well rooted


Sara Lance taking over typical heterosexual endings (1x08/2x12)


so free up the cheaper seats
here comes a greek tragedy

anonymous asked:

Hey I never really got what exactly root was saying when she said if shaw would b a shape, she would be a straight line, an arrow. I don't think I got the deeper meaning behind the whole shapes conversation yet. Any thoughts on that?

This was originally a straightforward POV into how Root saw Shaw and the last message she wanted to pass on to her, and then devolved into a thorough explanation about Shaw and her evolution throughout the show…

Let me back up a little to s3. Some of you noticed my rather glaring omission of Shaw’s line “but if that job taught me anything, it’s that how you do matters as much as what you do…” (Root Path, 3x17) when I did my Top 5 Moments: Sameen Shaw post. There’s a reason for that – this line never rung very true for me. 

I don’t think the ISA taught her to care about how she did something, just what she did. Her “what” was protecting the country. That was what she focused on, and she didn’t really agonize over how they went about accomplishing that. The only reason she asked herself “how am I going to do this?” is to see if she could answer with “as efficiently as possible”. Her motivations for doing something were always driven by the “what”, but her methods of accomplishing it were driven by technical skill and getting the job done. 

On the contrary, learning to truly care about how she went about doing her job was something she learned while working with Team Machine, I think. We can see this during Death Benefit when she states – “6 months ago, I would’ve already put a bullet in that guy’s head, but now…”. While with the ISA, immediately pulling that trigger is 100% what she would’ve done to remove a perceived threat. But now she’s wondering about how she’s removing this threat, about her methods, and whether it’s the right way to go about doing things. 

But to tie this back into your actual question, there is one constant throughout her entire arc on the show – the reason why she does something. And that is a deep seated instinct to protect people. We see it when she decided to become a doctor, and when she joined the marines, and when she joined the ISA, and finally when she accepted Harold’s offer of a job that consisted of saving one number at a time. 

The common thread running through all of these different occupations is Shaw saving people. And that’s never going to change. That’s what drives her. That’s her going through 4 different jobs and doing very different things for each, but ultimately accomplishing the same goal. That’s her being a straight line, an arrow. 

Here’s the thing – Shaw does not need a redemption arc. But she did change throughout the show. She learned from her team. She grew. And through it all, she maintained her core values and motivations – to protect and save people. 


Ever seen another person’s herb garden and wanted one exactly like it? Want to buy loads of lovely herbs but don’t have the money? Or want to start a plant business don’t know where to start?

Well my friend, I have two words for you. Plant cloning. It’s natural, free and very easy to do.  

This method works best for herbs such as

  • Basil
  • Broadleaf Thyme/Cuban Oregano
  • Mint
  • Oregano

Basically, what it does is allow you to take a cutting from one plant, and grow an entirely separate plant from it. This means that you could have an endless supply of herbs - you can take 20 cuttings from a single plant, and when they’ve all grown you’ll be able to take another 20 cutting from each of those plants! 

So how do you do it? Well it’s deceptively simple. Here’s how:

1. Start with your parent plant. Due to my recent obsession with basil, that’s the herb I’ve decided to go for.

2. Take a cutting - about 4-5 inches long. Make sure you do it just below a node (the place where the leaves join the stem, just like above in the picture)

3. If possible, try and cut the stem diagonally. This gives it a greater surface area to suck up water with.

4. OK, so this is pretty much what your cutting should look like. Make sure you’ve removed at least the bottom pair of leaves, but it’s good to remove a few sets as the plant can then concentrate on growing roots. 

5. Place the cutting in some water so that the stem is comletley submerged. I found old plastic shot glasses worked great for this, but you can also use pretty bottles or cups or whatever. 

6. Make sure you’ve picked the bottom leaves off, and that the nodes are in the water. This is because the new roots are going to grow out of these nodes, so obviously they’re going to need to be in the water. 

7. Put them in a sunny place where you can keep an eye on them. Above is a picture of the babies with their mummy! After about a week, roots should have grown out of the nodes. 

8. That’s it, you’re done! Once the roots are well developed, you can plant your herbs in to pots. Keep the soil moist and the herb in a sunny place, and soon it’ll be as big as the parent plant. 

You can use this method to get free herbs - instead of buying them all, why not just take cuttings from a friend or family member’s herbs and use them for your own garden? (with their permission of course) 

Or, take a lot of cuttings like I’ve done, pot them up and sell them for a profit!

Good luck and happy planting! ^-^


POI Appreciation week // Day 5: Favourite Quotes   Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and this is just the beginning; it keeps on going, forever, without ever repeating….everything we ever say or do; all of the world’s infinite possibilities rest within this one simple circle.

anonymous asked:

aaahh you're making me want to watch black sails. what's it about?

forget what you saw. run. run while you still can.

BATTLEFIELD “Even on the darkest night I will be your sword and shield, your camouflage, and you will be mine” [ spotify ]

01. Sleeping At Last - Bad Blood | 02. Oh Land - Half Hero | 03. AWOLNATION - Sail | 04. Black Lab - This night | 05. Of Monsters And Men - Human | 06. Gemma Hayes - Wicked game (cover) | 07. Whitaker - Hurricane | 08. IAMX - Scars | 09. Svrcina - Battlefield