I’m seeing a lot of young transgender or non-binary people out there freaking out or going completely silent and removing all their info from their bios in light of the recent news in America. And I get that, I really, truly do.
But I also want you guys to know that it’s safe to come talk to me if you’re feeling pressured or scared or angry or whatever you’re feeling. If you’re comfortable with talking to me, go for it. :)
Secondly, if you’ve spoken to me about your gender for whatever reason, and are feeling scared about someone else finding out or you being being outed for any reason, please know that I will never reveal anything we have spoken about, anything you have sent to me or asked me about (as an anon or not) to anyone. What we discuss is private, and unless you give me permission to respond publicly or speak about it to others, it will stay between us. Always.
hello shukamod this is embarrassing but what is a UO that you and other people that watch the live is talking about?
Nononono it’s totally fine! I’ve found that it’s actually really hard to learn about this stuff unless you’ve actually been to a live concert or viewing. Which… as some of you may know from experience, is excruciatingly difficult if you’re an overseas fan (꒪⌓꒪)
The short answer: UO stands for “Ultra Orange”, and is a chemical glowstick that glows bright orange, often only for a couple of minutes before it burns out. Because of how short-lived they are, people usually save them for their favorite songs at concerts.
The long answer: I’m gonna talk about glowsticks under the cut! Yayyy :D Skip to the Cyalume section for the full explanation on UOs :)
It’s very interesting that between the Stark sisters, each girl has three male figures that significantly affect their storylines and/or their public figures. For Arya, this is Jon Snow, Ramsay Snow, and Gendry - three bastards, two of which are of royal descent. For Sansa, this is Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister, and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane - three men who are vilified both within the context of the series’ world and fandom, to the point that they are more often referred to by their nicknames than their true names.
It’s understandable that for Arya, a girl who is unfazed by class and hierarchy, the three male figures that affect her moving storyline are bastards. Since the start we are shown that she does not care for bloodlines or birth; a person’s worth comes from their soul. Jon, her favorite brother, straddled the line of treason
in his tenure of Lord Commander when he sent Mance Rayder to Winterfell in order to steal Arya back to him. After he receives the Pink Letter, he makes the decision to break his vows to ride to Winterfell, but is killed before he can carry it out. Ramsay Snow marries “Arya Stark” in order for House Bolton to stake a claim on the north; as her husband, he publicly tortures and humiliates the figure of Arya Stark, and acts as the foil and adversary to Jon Snow by catalyst of her. Gendry is Arya’s unsuspecting companion from her start on the road; they help each other all through the riverlands, and play on a strong team dynamic. When he is offered knighthood, Gendry makes the decision to leave Arya, though he seems to have come to regret that when Brienne comes upon him at the inn.
Sansa loves beauty. She loves songs and tales, pretty silks and lively court life; she wanted to be queen to be loved, and her notions of life were very much naive and built on fantasy. There is an ironic sort of poetry in her three male figures being unconventional by beauty’s standards. Littlefinger is of low birth, short, slender, with seemingly no skills of gallantry or strength; despite this, he is cunning and unassuming, which serves his purpose of later rescuing Sansa from court all the better. Tyrion is forcibly married to Sansa in order for House Lannister to stake their claim on Winterfell; though a Lannister, he is considered unattractive by most all, though he is no less intelligent and cunning for what he lacks in “beauty.” The Hound is gruff and mean, with a horribly burnt face that, in some parts, reveals bone and sores. At court with Joffrey, he helps Sansa learn how to appease and deal with the king. Later, he decides to leave her, and seems to come to have regret the decision. Furthermore, all three men are around the age of 30, which is far older than what Sansa finds ideal.
I just find it really interesting how the girls’ “three” parallel one another; Jon and Petyr both put into motion the plans to save the girls from abusive men/their husbands by proxy of Mance Rayder and Dontos (though one was successful where the other was misled), Ramsay and Tyrion were both matched with “Arya” and Sansa respectively to claim Winterfell, and Gendry and Sandor were the girls’ companions and protectors at times after Ned was killed, and later leave the girls. And of course the motifs of bastards and “beasts” really play into each girl’s personality, interests, and arc.
I just love your meta so much! It's refreshing to see someone who knows what they're talking about and using actual canonical evidence rather than emotion or made up headcanons. For a lighter question, where would you rate the foods of the four nations on a scale and which would you be interested in trying?
The Four Kingdoms’ Cuisine
Earth Kingdom: 9/10
The Earth Kingdom has a wide variety of food, including a dizzying array of sweets. From Kyoshi Island:
Aang: All right! Dessert for breakfast! These people sure know how to treat an Avatar!
King Bumi: Heheh! The people in my city have gotten fat from too many feasts, so I hope you like your chicken with no skin.
And who wouldn’t want THIS cold drink in the middle of the desert?
But there is a downside to these culinary delights–they’re just as stratified as the Earth Kingdom itself. If you’re poor, you’re more likely to dine on this:
Whereas the Upper Ring denizens have all the delicacies. (Unless Bosco gets first dibs.)
And if you’re in the produce business … it may be better to skip Ba Sing Se.
Still, the Earth Kingdom’s food is second to none. With the odd exception:
You’d be wise to secure an invitation to dinner.
Fire Nation: 7/10
Fire Nation fare is not for the faint of stomach. They prefer their food heavily spiced:
Though they, too, have an assortment of delicacies.
It’s too bad we never got to see that big fancy fruit tart that Mai ordered–with rose petals on top, no less! But we do know that the Fire Nation’s climate makes fresh fruit readily available …
… For better or for worse.
Air Nomads: 5/10
We don’t know much about Air Nomad dishes, aside from the fact that they embraced vegetarianism. However, they must have had a bit of a sweet tooth:
A gooey center with hand-airbent whipped topping? Sign me up. As for the rest of the food, we’ll never know. But given Aang’s willingness to eat anything vegetable-related (even fishing lettuce out of the garbage), it’s safe to say he wasn’t raised with a refined palate.
Water Tribe: 3/10
Sorry, Water Tribe, and I’m the first to admit this is a matter of personal preference. But when blubbered seal jerky is the most appetizing thing on the menu, I’d just as soon cook at home. This is hardly the most mouth-watering feast we see in A:TLA:
Then there’s the stewed sea prunes, which even Aang balks at.
Or … this delightful creature, from the Foggy Swamp Tribe.
No one misses Water Tribe food like the Water Tribe themselves! But for outsiders, it’s definitely an acquired taste.
Aang: I’d steer clear of the “sea prunes”. Toph: I thought they were ocean kumquats. Aang: Close enough.
Yet no matter which nation you travel to, there is always, always room for the most important part of each meal:
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when are people on this website gonna stop encouraging bullying and realise that being an asshole because of some opinion is actually not a cool or good thing to do lmao i cant believe that “leave people alone if they arent actively making an effort to personally hurt you” is actually a controversial thing to say
Did you notice back in 5x05 there was a scene between Emma and Regina in Camelot, and behind Emma there was an hourglass that was 'frozen' with all the sand stuck at the top? It's the scene where they're talking about Emma using the dream catcher before they go to find a tear. I know it's a random observation, but it supports your coma theory considering how Emma is still technically 'frozen in time'. :)
Oh, thanks, I hadn’t noticed! The entire season is about Emma being terminal and set to die. I wonder if it’s a literal translation of the expression “Her time is up.” in this case or if it’s indeed about time standing still for her in general.
What’s even more interesting is that is 6x05 we hand the hourglass again, time’s started moving again, but Jasmine’s trapped in it by Jafar. Aladdin comes to save her.
I thought the next dialogue was really interesting.
Jasmine: I just thought you had abandoned us. Aladdin: Yeah, um… Well, to be honest, I-I almost did. Jasmine: And what changed your mind? Aladdin: You.
Not only have Emma & Regina been paralleled with Jasmine and Aladdin very often, the next scene we cut to has Emma literally say she feels connected to him. Now if you look at this dialogue again and remember Emma almost died during season 5… Then this is Regina saying that she thought Emma was going to die and Emma responding that she fought to live eventually for Regina. Right after this talk, Aladdin leans in to kiss Jasmine, but they’re interrupted by the Sultan…
Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius):
Animated. Their excitement usually seeps into their voice. They don't have much of a filter. They can come across as harsher and more tactless than they mean to.
Earth signs (Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn):
Calm. Very precise and thought out wording, unless anxious or nervous. Think a lot before speaking. They can come across as way more inflexible than they are.
Water signs (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio):
Soft and quiet. They have a hard time speaking loudly. Because they're more about listening than talking, I find that they're not used to using their voice. They can come across as way more passive and, let's face it, more like a doormat than they actually are.
Air signs (Aquarius, Libra, Gemini):
Quite fast, even when they don't mean to. They think out loud and it seems more like they're brainstorming. They can come across as insensitive without realizing.