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Okay time for another Burr-and-Hamilton’s-tragic-friendship meta analysis because apparently I cannot stop seeing these things.

Someone pointed out in a post a little while ago (that unfortunately I can’t find, or else I would link to it) the genius of the musical themes of Hamilton, and specifically how it applied to Alexander and Eliza’s relationship. It focused on how Alexander was never quite singing the same tune or matching Eliza’s style until “It’s Quiet Uptown.” Another meta-post along the same vein mentioned how Angelica was instantly on Hamilton’s level in the underlying musical sense when they first met: you see it in Satisfied, when he says “Alexander Hamilton,” she replies in the exact same tune, “Where’s your family from?” and then he shoots back also in the same tune, “Unimportant, there’s a million things I haven’t done.” They’re matching each other musically for the entire conversation, just as Angelica describes, even though throughout the show they both have their own distinct styles and themes.

The one other person who has a very different singing style than Hamilton, but specifically matches Hamilton when he wants to, and the only other person that Hamilton as well makes a specific effort to match in various songs, is Burr. The first one that I noticed was one of my favorite exchanges in the whole show, the Levi Weeks case in Non-Stop:

Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me.
Are you aware that we’re making history?
This is the first murder trial of our brand new nation,
The liberty behind deliberation!
I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt with my assistant counsel—

Co counsel! Hamilton, sit down!
Our client Levi Weeks is innocent, call your first witness.
That’s all you had to say!

Hamilton is shooting off at the mouth, and Burr matches him word for word, the same speed, the same style, which absolutely no one else is able to do, at least not when Hamilton is on a long angry rant. This moment highlights the underlying fact that Burr isn’t just some jealous villain, he’s a true foil to Hamilton. He was a genius, he applied to Princeton at eleven, applied again and got in when he was thirteen. That “graduated in two”? Yeah. That happened when he was thirteen to sixteen, let that sink in.

Burr can match Hamilton completely when he chooses to, he just rarely chooses to. In fact, the irony of the exchange in Non-Stop is that Burr gets frustrated enough with Hamilton and Hamilton’s inability to shut up inadvertently insulting him (assistant counsel? assistant? seriously Hamilton?) that he is pushed to act more like Hamilton, and in acting more like Hamilton, succeeds in shutting Hamilton up. Which is pretty much exactly how and why the duel happens.

But no, in my opinion, the more tragic are the times when Hamilton matches Burr. Allow me to direct you to “Story of Tonight (Reprise)”:

Congrats again, Alexander.
Smile more.
I’ll see you on the other side of the war.

I will never understand you.

Hamilton emulates Burr’s tone and tune exactly to tell him, “I will never understand you.” Because that’s Hamilton trying to understand Burr, that’s Hamilton on the underlying musical level making the effort to sing as Burr sings, to speak as Burr speaks, he’s asking Burr to let him in. *Let me* understand you. Burr being Burr keeps his cards close to his chest, and walks away. The effort was there, the invitation was there, that is the first time in the show, arguably, that Hamilton actively changes his style to match someone else’s. And Burr walks away, because Burr is terrified about people caring about him. In “Wait For It,” he’s perfectly fine admitting that he has feelings about Theodosia, but he devotes an entire verse to “what in the world is the reason that I am at her side and that she cares about me when there are a whole bunch of other people who have tried too.” Burr isn’t scared about loving people, he’s scared of them loving him, he doesn’t understand why or how it happens. The line isn’t “everyone I love has died”, it’s “everyone who loves me has died.”

Burr walks away because the possibility of Hamilton caring about him is more than he wants to deal with. Goodbye I have disintegrated into a puddle of tears. 

But no, that’s not even the worst part! The worst part is how Hamilton argues with people. The precedent is set in “Farmer Refuted.” Hamilton takes a very specific tone and rhythm as a counterpoint to someone singing.

Allow me to direct you to “Your Obedient Servant.” Burr begins the song by singing his letters, and Hamilton practically speaks his letters back. He takes a different tone, he employs a different rhythm, because that’s how he confronts people. He only matches Burr back when it’s utterly dripping in sarcasm: I have the honor to be your obedient servant, A. Ham. Burr keeps singing back (“Careful how you proceed, good man—“) as he keeps just trying to ask for an apology, and Hamilton keeps his own infuriated style at least musically in replying (“Burr, your grievance is legitimate, I stand by what I said, every bit of it”) and it’s Burr that has to match Hamilton—when Burr finally challenges Hamilton to the duel, Burr is speaking, not singing:

Then stand, Alexander,
Weehawken. Dawn.
Guns drawn.

(Although even then, it’s not ~perfectly~ matching Hamilton: the words are slow, they all have weight, they’re carefully pronounced, they’re well thought-out and well chosen. Succinct, persuasive indeed. But Burr is speaking, he’s not singing anymore, he’s taking this down to Hamilton’s level, which is the “fight me” level.)

And then, one last time, Alexander matches Burr perfectly:

You’re on.


PART THREE of three! Part one here / Part two here.

Woo! I did it! Hope you enjoyed this silly thing I had a great time doing it, and a big thanks to the offical WOY people who actually make one of the greatest cartoons that has ever been made. Now to get back to the ten thousand things I am meant to be doing.

So the Steam Sale is going on right now.

What a dangerous time to be an adult with money. I could have spent twice this much and not been satisfied.

Oh, hey! And the Splatfest starts tonight!

anonymous asked:

Tenka. Any advise on law school admission? I could really use your advice!

Hahaha ahh. I don’t know if I’m the best person to ask about this because I applied for law school kinda last minute, sat the LSAT and somehow?? got in?? I have nfi why I got in to law school lmao. Uh so like depends what your law school looks for, in my case it was grades + lsat score + application letter, but later it was revealed that the selection committee didn’t really give any weight to the application letter (tf why) … so find out what the criterion is and play to your strengths I guess. Find out when the application deadlines are, maybe get someone else to look over your letter if you have to submit one (preferably someone who has applied before and got accepted). Everyone says this but try to make your letter not generic, write about something you enjoy doing and try to tie it to your motivations of getting into law school eg. iirc I could talk about Japanese and comparative law, background of moving through different countries and interest in the legal infrastructure underpinning a multicultural society that has to cater to minority communities blah blah make up something up.

- Apply even if you’re not sure if you’ll get in, worth a shot
- Make sure you know where your deadlines are
- Play to your strengths and unique attributes (esp in the case of writing an application letter submission)
- use online resources if you need to prep for your lsat 
- Talk to people who have been to that institution about the application and culture, do not talk to the law school reps on open day lmao they’re shills and trying to promote what is essentially a business 
- look over their elective subjects and assessments and see if the course structure suits you
- look for scholarships and bursaries you can get, apply for them. 

 ;p good luck, i don’t know if I am the best person to ask about this but hope it’s helpful!! I feel obligated to to warn you about law school culture (depending on your institution) and the subset of insecure privileged private school kids who (may) go there to perpetuate the image of “WE GET IT, YOU GO TO LAW SCHOOL”. If such a subset exists (I think there is a likelihood) you will grow bored of them extremely quickly and their obsession with status and reputation, and beware your “law students society” which is pretty much a microcosm of society’s fat cats, they’re a clique that like to have status and the reason they’re doing the lss is probs for the resume. Don’t do things just because everyone else is doing it. Do what you want to do, only if your heart is in it. You might find that you’re a minority in some way, culturally, economically, or just in terms of your opinions and motivations but if you’re still on board I promise you you’ll find some great friends you click with and make you think it’s worth hanging around (by that I mean putting up with) the rest of the triple S grade cohort ie. self-absorbed sociopathic sycophants. I wish you good luck and to have the kind of quiet courage in yourself, law school or no! 

adelantis  asked:

Hard candy & sour candy :O

Hard candy: favorite candy flavor?

I’m actually not that big of a candy person haha! Most candy is wayyyy to sweet for me to eat much of. However, I am always a slut for really dark chocolate tho (like. i would kill for that 85%+ stuff). I could eat that all day long

Sour candy: do you tend to hold grudges?

I don’t usually hold grudges but when I do I really hold it, although it’s more of like me holding onto a dislike of a particular person rather than a grudge about a particular event with a person I’m still friends with

anonymous asked:

my birthday is may 24!! im gnna be 17! i hope ur 23rd year will bring u happiness, a job, and even more success than ur 22nd did!

Wheee Gemini’s! Happy early birthday sweetie, I hope you have an amazing one. Thank you!!

Yo, okay so another unrequested gif hunt but I have a hell of a lot of Chrissy Costanza gifs and I just want to see her used more. There are #200 #300 #370 gifs here, all small and most of them are HQ. Many of them are mine, but for the ones that aren't, all credit to the makers. Like the post if this helped you, please! UPDATED: 6-22-14 8-2-14

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19.03.16 || yesterday was the first time ever i went to muji and i have to say it was better than what i expected. i absolutely love the paper and the pens!!! kinda regretted buying two pens only but it’s ok 😿 i also went to paperchase to buy a book for my travel journal wheee + book world by kinokuniya was dabomb.com!!!!!!! could’ve bought more but we didn’t have the time :[

hope y'all have a good day!

ok but

  • what happened to the sprites. is davepeta ok.
  • what happened to the kids’ fight with caliborn. what happened to the betas being trapped in the house. how did they get out (where does this all fit in chronologically)
  • what happened to ??? the entire lord english fight ???
  • what quadrant(s) are dave and karkat in
  • how did dave come out to his friends
  • did they ever let gamzee out of the fridge
  • did they just leave vriska and aradia and sollux in the dream bubbles. can dream bubbles exist outside of the game
  • where was terezi
  • what am i supposed to do with myself now