I love the Humans are weird thing. And I was thinking about it and Happy Tears.
Happy tears would confuse the heck out of aliens.
Stasser is a Xeno-sociologist. It is highly regarded on it’s world and given how elite the study of alien societies is, that is a great achievement . It is because of this that Stasser was given the study of the humans.
It is the third such expert assigned to the species and it finds them…vexing.
it is clear they are emotional creatures. You can see that from their actions. In fact, the levels of their emotions and the scope of them (they become attached not only to their own and other species but to objects and fictional characters!) But the way they show these emotions is… less clear. Stasser is used to beings who show their feelings more directly. It’s own species are all connected. They share emotions through that connection. There is never any doubt what anyone is feeling. When they discovered other species felt things, it came as a surprise.
It completely changed their culture overnight.
If other species were emotional that meant… well it made a lot of their history a lot more shameful.
Stasser has since studied many species both on world and off. Most species give obvious signals to demonstrate their emotions. Some are visual, some audio, some physical, it varies from lifeform to lifeform. On the planet Jax for example, emotions are shown through colour. Jaxans glow bright blue when they’re happy. They turn a murky grey when they are sad. Some of the more subtle shades took time to learn, and Stasser had thought it was fairly awkward method of communication, if fascinating.
But humans! Humans were a whole new level of complicated.
Humans use visual signals. The configuration of their eyes, their mouth, demonstrate how they feel. If their mouth is turned up, showing teeth, then they are happy. If the mouth is turned down and if the eyes are leaking fluid, this means sadness.
Or no. They use audio signals. If their air filtering organs spasm causing an interrupted exhale, then they are happy. If their speech becomes louder, they are angry.
Or wait, sometimes humans combine signals. If they make a sound-it is difficult to describe, it involves similar organ spasms as the happy sounds, but it does not sound the same- but if they make this sound while they are leaking from the eyes, it means that they are very sad indeed.
Stasser thinks that it is finally coming to grips with human’s emotional signals. They are complex, certainly. But they are charming and the humans often vocalised their emotional state which helped.
Then, it happened.
One of the humans that Stasser was observing began leaking and it’s air filtering organ began spasming, making that difficult to describe noise.
It had been reunited with its offspring. This was a joyous occasion, was it not? Could it be possible that humans did not form an emotional attachment to their offspring? That simply did not fit with any of the data Stasser had gathered thus far.
“Crewman Avery? You are,” what was the word? “crying. Is something wrong? Is the offspring injured?”
The offspring did not appear injured. The offspring was clinging to it’s parent, and it was making the upturned lip teeth showing expression of happiness.
Crewman Avery made a strange audio signal. Was Avery injured? Stasser was a Xenosociologist not a xenobiologist. If Avery was injured, they must return to the ship at once. Stasser was broadcasting distress at the thought as well as confusion, but no one present had the correct organ to sense it.
“Oh Stasser, honey, no. I’m,” Avery inhaled deeply, limbs encircling the offspring, “I’m crying because I’m happy.”
Stasser stared for a long moment. It considered the long months of research and all the data it had gathered. The careful spreadsheets, the sketches of different visual signals, the recordings of audio signals.
It considered a new career dispensing saccharine food items or as a cultivator of plant life. It likes plants. They were so attractive to look at. And despite many studies, they have never demonstrated any sign that they had emotions.
Then Avery reached out a limb towards Stasser, pulling it into the physical contact.
And Stasser thought maybe it just needed to study human emotional signals further. It might take a lifetime of concentrated observation, but it thought it was up to the task.
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For once I want to see something positive so we got 1 second scene and here I’m over analysing that second.
First of all I don’t think they are really speaking to each other unless it’s for Harriet (because yes they still have a child), also I think that was the first time they were this close since forever and yes it was a little bit awkward but NOT creepy-awkwark it was more like I can’t handle your presence so close to me right now, and I think that is the point if they were finished, if it was over they wouldn’t look at each other and the second that they noticed the other look they wouldn’t look away. I think right now they don’t know how to behave with each other because they have never been in a situation like this, divorced, really divorced BUT I think there still is so much there, so many unspoken words and feelings so they’re just standing there looking at each other and you can visibly SEE the chemistry and the tension between them, if there was nothing they would just act normal but they can’t.
The cast of the ABC medical drama gathered at PaleyFest Sunday afternoon for a panel moderated by EW’s very own Henry Goldblatt. Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Jerrika Hinton, Kelly McCreary, Jason George, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Martin Henderson, Giacomo Gianniotti, and executive producer Debbie Allen revealed scoop about the upcoming Ellen Pompeo-directed hour, whether there’s hope for Jackson and April, if Meredith will finally take the next step with Riggs, and much, much more. Here are the highlights:
Pompeo’s directorial debut: After screening the upcoming Pompeo-directed hour, the actress credited Allen with getting her to direct her first episode. “This force of nature wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I’m forever grateful to her for that,” Pompeo says. Though this was the actress’ first time directing, she notes that she wasn’t nervous about landing the emotional weight of the Maggie-centric hour, but rather just the technical aspects. “I have the best cast in the world,” Pompeo says. “I wasn’t really afraid of anything.” However, Pompeo adds directing herself was “not fun, but I was lucky to have Debbie Allen right with me every step of the way, so when I was tired or confused, she jumped in.”
Maggie’s mom returns: LaTonya Richardson Jackson returns as Maggie’s mother ahead of the Pompeo-directed episode, therefore setting up the episode to heavily feature her treatment for breast cancer — so yes, Maggie will finally be in the know. However things shake out, her mother’s illness is certainly going to affect Maggie. “Major life events like this enable you to shift your perspective and reevaluate what’s important to you,” McCreary says. “For a long time, being one version of herself was the right way to do things.” Judging by this comment, it sounds like she may try to shake things up soon.
The future of Meredith and Riggs: While it looks like the duo might be heading toward an actual relationship, the question remains how Maggie will feel about that since she’s harbored feelings for Riggs since last season’s finale. “Women have to stick together,” Pompeo says. And if Mer did choose her sister over Riggs, Henderson says he’d understand. “I would respect it, but I think it would be sad because all men know that it’s impossible to be a great man without a good woman by your side.” Whether Meredith and Riggs explore a relationship or not, Henderson hopes we’ll get much more information about his character soon. “It’s been wonderful to play a character that’s polarizing,” he says. “There’s this mystery and enigma as to, ishe a good guy, is he a bad guy? … As an actor, after a couple seasons on the show, I’m looking forward to the opportunity for Nathan to be a in a relationship — whether it’s platonic or not — to see who he is deep down.”
Will Jackson and April reconcile? After a steamy hookup in Montana, there’s hope that Japril might get back together, but Drew stays relatively coy about the future. “I honestly think the main takeaway is that these two people, there’s so much love there, there’s so much respect there, they know each other so well, so whether it continues toward romance or stays platonic, we know these two people are going to be OK,” Drew says. As for whether Jackson’s father, Robert Avery (Eric Roberts) will return, Williams says, “I hope so.” Adds Allen: “We planted a lot of seeds this season, and that’s one that could resonate in a lot of ways, but there’s more coming.”
Can Amelia and Owen’s relationship survive? Their relationship status is currently marked “it’s complicated” since Amelia now no longer wants to have kids, which is basically the one reason the relationship between Owen and Cristina (Sandra Oh) didn’t survive. “He desperately wants a baby,” McKidd says. “Owen’s really struggling. He’s a very tortured guy — he thinks the thing that’s going to fix him is to have a family with this woman, but she doesn’t want to right now. He’s waiting and he loves her and he’s tortured and we’ll see what happens.”
What’s next for Jo and Alex? Though the two have been on the outs since Alex beat DeLuca within an inch of his life, now that Alex knows that Jo was married to an abusive man, he understands why she was hesitant to marry him. “He wants to marry her,” Chambers says. When asked whether he’d like Alex to end up with Jo or with — twist — Meredith, Chambers says, “Anything is possible, especially on Grey’s Anatomy. Who knows? He might end up with Catherine. I’d like to see how it fleshes out, the relationship with him and Jo.”
The relationship at the center of “Civil War”: Ever since the show introduced a replacement for Webber, the hospital has been at odds over Dr. Minnick (Marika Domińczyk) — well, except for Arizona, who has found romance with the new doc after ex-wife Callie (Sara Ramirez) moved away last season. “It’s been interesting, it’s been new,” Capshaw says, explaining that the show got to a point last season where viewers could “happily permit both of them to be happy without each other,” hence paving the way for Arizona’s new romance with Minnick. “I find myself at a point where there’s something exciting happening for her, there’s a newness. This season I feel like is the beginning of creating something new.” However, Capshaw hedges, “I have no idea if she’s the one.” For what it’s worth, when asked what her favorite ‘shipper name on the series was, she says, “I think I have to go with Calzona.”
The future of Grey’s? When asked what she thinks about the future of the show and where she’d like to see Meredith end up, Pompeo says, “Maybe why I’ve been able to do this show for so long is because I try not to have expectations. I do the same thing in my life, I try not to look down the road too far because we’re going to miss what happens right now today… I try to enjoy every moment with an open heart and an open mind… Life will tell me where I”m going. I don’t want to think about what’s next, I want to enjoy this moment.”
This blog has a number of OCs (between 6 and 10, depending on how you’d define a nonessential cameo character) in addition to the 8 canon characters, so I thought I’d write them down for you. I do try to keep the gang small and use only the understudies and main cast, but I’m a sucker for fleshing out a world. Here goes.
Ben Applebaum (yes, like the one from Pitch Perfect it’s my au I do what I want).
Birthday: November 27th (bn 1996)
Faceclaim [FC]: Colton Ryan - standby Connor/Evan/Jared
Random but Important Facts [RIFs]: homoromantic asexual; dating Jared; was homeschooled from sixth grade through the rest of high school; big on ghosts; only wears clothing because society says he has to
FC: Asa Somers - standby Larry
RIFs: super gay; yes he’s Jared’s biological father; works for Starbucks and is therefore always overcaffeinated; tries to be the cool parent and fails but hey at least he’s funny
FC: Garrett Long - standby Heidi/Cynthia
Age: 49 (this is a somewhat blind guess as I’m not sure of Garrett’s actual age)
Birthday: July 1
RIFs: Alana’s paternal aunt by marriage; Libby’s mom; has been widowed 15 years and is still a cinnamon roll; literally just a ray of sunshine that everyone can’t help but love
Kaeto (formerly known as Lee) Paige
FC: Michael Lee Brown - standby Evan/Connor/Jared
Birthday: April 16th (bn 1998)
Diagnoses: Depression, Anxiety, mild ADD, Anorexia/Bulimia (in recovery)
RIFs: the youngest of the squad and basically Jared’s adopted son; identifies as straight male (intersex transboy); has a service dog named Michi (pronounced Mickey) and she’s a pitbull and everyone loves her; has a highkey crush on Libby that he thinks is lowkey but it’s definitely not is now dating Libby and they are very much disgustingly in love
FC: Nick Sacks - standby Jared/Connor/Evan
Diagnoses: PTSD as a result of child abuse, more to be added later
RIFs: riased in a very conservative family; beign gay really didn’t help his situation; moved away from home as soon as he was sure he could support himself
Vivienne “Libby” Maddison-Beck
FC: Olivia Puckett - standby Zoe/Alana
Birthday: August 20th (bn 1994)
Diagnoses: Seasonal depression (starting late July/early August, ending around October)
RIFs: Alana’s cousin and June’s daughter - she and A are practically sisters they spent so much time together as kids; blames herself for the death of her father, who died in a car accident going to get her food; works with little kids; Libby is short for Vivienne of all freaking things; loves Lee more than life itself tbh but pretends it’s just Friendship/bc he’s got a dog and literally no one buys it but Lee; is dating Lee and they’re disgusting but everyone’s still happy about it
Cameo/Minor Characters (i did not mean for almost all their names to start with “a” it was a coicidence)
FC: Lisa Brescia - standby(?) Cynthia/Heidi
RIFs: Lee’s Mom; born in Lübeck, Germany
FC: Neil Haskell (Hamilton Broadway castmember)
RIFs: originated in Quiet Observations [QO], the prequel/accompaniment to the AU; works a lot with mentally ill teens; I didn’t mean to bring him into the blog Y'all just love him cuz he’s pretty I swear; he’s a bi nurse who is 300% done with the world’s shit
Leslie Odom Jr/Nicolette Robinson
living embodiments of “Black Don’t Crack”
FC: Adrian Bumpass (Colton Ryan’s adorable gf)
RIFs: Ben’s older sister; more wholesome/sweet/All-American than apple pie but will kill a man with her pinky for her brother; another primarily QO character
FC: Thayne Jasperson (Hamilton Broadway castmember and former Newsie)
RIFs: Connor’s first boyfriend/crush that he was aware of; is both indirectly and directly responsible for Connor’s addiction struggle (though no one blames him); moved away while Connor was still in high school and has returned but only recently made contact; engaged to Avery
Coffee shop Tom/Harry fic. Tom serving coffee and Harry being a bit clumsy. It would be cute. Thanks.
Hope you like it :D
[Tom/Harry, coffeeshop AU, modern AU, total fluff, still thinking of an appropriately punny title.]
“I don’t actually know how to make coffee,” Tom
says, not feeling at all ashamed about lacking this specific skill. Honestly,
the whole idea is beneath him. He gives the contraption on the counter a look
that hopefully encompasses all of his misgivings about this idea, then turns
the same look onto Avery.
Avery, who is already halfway out the door. “Tom,
you’re a 10/10 on the friendship scale. I’ll make it up to you, I
“We’re not friends,” Tom yells as the door closes.
December had begun and that meant it would soon be Christmas soon. Melody thought she’d set up the Christmas tree as a nice surprise for when Avery returns in 2 weeks. Poppy and Melody spent the day decorating and Melody wrapped some presents. It wouldn’t be too long before Avery was home and they could start looking forward to Christmas as a family.
Amy went to get her
nails done with Penny and Bernadette the day before prom, and she was
happy to have not only a date to the prom, but also the required
friends to do that preparations with beforehand. It seemed that
everyone was meeting at Penny’s house to get dressed and do their
makeup before the guys came to pick them up. Amy’s mother said that
was okay with her as long as they all stopped by the house before
they went on to dinner so she could take pictures. Amy was
embarrassed when she explained this requirement to her new friends,
but they said it wasn’t a problem. Apparently Bernadette’s parents
wanted the same thing.
Finally watched the winter finale of Grey’s last night and I was excited at how much Jaggie there was. I really am loving the pace Jackson and Maggie are developing and I can’t wait to see the back half of this season. Plus the way Jackson looks at her! Wowza. He is definitely realizing how much he is feelin’ her. I wish they’d give us more about how Maggie feels tbh, but I fully expect to see that in the upcoming half of the season! I also can’t believe (but at the same time duh!) that they left us hanging with Brooke Jo’s husband like that. I’ve been waiting for that storyline to flourish for a while so I’m intrigued at how they’ll approach that situation. So I’m totally pumped and impatiently waiting for the shows return, surprisingly enough.
My Methods for Staying Organized & Having a Successful Semester
An anon recently asked me to make a post about school organization, but since we all know I can never make things short and sweet, here is a post about how I both stay organized and usually have a successful semester. Everyone learns best in a different way, so find what works for you and stick to it.
At the beginning of each semester I look at the classes I am taking and the syllabus that the professor has put together before I buy any materials. If a class seems to have a lot of handouts or readings that are not assigned in the textbook, writing assignments, other assignments to be handed in, etc. I will usually opt for a folder or 1/2″ binder for that class along with my choice of medium for note-taking (outlined below) in order to keep the loose papers organized.
I also make sure to write down any major deadlines in my planner or computer calendar. I like using the calendar that comes with the Mac system because I can sync it to my phone and it will alert me ahead of time when I have something come up. Google Calendar is another option. Since I am sort of “old school” when it comes to academics, I like having a physical planner and a printed monthly calendar as well.
When figuring out what note-taking method to use, I like to look at what the class is going to require. This is a chart that outlines my mental process when picking a medium for taking notes:
Most often I use the single subject notebook because it works best for me. I usually keep a manila folder for each class which contains handouts, graded assignments, and other important papers in chronological order throughout the semester so I have a safe place for them and they won’t get lost or wrinkled. When I get a handout in class I can tuck it into the front pocket of my notebook and put it in the manila folder when I get home.
I label each of my notebooks with the class title, professor, weekdays and time, and the room number, both to help me remember in the beginning of the school year, and in case the notebook gets lost, the finder can return it to the professor or classroom. I download an Avery template into Microsoft Word, then print them on Avery return address labels.
In some cases I have a class that is almost entirely handouts. For example, in legal practice the professor provides us with printed copies of the powerpoint each week along with a packet of other handouts. In that situation I use a three ring binder because it makes more sense, and I take notes right on the printed powerpoints.
At the end of the semester, I take my class notes, outlines, and the manila folder and store it in the pocket of an expandable file for safe keeping.
I also like to keep what I call a “Master Folder” which contains all of the syllabi for all of my classes and any other contact information for my professors. Then when I am looking ahead at what reading I need to do for the upcoming week, I can just grab the Master Folder and my planner and don’t need to get all of my individual notebooks out.
I typically don’t read more than one assignment ahead, but I like to plan out my week in advance and look at the amount of pages for each of the assignments I have. Sometimes I will read the entire assignment for the week unless the second assignment is very short and can be read in under an hour. So if Monday’s assignment is pages 1-30 and Wednesday’s assignment is pages 31-60, I might read pages 1-60 over the weekend, and refresh my memory during the week on the second assignment. Sometimes I will read at the normal pace but then will read one assignment ahead if the assignment for that day was short. I also try to scan the syllabus ahead of time for any assignments that appear to be longer than others and make a note of it either in the syllabus or my planner so I am not caught off guard if I have a particularly busy week that gets escalated by an unusually large amount of reading.
In terms of outlining, I like to break up the outlining for each class so that I am not doing big chunks of outlining in one sitting. Typically I like to outline at the end of each chapter, but if I have free time I will outline to get ahead. I don’t necessarily schedule these out in my planner but I make a mental note when we are nearing the end of a chapter in class.
Evaluating & Assessing
I set up a couple of checkpoints throughout the semester, usually in Week 3, Week 7 or 8, and Week 12 or 13. During these weeks I go back and skim through my notes and make a list of any topics that I feel really uncomfortable with. I first try to work through those topics on my own, but if I am still feeling uncomfortable I will make an appointment with my professor to discuss them.
If you know sooner that you really don’t understand something, you should see your professor ASAP. However there are a lot of times where you understand something about 85% of the way, and after a few weeks it still hasn’t totally sunk in, and I think that calls for going and talking to your professor to make sure you aren’t totally off base. If you wait until the end of the semester to do this, it’s too late, so keep in touch with your weak points and act on them.
Two weeks after Sara returned from S.T.A.R. Labs, she was nearly fully recovered from the bullet wound to the stomach she’d received from Malcolm Merlyn. She was off of the pain medication and Leonard was spending less time at her apartment — Avery was confused about why he wasn’t there to make breakfast with her anymore.
The day Merlyn’s plan went into action was a Friday. Avery didn’t have preschool on Fridays, and Sara wasn’t back at work yet, so she was enjoying spending time with her daughter.
Sara was sitting on the couch with a book and Avery curled by her side. She was having a quick snack before dinner and watching a Disney cartoon while she ate. Sara had long since tuned out the TV show — she was pretty sure Avery had seen this episode at least four or five times already, not that she remembered.
“Hello Central City.”
Sara jumped, startled by the gravelly voice that had interrupted a princess song about kindness and love.
“Avery, go to your room,” Sara demanded. Avery’s eyes furrowed in confusion.
“What about my show?” she asked.
“It’s a commercial,” she said. She lifted Avery up off the couch and stood her on the floor, nudging her towards her bedroom. Avery shrugged and obediently left the living room.
Sara turned her attention back to the TV to see not an animated princess in a red dress, but a dark, dimly lit room. The video was obviously being filmed with a phone, and not a good one, because the quality was grainy and the man, his face covered by a black mask and hood, was very close to the camera.
“I apologize for interrupting your scheduled programming, but I figured you’d appreciate a spoiler about what comes next,” the man said. The electronic sound to the voice along with the manner of speech confirmed Sara’s suspicions. This was Malcolm Merlyn hidden behind a mask and a voice modulator, “In just over two hours, your city is going to be subject to the wrath of what I like to call a Markov device. What’s a Markov device, you might ask? It is a machine that can trigger an earthquake so powerful it will level your entire city. You have two hours to get your affairs in order before your entire city is brought to the ground.”