this show is the best thing on television

Ripper Street: The Verdict

What a good show! I wasn’t thrilled with the finale (way! too! bleak!) but really good show overall. It’s really intense and atmospheric—everything I expected. I recommend it to anyone who likes any combination of period dramas, crime shows, and Matthew Macfadyen 😍.

Other things I liked: the theme song and entire opening sequence are among the best I’ve ever heard/seen. I’m CONSTANTLY humming the song. Not only was the setting super vivid in general, I particularly liked how they handled the post-Ripper context, letting it frequently inform the show but never letting it take center stage until the final episode. (As I said in my finale post, I thought that was a super clever move!) I liked that every episode title was spoken in the episode. It was always fun to keep a lookout for the title drop and then be like “there it is! they said the thing!” I enjoyed the use of historical people as characters, some of whom I had heard of, some of whom (including Reid) I hadn’t. I liked the three adorable constables. There were some amazing characters, especially my dapper tragic gay weasel Best, who is now my avatar. (I still intend to make another post just about him.) I’m also constantly grateful for my beautiful American garbage surgeon Jackson, my angsty romantic pugilistic ginger sergeant Drake, and my classy progressive volatile rogue detective inspector Reid.

Things I disliked, other than the finale stuff I’ve already complained about: I don’t know if the problem was with them or with me, but I was chronically underwhelmed by the female characters. The exception is my mischievous dependable theater princess Mimi. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of Rose, I was really sad about how the show left her. Sometimes the writers dropped threads messily—Cobden, for example, straight-up vanished from the plot, and that scene at the end of “Threads of Silk and Gold” where the dude (I forget who he was) blackmailed Best never went anywhere. On a similar note, Mathilda got over her psychological trauma, like, really easily. The portrayal of the Chinese characters in 2x01 was probably the thing that annoyed me the most in the whole show. It was especially stark given that every other Oppressed Group of the Week in s2 (seriously, that was the theme of the season) was portrayed more thoughtfully. I thought they did better with the Indian characters in s4, who were portrayed as, you know, actual people.

There’s probably other stuff I meant to say that will come to me later. Overall, cool show!!! Very cool show. I’m gonna go listen to the theme song now.

me n @telekineticeggos met bc of a stranger things groupchat that was started in september of last year and now we’re best friends not just online, but also in real life and hang out relatively consistently and make plans for the future all the dang time and knowing that this all started bc we had a fandom in common is so wild to me like ??? how cool is that !!! all bc we both liked a tv show !!!! 

anonymous asked:

Few months ago you told us about your favorite movies on your page, could u do the same with your favorite series? take care little poet :)

God it’s so early and you ask me that… again, it’s complicated to choose but I’ll do my best, so here’s a list.

“Skins”

“Penny Dreadful”

“Hannibal”

“Game of Thrones”

“American Horror Story”

“Dexter”

“Orphan Black”

“Orange is the new black”

“Broadchurch”

“Stranger Things”

“The Killing” (U.S Version)

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”

“New Girl”

“Sweet/Vicious”

“Skam”

“Sense8″

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Things the moon signs do

Aries: offend people, close the door on others, text while driving

Taurus: listen more than they talk, smile rarely but genuinely, have a lot of habits

Gemini: pull leaves off of trees as they walk by, be delighted by small coincidences, play a TV show or movie in the background while they work on something

Cancer: keep score of when someone does something for them, text back immediately, get mad quickly but get over it more quickly

Leo: stare at people, start drama, ask people if they really like them

Virgo: observe the quirks of others, feel willed to do things for other people although they don’t want to, cry tears of joy

Libra: say “how are you though?”, cry at the slightest provocations, secretly want to talk about themselves

Scorpio: fall in love with their best friends, dislike the people who are close to someone they like, look after their friends but not themselves

Sagittarius: play it cool, come off as pretentious in spite of preferring less intellectual friends, have a false view of themselves

Capricorn: talk themselves out of things, become interested in groups/teams/bands, befriend their teachers

Aquarius: treat everyone like their best friend, value friends over partners, invite people to things without consulting the people they originally invited

Pisces: hang out with someone without doing anything with them, fall asleep while on the phone, convince themselves they don’t need the things they want

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Taylor Mason

I am really excited about Taylor Mason’s appearance in Showtime’s Billions.

Here’s Showtime’s behind the scenes introduction of Taylor on YouTube, with interview snippets with the actor and the writers.

I don’t know the show at all. It is definitely not my usual genre. No one does any science or magic, you know? It’s a fast-paced businessy financey drama thing. I don’t even remember how I found out, but when I heard that Billions claimed to have the first ever nonbinary character on TV… well, to be honest, I kinda did a skeptical face. The articles are all very US-centric, and explicitly nonbinary characters are not uncommon in some parts of the world. And anyway, “nonbinary character” usually means “gender non-conforming binary character” because that’s usually the best we can hope for. But yeah, I was interested, so I looked into it.

Here’s my TL;DR: Billions is the first mainstream US TV show to my knowledge that contains a character overtly described as nonbinary and whose they/them pronouns are stated in the show and affirmed by almost all of the other characters.

We’re introduced to Taylor, played by Asia Kate Dillon (also nonbinary, they/them pronouns), in the first episode of season 2 - toying with another character about being vegan. They’re a sharp, brilliant, think-outside-the-box intern.

In episode 2 it gets a bit more in-your-face:

That guy in the second shot, Bobby Axelrod, is the very rich, very arrogant boss of macho boy’s club Axe Capital. And he just accepts Taylor’s assertion of their pronouns, no questions asked, no raised eyebrows. Just, “okay.”

Taylor proceeds to seriously impress the very rich arrogant boss guy in the chair.

Taylor isn’t going through some coming out plot, working out their gender and discovering themself. Taylor is out and comfortable and confident in their identity. People who refuse to accept them get bulldozed, either by other characters or by the plot itself.

Later in that episode there’s a scene in which Taylor isn’t present, and Taylor is misgendered by that bald guy, Bill:

It’s hard to capture the tone in this scene. It’s an alpha male showdown, over a nonbinary person’s pronouns. The arrogant guy who misgenders Taylor gets corrected, and then has two guys above him in the pecking order stare him down until he concedes, in body language and facial expression. Taylor’s rich white old guy boss is not gonna tolerate you misgendering them. (Over the next few episodes it becomes clear that Taylor is replacing Bill as Axelrod’s “favourite.”)

Bobby Axelrod upholds the pronouns of every singular-they nonbinary person in this one scene, to everyone watching the show. After that the conversation continues as before. It all happens very naturally as part of a conversational plot to take down a business rival, like it’s important and yet no big deal at all to correct a colleague’s pronouns.

There are people watching this who are nonbinary and going “wow, that’s me.” There are nonbinary people who haven’t worked themselves out watching this and going “wow, maybe that’s me?” There are parents of nonbinary kids watching this and going, “wow, maybe using new pronouns isn’t so hard? Maybe my child is not just going through a phase?” There are nonbinary kids watching this with their parents, thinking “maybe now my parents see Taylor being taken seriously they will take me more seriously.”

This is incredible.

Naturally, I have concerns. I’ve got them on the back-burner because one TV show is not a pattern among TV shows. It does, however, fit a known trend of nonbinary visibility.

Taylor is white, AFAB, thin, young, wealthy, able-bodied, and masculine-presenting. They fit the nonbinary cliché so well that I can’t even find any deviation from it. In reality nonbinary people are very diverse in pronouns, gendered presentation, race, body type, and class. But when newspapers are interviewing these “new” and fascinating nonbinary people, they always seem to choose people mostly like me: white, thin, AFAB, young, apparently able-bodied, androgynous-to-masculine-presenting. (I’ve been interviewed by journalists for articles about nonbinary people that then didn’t even include me in the final piece, because I refused to be seen as a representative of nonbinary people in some way.)

Taylor is also autistic. I don’t know if it’s deliberate, goodness knows writers create accidentally autistic characters all the time, but if you know what to look for in TV-autism it’s really really clear. And people really like to draw attention to the way autism and gender non-conformity overlap, to the extent that articles have been written by and focusing on doctors who believe that some gender non-conformity is directly caused by autism and should not be treated. (Article link. Warning: Daily Mail, general awfulness, etc.)

So going forward, I’m hoping that if and when there are more nonbinary people in TV shows we get to see some femininity, some differing body types, some people of colour, etc. I’m also hoping that we get to see some nonbinary people who are not obviously autistic - characters who express emotion freely and are not somehow brilliantly sharp and intelligent and innovative in one particular area of interest, for example.

But for now, I am thrilled. A TV show is portraying someone like me. In this case I’m lucky because I fit that autistic nonbinary cliché down to the ground, and I am perfectly represented in a mainstream US TV show for the first time in my life. I want other nonbinary people to experience that too, and this is a huge step forward and a long-deserved validation of the nonbinary community. I am excited to see what happens next for nonbinary representation and visibility.

questions to get to know people well
  • 1: it's the apocalypse. you lay next to the person you trust and love most, and start talking. you know your time is limited. what is the one thing you want them to know before you two die?
  • 2: you are faced with an almighty spirit. it tells you that you must choose two emotions\feelings - one of them you will never feel again, and the other becomes your most dominant. which two are those?
  • 3: what is the one thing you want your best friend to never do? why? how will you react if they do it?
  • 4: do you have a favorite tv show? why is it your favorite? what is the reason you started watching it, and what is the reason you continued?
  • 5: do you have a favorite musical instrument? if yes, why exactly is it your favorite? can you play it/would you ever?
  • 6: who is your all-time favorite character? why exactly? do you relate to them, and how?
  • 7: is there anything you believe in? what is it? why do you believe in it? can you tell us something that explains this belief?
  • 8: you are locked in a room until the day you die, and have a choice to spend this time with one person. will you choose someone? if yes, who is it? why?
  • 9: what is the book that got you into reading, if there even is one? what was so special about it? when did you read it?
  • 10: what is the song i have to listen to so i could know you better?
  • 11: do you prefer being outside when its sunny or when its dark?
  • 12: do you like the rain? why? do you prefer storms or light dripping?
  • 13: hot chocolate with cinnamon, marshmellows, both or none?
  • 14: do you like tea? why? if yes, what is your favorite kind?
  • 15: do you enjoy coffee? if yes, do you drink it for the taste or for the caffeine?
  • 16: what is your perfect playlist for studying? where is the perfect place to listen to it?
  • 17: what is your favorite color? why? what is your least favorite shade of this color?
  • 18: think of a person you love. now describe them, using only stuff that only you would describe them with. (for example - my person would be described by reading a new book while there's a storm outside.)
  • 19: what is the song you feel like you HAVE to know to play?
  • 20: do you like writing? do you prefer to write on a computer or in a notebook?
  • 21: shuffle your playlist until you get to a song you will never skip. what is this song? why do you never skip it? do you recommend it?
  • 22: do you like stargazing? why?
  • 23: what is your favorite hour of the day?
  • 24: what is your harry potter house? did you get sorted on pottermore or do you think it represents you better?
  • 25: what is your patronus?
  • 26: do you want to write a book? if yes, did you start already?
  • 27: what is your favorite smell?
  • 28: picture yourself at ease. now describe what exactly did you picture - with who you are? where? what exactly put you at ease?
  • 29: you have the option to forget one book/series completly and reread/rewatch it from the start. what book/series is it?
  • 30: what do you love most about humanity?
A Slytherin/Hufflepuff friendship would include...

• Standing up for each other no matter what
• “Mess with them, mess with me.“
• Sitting on each other’s tables in the Great Hall
• At first you received some strange looks, but now everyone is used to it
• Swapping ties sometimes to confuse people
• Hanging out in the dungeons
• Hanging out in the kitchens
• Knowing all the passwords for your common rooms
• Occasionally telling the wrong password for a joke, and watching as they get locked out of your common room
• "Need some help there?”
• SO MUCH SMIRKING
• Being the closest of friends ever
• Having people be so jealous of you both
• Being literal friend goals
• Teaching each other the fundamentals of being in your respective houses
• "You’re like a cinnamon roll, how in Merlin’s name.“
• "And you.. well you’re… I mean, you’re nice too… sometimes… when you want to be…”
• Bickering now and then
• But only because you love each other
• Missing each other so much when you’re in lessons
• Watching the clock and willing time to go faster
• "I thought I’d never see you again!“
• "You saw me like an hour ago.”
• Being like iconic duos on tv shows
• You’re so different but compliment each other so well
• Having other friends in your own houses
• But preferring each other’s company to anyone else’s
• Getting each other’s opinions before doing literally a n y t h i n g
• Just always being there for one another
• No matter what
• Through the good times and bad
• Because you’re the best of friends
• Singing dramatic duets in your common rooms, to the amusement of others
• Always laughing
• Or smiling
• Whenever one of you is feeling down, the other knows exactly how to make things better
• Whether that be a long talk, food or cuddles
• Being the most important person in each other’s lives
• Meeting at King Cross Station every year
• Sitting with each other on the Hogwarts Express, though people sometimes stare
• Teaching first years the importance of inter-house friendships
• And showing that Slytherins and Hufflepuffs can be friends
• Because despite their differences
• Ultimately they’re better together

Age Regression + Get To Know Me Asks

A. What age do you usually regress to?
B. Do you use a bottle?
C. Do you have a caregiver?
D. Do you use diapers?
E. Favorite thing to eat?
F. Favorite fruit?
G. Favorite place to go when you feel little?
H. Something that makes you happy?
I. Favorite ice cream?
J. Favorite juice?
K. Are you a kitten or other pet?
L. Favorite thing about being little?
M. Favorite little space movie?
N. What’s your name?
O. How old are you?
P. Do you use pacifiers?
Q. A habit you wish you could quit?
R. Favorite nursery rhyme?
S. Favorite stuffie?
T. Favorite little space TV show?
U. Something unique about you?
V. Favorite veggie?
W. Where are you from?
X. (The best x word I can think of its xylophone so….) What’s your favorite instrument?
Y. Favorite time of year?
Z. Favorite animal to see at the zoo?

Pages for your 2017 bujo

Year overview
Future log
Resolutions page
January goals to help achieve your resolutions
Things you want to do in 2017
Travel map of where you’ll go in 2017
Travel moodboard
Line a day diary
Habit tracker
Sleep tracker
Mood tracker
Savings tracker
Tips to save money
Set up a budget
Books you want to read
Films you want to watch
TV shows you want to watch
Dishes to cook
Books you have read
Films you have watched
TV shows you have watched
Dishes you have cooked
Healthy meal inspo
Ingredients for basic recipes so if you’re in the supermarket you know what to buy
Running program set up
Exercise program set up
Exercise tracker (aka distance, time)
Step tracker
Self care list
Things you are grateful for
Style board
Plans for the school year
Calendar of when assignments/coursework is due
Things that inspire you
Moodboard to inspire you
Best moments of 2016
Favourite photos of 2016
Everything you achieved in 2016

byebyebriar  asked:

Hello Mr. Gaiman, I have a quick question. I saw the trailer for American Gods and was enthralled. I haven't read the book and was wondering whether you thought it would be best to read the book first or go into the tv show blind.

They’ve done a great job of making sure that if you’ve read the book, you are at an advantage, but thing will still happen you aren’t expecting, we may travel different routes to get to similar places, and you won’t be going “I know all this,” all the way through.

I’d suggest reading the book. But you’ll enjoy it either way. (You could also put off the book until you’ve seen the first 8 episodes, to keep you warm until it returns).

book vs tv show characters
  • book! penny : whiny, pretentious, thinks he's smarter than he is, kind of an asshole
  • tv show! penny : still kind of an asshole but cares too much underneath, hears voices, not pretentious, annoyed by everything (remember when he got fucking stabbed and rolled his eyes at it? #iconic)
  • book! janet : wants what she can't have, a gryffendor, bi and butch, actively dislikes other girls
  • tv show! margo : has a better name, a slytherin, bi and femme, isn't really friends with other girls but doesn't want to destroy them, more canonly bi (the line about thai food implies she doesn't think that girls are interesting sometimes and that she thinks they're attractive all the time)
  • book! asmodeus : 17, smarter than she should be, kills a god, goes by "becky" for some reason
  • tv show! kady : bi as fuck, not seventeen, would die for julia wicker
  • book! josh : can do magic but only sometimes, part of the squad, mostly irrelevant, marries quentin's ex
  • tv show! josh : still irrelevant, ditches the squad, dating victoria who wasn't even in the books
  • book! quentin : depression, trying his best, kind of a fuckboy after alice/penny but he gets better about it, ivy leauge kid
  • tv show! quentin : same thing but with more obvious depression
  • book! julia : deserves better
  • tv show! julia : deserves better
  • book! alice : fucking brilliant, deserved better, i am adopting her bc her parents are shit
  • tv show! alice : deserved better, my brilliant and kind daughter who i am adopting bc her parents are still shit
  • book! eliot : more of a hipster, gay, doesn't marry a woman (@syfy writers - what the fuck???? what the fuck??? what the fuck?????)
  • tv show eliot : trying his best, very sad, covers it up by drinking a lot, qpps with margo, more preppy less hipster, marries a woman because he has to, still gay

Studying With Autism

Being in a classroom situation with any sort of mental illness is difficult, but from personal experience i know how hard it is to be in school and autistic. 

How to Deal With Autism in the Classroom
- It is very easy to become over stimulated. If this happens for whatever reason, try your hardest to calm yourself down before it becomes too bad. Try and block out the noise, close your eyes and breathe, if it’s still bad ask the teacher if you can leave for a minute, or ask to go to the bathroom.

- When in school I found it very hard to deal with other people. By this I mean I found it hard to concentrate and deal with my emotions while people were talking about/focusing on things other than the work. I would often get annoyed and worked up about it, I’d either work myself into a panic attack or get annoyed at other people. 

  • First try asking the people around you to quiet down a little, this doesn’t always work because, you know, they’re teenagers
  • Then, once again, try blocking out the noise, close your eyes and breathe
  • Try and fully focus on the work

- Make the most of lunch and breaks. Make sure you’re hydrated and have eaten. If you need to sit quietly, do that. If you need to get some energy out, do that. Do what ever you need to do so you can focus in your lessons.

- When I was in school I found working in groups extremely stressful. I was often the only one in the group who actually cared about doing the work and it all fell on me. Sometimes I didn’t mind doing all the work, it meant I was in control and knew exactly what was happening. But sometimes, it was hard.

  • Try asking the teacher if you can switch to another group, ones you know are more serious about the work
  • If this doesn’t work try and work out an agreement with the rest of the group, ie. you write, they present.

- Talk to your teachers. Understanding things can be especially difficult when dealing with autism. If you’re confused don’t be afraid to ask for confirmation or help. 

Studying With Autism
- TAKE BREAKS!! 

  • I take a little break every 20 minutes, these breaks are usually only a few minutes long, definitely less than 10
  • I also take breaks every hour or so, these are around 20 minutes long
  • In these breaks I like to stim, or just do things that calm myself down

- Have something familiar in the background, this will help stimulate you but hopefully not too much. I like to watch a very familiar tv show on the background, but obviously music does the same thing. Avoid listening/watching to anything new, this will probably distract you and take your attention away from your work

- It’s okay to not study. If your attention is wavering it’s okay to stop. 

- I like to use different colours to keep myself focused. I write the titles in different colours to the rest of my work, and highlight if I’m loosing concentration

- Find the method that works best for you. Whether that be flashcards, note taking, practise tests. Learn what works best for you and do that. 

- Learn what the format of the test will be and practise that. If you know what will happen in the situation you’re less likely to get stressed about it

- It’s always important to sort out what needs to be done but being organised definitely helps me deal with my autism. 

  • Write down everything that you need to do and when it needs to be done
  • Do what needs to be done first, obviously 
  • If one day is particularly heavy with subjects you don’t enjoy/find hard switch some stuff around. Try and have one task that you know you will enjoy/will find easy every day. This should help you feel in control