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Sunday has been leaving anonymous messages in your mailbox. Things like, “ Hey, how are you?” And, “It’s been a while, let’s meet and catch up!” And “Your curtains don’t exactly complement your living room, have you thought about new ones?” Or more recently, “Maybe talk to someone about your night terrors, they really seem to be interfering with your regular sleep schedule, and make you restless.”

Spring Forward Into Another Dimension Day

At 2pm, all citizens are required to report to Mission Grove Park with their dimensional rifts (which you better have been warming up since Wednesday), and we’re going to push them all together and hopefully fling our wonderful little town into a new dimension.

I’m sure someone much smarter than me has already pointed this out, but just in case, did anyone notice what the faceless old woman said? And what it’s connected to?

She said, “I’ve uncovered many secrets, Chad. Do not think you are going to be able to keep anything from me. I know what it is behind the old VHS copy of ‘Cliffhanger’ in your media center. I know about the way you talk to your horse figurines…yes, I know about the horse figurines. But what about the amulet you’ve hid in the bag of lettuce deep in your fridge?”

And now, the kicker, what’s weird is that I had relistened to Episode 4, PTA Meeting today, and does anyone remember this?

“City council has asked me to read the following message. If you notice strange auras around any of the following objects in your house: blender, shower head, dog, husband, wife, table, chair, doorknob, baseboard, vacation souvenirs or photos, collectibles of any kind, especially those depicting or involving horses, DVDs, especially Cliffhanger, There’s Something About Mary, and The Wire 4th season, and any bagged lettuce from California or Mexico, please, report to the council for indefinite detention.”

Anything catching your eye? No idea what any of this could mean, but it means something.

Tamika appointed herself a member of the city council and told them hooded weirdos if they had a problem with it they can meet her in these streets cuz.

But for real Tamika saying how she earned a place in Night Vale’s hierarchy is valid considering all the time she’s saved that town. Plus she’s the strongest force of nature in that town considering everyone fears librarians and she’s killed one and fought off others so whose gonna argue with her? She’s the blood knight of Night Vale.

Good for Tamika standing up taking her place and also it was great hearing Symphony Sanders.

Sidenote: It’s okay to be afraid of Tamika Cecil, you’d be a fool not too.

B L A C K  M I R R O R

Black Mirror released on Friday.  I’ve only watched Nosedive.  But I’m here to say: what the actual fuck you guys.  This show deals with suicide, society, binge eating, mind fucking realities, and the horrors of humanity.

And all I see is Season 3 Episode 4?  Like, are you fucking kidding me right now?  The only thing tumblr can take away from this fucking show is two girls falling in love?  While that is fucking GREAT I really think most people are missing the whole fucking POINT of the series overall.

SEASON 1

Let’s talk about this a little bit.

Episode 1:  The National Anthem

After the kidnapping of a Royal Family Dutchess, the Prime Minister of the UK is contacted by an anonymous group, stating that the Dutchess will be put to death if he does not comply with their requests.

Well.

The request that they make is less than appetizing, of course.  The PM, attempting to retrieve the Royal Highness to safety, must have sex with a pig on national television.  Contingencies in place and all.  Appalled, the PM, naturally, does everything in his power to find the Dutchess before his date with ~destiny~ (that’s what I’ve named the Pig).

Moral of the Episode:  All government members should fuck pigs because that’s what they are.

Episode 2:  Fifteen Million Merits

Out of all the episodes, this one has stuck with me the longest.  In a future (no unlike our own) where people must cycle on exercise bikes in order to obtain Merits (which is a virtual currency), which allows the rider to customize their avatar, purchase new games, watch new shows, and most importantly skip ads, and where the only thing that matters is the information the media is feeding you, Bing struggles.

Obese and overweight people are considered second class citizens in this utopia, acting as the janitorial staff for the riders around the complex.  Inheriting Fifteen Million Merits from his recently deceased brother,  Bing, weighs his options on how to use them.  He can use his merits for his own gain and remove himself from the endless cycling of his every fucking day life–or he can use his merits and gain a much needed X-Factor pass (worth every merit he has) in order to move up as a celebrity or reality show contestant.

Then he meets her.

Moral of the Episode:  We all live in a plugged in society, where we gaze through the rose colored lens of facebook and bitcoin and all the useless bullshit that the tabloids and the media says is important.  This episode is one of the most impactful.  It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

Episode 3:  The Entire History of You

The title itself reads like Welcome To Night Vale.  In this alternate future, each person has a small little “grain” implanted in their heads for perfect recall in all things.  They can reexperience every little sensation with this “grain”.  Fall in love for the first time again.  Know what it’s like to break your hand in excruciating detail.  Remember the birth of your child as vividly as yesterday.


After a meeting goes very poorly at work, Liam attends a dinner party with his wife and a few other friends.  Upon asking how his meeting went, they all want to rewatch the whole thing (known as a re-do) to help Liam and give him advice on what he might have done wrong.  With his wife’s intervention, they don’t put his humiliation up onto the screen for everyone to see.  Instead, a girl starts talking about being brutally attacked and how she much prefers being “grain-free” now, since the assault ruined her “grain.”

Moral of the Episode:  Be careful what you wish for–memories are hell.

Season 2

Episode 1:  Be Right Back

Recently moved to the countryside, Ash, a social media addict, and his wife, Martha (UHM HAYLEY ATWELL????) seem to be living the perfect life.  Until Ash doesn’t come home one night.  Killed in a tragic accident while returning their moving van, Martha spirals deep into depression.

Well her sister convinces her to join this new social media site that allows you to talk to your dead loved ones.  It’s a computer algorithm made to mimic people based off of their social media posts.  Comforted by her husband’s face online presence, Martha slips further and further down the rabbit hole.

Moral of the Episode:  Death is hard, but what does it mean to be you?  If an algorithm can emulate you after you die, does that mean you live forever?

Episode 2:  White Bear

Waking up with no recollection of who she is or how she got in the apartment she currently occupies, Victoria wanders through a world where everyone is obsessed with simply recording her.  Confused and begging for help, Victoria is ignored by the new found voyeurism that has swept society since her suicide attempt.

When demanding for people to stop recording her, she is set upon by a strange man wearing a strange mask (embued with a weird Symbol) and fired upon with a shotgun.  Confused, Victoria must survive the assault, or die trying.

Moral of the Episode:  Don’t ask a stranger for help–mob mentality is real and society revels in spectacles and violence.  To survive you must fit in.

Episode 3:  The Waldo Moment

Jamie, a severely depressed and washed out comedian, plays the role of ever popular TV sensation, Waldo–a blue bear that interviews politicians and authority figures on TV (like a late show).  Thinking to capitalize most on Waldo, the producer decides that Waldo should run in the upcoming election against real politicians.

Hesitant to go into the world of politics, Jamie eventually agrees to this hairbrained scheme and launches his campaign of lies, slander, and backwater politics–all headed and encouraged by the producer.  What we get is a very familiar election campaign–hello Trump.

Moral of the Episode:  A bear who is completely CGI is more real than any political authoritative figure.  And people are more than willing to listen to him.  What does that say about us?  Spoon fed ideals and concepts and we take it all at face value.

In Conclusion

This show is more than just girls kissing and LGBT rights.  Stop pandering to 3x4 and instead actually watch the fucking series.  It’s important, it’s wholly mind shattering, and as a result you will find yourself looking at the world through different eyes.  Black Mirror is fucked.  It’s beautiful.  It’s horrifying.  But it’s all very real.

Do yourself a favor and challenge yourself.

I figured I’d kick off this blog by posting my only truly successful cosplay attempt. My name is Kody, I’m 25 as of this posting, and I have Spina Bifida. The story behind this photo is that some Welcome to Night Vale fans decided to put together a meet-up at DragonCon 2014 (shoutout to radakias). I decided to cosplay Cecil Palmer, and the voice actor of Cecil’s brother-in-law Steve Carlsberg, Hal Lublin (hallublin), was nice enough to join in the fun. I’ve brought this cosplay back for a couple cons since then and I think I’m bringing it back for this year’s DragonCon because, honestly, I just don’t have time to put anything else together before con.

I know my role. You come to me for escape, loyal listeners. To forget about the world, or, not to forget about it, but to hear its dangers organised. Put into a narrative framework, turned into a story that can safely end. But no matter how deeply you enter into the stories I am telling you, you can never fully escape. The world is around you. You can hear it with one of your ears right now. Listen closely. What you are hearing is not the sound of a monster, there are no spirits in that sound. No lurking or lurkers. No stalking or stalkers. Nothing hunting you. All you are hearing is the sound of the world you live in. And you can put headphones on, you can listen to my voice, but you can never fully escape that world. You are always half-there. No matter where the rest of you is. But in those sounds, in that inescapable world, there is every joy you will ever experience. Every beautiful person you will ever meet. Every wonderful surprise that will ever wonderfully startle you. It is the good and the bad. It is the sound of the world. A world that will kill you. But also a world that will allow you to live. And as you exist in this world, half-hearing my half-voice, remember: you’re alright. You are alright.
—  Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 94, All Right
Anyone in the Boston area interested in Welcome to Night Vale tickets tomorrow (4/8) night?
  • $30 each, which includes half the fees charged by the site
  • 2 or 4 tickets available
  • My roommate and her friend bought tickets but can’t go. My partner and I will be at the show, we can meet up and exchange money for goods and services there
  • Respond to this post and then send me a message if you’re interested to make sure that I get the memo because tumblr, man.

Cheers!

i find it easy to relate to kevin bc when you first meet him, he seems like the cheeriest, happiest, most positive person on the planet. then you spend a little time with him and realize he’s actually one of the most fucked up, violent people you’ve ever met.

but if you take a little more time, dig a little deeper, you find that deep, deep down he’s actually the sad, scarred, empty shell of a person. and that in all likelihood, he will never be fixed.

The best night vale fics are the ones where Carlos takes Cecil to go meet his family and they try to act all normal like theyre not from a town with glow clouds and floating cats and dragons but then Cecil screws it up at dinner bc he starts shrieking, “Is this wheat?! ARE YOU TRYING TO GET US ALL KILLED!?!” man I live for those fics 

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I like to think that Kevin ends up meeting Carlos and his troupe in the desert and they become total bros and then Kevin takes advantage of their newfound trust and friendship to be a huge jerk to Carlos’s boyfriend in another dimension.

The Night Vale Cultural Arts Commission will be holding a meeting on Wednesday. The commission will be dressed in their usual goat skin robes, hollow animal masks carved out of dark oak wood, and solid gold pendants and rings engraved with Cyrillic lettering.
The meeting will be sealed off to the public, however the most culturally savvy citizens will simply wake up inside the Commission’s boardroom. Knowing not how they got there from the safety of their beds.

Cecil really liked Janice’s biological father (who’s dead). The reason he put off meeting Steve so long was because he was afraid he’d compare the two; he’d lie and say he was busy at the station every time Steve’s name came up so he could avoid him. Turns out Cecil’s fears were unfounded because Janice’s biological dad would have NEVER endangered her by talking openly about Night Vale secrets. Steve’s an incomparable class of jerk all on his own. (You know, from Cecil’s perspective).

Ok, this comes with a little story, because when I started drawing it, I really just wanted to doodle the friendship bracelets they’re wearing. The bracelets come from a little headcanon/trash fic continuity that I will probably never write properly. So here goes.

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ON THE AIR: SIDE A - Songs that remind me of Nightvale orz

// Radioactive - Imagine Dragons // What the Water Gave Me - Florence + the Machine // Wait - M83 // Heavydirtysoul - Twenty One Pilots // Meet Me in the Woods - Lord Huron // Thousand Eyes - Of Monsters and Men // Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap // The Ground Walks with Time in a Box - Modest Mouse // Lights - Ellie Goulding // Hunger of the Pine - alt-J // Midnight City - M83 // Monster - Imagine Dragons // Kill Your Heroes - AWOLNATION // Don’t Wait Up - Robert DeLong // Feeling Good - Avicii //

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