Katara: “Enough with the Team Avatar stuff. No matter how many times you say it, it’s not gonna catch on!”
Sokka: “How about the Boomerang Squad? See, it’s good cause it has Aang in it - Boomer-Aang!” (art credit)

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More than 650,000 prisoners are released every year in the U.S., but no federal agency tracks the unemployment rate for this population. Experts say low reading and technological literacy, as well as reluctance among employers to hire former convicts, means many drop out of the labor force altogether.

But there are a handful of novel initiatives trying to turn that narrative around, by bringing college education and professional training, and even entrepreneurship programs behind bars. Advocates of such programs say by teaching inmates at a higher level, they reduce financial and social costs to society.

One that gets a lot of attention is the Bard Prison Initiative.

College Classes In Maximum Security: ‘It Gives You Meaning’

Photos by Cameron Robert/NPR

anonymous asked:

Okay I was thinking. And... what if humans are known for our imagination and capacity for art? Like to piggyback off of the stories post, what if we're known for our widely rich imaginations and cultures and painting and music and all these things that make up who we are as a species. Like imagine an alien hearing AC/DC or reading Shirley Jackson or seeing Picasso and what if it's our rich cultures that make us unique?

Interesting, and I think someone should play with this idea because it’s really fun.

I propose, however: thousands of years in the future, humans are well-known for their classic works of art and music that have stood the test of time. Like any artifacts, only a tiny proportion of humanity’s total output is still known, cataloged, and studied; the rest have been lost to the passage of time.

On an archaeological dig on the humans’ former residence of earth, a team finds a beat-up flash drive. Decades later, they are finally able to access the file formats inside. 

Headlines flash across the galaxy. Archaeologists and art historians of all species request to join the ongoing investigation. Essays expound upon the layers of philosophy this art contains. Teachers prepare lesson plans for their pupils to imitate this rediscovered human art form.

The Real Top 100 NHL players of all time
  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Alex Ovechkin
  4. Sidney Crosby
  5. PK Subban
  6. the amount of people annoyed by the fans of a stanley cup winning team
  7. Alex Trebek
  8. All of Me by John Legend
  9. Fifth Harmony
  10. Marntin
  11. When players use their water bottles upside down
  12. refs who swear at players
  13. Brad marchand’s nose
  14. the worm lawson crouse ate on a boat
  15. “Hanifin, That’s gotta be a battle win”
  16. Nate Mac’s OT winner against Sweden
  17. JAHNNY HACKEYY 
  18. johnny hockey ™
  19. the faces mitch marner made when they were reviewing his shootout goal
  20. henrik lundqvist sucking this year
  21. Las Vegas Golden Knights
  22. the bear that roars when the bruins get a power play
  23. oscar klefboms nickname being sexbomb
  24. taylor hall going from being cheered to booed in his return to edmonton
  25. I once was a kid with the other little kids Now I’m whippin’ up shows and ‘em fans goin’ wild with us Tell mommy I’m sorry This life is a party, i’m never growing up.
  26. John Scott
  27. Auston Matthews four goals in his first ever NHL game
  28. The Oilers being tied for top of the pacific in January
  29. the atlantic being an absolute mess
  30. totinos pizza rolls
  31. brad marchand calling himself “best player”
  32. martin jones and cam talbot being basically the same person
  33. Zdeno Chara breaking the hardest shot record every time he made it to the NHL All Star Game
  34. Evgeny Kuznetsov at one point being the highest scorer on the Washington Capitals
  35. People who say “every team has bad fans” slowly realizing it always seems to be flyers fans
  36. some old guy who makes “They have ice joke” about a southern team
  37. Tom “Daddy” Wilson 
  38. all the WAGs
  39. Sidney crosby’s tim horton’s commercials with Nate Mac
  40. The Merry Christmas banner i still have hanging in my apartment
  41. All the pet names Andre Burakovsky comes up for his teammates
  42. teams with star wars nights
  43. Paul Pierce
  44. the habs cwhl affiliate Les Canadiennes being 100x better than them
  45. nature documentaries
  46. people who cry at alarming noises (me)
  47. all the cats in the whole world
  48. some cool birds
  49. Jack Eichel trying to politely say the evergaldes tour was the worst thing he has ever done in his life
  50. connor becoming a daddy
  51. People who really want Nuge to shave
  52. the ship name McNugget in general
  53. Team USA beating Team Canada in the shootout at world juniors and canadians acting like it didn’t count because it was the shootout.
  54. Babcock having to buy wine for underage in his own country auston matthews
  55. self love the size of alex ovechkin’s
  56. boys wearing nail polish
  57. when you have “hey Siri” turned on and she just starts randomly talking to you.
  58. NHL Combine pictures
  59. the fact that the NFL fucking added dodge ball to the probowl
  60. the NHL taking away the brakaway challenge and then using almost exclusively breakaway challenge footage for their “best all star moments” montages.
  61. Jaromir Jagr breaking Gordie Howe’s age record
  62. Zdeno Chara being three kids in a trench coach
  63. Mitch marner being carded for a rated R movie
  64. Joe Jonas’ new band DNCE
  65. just guys bein dudes
  66. People who have to make their bed before they get back into it
  67. Connor Mcdavid (20) getting 100 points the same year Shawn Thornton (39) does as well.
  68. matt martin high sticking his own teammate and proceeding to yell at the other team about it anyway
  69. Jazzy Kadri
  70. Jake Gardiner’s rivalry with Jazzy Kadri
  71. Jake Gardiner’s sister being significantly hotter than him
  72. The lost look Jake Gardiner always has on his face
  73. Braden Holtby’s just all around style
  74. “why would i be the one to get the ring?”
  75. Zdeno Chara threatening to eat sidney crosby as a chirp. 
  76. Moana
  77. Wayne Simmonds finally making it to the NHL all star game
  78. steve dangles tweet about tim thomas shooting a tv in a chik fil a
  79. Geno’s terrible flip phone he used to film pres obama
  80. mixing up the “dad” contact and the “daddy” contact in your phone.
  81. only using snapchats for the filters
  82. Nicki Minaj’s masterpiece “Get On Your Knees” featuring Ariana Grande
  83. finnish draco malfoy valtteri filppula
  84. the count down clock on Claude Julien’s career while Therrien remains unthreatened.
  85. Carey Price not resigning with the habs when his contract runs out
  86. the fact that no one knows who Lupul is anymore
  87. Roman Josi not being the hottest Pred since the Subban trade
  88. adam mcquaid actually scored???
  89. that time Jaromir Jagr hooked evgeni malkin so noticably and the bruins scored in OT because of it
  90. bill clinton mispronouncing yzerman really bad
  91. saad not being that good 
  92. the fact that bobrovsky is literally going to win torts the jack adams
  93. nikita zaitsev actually having a son
  94. kitty sneezes
  95. kazoos
  96. all star by Smashmouth but every word is somebody
  97. Connor McDavid (97 get it)
  98. the oh mama don’t you cry usa hockey chant
  99. drake
  100. the fact that i came up with 100 things
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Meet the Rutgers students who invented an eco-friendly transportation service for refugees

  • Trump wants to ban refugees from entering the United States. But these Rutgers University students want to help refugees live with dignity.
  • Rutgers Business School seniors Gia Farooqi, Hasan Usmani, Moneeb Mian and alumna Hana Lakhani — who are all Muslim — pitched Roshni Rides to the international social entrepreneurship competition Hult Prize for a $1 million prize.
  • The group won the regional finals of the competition in March, out of 50,000 applicants. The team beat out schools like Harvard, Yale and Purdue, and is one of five regional winners across the world, Umair Masood, Rutgers’ campus director for the Hult Prize, said in an email.
  • Roshni Rides is an eco-friendly rickshaw service, a two- or-three-wheeled man-powered passenger cart, that will allow refugees to travel with ease and without a financial burden.
  • If the team wins the $1 million prize, Roshni Rides would start its service in Orangi Town, Pakistan. Read more (3/9/17 3:14 PM)

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The definitely not definitive sports anime guide

So I did a thing a while back (a year ago, in fact) where I tried to make a primer for sports animes. I have since watched Many, Many More so let’s do this again (still no Daiya no Ace tho).
Based purely on my own meandering experience, here’s a hopefully comprehensive guide on picking your next set of adoptive sons.

Note: There’s ten shows so this is going to be long, you guys. Just… so long. And there will be many exclamation points.

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