tried to make it look aged

Like an unannounced whirlwind, Melissa McCarthy just shows up and knocked everyone down who dared stepped in her way. This was a master class in political sketch comedy. McCarthy took two weeks of Sean Spicer’s angry nonsense, squashed it into concentrate, then released it in some sort of crazed hellfire on national television. This was a sort of salvation for anyone who’s dared tried to make sense out of a Sean Spicer press conference. And, my gosh, the look on Bobby Moynihan’s face when McCarthy’s Spicer tries to explain the word “ban.” Also, I don’t know how the cast kept a straight face when McCarthy picked up her podium and started driving it into the press pool. I hope SNL gives McCarthy the Alec Baldwin “show up all the time” deal. This sketch was a force.

I really wish Dragon Age fans would understand that “Moral Greyness” can be JUST as contrived and convoluted as regular “Black and White” and “Happy Ending.”

Just look at the Mage/Templar Conflict. The devs have tried their darnedest across three and a half games to present the conflict as 100% balanced with both sides equally sympathetic, and they’ve failed each time. The devs have said they felt they made the mages look “too sympathetic” in the first game. For the second game they realized too late that making the player character come from a family of apostates and have two mage companions but no Templars made Templars look bad; and they fully admitted that Leandra getting killed by a crazy blood mage serial killer was an attempt to vindicate a pro-Templar playthrough. DAI? Well, we all know about THAT… (Retconning the Dalish to have a “three mages max” rule just to make Circles look better by comparison?) All to make a flimsy, “See? Both sides are equally flawed” argument that’s as sturdy as cardboard; blow on it, and it falls over.

Just look at The Masked Empire verses Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts. In the book, the human nobles are all completely despicable, racist, genocidal asses, while Briala (and Felassan to a lesser extent) is the most sympathetic and likable character. Briala is a straight-up hero who struggles to help her people despite knowing they won’t thank her for it, and being shit on by everyone she meets right and left.

In DAI, the devs flat-out hid the many crimes and character flaws of Celene and Gaspard, and hid many of the virtues and character strengths of Briala. Why? To create a flimsy and false “All three choices are equally morally gray!” so-called “choice.”

Just look at the Qunari. You can tell the devs have been trying their damnedest from game one to depict Qunari culture as rather alien and incomprehensible to outsiders and vice-versa, but still a good system with its balances of virtues and flaws like any other. And it never works.

And any time players complain about an aspect of their culture, they try to fix it next game. Sten said “women don’t fight”? In DA2 they’re like, “JK! Since the Priesthood allows both genders, we just made up this secret spy division of the Ben’Hassrath that allows female assassins. Please love our Qunari.“ When that didn’t work, in DAI they went overtime trying to make Iron Bull THE most likable character they could, then had him lend his charisma to explain away Qunari societal faults. Plus the whole “transgender acceptance” and “free love” and “Tamassran are still like family” thing, and the sudden, “Oh, the Qunari don’t REALLY keep women from fighting. If a woman is discovered to be good in combat, they just decide he’s a man who happens to look like a woman and let “him” fight. Please love our Qunari!”

And it’s NEVER WORKED. I mean, some small minority of weirdos like Qunari despite their flaws (myself included), but MOST players just find these flimsy attempts at “MORAL GREYNESS!!!” to be just that: flimsy.

So whenever I talk about a plot hole or character failing in the series, I’m so sick to death of seeing that go-to, knee-jerk, catch-all “moral grayness” excuse.

Yes. Sometimes, when written well, a morally grey conflict can be very engaging. But sometimes some characters or divisions naturally come across as more sympathetic than another. I’m not saying “one side is innocent and perfect and other other guilty and evil,” but sometimes one side comes across as a lighter shade of grey than another; it happens. If the devs would just embrace that and run with it and tell emotionally engaging stories, instead of spending so much time and energy trying to constantly backpedal or force a square peg in a round hole just for the sake of that original vision that just isn’t coming through.

- You can’t make a conflict where one heavily tyrannical and abusive faction holds complete power over another as a perfectly 50/50 “morally grey conflict” where “both sides are equally at fault.”

- You can’t take the freedom-fighting victim of horrific systematic abuse by two perpetrators of that horrific system and try to act like she’s “just as bad” or “on the same footing” as those abusers.

You can’t take a culture that thrives on robbing individuality, stripping free will, brainwashing resisters, and severely limiting the roles of its citizens based on their gender, magical ability, etc. and expect our modern freedom- and individuality-loving society to find them anything but restrictive and tyrannical.

“Moral Grey” can be just as CONTRIVED as any attempt at “black and white” or “happily-ever-after.” Because they’re still trying to force something that doesn’t fit.

the first time i drew my actual daughter gylwen lavellan 2 years ago (holy crap), I said stuff about elves and backlight going hand in hand. I have realized that this is still very true

Stars and Boulevards by cherrystreet

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“Lou, hi,” he answers on the second ring.

“How did you know you were gay,” Louis asks, voice slurred. “Like, when did you know .”

Harry freezes, completely blind sided. He tries not to panic. “Um. I think I kind of always knew?”

“But how did you say it?”

“You were there, you remember.”

“Harry, seriously, I’m freaking out and you’re not helping.”

They’d been friends for years, had known each other throughout middle school and into high school, meeting in a music class on a sticky September morning. They hit it off instantly, falling into one another immediately, never looking back. Their friendship was comfortable, genuine, safe, always there, achingly present and solid. Harry never felt uneasy confiding in Louis, their one year age gap making Louis somehow seem more worldly, more experienced, and even when Harry had to look down at Louis, he still looked up to him. They spent the quickly passing school years making each other’s homes their own, Harry’s mom calling Louis her honorary second son, Louis’ mom giving Harry a similar title, and everyone knew that if you wanted to find Harry, you had to find Louis first.

Ao3, One-Shot


Archer withdrew a bit, turning away & thinking about what his husband had just said. Remembering the early months of their marriage, he was taken back to all the times Tobias had seemed pushy about the topic of jumping right into starting their family. His mind went back to memories of how the older man had practically begged, citing his age as a reason not to wait. Each time that Archer had denied him, he seemed disappointed but never deterred.

Look, Tobias, Archer growled, his voice low as he tried to keep his tone steady & calm. I know that you’re drunk & that you’re upset over this.. this news.. but if this is your idea of a joke, I don’t find it very funny.

A joke? Tobias repeated, tilting his head as he watched his husband’s face carefully. I’m making a point, sweetheart. It wasn’t nearly as easy to conceive Ellie as you seem to think it was. 

You… the blond spit. You fucking asshole. I trusted you, with everything that I had. How could you do something like that?

Tobias shut his eyes tight, clenching his jaw as he realized his drunken mistake. Never had he planned to tell the younger man, fearful of his reaction. Archer, I’m sorry but you know how important this is to me. I finally found my one true love, I’m not exactly in the prime of my life & I knew that having a family would make us both happy. It did, didn’t it? You love Ellie; we both do. If I hadn’t….

Don’t you fucking dare, the blond spit, throwing his chair back as he jumped to his feet. Jabbing his finger into the older man’s face, he shook his head. He could feel the heat rising to his cheeks as his heart raced. I love Ellie more than anything in this world. I would never trade her or give that up. That doesn’t change what you fucking did to me. I told you that I was’t ready. I was 21 years old & I had already rushed into marriage. I wasn’t about to purposely rush into having a child. But you! he roared now, his voice nearly growing hoarse. You didn’t fucking care what I wanted. All of your bullshit about wanting me to be happy & caring about my feelings. I trusted you & I loved you & you took it upon yourself to take any choice that I had away from me. You lied to me, you selfish bastard.

Tobias rose as well, reaching for his husband to try to calm him. Baby, I am so sorry. Please…

Please nothing. Do you even realize how fucking betrayed I feel right now? Archer stepped back, shoving the man’s hands away from him as he did. I cannot fucking believe you Tobias. I don’t want you to touch me. As a matter of fact, I don’t want to even look at you right now. I’m not sure how I am ever supposed to look at your pathetic, lying face again.

anonymous asked:

How would zuko end up joining the gaang in the age swap verse? If he does. Would 16 year old aang learn firebending from 12 year old zuko?

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Here’s the thing, Aang thinks twelve year old Zuko is adorable, and even though he makes their life very very difficult, it’s really hard to look at a kid Sokka’s age and not feel incredibly sorry for him.  So when the little ankle biter, as Aang calls them, shows up in “The Chase” to fight his sister, and his uncle gets injured, Aang and Katara just decide to kidnap him and sit on him.  He tries to tell Katara to go away, and leave him alone, but she’s fifteen and he’s twelve, and she does not listen to him.  When he joins his sister in Ba Sing Se, it’s after traveling with the Avatar for almost a month.

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What if they’ve been making Steven look younger/cuter because he’s mentally regressing in age? Like….what if he’s so afraid of facing the problems that Rose caused that as he finds out more and more of what she’s done, his physical age regresses more and more as he tries to run away from them. To the gems, to Greg, to Connie, to anyone, really, just so he doesn’t have to face the problems.

I think there’s gonna be an episode where he talks about this, how he’s terrified of solving the problems his mother caused, and how he doesn’t want to face them. There’s gonna be a speech, presumably from someone like Garnet, saying something along the lines of “you need to face them and move on–you can’t run forever.”

And in that moment he ages like…5 or 6 years. He’s done running from his problems and ready to face them like an “adult” in his mind. The “big head” style was purposeful to make him look younger.

anonymous asked:

I assume a lot of people like stevonnie and I'm kinda for them too but I also think "that doesn't look like 2 children mashed up together, that looks like when a person tries to age up a child to excuse making sexual art of them".

yeah stevonnie is incredibly sexualized it makes me very very uncomfortable


When Joan Crawford showed up [for the first session in 1956] with her daughter Christina and two tiny poodles, she was very drunk. Walking up to Eve, Crawford kissed her on the mouth — the two had never met — took off all her clothes, and demanded that Eve photograph her nude. At this point in her career, Crawford was aging and fearful of losing her place in Hollywood to younger, fresher talent. She seemed desperate to show that she still had the body she had displayed when she started out and (although she tried to bury the fact) appeared in “blue movies”, soft-porn films.

Eve was caught in a dilemma. Crawford kept insisting on the nude shots, but even though she was slim and good-looking for a fifty-year-old woman, she was still undeniably a fifty-year old woman. Eve knew that the pictures would not please her. <…> While Eve might make a great deal of money by releasing the pictures, she would never recover from the damage such an exploitative act would do to her reputation. In the end, Eve capitulated, but instead of sending out the slides, she gave them to Crawford in a yellow plastic box over lunch a few days later. — From the book Magnum Legacy: Eve Arnold

Joan Crawford photographed by Eve Arnold, 1959.


morrigan, forever in my heart

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anonymous asked:

They tried to make lin look like he wasn't about to keel over from exhaustion, but honestly? That's so relatable. It's iconic. He's known for his deep eye bags that say 'I haven't slept since 1980'. If you look at pictures from him wayy back when the eye bags are already there- they've been there forever. It's not a sign of him aging or anything (because he looks like a fresh-faced child when he shaves) it's just WHO he is. How dare they. He still looked pretty and I cried.. But HOW DARE THEY.

This is easily the most passionate defense of the eye bags that I’ve ever heard in my life and I think it should be forwarded to the people responsible for his makeup on all future projects.

Also “he still looked pretty and I cried” is a very succinct description of this blog’s content.

anonymous asked:

hc for when nishinoya finds out that his s/o is pretty clumsy and he's just like "she's so cute i cANT" and he becomes her guardian

Thanks for sending in the request! Sorry I haven’t been able to get to it, I’ve been busy doing nothing (what the fuck is this).

Disclaimer: I don’t own Haikyuu or the characters.

Pairings: Nishinoya x Reader

Warnings: None

  • (S/O) is shorter than him (his height is actually average for his age group, so this is normal)
  • (S/O) trips over everything
  • Makes everything look cute
  • Trips over the heels she tries to pull off
  • It actually never works
  • He once saw his (S/O) trip and almost get hit in the face by Kageyama
  • Decided to “rolling thunder” his was to his (S/O)
  • Protects her from everything
  • He actually jumps pretty high so he jumps to get stuff off of a high shelf
  • Once broke a shelf
  • Once broke the roof
  • Very strong
  • Loves to gives piggyback rides
  • Loves carrying his (S/O) princess style
  • Protect this dork too

I don’t know what this is. I’m sorry for the crap quality.

-Admin Ella