why did i do this in the first place

Headcanon: Leo de la Iglesia speaks Mandarin

So one thing about episode 6 always kind of confused me. Phichit texts Leo and asks him to come to the hotpot place “to translate” but there’s no reason for them to need an English translator. Yuuri and Viktor speak fluent English, and I’m assuming Ciao Ciao and Phichit do, too, since they both spent many years in Detroit.

So maybe they wanted someone who speaks Mandarin, to help them order? But why not text Guang Hong?

Well, maybe Phichit did text Guang Hong first, but he didn’t get a reply (the same way Leo says to Guang Hong “you weren’t answering your phone”), so Phichit contacts Leo next. So that means it’s possible that Leo is at least semi-fluent in Mandarin, possibly due to being bffs with Guang Hong

(And then I have to wonder if Leo and Guang Hong speak to each other in Mandarin or English, or maybe they switch it up)

it always shocks me that people still to this very day think Komaeda is a selfish, delusional, crazy liar like this kid:

- Waited for a kid who had a panic attack and blacked out upon being thrust into a stressful situation, when no one else did, and offered to lead him around to make sure he was accustomed and okay.

- Has the whole liar disease when his personalty is reversed to show us he’s not a liar, which I’m like, 65% sure why the despair disease was even conceived of by the writers in the first place.

- Has an entire section where you play as him (which is unprecedented in DR) just to show you that no, he is definitely not a liar and fully believes in the righteousness of what he’s doing.

- Decided to sacrifice himself for his classmates and risked his life when going into the FDR, without even telling anyone what he was doing so no one would stop him.

- Even after literally sacrificing his life for hope, still left behind enough critical evidence purposefully so that his classmates could maybe find out the truth, just in case they were worthy of it after all and to maybe save their lives even after, again, he had tortured himself and resigned himself to a slow, painful death.

- In Island Mode in general is mostly a considerate sweetheart, warning Hinata to stay away from dangerous things and trying to keep him safe whenever they’re together. (In the manga he even takes care of Hinata after Hinata gets sick thanks to his luck.)

- When he dreams of an ideal world, it is one where he has horrible, bad things happen to him, but good things happen to those he admires and cares for, that’s his heart’s literal truest desire.

- Tried to warn his classmates about going back to fight Kamukura and Enoshima without help, and yeah I know he said he was ‘just testing them.’ But that was clearly just him going along with what they had suggested, like he often says he’ll do in SDR2, because he doesn’t think his opinions and observations are worth much compared to Ultimates.

- Was so happy to see Kuzuryuu and Souda alive after his dream that he hugged them, even knowing that it was only dream because he cared about them so much.

- Komaeda Nagito is a naturally sweet boy who gets set off by stressful and strenuous situations, likely thanks to his  FTD and quite honestly likely thanks to some form of PTSD for all the death he’s seen and believes himself guilty of, when there’s no tragedy or conflict to set him off, he’s harmless and only viewed as strange or weird by his classmates, rather then dangerous. (Exempting Hinata of course.) 

- Literally he fell in love with the first person who tried to understand him wtf this boy is not evil or a psychopath.

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: when and where did edward nygma, serial killer, genius, future riddler, learn to make origami penguins without looking? how long did it take him to learn how to do it so well? why did he learn to make origami penguins in the first place? did he do it just to impress oswald? was he looking for ways to woo his crush and just think "i know, i'll make him a paper penguin. he'll be super impressed"? what happened to the origami penguin? did oswald keep it? does he still have it?
2x07 Theory: Malec

So I was asked to write my 2x07 theory and I think I’ve completely put everything together.

So Jace has sex with a random chick (at Magnus’ apartment, like ew we have no room for straight people here get out) and Alec and Jace have a conversation about why the hell Jace is there in the first place. I think that Alec walks in on Jace and the girl doing the do and is utterly repulsed by it. Okay so this sight may have played a hand in Alec’s thinking of sex. I’m not saying he didn’t have those desires before, I’m just saying that this had him wokeTM .

So, Alec goes to none other than his lovely little sister for a sexual consult, to which Izzy is absolutely ecstatic. (number one #malec shipperTM) She probably says something along the lines of “You just know” or something. She then proceeds to explain to him the intricacies of gay sex and he is very confuesd a) because he knows how it works he’s a grown ass man, and b) why does his little sister know so much about the intricacies of gay sex.

And then they go shopping in Japan bc they wanna get away from cockblock JaceTM and when they are there, Alec decides to buy Magnus an omamori, a Japanese good luck charm because Alec is soft af.

Magnus is shook!

and then you have Alec going in for the kill. But it’s just a quick smooch because they are soft boyfriendsTM

Then here we have Magnus and Alec cuddling up into each other on the balcony being all domestic and shit. Things from this point become erotic and something clicks in Alec’s brain and he’s just like ‘I’m ready to lose my flower leggo’ and they begin to take it into the bedroom but then Alec stops to tell Magnus that he is worried he won’t ‘be good at it’ or something like that and the Magnus will say…

And then…

They make love.

How does this story end? Well…


we all die.

my favourite thing about cars as a franchise is that if you try to think about the logistics of the cars universe as it is presented in the films, logically, for about…i don’t know, a second? the entire concept collapses

like, for example, there’s a sequence in the first cars film, in which lightning mcqueen shortly after arriving in radiator springs and causing all the damage, is effectively put on trial, and they do this in a courtroom

i want you to look at this image and try and think about how anything in this scene should conceivably exist in this universe. how did cars make the hardwood floor? why are they on a hardwood floor in the first place, wouldn’t their tires be making a complete mess on the floor? how did they carve those ornate pillars and door designs? how did they make the ceiling fans? why would cars need ceiling fans? how the fuck did they paint those pictures in the background? and design the detailed frames for the pictures? or even make the canvas on which the pictures were to be painted in the first place? how did cars make that sculpture and lettering above the door? how the fuck? the absolute limit of the cars fine motor skills control is their wheels which are woefully inadequate for doing anything, and even the little forklifts abilities are limited, with nowhere near the precise amount of control required for any of this shit to occur. how did any of this happen? the entire reality of the film falls apart with the slightest poking and it’s incredible

Today a door taught me two very important things.

I was at lunch with one of my toxic ex best friends who I hadn’t met in almost a year and quite frankly I don’t know why we met today in the first place. All we did was start the meal with small talk and indulge in polite boring conversation until I spoke like I always do- honestly.
Then all it was, was accusations and yelling and snide remarks.
It was just so much negativity, anger and repressed emotions that I wanted to run away.
The door and the lessons it taught me come into picture when we were leaving the restaurant-

I always hold the door for anyone behind me. It doesn’t matter what’s their age or gender, it’s just a habit. But today I was so mad that I decided not to hold the door for her.
The result?
I crashed face first into the door and broke my glasses.

1. This taught me was that you shouldn’t change your behaviour irrespective of other people’s behaviour because that’s not who you want to be.

2. It also taught me to never pull, push doors.
Amidst all the negativity and baggage, I didn’t bother about the sign and pulled the door. I guess that only means that I shouldn’t, lost in all my emotions ignore the actual signs people show and bother pulling them into my life while really I should be pushing them away.
Because those people want to leave and pulling them is only going to break me like the door broke my glasses.

—  creatingnikki 

The fact that Will is constantly said to be good at hiding bothers me. How and why did he get so good at hiding, and who did he have to hide from? It’s possible that since his biological dad, Lonnie, was verbally (and quite possibly physically) abusive he wanted to get away from him. Maybe that’s why he built castle Byers in the first place-

  • Jumin: Luciel here spent all the money.
  • 707: Then why did we elect me as the treasurer?
  • Jumin: I told you. It was mostly a figurehead position.
  • 707: Then why even have an election in the first place? I mean, you're rich so do it yourself.
  • Jumin: Luciel, the election didn't matter much. You cheated anyway.
  • 707: What do you mean I cheated anyway?! I did not cheat! I wouldn't have cheated an election. That is a sacred Democratic right!
  • Jumin: There are 400 votes for you.
  • 707: So?
  • Jumin: That's 7 of us!
  • 707: Yes? So, you can vote multiple times... for yourself.
Why is diversity important in the practice of law?

A couple of months ago, I applied to a scholarship that asked me to answer the previous question. It was angry, it was honest, and I thought it wasn’t going to be PG enough for the committee. Yesterday, I found out I DID get the scholarship. While I am very thankful to have received it (it means I can afford to buy my textbooks next semester) I have often come back to the essays that I wrote in order to remind myself… why the hell I’m doing this in the first place. So as usual I thought I’d share

Why do you believe that diversity is important in the practice of law?Despite many advances, our country is still confronting an incredible dissonance of identity. We call ourselves the land of the free and home of the brave; yet we quantify how much “freedom” our citizens deserve based on their skin color, religion, and income, and refuse to let some of us call this our “home” even when crossing oceans and borders just to get here was the bravest thing we’d ever done. No one understands a struggle, as well as the ones that live it. Who better to understand our country’s issues than those that live in a dissonance of identity every day like minorities in this country do? Who better to shape the definition of America, than those that struggle with being “too” American and American “enough” every day of their lives?

Our laws, regulations, and public policies are the framework in which our society is built on and lives through. The law is words put into action. Those with the power to make law, decide what it means, and what it should be, determine who our country is and who our country will be. We need more diversity in the practice of law so that when those important decisions of policy and law are made, our experience and issues are taken into serious consideration without being dismissed, not simply for ourselves, but for the future prosperity of our country. A fragmented community cannot grow, and without resolving our issues with race, immigration, religious differences, and income disparities, we will never be united enough to prosper.

What can we do to promote and support diversity in the legal profession?

Give us examples to follow. Give us a lot of examples to follow. Help more minorities get to and through law school. Then help them succeed even after law school. We can expose our children to what they could dream to accomplish every day, but without seeing themselves in a concrete example, in someone that looks like them, and speaks like them, and has experiences like theirs, those ambitions will remain abstract dreams and not realities.

When I was 16 I saw Elle Woods graduate from Harvard Law School in the film Legally Blonde and I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer. By 18, despite having graduated as a National Hispanic Merit Scholar, at the top of my class, and with a full scholarship, I also knew that I could never go to law school. I didn’t know any lawyers; my parents didn’t know any lawyers. Elle Woods was blonde and rich and I was brunette and poor. That’s what life had taught me in those two years, that’s how strong and pervasive the lessons of inequality continue to be in our country.

It wasn’t until ten years later that my high school students would finally help me unlearn that terrible lesson. My students were refugees, immigrants, band geeks, cheerleaders, gang leaders, mothers, fathers, orphans, and poets. They would come into my classroom tired and sleepless because they were working all night, because the baby hadn’t stopped crying all night, because they hadn’t stopped crying all night for the mother they left behind in El Salvador. But when I told them that education would help them reach their goals, that they could go to college and most importantly that they could graduate from college, they believed me. They believed me because I look like them, and speak like them, and I can never say no to a bag of Takis or a plate of pupusas just like them, and I had done it. With my braids and Spanish accent, I had graduated.

My last day in my classroom, I sat on the floor and cried because I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving them, until Guadalupe told me, “Miss D. if you can’t do it then how do you expect us to do it? You said we could and we can, so now you have to, too.”

I’m a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, Mexican-American woman and English is my second language, and in 2019 I will be a law school graduate. Because underneath every single one of my identifiers that I am so proud of, there is an entire population of Americans that didn’t have the privilege and blessings that I did to be able to overcome the obstacles that every single one of those identifiers puts before us. Because I cannot let the world say that any part of who I am limits me; I cannot say it for myself or for all my students that inspired me to fulfill my dreams. That’s what keeps me up at night, even after 12 hours of studying, even after ramen noodles and no sleep. To be a more diverse law community, we need more diverse students becoming lawyers, because once we do we will never forget that this is not just about us… this is about everyone like us that couldn’t and everyone after us that should.

“Why can’t everybody just love each other and simply coexist with each other?” is something a Libra would say. They think that if everybody can just cooperate, compromise, and love each other, the world would be a better place.

Libras tend to forget that it’s hard for everyone to “just love each other.” There’s flaws, and due to those flaws, there are misunderstandings that will eventually turn to hatred if nothing is done. Libra is idealistic in the sense that it forgets the ugliness of the world. Libra is a masculine, external sign is ruled by Venus after all… Libra seeks for beauty in the outside world and is constantly disappointed when it sees that the world isn’t always so beautiful.

And with the ugly side of the world, sometimes, cooperation and compromise isn’t enough, and that’s something a Libra can struggle to learn. They may think that a rational compromise will make the cut, but… will it? Will a clean cut, rational solution solve a messy, irrational problem? Libras can often be baffled by some of the problems they face because they try to have a rational take on a problem that requires an irrational action.

It’s hard for Libra to accept that the world can’t “just love each other.” It’s hard for Libra to accept that love can’t exist without hate… After all, how can we truly know love if we don’t have an opportunity to feel a lack of it, which is hate? Libra has to realize that some problems in the world can’t simply be fixed by compromise because it’s too emotionally painful to fix. Some problems can’t just be forgiven and done, because not all problems are easy to move on from.

This is something that Scorpio, the sign after Libra will understand. With every sign, there is a problem that will be positively addressed in the next sign… Yet with that positive address, a new problem will rise for that next sign. This is what ultimately connects the signs, and the constant emergence of solving and having issues is what keep the sign cycle going.

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12/18 Shoma’s pre-Nationals interview with Daisuke Takahashi

The clip starts out with the 2017 highly anticipated and promising athlete ranking: 1) Otani Shohei (baseball), 2) Uno Shoma (figure skating), 3) Nishikori Kei (tennis), 4) Hanyu Yuzuru (figure skating), 5) Shirai Kenzo (gymnastics).

[Cut to interview]
Dai: Was there something you told yourself or some sort of trick to land the quad flip?
Shoma: (After last season’s seventh place finish at Worlds) I gathered myself and wanted to do something fun, but the quad lutz is probably out of the question so I thought why not try the flip.
Dai: It took you a really short time to land it, didn’t it?
Shoma: I landed it on the first day when I was practicing it for the first time.
Dai: That’s amazing?? How many years did I work on it… and I only landed it once!

[Dreams on Ice 2012 clip with Yamada]
Yamada:
He loves skating so he works really hard. He’s always been a hard worker. Yaaay! We’ll do our best, thanks for supporting us.
Shoma: I’ll do my best!

[Cut back to interview]
Dai: Do you remember this flip board? You wrote it.
Shoma: Eh, when?

It’s a “Future Report” he wrote in November 2014 of his goals.
2014: Land 4T & 3A in competition.
2015: Move up to seniors.
2016: ?
2017: ?
2018: Skate in the Olympics.

Shoma (in 2014): I want to improve even more, and during that time, I’m not sure how much I can improve so we’ll see what happens.

Dai: So when you first wrote this, you left it as “we’ll see what happens,” so how do you feel about it right now?
Shoma: At the time, I wasn’t thinking that far ahead. I was primarily focused on consistency with the quad toe loop and triple axel. I didn’t see past those instances so that’s why I wrote “we’ll see what happens.” My current state is definitely not something I imagined. It’s beyond what I could imagine.

Dai (watching Shoma practice): Saying things like, “I want to win” or “I want to become like this or that,” he’s changed. You can feel he’s taking on the responsibility of being a skater representing Japan.

Dai: Before you said, “No matter what you did, you wouldn’t be able to beat Hanyu-senshu,” have you changed from that position?
Shoma: It’s changed a lot. It’s changed from “I’m still a long ways from winning” to “I want to win.”
Dai: More determined now, yeah?
Shoma: I’m training now to catch up to Yuzu-kun to become a skater that can compete on his level. It’s what I remind myself when the going gets tough. I’m glad there are still a lot of goals for me to achieve.

Back to the “Future Report,” a goal was added for 2016.
2016: Beating Yuzu-kun.

My theory on that pic

Okay, so I thought some more about that photo Phichit took of Yuuri and Victor.

My three main questions are:

  • What exactly are Yuuri and Victor doing?
  • Why is Phichit there with them?
  • Why did Phichit post it online?

Of course, at first glance that pic seems rather suggestive. But even when they are very comfortable with touching each other by now, I don’t believe Yuuri would be up for something naughty in a public place. So, as long as they didn’t invite Phichit to their hotel room to watch them, I can’t think of a situation where Phichit’s with them while they are in such a position. And if Phichit accidently caught them in the act, I don’t think he’s the type of friend to post it online. Unless the truth is something more innocent.

And in the end, it is a preview for the next episode. It’s supposed to suggest more then there actually is. So, here’s my best guess at what really happened:

Yuuri and Victor go out in the evening to get some local food and Victor drinks a bit too much. So it is up to Yuuri to get him back to their hotel. And because drunk Victor doesn’t want to leave so soon, he doesn’t play along, making it quite difficult for Yuuri to drag him back to the hotel.

On their way back or in the hotel lobby they meet Phichit who sees how much trouble Yuuri has and offers to help him out with getting Victor to their room and to bed.

Once there, Victor takes his shirt of and demands to sleep together with Yuuri. Maybe with the excuse that Makkachin is not with them so he needs someone else to cuddle with to fall asleep. Maybe because he’s a bit jealous that Yuuri gets along so well with Phichit. Or maybe just because he feels like it. Yuuri refuses but Victor doesn’t listen and tackles him regardless, and that’s how they end up in this position. Phichit thinks it’s hilarious how needy Victor is acting and how much Yuuri is flailing so he took the photo and posted it online.

I find Killing Stalking to be really interesting since it portrays how someone can dually be a victim yet also an abuser at the same time. We all feel a lot of empathy for Bum, not only for his current situation but also his backstory and mental state, yet in another situation he would certainly be the antagonist. He is obsessive and a serial stalker. 

Which is why I’m finding it really hard to understand how people can feel so betrayed after chapter 19, it’s not like Bum as lost his “smol bean precious cinnamon roll” status but that he never had it in the first place. 

I mean, did you read chapter 1? Before anyone knew that Sangwoo had no morality whatsoever, look what Bum was doing. He was obsessively trying to break into Sangwoo’s house for months and the first thing he does he try to masturbate on Sangwoo’s bed. 

As we learn from chapter 19, in his past, he told a rape victim that men were only interested in her for her breasts. It doesn’t matter that Bum opened up to her, she did not owe it to him to continue their friendship. She wasn’t seeing “smol bean precious cinnamon roll”, she was seeing someone who she had bonded with other their mutual abuse, then Bum became obsessive. He began insisting that they were dating, he stole things from her, he even knew what her bra size was. Then when confronted all he could focus on was her body. 

I love Bum’s character and I’m rooting for him, but c’mon he is not a good person himself and he never has been. He’s a deeply flawed person, a tragic figure, an unreliable narrator, and an amazing character, which is really everything you need for a horror webcomic to really stand out. Because of his mental state and his very petite build, he’s easy to woobify, but I think he’s a lot more interesting as the depraved stalker victim protagonist then the cinnamon roll

Attack the argument, not the people

It’s the first thing you learn in debating: if someone has a point about their issue, you address that point. You methodically explain why their contention is wrong, and why your contention is right. What you never do is attack the person. 

For example:

Contention: “Vaccines cause autism.” 

Attacking the argument: “Actually, that contention is based on one single study which was biased in the first place and has been discredited thousands of times. No further studies have been able to demonstrate any sort of link or even correlation between vaccines and autism. I can link you to more information if you’d like.”

Attacking the person: “What a fucking idiot. Did you read that on the Spiritual Mummies For Purity blog run by that bitch who has a BA in Food Toxins and Applied Bullshit? HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK? Probably not, which is why you’ll believe whatever bullshit you read on the internet.”

The reasons for this are as follows: 

  • The minute you personally attack someone, they switch off and disengage. They will not listen to another word you say. It takes many years involved in social justice movements to be able to step away from personal attacks and consider the arguments people put forward as part of them, and you have no way of knowing if the person you are attacking is able to do that yet. So, if your goal is to show people they are wrong and have a good chance of them listening, you should steer clear of personal attacks. 
  • It distracts from the actual issue. The issue here in my example is that false information about vaccines putting people on the ASD spectrum is being spread and causing real harm to real people. The issue is not Mary from Kansas and whether or not she’s an idiot who’s never read a book, which is what you’re going to end up debating if that conversation were to continue. You’re not going to change her mind and reduce the harm her opinion is causing by personally insulting her, so why would you do it? 

Here’s why: it feels good to insult people when you’re angry, and when you’re debating an issue that’s of critical personal importance to you it can be very hard for you to not attack people whose views are causing you actual damage. And, honestly, if your goal is just to feel better in a shit world and take no prisoners doing it, then do whatever you want. No one can stop you from expressing yourself in a way that makes you feel better about how crap everything is, and you have every right to do that! 

HOWEVER. If you openly attack people, don’t misrepresent your intentions as ‘debating an issue’. That’s not debating an issue, that’s attacking other people who disagree with you because it makes you feel better and not giving a fuck about the consequences. 

If your goal is to create communities where people feel like they can openly discuss issues, and engage in debates where people feel heard and where there’s a opportunity for you to change or open people’s minds to an issue, you need to be respectful and stick to the topic. Yes, even if people’s ideas are so ignorant you can barely fucking stand it. Choose neutral language that allows people to engage with it. Be patient with people who know less about issues, or are ignorant about social issues. If you’re not able to do that, you should take yourself out of the discussion until you’re in a better place. You can rant about those idiots on the untagged privacy of your own blog or to people who understand if it makes you feel better. 

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t show emotion and you shouldn’t let people know how hurt you are by certain beliefs they might hold - say you’re angry if you’re angry, and explain why! - but you can express a great deal of emotion without personally attacking people. Be super passionate if the issue is of importance to you, but stick to the topic. 

Yes, Mary from Kansas’s view on vaccines (and probably her view of people on the ASD spectrum) is wrong and dangerous and could potentially kill people, but you’re not going to change her mind and curb the damage she’s doing by telling her she’s a fucking idiot who never read a book in her life. You’re going to disengage her from the debate and embed her further in her echo-chamber anti-vaccines communities and make the damage worse.

If you want to have a shot at changing people’s minds, 99% of the time you’re going to need to be respectful, avoid attacking them personally, and explain in neutral language why the contention they hold is wrong. 

Remember: no one is born with perfect knowledge or perfect politics. You weren’t either, these things are learnt. Play a part in someone learning them, not in driving people away from the discussion with nasty personal attacks <3

6

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

→ Imagined Tokyo Ghoul Book Covers

Can we just talk about how GOOD this is?

People get fixated on how “useless” HR is because he’s not the quantum physicist the team thought he was… but he is clearly amazing at marketing.

I mean, look, you’ve got a logo, slogan, mockups… all of which is very impressive for a guy who as of 3x05 could barely switch on a computer. I’m not saying it’s the most incredible pitch ever, but he knows what he’s doing where this stuff is concerned.

“Yes, Pang,” you say, “but Team Flash doesn’t need an ad man.”

Let’s get back to why HR did this in the first place - he read news reports and came to the conclusion people will eventually figure out they’re working with the Flash… which honestly everyone should’ve figured out years ago. Sure he’s actively seeking for a way to be useful, but it’s nice someone is actually planning ahead for once.

Can I rant for a minute about this??

Too bad I’m going to anyways.

Yes, Snape was horrible to Harry and his friends because of what Harry’s father and his friends did to him while he was school, and yes there isn’t really any justification for that, but the fact that Snape had a “crush” on Lily has nothing to do with why Harry named his son after him.

Snape risked his life to help Harry, and the Order. And he got killed because of it in the end.

Yes, he was stupid for becoming a Death Eater in the first place, but after Lily died he changed. He regretted his actions, and wanted to do anything he could to defeat Voldemort, so he became a fucking DOUBLE AGENT. He was spy for the Order. And if he got caught, he would get killed.

Not to mention, Voldemort killed him because he thought he was the true owner of the Elder Wand, when he wasn’t. Snape could have easily told him who was the actual owner, but he didn’t. (I’m assuming that he knew Draco disarmed Dumbledore).

But what matters the most, is that Harry believed he was one of the bravest men he knew. He risked his life for him, and died for him.

THAT is why Harry named his son after him. Not because Snape had a fucking crush on his mom.

But because he was a hero.