under the bushel

All the Doctors, out of ten

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I’ve decided to provide to you the absolutely definitive system of numbering the Doctors, score them out of ten and provide key strengths and weaknesses. I do this for you, because I love you. Although not affiliated with the BBC, I’m quietly confident that they’ll be sticking to my list as canon going forwards. So here we go.

1.00 Grandpa Danger

Mariocki-o-meter: 10/10 - the original design, a classic. Curious, reflective, a learner.

Strengths: Can kill a man with a rock.

Weaknesses: Will kill again.

1.01 Grandpa Filtch

Mariocki-o-meter: 7/10 - imitation is the sincerest form of flattery..

Strengths: Now in HD!

Weaknesses: Time-travelling immortal now stuck in the 1960s.

1.5 Doc Hollywood

Mariocki-o-meter: 8/10 - six foot none, and tons of fun.

Strengths: Now in glorious technicolor!

Weaknesses: Highly confused, claims to have invented the TARDIS in his back garden.

1.83 Uncle Grumpy

Mariocki-o-meter: 6/10 - tired and confused (relatable).

Strengths: Sass master.

Weaknesses: It’s the hair.

2 Giddy Aunt

Mariocki-o-meter: 10/10 - fun time trickster, hiding genius under a bushel.

Strengths: Highly flexible, loyal, jowls for days.

Weaknesses: Easily spooked, a worrier

3 Karate Aesthetic

Mariocki-o-meter: 10/10 - so extra it hurts, gadget mad petrol-head.

Strengths: Good in high speed pursuits, master of self defence, charmer of royal beasts.

Weaknesses: Best friend is also worst enemy, terrible at spotting disguises.

4.00 Big Billy Bass

Mariocki-o-meter: 10/10 - genuine alien, toothy maniac, scarf owner.

Strengths: Fierce moralist with a sense of fun.

Weaknesses: Accumulates companions with age, possibly Too Mad.

4.5 Waxy Boy

Mariocki-o-meter: 5/10 - strong, silent type.

Strengths: Subtle, dependable, turns up for work.

Weaknesses: Can’t handle the heat.

4.8¹ Crusty

Mariocki-o-meter: 8/10 - waltzes straight out of a Renaissance nightmare and into canon, with barely a “Wait, what?”.

Strengths: Knows how to make a killer entrance and exit, makes for an original cosplay.

Weaknesses: Hard to read - not very expressive. Needs to exfoliate, like, yesterday.

5 Tired Space Step Dad

Mariocki-o-meter: 9/10 - picks up strays, prone to Drama.

Strengths: Youthful energy balanced by maturity and wisdom.

Weaknesses: Didn’t notice one of his strays was trying to kill him, forgot he owned a Robot Pal.

That was part one, stay tuned for part two of the only Doctor Who ranking system that Stephen Moffat never described as “single handedly the greatest thing ever done by anyone, ever”.

anonymous asked:

Could you talk about the personality of Alexander Hamilton? I mean, it's pretty unruly with all the versions of him

“Always neat and careful about his appearance … Hamilton was one of those rare individuals who, even before he said a word, conveyed a sense of courage, intelligence, and quick-wittedness. Once he did speak, he struck listeners as well educated, self-assured, and confident, a force to be reckoned with, an officer capable of learning.

… Hamilton was anxious. He never doubts his intellect or bravery, and he knew that he was ambitious, but he was the first to admit that he was also vain and immodest. Hamilton worried too that he lacked some of the happier traits that ‘embellish human nature.’ 

… ready displays of energy, intelligence, industry, loyalty, zeal, and a bright, uplifting manner… Hamilton had a facility for attracting notice and favorable judgments.”

- Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged A Nation, John Ferling

“Charming and loquacious, and possessed of the gift of wit, he often was the dominant force at the table, winning over slight acquittances and total strangers.”

- Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged A Nation, John Ferling

“… sensible, genteel, polite.”

- Wife of a calvary officer, visitor at Valley Force. 

“[He was convinced of Hamilton’s affability and good humor, akin to] a bright gleam of sunshine, ever glowing brighter as the general darkness thickened.”

- General Nathanael Greene

“A French envoy who visited the army in 1779 thought Hamilton not just ‘pleasant’ but also more industrious and conscientious than his cohorts. ‘If courage assiduity, and penetration, mingled with a few traces of ambition can raise a man above his equality, in a nascent republic, some day you will hear of him.”

- Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged A Nation, John Ferling

“… Hamilton did not hide his intellectual lights under a bushel. At a time when politicians were opposed to be self-effacing, Hamilton was openly ambitious … Hamilton [was] charming, urbane and debonair … he was a systematic thinker … “

- Washington, Ron Chernow

“Even in a fury, Hamilton was never shy about the most baroque expressions.”

- War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned The Nation, John Sedgwick

“… [Hamilton was] a singular character [of] acute understanding [a man who had been disinterested, honest, and honorable.]”

- Thomas Jefferson 

WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT

SALT: ❥❥❥❥❥
If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.

LIGHT: ❥❥❥❥❥
Can you hide a city that is sitting on top of a mountain? Its light at night can be seen for miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. We hide our light by:
(1) being quiet when we should speak,
(2) going along with the crowd,
(3) denying the light,
(4) letting sin dim our light,
(5) not explaining our light to others, or
(6) ignoring the needs of others.

Be a beacon of truth—don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 KJV

I would open my heart and carry it in my hand so that others may know also; for there is no deeper desire than the desire of being revealed. We all want that little light in us to be taken from under the bushel.
—  Kahlil Gibran in his letter to Mary Elizabeth Haskell dated 11 Nov 1911, Beloved Prophet: The Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell, and Her Private Journal
Meant to be

Hold it in, they tell me
Not knowing that I can’t do that
can’t be that
I wasn’t made to just
push everything down inside
I am of the stars
Exploding in a blaze
of glory and destruction
See me burn, so bright
I light your day
and fill up your night
Put your light
under a bushel
My light is to be flung
across the universe
My song is meant
to be sung
Both a blessing
and a curse

13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
- Matthew 5:13-16

  • Justin: Um, Roman Mars says that if there's a revolving door and you use the one next to it that isn't revolving then you're a monster. 'Cause they're so efficient and great.
  • Griffin: Can I, um, can I ask you a question Justin? I've been meaning to ask you this for a while.
  • Justin: Uh-huh?
  • Griffin: Why don't you just go do a podcast with Roman Mars?
  • Justin: Um. If he would have me I would love to, to get over there. I have a lot of good ideas for like, not like this show, but like, for his show like Smart Stuff, you know what I mean? Like, real thinkers. Not like - I can't stress this enough - not like THIS show, but like, smart, erudite podcasting. That's, I feel like, my true calling and. I really feel like my light's under a bushel.
  • Travis: Justin, do you wanna do like a weird backdoor for pilot for Smart Stuff with Justin and Roman right now, and just like, give us a topic you might discuss on Smart Stuff?
  • Justin: Yeah, I'll give you an example and this would be like co-hosted by me and Roman, okay? So I'll kinda leave blanks for his-
  • Griffin: I'll do- No, I can do Roman.
  • Justin: No, I'm just gonna leave blanks for his parts, okay?
  • Griffin: You don't even wanna hear my Roman?
  • Justin: No! You can try later.
  • ...
  • Justin: Remember it's like an erudite, kinda smart podcast.
  • Griffin: Yeah, yeah, like a podcast where you know the host knows the word erudite.
Anonymous Creativity

Have you ever thought about it? We want to be famous as a writer, as a poet, as a painter, as a politician, as a singer, or what you will. Why? Because we really don’t love what we are doing. If you loved to sing, or to paint, or to write poems, if you really loved it you would not be concerned with whether you are famous or not. To want to be famous is tawdry, trivial, stupid, it has no meaning; but, because we don’t love what we are doing, we want to enrich ourselves with fame. Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.
You know, it is good to hide your brilliance under a bushel, to be anonymous, to love what you are doing and not to show off. It is good to be kind without a name. That does not make you famous, it does not cause your photograph to appear in the newspapers. Politicians do not come to your door. You are just a creative human being living anonymously, and in that there is richness and great beauty.

- Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

There are no titles
for all of these collections
of words
more of a conversation
with you
picked up and
put down
endlessly
over months
whatever I cannot find
the courage to pull out of me
like some secret
I wear under my clothes
hidden
out in the open
for everyone to read
and examine like
curious specimens in a lab
and I know you
may not read this
but I am writing to you
anyway
I am building these phrases
as if they meant anything
to anyone
other than me
as if they were stars
falling to earth
when I know
they are candles
burning low
under a bushel

nytimes.com
Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Is Granted a New Trial
A Maryland appeals court affirmed a ruling that Mr. Syed, who is serving a life sentence, should get a new trial. His case was the subject of the popular podcast’s first season.
By Liam Stack


Oh wow Adnan is getting a new trial?

*looks for cable package that has Court TV or TruTV or whatever they’re calling themselves, I’m just trynna watch the proceedings*

ALSO:

I just realized he looks EXTRA-Muslim right now and I hope he’s okay with with a shave and a professional (read: comfortable for whites) haircut. I’m sure Allah will understand if he hides his light under a bushel for a few months or whatever so he can get a fair trial….

anonymous asked:

My heart hurts for Col. Brandon when Marianne is so dismissive of him like for no other Austen hero ever. I get that she felt he was too old and hadn't yet realized that he is the brave, secretly passionate romantci she's been yearning for, so I'm not saying I blame her exactly, but there's a part of me that aches for Brandon and wants him to find someone who loves and appreciates him fully

I think the 1995 adaptation did a good job of showing Marianne and the Colonel getting along at first, before Mrs. Jennings’ vulgar interference and too-broad hints make Marianne resentful and disgusted by any seeming attempt to manipulate her feelings or pressure her into something she is just not ready for. Whatever good opinion she might have initially formed of Colonel Brandon becomes irrelevant once his company begins to feel like it is being forced upon her, and that’s a very natural reaction for many people. Few phrases can be so off-putting in a shaky new acquaintance than “you two should date! (Or in this case get married.) Just give them a chance!” Slow down, Mrs. Jennings.

Anyone who’s ever felt the pain of unrequited longing can identify, to some degree, with Colonel Brandon’s awkward position. He can be a difficult man to get to know, however, and his habits have made him closed-off, particularly to any woman he may wish to get to know romantically. In feeling he would never love again after Eliza’s death, he must have taken pains over the years to cultivate manners which would not offend, but would also not invite any woman to get her hopes up, in regards to him. (As Mrs. Jennings reminds us, he is quite eligible, and, in something of a delusion, once thought her daughter Charlotte would have been a good match for him.) Set in a spin by the suddenness of his feelings for Marianne, he can be in no position to easily begin recommending himself to her, and his gentler, slower ways are almost immediately blotted out by Willoughby’s youth and energy.

I’m not saying the Colonel should have made his move faster, but it’s not just that he needs to sit around waiting to be discovered, it’s that he’s likely dug something of a hole for himself over a long period of time and the stars just aren’t aligned in his favour for him to make a deep impression on Marianne at the beginning. Fortunately for him, his time does come, and his faithful ways make good…but longing from a distance without doing anything about it was never going to get him anywhere. Only once he is able to prove his love by actions taken on Marianne’s behalf can he begin to win her.

He’s always been worthy, yes, but he’s hid his light under a bushel, so to speak.

What I’m saying is, let it shine, show people you love them when you have the chance. It can be hard and scary but at least you won’t wonder what if!

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)

Younger post-ep ramble 5x12

Ok, we made it, we’re here. Now proudly donning my ‘I survived Younger Season 5’ commemorative t-shirt, there were moments in the lead up when I thought the anticipation for ‘Lizability’ might actually be the end of me. But nope, managed to survive that and then, miraculously, survive the finale itself (though there were a couple of parts that had me teetering, can you say FOUNTAIN SCENE). As always, I have many thoughts and feelings, all of which I will lay out in this final episode ramble for the season. So switch out your night driving glasses for your reading ones, there is a lot to unpack.

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.“
- Matthew 5:14-16

Mistake Fish From the Hell Dimension (The Knife is for Scale), gouache, 2017

File painting under “things I’ve been hiding under a bushel”. By “hiding under a bushel” i mean “my neurodivergent ass hasnt been able to paint or draw consistently in years and also hated everything i made”. 

The fish is an escolar. The fish itself isn’t a mistake, but the act of someone pulling this horrible looking death messenger out of the ocean and:

1) Deciding, “I should eat this” rather than “I should put it back immediately”
2) Shitting themselves with the explosive steatorrhea this fish induces
3) CONTINUING TO EAT IT, BECAUSE PEOPLE STILL EAT IT

Also my mom and all her sisters are allergic to it (on top of the above side effects, it breaks them out in hives), which means there is a nontrivial chance i am also allergic to it

Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody. Along with this has grown an inordinate worship of bigness. We live in an age of “jumboism” where men find security in that which is large and extensive–big cities, big buildings, big corporations. This worship of size has caused many to fear being identified with a minority idea. Not a few men, who cherish lofty and noble ideals, hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different. Many sincere white people in the South privately oppose segregation and discrimination, but they are apprehensive lest they be publicly condemned. Millions of citizens are deeply disturbed that the military-industrial complex too often shapes national policy, but they do not want to be considered unpatriotic. Countless loyal Americans honestly feel that a word body such as the United Nations should include  even Red China, but they fear being called Communist sympathizers. A legion of thoughtful persons recognizes that traditional capitalism must continually undergo change if our great national wealth is to be more equitably distributed, but they are afraid their criticisms will make them seem un-American. Numerous decent, wholesome young persons permit themselves to become involved in unwholesome pursuits which they do not personally condone or even enjoy, because they are ashamed to say no when the gang says yes. How few people have the audacity to express publicly their convictions, and how many have allowed themselves to be “astronomically intimidated”!
— 

Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Transformed Nonconformist” (Strength to Love pp. 12-3)

“How few people have the audacity to express publicly their convictions, and how many have allowed themselves to be “astronomically intimidated”!” 

This really strikes home right now. 

anonymous asked:

Top 5 amber benson quotes

she’s REALLY SMART okay guys?!

“I work in an industry where what you weigh is more important than whether you completed high school or not. I am what I am. I’ve got boobs, and I’m proud of them. I can’t imagine living my life in such a way that I couldn’t eat french fries or peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.”

“We got of lot of letters. There were a lot of young people who felt very isolated and to see two characters on a television show be accepted by a group of peers changed the game. We were saying, if you find somebody to love, you’re just lucky. It doesn’t matter the gender, the sex, the whatever. If you find somebody who gets you and you get them, you are so lucky.”

“We were all up in arms about it. We can’t kiss, all this stuff we’re not allowed to do. And it was interesting… one of the guys on the crew was gay and he said, “Look, I know you guys have a kind of anger that you can’t embrace that aspect of the relationship, but what is important here is that you guys are making it okay. You are saying that this is okay. This is normal. You’re putting it out into the mainstream. The relationship is so special, and the way you treat each other. That is what is important. You are making inroads into the normal populace and they see it’s okay that these two women are in love and the more that that’s out there, the more that it’s going to be accepted.”  He said what we were doing was going to have an impact ten years down the road.  “It’s not about making out, even though you would like that. But you have to understand that what you are doing is making social commentary.” And that made me feel a lot better even though I still felt that it was wrong; that it wasn’t fair.”

“I always knew that I wanted to make stuff. I love acting, acting is wonderful, but it is very much the kind of career path where you are not in control of your own destiny. You are waiting for other people to give you work. I can’t do that. I like to be occupied. I was like, being an actor’s not going to be enough. I’m going to be sitting around on sets, bored. I’m going to read a lot of books, which I do anyways, so maybe I should be making my own stuff. I should be writing and creating and so that was why I was drawn to hanging out with the writers and producers, because they were doing what I wanted to be doing. I always said that, when I grow up, I want to be like Joss Whedon: I want to have my own world. It’s fascinating to create your own world and be God. Sounds like I have a bit of a God complex. Little narcissistic, little dictatorial Amber Benson.”

“It’s interesting when you look back over your work as an artist, and you’re like, “Oh, there is some stuff I am working out. There is some stuff that I have not dealt with yet, that my therapist and I need to go back over because I am obviously still trying to work it out.” Something I realized with the Death’s Daughter stuff and with this book is that idea of the prodigal child, coming back and accepting who you are. That is something—and it’s something that I’ve dealt with in therapy, too, this idea of owning who you are. For me, I’ve always been about being very humble. I don’t want anyone to think that I think I’m better than them or that I don’t think we’re equal or something in this world. And it was this revelation, going through the writing of this stuff and in therapy, this idea that I don’t have to make myself feel small to make other people feel better. I can be who I am and own who I am, and if someone has a problem with that, that’s their problem. Even though it’s that female thing of, “I don’t want anyone to think that I’m”—it’s weird, and I see it in the books. I’m trying really hard to own it about myself—at 38!—to own who I am and not hide my light under a bushel.”

“Boy, I’d never want for company if I liked the ladies. I always have pretty girls bemoaning the fact I’m not gay.”

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