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I love so much how, when given the opportunity to take a break to relax and feel good, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl choose to sit and watch the sunset together.

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Kingsmanniversay Day 5: This Ain’t That Kind of Movie: What did you enjoy the most about the movie and/or what drew you to watching it?

I remember my brother showing me the first trailer for Kingsman and asking me, “Hey do you know that guy?” pointing at the small glimpse of the “Church scene”. Back then I only knew Colin Firth as “that guy from The King’s Speech” and like everyone, I was skeptical seeing him as some action movie actor. But I was curious and excited. Also it was either this or Fifty Shades of Grey.

What did I enjoy the most about the movie? The shameless violence. The songs. Eggsy’s torso. Gazelle’s feet, or lack thereof. Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp. Kingsman Candidate Training aka “You just got prank’d by Merlin”. Harry “I have an eternal grumpy face” Hart. Roxy as Lancelot. The suits. But most of all I love the countless fanfics, fanart, headcanons, and other fanworks it spawned. Thanks everyone <3

Toward a more thoughtful conversation on stories


Visitors to this space may recall that I wrote this summer about the issues Reuters and other news organizations face in dealing with reader comments on stories. I&#146;ve become increasingly concerned about the quality of discourse in comments on news stories on Reuters.com and on other major news sites.  On some stories,  the Â&#147;conversationÂ&#148;  has been little more than  partisans slinging invective at each other under  the cloak of anonymity. I believe our time-challenged, professional readers want to see a more rewarding conversationÂ&#151;and my colleagues who lead Reuters.com are introducing a new process for comments that I believe will help bring that about. The new process, which gives special status to readers whose comments have passed muster in the past, wonÂ&#146;t address the anonymity issue, but I do think it is an important step toward a more civil and thoughtful conversation. Let me introduce Richard Baum, Reuters Global Editor for Consumer Media, to tell you about the new process: â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148;â&#128;&#148; Like many major news publishers, weÂ&#146;ve agonized over how to balance our enthusiasm for reader comments on stories with our belief that few people would benefit from a free-for-all. Most of our readers respect our request for comments that Â&#147;advance the story,Â&#148; by submitting relevant anecdotes, links and data or by challenging our reporting when they think weÂ&#146;ve fallen short of our editorial standards. ItÂ&#146;s rewarding, sometimes even exhilarating, to see the way our audience builds on our coverage. Where we struggle is with comments that we believe contribute nothing useful to the conversation. IÂ&#146;m not talking about obscenities and spam â&#128;&#148; we have software that aims to block the publication of those â&#128;&#148; but something more subjective. Most of our readers are business professionals who value their time highly. We believe they want comments that are as rewarding to read as they are to write. The challenge is how we deliver that experience in a way that doesnÂ&#146;t delay the publication of good comments nor use up resources that might be better deployed on other parts of the site. IÂ&#146;ll explain how weÂ&#146;re tackling that shortly. But first, here are some examples of the type of comments that fall foul of our moderators: â&#128;&#147; racism and other hate language that isnÂ&#146;t caught by our software filters â&#128;&#147; obscene words with letters substituted to get around the software filters â&#128;&#147; semi-literate spelling; weÂ&#146;re not looking for perfection, but people shouldnÂ&#146;t have to struggle to determine the meaning â&#128;&#147; uncivil behavior towards other commentators; debate is welcome, schoolyard taunts are not â&#128;&#147; incitement to violence â&#128;&#147; comments that have nothing to do with the story â&#128;&#147; comments that have been pasted across multiple stories â&#128;&#147; comments that are unusually long, unless theyÂ&#146;re very well written â&#128;&#147; excessive use of capital letters Some of the guidelines for our moderators are hard to define precisely. Mocking of public people can be fair sport, for example, but a moderator that has just approved 30 comments calling someone an idiot can rightly decide that thereÂ&#146;s little incremental value in publishing the 31st. When we block comments of this nature, itÂ&#146;s because of issues of repetition, taste or legal risk, not political bias. Until recently, our moderation process involved editors going through a basket of all incoming comments, publishing the ones that met our standards and blocking the others. (ItÂ&#146;s a binary decision: we donÂ&#146;t have the resources to edit comments.) This was unsatisfactory because it delayed the publication of good comments, especially overnight and at weekends when our staffing is lighter. Our new process grants a kind of VIP status on people who have had comments approved previously. When you register to comment on Reuters.com, our moderation software tags you as a new user. Your comments go through the same moderation process as before, but every time we approve a comment, you score a point. Once youÂ&#146;ve reached a certain number of points, you become a recognized user. Congratulations: your comments will be published instantly from now on. Our editors will still review your comments after theyÂ&#146;ve been published and will remove them if they donÂ&#146;t meet our standards. When that happens, youÂ&#146;ll lose points. Lose enough points and youÂ&#146;ll revert to new user status. The highest scoring commentators will be classified as expert users, earning additional privileges that weÂ&#146;ll implement in future. You can see approval statistics for each reader on public profile pages like this, accessed by clicking on the name next to a comment. ItÂ&#146;s not a perfect system, but we believe itÂ&#146;s a foundation for facilitating a civil and rewarding discussion thatÂ&#146;s open to the widest range of people. Let me know what you think.


Imagine Woozi hogging all the blankets when you two sleep together.

Really lovin’ the downvotes I got for speaking the truth on the forums.

Clearly, if anyone understands oppression, it’s cisgender heterosexual white men. How silly of me to suggest that “cracker” isn’t nearly as bad as racial slurs against oppressed groups of people.

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Forever Still // Towards the Edge

Crimson blood burns beneath my skin
Breathe the night, keep it safe within

And I’ll repent no sins, for I have none

Run towards the edge
Don’t look back and fret
Fly before you fall
You will conquer all

Seasons change as I lie awake,
See the skies fade, as the sun will break

And I’ll regret nothing that I have done

Run towards the edge
Don’t look back and fret
Fly before you fall
You will conquer all  

Run towards the edge
Run towards the edge

And we’ll regret nothing that we have done

Run towards the edge
Don’t look back and fret
Fly before you fall
You will conquer all

Run towards the edge
Don’t look back
Fly fly fly
We have conquered all


I talked to a girl today and I was pretty excited because she’s kind of a tv show addicted too but we talked about the 100 and she started saying how Lexa sucks and Bellarke should be happening and long story short I still don’t really have any friends in my class.