We did.. We did WHAT WE TRADED SCOTT FREAKING DARLING WHYYYYY WHY WHY WHY NOT SCOTTY 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
He was amazing this year 😭😭😭 he’s literally the best 😭😭😭😭😭😭 and now he’s gone 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY why do all our players seem to go to Carolina? Maybe we should just stop getting rid of people 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I love you Scott Darling
So I know 90% of you probably don’t care too much but I gotta take a second to just talk about shit that still matters to me even though it shouldn’t.
When I was in grad school, I thought I was going to be a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Even as we all sat around in tears because yet again the legislative branch of the church decided that homosexuality was “incompatible with christian teaching.” Even when I thought I might be trans and would have to navigate being massively queer with participating in a complicated religion.
But they never got the chance, because instead I got kicked out of the ordination process because of poor mental health. Brain disabilities that probably weren’t helped by the stress of being so far in the closet even I didn’t know who I was. So I went to a different church, a church where my lack of faith and my queerness was not only welcomed but celebrated.
And then I stopped going because my mental health got even worse and I don’t even know if I ever want to be any kind of religious professional after all. But I still care. I still worry. And the UMC isn’t doing me any favors on that front. They were cowardly at the next legislative session and kept their harmful language. They keep firing pastors who are openly gay.
Unlike the Southern Baptist Church, they don’t have even the courage to declare homosexuality a sin or to openly condemn gayness widely. They take the conservative approach and let the individual churches decide whether or not to punish someone for who they love. Fucking hell, they haven’t even made any statements about transgender people - and newsflash, when you refuse to make even a cursory statement, you probably don’t like us or want us around.
Today they ruled that a gay married woman can’t be a bishop. Not because of her gender or her work ethic or her attitude or her faith. And let’s be real, she’s a great person and well-loved. But simply because she’s gay they’ve made a ruling that will likely lead to her being fired.
It’s an issue that a lot of people never see, but to be clear, the UMC is a worldwide, enormous church. And this is not merely a religious issue, it’s a beuraucratic one. People just shrug and say “that’s the rule” and go on with their lives. They don’t realize that it’s the rules because no one is willing to change things. It’s a big collection of people who don’t give a fuck about what god would really say, as long as the masses maintain some sort of status quo, that’s good enough.
This isn’t day-ruining for me, obviously. I still weirdly care about religion and shit because that’s just how I’m programed now. But the sheer size of the church is really worrying because they have a huge involvement in multiple African countries and they basically own South Korea. This isn’t just religion, it’s politics.
Ugh, I don’t even have a particularly good point for this post. I’m just pissed and annoyed and wishing I knew how to be religious again or something. Ah well.
Here’s my horrible handwriting on engineering paper because its the only paper I have now thanks to college. I really didn’t realize how many groups I wrote until now…holy crap lmao. Im such trash. and like I wrote, thank you for the tag. The distraction was much needed.
aslkjdfbjhsjghjgbagl!! I can’t believe I forgot to put Wonpil in my bias list. I feel so ashamed.
((Ugh. The more I think about Shanks the more I actually absolutely adore this character.
Like I was just thinking, looking through fanart of him and doujin and stuff, how great he looks with that big ol’ dorky smile of his. And I realized again, he has absolutely no reason to be kind. He had no reason he had to sacrifice an arm for Luffy. He doesn’t need anything from anyone, he doesn’t need their protection, he doesn’t need them to like him, he knows what the One Piece is, he knows where it is. He literally could rule the world with the power and tools at his disposal.
But instead, he chooses to be kind. He chooses to be respectful. He chooses to throw parties and make friends and be a helping hand despite only having one to offer. When Buggy starts yelling at him at the war, he could have easily put Buggy in his place- he could have, over time, let power get to his head. But no. He’s just so happy that Buggy hadn’t changed a bit. He could have easily wasted the mountain bandit at the beginning, but instead he just laughed it off until the bandit threatened a small child he had randomly met.
He could literally be the biggest asshole in the world, and no one would be able to stop him. He could arguably create more trouble than any of the villains we’ve seen so far. But instead he invites his rivals to drink with him, he laughs off insults, and he shows nothing but respect (even if a life at sea has left his manners a little rough, his heart is pure) for those around him. Hell, he saved a Marine’s life, and I doubt that’s the first time he had done so given his track record. Two of his most significant appearances in the manga involve him rescuing someone, one person he didn’t even know (he doesn’t even know Luffy and Coby are friends!). Another involves him helping a rival crew by taking time and resources to ensure proper burials. And considering he’s made probably six to seven appearances so far, and maybe three of them consequential (Beginning, his talk with Whitebeard, and the war - I think his meeting with Mihawk is a little bit more just fluff for us, as well as the funeral) I’d say his track record shows him as pretty compassionate.
He willingly put himself in the path of a powerful, angry, homicidal Marine’s lethal attack to protect some random Marine (A natural enemy of a pirate!). And he didn’t even push a fight with the angry Marine, he simply stopped an attack.
Shanks is literally just kind to be kind. There is no hidden motive unless Oda will surprise us all with a Frozen-like Hans twist. But at that point I’d just give up on the series tbh XD))
i mean, i know sadie is in danger as well. and onion isn’t exactly my favorite character.
BUT COME ON
I WOULD BE SCARED TOO
with that why don’t i give my analysis of the promo?
SHIT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN
DON’T GIVE ME THAT CUTESY STEVEN AND CONNIE STUFF (actually please do i enjoy it quite a lot,) I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO HIDE
First of all, I think it should be worth noting that they give us that vital flashback to the Zoo arc. It further establishes what is likely to happen in this bomb. It causes you to remember that one Yellow Diamond line. You know the one.
“Then there’s still time.”
I will admit, it’s odd how this hasn’t been addressed earlier, but I’m willing to let that slide for now. You can look at all though SU critic blogs if you want to hear commentary on season four, and pacing, and whatnot.
CN YOU CAN’T HIDE THE TRUTH FROM ME
I’m calling it right now. This is going to be the vehicle of transportation for the two new gems being introduced, the Homeworld gems. Why else would they show this ride? Sure, it could be to set the mood, but of course, I want to see something more.
It’s obvious what’s happening here. Sadie goes missing, blah blah blah. Can we just talk about the way the promo presents this scene in general? Honestly, it’s masterfully chilling, with Sadie walking into the darkness, and Steven narrating, confused, “Sadie never came home last night?”
I also think the soundtrack at this part really amplifies the mood as well, SERIOUSLY I CAN’T PRAISE THIS SHOW’S SOUNDTRACK ENOUGH I SHOULD MKE ANOTHER POST DEDICATED PURELY TO SOUNDTRACK APPRECIATION
Ah yes. The only time we see Garnet in this entire promo. I find this rather intriguing, as it could mean multiple things. One, the most likely, they didn’t want to put in as many Garnet shots. But what’s the fun in that?
There’s also a possibility that another The Return will be pulled, and Ruby and Sapphire will be poofed. Also interesting, especially when you consider the possible parallels that could be produced to the hand ship’s arrival. This could be something that motivates Steven to give himself up to the diamonds, (which I’ll get to in a sec.)
After all, is it really realistic steven will do it out of the kindness of his heart?
okay maybe it sort of is it’s steven after all, BUT I WANT TO SPICE THINGS UP
I’m willing to bet that this has something to do with the two new gems. (I’m not going to say their names for spoiler’s sake.) After all, Connie is totally panicked, and even Steven looks pretty distressed. If this was just some normal corrupted gem, I can make a safe bet they would be slightly calmer. Not entirely calm, but much less panicked than they are now. You dig?
There is a lot of speculation on who Steven is trying to call. I’m willing to conclude that it’s Greg, not Sadie, for one reason. The promo says “Sadie never came home last night?” Why would he wait until the next evening to try and contact her?
On that note, PLEASE DON’T LET GREG TO BE TAKEN AGAIN, I DON’T THINK MY HEART COULD STAND IT
Then we see an Onion missing poster. Obvious enough meaning, so I didn’t screenshot it.
A lot of people say Pearl is crying because of what Steven is about to do/ what Steven just did. I mostly agree with them on that, it makes the most logical sense.
I’d like to propose another teory. A much likely one, but, god, I would die of both happiness and despair if it became true.
Mystery Girl, as mentioned multiple times in Last One Out Of Beach City, looking startlingly like a Rose Quartz. All of the Rose Quartzes are either shattered or bubbled in the room we see Blue Diamond in, in That Will Be All, (at least, that’s what can be inferred.)
Imagine the diamonds find a human who looks so much like a Rose Quartz, it’s uncanny? They’re going to want to take that human and investigate.
Just a really far fetched guess, but all the same, if it came true, I would collapse.
Same color palette as the scene with Pearl in the water and Steven on hisphone, but notice that Pearl’s hair isn’t wet. I’m sure that gem clothing and hair doesn’t dry magically in the span of afew seconds, so this leads me to believe that the scene with Pearl in the water takes place after Steven beams himself up. (a la BEAM ME UP SCOTTY)
Okay, so there’s a lot going on here. First of all, note that this light is yellow. This will be important later.
Second, notice how not only is Steven leaving of his own free will, he’’s giving the thumbs up. It’s obvious that he isn’t being taken, and if I had to guess, this could be some deal arranged with the two new gems? (not saying their names for spoilers sake.)
This is all speculation, after all.
Honestly, I think Steven should be grateful he wasn’t just knocked out and whisked away into space.
OKAY SO BACK TO THIS SCENE
Notice how the entire scene seems to be basked in, you guessed it, yellow light.
Okay, one could argue that this is simply daytime, hence the lighting. However, why would the two gems take Onion away in broad daylight? It’s kidnapper 101, especially considering this area seems wide open.
No, it makes more sense that the light we’re seeing is coming from the ship Steven is entering, which could also be the ride seen earlier in the promo. There are quite a lot of connections to be made, aren’t there?
“She wouldn’t have wanted this. But I do.”
Steven is turning himself in. End of discussion.
NOW WE GET TO THE INTERESTING PART
ARE YOU MY DAD
IT TOOK ME FOREVER TO REALIZE BUT DOESN’T THE VOICE SOUND LIKE PEPPA PIG?
I really believe, like many people, that this is one of the gems that has come to find Steven. (once again, no names.) Confused, they might try to find Steven’s dad by saying my dad, instead of, you know, Greg. Because that’s the only way they know him, my dad.
Of course, I will die of laughter if this turns out to be Onion’s voice. No wonder he hasn’t talked. Whatever the case, I simply can’t wait until MAY FREAKING THE 8TH
thank you for all the prompts last night! I’m saving the bulk of them to use as flow-starters over the weekend when I get stuck again. Still trying to break through this rut and back into a decent pattern, so I really can’t explain how much I appreciate all your help. <3 (spoiler: it’s a Lot)
HEY KID, HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO WRITE YOUR ENGLISH ESSAYS COMPLETELY IN CODE? WELL, NOW YOU CAN DO THAT!
Presenting one of the nerdiest things I’ve ever spent three hours on:
Fordese. Exactly as seen in Journal 3, but as a font. You too can confuse your work partner, twin brother, and dream demon arch-nemesis by simply typing on the keyboard as normal, no pen needed!
I must thank @picnokinesis and the fics they wrote in code for putting the random inspiration in my mind to do this, ahahah. XD
The font includes all coded letters from A-Z, both in uppercase and lowercase. (They’re both the same, though- I just figured it wouldn’t hurt to double up.) It has a full set of numbers, and the most common punctuation. Some of the letters are annoyingly close to each other, but it couldn’t easily be helped.
But hey, if anyone actually uses this and makes a post, please feel free to tag me in it so I can see! And if anyone tries this out and there’s any major issues with it, let me know and I can try to fix it! :D