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1) So far I’m not all that into Stranger Things. I’m on Ep. 4. I always finish what I started. I won’t bail. The Duffer twins took Spielberg circa early to mid-80′s (my favorite Spielberg era) and smashed it together with Stephen King film adaptations from the same era (which I cannot tell you how much I despise). That’s probably why I’m not all that into it and why I hear Stephen King is having orgasms about it. 

2) I was speaking to someone the other day about relationship status updates on Facebook and she came up with the most compelling argument for why you shouldn’t put your “I am in a relationship with so-and-so” on Facebook. And I get it, we should all be crazy optimistic at the beginning of a relationship but optimism is why Heather Mills gets a gazillion dollars from Paul McCartney from their non-pre-nup failed marriage. 

Now I’m a novice with all this crap and I’m sure some of you already know this but when/if that relationship ends that changing your status-to-single thing causes so much drama and so much explaining to do. I don’t like drama or having to explain myself. 

3) The Kirk Pillow Blindness fighting move is my favorite. Dude reacts like he just had acid thrown in his face. I might try it someday and see how it goes.

4) I am currently in a relationship. It’s nice.

5) I am considering getting a tattoo. This is what I’m thinking of getting:

And that will go on my forehead, of course. 

6) No plans tonight except to read, pet some cats and watch some TV. Back to work on Monday. Vacation’s been awesome. The best since forever.

I’ll be here if anyone needs me. Hope everyone’s had a great day! 

Okay but the really funny thing about the Posey/Superman costume thing is looking at the pictures, Posey’s take on Clark Kent is 100x more compelling than most of the actual canon Superman takes. And that really has nothing to do with being a Posey fan, since I’ve liked most all the other Superman takes…it has more to do with the fact that most of the time those actors feel like they’re playing Superman as Clark Kent, whereas Posey’s look just screams Clark Kent with a hint of Superman underneath. I can totally picture that Clark Kent in the Daily Planet bullpen. I can picture Hoechlin in the Superman suit, but I can’t picture him in the Daily Planet at all. And Clark Kent is always more interesting to me than Superman.

It’s difficult to speculate what the creators of the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot have and have not been allowed to say, but Feig strongly hints that Sony is keeping a tight lid on the subject of Holtzmann’s sexuality. In an era where television is breaking unprecedented ground in LGBT representation, you might wonder why Sony would consider issuing a gag order on something that doesn’t seem like that big a deal. It’s 2016! Hasn’t Sony seen 'Empire?’ But the problem is that Hollywood has become increasingly conservative about queer inclusion in an era where big-budget tentpoles have to make as much money as possible to justify their production costs. That bottom line will keep forcing characters like Holtzmann back into the closet.

Critical Role makes me so happy

I don’t know why but i’ve caught myself smiling at random times because i’ve remembered something silly or funny or cute that someone in Vox Machina or Matt Mercer did/said and I’m so grateful???

like, it’s just a bunch of people playing d&d (that I don’t even play but really want to now) with a game they’ve had running for much longer than they’ve been streaming but it’s one of the most compelling things I’ve ever watched.

The characters (even the npcs all voiced by Matt) are just so beautifully composed and funny and witty and interact in a way that’s just beautiful. The humour is incredible and spontanious even when it’s been planned

I’ve cried (out of sorrow and laughing too hard), i’ve laughed (actual breathless, snorting, covering-my-face-because-my-mum-is-in-the-next-room, upset-my-dog belly laughs), I’ve been enraptured, I’ve been caught off guard, thrown through a loop and amazed at the storylines themselves (the Briarwood arc was a master-fucking-piece)

Critical Role is the most bizarre thing that I’ve ever fallen head over heels for and I almost didn’t give it a chance but I could not be happier that I did.

I honestly feel that Bellamy Blake is one of the most compelling and developed characters on the show, and honestly, his flaws and tendency towards moral ambiguity are what make him so interesting. He is the most selfless, loving, protective and self-sacrificing character of them all, and I feel like that isn’t appreciated enough. The amount of hate he receives for some of his actions is disproportionate, especially when compared with some of the other characters, and when I think about the things this guy has gone through in his life… just wow. He is a survivor of trauma, torture, abuse, and all this having practically had no childhood. He loves his friends and family as much as he hates himself; he may be far from perfect, but that’s why I love him.

Another great thing about Bellamy is how much his character subverts the toxic masculinity so many TV characters perpetuate– he is emotional as well as aggressive, he respects female power and leadership without feeling threatened by it, he is a supportive caregiver, he expresses feelings of hurt and fear and self-loathing in gut-wrenchingly vulnerable ways, and add this to the fact that he is an Asian leading male that is powerful, important, and not desexualized, and you understand that his character is nothing short of revolutionary.

Also, Bob Morley is hands down one of the best actors on the show, and his performance honestly makes Bellamy ten times more fleshed out and real than he already would be. Seriously, some of the most powerful and organic emotional moments of the show, and a lot of unspoken development for Bellamy, are all due to Bob Morley’s acting.

So yeah, in case you couldn’t tell- Bellamy Blake is my favourite character, and I love him.

Such a huge fan of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”.  I’ve probably watched it three times since it came out last Friday.  Probably one of the most compelling characters was Elle/ Eleven.  So I had to do a little fan art character design illustration of her.  Hoping I can find time to work on the other characters too.

Since this is happening…again! Apparently! Don’t. Shit. On. Female. Characters. For. The. Same. Complex. Characterization. That. You. Praise. Male. Characters. For.

FMA fandom, I am looking straight the fuck at you.

I love Edward Elric with every square inch of my existence, and Roy Mustang is one of the most compelling and excellent male characters I’ve ever seen, but if you come after Riza or Winry (or May, or Lan Fan, or Izumi, or Rebecca, or Rose, or that one lady who talked to Hohenheim in Liore, or ANY OF THEM) under the guise of “protecting your male faves,” I hope you’re prepared to find yourself buried.

Daisy has emerged as one of the most compelling heroes on television. She is a fighter indeed but it’s her empathy that makes her such a strong character. And, while her powers are awesome, it’s Daisy’s frankly endless skillset that really makes her such an asset to S.H.I.E.L.D. Excelling in hand-to-hand combat, unbeatable with a computer, and able to destroy entire hangars with her powers, Daisy Johnson is kick-ass in every definition of the term.
—  Silje Falck-Pedersen (x)
Friday Comic-Con panels

3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Marvel Television: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and cast membersClark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker, co-creators and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and executive producer Jeff Bellshare the secrets, lies, and dangers of making season 3! See exclusive footage and surprise moments, and be the first to learn what’s in store for season 4!


3:45pm - 4:45pm PST
Dark Horse: Conversations With Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!

7:00pm - 8:00pm PST
Reunion of the Firefly Art Department

Those who worked on the Joss Whedon cult classic, which ran for just one season (2002-2003), reminisce on their days working 500 years in the future. Panelists are Carey Meyer (production designer and moderator),Colin De Ruin (art director), Loni Peristere (VFX supervisor and Zoic creator), and Will Cobb (conceptual set designer).

‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2: Rami Malek on Elliot’s Journey and the First Time He Smoked Pot

[Spoiler alert: This interview contains plot details for both parts one and two of “Mr. Robot’s” second-season premiere, “Unmask.” Do not read if you haven’t seen the episodes.]

Rami Malek came out of seemingly nowhere to become one of television’s most compelling leads as Elliot Alderson in USA’s cyberthriller “Mr. Robot.” Malek’s performance is what makes “Mr. Robot” fit together — warm, humane and relatable, even as it is unreliable, alienating and occasionally threatening. You’re never quite sure if you’re watching a hero or a villain.

Malek himself is a favorite for the Emmy nominations, to be announced early Thursday, for that very reason. When Variety caught up with him, he’s in the midst of a whirlwind of publicity, including an appearance on “The Today Show” in which a very enthusiastic fan jumped and waved at the glass behind him long enough that his co-star Christian Slater commented on it. “It’s a big day,” he tells Variety.

Wednesday night’s season 2 premiere of “Mr. Robot” — “Unmask,” parts one and two — opens in a world of chaos and change. But while the world’s financial markets, including E Corp, are struggling to recover from Elliot’s actions, Elliot himself is in self-imposed lockdown. The Elliot in “Unmask” is partly remorseful vigilante and partly terrified child. Variety talked to Malek about what’s going into his performance of Elliot for this season, as well as his long phone call in a bathroom with showrunner Sam Esmail and the first (and only!) time he smoked pot.

Have you seen the premiere yet?

No, I’ve not seen it. You know, I don’t particularly love watching myself. But, actually, this season I’m not there as much as I was last year, so maybe I will watch to be surprised by what my lovely actor, actor colleagues have come up with. The fact of the matter is, we could probably get 15 or 16 episodes out of what we shot. So I’m excited for anyone to see anything at this point.

You’ve had to play a lot of plot twists on “Mr. Robot.” How much of season 2’s plot did you know while filming season 1?

Sam [Esmail] told me what happens in season 2 when we were done shooting season 1 — or, about halfway in between the end of season 1 and season 2. He told me to go to a quiet place. Or… I told myself to go to a quiet place? I don’t know. I sometimes get everybody confused. That’s what the show does, and that’s what he does.

But, I went to the bathroom, because that was the quietest place I could listen to him tell me the story of season 2 over the course of an hour-and-a-half to two hours. I remember being in that confined space, just moving as much as I could around it — standing, sitting, laughing, being very worried, questioning things. By the end of it I was just trying to jot down as much as I could, because I knew I wasn’t going to get any information for a while.

At one point, he told me everything that happens over the course of five seasons. But I think he was just, you know, he just steered me in the wrong direction. [Laughs.] I’m just as confused as anybody about what he has up his sleeve.

It must be challenging to play a character that is as much a mystery to you as he is to the audience.

Yeah. I mean, with all the chaos that happens on this show, he has that compounded with this chaos that he has happening inside of his head. He’s dealing with this disorder, which he’s coming to terms with that he has, which is a very scary thing for him. And there’s a lot of denial and shame and self-loathing that comes with that. And then on top of that he has to come to terms with the climate he’s created for the world, with this taking down the financial system as we know it. So there are just so many things that are compromising his well-being as a person, and I sometimes don’t know how he gets through it. But he gives me hope.

You worked with a mental health professional to get into Elliot’s head in season 1. How did you prepare for where he is season 2?

I talked to her — Jenny Morey [Psy.D.], we just talked about what happens when you have this kind of discovery — that you suffer from any type of mental illness, or have to live with any kind of mental illness… The recognition of that, initially, can be terrifying. There’s a shame in it, a questioning of — why did this happen to me? Why must I be the one to suffer? What’s wrong with me? What did I do wrong? So there’s all that self-loathing in there, and an intense amount of shame. To add that to all the other conditions that he has, I mean… [Laughs.] I would probably go further than Elliot. I’d try to get back to the womb if I were him, instead of just going back to my mom’s.

Is Elliot the hero of this story?

That’s the thing. I mean, as authentic as this show is with technology, and relating to world events as they’re happening, we’re also allowing this idea of what a hero is to be questioned. How long have we had this idealistic view, that our heroes aren’t without flaws? He’s very flawed. He can be very corrupt. And at the same time, he’s also being very corrupted. Throughout all of that he has this grandiose hope that he can save the world about there. There’s something very idealistic about that, and naïve, but also heroic! The fact that he is, you know, just one person trying everything possible to make life better for many. And in doing so, he just, he really fucks up. He screws up, masterfully. And he has to deal with the guilt and the repercussions of all that. I think he’s a hero for our time — one that people can actually look at and identify [with], and maybe that makes being heroic a little more accessible.

There’s a lot of politically charged rhetoric in “Mr. Robot,” and used by Elliot particularly, that resonates a lot in the real world. Are people treating you differently because of that?

I think most people look at me as the incarnation of him on the screen — I’m an actor, obviously. But people are just happy that this message is being produced. The fact that we can be very polarizing in what we say — that we kind of rail against this hyper-consumerism that exists in the world and we’re also being funded by one of the biggest conglomerates as well — is ironic, but also satisfying to both sides. [Laughs.] I think there’s something in it for both sides. Which is maybe the only way to get anything achieved.

But yeah, there are a lot of people on the street that feel like Elliot has given voice to some of their concerns, and it’s not just relegated to people who are his age. I’ve seen a lot of older people — even a grandmother came up to me and appreciated the message. I really think she’s been waiting to hear these things for such a long time. This affected her.

That’s interesting, because when I watch the show, I don’t always think the show is endorsing Elliot’s beliefs. In the premiere, for example — you see a world that is really freaked out by what he’s done.

Yeah. You know… [Laughs.] Sam and I always talked about Elliot. One time I asked him, “How do you think the audience is going to feel about that?” and he said, “Don’t worry about the audience.” He said, “This is the story. If you worry how the audience is going to respond to something, you’re never going to get your story across. No one ever questioned if Don Draper or Walter White was likeable,” he said. “We don’t have to make Elliot likeable.” He’d leave that up to me, to bring some kind of vulnerability or affection to that character. But, uh, [Elliot] does some pretty deplorable things!

How do you portray someone like that sympathetically?

Anytime I find a type of character that has a type of, I guess, villainy in them — or someone that doesn’t have the most redeemable qualities — I try to discover where that comes from. Obviously, people are very different. I just want to discover what makes someone do the things they do, with everybody. Whether they’re good-natured or — I hate this term — evil. Or have some negative aspects of themselves. Everything is a result of a situation someone has encountered somewhere in their lives. I think few people are actually born malicious or malevolent. So you know, if you can justify their condition, I think it makes them a little bit more accessible as a human being. A little more relatable. If the guy was perfect, who would really care. It wouldn’t be for our time. Or any time, you know.

Is there a lot to keep in your head when you’re playing an unreliable narrator? I read that you have your voiceovers piped into your ear while shooting.

You know, I will say this. This year, we have enough of a budget that everyone on set can have an earbud if they’re working with me, so they can also hear the voiceover, to prompt them to come in on their line. And a lot of people just can’t handle it, because there’s a white noise that comes with it, too. Every actor is has been like, “How do you deal with that?” And for Elliot [laughs] it works perfectly. Not only am I listening to this subtext inner monologue that I’m having, but it’s surrounded by this static that I think Elliot has to deal with, as well. So there are some times that I put that earbud in with just the static going, too — just to consider how hard it would be to listen or have another conversation with another human being when your inner voice is having its own dialogue with you. Or having a one-sided conversation. And on top of that, you’re having this other person living inside of your mind as well, in Mr. Robot.

As taxing as it might sound to have all those things going on, it’s really helpful for me to really have to focus on the things I need to communicate, the things I want to communicate, and the things I feel can be put by the wayside.

Tell me a little bit about the scene in the premiere where Elliot confronts Mr. Robot and Mr. Robot shoots him in the head.

You know, I don’t smoke pot, and I did one time. Well, not one time, but I got really messed up off of that one time, because I kind of had some really crazy hallucinations, and felt like my mind was really being compromised. This was over the course of, uh, few days. [Laughs.] So I never wanted to feel that again. And so when I thought about, you know, that gunshot — that gunshot’s been happening over and over and over. That’s not the first time that’s happened to him. He’s finally at a place where he can confront it, make an attempt to confront it. I know this is going to happen again, hold your ground, it’s going to be alright, you’ve survived this God knows how many times.

But when I started to really think about the first few iterations of that, and how that must have felt like for him, it’s completely debilitating. To the point where — when you’re living in the state that he is, it’s impossible to identify what’s real and what’s not. He’s finally been able to adjust and rationalize that this is not what’s actually happening. But when it looks and feels and sounds and real as it does to him, that’s… that’s enough to make someone want to move on from this world.

That’s what special about him, it’s the fight. I always talk to Sam about that. One time I brought up the idea of suicide with him, like, what’s keeping this guy from really like just calling it quits? And he goes, that’s not our guy. That’s what makes him different, that’s what makes him very special. He perseveres no matter what. And I don’t know if that will always be the case, because the things that are getting thrown at him this season are, uh… [Laughs.] it’s some heavy stuff. But hopefully our man gets through it.

Having said all this really dire stuff about this, I think you might find some of Elliot’s situations this season quite humorous, as well. For a guy who doesn’t smile very much, I have a feeling by the next episode you might a different perspective on him. I’ll say that about him.

Lastly—because Elliot’s illness is, among other things, so cinematically convenient, what do you say to the critique that Elliot isn’t really a human character?

To that, I will say, there are plenty of people out there who really associate with this character. There are a few people who think that this is a character that is an invention or a tool for a writer to get across some incredible narrative. That’s not true; there are people like Elliot out there. It’d be remiss not to speak up and say that, even. There are a lot of people who suffer the way he does. Elliot is grandiose in hoping he can save the world… but there are a lot of people who want to save themselves.

Elliot having these grander aspirations — I think he speaks for a lot of people, and gives them hope that they can have some semblance of a normal life, or adjust to what their new normal is. Elliot’s very real. The situations he’s in are very real. And that’s why this story has, I think, been received the way it has by audiences all over the world. As fictitious as it may seem, I think people are paranoid that the world he lives in exists. And if there was any way for them to have a chance to alter it, I think many people would attempt to do so in their own way.

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The Star-Touched Queen

by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gulped this book down on a day of air travel. The prose is delicious. That is the first thing I noticed when I opened it and glanced over the first few pages.

I also was truly captivated by the heroine Maya’s struggle. The sense that there is a wonderful and terrible world out just beyond her grasp was compelling, even more than her different setbacks. I loved the way the love story was palpable from the start, but grew slowly.

I hope that as the story continues we’ll learn more about the magic in this world, and I’m excited that the protagonists of the next will be supporting characters I loved!

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***

This book is written with gorgeous detail that roots it very firmly in an Indian myth/lore way that felt grounded.

The most compelling part actually for me was the mysterious previous life of Maya–and even once that was revealed, it was done in such a way that she needed to atone in a big way to claim that. I loved it.

Also, unexpectedly loved the skeletal horse carrion demon companion!

3-D Printed “Magic Arms”

Delaware researchers are using Lego plastic to print lightweight robotic exoskeletons for growing kids.

In the last few years, we’ve seen everything from handcuff keys to prescription medication emerge from the beds of 3-D printers. But Emma Lavelle’s story is one of the most compelling examples of the technology in recent memory.

Emma was born with a rare congenital disorder called arthrogryposis, which prevents her from being able to move her arms. Older children and adults suffering from arthrogryposis and similar conditions can use robotic prosthetics to gain control over their movements. But at only two years old, Emma was too small to qualify as a candidate for such devices.

Still, at an arthrogryposis conference in Philadelphia, her mother saw the inventors of one of the most successful systems—Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, or WREX—present their work, and was so impressed that she contacted them anyways. A few weeks later, Lavelle and her daughter were in Tariq Rahman and Whitney Sample’s playroom/workshop at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. A test run with WREX confirmed their fears—WREX’s heavy metal parts were too big for Emma’s small frame. Unphased, Rahman and Sample began throwing around ideas for a smaller, lighter version of WREX that would work for toddlers like Emma.

For Emma, the benefits of WREX were immediate. “The weight difference is significant,” says Emma’s mom in a video about the lab. “She outgrew it, and now we’re on our second jacket. It’s still evolving and growing into this incredible prosthetic.” As she grows, Sample has been able to 3-D print replacement parts and rejigger sizing to fit her changing frame—a process that would be exponentially slower and more expensive with traditional machining techniques. “This is one of those industries that matches perfectly with 3-D printing, and additive manufacturing, because we need custom everything,”

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the most compelling argument against veganism

If our ancestor’s protein were on a deserted island, how would they bacon their circle of life so that lions also eat meat in a way that personal choice of a plant’s feelings?

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anonymous asked:

What draws you to Tommy's character other than the fact that he's extremely handsome/intelligent/handsome? :)

An anon!!! I’ve missed these so much! Thank you :)

Aside from Tommy smoking/ damp Tommy *frantic coughing*… The most compelling thing to me about him is the inherent gentleness he has that exists several layers beneath the surface. It’s one of the reasons Cillian (in reality kind of the anti-Tommy) was such utterly brilliant casting, because he can get that idea across so beautifully even in Tommy’s darkest moments. That softer, pre-war side of Tommy gives the thickly-veneered, impassive, dispassionate character a paradoxical quality which I find intriguing. Of course, you know me, I can’t not mention that Grace is the character who brought that element of him out most, and watching it grow in her company is my kryptonite - but it ebbs and flows with all the characters and honestly the way Cillian portrays it is just completely mesmerising.

xx

anonymous asked:

"There was no emotional pay-off." This is probably the main reason why I'm extremely unsatisfied. We've been waiting for a long time to get some emotional development for Kisuke and Yoruichi, but that wasn't the case in the Askin fight, which is disappointing since Shunsui and Mayuri (to some extent) did. At first I thought they had more to contribute in the story but now with so few chapters left I don't think that'll happen. Kisuke will probably arrive though, maybe even together with the dads

Right??? This was precisely why I was so certain we’d see more of them, anon.  Because every single other character who got a big fight also got some closure for their personal arc.  

Now I do realize that Kisuke and Yoruichi are often used as comic relief, in the sense that they’re prankster characters and all.  But still, some of the most compelling moments about them were not comical at all (think Soifon’s breakdown, Yoruichi rescuing Kisuke and Tessai etc)  

It’s not even the shippy aspect that’s bothering me; I’d love some undeniable confirmation, but mostly, I want to know their past because it was always heavily hinted that it had a lot to do with the main plot.  The revelation that Kisuke had been to the RR, that Yoruichi knows of the ritual to create a Soul King isn’t negligible, it’s integral to the overall story! It’s stuff you expect to see when the last few mysteries of the Bleach universe are being explored.   

*sighs* I always assumed that one of two things would happen with Kisuke in the end: a) either Kubo would go for classic bildungsroman mentor trope and have him killed, perhaps sacrifice himself to ‘atone’ for his past actions, considering how his lingering guilt has always been a thing, or b) he would be there for the final fight almost up until the very end (think Naruto with Kakashi and team 7).

Now I don’t know what to expect, to be honest :/ 

i love zero escape its really my favourite series and some of the most compelling writing and creative medium-specific storytelling in any game ive ever played but they have some of the worst character design ive ever seen like who okayed this 

she has no top just a necklace

“Photography’s ability to blur truth and fiction is one of its most compelling qualities.But when misused as part of a prosecutor’s arsenal, this ambiguity can have severe, even lethal consequences. Photographs in the criminal justice system, and elsewhere, can turn fiction into fact. As I got to know the men and women in this book, I saw that photography’s ambiguity, beautiful in one context, can be devastating in another.”

The Innocents by Taryn Simon [4/4]