these r the ones i was talking about earlier

Reveling in Richonne

#39: The Deer Drop (7x4)

So, y’all, Negan is a fool. 😂  He has no idea that his downfall just strutted past him in this scene lol. 

After Rick and Michonne’s heartfelt talk, we see Michonne, with the deer around her, looking like a full fledged boss as she walks past Negan.  (Side note: The subtle surprised/sad look Michonne gives, when she notices Daryl, is so great and Danai truly can act without uttering a word.👏🏽)

As Michonne walks past Negan, I was like, “Uh, Negan, do you see this queen strutting past and mad dogging you right now? She’s going to be your undoing, bruh." 😂  Cuz Michonne is Rick’s rock and so as long as Rick has her, Negan will never fully break him. It’s so interesting to see her walk past Negan because he really has no idea just how crucial this woman is to Rick and just how much she can change the whole game. 

Like I really feel like even just her presence back in ASZ made the vibe feel different there. It felt like there was a certain strength and power reinstalled in the community. Even Rick feels more whole, like he’s def still very broken, but you can tell that this day sucks just a little less when she’s there. Negan enjoys targeting leaders, but he just lets Rick’s leader walk right past him. Did I mention he’s a fool? 😋 

I love this moment because it says so much. One; it says that Michonne has agreed to Rick’s request even though she doesn’t necessarily like it. Two; it says that Michonne is over Negan and she’s not afraid to give him a look that shows him that. Three; This whole scene is proof that Rick and Michonne can’t quite hide or downplay how much they care about each other. (Nor should they)

Four; Michonne walks ahead of Rick and, if my eyes don’t deceive me, Rick keeps his eyes on her. He only looks at Negan once Negan starts speaking. It lets you know, once again, that they’re not on the same page but they are still a unit. And it’s tough seeing Rick walking behind her cuz there’s still this distance between them, and that’s just not the way they’re meant to be. But what I love about this shot of them walking, is that it really looks like Rick’s following the woman who leads him. 

And five; that deer drop tho. 

So as Michonne walks past Negan, holding this deer, the message is loud and clear; this woman is fierce. I love that Michonne has no fear when glaring at Negan. Like she knows to be somewhat subtle with it, but she’s also making it clear that she’s not feeling him even a little bit. Let him know, sis! 

And Rick has an alibi at the ready when he tells Negan he thought she was scavenging but she was hunting. It’s sweet that this is Rick, once again, trying to protect her. In the words of Drake, this is Rick being like, “I think I’d lie for you” lol. And it’s crazy cuz Negan has no idea Rick is talking to him about his wife and his rock. 

And when Rick hands over the gun, Negan tells him, “This is something to build a relationship on”. The scene cuts to Michonne when he says this, as she literally looks like she could murder him right then and there. Overlapping this shot with that line of dialogue isn’t a coincidence. But the irony is that, as much as Negan should be something that breaks Richonne, he really is only going to make their relationship stronger in the long run.

And then Rick heartbreakingly tries to make one last request and ask if Daryl can stay. It’s really sweet that Rick’s willing to take yet another risk and make a request for someone he cares about. And I almost feel like even the courage he musters to do this, has to do somewhat with the fact that his source of strength is back home. But, of course, Negan tells Rick he can’t have Daryl back and Daryl’s not about to plead his case cuz he knows there’s no use. 😥 

I like that Michonne stays with that deer around her and she’s surrounded by Saviors with literally zero fear. Like she could have just gave up the deer and left but she stays standing right in the mix of them. Even surrounded by all these dangerous men, her only concern is Rick’s conversation with Negan. She looks like if Rick were to say the word she would go into fight mode on the spot. 

(Side Note: It’s crazy seeing Rick, Michonne, and Daryl all around Negan in this scene. Like these are the baddest of the bunch, but right now Negan has them all enslaved. He doesn’t even realize these three are basically apocalyptic all-stars lol…But he’ll learn.)

So Negan lets Rick know he expects something interesting for next time and it’s interesting cuz this is Michonne’s first time seeing Negan degrade Rick today. You know it frustrated her to her core to see Negan bully her man.

And then Negan tells Arat to grab the deer before they head out…But see, Michonne isn’t your average chick. So they might’ve thought she was about to just softly hand this deer over, but Michonne was like…

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And Homegirl drops the deer and mad dogs Negan, one last time, before fiercely turning and walking away. Queen. 👏🏽👏🏽🙌🏾👸

I love that in one final act of defiance for the day, Michonne drops the deer. It really does feel like a “drop the mic” moment. And talk about making an entrance and exit! Like I know everybody in the vicinity took note of her. You can actually see a Savior sort of take note when she walks away lol.

It’s actually a super big deal that Michonne drops the deer this way. It’s bold and it lets you know Negan has not ripped the fight out of her. I feel like, in her eyes, Negan is a dead man walking it’s just a matter of time. She might not be able to cut Negan up right here but she still makes a statement. This is still the Michonne. And the Michonne does not take kindly to governors, tyrants, and triers of Rick Grimes. 

It’s so clear in this moment that she’s beyond frustrated with their situation and this oppression and she’s unafraid to hide it. And when she drops the deer she then turns and walks further into that Savior crowd cuz she is unfazed by any of them.  (Side note: Notice the two people who most visibly defied Negan today are Carl and Michonne. Grimes 2.0 ain’t nothing to play with, y’all.)

Seeing Michonne drop the deer is where Rick can’t quite hide his emotions. He doesn’t take his eyes off her and he physically steps forward when she walks away. *magnets*

Negan decides to take one more petty jab at Rick by commenting on how he loves a girl that buys him dinner and yada, yada, yada. It’s literally like the last straw of the day for Negan to now be making suggestive jokes unknowingly about Rick’s woman. 

But Rick doesn’t even seem to notice Negan’s taunting at this point. He’s almost completely preoccupied with that fact that Michonne is so clearly unhappy right now. 

I feel like this Negan reign is extra difficult for Rick and Michonne due to their intertwined well-beings. Rick’s not okay and so Michonne is even more not okay. And Michonne’s not okay so, as we see in this scene, Rick’s even more not okay too.

I love that Rick’s focus is on Michonne here, even with Negan right in his ear. I was like, Negan, a Richonne moment is happening right before your eyes, bruh. So stop talking cuz…

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But on another note, Negan’s comment could make you wonder if he took some minor note of Michonne, not necessarily as Rick’s significant other, but as someone Rick obviously cares about.

I feel like there might be two reasons for Rick’s concerned expression here. One is because he’s so legitimately pained that she’s unhappy. This is a man who loves getting things for her and now he’s had to ask her to give up something. And, even though Michonne would never hold this against him, you can tell Rick personally feels that he’s let her down. 

But two; I also think the concerned expression is because he’s like “Dang, my girl is kind of unafraid of Negan” cuz she wanted Negan to know she was #overhim when she dropped that deer. But, because Rick was so broken in that lineup, and is taking on so much of the guilt, he’s more in a place to just take the hits. And I think seeing Michonne drop that deer like a boss made him realize he’s going to have to convince her they unfortunately can’t even remotely be bosses around this psycho. 

Don’t get me wrong, Michonne is smart so she’s not going to do anything too recklessly defiant. But Rick knows that any type of defiance could be fatal, so I think the deer drop concerned him a bit. And it also really confirmed to him that Michonne is in a different head space than he’s in right now when it comes to how they view and approach Negan. 

What’s super clear in this scene though, is that Rick truly makes Michonne’s happiness one of his top responsibilities, so he’s feeling extra down rn. And luckily we don’t have to wait long before seeing R&M talk it out. 

*But first Rick serves some OG Rick Grimes when he talks to Spencer and tells him to “Say yes.” (Which little did we know would become very special words to us.😋 ) 

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*Just a heads up: The following is about the Season Eight sneak peek*

So I mentioned in an earlier post that I only wanted Rick and Michonne to have a baby if it was in the last season…But then I saw that sneak peek last night and this happened…

And, y’all, I make mistakes and I learn my lessons lol.  

I really want Rick and Michonne to have a baby! It doesn’t have to be soon, but I’m def fully on board for this now. Something about Rick’s line in this sneak peek just triggered me and I immediately got on the Richonne baby train. 

And I acknowledge that Rick might have just strictly meant he’s ready to just be Rick “the dad” and “husband” after the war and let someone else lead. But with Maggie talking about trimesters, and Ezekiel talking about fighting for the children to come, like there was just some serious baby vibes in this scene and I was so here for it lol. 

I heard this line and I was really like, “Rick, bruh, I need you to please elaborate on this. Like what exactly do you mean? Cuz I’m low key getting baby vibes from this ambiguous statement.” Even just the possible implication that Rick is open to having a child with Michonne made me so happy. 

Wanting a kid might not even be remotely what Rick was referencing in this scene, and y’all probably have much better insight on it than me. But either way, it made me much more excited about the idea of Richonne having a kid. (Y’all know I’m a little late to the party sometimes.😂  But I’m here now!) 

Anyways, just thought I’d give an update lol. Cuz I was hesitant about a Richonne baby and then, the minute I heard this line, this was literally me…

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Forever -A Japril OneShot-

A one-shot cut into three parts based on three songs for Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ - Dress, Delicate and New Year’s Day. If you haven’t heard the songs yet, you should at least look up the lyrics! 


There’s soft music playing in the background, almost overshadowed the voices of everyone in the ballroom. I have a flute of champagne in one hand, daintily held in my fingers, as I survey the room and look for the one face I want to see.

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The Flour Sack Baby

So about forever ago I got the above prompt, and even earlier than that, someone requested a fic based on this art, which I promised to do and promptly forgot about (I mean, we’re talking this was well over a year ago now, so cut me the smallest bit of slack). 

Anyway, I decided to combine the two and it turned into whatever this is.

E/R developing relationship, modern high school AU.

“Alright class, settle down,” Valjean said from the front of the room, and the class slowly fell into silence, until Courfeyrac, who hadn’t been paying attention, was the only one left talking animatedly to Marius, who blushed when Valjean said pointedly, “That does mean you, Mr. Courfeyrac.”

The class tittered and Courfeyrac grinned while Valjean just rolled his eyes and cleared his throat. “As much as I know you’ve all been looking forward to being done with our unit on sexually transmitted infections, that does mean we have to move into our next unit on family planning. As a reminder, I do not set the health class curriculum, the Board of Education does, so Mr. Enjolras, before you even bother complaining, my answer will be as it has been this entire time that there is nothing I can do.”

Enjolras scowled and crossed his arms in front of his chest, and from the back of the room, Grantaire snorted. “That being said,” Valjean continued, reaching under his desk and pulling out a sack of flour and setting it down on his desk with perhaps more force than necessary, “as you know, our final class project is the dreaded ‘flour baby’ project, and this year, I’ve decided to be a bit creative with the partnership assignments, to recognize – even if the school board refuses to do so – the reality of couples and partnerships beyond heterosexual marriages.”

For the first time, the class’s interest seemed piqued, and Valjean smiled before telling them, “But as a reminder, these partnerships are assigned and are not going to be changed, so I want to hear no complaining.” He grabbed his clipboard and began reading through the assignments, most of which garnered no more than the typical giggling and groaning, until he got to one assignment – “Mr. Enjolras, you’ll be working with Mr. Grantaire.”

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anonymous asked:

Are there any interesting Rammstein facts I should know?

See this question is incredibly difficult.
There are so many Rammstein facts one ought to know, potentially even if one doesn’t care for Rammstein at all. I mean literally so goddamn many I don’t even know where to start. When I was asked this with Daft Punk I could bullet-point a few interesting tidbits with more ease and just call it a day, but I’ve been digging so deep into the historical/literary background of R+ for so long that there’s probably enough there to participate in a school of Rammsteinology. (I can even recommend the textbooks.) So it’s hard for me to single out certain ‘facts’ as if they didn’t keep on leading to another fact and another speculation and so on until one has a whole article in their hands.

But that’s my situation and not a response to anything.
I’ll give it a go. Please forgive that the facts seem disjointed. If I tried to put categories to those (era/individual/etc) we’d be here forever. I have sources for all of those so if you need something cited in more detail, do ask. I’ll point you the way.

  • The Stasi wanted to have Paul around as an informer in East Germany. Paul knew lots of people, was well-liked, and had witnessed a significant event in… I want to say Ostpunk, but it was actually a serious sociopolitical incident in the country, full stop. It was a Neo-Nazi raid on a concert held in a church. If he’d ever talked, the effects would have been devastating. He did not. This was an era where probably one in six people in East Germany were informers. Someone else would likely have sold him out eventually if not for the fall of the Wall, if he chose not to co-operate, but that’s what he did anyway. He was very brave.
  • his mic is too damn high
  • MTV London treated Rammstein very very badly at their first scheduled appearance, when they were still a young band starting out. Only two songs with very downplayed pyrotechnics were allowed to them, and they were just very condescending overall to the band. As a fuck you to MTV Till hid blood capsules and popped them in his mouth during the performance, spitting them out deliberately during their second song. They were kicked out and banned immediately afterwards. Nowadays MTV would lick their boots to have R+ anywhere near them in the rare blue moons when they play real music so they can suck it
  • Till used to run over rabbits with his Trabant for food, usually with Paul and Flake in the same car. He did not do this with deliberate malicious intent to rid his village of fuzzy critters, he only did this when the rabbits were on his path. Considering the time and place they were in, this was not unusual nor particularly cruel.
  • Neither was Schneider reluctantly having to drown a cat after he came back from his military service. Ain’t no easily accessible vet in a people’s republic of tyranny
  • I think it is downplayed, or not well known, just how badly Schneider was fucked over by the government. Studying music at a proper university, and likely making something out of himself academically, was the only reason why he behaved and dutifully did his 18-month military service. He was given a place in computer technology, but a potential switch in major to music was rejected basically for him not being civilized enough, because he didn’t know enough instruments and anyhow drums weren’t going to be of any use. Would you not be pissed if that was what was driving you to work so hard, and your bandmates were messing around lackadaisically with no concern for the future
  • but grandmama, what a tasty wineglass you have
  • Richard’s flight to West Germany. Tracking his route is probably the one piece of original research that I am most proud of doing in this fandom. Please read up on it.
  • Olli once stole a boat as a boy in East Germany. He felt bad.
  • Scholle’ (’plaice’/’flounder’), Richard’s nickname among the R+ members in their earlier days, likely originated from a time spent in Schwerin where Paul/Flake were introduced to Richard ‘alongside the ones who cleared fishing nets’. He might have been doing some work around those parts. I think it is a far more wholesome nickname than anything fandom has come up with and we should return to it
  • Flake is the gentle, tol, catte-loving trashlord we all aspire to be deep in our hearts. We all know that. The thing I didn’t tell you in this post in that the kitten he’s talking about died a cruel and unusual death, likely from being preyed upon by something else ;_;
  • what the fuck are y’alls doing in my house (applicable MULTIPLE TIMES, the entire band once broke into a random house by accident)
  • … Richard helped out every once in a while… he attracted my attention because of his funny haircut: he had a long ponytail, short at the front with blond streaks - basically, he looked like a stripy squirrel.” (Till, from the R+ Autobiography)
  • this happened, literal quote:

I hope that was useful, anon.

Lindsey talks about 'Storms'

R: What kind of presentation did this song demand when she brought this in?

Well, again, we wanted to, um, if we had done that in a conventional way it would’ve come off like a country song, probably. A little bit. And we wanted to pull everything back. You know, it’s like her vocal. She gets to a place where she’s kinda, y’know, right in here like she’s talking to someone up close and some of the time she’s - little, little fear and certainly pain is come out but like this and everything around it must hold that kind of line. It’s a completely tactile experience, that song, you know. And, uh, you know, the piano is played as lightly as - Christine just did a superb job. It’s a whisper, that song. And it - it’s one of my favorite things on Tusk. By far.

R: Oh, man.

Well, you know, she’s -

R: I’ve never heard her that honest on a microphone.

It’s such a vulnerable thing she’s allowing herself to be in that moment because -

R: You captured one there. That’s amazing.

And it’s ironic, you know. She’s at a point where she’s probably at the height of her visibility and she’s probably thinking back to a few years earlier and how that, the scale of that visibility and the choices she’s made has put her in a position where she’s really lost touch with a fundamental importance and, uh, you know, ‘every night that goes between I feel a little less’, you know, ‘goes between’. I mean, that’s, you know, a very, uh, suggestive line and a pretty major thing to say.


Still, after all of the time that she was there, she didn’t wake up. Even as she had Danny and others there, she was still in an almost coma like state. In her mind, she was in a dream where it looked like a dark English street. Heading down either, she noticed a door that had light peeking on the other side.

          Earlier, one of the nurses had told him that talking to the patient helps sometimes. Whether they were patronizing him, or just t i r e d of the silence coming from the room he’s not sure. Still, he tries it, telling her small things about his day, cute things Salem did, how her mother was doing etc. He’s not sure if it helps, or if she can even h e a r him, but it was better than the silence.

          He k n o w s she’s in critical condition, he’s scared she won’t make it back. Or w o r s e, they’ll ask him to pull the plug on her life support. He couldn’t do that to his wife, he’s not s t r o n g enough to. How ironic that one who’d taken many lives hesitated at the thought of taking another.

isagrimorie  asked:

BTW, I am curious, why is Samaritan more powerful than The Machine? Isn't because Arthur was a better programmer? Or just more aggressive?

Actually I’d say it’s because Arthur was a less moral programmer. Or maybe, to be fair to him, more specifically that he never got to guide Samaritan into existence. I don’t know if you saw my R-anon reply earlier but where I was talking about the ‘supervised learning’ aspect of an AIs development, that’s where Harold was teaching the Machine the basics of his ethical outlines (’should Bob leave Alice?’, not prioritising Harold’s safety etc.) Arthur never got to do that with Samaritan, instead Greer was the one who set its parameters, and those parameters don’t include the same level of careful restriction that Harold placed on the Machine.

So I’d guess that at their conception, both the Machine and Samaritan were equally powerful. What limits the Machine now though, are those restrictions. Take the scene in the asylum - the Machine would see it as being a preferable outcome that it would ‘sacrifice’ itself to save Root and Finch. Samaritan, I would safely assume, would have no such compunctions about sacrificing any of its assets (see: Martine).

In that sense I’d say the Machine is equally as powerful as Samaritan in terms of potential ability, but falls behind in execution, if that makes sense.


If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me posting photos from Flimsymoon’s debut collection. I was introduced to Flimsyoon when designer/maker Freyia Lilian sent me a tweet way back in April. I found her aesthetic immediately fascinating and kept in touch with her over the months. In between several conversations about everyday frustrations, mental health and haircare, we decided to “interview” each other, so to speak, and talk about beauty, art and other lofty things that are broached only in bits and spurts in regular conversation. And in the midst of such contemplations, we also talked about Freyia’s lingerie collection, Kiss me under flimsymoon, its aesthetics, and how luxury and comfort go hand in hand for her.

Below is a transcript. 

The Kickstarter to fund Flimsymoon’s first collection launches on 30 August with an evening of drinks and dancing at the Clerkenwell Gallery. For a free ticket to the launch party, just head over to the Eventbrite page!

R: So! Jumping right in, I was thinking of our last conversation earlier, and this one memory came back to me. For a huge portion of my life, when I still had a social circle of sorts, and still wanted social approval, I used to hate thin, pretty girls. Looking at girls (and women) who fit prevailing beauty standards would fill me with a deep seated envy because thinness and beauty was a form of social currency that I could never have. And then, right after I graduated from uni, I started hanging out with my closest friend now. She was thin and pretty and I’d disliked her greatly all throughout those three years, but once we became stoner buddies, everything sort of changed.


And it dawned upon me that thin, pretty girls are not the enemy, and if I had to pinpoint an enemy, it was all the beauty machine which exists to make women feel bad about our bodies - thin women, fat women, in between women, all of us. When you told me last night about how you wouldn’t dare wear things I have on my blog, the first thing I thought was, ‘but she is so beautiful! Why would she have body issues?’ And then I remembered that it doesn’t really matter what you look like, because the beauty industry will find a way to make you feel bad.


F: Yes I agree. 'Beauty’, as projected by the fashion/beauty industries, is kinda narrow and unimaginative, being as it is, a word which only exists because of, and is created out a primordial soup of visual references and connotations taken from all areas of culture, history and thought. Showcasing these very rich and diverse aesthetics by utilising the beauty of a very narrow demographic of women seems like such an easy way out. And I think it naturally helps kick in a horrible survival instinct powered by the green eyed monster!


It’s funny because I can completely relate to what you went through in terms of comparing yourself to other women. You are true in saying that it is a universal problem, and no matter how close to the ideal you are, it doesn’t mean you will feel any more empowered or beautiful. My auntie for example, who is whippet thin naturally and a complete babe, suffered from anorexia as a teen and made herself very ill. When I look at you, though, it excites me to think that brands have asked you to do shoots for them, especially lingerie! It’s high time the fashion industry stepped out of the box, and stopped labelling. Fuck 'plus size models’ or whatever. Models are models.

R: Beauty is a strange thing. It’s one of the least quantifiable concepts, yet we tend to treat it as a certain rigid set of parameters. More than anything, it’s odd and erratic, existing in that liminal space which could turn striking or ugly, at will. I recall a short story from a collection called The Summer House, Later, where one of the characters muses on the nature of beauty. And they reach the conclusion that beauty is odd and ugly - look at Jackie O- that quote went, I think - she’s practically a hammerhead. And that’s exactly it. Beauty is asymmetrical, it’s unpredictable and eerie. Beauty haunts you, glamour doesn’t. I want to be startled by beauty, I want it to take me unawares, I don’t want it to cocoon me in a numbing homogeneity. Because if everyone looked the same, how could beauty exist?


F: I agree! I have this utopian idea of what I want as the future of visual representation of beauty. I want to see all those gorgeous archetypes of nudes in art, all those types of female beauty, all the facets of it to be represented.


When I was working on shooting the collection, I spent a lot of time thinking about who should model. I wanted to approach girls who I thought were beautiful, rather than going through an agency. It was really important that the images be comfortable and intimate, and not shiny shiny. I reached out to two girls in my social circles (one of whom has become one of my best friends) and while they both have conventional builds for models, I was more drawn to their faces and demeanours. Another girl I approached was less conventional, but she ended up declining.

R: I really, really love the shoot for your collection (and ofcourse, the collection itself!) Your aesthetic is so wonderful, and it shines through even in something as simple as your Instagram photos. You seem to find beauty in places people would normally overlook - and that’s one of the greatest gifts. It’s such a ~ sensitive artist~ cliche, but unthinking utilitarianism just feels like sensory deprivation to me.


F: I’m such a sensitive artist too, and have had a history of anxiety. One big bout of it was at the beginning of my third year of uni when I was so overwhelmed with ideas from the delicious theory I’d been reading that summer, and all the possibilities of how I could translate that visually entity. I feel a lot. And sometimes that can be detrimental as well, bouts of extreme lows and anxiety for example, but overall, the positives of being a sensitive soul outweigh the negatives, I think! I’m proud of my empathy and ability to feel, and to project those feelings in art.


R: I’d love to know more about the theory you were reading! The reason I couldn’t stick it with academics is that theory just didn’t agree with me. I found so very few scholars whose writing felt like they were trying to communicate something meaningful, rather than endlessly circle jerking in futile wordplay. Which might seem strange considering my MA dissertation used Bhabha extensively! All the while I was writing it though, I was cursing the man for having great ideas but presenting them in the most obtuse manner argh! As someone who loves words for their own sake, my greatest stumbling block with theory is how badly written a lot of it is.


F: Theory! Yes I totally agree. One of my favourite ideas regarding the erotic comes from Georges Bataille’s introduction of his book 'Eroticism’. But even though the theories are fascinating, I didn’t make it all the way through because of his PRETENTIOUS BLABBER! I swear philosophers write in code. Not that I’m an expert or anything, but from my dabblings in the subject, I really believe most of them could describe their ideas in a more poetic, beautiful and accessible manner if they only tried! Or maybe they do it on purpose to be elitist pricks. If Bataille were alive today, he’d totally be a hipster swaggering around East London (if he wasn’t French, that is!)


I love words too and really enjoy critical/ analytical writing. But art school taught me a really good lesson that I think some theorists need to take on board! And that is to be clear, coherent and accessible when describing a complex idea.


And that’s one reason I love folklore and fairy tales. They all discuss complex concepts using accessible signs and symbols. You can read them purely aesthetically as a montage of alluringly beautiful and bizarre images - admire them superficially. But you can also delve deeper and get lost in their content (fangirling right now!)


R: Haha, that image of Bataille as an east London hipster!


I’ve never done a formal study of folklore, but I have fond memories of reading and being read stuff like 'Thakumar Jhuli’ and 'Khirer Putul’ as a child. Funnily enough, most of what we know of  Bangla folklore comes from the zealous burst of collecting oral tales in the Victorian era, which was not only inspired the similar burst in Romantic-era Britain, it began as an Orientalist project of knowledge gathering by the then Governor General. And one of the first books I ever remember is a Soviet hardback edition of Andrew Lang’s folktales that used to sit quite self importantly on my parents’ bookshelf. So I guess everything is connected, really!


I have an absolutely mandatory question for you now, because it’s something I get asked every time there’s an interview. And that’s…inspiration. I want to know what your inspirations are! You mentioned a while ago how making lingerie that fits someone’s natural shape instead of moulding it to conform to certain normalizing standards is very important to you. How did you form that ethos, what was your inspiration/motivation? I rejected shapewear a long time ago, and last year I did away with conventional bras, and I feel so much better after that!


F: I do own a few underwired contraptions, but I only really wear them under closer fitting clothes or tees, or if the silhouette calls. I do feel kinda uncomfy all day though. I’d much rather wear a soft cloth something, like a bandeau or triangle bra, forget about my boobs, and not feel all trussed up.


I was influenced a lot by dancewear, and oddly enough childrenswear when developing an aesthetic, because of the simplicity and utility they combine with a very aesthetically driven finish - often anchored in storytelling and evocative imagery.


I am making luxury products. They are not intended to be 'super supportive’ when running for the bus, or going about your everyday life. My pieces are intended to be special treats! The female body is often so trussed up and squeezed into this and that, contorted here, nipped in here, pushed up there. Flimsymoon pieces intend to be worn by women, not the other way round. I’m all about comfort and the feeling of wearing something soft and adoring.


R: Yeah, there’s such a prolonged history of women’s bodies being strapped in, and harnessed and confined, right from the Renaissance in the Western World alone, and I find that the current insistence on the 'perfect silhouette’ with shapewear and underwired bras plays into that tradition. My fashion philosophy has always been centered around the concept of all bodies being good bodies, and that includes rejecting the notion that there are certain items of clothing I can’t wear because of my size. Refusing to painfully contain my boobs with pointy underwires is part of that now. I don’t see why anyone needs to be offended by my natural silhouette.


It’s kind of strange actually talking about stuff on my blog, you know! Even though this is ground I’ve covered before, here and elsewhere. It’s probably to do with how much I hate airing opinions publicly and being paid any kind of attention. Attention is something that’s always made me feel uncomfortable, and remembering that kind of makes me think that I should be doing something else altogether! I should just get my back fixed and build that homestead my partner and I have been planning to. Now that sounds like a plan.


F: Oh, don’t give up on humanity just yet! What’s that thing Zooey Deschanel said about being constantly shushed for being openly vulnerable/sensitive to things but instead of seeing it as a negative, owning it as a strength? I’ve been reading, and thinking a lot recently about vulnerability and femalehood, and owning your femme. To me, it’s like vulnerability creates empathy and that can only make things better. It’s one of the amazing things about people, I think.

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annachibi  asked:

That RL Snow White stuff sounds super interesting! If/when you find it, please send it to me! :D I think it's probably a bit unlikely to be the origin tho cuz the Snow White "myth" if you will is pretty old across many different cultures, but it may very well have formed some of the basis of what the most common one is today. One of my favorites is an old Welsh one where the red is "red as blood" and the black is "black as a raven" heheh

The researcher who did all leg work to find the truth behind the fairy tale decided to start out by focusing on the most fantastical part of the story… the Talking Mirror and the rest sort of accidentally fell into place. 

Snow White was probably Margarete von Waldeck, which means that Prince Charming was probably Philip II of Spain. Margarete actually lived in Waldeck, a small but powerful town in northwestern Germany who’s main industry was … the world’s most beautiful mirrors. Her father owned several copper mines (a part of mirror making back then) who were mined mainly by the villages children. 

Now child labor is a hell of a thing to even begin with but mining was a sort of “double damn”. When you start out in a mine, the average age was 5, and spending some 10+ hours a down down in child-sized holes crippled their growth rate. The few who survived to adulthood were malformed and often crippled. 

Back then, mirror making was toxic. The chemicals used to silver-coat copper to the appropriate thickness killed those who made them with heavy metal poisoning, which as you know, can cause paleness, madness, your lips and hair turn funny colors, and so on. It’s doubtful she was ever in a mirror making room, but the sheer quantity of the chemicals needed for the towns industry to have been built on Mirror Making means she likely had incidental exposure to it. 

Now we get to the really good stuff….

Margarete’s mother died when she was a kid and her father remarried. A rumor was going around when Margarete was 17 that her Father was in courtship talks to have her engaged to Phillip II. For whatever reason this pissed off her step-mum, Katharina of Hatzfeld, and Margarete was forced to flee for her life to  Wildungen in Brussels. 

This Snow White never got her prince - she died from a mysterious illness when she was just 21. To this day, no one knows who poisoned Margarete, but we can rule out one suspect: her stepmother was already dead and 100s of miles away. But it wouldn’t have taken much to kill her, even by 17 she had developed noticeable tremors in her hands simply by growing up where she did. 

There was no Environmental Protection Act in those days.

As for the mirror…. it actually did talk… sort of.

Flattering statements were often carved into the elaborate frames of mirrors, in the border as close to the ‘glass’ as possible. And most of it still exists.

Now I will say that while Margarete seems to be the strongest candidate for Snow White, the more research that has gone into this, the more it seems the story has been tacked on to.

Snow White as we know her today, seems to be equal parts Margarete von Waldeck and Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina von Ertha.

Maria also has an equally strong connection to Talking Mirrors and was said to have been just as beautiful by way of arsenic and lace.

Maria Sophia’s stepmother Claudia owned one of the Talking Mirrors, and her family has controlling interest in Lohr Mirror Manufacture. 

But what about Maria’s seven dwarfs?

Lohr, the region not the company, was known as “The Spessart” has seven mountains. Some of the mountains contain rich natural resources which were mined. The town of Bieber located at the northwest border of the Spessart was once the region’s mining center. Mine seams, shafts and tunnels were usually very narrow, so only the smallest of miners could move around in them. Many of the miners in Bieber – just like miners in other places throughout Europe (and Germany) – were again…. children.

Sadly,  Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina von Ertha doesn’t have so much as a wikipedia page so thoroughly do people ID her as Snow White that any attempt to start one gets redirected to the Snow White page.

And the actual paper I was talking about earlier is no longer free read. The journal that printed it has put it in their pay-to-play archive. Thankfully, though, Awesome Stories (a teacher resource site) has the jist of it up. ibtimes s autoplay hell but still worth looking at.

anonymous asked:

Hi, i just wanna ask you something (you're free not to answer) why do you love Im Jaebum so much? I mean, what make you love him that much? I'm new in this fandom so i just wanna know a little bit more about JB please. :)

This is the best question ever and thankyou for asking, this is going to be long so sorry in advance.
I love Im Jaebum because something just prominently stood out about him, despite his good looks, his personality and his talents it was something that is unexplainable for me still to this day. At first sight I fell straight in love with him and I’ve never looked at anyone else since then. Most people usually have bias wreckers but for me its difficult to bias anyone else because everyday I have new reasons to fall in love with him.
One of the things that caught my heart about Im Jaebum was his soul. Since I’m a big music junkie, personally I don’t feel like there’s many artists in the music industry globally, who perform from the heart and with all their soul, until I found him. He gave me the reason to believe that their are still artists today who indulge in their music. Every performance of his I have seen he becomes this whole different person, to me this is when Defsoul appears. The emotion and heart that pours out of his striking facial expressions, powerful dance moves or his soulful voice makes him so passionate as an artist/performer. He’s always talking about how much he wants to compose and produce his own songs, he is always singing at fan signs purely because he loves it and what I find beautiful is that he does it all out of pure joy. His voice is heavenly and one of my most favourites, it’s so different and unique compared to a lot of other idols in the kpop world and in general. When he sings, a lot of the time he just closes his eyes and sings away and in that moment I feel like he takes himself to a wholenother world, it is something gorgeous to witness. I then couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that he loves the genres “Rnb” and “Neo Soul,” 2/3 of my fav genres. I haven’t come across an idol yet that has said they love these genres especially “Neo Soul” which is so different to hear. Hearing him sing songs from some of my fav artists like Musiq Soulchild, D'Angelo and India Arie etc was overwhelming to think they had an influence on him like myself. What I’m trying to say is that even though he has reached what he wants to do in life, he still continues to keep pursuing in his career like it’s just the beginning. To find an artist like himself who is endlessly passionate and continuously hard working towards his music career is breath taking. Jaebum does it not out of force or to be recognised but purely because he loves it. To elaborate on his performance on stage, it is incredible. He has a very outstanding, charismatic and sexy appeal when he performs. You can feel how strong his presence would be through your computer, laptop, mobile screen. It’s the little things he does like facial expressions, the slightly changed dance moves to make it his own and so on that attract him a lot of attention.
Apart from how much I love his passion for music I love his personality. Although people think that he is cold hearted and mean he is the total opposite. I have noticed that Jaebum is not someone who likes or needs to express his feelings or himself to the world resulting that people would be stuck with this impression. He is someone who you would refer to that does a lot of the “behind the scene” things. We don’t see everything that he does for more specifically his members, and how virtuous he truly is. The things he has done for his members are heart touching and unforgettable as he has helped them in hard times. He is the type of person that makes a solid impact on someone when he helps or cares for them. Jaebum is a very down to earth person with a quiet, warm, affectionate heart who’s actions are always humble. He is a leader that holds the group together, carries the burden of being relied on from the members, is the source of guidance and help and leading his members to success in everything they do. At the end of the day I strongly believe jaebum would give up everything and anything for his brothers no matter what, as he’d put them first before ever thinking about himself. Overall his relationship with each member is strong, not with just one but all 6. I see the way he looks at them like they’re the most valuable and precious things in the world. But people don’t exactly notice his acts because he works in silent. What people don’t understand is that Jaebum has a major responsibility to uphold and I respect him for how well he does. His actions are always done quietly but are what makes him stand out the most when people realise. I appreciate him and acknowledge his efforts as I was able to take it on board and be able to do the same when I have had to manage a leadership role. I think Jaebum doesn’t like for the fandom and his fans to know everything about him, I think there are a lot of things we don’t know about him that make him more valuable than what we know.
And I cannot explain to you in words how perfect and how beautiful this man is. Jaebum has had caramel brown, light brown, chocolate brown, blonde, blue, grey, purpley-grey, black, orange-brown, red, pink and dark brown hair and let me tell you he has looked amazing in all! He has also had so many different hairstyles and has looked more than charming in each and every one. You would think that a man could not pull off all of these colours and styles but he’s proven he can. His hair has been dyed a ridiculous amount of times and yet somehow every time he’s had it dyed his hair ends up being healthy, smooth looking and silky again? and let me tell you if forehead jae appears soon well prepare yourself for a riot. His hair is that incredibly gorgeous that this feature alone could amount to 100 beautiful men at the least. His eyebrows are goals, he has one of the most wonderful eye smiles you’ll ever see, he has this cute not too pointy nose, his lips are the perfect size not too big not too small, his skin is flawless without makeup, his cheekbone game is hella strong, his jawline could slice a glacier in half, his side profile is more attractive than me looking at my best, he has these cute ears that have piercings (his piercings are hot asf) and my most favourite features of all. Jaebum’s 2 dots under his eyebrow and his smile. I never thought I would be so attracted to his beauty spots but they’re such a pretty distinct feature. And the smile of heavens light, I swear he has one of the most beautiful smiles you’ll ever see in your life. It is the smile that can rid all your troubles and worries and make you feel at ease in life. It’s one of those kind of smiles that are so genuinely happy, the kind that you can’t help but love. His teeth are like pearls and its shine is brighter than the moon, stars and sun together. I also love the way how he wears rings on his fingers it’s different and I’m into that. I will not go any further about how sexy his body is but know that his broad shoulders are no joke, his abs are like a chocolate bar, his arms are toned nicely and he has thick thighs. Everyone in the fandom acknowledges that he is beautiful and know him for the charismatic and sexy leader. Im Jaebum’s beauty is on a whole different level, it shouldn’t even be considered real because he’s that perfect looking, honestly his beauty will be something that you’ll never be able to understand so don’t even bother questioning yourself about it. All you need to know is that he’s Gods perfect masterpiece.
I think what sets him aside from other men. Is that overall he has a very “different” denounamur as he is a very captivating person whatever he’s doing. Whether he is singing, dancing, acting, walking, sitting, eating, talking, staring, smiling, laughing, down to the point where if he’s just breathing it’s like HOLY SHIT JAEBUM, UGH WHY R U LIKE THIS!? It’s the “unexplainable” thing he has that I mentioned earlier that no one knows why he is just so idk…perfect.
In my eyes Im Jaebum is just something else, he will always be unexplainable, he’s always exciting as he is very surprising a lot of the time. Everything he does is done with heart and soul, he stands out the most when he’s not trying too, he is known as the most sexiest, most naturally cutest, most biggest 5 year old dork who is a beaver speaking grandpa that holds the title of being the Bboy King and Body Roll King. I love Im Jaebum for all of him, he is my biggest inspiration and role model and I am forever grateful and thankful of his existence. He is gods gift to humanity and the love of my life. ❤️

I know there has been a lot of discontent from the Batman fandom about this week’s issue of B&R Eternal and while I can definitely see it’s flawed and am by no means trying to undermine anyone’s personal opinion about the comic I feel like a certain piece of dialogue has been taken the wrong way. I’m talking, of course, about this:

I might be wrong here but I don’t think Steph’s actually saying this in relation to Cassandra not really speaking and communicating. I think there is one of two explanations as to why Steph says this:

  1. In relation to Cassandra’s skill as a fighter. Earlier in the comic she makes reference to Cassandra taking down the Orphan when he almost crippled Harper and her being able to beat Dick in a fight, who is apparently a great fighter in Nu52 canon. I.e. a “real” person shouldn’t be able to move and fight the way Cassandra does.
  2. Steph is being mean. I don’t like Steph’s characterization in the Nu52 but before B&R Eternal she has been portrayed as an impulsive, sometimes even cruel teenager who speaks without thinking. The reason she may go unchallenged is because - judging from the chaos of this issue - the batfamily is falling into turmoil. 

I know a lot of people are deeply upset by this issue, but I honestly don’t think it was intended to be ableist. I know this doesn’t mean much to the majority of fans because no matter what they meant, it does still come off ableist to them but I’m just considering the alternatives here.

like volume 3 needs to do a few things honestly and its mostly fixing stuff that was missed in the last two volumes

  • give ruby and blake interaction because they don’t have?? any sort of relationship besides ruby being upset about blake’s state of mind and their book conversation. like this is kind of a big hole in the dynamic that needs attention.
  • yang xiao long has the potential to have a good character arc this volume revolving around her mother and her insecurities that she showed in the latter part of v2
  • establish what the fuck is actually happening with cinder’s plot? we need SOME answers, not more vague allusions to threats
  • show that actions have consequences (ie not fixing everything magically like at the end of v2)
  • strengthen existing bonds in general honestly? like i said earlier, blake/ruby needs major attention. weiss/yang and the ruby/yang sisterhood could deal with more fleshing out too.
  • give nora a character outside of being a quirky brawler. we got a bit of that when she talked to pyrrha in v2.
  • shit, kill two birds with one stone and build up the nora/pyrrha relationship.
  • jaune takes a backseat this volume pls there are characters who need dire attention i do not care about noodleboy’s struggles right now let the boy r e s t
fic: this is a harvest

“Ask me to choose you, Caroline,” Klaus continues heatedly, “go ahead, and I will, with everything that I have. But in return, you’re going to have to do the one thing you’ve been fighting since the night I sat on your bedside and fed you my blood. You’re going to have to choose me back. It’s only fair,” and he spits these last words out. 

caroline/klaus, kol, rebekah, stefan
6918 words, ch ½, rated m
read on AO3,, or a bit of it right here!

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trashkpoppersay  asked:

That sleeping s/o thing is too good to be true I loved it ** Please, please please draw GoM blushing because of their s/o and I'll kiss your feet (no kidding)

Oh dear please don’t kiss my feet. I’m guessing your bias is Kuroko, so go ahead and save the kiss for him, yeah? ( ̄▽ ̄) And omg thank you so much, I hope you like this one! can I also mention that you r senpai and i used to send in a matchup lmaolmao

I honestly like to do this a lot because I’m more comfortable with doing portraits. Took me way longer than I thought + procrastination tho. I did these in order below, so the earlier ones (Akashi, Midorima, Kise) were more messy than the rest n_n

Also, itishebihime-samaforyou, I combined your request! 

Kise isn’t a blushing mess in here but he’s blushing. I think
I’ll do it next time if this wasn’t blushyblushy enough

His blush would be the lightest but still visible. This is for Shay if you’re seeing this because we were talking about how Akashi would see his waifu bathing their kids and then have a soft expression. NOT QUITE SOFT IN HERE BUT I TRIED OK I TRIED. So yes, he’d blush when he sees how much of a loving mom you are washing your kids and they would play with soap bubbles and he’d think about how his kid has your pretty eyes

I wish I made his blush more darker omG. But c’mon. Tsuntsun blushes at almost everything and it would always always alwaysssss be rly cute *cue Mai poking his pinku cheeks* Okay, so I think he’d blush when you start talking about how lucky you really are to have him and probably even wish that you guys would have a future together which results in this~ ( ̄▽ ̄)


Bby would blush when he realises how much he’s in love with you while you’re baking him the cake he’s been whining to eat the whole week. He’d just stand there and watch you and when you finally turn around you notice him blushing but he just wraps his arms around you and hugssss youuuu and bury his face in your hair ( ̄▽ ̄)

GODDAMNIT I S2G AOMINE TOOK THE LONGEST FOR ME TO DRAW not because of me being too caught up in him and stroking the screen while searching for aho references This fucking loser would blush so hard I think it would be the deepest shade among them and he wouldn’t know what to do. I don’t actually know when’s the time when he would blush like that tho but his blushyblushys are always like that. Probably when he’s trying to confess his love or something ( ̄▽ ̄) fckindork

Idk why but there’s something wroNG WITH KUROKO’S FACE but anyway I’m sure you’ve already seen Kuroko blushing in the hot springs episode but ok. I s2g because of Kai, I keep thinking how Kuroko isn’t actually ‘vanilla boy’. Kinky in bed but sometimes during those moments he’d blush and that’s when you know he’s really in love with you ( ̄▽ ̄)