the decision 2.0

The Types as People I Know (by an INFJ)

INTP

  • N e r d
  • doesn’t know what’s going on 90% of the time
  • literally one of the most learned people I know but always acts like they don’t know even the simplest thing
  • cinnamon roll
  • also incredibly humble and always willing to learn more
  • surprisingly good at sports 
  • conversations either die in 2 seconds or go on for 21 hours, there is no in between
  • only wants everybody to get along but doesn’t know how

INFP

  • F I
  • not everything in your life wants to challenge your Fi or attack your values, relax mate
  • super reserved, like, needs a 8-year friendship, two empty bottles of wine, a broken heart and for it to be either 2 or 3 am to finally open up a little
  • that weird friend with the weird interests™
  • impossibly unease with feelings, especially other people’s 
  • has very strong opinions about everything
  • devoted crack shipper
  • loyal af, they will die before stabbing you in the back

ENFP

  • never runs out of conversation topics
  • head in the clouds 24/7
  • their Si will remember everything you did wrong forever so think twice before pissing them off
  • seems random but give them a second and the’ll show you that they were actually on topic the whole time
  • Your Fi-Te will hurt someone some day, speaking your mind about everything is not always the right choice
  • a child, a literal child: hold their hand when you hang out because they could literally get lost in a 5 feet room 

ENFJ

  • thinks they know everything about you even if you never exchanged a word with them 
  • secretly judging you
  • the definition of rushing to conclusions cause no, it’s not INFJs: we have been wrong the whole time
  • will try to save you somehow
  • you don’t know it yet, but you definitely need saving. just accept it
  • cute and caring on the outside, shrewd mastermind on the inside
  • currently tending to 12347876 humanitarian projects but still looking for more

ESFJ

  • too cute asdfghjkl
  • always clueless but gets away with it because cute
  • could befriend a rock
  • children, they are always surrounded by children
  • secretly santa
  • if they haven’t lost every single one of their possessions yet is only because they surround themselves with Te users
  • transparent and pure in a scary way like, holy shit, how can you wear your heart on your sleeve all the time like that???
  • will cry because other people are crying

ISFJ

  • the mom friend™
  • their Si is scary
  • soft on the outside, more organized than an obsessive compulsive ESTJ on the inside
  • most stubborn person I know like, try to change their mind, just try, you won’t succeed, you cannot succeed
  • would cut off their own hand rather than hurt your feelings
  • master of small talk
  • cares for you by micromanaging your life with a smile
  • Ne will not kill you, if you dye your walls a different color for the first time in 34 years it will not be the end of the world, I promise

ISFP

  • sugar and spice and everything nice
  • also long walks in the woods and exercising at first light
  • restless and peaceful at the same time, they are what I believe nirvana must feel like
  • you never know what goes on inside their head: mass murder? the cure for cancer? recipes for creative pasta sauces? beats me
  • cute and genuine, only wants to have a good time but extremely chill about it
  • has 4.0 gpa but still dismisses it as ‘nothing important’

ISTP

  • too cool for you™
  • chill and detached
  • world war iii and nuclear explosions could be raging outside but they would still have their breakfast, shower, and wear comfy clothes like nothing’s happening
  • feelings? what feelings? 
  • their Ti’s laziness saved their life more times than they know
  • occasionally prone to philosophical conversations
  • likes to be obnoxious just to be obnoxious but actually cares v deeply about you and your feelings 

ESTP

  • chill, so chill all the time, give me some of your chill please
  • how can you trust the moment like that??? how can you rush into things without a second thought?
  • poker face master 
  • busy all the time, a free second is a lost second
  • has no idea what they’re doing but still looks like they’ve got this 100%
  • likes to muse about abstract concepts but loses interest pretty soon
  • “relax. everything’s fine” they said before everything started being NOT fine
  • never listens to elders
  • procrastinates life changing decisions like a pro

ESFP

  • the friend you need
  • will rationalize all of your problems and then take you out for shopping and dinner to cheer you up
  • outspoken and blunt like o m g you are hurting other people’s feelings!
  • makes life changing decisions in 2.0 seconds
  • “i’m bored, let’s do something”
  • name a tv series. they’ve watched it. name a film. they’ve watched it. name a book. they’ve read it. they do nothing but engage in media consumption
  • will always pretend they’re fine
  • works only on Te induced panic

ESTJ

  • wants you to go straight to the point
  • could socialize with a rock
  • meets people they know wherever they go, has probably acquaintances on the moon too
  • why do i always feel like I did something wrong when I’m with you?
  • so organized, so reliable, so strong, so emotionally repressed
  • will panic if things don’t go as planned, Ne is a bitch
  • surprisingly creative and a very very good listener, also humble
  • will never ever tell you how they feel
  • always gets your shit together for you. you are welcome

ENTJ

  • kinda scary
  • always wants more, perfection can be perfectioned
  • takes everything as a competition
  • they’ve played all the videogames you can think of. name one. they played it, they owned it, they established the new national record
  • probably a serial killer 
  • so smart asdfghhjkl
  • are they serious? are they joking? are they secretly planning your murder? you will never know
  • every time they smile, a puppy dies
  • i admire your hold on Se, like yes tell that bitch who’s boss

INTJ

  • social situation? what social situation?
  • they know, they always know. they’ve known it all along. listen to them or have them tell you they knew for the next 46 years. up to you
  • sexually attracted to calendars and planners
  • they probably own a death note but are too lazy to use it. for now.
  • systematical nerd
  • a w k w a r d a s h e l l 
  • can’t handle conversations with more than one person at a time
  • has 74 different tumblr blogs, one for each of their various interests. either tags everything or tags nothing

INFJ

  • everything must have a deeper meaning, things are always a metaphor for something else
  • probably knows everything about your life dreams and secret fears and ambitions but forgot about your birthday 3 seconds after you told them the date
  • clumsy af, never leave them alone, they can’t care for themselves
  • will make people happy at any cost but in their own way with their own time
  • ends up making people AND themselves unhappy in the process
  • cannot talk for the life of them but writes beautifully
  • craves deep connections and tea
  • wants to save the world someday but is content with just imagining it for now

ISTJ

  • knows what they wanted to do with their life since they were 4
  • is slowly getting there
  • bitter and sarcastic like a grumpy Victorian old lady
  • hardcore shipper
  • created 15 power point presentations to prove that JohnLock is canon
  • gravitates toward chocolate and mechanical pencils
  • that one fanwriter you adore
  • has vintage but amazing fashion sense, their hair and makeup is always on point

ENTP

  • chaotic tsundere 
  • had a feeling, once 
  • has currently 459 open tabs and it’s not even the most they’ve ever had
  • let’s spend the next ten years discussing science together please
  • always knows the best way to make fun of someone but use themselves as favorite target
  • played devil’s advocate just to piss people off so many times they can no longer tell when they’re playing devil’s advocate but people still get pissed so everything’s good i guess
  • “yes but what if-”
  • doesn’t know where whores go
The Love Triangle & the "Love Triangle" in Uncharted 2

I came into the Uncharted fandom years after Among Thieves came out, but I’ve seen people debate about the Chloe/Elena/Nathan situation in the game. To some, it’s obvious that it’s a love triangle—both women are central characters, both are or have been involved with Nathan Drake, and he ends up with one at the end. Of course it’s a love triangle! To others, it’s obviously not a love triangle—Elena and Chloe never compete over Nate, and he’s never depicted as torn over who he should be with romantically. Of course it’s not a love triangle.

Thing is, both stances are right, in a sense. I’ve been wanting to natter on about this for a while and I have some time to kill, so here are some thoughts on why UC2 does and doesn’t have a love triangle, and why I love what it does have.

I want to start by stepping out of the narrative for a minute to look at Elena and Chloe from a design and storytelling perspective. The two of them have a lot more in common than is immediately apparent (and I will rain praise upon anyone who writes fic about them post-UC2), but they’re clearly intended to seem like opposites at first. Elena is the (more or less) law-abiding one, with a real job and a “noble cause”; she’s blonde and very American-girl-next-door looking. The white picket fence type, going by appearance. Chloe’s a career criminal like Nate, initiating the action rather than getting dragged into it, and she’s got the dark hair and the sexy accent—hell, the sexy everything.

None of this is an accident, especially considering the roles they play. Both Chloe and Elena are ultimately good people, but Elena brings out Nate’s altruistic, heroic side right from the start, while Chloe’s much more pragmatic and interested in self-preservation until she has a good reason to put herself on the line. The story initially places them in opposing roles, even if they are not actually antagonists to each other. And while Nate may be happily with Chloe when they meet in Nepal, his delighted smile when he sees Elena followed by his concern about her relationship with Poor Jeff (“You don’t think they’re a couple, do you? They’re not a couple.”) makes it reaaaaal clear where this is going to go.

Two very different-seeming women with objectives that are inevitably going to conflict, one Nate’s currently involved with and one he still has feelings for. Obviously, this is a love triangle. Obviously, he’s going to make a choice at some point. To us the players, it’s clear what’s coming.

The thing is, the characters don’t know they are in a story. From outside looking in, yes, the above description makes it pretty clearly a love triangle. But looking at it solely from an in-universe perspective, like they’re real people? Nah. It’s really not. The love triangle is and OOC thing, not an IC thing.

When Chloe first learns who Elena is and an abbreviated version of what her history is with Nate, she doesn’t feel threatened. She thinks it’s funny as hell, because it totally is. It’s only when Nate decides to bring Elena and Jeff along with them that Chloe drops her smile, and she is very clear about what her concerns are: she does not want to be slowed down by extra people. She really does not want to be caught with Nate by Lazarevic or his people, because then her double-dealing will become obvious and that won’t end well for anybody. With the exception of a well-deserved “ugh” response to Nate’s speculation on Elena and Jeff’s relationship status, Chloe doesn’t act like Elena is an obstacle to her relationship with Nate, and even that comes off as more eye-rolly than seriously bothered. Once again, her concern is practical: she wants to stay alive and reach their goal, and two people she can’t trust to be capable + Nate’s hero complex make that harder.

To his credit, Nate doesn’t act like Elena is a threat to his thing with Chloe either. He’s glad to see Elena and clearly has lingering feelings for her, but he doesn’t flirt with her, doesn’t start putting emotional distance between him and Chloe. To be honest, I’m not sure Nate even recognizes how much he still feels for Elena at this point. The guy is not great at handling his emotions, and considering that canon hints and creator word of God indicate that he always breaks off relationships when he starts feeling too much, I expect that he’s in denial to some degree.

It’s actually the section around this time that Elena isn’t even in that sticks out to me and solidifies the “not an IC love triangle” position for me. When Chloe and Nate are exploring the temple, they have the same banter and flirting that they did before. Chloe sounds playful and relaxed when she teases Nate about wanting to see her t-shirt wet (and he doesn’t deny it, heh.) Nate eggs her on to admit that she’s impressed by his climbing around. And when they find the mountain map location of Shambhala, Nate is more than happy to share a victory-high kiss with Chloe.

He’s the one who spits out the pen cap, who takes Chloe in his arms and starts going for it before they’re so rudely interrupted. Even if he still has feelings for Elena, and even if his relationship with Chloe isn’t that serious (he cares for her, but it’s extraordinarily unlikely he pictures their current thing as something that’s going to be a long-term thing that lasts for years), he does not behave like Elena being around makes him feel pressure to ditch Chloe for her. As players, we can predict that he’s going to choose between them eventually, but to Nate, there’s no choice to be made. He’s got a thing going with Chloe, they happened to run into his ex, and he still has a thing going with Chloe. Elena’s presence doesn’t change that.

It’s the gunfights and the arrival of Lazarevic’s men and Nate’s choice to try and save Jeff that changes that. And the thing that breaks up Nate and Chloe is definitely Jeff, because while he would not have left Elena alone either, it’s his decision to not walk away from a wounded man that is the sticking point. No one in this scene is thinking about romance or sex; it’s a clash of ideologies that does it. Nate isn’t choosing between love interests, he’s choosing the kind of guy he wants to be, and deep down that is a good dude who helps people instead of saving his own skin.

Even though this is where things come to a head in terms of Chloe vs. Elena, it’s also where the supposed love triangle falls apart on an IC level, because it doesn’t leave any doubt that Nate and Chloe are broken up now. Once again, we as players can observe that it’s still fairly early in the game and that things will probably get more complicated, but it seems clear to Nate. He looks hurt at Chloe turning on them, and afterward his concern is very much about Chloe’s safety; if Flynn reveals that she was working with Nate, Lazarevic won’t hesitate to kill her. He just demonstrated his ruthlessness. And if there’s an ambiguity, that’s quickly dispelled when Nate does catch up to Chloe on the train. They’re done.

I could write a thousand more words on the development and rekindling of Nate and Elena’s relationship throughout the rest of the game…but I don’t want to, so suffice it to say that it’s a gradual thing that only really starts happening after Chloe is out of the picture, and Nate ultimately does decide to be with one of his love interests at the end of the game, just like we knew he would. But from his perspective it is not a choice between Elena and Chloe. His time with Chloe and his decision to try relationship 2.0 with Elena don’t overlap at all.

This is why I like the love triangle in UC2 while also not thinking it really is one. Us players are genre-savvy, so there’s still that tension in the narrative as we wonder how his love life’s going to turn out (unless you’re me and read post-UC2 fanfiction first), but Nate isn’t an indecisive jerk torn between two women, and Elena and Chloe are never pitted against each other in a way that reduces them to their relationships with Nate. Hell, when they conflict, it’s barely about Nate at all; he’s just the element that brings them together and prompts the clash of worldviews. This avoids the usual love triangle clichés and lets the characters be more nuanced and realistic-feeling, and lets Chloe in particular have a great arc. It’s just refreshing. Opinions on this kind of thing are subjective, but for me, I find “Who will Nate bang?” way less interesting than “Who does Nate want to be?” And I think UC2 does a good job of providing that question with an interesting answer.

(I had to hurry and finish this before running to catch a train so please forgive any errors—I’ll probably be editing out 50 typos as I spot them.)

"Rip Off" is THE most important Watson episode on Elementary

“Who knows…
              if you do write a book, someone might be interested to read it”

— Sherlock Holmes to Kitty Winter, NOT Watson, in 3x05.

No one’s freaking out in the fandom so I wonder how many grasped the significance of what went down. This is HUGE, for Watson. Yes her complete absence was distracting, many jumped to the conclusion that Kitty Winter is replacing Joan Watson. 1.) How is that possible in a Sherlock story. 2.) I’m an english speaking Asian female filmmaker shut up I understand gender/race representation disparities more then you. 2.) Allow me to explain why Kitty Winter’s presence and her erasing of Watson’s “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” is really THE best thing ever for Joan Watson.
In fact, I’m freaking out over how monumental this is in the entire history of “SHERLOCK HOLMES” and it’s adaptations.

You see, Sherlock Holmes was a fictional masterpiece written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrating as Dr. Watson. Almost every single adaptation of this story and character has stuck to that; Sherlock is the protagonist, the focus and curiosity, and Watson is the narrator who’s there to record, observe and marvel at Sherlock’s brilliance. And Sherlock’s brilliant, to the point of being alien. Watson was the human who acted as audience surrogate, especially in later adaptations that upped Watson to the importance of a sidekick. But Sherlock remains the subject, and Watson studied him. With Elementary, it’s one-sided no more. Sherlock learnt from Watson more then ever.

Elementary started out with immediate declarations that they intend to change up the classic’s dynamic, by making Watson an equal to Sherlock in their narrative. They succeeded tremendously in transforming the foil into a heroine with Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson. So impressively fleshed out is she, really sometimes you question who is more celebrated in this show, Watson or Sherlock. The heart, or the mind. But never was that equal partnership literally actualised, because Joan Watson wrote “The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes”. She was a student and a spectator. But there’s a reason why this show’s titled “Elementary” NOT “Sherlock” or “Sherlock Holmes”. (And no it’s not BBC.)

That can of soda in “Rip Off” erases that. Well poured.
Sherlock is not the sole headliner in THIS STORY. Elementary respects it’s root material, but it’s growing pass it. And in an episode aptly titled “Rip Off”!

In the same episode that forces you to experience the hole in Sherlock’s life without Joan Watson, Elementary elevates Watson’s meta status to Sherlock Holmes’ true co-lead. Their legend will indeed be written. But finally, finally, Watson will be a subject AS interesting and as worth documenting, alongside Sherlock. Because for the first time, their tales would be accounted by someone who admires and received immense help from them BOTH. One strong, patched up broken bird, Kitty Winter. Watson and Sherlock’s adopted daughter apprentice is effectively this story’s Sir Arthur Conan Dolye!!! You see why I’m flailing like the Tardis is right outside my door?

No wonder they inserted Ophelia Lovibond’s lovely british voice this season thus so. Her introduction baffled us all. Yes she’s canon, but not like this. Was she supposed to be the horrible creative decision that is Watson 2.0, literally living in her space. Never mind that she can’t possibly reach Joan Watson’s perfection in complimenting Sherlock’s character. The double take is that Kitty’s tragic history meant she’s really Sherlock 2.0, another damaged soul for Joan Watson’s magical healing touch. And accepted Watson’s help she has, over many episodes Kitty has come to revere Watson’s influence while we grit our teeth thinking “Who ARE you?”. Why do you, random little Kitty Winter, get to steal share time with our beloved Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes? Now we finally have the epic answer, and the brilliance of this creative manoeuvre blows my mind.

Or, maybe this is just my misinterpretation and this whole Kitty Winter thing is really just a quiet behind the scenes creative disagreement and conspiracy to replace Lucy Liu forever with a white actress because there can ALWAYS only be ONE female lead who must play disciple, sidekick and second fiddler to the male white lead. Elementary? Nah I think not.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now in the running for LeBron James’ services and they are pulling out all the stops to welcome their King back. Despite their hostile reaction to the decision, Cavs Nation is ready and willing to welcome their hero home. In doing so, they’ve traded Jarrett Jack in an attempt to free up cap space, making it possible to offer LeBron a max contract. Aside from making financial moves, they are also recruiting Mike Miller and Ray Allen to make the move irresistible!