this line resonated with me the most

The whole “You act like prey but you’re a predator. You use pity to lure in your victims; that’s how you survive,” line from the most recent Rick and Morty episode really kind of resonated with me. It’s the same garbage method my dad uses on me and my family.

kinda like the taako one i did a couple weeks ago but this time lup and one of the most iconic lines in the whole podcast (i just wanted to put on the ears and goof off i was late on the “you owe me” part lol)

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Taylor Swift's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

8/1/2017 by Jason Lipshutz

From her beginnings as a country artist to her reign as a global pop star, Taylor Swift has become one of the defining artists of this century – and that’s in large part thanks to her masterful song craft. Each era of the singer-songwriter’s career has included intricate, instantly memorable musical moments that it’s difficult to narrow down the best of the best to just 15. Yet these songs represent Taylor at the top of her game, whether it be through an extended heartbreak anthem or hilarious declaration of independence.

Here are Billboard’s picks for the 15 best Taylor Swift songs, from her self-titled debut through 1989.

15. Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”

A bonus track off 1989 that out-popped the bubblegum pizzazz of most of the standard track list, “New Romantics” finds Swift gliding alongside gooey ‘80s synths before pogoing on the chorus with a slew of declarative statements. “Heartbreak is the national anthem – we sing it proudly,” she states, making “New Romantics” a spiritual cousin to the “miserable and magical” time she had on “22.”

14. Taylor Swift, “Fearless”

A song like the Fearless title track demonstrated why, even as a teenager, Swift’s songwriting was miles ahead of her country contemporaries. The lyrics include several Swiftian hallmarks – dancing with a romantic partner in the parking lot becomes dancing with a romantic partner “in a storm in my best dress”! – but that opening line, “There’s something ‘bout the way/ The street looks when it’s just rained/ There’s a glow off the pavement,” effortlessly creates a sense of whimsy and romance that not many artists can pull off.

13. Taylor Swift, “Mine”

The lead single from Speak Now, Swift’s follow-up to the Grammy-winning Fearless, is more muted than its predecessor’s “You Belong With Me”and “Love Story,” and understandably so: It’s a song about not just finding love but maintaining it when the meet-cute has drifted into the past. When that final chorus hits and reaffirms the caring at the heart of this Taylor Swift song, though, it’s one of her most moving moments to date.

12. Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw”

Taylor Swift sure has come a long way from the first track on her first album, huh? Although “Tim McGraw” sounds nothing like her pop stylings, the charming debut features the same type of vocal resonance and clever wordplay that have become calling cards for Swift. Plus, the fact that she pulled off the line “When you think Tim McGraw/ I hope you think of me,” and then proceeded to become even bigger than Tim McGraw, is something to marvel at.

11. Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars, “Safe and Sound”

The bad news is that one of the very best Taylor Swift songs, the dark, devastated “Safe and Sound,” is not featured on any Taylor Swift album. The good news is that we live in a playlist-friendly culture, and that this collaboration with The Civil Wars for the first Hunger Games soundtrack can be included in any mournful collection of your choosing. A song about protection amidst terror, “Safe and Sound” features Swift’s voice at its most shattered, her best efforts pummeled by the marching drums outside her door.

10. Taylor Swift, “Our Song”

What if Swift had resisted the allure of pop music and committed to a lifetime of fiddle-filled country jams? We’ll never know the answer, but “Our Song” is a gloriously twangy testament to what Taylor once was, before her lyrical ability to find music in everyday life was translated to a different genre. Here, the bubbly words give way to the lush arrangement, which encapsulates the exuberance of first experiencing the world with a romantic partner.

9. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Years after its release, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” remains bitingly funny, an eye-roll of a pop song about a boy who just doesn’t get it through his thick skull that it’s time to move on. Swift deftly balanced sarcasm with the sincerity of the hook and nails one of her first pronounced attempts at mainstream pop (which became her first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

8. Taylor Swift, “Teardrops on My Guitar”

Poor Drew: The object of Taylor’s affection in “Teardrops on My Guitar” has a soon-to-be superstar longing for him and he’s totally unaware. The standout from Swift’s debut LP boasts the type of nuanced songwriting that would eventually make Swift a sensation, and while the “I secretly like him but he likes her and he’ll never know how much I like him” dynamic is repeated throughout her catalog, “Teardrops” captures that resignation within a handful of striking images, most notably the title phrase.

7. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

There aren’t too many pop songs that turn on a dime in the middle of the second verse, but just as her unhinged character in the “Blank Space” video unravels midway through, so does Swift at the song’s center, diving into self-deprecation and mocking her well-documented romantic history outside of music. “Blank Space” works as far more than satire, though: snappy and uncluttered, it’s a fantastic sing-along dotted with quotable moments (“I can make the bad guys good for a weekend,” “Boys only want love if it’s torture”).

6. Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

It takes guts to name a song something as bold and straightforward as “Love Story,” but Swift’s breakthrough single makes good on the “story” part of the equation by unfolding a modern-day parable that somehow never slips over the edge into full-on cheese. Perhaps it’s the earnestness of Swift’s performance as a heroine searching for an escape route with her Prince Charming and finally realizing that reality can make room for their tale. Out of the millions of love stories in the history of pop music, “Love Story” stands out.

5. Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Simply put, a pitch-perfect rebuke of bullying. The Speak Now single posits that living well is indeed the best revenge, as Swift bashes her early detractor by predicting that her future is bright, while their future only contains minor victories (and a huge helping of meanness). Swift sings “Mean” in first person, but it’s not really for her – this is a song for people who feel belittled and beaten down by others, who look to someone like Swift for uplift and assurance. “Mean” is designed to shout along with cathartically, and it succeeds.

4. Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

A bulldozer of an opening to Red, “State of Grace” is Swift’s most sonically towering track ever recorded; it’s a good thing that its author headlines arenas, because no small room could contain this song’s might. Instead of relying on lyrical detail, Swift stacks guitar lines upon propulsive drums and lets the whole thing rip; instead of opting for a wordy chorus, the hook here echoes with conciseness: “I never saw you coming/ And I’ll never be the same.” At nearly five minutes in length, “State of Grace” stays exhilarating start-to-finish and will be one of Swift’s most enduring non-singles ever.

3. Taylor Swift, “Dear John”

One of the (many) reasons any man should think twice about screwing over Taylor Swift: She is capable of penning a visceral, eviscerating takedown as potent as any hip-hop diss track. “Dear John,” a mangling of ex-beau John Mayer, is nearly seven minutes of simmering anger – but it never feels exploitative or unyielding, instead exploring the feeling of being taken advantage of and punctuating each chorus with a sorrowful “I should’ve known.” Swift uses “Dear John” to turn the gut-punch of being led astray into a clenched fist and declaration of survival. “I took your matches before fire could catch me,” Swift spits at her beloved-turned-enemy. And we, the listeners, simply get to sit back and watch the fireworks.

2. Taylor Swift, “Style”

“Style” is all about the details: the hints of the guitar lick in the verses, the echoing vocals of “out! of! style!” on the chorus, the tension in Swift’s voice when she debates telling her guy that it’s time to leave, the way “James Dean/daydream” and “red lip/classic” are perfect rhymes positioned on top of each other, the release of the “take me hooooome” on the bridge. On an album filled with very good-to-terrific pop songs, “Style” is the most finely manicured, the most well-produced, the most fully realized – and still, the most affecting. Decades from now, musical anthropologists will study how pop could be this perfect.

1. Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

Throughout the twists and turns of her career, Swift has changed sounds, collaborators, personas and approaches, but has not – and perhaps will never – eclipse the magnificence of “You Belong With Me.” Credit the song’s simplicity, echoing the thematic concept of “Teardrops on My Guitar” but amplifying the high school heartache and polishing the hook so that it never floats back down after leaving the ground. There are so many things to love within “You Belong With Me,” from the high heels/sneakers dichotomy to that double handclap during the bridge, but more than anything, it’s quintessential Taylor, the ultra-relatable protagonist who can sum up complex feelings in a vocal run or quick turn-of-phrase. “You Belong With Me” has been her defining song for years, and that’s because it’s her best.

Taylor Swift's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

From her beginnings as a country artist to her reign as a global pop star, Taylor Swift has become one of the defining artists of this century – and that’s in large part thanks to her masterful song craft. Each era of the singer-songwriter’s career has included intricate, instantly memorable musical moments that it’s difficult to narrow down the best of the best to just 15. Yet these songs represent Taylor at the top of her game, whether it be through an extended heartbreak anthem or hilarious declaration of independence.

Here are Billboard’s picks for the 15 best Taylor Swift songs, from her self-titled debut through 1989.

15. Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”

A bonus track off 1989 that out-popped the bubblegum pizzazz of most of the standard track list, “New Romantics” finds Swift gliding alongside gooey ‘80s synths before pogoing on the chorus with a slew of declarative statements. “Heartbreak is the national anthem – we sing it proudly,” she states, making “New Romantics” a spiritual cousin to the “miserable and magical” time she had on “22.”

14. Taylor Swift, “Fearless”

A song like the Fearless title track demonstrated why, even as a teenager, Swift’s songwriting was miles ahead of her country contemporaries. The lyrics include several Swiftian hallmarks – dancing with a romantic partner in the parking lot becomes dancing with a romantic partner “in a storm in my best dress”! – but that opening line, “There’s something ‘bout the way/ The street looks when it’s just rained/ There’s a glow off the pavement,” effortlessly creates a sense of whimsy and romance that not many artists can pull off.

13. Taylor Swift, “Mine”

The lead single from Speak Now, Swift’s follow-up to the Grammy-winning Fearless, is more muted than its predecessor’s “You Belong With Me”and “Love Story,” and understandably so: It’s a song about not just finding love but maintaining it when the meet-cute has drifted into the past. When that final chorus hits and reaffirms the caring at the heart of this Taylor Swift song, though, it’s one of her most moving moments to date.

12. Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw”

Taylor Swift sure has come a long way from the first track on her first album, huh? Although “Tim McGraw” sounds nothing like her pop stylings, the charming debut features the same type of vocal resonance and clever wordplay that have become calling cards for Swift. Plus, the fact that she pulled off the line “When you think Tim McGraw/ I hope you think of me,” and then proceeded to become even bigger than Tim McGraw, is something to marvel at.

11. Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars, “Safe and Sound”

The bad news is that one of the very best Taylor Swift songs, the dark, devastated “Safe and Sound,” is not featured on any Taylor Swift album. The good news is that we live in a playlist-friendly culture, and that this collaboration with The Civil Wars for the first Hunger Games soundtrack can be included in any mournful collection of your choosing. A song about protection amidst terror, “Safe and Sound” features Swift’s voice at its most shattered, her best efforts pummeled by the marching drums outside her door.

10. Taylor Swift, “Our Song”

What if Swift had resisted the allure of pop music and committed to a lifetime of fiddle-filled country jams? We’ll never know the answer, but “Our Song” is a gloriously twangy testament to what Taylor once was, before her lyrical ability to find music in everyday life was translated to a different genre. Here, the bubbly words give way to the lush arrangement, which encapsulates the exuberance of first experiencing the world with a romantic partner.

9. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Years after its release, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” remains bitingly funny, an eye-roll of a pop song about a boy who just doesn’t get it through his thick skull that it’s time to move on. Swift deftly balanced sarcasm with the sincerity of the hook and nails one of her first pronounced attempts at mainstream pop (which became her first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart).

8. Taylor Swift, “Teardrops on My Guitar”

Poor Drew: The object of Taylor’s affection in “Teardrops on My Guitar” has a soon-to-be superstar longing for him and he’s totally unaware. The standout from Swift’s debut LP boasts the type of nuanced songwriting that would eventually make Swift a sensation, and while the “I secretly like him but he likes her and he’ll never know how much I like him” dynamic is repeated throughout her catalog, “Teardrops” captures that resignation within a handful of striking images, most notably the title phrase.

7. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

There aren’t too many pop songs that turn on a dime in the middle of the second verse, but just as her unhinged character in the “Blank Space” video unravels midway through, so does Swift at the song’s center, diving into self-deprecation and mocking her well-documented romantic history outside of music. “Blank Space” works as far more than satire, though: snappy and uncluttered, it’s a fantastic sing-along dotted with quotable moments (“I can make the bad guys good for a weekend,” “Boys only want love if it’s torture”).

6. Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

It takes guts to name a song something as bold and straightforward as “Love Story,” but Swift’s breakthrough single makes good on the “story” part of the equation by unfolding a modern-day parable that somehow never slips over the edge into full-on cheese. Perhaps it’s the earnestness of Swift’s performance as a heroine searching for an escape route with her Prince Charming and finally realizing that reality can make room for their tale. Out of the millions of love stories in the history of pop music, “Love Story” stands out.

5. Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Simply put, a pitch-perfect rebuke of bullying. The Speak Now single posits that living well is indeed the best revenge, as Swift bashes her early detractor by predicting that her future is bright, while their future only contains minor victories (and a huge helping of meanness). Swift sings “Mean” in first person, but it’s not really for her – this is a song for people who feel belittled and beaten down by others, who look to someone like Swift for uplift and assurance. “Mean” is designed to shout along with cathartically, and it succeeds.

4. Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

A bulldozer of an opening to Red, “State of Grace” is Swift’s most sonically towering track ever recorded; it’s a good thing that its author headlines arenas, because no small room could contain this song’s might. Instead of relying on lyrical detail, Swift stacks guitar lines upon propulsive drums and lets the whole thing rip; instead of opting for a wordy chorus, the hook here echoes with conciseness: “I never saw you coming/ And I’ll never be the same.” At nearly five minutes in length, “State of Grace” stays exhilarating start-to-finish and will be one of Swift’s most enduring non-singles ever.

3. Taylor Swift, “Dear John”

One of the (many) reasons any man should think twice about screwing over Taylor Swift: She is capable of penning a visceral, eviscerating takedown as potent as any hip-hop diss track. “Dear John,” a mangling of ex-beau John Mayer, is nearly seven minutes of simmering anger – but it never feels exploitative or unyielding, instead exploring the feeling of being taken advantage of and punctuating each chorus with a sorrowful “I should’ve known.” Swift uses “Dear John” to turn the gut-punch of being led astray into a clenched fist and declaration of survival. “I took your matches before fire could catch me,” Swift spits at her beloved-turned-enemy. And we, the listeners, simply get to sit back and watch the fireworks.

2. Taylor Swift, “Style”

“Style” is all about the details: the hints of the guitar lick in the verses, the echoing vocals of “out! of! style!” on the chorus, the tension in Swift’s voice when she debates telling her guy that it’s time to leave, the way “James Dean/daydream” and “red lip/classic” are perfect rhymes positioned on top of each other, the release of the “take me hooooome” on the bridge. On an album filled with very good-to-terrific pop songs, “Style” is the most finely manicured, the most well-produced, the most fully realized – and still, the most affecting. Decades from now, musical anthropologists will study how pop could be this perfect.

1. Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”

Throughout the twists and turns of her career, Swift has changed sounds, collaborators, personas and approaches, but has not – and perhaps will never – eclipse the magnificence of “You Belong With Me.” Credit the song’s simplicity, echoing the thematic concept of “Teardrops on My Guitar” but amplifying the high school heartache and polishing the hook so that it never floats back down after leaving the ground. There are so many things to love within “You Belong With Me,” from the high heels/sneakers dichotomy to that double handclap during the bridge, but more than anything, it’s quintessential Taylor, the ultra-relatable protagonist who can sum up complex feelings in a vocal run or quick turn-of-phrase. “You Belong With Me” has been her defining song for years, and that’s because it’s her best.

Billboard

"You drilled into me that I was never good enough."

Out of all the lines that Alec had, this is the one that resonated with me the most. All my life, I was told that I wasn’t good enough. For anyone or anything. So now that I’m an adult, my self-esteem and confidence is ruined and it’s probably too late for me to fix this.

Now I’m just waiting for the Magnus to my Alec to come along and help me see that I actually am good enough.

I saw Alex Danvers go from complete self denial about her sexuality to starting to understand and process it, to finally accepting and completely embracing it. And I went through all of that and all those emotions alongside of and thanks to her character, and I can honestly say I would not be as comfortable and happy with myself as I am now if it hadn’t been for Alex and her coming out story. ‘I get me’ was, to me, the single most powerful line in her story because nothing has ever resonated with me so strongly and I’m just so happy to have been blessed with Alex Danvers.
Never underestimate the power and the importance of representation.

Personal review of Rtte Season 5

Best episode: Can’t decide, actually. If you asked me about season 4, I’d not be able to choose bc there were so many awesome episodes. In season 5, though, all episodes seemed kind of “meh” to me. I am rather finding gold in the small scenes this time.

Best moment: I guess, Viggo saving his companion from falling into the lava. It twisted his character once anew. This guy is so freaking INTERESTING! He is the mentally soundest, most positive and cleverest villain we’ve ever seen!

Best line: “I cannot be in charge of something I don’t believe in.” - Hiccup in The Wings Of War Part 1. Current topic in my life which is why it resonated with me so strongly.

Funniest moment: “I don’t know, just do what he says. He’s always right, so there’s really no point.” - Snotlout totally giving up about Hiccup in Sandbusted. Also Tuffnut speaking Spanish?

Deepest moment: Dagur actually seriously thinking about his wrongdoings. How he suddenly just turned into a little boy who wanted to make his father proud. And how he accepted the heritage Oswald left to him and Heather.

Best character development: Ehm, SNOTLOUT, excuse me??? How cool was Snotlout in this season??? He turned out to be badass, responsible, also selfless, and still was the old great sarcastic voice we know him for. I love how he acted cautiously yet brave. He put Gustav in his place but still encouraged him and helped him out of his misery. And he finally got a moment to shine on Dagur’s stage. He received the attention he had so desperately longed for all the time - only now, he really earned it. Loved to see him honoured like that.

Biggest surprise: Johann getting exposed as evil. No doubt about that. None of us knew that in beforehand, and even if we had good reason to grow suspicious over time, there’s no possible way we could have guessed him to secretly being in a leadership position among the bad guys. Tbh I always wondered why the filmmakers would be giving him such colourful and detailed clothing when he only was a boring side character at Bucket-and-Mulch-level or smth. Well, now I know :-)

The one thing I’ll never understand: How Snotlout actually AGREED to buy corn for chicken. Why he would willingly do ANYTHING for the twins at all, let alone for their CHICKEN, let alone would he buy EXPENSIVE food for said chicken, let alone would he TRADE HIS CLOTHES for da CHICKEN??? Tsss XD

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This is the official casting call post for my in-progress amateur animated series AV Club Automaton. A slice-of-life comedy with just a dash of sci-fi. If you are unable to/uninterested in auditioning, I greatly appreciate signal boosting! Please spread the word. 👍

There is no current deadline: auditions are open until further notice.

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The unpopular, anxious, motor tic-stricken Nikolai Ohm is none other than the world’s one and only successfully created Undifferentiated Humanoid Bio-Construct Unit. He’s about as close to human as you can get… as human as someone with an artificial brain, blood, skin, and organs can be. Even Nikolai himself couldn’t tell the difference growing up.

A week from his 18th birthday, he receives an unmitigated shock when he discovers the true nature of his origin.

In the years since his mothers, two ingenious scientists, brought him to life, Nikolai had lead a wildly uninteresting and awkward existence. His only passion in life is the Audio/Visual club at his high school.

With a newfound ability to affect electronic devices at his command, Niko joins forces with his AV Club comrades, Paris and Kyle, as he tries to survive his senior year of high school without a complete system overload!

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anonymous asked:

As an autistic person I get really upset when people say I can't hc a character as autistic. I hear most of the time "they don't act autistic" or "They would never make that canon." It just me just as upset when people say I can't HC character as LGBTQ. Like I'm at the point where I'm super frustrated. I post one thing on LINE about Yusaku and everyone flips. Sorry I'm frustrated and you post resonated with me.

Absolutely. Everything that I said the other day applies to autistic HCs as well, so fuck how those neurotypicals feel. They’re obviously very confused about something:

A headcanon is exactly what it sounds like: it’s something that’s ‘canon’ in your mind. It’s the lense through which you interpret a character. Headcanons, even when you share them, are ultimately are personal. This is why you need no canon evidence or the approval of the fandom for a headcanon.

A speculation is something that you think has a chance of happening in canon. This can easily overlap with a headcanon, the only difference being that some sort of reasoning is required: whether that be canon evidence, series precedent, or just what you think would make sense for the story. 

A theory is something that you’re betting will happen in canon. This can overlap with speculation, or can even be a headcanon gone wild; but what makes theories distinct is that they require canon evidence, 100% of the time. 

With that said, no one has the right to tell you jack shit about any of your autistic HCs. You can HC Yusaku (or anyone else) as autistic until every star in the sky falls, and they’re just gonna have to deal with that—because the problem is theirs, not yours. It’s only when you enter the realm of speculation/theory that anyone is justified in disagreeing, but even then, the arguments against actually have to make sense lol

Autism is a spectrum. It manifests in a number different ways, and not in the same way for any two people. With that in mind, I fail to see how someone can reasonably argue that the character “doesn’t ‘act’ autistic”. 

Saying “[the creators] would never make that canon” is an argument of precedent, which is one I frequently use myself. Even so, just because something has never been explicitly spelled out in canon before, doesn’t mean it never can be.

The point is: make as many autistic headcanons as you want, because that’s your right. As I said the other day, canon evidence/reasoning is just the icing on the cake for HCs; they are by no means required.

It you want to speculate or theorize that a character is autistic, then you may have to defend your position, but that’s okay. Most of the arguments against are either presumptive or ableist as hell, and therefore need no serious acknowledgement.

Stay strong, anon <3

Originally posted by loe-fi

your lord is evil

“if he commands you to burn children, your Lord is evil.” - ser davos (GoT)

i was watching game of thrones and i literally paused because this line resonated with me. for a few seasons now i’ve watched melisandre do messed up shit in the name of her lord of light. the most immoral, unthinkable, vile things. and then she excused them that it’s what the lord of light wanted, it was his will, he had a plan. in the name of this great god who she follows, she forgot morality, even when the evil nature of her actions were clear as day. 

this reminds me so much of another religion that currently shackles many people, including myself. the ends do not justify the means. a ‘great god’ should not make you put your morality aside. religion is not the epitome of morality and goodness. people have done the most fucked up things in the name of gods. people have gone to war and innocents have died in vain in the name of gods. people have been tortured and hurt and hunted in the name of gods. people have suffered immensely in all manners, in the name of gods. one would think holy books would hold glad tidings but most holy books are history books of massacre and bloodshed and gruesome punishment. religion is the ultimate doctrine. it plays on people’s fears of the unknown. it challenges rationality and fuels superstition. religion is a spiritual and emotional hijack. for many, it begins at birth. religion aims to disarm people. disarm them not from weapons, but from using their brains, asking questions and using the rationale. disarms them from the truth.

it does not matter how great or merciful or loving or peaceful your holy god or gods are. if they repeatedly demand your morality be put away, it’s not moral and they are not worthy of worship. people can worship what they will. but if you’re god ever commands you to harm the harmless, you should know you’re not following some superior being but the words of human beings like yourself who created a myth for you to worship. 

anonymous asked:

I refuse to believe that such a strong, brave woman who fights for the right to write her own destiny without wanting to bow down to any rotten soul is becoming the complete opposite of what she preaches, something she simply hates...This whole situation has become so rotten, I confess I was furious but seeing Lauren on that front line being "massacred" and these speeches are making me feel such a strange void...Something is out of place and worse than most of us can not realize it

You’re words resonate truth. I completely agree there’s a void that no realizes and I hope she lets us in

anonymous asked:

I'm sick of people saying Sansa isn't "Stark enough" Also tired of seeing how headcanoning Sansa (just in my mind/art) as Queen is criminal. My intention isnt to erase other characters. I personally don't care if she is QitN in canon. I'll just be glad if GRRM gives her a decent ending. But only imagining Sansa as Queen surely cant be a crime. Sansa has given me a lot of hope irl; helped me deal w/ depression so wanting her success,happiness rulership even it's cathartic

Hi! QitN Sansa anon here. I just wanted to rectify that the word I wanted to use instead of cathartic was therapeutic. I think they both mean same but I’m not sure. Sorry. English is not my native language and I struggle w/ it. Thanks for understanding.

Hello Anonny!

First of all, please don’t apologize for your English, it is seriously EXCELLENT! It’s probably better than mine tbqh. Secondly, I AM SO SORRY THIS TOOK ME SO LONG TO ANSWER! I have no excuse, I am The Worst. 

Getting to the down and dirty of your ask… My dear Anonny, I totally hear you; and if it makes you feel any better, you definitely aren’t alone! Your frustration is honestly one of my main ~grievances~ with fandom and why I honestly having a really hard time engaging with like 85% of the ~meta side~ of fandom. I am in some fandoms, GoT/ASoIaF included, that have some incredibly smart and talented meta writers who are so passionate and hardworking and insightful. The things that they come up with sometimes completely blow me away! It can be easy to fall down the meta rabbit hole and get caught up, especially when people are seeing all these interesting things and coming up with all these amazing and intriguing theories that you NEVER would have thought of. But on the flip side, it can be really frustrating when the meta you are reading just doesn’t resonate with you at all. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am Here for meta as a concept and I usually really love seeing what people come up with. My issue is often in the execution. Sometimes it feels like meta crosses that ~fine line~ between showing you one way to think vs. telling you how to think

I definitely see the value in discussing different interpretations of stories and characters, and I even enjoy reading most of them. But too often I feel like people forget that meta is still just an interpretation, it’s as though there has become this ~thing~ where calling something meta automatically makes it infallible. But it’s really important to remember that with meta in regards to literature, while it’s generally meant to be an academic and unbiased approach generally, is still just one person’s interpretation of the facts as they see them. Meta has somehow become this competition about Who Is Right and Being the Rightest, and it just completely disregards how inherently subjective and personal fandom is. I will always and forever maintain that is absolutely impossible to be completely objective in fandom; your opinions, your biases, your Faves, are always going to affect your interpretations and and resulting opinions, that’s just human nature. I don’t get this whole demand for objectivity thing; if people were truly objective about fandom, I don’t think we would even be having this discussion, because no one would be discussing much of anything. Yeah, its important to maintain some level of objectivity, especially when you are having discussions with other people about fandom, but tbh being ~completely objective~ all the time sounds pretty boring. Honestly, I feel like most of the time people who claim they are being “totally objective” when they talk about things like character arcs, possible end games, ect. are even less trust worthy than those people who are up front about their favoritism; imo it usually means they are either totally unaware of their own biases, or that they refuse to acknowledge them.  

I also feel you on the whole thing of “headcanoning Sansa as QitN is erasing other characters,” it’s frustrating to me as well. Because you’re right, wanting Sansa to be in a leadership role does not automatically mean you are disregarding other characters. Positions like Q/KitN or Lord/Lady of Winterfell are exclusive positions by nature, there are always going to be unequal power dynamics based on that alone. It’s also like you were saying, seeing Sansa in a position of power and leadership role can definitely be cathartic and therapeutic (I think both words work btw!). As a character who has essentially been completely robbed of her agency and self determination and has been at the mercy of others for almost the entire series, it would be extremely satisfying to not only see her regain some of her autonomy, but also be in a position where she could control her own fate. It would also be really satisfying to see a character like Sansa who has had to rely so much on her more feminine, intellectual “soft power” to be in a position where she is clearly powerful in a more traditional, tangible sense. Does she have to be QitN for these things to happen? No, obviously not. But then it also stands to reason that none of the other Stark siblings HAVE to be in that power position to be important either, the same basic logic applies. To say that Sansa fans are “sidelining” or “disregarding” or “erasing” other characters by theorizing or headcanoning that Sansa could be QitN or Lady of Winterfell then means that fans of ANY OTHER CHARACTER who headcanon or theorize about that character holding a position of power in the North are therefore intrinsically sidelining/disregarding/erasing Sansa based on their own argument. Honestly, debating like that sounds tedious and counterproductive and more than a little annoying. Because honestly, it could go on FOREVER, we could be here for the rest of our gd natural born LIVES arguing about this. People are always going to disagree with you, that’s just life. And they are free to do so, just as you are free to disagree with them. But there is a notable difference between disagreement and downright derision; one is totally fine and can be done respectfully, and the other is kind of a dick move. 

And also, like I was talking about earlier, our faves are our faves. In fandom, you are allowed to concentrate on YOUR FAVE and their significance and where you see their story going. That is totally and completely 100% legit! Characters like Sansa are very easy to connect to and care about, especially for people who see themselves and their own struggles in her story. And I think the same goes for Arya… They are these two young characters who experience similar trauma and abuse and honestly just horrendous things that no child should ever have to experience, and they deal with it in such vastly different narrative ways. Arya takes action and lashes out and lets herself be sad and angry. Sansa rationalizes and compartmentalizes lies to herself and everyone around her in order to get through the day. Sansa is pretty much a poster child for traditional femininity, while Arya’s character has so much focus on defying gender roles (or disregarding gender completely in the case of the faceless men). Both have their moments of weakness and strength, both have their aptitudes and their flaws. Relating to and connecting with either on a personal level, as is common with fictional characters, is completely possible and understandable. That’s one of the most beautiful things about the Stark Sisters imo, together and separately they appeal to such a wide array of readers. 

There is no “wrong way” to fandom, there are no “wrong reasons” to love certain characters or story lines, there is NOTHING wrong with Sansa Stark being your favorite character and caring about what happens to her. And also, probably an ~unpopular opinion~ (but idgaf tbh), there is nothing wrong with caring about Sansa (or any of your faves) more than you care about other characters! It’s natural, you are not doing anything wrong, and your interpretations and opinions are no less valid than anyone else’s. That’s the great thing about fiction, it is literally impossible to have a “wrong” interpretation of a fictional work. You don’t even have to agree with the author to be ~right~ about a work of fiction because according to “death of the author” an author’s intentions and biographical facts should hold no weight in regards to an interpretation of their writing; a writer’s interpretation of his own work is no more or less valid than the interpretations of any given reader. Debate is fine, discussion is cool, dialogue about differences of opinions and interpretation can honestly be awesome. What’s not awesome though, is when people think that their interpretation is not only and absolutely correct one, but the sole correct one. That seems, like, wildly narrow minded and more than a little bit cocky tbh. Fandom isn’t a dictatorship; no one’s interpretations are law that can be enforced, no one’s preferences are superior, no one’s faves are automatically more important, and no one is The Great Supreme Rightest (or whatever a fandom dictator’s title would be idek)

So the point is Anonny, YOU. ARE. VALID. Fandom is all about connecting with a story and it’s characters because they make you feel things. Something or someone in that story made your sweet little anonny (or in my case, cold dead salty) heart fall in love. So just keep fandoming and loving Sansa exactly how you want in a way that makes you happy!

(And on a totally mature, adult end note: fuck people who say Sansa isn’t Stark enough, what ever the hell that even means!? They are just jealous they don’t look that Boss 👏  Ass 👏  Bitch 👏  decked out in furs like a badass Northern Lady Pimp! QUEEN SANSA OF THE HOUSE SNARK, FIRST OF HER NAME!!!)

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Tarot Readings: Any number of cards, most any kind of reading you want. I have the Idiosyncradeck, a travel sized traditional deck, and the Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Deck.

Pendulum Readings: I have a million different pendulums that I use, just message me to see the options if you want a specific one used.

Palm Readings: either or both hands! Learn your past, present, and future by the lines laid out on your palms.

Rune Readings: I’m most adept with my specific witch runes, though I will thoroughly explain the meaning of the appropriate runes with your reading. I haven’t done traditional runes in a while, but if you want a reading I’ll break them out 😊

Bone readings: Let me cast my bones for you and we’ll see what comes up!

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Past Life Readings: This isn’t my most experienced field, but if you’d like my input I’ll tell you what I can see.

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anonymous asked:

#1 please

1. What is your Hogwarts House and which of that House’s traits resonate the most with you?

(( OOC: I’m a Gryffindor - although walking the fine line between that and Slytherin. I’m a very loyal person, and I don’t back off when it comes to friends and family. Being a trustworthy, reliable person is one of the most important things for me, both in myself and other people. ))

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Max Whitlock gives his answers to our most probing questions

The priority activity if you were the Invisible Man for a day… Japan’s Kohei Uchimura is the greatest gymnast of all time, but he’s secretive, so I’d watch him train. 

The event that altered the course of your life and character… Winning those two medals at London 2012. Some senior people in gymnastics said I had no chance and I was laughed at, so it felt good to prove people wrong.

The saddest time that shook your world… When a friend died earlier this year, in tragic circumstances, aged just 32. It was so sad and made me value the people I love more than ever.

The person who has influenced you most… My family is an incredible support, but I couldn’t have achieved anything without my coach Scott Hann. I’ve been with him since I was 12.

The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again… The photos I took at London 2012. I deleted them by accident when I updated my phone.

The unending quest that drives you on… To have Max Whitlock Gymnastics clubs all over the country, so every kid can have a go. I’m opening the first one in October and I hope it takes off.

The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you… To create a move on the pommel that will be named The Whitlock. I’m close to perfecting one.

The book that holds an everlasting resonance… Achieve The Impossible by Professor Greg Whyte. It teaches you how to achieve by setting targets and believing in yourself.

The poem that touches your soul… If by Rudyard Kipling. I’m moved by the lines telling you to be humble.

The song that means most to you… Fast Car by Tracy Chapman because it reminds me of my mum taking me to training. We always had Heart radio on and they played it constantly. Mum would pick me up from school at noon and we’d get home at 9pm. She had to wait six hours while I trained, but never complained. She was amazing.

The philosophy that underpins your life… Never worry about what others are doing, just concentrate on doing your job well.

The way you want to be remembered… As a genuine, humble person and one of the greatest gymnasts ever.

[EN] SEIYUU BIBLE 2017 CAST INTERVIEW: GUILTY KISS

Translation of Cast Interview for Guilty Kiss in Seiyuu Bible 2017.

Translated from CN by: @kuuxkat

QC and Consultation by: @yujachachacha

Original TL in CN: Here by 逢田文明博物馆

Disclaimer: As this isn’t a direct JP - EN TL, the accuracy of the TL isn’t 100% guaranteed. We did our best to ensure that the context and the TL is as accurate as possible.

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anonymous asked:

It is hard to guess from your blog what kind of magic you do. Do you do traditional stuff or the kind of neo emoji stuff?

I wouldn’t say I am huge on the massively complicated ceremonial type, but when I feel it is needed I will go above and beyond. Personally I hardly ever do big spells, because when I do I want them to be effective and in MY practice if I did them all the time they’d lose the punch. I’d like to think I sit somewhere between the old and the new. I like working with my elementarium script/alphabet, doing general elemental work with the local energies around me, and shadow work. Also emotional strength and healing work. Most of my ‘witchcraft’ is collecting flowers, watering my garden, sitting outside and reflecting, doing divination. I also like talismans and trinkets, and symbology. As a former graphic design student lines and colour have very important and significant meaning to me. Beauty and imperfection and the beauty in imperfection are essential parts of what I do. 

I am a very huge advocate of supporting other people and their craft even if it isn’t something you personally resonate with. As long as you are not hurting yourself or others then I feel that you should be able to do what you want. Emoji spells aren’t my cup of tea, nothing against anyone that uses them, if they work for you then that’s awesome.

Curses? Also not my thing, but I won’t judge anyone who does them. I’ve done maybe 3 in my whole life. In my opinion it gets very dangerous when you start taking the ‘law’ into your own hands and it makes you no different to a vigilante. Your definition of what is right may be different to someone elses, justice is quite subjective and this is the main reason I don’t post curses on my blog. I know there’s a lot of new witches who follow me and I don’t want them to do anything before they realise the weight of their actions, for good or for bad.

So yep, that’s me in a nutshell!

anonymous asked:

The video didn't make me, personally, uncomfortable and is fine to me. However, I feel like the girls were uncomfortable and that's where I draw the line. They shouldn't be put in a position where they are completely sexualised unless they're a 100% okay with it and I feel like they aren't so that's what my problem with the video.

Thats completely fine anon, we all feel different. I agree with you about the girls though. Ally’s comment resonated with me the most. The more I think about what she said, the more anger and frustration builds towards the people putting them in these situations.

Okay it’s time for me to rant about Yuuri again!!!!! Listen, usually my sweet baby refers to himself with the Japanese pronoun 僕 (boku) which is a typical masculine way of referring to oneself. Most young men in Japan use that or 僕 (ore). He uses boku right here:

However, when he goes out to perform Eros, he changes up his personal pronouns, which is very unusual in Japan.

What Yuuri said here was 私の踊りはだれのため (watashi no odori wa dare no tame). This means pretty literally “for whom is my dance?”, but the important detail is that Yuuri uses the pronoun 私 (watashi). Typically it’s used by women and men of higher positions. So this tips us off already that Yuuri isn’t just performing as his usual self.

This is further reinforced by this statement from Yuuri. He feels that the character of the “most beautiful woman in town” resonates more with him than trying to be the “playboy”. 

Now here is the first time that Yuuri is thinking to himself again after the “Who am I dancing for?” line. This time he uses あたし (atashi) which is a very feminine personal pronoun. Typically it’s used by younger women and is considered quite girly at times. He uses this pronoun again here:

He also says he’s “better than any other woman out there.” This is just my interpretation of those words but it seems to me like he’s grouping himself in with “women” and considering himself better. He’s truly become the character of “the most beautiful woman in town”. Another small detail I love is the way Yuuri’s voice rises higher in these thoughts as he uses a feminine personal pronoun. It was a wonderful acting choice on Toyonaga Toshiyuki’s part.

Anyone can interpret this any way of course. I simply thought that the translations lacked a bit of the nuance that was there in terms of personal pronoun usage (which is undoubtedly hard to translate eloquently). Take from this what you will and I will continue to keep my nonbinary Yuuri headcanons near and dear to my heart <3

Edit: I am not Japanese nor do I speak it fluently. I’ve been learning for a while now, but any native speakers please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong or made some assumption!