# what defines who we really are

A symbol in Game of Thrones and what it can mean for Jon and Daenerys.

I don’t think I will surprise you when I tell you that Game of Thrones’ makers are dedicated. This dedication for example gave us a very subtle and repeated symbol before our face for years and very few noticed it, not even saying how many went into analysing it.

What symbol am I talking about? Well actually I would use plural here, but they all go back to meaning one thing.

I’m not sure who was given the job to put those symbols in there, as they are taken from ancient art and mathematics, for example these ones:

It’s a Greek Letter Phi, which symbolies The Golden Ratio, which is shown on the right.

So it’s the same thing really, just one has a specific symbol to define it, like we could write 3,14…..or use the Pi symbol. And they reveal a hidden link between two obvious characters and foreshadows their fate.

I want to explain what those two mean before showing them used in the show. D&D obviously never directly explained any of it, but they had suggested that its meaning agrees with the mathemathical meaning. They said that “we see the creation of absolute evil, (referring to the Night King), but since we can see its creation, it isn’t really absolute”,  Golden Ratio is all about proportions, which you can see in the pic up there. It is often called the Magic Ratio or Divine Proportion. So if Night King is a part of this and represents evil and those symbols being about proportions and balance, who is the good to balance the evil in the story?

These two symbols are shown in different ways on the show.

They can use the Phi Symbol inself:

Season 1 Episode 1 with bodies that later become the wights, spread in a weird pattern, the first time we see them, we are shown this symbol right before:

Or Season One Episode 10 when Daenerys Targaryen burns Khal Drogo’s body, setting the pyre rather strangely.

And then we see her in the middle of it.

With the spiral pattern, that means Golden Ratio.

In Season 3 Episode 3, when we see the dead horses, cleary the White Walkers’ doing with Jon Snow being the one in the middle, his companions a bit to right.

And obviously in Season 6 we see those two shots.

Connecting us to the creation of The White Walkers - the evil

Before that we’re shown these two:

Dany in the middle of a circle, which are connecte both to the Phi and Golden Ratio.

And in the middle of a spiral:

Did you ever wonder why the Dothraki did that? It was so weird the first time I watched it.

And for me, the most important part in 7x04. When both of those connected to these symbols characters go into a cave, full of them.

Other easter eggs were present in the series as well, but only these two were shown in the middle of them, and Jon is already directly connected to WW and later Dany becomes too. They are the two leaders who are fighting them now.

So what does it mean?

As i said, all those symbols mean balance. Between good and evil perhaps. They are the ones who will fight the evil, not eliminate it all maybe, some losses are bound to happen, but find the balance. Betweem life and death. Love and Duty. And Ice and Fire.

It’s another argument for them being the title’s meaning, if that wasn’t obvious already. Those symbols mean them balancing the NK,but also each other. All their parallels (READ ABOUT THEM HERE) connect them and also contrast them,as they faced similiar problems for different reasons, but with the same outcome that eventually got them together. Their fates are prophetic. They are borh tied to prophecies and magical events.

So if all this is right, they are the ones to defeat the dead with their union. Their love scene was called a Union of Ice and Fire. Their fates were always bound together.

Reblog if you have used dude as a non gender specific term.

My mom often corrects me and my sister when we call each other dude, which really shouldn’t matter, but she’s making a big deal out of it anyways. And as someone who often doesn’t conform to what the defined box of what a girl is, it kinda hurts to be shoved back into place by one of the people who is supposed to accept me. So she told me to construct a survey and here’s part of it. Reblog if you’ve used dude (or other things like bro or man)as a non gender specific term before.

Thomas I hope you're okay with all the current drama, I personally believe that you did nothing wrong at all. You're always making sure you're inclusive and doing the right thing, sorry your fandom's exploded :(

Hey!! Yeah, I’m doing fine!! Please don’t worry, these sorts of things happen sometimes and it gets very hard to address and handle all at once! I have made mistakes though, so please don’t feel like you have to defend all that I do, that’s not your responsibility, and I’ve been doing what I can to make sure things were addressed!

There was a piece of art of myself that was posted a while back that I put under a Read More and tagged nsfw because it was, and it was revealed later, after the artists’ bio was updated, that they were not of appropriate age, and that was a complete mistake on my part to make sure! I’ve always made a point to clarify, if people asked me, that if they were to do any nsfw art of me and submit it, that they should be of appropriate age to be doing so. My tumblr started as a personal blog and I thought tagging things appropriately would be enough, but this occurrence absolutely made me rethink how my blog was laid out and how much more consideration I needed to be putting into my blog and who was viewing it, so I made a public apology for it yesterday (in the #TSask) and decided to restructure my blog in order to make sure this never happens again. Posts I deemed too questionable, I have removed and if they ever go up again, they would be going up on a sideblog of some kind. I absolutely appreciate those who brought this up to me. I should have been the one to catch it, and I need to be far more vigilant about what I post from here on out!

There was also the post I responded to about why I felt it right to include asexuals and aromantics of any combination in the community. I’ve been having many really awesome and respectful conversations with people on both sides of this argument and its been really good, for me and I think for a lot of them, to gain understanding on where we’re both coming from. I am so grateful to those who came to me and got to discuss with me incredibly important things to remember and respect: the early struggles of the trans and gay community, the Stonewall Riots, the travesties and systemic oppression that still happen around the world today that need to be fought. We also got to discuss issues like arranged marriages that affect people on all areas of the spectrum. We talked about different demographics of the community and where they would like to stand or not stand. And the importance of limited resources made available to people of the community were discussed with me as well. I’ve been so absolutely grateful to those of you who came to me and are still coming to me to talk through these things, because I don’t claim to know everything, and many of the discussions were ended wonderfully respectfully. In the end, obviously, I have no, or maybe just really little, say in what defines the community. In what I say, I am absolutely making no attempt to prioritize people over another, because there are some extreme things that need to be fought. I can only be in control of myself and who I deem to be valid and who I would like to offer my support. I truly am trying to put myself in everyone’s shoes and see where they’re coming from. And I am so grateful so many of you came to me so respectfully to talk! That’s amazing! That, I think, is the most optimal form of discussion for people on both sides. I don’t like seeing anyone on either side attacking each other, and it’s so devastating to see so much of it.

I truly hope this helps bring clarity for those of you who were confused or looking for an update! The internet can be a confusing place and the truth can be mangled, but I am doing everything I can to make sure I amend for any bad decisions and hear you all out as best as I can. I’m only human, and I truly do care about you and where you’re all coming from, so I hope you can all bear with me!

Baby Driver

Talk about a movie that hits on all cylinders (literally). I was hooked in the first minute and in love by the end of the first scene. What the critics are saying is true, Baby Driver is an instant classic and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it turn up in a future SAC course.

At the risk of staring the obvious: this remixed trailer is the shit and has been on repeat for like the last three days.
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• The film was shot from Baby’s perspective. You see it in the camera work and you hear it in the audio. The most prominent example I can think of is how the camera moves with Baby as he dances, and the audience hears what Baby hears. The music gets louder when he turns up the volume, it’s louder on one side when he’s sharing earbuds with someone else, during meetings the audience only hears the song Baby’s listening to - we don’t can’t hear what Doc is saying until Baby repeats his plan back to prove he was paying attention.

• The MUSIC!! The pulse of this movie lies in it’s music. Have you ever seen a gun fight take place to the beat of “Tequila” by Button Down Brass? Cause it’s fricken awesome. Bullet shots, foot steps, cuts, camera sweeps, dialogue, background noises, it’s all paced to the beat of whatever song Baby is listening to (again, Baby is our narrator).

• Pacing like a Boss!!! This movie never lulled. It was long, but it didn’t feel long. It’s not easy to do that. I think the music and setting the pace of the film to the beat of the music is what really made Baby Driver fly.

• Let’s talk about how there was a Deaf character and HoH protagonist who’s disabilities aren’t treated as such. Baby and his dad carried out entire conversations in sign language and the movie absolutely treated it the same way as any other verbal conversation. We are given these Deaf/HoH characters who aren’t defined by being Deaf/HoH, but their being Deaf/Hoh isn’t ignored either. Their disability wasn’t made into a “thing” and in Baby’s case it was seen by some of the other characters (especially Doc) as almost offensive to think that, because he was HoH, Baby couldn’t do his job. Baby is HoH and he can drive circles around you in his sleep bitch, deal with it.

• The comedic timing in this film was spot. on. Visual gags, perfectly timed gestures/actions, and an inside Disney/Pixar reference that comes back in the greatest way possible. Bravo.

• 2017 is the year I go broke spending all my money on film soundtracks. Yet another great soundtrack that I will be listening to on repeat for weeks to come. (Also, way to make me miss the 90s, jeeze).

• The COLORS!!!! Omg this movie was beautifully colored and absolutely gorgeous. From the lighting, to the way they used the flash in car headlights when you turn them on/off, to the FRICKEN LAUNDRY. Honestly, I didn’t think laundry could be aesthetic but here I am.

• The 90s/iPod nostalgiaaaaaa

• A movie about crime and fast cars that actually has a decent plot - whaaaat??

• Hello John Hamm - the celebrity crush I didn’t know I had

• HELLO Eiza Gonzalez, where have you been all my life???

• An actual non-cringey relationship between Buddy and Darling?? I was pulling for their team, fam. They love each other so much it makes me want to gag. There was no room for tolerating any derogatory language/behavior toward Darling, she and Buddy shut. that. down! Honestly, forget Joker and Harley Quinn. If you want your “relationship goals” to be based around a crazy couple steeped in the dark life of crime I would like to introduce you to Buddy and Darling. Much healthier situation than J/HQ (though still not completely healthy cause, let’s be real, they’re a crazy couple steeped in the dark life of crime).
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10/10 - wholesome crime fam vibes af

Please go see Baby Driver, you won’t regret it.

Normal Horoscope:

Aries: Lay their head against your collar bone and know that they are safe. You are the center, you will hold.

Taurus: Wisdom is more important than knowledge. Ask yourself, do you really know what wisdom is?

Gemini: She has something evil and boneless hiding down her throat. Don’t worry, we all do.

Cancer: Shes not wearing pants to distract you.

Leo: Even if you’re shit at it, if you don’t cook you don’t eat.

Virgo: But if you define yourself by them, and they define themselves by you, then who is flying the plane!?

Libra: Frustration always leads to regret. Apologize, and offer to un-burn their house.

Scorpio: You can’t distract yourself forever. Not many people would have taken that as a challenge.

Sagittarius: Fear not, there is pulled pork aplenty for those with the courage to seek it.

Capricorn: Know your own immaturity. Rush nothing. Also identity theft is illegal.

Aquarius: Don’t let others choose your friends for you. How else are you going to build that harem?

Pisces: If your friends lit themselves on fire to keep you warm you would tell them to stop wouldn’t you? Keep a bucket nearby.

The Tumblr Poetry Aesthetic, or: the stars, the sea, Icarus, dark suburbia, and the (un)intentional pandering and ungrowth of the well-established

this conversation was initiated for me (madina) personally by giana @syrupbrat and stefan @travelingsalesman. epoch discussed this extensively in our discord chat, and the content of this post is mostly pulled out of that discussion.

When browsing through the usual tags used to promote one’s own writing on Tumblr, such as #inkstay, #spilled ink, #poets on tumblr, etc, we seem to drown in the sameness of everyone’s writing styles that it all is indistinct. It boils down to a haze of blah blah blah stars, blah blah blah yet another comparison to a Greek mythology figure, more love poetry, girl as dangerous, boy as god, alcohol is the only way we’ll survive.

These themes originated in what one might call the heydays of Peak™ tumblr poetry (this is starting to sound like a school essay & smh I can’t let this post go that direction), circa 2013(?)-2015. Most of it was documented in @nosebleedclub‘s “Memories of a Certain Spring: A Workbook” – Nosebleed Club was, in fact, what you would point at if you were asked in 2014 what “Tumblr writing” is (cue the emphasis on was, the evolution of NBC continues until now & I feel like a proud daughter about it). Multiple networks and groups have then spanned from that model, some which are still going until now, some abandoned and left to the dust – just so that you could be part of that “elite cool kids club”, whether the original one or not. the writers in the original collective also had their writing styles copied and/or plagiarized to capitalize off how prevalent and popular this aesthetic is but nvm that’s not my place to extensively rant about

I do love the stars. The sea, mythology, dangerous teenage gods, I love them all and I honestly would die for them (yes, the planets, ocean, and those tragic myths included) – but when people write about them just because they think it’ll be popular, just because it fits into the predefined box of what is proven to be well liked – an aesthetic that has since consumed us – exploration and experimentation dies, and that’s when it becomes dangerous. Everything posted will only be the product of rehashing and emulating what has been written and consumed before – shallow imageries without anything to say, without anything to make it yours. It got over-commercialized fast and crumbled. Let’s not even mention those who made a fake persona to make their poetry feel more “real” and authentic, those who write about drugs and alcohol w/o experiences backing them up and only stereotypes & what other people have written about it.

This phenomenon is further supported by Tumblr itself being a bad site in general bad platform for writing on its own – those notes, those likes and reblogs, really do shape up to define you, whether you’re conscious of it happening or not. We all crave for that feeling of being noticed because that’s just how it is. I myself can’t even say I never wrote something just for those notes, and I’m sure others that started out writing in Tumblr can say the same. If you don’t realize it yourself; if you don’t become self-conscious of the fact that really, Tumblr is a bubble, and do not actively seek out for anything new because you don’t see the need for it – you get stuck in it. Even if you wrote with the aesthetic that we all fell in love with, there’s a chance that you won’t get the recognition you think it deserved – it crushes you, and the cycle repeats again.

(this aesthetic, in turn, bled and drenched almost every tumblr roleplay until they all became the same and unrecognizable individually, whether with the usual tropes of characters: Sad Rich Girl With A Heart Of Gold. Bad Rich Boy With A Heart Of Gold. Gay Guy With A Bad Past So He’s Hypersexual Now – or situational: your edgy Welcome To This Small Suburban Town Where Everyone is a Supernatural Creature, or perhaps your This Is A Simulation of a Real Life Town for People Who Have No Lives)

Personally, I do believe in the existence of Bad Poetry – though “underdeveloped” is the word I prefer to use (maybe it’s just because I’m a softie and I can’t say outright that it’s bad, but let’s be real, bad poetry is bad poetry). No soul and nothing else to offer than just a few pretty words and fleeting concepts. Pseudo-profound bullshittery. u wanna get off it?

• internalize the fact that we unconsciously seek for approval
• get off tumblr for a while and write in your solitude
• consume more than u write.
• explore & experiment upon different themes and structure. get out of your comfort zone in writing
• write about your own memories and experiences, whether good or bad or interesting or not interesting, not what is deemed is consumable

– Honestly, I don’t know how because it cannot be forced. But recognizing that this exists will in turn make you think even more critically about your writing.

oh, that’s it – be critical. To the words that surround you & the words that come out of you.

To close this off: “its Everywhere like i get it . u wanna be a vampire cheerleader with a smile too big. i Get it . lets do something else” - @arckhaic

Realizing that the actual Connor Murphy is only on stage for like 5 minutes max and that nothing else we see of him actually defines who he was as a person really messes me up

Brightheart Isn't Beautiful

This is a potentially offensive post, and for that I apologize.

Brightheart isn’t beautiful.

Before you yell at me, hear me out. I have reasoning behind this, and so I’ll explain it with a short rant.

Brightheart isn’t beautiful. Major facial scarring, one open eye socket and one ear shredded to the point where it is barely there.. That isn’t beauty.
We can draw Brightheart with minimal wounds, and with as many flowers as we like, but beautifying the physical aftereffects of her trauma isn’t right.

Say she’s beautiful all you want. But I can almost guarantee that if you saw a feral cat with her kind of injury on the streets, your first instinct would not be to gush: “oh, you’re so beautiful!!” No. You would probably consider the cat ugly. But you’d take the cat home maybe, because you pity them. Then you’d take care of them and suddenly their looks wouldn’t matter. All you’d see would be their funny little mannerisms and quirks. You’d care about the way they feel so warm when you’re cuddling them. You’d care about the way they purr so loudly whenever you scratch them in that one spot. You’d care about the way they wake you up at three in the morning because they’re hungry, and their tendency to snore as loudly as a truck.

Because you’d find that beauty doesn’t matter.

We don’t need to say she’s beautiful to define her worth. Brightheart is ugly. And that shouldn’t matter. Her looks shouldn’t matter. She is worth far more than what she looks like. Why bother saying she’s beautiful when you could say she’s incredibly mentally strong? Why bother saying she’s beautiful when you could say she’s the kindest damned cat in the whole series. Why bother saying she’s beautiful when you could say she’s deserving of the world? That she has the biggest heart? That she’s resilient? That she has more endurance than than any other warrior? Since when does Brightheart’s trauma have to be validated by beauty?

Some things are not beautiful.
And that’s okay.
You’re allowed to not be conventionally beautiful, or attractive.
Because those things don’t matter. “It’s the inside that counts.” It’s cliche, but it’s really fucking true.

That’s what the body positivity movement should’ve been like. Not “everything is beautiful.” But “beauty doesn’t matter and you’re perfect in your skin.”

Brightheart isn’t beautiful. She is ugly. But her appearance doesn’t define who she is, and we should not put so much emphasis on it. Because diminishing all that she is to what her face looks like is stupid.

While people have good intentions with this, I think it needs to stop, and I think that we should spend more time focusing on the elements of her characters, the qualities that make Brightheart herself.

Once again, this is controversial and can be perceived as offensive. I apologize to anyone hurt by this, it isn’t my intention.

did you see what rick said about reyna???? i dont know how to feel anymore he said that making reyna lesbian would perpetuate harmful stereotypes that lesbians are only lesbians cause they cant get the men they want, i am very conflicted about this i wanted her to be queer really badly too

went looking for it after i saw this, but i gotta say it was hard to get through because it was such a pack of regurgitated bullshit that my brain kind of shut off halfway through the comment and i am mmmmm uh really about to lose it right here

• first of all, rickald dear, the subtext is blatant and it’s all right there and i could give you an itemized list of reasons why i think reyna is a lesbian and they’d all be backed up by the text, so if you didn’t “intend” it or can’t “see” it then you better try harder!!!! because it’s there.
• “she doesn’t need someone to complete her” is so TIRED lmao. i don’t need someone to complete me, either. i’m still a lesbian. percy and annabeth shouldn’t need each other to “complete” them. hazel and frank don’t need anyone to “complete” them, jason and piper shouldn’t either, or nico, or will, or motherfucking tyson or ella or grover or leo or calypso! if you are dating someone to complete yourself, your relationship is going to be codependent shit where you’ll be demanding unfair things from your partner that you should be able to get from yourself. you’ll be jealous, and controlling, and lose whatever identity you had to begin with. relationships are not meant to “complete” us, they are meant to complement us, to challenge us to grow in areas where we need growth while also giving us the support we need to help us get there.
• “reyna is reyna’s better half” oh fuck you. like seriously, just fuck off. annabeth isn’t annabeth’s better half? piper isn’t piper’s better half? hazel isn’t hazel’s better half? i mean fucking hell if your logic is “i can’t pair her with anyone because it’s compromising her independence” THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS DATING ANYONE?! RELATIONSHIPS SHOULD NEVER MAKE YOU COMPROMISE WHO YOU ARE!
• “lesbians are lesbians because they couldn’t find the right man” welllllllllllllll uuuuuuuuuuuh………………….yes, we are. like no lmao that didn’t make me a lesbian, but the absolute fucking reality is that lesbians actually literally cannot find the right man, because there isn’t one. the stereotype isn’t that we are lesbians because we couldn’t find the right man, because that’s true lmao, most of us have gone searching for the right man and finally reached the conclusion that men just don’t do it for us, and never will, and so our “mr. right” or prince charming or whatever the fuck doesn’t exist. the actual stereotype is that “lesbians just haven’t met the right guy yet” as in, this lesbian could still be attracted to you and she doesn’t really know who she is and you can just freely invalidate her sexuality because why not lesbianism isn’t real and you could be what she’s been waiting for.
• like alskjdf;lak i understand that it’s misogynistic to define lesbians by their lack of attraction for men, but the reality is that we live in a world we’re we are coerced from practically birth to define our lives in terms of men and so if you are literally incapable of conforming to that thought process, if you literally come to the conclusion that you cannot define yourself in terms of men because you are a lesbian, yes, that really is an integral part of your lesbianism.
• like, if you’re going to say that giving reyna a gf perpetuates stereotypes, then at least have some kind of understanding of what the fuck you’re talking about lmao.
• not to mention how casually, how callously, he dismisses bisexuality as a possibility for reyna. “having a girl end up with women after dating men is a bad stereotype.” that’s what he said. that is what he fucking said. as if youuuuu know…..real bi girls don’t do this? as if real lesbians don’t do this. as if it’s a fucking bad and perpetuating stereotypes to write about a real experience that bi girls and lesbians have both lived through? this isn’t an anomaly, this is extremely common, our failed relationships with men are something we joke about, something so common that it’s rare to find a lesbian or a bi girl who has never had a fling with a man in any capacity.
• fuck him.

It’s a amazing, whenever people talk about their asexuality they’re told it’s their Romantic Orientation that truly matters, and when people talk about their aromanticism they’re told it’s their Sexual Orientation that matters. What they’re really saying is that the A aspect of a person doesn’t matter. Who we are doesn’t matter. We are what they say we should be and our place is where they decide it is.

My asexuality is not a modifier, it is the most prevalent part of my orientation. Do not tell aces or aros that those aspects of their identity are just modifiers to the other part. If you are not ace/aro you have no business defining those orientations, and even if you are ace/aro you have no business defining other people’s identities for them. Your asexuality may be a modifier for your romantic orientation but it may not be the same for others. Stop telling other people how to identify.

I know.

Can we take a second to talk about the I love you. I know. interchange in Empire?

I get in a lot of arguments with my guy friends about this. Bless them - I mean really - because they think they are being progressive. And its actually kind of heart warming to see. But, usually, the people who think Han is an asshole for saying I know instead of I love you, too chalk his behavior up to some kind of toxic masculinity. Han won’t say he loves her because he refuses to be vulnerable. Han is too arrogant to admit he has a weakness. Han is aggressive. Han is downright cruel at times.

And… okay. I guess I can see where they’re coming from. But, to me, that is a really shallow interpretation of his character.

I guess what I, and I think many people who ship Han/Leia, see in that interchange is that Han’s response isn’t motivated by his own feelings. His response has nothing to do with what’s he’s thinking or how he feels.

It’s about validating how Leia feels.

Which, honesty, I think she needed more at that moment than a mirrored declaration.

Leia sacrifices everything for the cause. Her strength to put the rebellion before her personal interest is incredible. It’s her defining characteristic. It’s what we all know and love about her.

It’s also what she knows and loves about herself. By Empire, Leia has lost almost everything of any personal value to her. She’s lost her family. Her home. Her friends. Her position in the Senate. All she has is her own sense of identity. The only thing she can use to define herself anymore is her core values.

Can you imagine how difficult it would be to let anything compromise that?

Admitting that she has feelings for Han would be admitting that she has room in her heart for anything other than the cause. It would be admitting that her life is not solely defined by the rebellion that her family died for. It would be admitting that behind her emotionless, rational, militaristic persona is actually just a twenty-two year old girl with feelings, longings, and desires that are entirely selfish.

Ultimately, it’s why Leia loves him. Because even Luke, her own twin with whom she shares a connection in the force, at times fails to see her as anything other than the princess.

But somehow this dirty, cocky, smart ass, nerf herder is the one person who has ever managed to look into her soul and see past every single wall she has built around herself.

Han knows her. She has never had to tell him anything. She has never had to pour her heart out to him. She has never had to make herself vulnerable in front of him. And yet, he still knows.

I guess many people see that scene and they see a cocky smart ass being clever and evasive instead of sincere when he says I know

But that’s not what his eyes say.

His eyes say…

I know you love me.

I’ve known you love me for a long time.

It hasn’t scared me away.

It hasn’t made me think less of you.

It hasn’t made me see you as weak.

You’ve screamed at me, hit me, threatened me, insulted me, and done everything to push me away, but I still know that you love me.

And I know you know that I love you, too.

Because it’s taken an invasion of a base, a broken down hyperdrive, a giant cave dwelling slug monster, Boba Fett, a carbonite chamber, and Darth fucking Vader himself to actually make me leave you.

And I know that you will do everything in your power to bring me back.

Thanks Orphan Black

Sarah Manning taught me that a hero doesn’t have to look like a hero. Our lives and paths are defined by our own choices, what we choose to become. When we put those we love first in our lives the rest falls into place.

Helena taught me that our past doesn’t have to define our future. When we find the people who truly love us and care for us that’s what really matters.

Alison Hendrix taught me that it doesn’t matter how others perceive us, it’s how we perceive ourselves. We can make a difference if we want to, there are plenty of temperature controlled bags that are perfect for storing heads.

Krystal Goderitch taught me not to judge people based on first appearances. There is often more beneath the surface if we just search.

Cosima Niehaus taught me that sexuality doesn’t define a person, and maybe her and Delphine taught me some things about my own sexuality.

Rachel Duncan taught me that it is never too late for redemption. Even if we see the truth at the last minute that doesn’t mean we can’t still pursue it.

Felix Dawkins taught me that it’s okay to be myself, and to not shy away from it.

Siobhan Sadler and Delphine Cormier taught me to act with fierce loyalty and love no matter the consequences. The ultimate sacrifice is never in vain when done in love.

Orphan Black taught me that stories can change people and bring healing, and that love is the purest form of motivation. Orphan Black changed the way that I watch television, and the way that I look at the world around me.

All I can say is thanks.

you said. if it is meant to be. fate will bring us back together. for a second i wonder if you are really that naive. if you really believe fate works like that. as if it lives in the sky staring down at us. as if it has five fingers and spends its time placing us like pieces of chess. as if it is not the choices we make. who taught you that. tell me. who convinced you. you’ve been given a heart and a mind that isn’t yours to use. that your actions do not define what will become of you. i want to scream and shout it’s us you fool. we’re the only ones that can bring us back together. but instead i sit quietly. smiling softly through quivering lips thinking. isn’t it such a tragic thing. when you can see it so clearly but the other person doesn’t.
—  rupi kaur
the thing that really bugs me about the vlogs...

…is not the vlogs at all, it’s how the fandom treat the vlogs. the fandom seem to think that the vlogs will reveal new information or progress storylines within the show instead of what they’ve been doing this entire time.

which is promoting voltron legendary defender as a show and presenting 1 dimensional, entertaining portrayals of the character.

if we look at the coran vlog we’re given a silly, bravado ridden man who has one defining character trait-over the top responses to everything. we see in countless instances this is not who he is, take the season 1 finale or his response to the group going into another reality.

or keith’s short which, despite the fandom loving it for its angst and character insight, it doesn’t reflect keith at all really. it has fanon keith’s unstable emotionality and awkwardness but none of the tenderness or warmth we’ve seen his demonstrate plenty toward hunk, shiro, allura, lance, even thace. it has the portrayal that is loved en mass wherein keith lashes out and hurts inside but has none of his other characteristics.

and allura’s-people were disappointed in the lack of paladin or leadership focus that allura’s had, instead only having diplomacy explored in hers. but for the first two seasons of the show that was the only part of her we really got to see explored, even her loss of alfor was a secondary plotline to the rest of the show.

so anyone expecting character insight or new information from these vlogs is kidding themselves-the only new information we really got was about keith’s mom, and that may have been something we were meant to have learnt from the first blade of marmora episode.

lance’s vlog was always going to be about romance-it doesn’t mean that it’s his only trait, it means that when marketing the show that will be the trait focused on most. similarly, if we ever get them, the hunk and pidge vlogs are going to be about tech and food respectively. and that’s not something to berate dreamworks for, these promos serve the purpose of, first and foremost, drawing in newer viewers, then acting as fanservice to people who want more character content. so they won’t be showing a storyline about lance feeling out of place, or allura blossoming into a paladin, or coran losing everything he cares about and still fighting strong. they will show a loverboy, a serious woman and a comic character because that’s what makes for better first time introductions.

tl;dr don’t hope for much from the promos, you’ll only play yourself, but don’t attack the vlogs for not having the emotional content you want.

EDIT: I wanna add on to the first thought that I’m glad my self esteem has been shattered. I wrote this in between takes while shooting a cover today and I forgot to finish that idea. I’m glad I’ve been shattered because I was building myself on a flimsy foundation. My infrastructure was so shaky and flawed, I was doing okay but I needed to be rebuilt. Those pieces of me that were clinging to other people’s opinions and approval needed to crumble so I could rebuild into a better, stronger version of myself. This is a theme in my life. Every few years, whatever pieces of me start to go in a bad direction are eventually destroyed and then I rebuild into a better version of myself haha

i think it needs to be said that there really aren’t as many rules to sexuality as you think or as people on here would have you believe. i get so many messages that are like “am i allowed to use this label if i feel like this” and unless you are 100% sure ur straight and only want relationships with ur opposite gender then generally the answer is yes, you don’t need to make sure everyone else is feeling what u are feeling to pick a label. labels are there for guidance for you but ultimately you are the one who defines them. like we’re all just making it up as we go along anyway and if u have a thought one day like “hm maybe i’m a gay bitch” that’s kinda all you need like u can figure out the rest later and change it if needs be because at the end of the day it’s all just words none of this is real, this shit is supposed to offer comfort and sense of identity and community not stress and isolation. it’s okay ur okay u got this

I think FR’s current problem is the lack of substantial content updates.

You can give us more genes, more familiars, more items to collect but nothing substantial is added to gameplay.

I hate to make the Neopets comparison, but since that site is what birthed this genre I feel it’s not completely unwarranted.

The world of Neopia, regardless of the state that the site is in currently, was really developed. The different regions all had very defined personalities with NPCs who held down their own jobs and helped flesh out the world.
The closest thing we have to that are the Trading Post dragons.

There are/were many different site events with plot and characters with great rewards for participation.
We have monthly copy-paste festivals that have not had any intrinsic changes since 2013.

On top of that, Neopets has a million and one activities you have contests, quests, the employment agency, gambling of many different shades and stocks.
On FR…we have the coli (which doesn’t limit daily drops like NP), we have Baldwin and Swipp…and that’s just about it? (I wouldn’t bring up the fairgrounds because NP has a much larger backlog of games).

I don’t want Flight Rising to just be Neopets with a fresh coat of 2010s paint. I want FR to have its own voice and direction and to build far beyond it’s ancestor.

I don’t expect a four year old game to have the amount of content an eighteen year old one does, but what I’ve seen so far is more of the same and very little effort to expand the world.
I appreciate the freedom on FR’s forums that allow users to make up for a lot of this content…but it should be supplemental, not a substantial part of the game.

When a new festival rolls around, there’s always some mild excitement over what new items will be released, but I feel that the community gets far more excited about big dom battles, or more namely, the user-run events that go with them.

I write out this long post because I know FR can do better, and I REALLY want to see it flourish. I’ve stuck around for three years and I hope to play for much longer.
I keep hoping that once the rewrite is finished, they’ll be able to start working on these sorts of things. But as more and more time passes, I’m losing hope :(

You used to call me your world and I remember living for that. I don’t know what it was about you that made you so special, but God, you were the best I’ve ever had. I didn’t think people like you existed, especially with people like me. I guess I never really thought I’d be lucky enough to be loved by someone like you. And during the time you still loved me, I want you to know that I didn’t take you for granted. I appreciated every single little thing about you, and every single thing you did. I fell in love with the things you hated about yourself. I don’t think I’ve ever been so devoted and given my all into anything before you. A love like ours was magic, and now I know why so many people say magic doesn’t exist. It’s all delusional. Love really is blind. Sometimes I wish I could’ve just snapped out of it like you did. But misery loves company and we both were fucking messes. I can’t hate you for leaving me, for breaking my heart, for moving on. I can’t hate you for trying to be happy. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. How could I hate someone who once defined the word love and showed me exactly what it felt like? I promised I’d always love you and now I’m fucking terrified that I will. I know that nothing lasts forever, and you always wanted to be everything. And in a world like this, it’s hard finding someone who will love you unconditionally, and I guess I was just hoping that I did. There’s seven billion people and all I fucking wanted was you. But you’re stuck on someone who sees you as one of the many pretty faces. All I ever saw was you. It was always fucking you.
—  I hate what you did to me but I’ll love you forever
Epic Movie (Re)Watch #190 - Robots (2005)

## Spoilers Below

Have I seen it before: Yes

Did I like it then: Yes.

Do I remember it: Yes.

Did I see it in theaters: Yes.

Was it a movie I saw since August 22nd, 2009: No.

Format: DVD

1) From the very first scene of the film Robots is able to establish its wonderfully creative world through an incredible sense of visuals and place. You understand from the very first frame that we are in a different world.

2) There are so many jokes in this film I didn’t understand as a kid.

Mrs. Copperbottom [after Mr. Copperbottom missed the delivery of the baby]: “But that’s okay, MAKING the baby is the fun part.”

[Smooth jazz plays.]

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3) See note #2.

Mrs. Copperbottom: “Honey? What’s that extra piece?”

Mr. Copperbottom: Oh. Oh, no, they always put in an extra…[Takes a good look at the piece. Chuckles.] We did want a boy, right?

4) Growing up with young Rodney not only clearly illustrates his hope/optimism/creativity but it also helps get the audience fully invested in his character and driving motivations. When Rodney really starts inventing/getting into inventing - when he finds his passion - you just root for him more. There’s a little bit of Rodney in each of us I think.

5) Stanley Tucci is a treat as Mr. Copperbottom. He is able to fully communicate his love for son Rodney in just a few lines, but you can also tell when something is concerning him. He doesn’t get a lot of time to shine, but through Tucci’s vocals he is one of the most memorable character in the films.

6) Ewan McGregor as Rodney Copperbottom.

McGregor is able to translate what we have learned about Rodney up tot his point - his optimism, passion, hope and drive - and amplify it considerably. It’s this character who we journey with throughout the film. His stakes are our stakes and McGregor is able to get the audience on his side. There’s a certain sense of naivety to Rodney’s attitudes in the big city but what’s important is that these never come across as annoying but instead are a nice source of conflict. All in all McGregor is I think an underrated part of an underrated film and I truly enjoy his role here.

7) The scene where Rodney uses Robot City’s public transportation is incredibly imaginative. It’s the thing I love about animation at its strongest: pure imagination.

8) Robin Williams as Fender

As Aladdin so iconically proved, Williams’ was made for animation. This film is no different, as his continuous energy and humor MAKE Fender as memorable as he is. A wonderful scene stealer with some great moments of friendship with Rodney, Fender is a lot of fun.

9) Greg Kinear as Ratchet.

Ratchet is a slick and fun villain made all the better by Kinnear’s cool vocals. You love to hate him as his charisma, style, and fun are reminiscent of Hades from Disney’s Hercules. Like the rest of the movie he’s just a lot of fun.

10) There’s this wonderful sense of old school slapstick and fun which permeates every moment of the film. It might not often support the plot but it’s just so freaking fun you don’t care. Almost like an old Chuck Jones cartoon, it’s just one great gag after another.

11) There is this incredible sense of place to Madame Gasket’s chop shop. Wickedly evil, as soon as we enter through visuals and even music the filmmakers establish that this is not a place you want to be in.

By completely letting go of any sense of ego Broadbent is able to be wonderfully villainous in this film. A cartoon villain in the best sense, more so than even Ratchet. You have to remind yourself that it’s Broadbent doing the voice regularly because he just embraces Gasket’s villainy so totally.

13) Amanda Bynes as Piper.

Like Williams and Broadbent, Bynes has an energy to her tailor made for animation. It infects her character and is a perfect fit for the part, making Piper a wonderful treat in the film.

14) So. Man. Butt. Jokes. So. Freaking. Fast.

15) I’m suck a sucker for found family dynamics, which is why I am so invested in Rodney and the the Outmodes together. There is this nice family dynamic established among the Outmodes very soon after meeting them, but they chose to be with each other. They’re lost, rusty, weird, but they can be that way together. I dig it.

16) I love this.

Rodney [after venting to Fender]: “If you burden your friends soon you won’t have any left.”

Fender: “What are you, a fortune cookie!? That’s what friends are for!”

17) The scene where Rodney is fixing up all the bots in town is not only wonderfully positive but also filled with that strong sense of humor I mentioned in note #10.

18) This line always stuck with me as a kid, I’m not sure why.

Madame Gasket [to Ratchet]: “Think! Use those brains I stole for you!”

19) The entire gag where Rodney is posing as a count and Bender as his manservant is an excellent example of the film’s energy and humor. There is just this wild sense of fun which can be seen in the scene which defines the whole film.

20) So when the opening credits started I saw Natasha Lyonne’s name…

And I thought to myself, “Wait, she’s in this movie?” Well it turns out, she is.

21) Halle Berry as Cappy.

Cappy isn’t really a developed character, I don’t think. She exists primarily as a moral compass juxtaposition against Ratchet who he lusts after, as a plot device to get Rodney out of trouble, and a shoehorned in love interest which is barely developed. This is not a criticism of Halle Berry’s performance, as I do think she’s good in the part. But what can we really say about Cappy? What can we say about her personality? That she’s…good? That’s about it. She’s a good guy. I could choke this poorly developed female character to sexism in the industry but the film also gave us Piper and Aunt Fanny and Mrs. Copperbottom who are all memorable characters in their own right. I just don’t really see the point for Cappy unfortunately.

22) The moment with the dominoes is brief but another fine example of visual excellence.

23) Mel Brooks as Bigweld.

Brooks is a legend of the film industry both in front and behind the camera. As an actor he brings his wonderful sense of enthusiasm to the part, but also plays Bigweld’s jadedness remarkably well. You can tell how hurt he is in just a few words, but when he decides to pick himself up by the bootstraps and continue on Brooks is even more fun in the part.

24) I love this. You really understand just how much Mr. Copperbottom loves Rodney in just a few words.

Rodney [talking to his dad on the phone]: “I’m really sorry I let you down.”

Mr. Copperbottom: “No no no no no. You could NEVER let me down, son.”

25) Rodney’s ride on Bigweld continues the excellence in imagination and visuals the film has shown through a gripping set piece. With a wonderful sense of creativity and madcap fun throughout, the scene even lands a few surprises your way which make it all the more enjoyable.

26) The upgraded team is actually something which I think is really freaking cool. I just dig the visuals of it.

27) …what just happened?

29) I’m a sucker for bringing a twist to a trope, so the way this scene handles “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” is great.

Bigweld [when their friends are in trouble]: “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

[Rodney grabs Bigweld and cuts loose a support their on, acting as a giant pendulum to take out the bad guys.]

Bigweld: “THIS ISN’T WHAT I WAS THINKING AT ALL!”

30) This ending is a little cheesy but I dig it. It’s really fun, with a nice energy and good heart to it.

Crank [after Rodney’s dad starts playing music]: “Well, there goes our happing ending.”

Fender: “No! It’s a fusion of Jazz and Funk. It’s called JUNK!”

Robots is an underrated animated gym filled with a nice heart and an insane sense of humor. It’s voice acting and visual design are standout elements and al in all the film is just incredibly fun. Go watch it if you haven’t.