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Bette Davis // Judy Garland // Joan Crawford // Marilyn Monroe // Audrey Hepburn // Barbra Streisand // Angela Lansbury // Natalie Wood // Vivien Leigh

The Houses as Musicals

Thank you so much to @a-medley-of-memories for their comment! Here’s what they said:

“Gryffindor: Mary Poppins because it took bravery to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Slytherin: The Wizard of Oz because each character had their drive to have a heart, courage, a brain, or a home.

Ravenclaw: My Fair Lady because in the pursuit of knowledge, dedication, and your heart’s passion, you can be lovely.

Hufflepuff: Rent because the friendship is there through every season of love”

THANK U THANK U THANK U. YOU REALLY ARE AMAZING!

The Signs As Musicals

Aries: Les Misérables (2012)

Taurus: The Sound of Music (1965)

Originally posted by film-picks

Gemini: The Phantom of The Opera

Originally posted by playbill

Cancer: The King and I (1956)

Originally posted by playbill

Leo: Cabaret (1972)

Originally posted by eccentricauntie

Virgo: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Originally posted by dontmesswiththeleprechaun

Libra: My Fair Lady (1964)

Originally posted by janeaustenrunsmylife

Scorpio: Sweeney Todd (2007)

Originally posted by lottiflowe18

Sagittarius: Oliver! (1968)

Capricorn: Grease (1978)

Originally posted by teenvogue

Aquarius: Mary Poppins (1964)

Originally posted by sarcasm4lunch

Pisces: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Originally posted by best-movies-ever-made

A Response to Fail Night Magic

Stepping out of the Professor at Tolarian Community College’s video addressing FNM promos, I have some thoughts. It is clear to see that this is a serious issue for enfranchised players. Were it not, he would no have made his video. Were it not, no one would be talking about it. But I would like to do my best to offer some perspective. To put this in simple terms, this is not a change for you. In fact, this is so much not a change for you, that this outrage only fulfils the goals of the change. This change was to disincentivize competitive players. And in doing so to allow new ones to flourish. But as always, his is not a simple issue. Nothing is ever a simple issue. So in this, I would like to address the specific issues raised by the Professor. With hope, we can come to some sort of understanding that this is a necessary move.

To begin with, competition is not an incentive. Not everyone is so driven to win that the will continue to lose week after week in it’s name. What hope do I of winning, when I can’t spend $300 on a standard deck? When I can’t dedicate 3 hours of my day to the Limit Resource Set review. The Professor says that, competitive players must remain. Competition is what drives new players. I concede that to some this is true. Those born competitive people. But for the rest of us, to go 0-3 with our beloved Cat deck. There is discouragement in it, like it or not. A drive to win is not a quality we all have. So to this I say that, for FNM to flourish, we must diversify it.

This is all ignoring the outrageous cost on entry into non-draft FNM events. Like it or not, by and large, magic has a pay to win game. Formats are almost solved over night. Following Pro Tours and GP’s, the decks that win rise to the top, become bought out. Then, taken to FNM, all in the hope of winning a couple packs, and a promo. To reiterate, what hope does a new player, fresh with a starter deck, hope of winning, or even lasting a few turns. A 13 year old, without an income. Even me, paying bills, making due. I can only afford to draft. I can’t afford to have a fun standard experience and keep up with competition. In the end, this is not competition. A 1 v 1 match with two $400 decks is competition. My $30 budget build against Mardu vehicles is slaughter. So to that end disincentivizing competitive players isn’t to disincentivize competition. It is to give players, who never could have a chance, a chance.

The issue of a double sided token as the incentive to win, isn’t an issue. It isn’t an issue because this isn’t for you. Of course it is a strict downgrade in the promos that came before because it’s meant to be. I do not believe that this is a reward to attract a new kind of player. Instead, I see it as a lesser reward, and nothing more. It is something competitive players don’t want, but still MTG bling. You won. You got the unique shiny card. That is your reward. And you can use it in your deck.

The professor’s point on promos at the standard show down is a fair one. I will admit that. If this was their perceived incentive, they should move it to where they want the traffic. You want competition out of FNM; get rid of the promo. You want competition to be at the Standard Showdown; give them the promo. The choice to include a piece of foil art for a Rebecca Guay land is fantastic. The piece is chance in it’s non-foil version, and so it’s foil would only be more so. In fact, this may encourage competition in he standard showdown. A place for competition.

At this point, though, The Professor misrepresents the issue. Outright claiming that, given this single example, all will likely be land. But we don’t know this. In his Daily Update, Blake Rasmussen says that this is subject to change. “….we’re trying something new. That doesn’t mean we won’t re-evaluate in the future—we’re always evaluating what we’re doing.” To use the fact that lands may end up as a tired example is fair. But only in the conditions where someone states so. I foresee that it’s likely a the promos will end up in the packs. Only that this time Wizards wanted the promo to be a chase land. I may be speculating too, but my speculation regards varied alternatives. Not a single reality. There is no base for the Professor’s speculation on the continuation of lands. It feels as though he is clutching at straws.

From here, the rest of his points stem from speculation about why Wizards changed the promo. As he goes, he diverts further from the outlined reasons. I’m not pretending that Wizards tells everyone their reasons, all companies do. But using speculation, even good speculation, as a basis for fact is wrong. There is no mention of the quality of promos as a basis for change in either listed article. This is a clear strawman. And on top of that, a false one. The quality of promos has upset people. And it has been a factor in their absence at FNM. There is basis for the belief that quality of promo affects competitive attendance. I’m genuinely confused by where this came from, all the same. That Wizards are doing this because of complaints of quality. What’s more, The Professor doesn’t believe they’d make the smarter change. To improve the card quality.

To actually address this point, I recognise that quantity is important. This is especially the case in large stores. But in small ones it isn’t. Small stores has more than enough. There is an underlying problem here that Wizards needs to look into. But the level of micromanaging necessary, it’s clear why they don’t. It would take more effort than it’s worth to balance this between different size stores.

The professor’s third premise does raise some eyebrows because it’s a fair point. Wizards states that the quality increase of promo didn’t change attendance. The Professor then questions how can they correlate. How can promos and attendance relate if once quality changed, attendance didn’t? But Wizards isn’t correlating these two. They are correlating two things from this. That or new players and promo quality. And completion and promo quality. The implication lies in he next line. “….we don’t want players showing up just because they want the promo—we hope they’re there because they enjoy playing Magic…” It isn’t competitive players themselves they want to disincentivize. But competition. So to play for the sake of it.

He then talks about how the lack of change in data may be due to reputation. That, if Wizards doesn’t offer a good promo for long enough, no one expects one. And so the attendance doesn’t change. But were that the case, Wizards wouldn’t do anything. That data would mean that people who don’t like the promo aren’t going to FNM. It must be something else, otherwise their goals would have already met their goal.

To speculate some more, the lack of interesting promos may have been a subtle way to reach the same goal. To get people who are competitive out. Yet it didn’t work. Which would mean that they looked at more data than a single point. Like user reviews, or some such thing.

The professor’s final point about whether people go to FNM for the promos and only the promos is a fair. He does make it out to feel like FNM is dying, which it isn’t. But I have a few final points myself, because I conclude. If the promos weren’t that big a factor in attendance, why does it matter? This video address why they shouldn’t go, but not why they matter at all. If you want to simply play magic, shouldn’t the winning boosters, or personal victory be enough? To talk about having fun, and then complain about a lost promo; these topics don’t connect. FNM will be no less fun with the loss of the promo. And if some competitive players get so irate that they never go, and open the flood gates for new players. I’ll be happy. Because the more new players we get, the better the game will be. The better the next generation of pros will be. Or maybe they’ll pump WoTC’s profits. IDGF. We can’t expect everyone to want to keep winning for it’s own sake. And you can’t convince people to spend $400 on standard if they don’t see the fun in it. Competition is fun, but there needs to be an official casual space. And this is a push towards that.

Ultimately, The Professor does not give credit where credit is due. His arguments lack depth. Attacking the change, without acknowledging the reason. The removal of the promo was to stop it being a factor completely in competition. So that people who came to FNM, did it for the fun of FNM. Not only to win. The promo token is not to bring in a new audience, but to offer a no stakes prize. The standard showdown offered a home for competition. But they don’t need to move the promo there because the promo isn’t what brought competition. It was the idea of a powerful prize you can use. Saying the should move it, if they believe that and that alone, brought competition. It’s a wild over simplification of the issue and undermines Wizard’s decision.

I get being salty. But this is childish. It’s upsetting to hear that the way you play is not wanted were it used to be. But, misrepresenting the issue is unprofessional.

Edgy spins on The Tales of Beadle the Bard pop up in wizarding literature, comic books, and pop culture around the same time they do in Muggle society. 

The Warlock’s Hairy Heart, but with all girls, redeeming the protagonist. 

Futuristic!steampunk!Babbity Rabbity

The Tale of Three Brothers, but dark and with wonderland twists and appearances from the sisters from The Fountain of Fair Fortune, this time dark witches urging the brothers to listen to Death. 

The one-dimensional characters are given dark backstories and motivations, told from the perspectives of the villains, broken down and put back together in ways that would shock wizarding kids who grew up hearing them as simple bedtime stories. 

Conversation tonight at the space-themed program I'm volunteering at

Girl (5 or so): Teacher! You’re a wizard! That’s a wizard cape!

Me, wearing the sparkly star cape I commissioned from a friend: You’re right, I am a wizard!

Girl: How come you get to wear a cape?

Me: Because when you’re a wizard, they let you wear whatever you want.

Girl: Cool. Can you tie my shoe?

tutwater  asked:

To be fair, bi erasure is a problem with it occurs (although Vriska obviously isn't an example of that lmao), but I'm biased because I'm uncertainly bi and pretty much headcanon all characters as bi until proven otherwise (partially because it makes shipping easier)

Also aren’t all trolls canonically bisexual? Their species reproduces bisexually (ex. f/f and m/m can rear children as easily as m/f can), and literally every member of Rufioh’s party has been romantically involved with him apparently- and it’d be a hecc of a coincidence for every person in his party to have a sexual orientation that corresponded with his sex, if a humanlike straight/gay/bi/ace variety existed

oh yeah there are definitely homestuck characters who are unambiguously bi - its just generally bad practice to assume someones romantic pursuits at 13, especially the romantic pursuits of young girls, are at all indicative of their adult orientation. gay men and lesbians are both pressured to pursue heterosexual relationships and that pressure is twofold for lesbians who are pushed to center their lives around men by both misogyny and homophobia. so “well she dated a guy/multiple guys when she was 13 or younger so :/” is not at all a convincing argument when its super common for gay people to enter straight marriages and even have children before realizing theyre gay, ykwim

for the second half of your ask, yes, but they also do canonically have variation in their orientations. kanaya is indisputably, 100% canonically a lesbian by word of god. trolls dont have a word for those particular orientations but like, trolls arent real, we are humans and we read the story from a human perspective, and the human word for a woman who is exclusively attracted to and romantically interested in other women is a lesbian. i would say terezi is also canonically a lesbian, since she is explicitly disinterested in pursuing relationships with men in post-retcon (to clarify, there are bi women who feel attraction for men, but choose to exclusively pursue relationships with other women either in an act of political solidarity or for their own well-being - so its possible for terezi to be bi and completely uninterested in men, which may also be the case. but thats splitting hairs). as for the dancestors, i do not care what their orientations are, because i do not care about dancestors

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you could write Sirius x Marlene? I loved the eyebrows one!

Hope you enjoy it! It’s another flirting session in which Marlene is cross and Sirius is an idiot, but what else is new?

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Blackinnon + The Nickname

“You know, I’m pretty sure you fancy me.”

Marlene looks up from her tea, singularly unimpressed. “Is that what they’ve been calling it now?”

Sirius looks pleased by her response, and Marlene clenches her fingers around the cuppa to keep from getting her wand. She sits lazily at the kitchen table, hair in a bun and feet in slippers. A vulnerable position. One that Sirius is willing to take advantage of.

“That was not a denial,” he sings happily, walking over to stand on the other side of the table. “I will take what I can get, Mar.”

“I don’t think you realize what I meant,” Marlene replies lightly. “And don’t call me that.”

He looks put out by that. Marlene thinks that for a man who can (illegally) transfigure into a dog, he has an unconvincing kicked puppy look. “James and Lily can call you that. Why can’t I?” 

At his words, Marlene almost feels bad. Almost. Then she remembers the time, just before Christmas last year, when Sirius jokingly enchanted all her socks to walk on their own and he couldn’t figure out how to reverse it. All possible guilt disappears, and Marlene’s frown deepens.

Something in her expression clues Sirius in, and he looks at her in stark disbelief. “You - you’re still mad about the bloody socks, aren’t you? It wasn’t even that bad.”

Marlene simply looks at him for a moment, before standing up and strolling out of the kitchen.

Remus passes her on the way out. Sleepily he says, “Good morning, Mar.”

She replies with a warm “good morning” before heading up the stairs. From the hallway, she can hear Sirius’ call out in a jealous rage, “So even he gets to call you that?”

Marlene smiles evilly. She considers Sirius’ envy a small victory.

anonymous asked:

Do you think we'll see mama-Holt again? I have lots of thoughts on her being involved with science as well, and - UUUGH! What do you think are the chances of seeing her in an active role?

(We know from a poster released back before season 2 aired that her name is Colleen!)

Honestly I’ve been wondering for a while if… maybe the galra attack Earth but news doesn’t reach the paladins quite at first, so there’s a period where Earth is on its own and doing what they can to defend itself and we get a focus, probably around the Garrison, of a resistance movement.

This is a way I could see them nodding to or adapting several moments from DotU:

At the very beginning of GoLion, the heroes return to Earth after a mission in space and fly over a destroyed city- because war broke out when they were away, and then they’re attacked by a galra ship. In GoLion this was because of thermonuclear war wiping out everyone on Earth but let’s just say for many reasons I don’t think VLD would do that, but- I could see them adapting that scene with a very different context- the city might be ravaged but it’s empty because it was evacuated and there’s a bastion, quite possibly the Garrison itself, 

Also in GoLion, Ryou Shirogane, brother of Quiet, becomes a plot point and steps up to help the team at one point after his brother’s death. Shiro’s sure not dead at this point but he /is/ missing.

There’s also quite a few plot points specifically on Earth. We have no idea where Dad Kogane is but he’s definitely mysterious and at this point he’s very unlikely to have left Earth. Keith mentions that he might look for his family. If Pidge is able to find the other two Holts, logically she’d want to go home- and Earth is a massive motivator for Lance itself.

As mentioned, the Garrison has a galra pod and part of a drone in their custody now. As for Colleen Holt specifically, herself- I stand by the idea that I think with ¾ Holts being science wizards, it’s fair to assume Colleen herself is. So she might even be the one specifically brought in to figure out the drone. I mean, Pidge nearly hacked one, and we’d expect her mother to be much more experienced for her age and probable education.

The Slug Club - Social Mobility in a Medieval World


The Slug Club has been controversial amongst fans due to its inherent elitist nature. Whist many people have decried that such a society shouldn’t exist in the school because it’s “not fair”. 

Other essay writers like Redhen proposed that there has always been some kind of “Slug Club” and Slughorn is just the last in a long line of connection brokers in a world that is reliant on connections and patronage

I have a different theory regarding the Slug Club. I explain:


  • Why Slughorn is a brave innovator who introduced a brand new concept to the wizarding world: social mobility for muggle-borns 
  • How the Slug Club works to better wizarding society
  • Why Slughorn set up the Club in the first place - most likely in response to the Dark Lord that preceded Voldemort. 
  • Why, despite Slughorn’s best intentions, his actions contributed directly to the rise of Lord Voldemort - in more ways than one. 

 

An Ancient Society Built on Patronage 



The Harry Potter’s world may look familiar because the books are primarily set in a school, but the wizarding world is not modern Britain with magic, it is a completely different society that has developed on its own independent trajectory for nearly 400 years. The organisation of the wizarding world bears very little resemblance to a modern developed country. In fact it more closely resembles a pre-industrial Britain of the 17th century both in demographics and in prevailing societal attitudes. (See – An Endangered Species Essay)

The Slug Club is inherently not fair, because the Wizarding World is not fair. In fact the wizarding world does not have the concept of “fairness” as understood by anyone living in a modern developed country. Discrimination is openly accepted on all levels and is considered a natural part of life. Never have the words “equal opportunities” or “social mobility” ever been utter by any wizards/witches because these concepts simply do not exist on a cultural/societal level. On an individual level students at Hogwarts are taught about interpersonal virtues of respect, honour and fairness but there is no concerted effort to make the entire society fair for everyone.

In modern Britain politicians promote the virtues of a meritocracy above all else and discrimination is seen as something that should be stamped out. In the job market, employers bend over backwards to look like they give the same opportunities for all. Judges, politicians, and other figures of authority have to publically announce their conflicts of interests (basically anything that affects their neutrality in decision making). Of course nepotism, corruption and prejudice are still endemic to modern British society and growing in strength under the current government but the prevailing social attitude is that these things are definitely wrong.  Never do we see such modern British values being spoken of in the wider Wizarding World. In the Wizarding World one’s connections account for far more than one’s abilities and this is widely accepted as perfectly decent and normal. 

The idea that some family lineages are superior to others is another relic of our collective medieval past that the Wizarding World still endorses to this day. Up until the 20th century, muggle society believed that aristocrats were inherently superior by virtue of better breeding to the working classes. In modern Britain, outwardly at least, we all believe that everyone regardless of their birth has the same potential and deserves the same opportunities to succeed. However this equal opportunities concept to be absent in the Wizarding World as whole.

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