west of absolution

I love a comically anachronistic character design as much as the next guy, but it hardly seems fair that American characters so rarely get saddled with them, and when they do, it’s always something relatively recent - like, Victorian or Old West at the absolute oldest.

So anyway, here’s my idea for a new Overwatch character:

  • His name is Fortitude Johnson
  • Wears a pilgrim hat and buckled shoes; primary weapon is a bunderbuss
  • Standard movement speed, high health, no shields or armour
  • Active special abilities all involve quick-drawing the impractically large, leatherbound King James Bible he wears in a satchel on his hip and reading a selected passage - in a thick New England accent - to inflict various AoE debuffs
  • Ultimate is giving a thunderous sermon about the End of Days, which inflicts damage over time in a large radius around him and ignores line of sight; he’s invincible while sermonising, but the rate of damage is relatively slow, so it’s avoidable simply by getting the hell away from him (unless he’s managed to corner a captive audience, of course)
  • Not a time traveler
  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: deaf west spring awakening was glorious, revolutionary, and I am shocked, no, appalled that we didn't give it the recognition it deserved. The cast was made up of many disabled people which were deaf/hard of hearing as well as a cast member who used a wheelchair. It integrated sign language throughout the entire show to bring Broadway to a whole new and wonderful audience, and it didn't just have sign language, it incorporated it and used it in a spectacularly inspired way which made for visual symbolism with the deaf and non-deaf actors and turned an already important and stunning musical into a vivid, wonderful visual experience. it was daring in ways i haven't seen before, fucking beautifully done, with sign language incorporated into the blocking, into the choreography. and it receieved only 3 Tony nominations and 0 awards? unacceptable. it is ridiculous that such an amazing show was allowed to close so soon and didn't find the success it deserved. not only is the story still so necessary, important, and deeply moving, but it was told in such an amazing new way that I can't believe the lack of response. we, as musical theatre fans, should have done better.

Don’t think about how this crossover episode could have gone if Karolsen were still established. Two healthy, interracial relationships getting paralleled. Two reporter women who are independent and strong and loving. Two men who love their girlfriends more than anything in this world or a parallel one and know that they can do anything. 

Don’t think about how it would have been Iris and James, the two human Black people in the relationships, who got to save their superhuman SOs in this episode and be the heroes this time. 

Don’t think about if James Olsen had a counterpart in Earth 1 who is also a world-renowned journalist that Iris West absolutely looks up to and is totally starstruck (even though she knows that this is a different James Olsen). Don’t think about James Olsen telling her that being a good journalist isn’t about getting the most glory or being the first to find a good story, but about making telling the truth, no matter how hard it is, and hoping that the story the facts tell can inspire everyone who reads it to do the right thing and make a difference in their own way. Don’t think about James Olsen making sure Iris knows that she is just as much a hero as the Flash, even without a superpower. 

Don’t think about James Olsen and Iris West groaning to each other about all of the stupid shit their respective partners can get into when they’re in full-on hero mode. Don’t think about them commiserating with each other about how scary it is when they put themselves in the line of fire and they can’t do anything about it, but loving them enough to never force them to choose between love of their job and love of their partner. 

Don’t think about how special and groundbreaking this episode could have been in comparison with how ugly and dumb it actually was.


Caitlin Snow Appreciation Week: Day 6 Favorite Killer Frost Moment

“Guess I just needed a little sleep. Thanks guys, I’m feeling much better now. It’s okay, you can let me out, I promise I’m not gonna hurt anybody. Hum… I guess you’re all smarter than I thought…”

camping out for twenty one pilots: a guide

hi! i’ve camped out for six of the seven twenty one pilots shows i’ve been to (ironically the one I didn’t camp out for was the last one), totaling 160 hours spent camping. for my first time camping i was twentieth in line, and for my most recent one, in new york, i was first. being first in line, it fell to me to organize the entire line for that show, so it was a good opportunity to master the practice of lining up. i’ve camped for shows in wisconsin, ohio, new york, and even for their saturday night live performance. i don’t mean to state this in a boastful way- i’ve gotten a few asks about camping out and figured i would put this experience to good use in making a guide for it. if you want to prepare for an upcoming show, or understand the line at your past show better, give it a read. i incorporated all of my experiences, my friends’ experiences, and things i’ve seen online (through an objective scope) into this guide, because no two shows have been the same, in terms of lining up. for the most part, camping comes down to luck: luck with the venue. it’s explained in detail under the readmore.

Keep reading


“call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me!”

I bet Iris and Barry have dressed up as Kim and Ron for Halloween, and I imagine that was before the characters became a couple on the show. When it happened, Iris was laughing (hesitantly) like ‘Nah, that’s just a TV show!’ while Barry was secretly hoping that it might happen to them too… 


When I completely bullshit my way through a lesson but it goes amazingly.


Check out what I’ve been working on for the past 2 1/2 weeks! Meet Mishipeshu: a water panther/dragon spirit that terrorized our players in an epic boss battle at the West of Absolution finale. He’s technically a shield made out of 100% LARP-safe cushion-foam and camping pad on a plywood base, with touches of craft foam and styrofoam for the little details. Held together with 3M spray adhesive, hot glue, and a whole lotta prayers, we used latex primer as a base, then spray painted a base coat and used black acrylic wash to get the celestial look. We couldn’t be prouder of him!

real talk though: the jedi ideology of controlling/repressing your emotions, the ideology that destroys anakin and hurts luke, is heavily based in christian stoicism. it is directly descended from augustine’s guilt over his grieving of his own mother’s death, epictetus’s flatly rational rejection of emotion and passion, and dante’s portrayal of personal relationships as only acceptable if they lead one to god.

the idea that experiencing emotion is a sign of weakness or moral depravity is a result of the belief that the bodily is inherently inferior to the spiritual. it positions the soul as the godly part of a person and the body as a distraction or a vessel for sin. enlightenment is reached when one learns to transcend the material world in death. life, by this reckoning, ought to be spent rejecting itself.

the reason the star wars franchise never addresses the flaws in this ideology, or lays blame on yoda more explicitly, is that these ideas are deeply culturally ingrained. i doubt george lucas intended to base the jedi off of aristotelian christianity, but a consequence of growing up in a christian culture, which the west absolutely is, is that you absorb christian morals whether consciously or not. when you are determining the values of your good guys, your mind automatically jumps to christianity.

yoda, in other words, is attempting to proselytize young kids. stoicism as an adult is one thing, but for a kid like anakin? it’s never going to work. anakin sees his choices as 1) stoicism, with which he is temperamentally incompatible, or 2) the dark side. this is what stoics would have you believe. 

anonymous asked:

What kind of music do you like? Would it be too much to ask for you make a "top 10 fav songs" list?

Oh yea, sure !
As it’s completely impossible to choose just 10 “all-time” fav songs, I’ll just pick up 10 awesome songs from my current playlist, how’s that ?

1 - Animal Collective - Golden Gal (<3)

2 - Elliott Smith - Angeles

3 - Life without buildings - The Leanover

4 - Tom Rosenthal - Don’t you know how busy and important I am

5 - Kanye West - All of the lights (surprised much ? seriously watch the whole video, it’s really nuts)

6 - The Raincoats - Lola (apparently it’s a cover of the Kinks ! I just found out, niceee)

7 - Clothilde - Fallait pas écraser la queue du chat

8 - Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele - Meet me in the Garden

9 - Sufjan Stevens - All Of Me Wants All Of You

10 - Allen Toussaint - Southern Nights

AAAAAND… BONUS : Yamasuki - Yama Yama (YES, it’s actually french people pretending to sing in japanese… it’s the best thing EVER)

feel free to send me music as well, i’m always up to discover new shit

Summer Intern Series: Meet Rachel Banuelos

The Bureau of Reclamation offers diverse internship opportunities for students interested in engineering, hydrology, biology, chemistry, geology, and much more. At Reclamation, we want to see college students land a job that will fulfill their interests. 

Rachel Banuelos from Watsonville, California, is completing her summer internship with Reclamation, and recently graduated from Cornell University where she studied Science of Earth Systems in the school’s College of Engineering.

She found the internship through the Hispanic Access Foundation, and her interest in conducting research with invasive species led her to an internship opportunity in Reclamation’s Detection Lab of Exotic Species.

Rachel’s favorite experiences have taken place while working in the field. She says, “I was able to visit Reclamation reservoirs and collect samples that we would later analyze. Usually we are analyzing samples that are sent to us, so it was cool to see the process of how samples are collected, and do it ourselves.”

The internship experience has taught Rachel a lot so far, and she has only been here for four weeks. She is learning about working in a lab setting, and also about the work Reclamation does in the Western United States. 

She says, “Most of my time in the lab is dedicated to detecting zebra mussels, so learning more about this invasive species, and what Reclamation is doing to combat the spread, has been very interesting.” 

Working with engineers and non-engineers has provided Rachel with a unique opportunity to collaborate with people from a variety of academic disciplines, and though the work is sometimes challenging, she appreciates the experience and plans to take these lessons with her as she moves into a career position.

Rachel is considering the pursuit of her Master’s degree in Engineering or Environmental Science, and she is also considering a career with Reclamation in the future. She says, “I like the people I work with and the atmosphere, so it would be a fun place to work.”

One of the great things about completing an internship with Reclamation is that students develop an understanding of the important role our agency plays in the West. Rachel says, “One of the major reasons [why Reclamation is important], is that Reclamation is responsible for providing water to millions of people in the West. Water is absolutely crucial, so it is vital to have Reclamation assist in storing and providing water to people.”