we are the stars it is us

EULOGY FOR AMERICA

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to say our goodbyes to our dear friend America, who died recently after a brief, intense battle with fascism and a long, slow battle with carbs. Thank you all for coming out to help say farewell. It’s not easy. But at least America died doing what it loved most: deep-frying Halloween candy while white men tried to explain to women what jazz is.

America was sick for a really long time. In the early stages, I think we were all in denial. You could tell that America was unwell—public displays of brutality, deeply internalized prejudice, “Entourage”—but it seemed curable. Just a case of plain old electile dysfunction. We thought that we’d caught the fascism early, but, as we now know, it had metastasized. America was more Florida than country by the end.

America was born right here, in America, and lived here its entire life. America was always about family. It is survived by its similarly ill father, Britain, and its large brood of children: baseball, Google, fireworks, losing your fingers to fireworks, giving your Uber driver only four stars because he talked to you, thinking granola is healthy, Chicago (the place), “Chicago” (the musical), “Chicago” (the movie adaptation of the musical), Chicago (the band), “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Justice,” “Chicago ‘Chicago’ ” (a show about the Chicago production of the musical “Chicago,” coming to NBC this fall), and a bunch of wars.

I’d personally be nowhere without America. America was there when I was born, when I got married, when I saw Janet Jackson’s nipple at the Super Bowl. Remember that? After that happened, none of us slept for days, because we had never seen the pointy part of a boob on our TVs before, and it really upset us. America was really cool that way. It would always get mad when you’d see the pointy part of a boob on a TV. I’m gonna miss that.

However, we should not dwell on the loss of our dear country, friend, and place where all the Cheesecake Factories and Lids stores are. Today, let’s celebrate America’s life, and remember all of the remarkable things it accomplished and how many actors playing Spider-Man who keep getting cuter and younger were inside of it. America gave us so much. And, boy, did it look good for its age. America was two hundred and forty-one years old when it died, but it didn’t look a day over a hundred and sixty-four! It looked so young, it could’ve been the very same America that put its own citizens in internment camps!

America got a bunch of things really right. Mostly how to put food inside other food. Anyone can just eat a chicken. But in a duck?! In a turkey?! In a gun?! No one is going to forget the Turduckenun any time soon. America was so inventive that way. And, I mean, everyone does silly stuff when they’re young. America was beautiful, too. Sure, it was a little lumpy, and you could always see its Florida through its pants, but it just got hotter with age. So hot. It was so, so hot by the time it died. Almost too hot to live in.

If there’s anything we should take away from this tragedy, it’s that you should always check yourself for fascism, especially around your midsection. It’s easy enough to do in the shower. If you catch it early, it can be cleared up with a rigorous regimen of local elections and books and yoga. But America was cocky. Nothing bad had ever happened to it before! It assumed this fascism would pass, just like the Second World War and “Entourage” had.

What a shame. America was just the best damn country in the whole U.S.A. I’m sorry that I’m getting choked up. I get really emotional when I think of America, and also I took too big of a bite of Turduckenun and it got lodged in my windpipe. We will all miss America greatly. Every time I see an American flag or a gun, I’ll think of America. But we can all rest easy knowing America is in a better place now: Russia.

When you think about the 16 years America has been fighting in Afghanistan, “funny” probably isn’t a word that comes to mind. So, at first blush, the new dark comedy War Machine feels a bit risky. It stars Brad Pitt as a revered but semi-clueless four-star general who’s appointed to oversee the entire war effort in Afghanistan.

Pitt says the film uses comedy to lure viewers in, then it shows them some harsh realities. “I would say our film is funny until it’s not; until the dial is turned to a more serious tone, till we get to the real repercussions for the troops, who are actually having to follow these orders.”

War Machine was directed by Australian filmmaker David Michôd. He says if there are scenes that seem insensitive, well, there’s a legacy there. “America, as we know, has a long and rich history of war comedy — you know, [Dr.] Strangelove, M*A*S*H and Catch-22 and … even Stripes.”

‘Our Film Is Funny Until It’s Not’: Brad Pitt On The Darkly Comic 'War Machine’

Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix

Stuff I Did At Comic Con

- Got a lot of stares on the train there (as expected) but even more so this time because I was dressed as a drunk figure skater

- Literally had to stand around holding @soapandsofas‘s phone all day taking pictures while she had a fucking meltdown over every Star Wars cosplayer she saw

- Saw at least 10 different Yurio cosplayers

- Spent ten minutes trying to build up enough courage to ask a very lovely Viktor cosplayer for a selfie

- Was attempting to put my glasses back on when I received a poke in the shoulder from previously mentioned convention partner and looked up to see an amazing Viktor and Yurio walking past us and bent over dying for a few seconds after having a thousand heart attacks at once

- Saw the Heathers casually walking along the path performing Candy Store as we were leaving

- Witnessed the guy who films the incredibly dramatic video of all the cosplayers that they use to advertise the convention as he was filming this girl and the way he was just running around her in a circle dramatically zooming the camera in and out was so fucking funny to me and I couldn’t stop laughing

- Bought a Yurio keychain, an absolutely gorgeous print of Viktor, some Victuuri stickers and a second plush alpaca who I named Felipe

- Had a fucking awesome day and I can’t wait until next time

space and time are only other battles
only the new challenge 
we must face in the pursuit of loving each other


darling, we’ve already fought fate
we’ve already torn down mountains 
and raised a generation 


we’ve already battled myths
we’ve already rewritten the legends
in our quest to save each other


so who’s trying to say that I won’t see you again?
the universe? the stars? logic? reason? fate?
we already we know that when it comes to us
the course of the constellations shift at our command


so yes, I’ll look at where I know you are
I’ll have hope that ignites the beating of your heart in my chest
and every single day I live without you
I’ll let your echoes guide me home

—  Together by Abby S
Half-man, half-machine

(The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth)

When I first read this fragment, it stroke me as a powerful explanation on why Anakin lost a small amount of his connection to the Force despite losing a substantial amount of his organic body.

As we know from Yoda’s words in The Empire Strikes Back movie, the Force surrounds all living beings and that you have to be organic to feel it (as Jedi Master Shryne notes, Vader has to be a living being to use the Force (Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader novel). The Jedi cannot feel droids (The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth novel), and this is another solid idea given in the novel that explains why the droid army was used to fight the Jedi during the Clone Wars (yes, because the war was orchestrated by Palaptine from the both sides and its ultimate goal was to destroy the Jedi). One must assume that this is because the Force does not flow through non-organic things.

But in case of Anakin Skywalker it might not be true. As Ahsoka observes, Anakin really loves machines, “like they are actual living beings” (the Clone Wars: Wild Space novel).  It is heavily implied that he can connect with machines the same way the other Jedi connect with animals.

When Anakin got his arm cut off, some Jedi believed that he lost part of his humanity (Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary), but none of his connection to the Force. He began to be at ease with his prosthetic arm much quicker than you expect the person who lost his limb to be. Due to his talent to meld into one with machines he might still feel his artificial arm as his natural one (“only the right one felt natural to him - though it, too, was artificial”, Vader complains about his suit in Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader novel). I cannot remember where it came from, but Anakin once expresses the idea that if prosthetic limb allowed feelings and did not look that scary, he would have gladly let Dooku cut off his other limb as it is much superior to organic one.

After burning on Mustafar Vader lost a substantial amount of his flesh and a substantial amount of his powers – but not to extent you expect him to. After 4 weeks of depression and whining over uncomfortable suit and lost powers (this is for real, read Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader novel), Vader regained enough power to stand his ground against Jedi Masters, adjusting his fighting style to his partly artificial body. Strangely, his connection to the Force remained as strong as ever. I once mentioned in reference to Marvel’s Darth Vader comic series that Vader tends to rely on Force much more than Anakin (who preferred to rely more on his physical abilities).

Vader might not reach his full potential due to his injuries, but you cannot say that he is weaker than Anakin.

Delay Apologies

We want to apologize for the delay in releasing new items. We’ve had plans to release several sets in May, however since no one responded to our request for beta testers, we’re having to do all the testing ourselves and this takes time for complicated sets. We want to make sure that we work out as many issues as possible before releasing them for download.

It’s a bit frustrating as this puts us behind on our schedule. While our Patreon subscribers do get first access to sets and often do participate in beta tests, this is not required or expected. We still need a few reliable people with some extra time that would be willing to run tests. Really, just 30 minutes to an hour of playtime would be extremely useful in providing feedback on a new item/set.

Until we have some more volunteers, we will continue to work and do the testing ourselves. We’re not going to release anything until we feel fairly satisfied that we’ve achieved a certain level of quality. So, thank you for your patience and continued support while we attempt to get some sets completed.

@SheaCathleen.@thatgracemclean &Amber Gray - a genuine THANKS to both - beautiful SOULS! Been 1 wk since the show and we are STILL flying with the stars!

@thatgracemclean: @SheaCathleen Thank you for hanging with us, we love your family!!

yukinojo14  asked:

Thought you could use a break from the terfs; I work at a hospital and every time there's a birth we play twinkle twinkle little star over intercom for the whole hospital. I think it's really cute.

That is super sweet! That would make me smile if I worked there.
-V

good things. i got another scholarship somehow, i cried cos i was so proud of my friends, i’ve started reading flowers in the attic and i love it, erik and i went shopping for fruits and sweets together, andre and i made a huge pot of curry and went on a run on the edge of a thunderstorm, sylv brought me cinnamon from sri lanka, people came over and drank rosé in my room and someone put on a 2000s bops playlist and we danced a lot a lot, i lay on the roof looking at the stars with the best of the best talking and singing inside, liam came over after midnight and i laughed so hard with him, i know i’m with the right people, someone loves me (well someone loves us all), i don’t know if i want to play this game but i think i will anyway. this time is very good to me

Sunshine,

Lying in the back of that truck on your chest laughing and looking at the stars… my hand on your chest, your hand over mine. 

This is my favorite thing. 

It would have been perfect if you weren’t so adamant in telling the other people at the party that we weren’t together. 

Why are you limiting us? We could be so much more. 

Reach for the moon, Sunshine, and even if you fall, you’ll land in the same stars that we shared over quiet giggles and whispers.

Fall like the stars we saw. I’ll catch you.

Bet on it.

Your Rainy Day

How To Create A Fictional World

We are all familiar with some very famous fictional worlds, think Middle Earth, Hogwarts, even Star Wars – these are fictional places that were made real, tangible, and believable based on the author’s ability to convince us of these realities. But how does a writer do this? Fictional worlds operate within a spectrum of physical and societal rules, making them believable and worth exploring. Authors create maps, lineage of language, even alternate universes and readers come to understand the confines of this world.

A good writer will consider how to create this world by employing logic and emotion, harnessing the power of our own imaginations in a way that allows us to engage and “live” in this fictional worlds. In this video, writer Kate Messner shares her own methods for creating a fictional world: she begins by establishing place and time, drawing out a timeline of history, past, present, and future to help ground events. She considers the day-to-day life of her world, the weather, food, relationships, and technology that is a part of the lives of her characters. Finally, she allows those characters to live in that world, and explores the conflicts that will emerge.

Creating a fictional world that is believable and relatable is part of the reason why the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling have enjoyed such success; their worlds and characters are based in a tangible reality, and we as the audience are also willing to suspend our disbelief and engage in that world. How do you create your fictional world?

anonymous asked:

I've seen posts about how disney should remake the prequels and i'm honestly terrified...! also it's funny how people are always so quick to criticize the prequels or tell us how star wars had to be 'saved' from george lucas and i'm??? But if someone says a negative word about disney and the sequel trilogy, the new fans start immediately crying. however, the prequel trilogy fans have to take bullshit all the time and we're not allowed to complain...

yeah, me too. honestly i don’t get the whole “disney saving star wars from george lucas” thing at all. i mean, he’s the creator of this universe, how do you need to save his own creation from him?? anyway, that’s so true. the pt fans are usually kinda forced to admit that the prequels are “bad” and, at the same time, no negativity about the st is allowed lol. the star wars fandom just becomes more and more toxic every day and it’s awful.

storytime. so once i was in spanish class, and we had a quiz, which is called a prueba. before the quiz the teacher was reviewing some stuff, and she informed us that “try” also means prueba, hence a quiz=a try or whatever. this was on may fourth, and i obviously didn’t want to take the quiz, so i said, “hey it’s star wars day, do or do not there is no prueba, so no quiz” and it was the greatest moment of my entire life in spanish class up to that point. nobody heard me say it. 

Based off of clarifications on Twitter, the only conclusion I can really come to at this point is that there’s no romance at all in TLJ, central or no.

1. In the article, Rian says there’s no central-to-the-plot romance, and he brings up HanLeia as an example.

2. When asked to clarify on Twitter, he says he sees HanLeia as central to the plot of ESB (which, while many people love their romance, isn’t a generally agreed upon opinion) and insists his statement was pretty straightforward.

3. This morning, he says there’s no HanLeia-esque romance going on.

I don’t know, that just…doesn’t feel like he’s saying, “Well there is romance, but it isn’t like Han and Leia’s!” It feels like he brought up HL as an example, since their romance is the most popular in Star Wars, and then told us we’re not going to see that sort of thing here again, AKA no romance at all. Not in this movie, anyway. Although I’m not sure if they can successfully pull a romance together at the last minute in IX if there’s going to be no romantic development going on in TLJ. 

anonymous asked:

Candy out here slayin on red carpets while G acting like a hermit or recluse like he ain't suppose to be the star of the show😂😊. Well forget it let C get all the recognition, she deserves it.

Not to be mean or anything or sound condescending, but like.. can we not make comparisons? LOL, I just mean that we can talk about how amazing Candice looked, without bringing up Grant. But yes she did look amazing, and deserves all the recognition! It was such a surprised that she went for us. 

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A song for the lost and dark
Idk what to call it

(( @lekawaiimelon @umbreon-and-chocolate4life so I wrote a thing… and tried to sing it. Please note that I cannot sing and my swollen mouth did not help at all. Also I couldn’t get it to upload to tumblr so I put it on YouTube first, like a dork.))


Heartbeat, racing and pounding
Fighting against a ribcage
Sweat slick palms and dewy temples

Can’t breath, burning empty lungs
Trembling. Fire-y tears down a scared face
Wondering, if we’ll ever be okay

We’re seeking a place
Where we can feel safe
An escape
From the deathly thoughts
In our heads


Screaming. Reaching out
We’re needing
Something
Or
Someone
To see us


Starring at an empty ceiling
So still, now we’re barely breathing
Exhaustion, leadens every bone
Receding, fading from a life that we don’t know

We’re saying goodbye, to what we don’t know