the team is definitely starting to shape up into a quality team

The flyers

We got some quality frog interaction in that update! Here’s a little thing about that scene w the flyers. Dex is low key emotional. Idk. 

“All right, guys. I printed up these fliers letting people know the Samwell Men’s Hockey team needs a new manager. Lord knows poor Lardo can’t ask around with graduation a few months away. Y’all can use Frog Hour to get the word out.”

Dex looked down at the stack of flyers in his arms. At the top of the page was a black and white picture of the team, all of them in their uniforms, looking at the camera seriously. Not very representative, he thought. Under the picture, huge letters proclaimed, “Position available: Samwell Men’s Hockey team manager.” There was a section titled, “Responsibilities,” with only one bullet point, “Manage the hockey team.” Dex rolled his eyes. It was kind of misleading. This person would have to deal with a lot more bullshit than that. Thankfully, at the bottom was a number to call for more details.

“Anywhere in particular?” Dex asked.

“I don’t know. Wherever you think is best. Probably spread them out some.”

“Alright.” He, Nursey, and Chowder turned to go. Chowder pouted a little on the way out. Frog Hour was the break the three of them shared. It wasn’t really an hour; closer to two and a half hours. They usually used the time to get burritos at the place just off campus.

“What’s the plan?” Nursey muttered when they were out on the sidewalk. He shuffled the pages in his hands.

“We can still hang! We can start up by Faber and end down past the pond, and burritos are right there!” Chowder said. Frog Hour was one of the few opportunities they all had to hang out. Their schedules didn’t really line up this semester.

“It would probably be faster for us to split up,” Dex observed.

“Yeah! I’ll get the athletic places and North Quad.”

“Alright. I’ll do Lake and South quad.”

Dex turned to Nursey.

“I don’t know, man. I’ll hit up the science buildings? Maybe. I guess. East Quad?”

Dex raised an eyebrow.

“Brah, chill. I’ll find places.”

At the street corner, Chowder and Dex went one way, and Nursey went the other. Chowder and Dex were halfway down the block when Chowder spun around.

“Nursey! Meet at the South Quad Bridge! Burritos! Best friend time!”

Dex looked over his shoulder to see Nursey hold a thumbs up over his head.

Chowder spun back around. “He’ll be there. He doesn’t want to be a square,” he told Dex.

“The worst shape,” Dex said.

Chowder punched him in the shoulder in agreement.

Dex visited every building on his two quads. He posted a flyer to every bulletin board, taped them to phone poles. He asked cafes and coffee shops to post them in the windows. With every flyer he put up, he felt like another piece of his heart was chipped away.

Each time he posted a paper and walked away, another wave of nostalgia washed over him, memories of things that wouldn’t happen again after this year. Dance parties in the locker rooms to Ransom’s playlists. Waking up on the green couch after a kegster to the sound of Holster yelling upstairs. Sunny, cool evenings in the reading room with Lardo, sometimes passing a joint back and forth, sometimes not, sometimes talking, sometimes silent.

Dex knew that the Samwell Men’s Hockey team was not its players. Or its managers. The team had existed for decades, and players came and went every year. The team would exist long after the seniors –  and Bitty, and Dex, Chowder, and Nursey – graduated. But Dex couldn’t help but mourn this iteration of the team. The team would exist, but it would never be the same again.

Naturally, Dex’s sadness translated to frustration. 40 minutes passed, and Dex still had a quarter of his flyers left. It was still February, and the wind was cold on his ears and nose. His knuckles felt like ice cubes. Irritation simmered warm in his chest.

Dex stopped at another bulletin board, and Chowder walked toward him down the sidewalk.

“Okay! Founder’s has a flyer on every floor! In ever carrel! In every bathroom stall!” He told Dex over his shoulder.

“Great.” Dex tried not to snap. Chowder hadn’t done anything wrong. In fact, Chowder probably didn’t even need to be here. He already had dibs. “I put flyers up at high-traffic areas in Koetter Café, on bulletin boards on Lake Quad and…” He turned to see Nursey standing beside Chowder. He couldn’t keep the aggravation out of his voice anymore. “… why. Why do you still have all of your flyers?” he asked with a frown.

Nursey raised an eyebrow. “Oh. The spam thing seemed O.D. uneconomical. I’ve been handing ‘em out to managerial types.” He turned to a short girl with thick glasses and a red ribbon in her hair. “… Hey. Flyer.” he said simply.

“Neat!” she said, and walked away, reading the flyer as she went.

Fucking ridiculous. Dex’s face went blank, and he threw his stack of flyers over his shoulder.

“At least people are seeing them!” Chowder said. Yeah. More people had definitely read the three flyers Nursey handed out in the last minute than had read the 60 Dex and Chowder had put up in half an hour.

“Sup,” Nursey said to the next person he deemed ‘managerial.’ “Flyer?”

“Do you need help picking those up?” Chowder asked Dex.

“No,” Dex sighed, bending down. “I know you’d just pull some bullshit.”

Chowder smirked. “I was going to say ‘too bad,’ then help you anyway. But you said no, so…”

“See? I knew it.” Dex stood and straightened the stack in his hands. Chowder was grinning at him, and Dex managed to smile back. He turned to Nursey. “Yo, Nurse. How many of those have you given out?”

“Not sure. Probs approx 20.”

Dex’s mouth stretched into a thin line as he thought. They would probably get at least 10 applicants from all the flyers they’d posted and given away. Definitely more than the two they’d gotten so far from word of mouth.

Nursey came over and slung an arm over Dex’s shoulders. “It’s def enough. We’ll find someone. I liked the looks of that girl with the ribbon.”


Nursey rubbed his hand over Dex’s bicep and kissed his temple. “We’ll find someone. It’ll be alright.”

“You guys are gross,” Chowder said.

“Can we get burritos now?” Dex asked.

“Yeah,” Nursey grabbed his hand.

“Best bro burritos!” Chowder crowed. He bounced over and put an arm around Dex’s shoulder from the other side.

Dex smiled, the frustration draining out of him. Things would change. Things always changed. But for now, he was going to get burritos and hang with his best friends.

Nursey, Chowder, the entire team had his back, and he had theirs, whether they all were still a hockey team or not. Lardo may not be their manager next year, but the trust she and Dex had built would long outlast her title.

Some things were forever. Dex’s connection with his teammates was one of them. He just needed to remember that.

anonymous asked:

Love your cp headcanons. Has anyone thought that Bitty may join Jack in the NHL? Georgie seemed impressed with his speed and with all the buzz about OHL player Alex DeBrincat (who has a similar Bitty body type, he's 5'7" and 160 pounds). I can see Bitty overcoming his checking fears in these 2 years and really coming into his own as a leader on the ice. Just think what a strong team they'd be and I could seem bringing home a cup or two. Plus they could live together maybe even secretly married.

Let’s say that Bitty is picked captain instead of Ransom (too busy with his workload) or Holster (*hysterical laughter when asked if he was interested* Him? Dealing with people? Voluntarily? Lol yeah right).

Bitty is the obvious choice after them. It’s Chowder who nominates him, and he wasn’t expecting it, but he can’t deny the idea appeals to him. He gets elected on the last team dinner Jack and Shitty are attending. Jack gets to pass him the C, tells him he’s proud and it’s a big moment for both of them.

That summer Bitty trains like crazy because he can’t let Jack and everybody down! He studies plays and talks to Jack a lot on the phone when they can to get his opinion, advice, etc. He spends all his free time in the ice, improving his speed and working on what he can by himself.

When they start training again it’s apparent that the team is going to struggle without Jack’s talent. Their strategy consisted in passing him the puck 75% of the time and nobody can blame them, it was a great strategy.

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I like the black/white/red theme of the Akashi page!!! Cool! 

[From Animedia]

Q: What do you think about the Kouhai-Senpai relationship of Akashi and Nijimura, who appears for the first time in the Teikou arc?
Since he is his senpai, I think there were obviously some concern and respect. I think that when Nijimura was still there, Akashi had his own set/version of behavior/demeanor towards him within the team. However, when Nijimura withdrew his captaincy and gave the seat to Akashi, he himself acquired a set of responsibilities. I think that he began to be more aware of his position as a “kouhai but also a captain”. I cannot tell you exactly how Akashi thought of Nijimura, but he does vocalize words of concern for Nijimura so I do think that (Akashi) did have a proper sense of their relationship as senpai and kouhai.

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How to be a good Fabric Store Customer: A guide to shopping that I can’t believe needs to be written

It’s so sad that I feel the need to write this but here we are. 

I am a Supervisor for a fabric store called Hancock Fabrics (this guide is a little more specific to my store because I know Jo Ann’s hiring policies and store functioning is a bit different). Now, I know fabric stores aren’t the only retail stores that experience a lot of what I am about to write about (so hey, if you read this, it probably applies to any store) but I have had some glaringly unique instances with fabric shoppers and since a vast majority of my followers are cosplayers, I thought maybe this could help first time buyers or just to be a casual reminder!

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A calm hush came over the auditorium, filled with adults and children of all ages, as the lights began to dim and I can think of very few companies who garner such immediate respect from their audience more so than Pixar. The customary short film Lava began and the quiet remained, we watched an anthropomorphised volcano sing as he longed for his love. It’s not the best short Pixar have produced, nor was it the worst. Obviously, it’s visually stunning, especially the time-lapse sequence of clouds moving and the sky changing overhead (having lived with several animators during my time at University and knowing just how much work went into such a sequence, it made me feel a little ill), and my only criticism of it is it’s perhaps a bit too twee

Lava ends leaving everyone to sit quietly satisfied in anticipation of the headline act. There was one small problem however. As the Disney ident lit up the screen, it refused to leave, remaining half faded to black for a minute or two before somebody left to alert a member of staff. We then sat in a darkened auditorium in front of a blank screen for around ten minutes before the film started again. Unfortunately, as the screen faded came to life one more, we were returned back to the beginning of Lava; an audible groan emanating from everyone over the age of eight filled the air. I’m sure the groan wasn’t representative of the film’s quality, more so a combination of anticipation to see the main feature and the fact that Pixar shorts don’t have much rewatch potential and only really require one viewing to understand them completely.

“Do you ever look at somebody and wonder what’s going on inside their head?” it’s an opening line that probably began Inside Out’s first pitch, swiftly encapsulating the narrative and overall theme of the film in a single sentence. Inside Out is magnificent even by Pixar standards, and possibly even their smartest film to date. Not once do the creative team of director Pete Docter and writers Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen assume children need their comedic storytelling dumbing down, and as a result they’ve created a level of intelligent comedy that can be universally understood and appreciated by its entire audience. 

What I mean by their smartest film to date is that here is a film that’s fantastical in its entirety, convincingly depicting something equal parts scientific and emotional. Creating a film based on science and the idea that emotions interact with each other forming who we are as people; but visualising it with a level of whimsy befitting a child’s imagination is a task perhaps impossible for anyone other than Disney/Pixar. For a long time I thought they were mad for not thinking of this idea sooner, but then reflecting on the idea, I realised that perhaps Inside Out is an idea Pixar have always had in the back of their mind but never felt they could accurately depict it, to the best of their abilities, in the way they wanted to in the studio’s first two decades. Such an explanation would make sense, because Inside Out is a visual feast both stylistically and conceptually, and I feel that had it definitely would have been a huge success at any point in the last ten or fifteen years, but probably not on the level that it will be today. Pixar had to get this one right, not just because they’re coming off a period seen by some as a decline, but because they’re stepping into new territory. They’re no longer creating characters modelled around things that already exist in our physical world, nor are they creating monsters which everyone has imagined at some stage in their life. With Inside Out, Pixar had to create characters that inhabiting the limitless world of the human mind, ironically a place more creative and more powerful than our own brains and imaginations themselves can conceive of. 

Unsurprisingly, they succeeded in doing so and no amount of description on my part will ever truly do the film justice. Inside Out has to be seen.

The film is a testament to the ingenuity and consistency of Pixar, because it’s everything we’ve come to expect from them; a concept scrutinised to the smallest detail, then fully realised on-screen, covering every conceivable aspect of its premise applied to a master class in storytelling. At its core, Inside Out is a study of how our emotions change with us, surrounded by smaller ideas such as how our emotions interact with each other, how they can forge and change our memories, how they shape us as individuals and how emotional maturity begins. Each one of these concepts is explored throughout the movie, not one after another but simultaneously interacting with one another constantly. 11-year-old Riley’s emotion operate on the same level; Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) all work from the same command console at her HQ, each emotion performing their functions as-and-when needed, with each emotional task is a collaborative effort. 

Beloved by her parents, Riley is an bright and energetic young girl, and as such, Joy is unequivocally the emotional Team Leader, in a state of perpetual motion ensuring her job is done correctly. Joy is the star of the film by a mile; borderline frenetic, her feverish quest to keep Riley happy highlights the notion that happiness requires the most work with clarity and humour. Joy is coercive, confusing and borderline manipulative, but never malicious or ill willed. As Riley edges closer towards her teen years, events begin to unfold that to her will change her life dramatically, as a result her brain goes into emotional overdrive and it’s here that our story truly begins.

It’s difficult reviewing a Pixar film, not wanting to spoil anything. To describe any aspect, any second of the film, would be depriving you of discovering it yourself, which brings with it an overwhelming sense of wonder. Nostalgia plays a big part in the success of Pixar films, I’m sure, as each release the same feeling of childhood wonder arrives in me. Whenever I watch Up, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, I’m taken back to being a child watching the first Toy Story or Monsters Inc for the first time and being amazed long after I’d left the cinema. 

Inside Out is as surprising as it is brilliant. I tired to second guess where the film was going at every turn and each time I as wrong. I mean, sure, there is the Totally Unachievable Objective™ in the middle of the film, like there is in every Pixar film (and, to be fair, the majority of mainstream cinema) but even I couldn’t anticipate how the five central characters would move past this. The thing is, it’s this impassable obstacle that is the film’s one flaw. That’s it. However, I can’t in good conscience even mark it down as a flaw because I understand the absolute necessity of it as a narrative tool. We tend to forget sometimes, because they’re so good, that Pixar films are first and foremost kids films, and Pixar know their target audience very well. The issue being that children aren’t renowned for their ability to graspi subtlety, especially the very young children that come to see these films, so the fact the protagonists have to overcome some challenge to succeed has to be fairly obvious and very dramatic for it to be understood. Pixar is the only studio, bar maybe Dreamworks, who are allowed to use this narrative tool and me not be at all bothered by it.

I don’t know what it is but Pixar clearly love trying to make adults cry, or maybe just making me cry (although I’m sure I’m not alone in this). Not only did I have to fight back tears during Inside Out but I had to do so twice. TWICE! I didn’t even think I was going to cry twice during Up or Toy Story 3. Once again it’s a testament to the originality of Inside Out, I was so immersed in this amazing, hyper-fairytale funfair theme park science lab of a world that I just stopped thinking. Or more precisely stopped overthinking. Watching Toy Story 3 for the first time, I was immersed, incredibly so, but my cynicism and adulthood had me scanning for minute mistakes or flaws. I wasn’t doing so intentionally but the film’s release was such a surprise, we were all caught somewhat off guard and many of us were sure something had to go wrong. With Up, so many people had hyped it up I was determined not to find it heartbreaking. I did obviously because I’m not dead inside, but I feel like I had protected myself against the most devastating elements of the story through prior warning. Inside Out though… I experienced as a child would have and my viewing experience was heightened tenfold. After seeing the first trailer I avoided all subsequent promotional material like the plague; I wanted to just sit and absorb as much of the film as I could without any preconceived ideas of what it was, from viewing four hundred different trailers months before. As a result Inside Out hit me hard, because I went through the emotional rollercoaster in real time with these characters, not knowing what was going to happen next and not being able to prepare myself for it. I laughed so hard, smiled constantly and as I’ve said really had to fight back tears because Inside Out is a part of all of us. It’s our emotions, our memories good and bad, playing out in front of us reminding us of who we are now and who we once were. This film has done the really annoying thing, of creating a world I so desperately want to be a part of because, although it’s scary sometimes, and dark and difficult, it’s fun, exciting, colourful and every moment feels important. The emotions living inside of Riley’s head, this is their reality and they take what they have to do very seriously. Riley’s emotions employ the seriousness children do when playing a game of their own invention and it’s this focus, this inhabiting a particular world wholly in our minds that we can all relate to.

Inside Out is perfect. Some people may disagree with me, but for what it is - a children’s film designed to entertain everyone who watches it - it couldn’t have done anything more to succeed in doing so. Pixar have a story that happens outside and inside of several characters heads, involving hundreds of different characters and locations and not once - NOT ONCE - does it feel overly saturated, chaotic or out of control. I will go on record as saying I consider Inside Out to be Pixar’s greatest film. It doesn’t build on the success of previous films nor does it draw on our perceptions of other things. Inside Out takes our brains, our emotions and our imaginations and shows us all, adults and children alike that we’re all different, we’re all special and we’re all very important to a lot of people.



Superman the Animated Series: World’s Finest

Episodes 26-28

After the Joker gets his hands on a large quantity of Kryptonite, he quickly makes waves towards Metropolis to cash in on his discovery by joining forces with Lex Luthor. Quick on the Joker’s heels, Batman follows the Joker to Metropolis as Bruce Wayne under the cover of meeting with business partner, Lex Luthor. Sparks fly when Bruce meets Lois Lane as a jealous Clark Kent watches. Superman and Batman investigate the Joker’s activity in Metropolis which leads them to their first meeting, which doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d hope. After a little contest of figuring out each other’s secret identities, the two have lost the Joker’s trail until he makes a grand attempt to kidnap Lois Lane and draw out Superman while she’s on a date with Bruce Wayne.  Lured into the Joker’s trap, Superman is nearly killed by the Joker’s Kryptonite until Batman saves him and Lois.  Furious with the Joker’s failure and the potential publicit, Luthor and the Joker bicker over the terms of their arrangement. But after Batman pays Luthor a night time visit, Luthor gets on board again and the two criminal masterminds attempt to take out Superman and Batman.  After Superman foils their efforts and saves Batman and Lois, Bruce’s identity is revealed to Lois’ chagrin. Finally working together, Superman and Batman track down Luthor and the Joker as their foes’ deal has gone sour.  The two heroes work together to stop the Joker’s mad attempt to level Metropolis.  After the Joker’s apparent death and Quinn’s apprehension, Bruce heads back to Gotham and bids Lois goodbye. Clark shows up to say farewell, suggesting they worked well together, Bruce warns him to take care of Lois and the two part ways.

Wow, I love this movie. It’s a three episode arc that I watched as a crossover movie as a kid, so this has a lot of sentimental and nostalgic value to me already, but I absolutely adored it. I actually put off watching it because I wanted to have time to really watch it all at once, but that didn’t happen and I finally watched it all this weekend. And it did not disappoint.

This has just about everything you would want in the origin of the Superman/Batman team up. Uneasy allies turned trusted partners, superheroic competition, action, sexual tension, and a well rounded look at both casts of Metropolis and Gotham. 

The characters really shine here. The voice acting is all incredibly stellar. Mark Hamill’s Joker Laugh is legendary, and I could probably talk about how perfect he is forever, but that would also overshadow the excellence of Dana Delany, Arleen Sorkin, Clancy Brown, Tim Daly, and of course, Kevin Conroy. So not only is the voice acting on point, all the characters are so great and they all bounce off each other so well! It’s so fun to watch these worlds collide. The Joker/Luthor dynamic and the Harley/Mercy dynamic is definitely a huge treat, but the Superman/Clark/Lois/Batman/Bruce love-polygon makes for some quality storytelling. The only complaint I have about that is there wasn’t enough Superman or Clark and Lois time, but granted, they needed to show Lois and Bruce together a lot for it to make sense.

The story is really solid too. I love the set up of the Joker getting Kryptonite and hires himself out to Lex Luthor to kill Superman. That was brilliant. Honestly I think there could’ve been a few more flashy thrills in the action stuff, like if they spiced up the LexCorp robo-spiders a little so they were cooler, but that’s a nitpicky complaint. The mechanical wheezing sound those robots make has been with me and will continue to stay with me for my entire life. That sound gives me chills. 

The dialogue is stellar too. So many quotable lines, just so well delivered. The lines really packed a lot of weight and they really really worked! God there were so many, I can’t even list them but just killer dialogue. There is so much wit and humor in here, it’s really fun to watch.

The animation was, to me, a tad inconsistent. Sometimes I was like “Yeah! This looks beautiful!” and sometimes I was like “what the hell are they doing?” Like shirtless Bruce Wayne looks super awkwardly shaped. But then the action scenes with the robots were beautiful.

Honestly it still all comes back to Superman and Batman. Their dynamic is easily the most fun part of the entire story. I wish we had more of it. There is just so much packed into this movie that it’s hard to not ramble on forever. There are so many great, big stellar moments (like Batman shoving the Kryptonite in Sueprman’s face, and Superman peaking beneath the cowl, and when they work together, and when Joker and Luthor team up and betray each other, etc) and they’re all surrounded by these smaller, perfect moments (like Lois Lane talking to herself after Sueprman flies away, Harley Quinn’s Batman cookie, the Mercy/Harley off-screen brawl, The Lex-Wing being turned into a giant smile, Harley carrying the heavy bag, Lois Lane smacking Bruce for being Batman, etc) that the entire thing is fun from start to finish. I’m probably going to watch it again soon.

Overall, this is everything you would want in a Superman/Batman team up and delivers on every level and leaves you wanting more. Rating: A+