toytowns :this is why tumblr is worth pennies now
if your dom is older you call him daddy, but what if he’s younger? what am i supposed to call a hot attractive dom who is younger than me?
him: *chokes me*
me, wheezing: your grip is getting stronger, sport
To be fair this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read
#my lord what EXACTLY is ms Beifongs role in these meetings #a nervous nobleman asks after the third time she interrupts them with stupid commentary #zuko with perfect deadpan: she’s my scribe
You CAN’T leave that in the tags
Post canon Toph who doesn’t want to go back to her shitty parents so she just decides to stay in the Fire Nation and bum off Zuko’s hospitality.
Zuko’s like no, yeah, I totally get it, and just makes her one of his advisors. At first it’s just so she has a good excuse to stay but after the first meeting Toph storms out shouting about how EVERYONE was lying why would you even need to lie about what kind of tea you want??
Zuko: I mean they’re politicians…..but also who, and when, and in what way
They make a subtle Morse code system so Toph can warn him when someone is lying to him without tipping anyone off that she can sense lies.
Zuko gets a reputation for somehow being both extremely socially inept and yet somehow disgustingly perceptive?? You can’t get ANYTHING by him???
this is a real deleted scene from revenge of the sith
HOW IS THIS REAL
IM GOING TO FUCKING CRY
anakin: hey obi wan guess what *makes beeping sound*
obi wan, scared: how the fuck are you doing that with your mouth
People who prefer hot weather: Snow and ice are a pain, and the cold is just kind of uncomfortable even when you wrap up, you know?
People who prefer cold weather: MY SKIN LITERALLY MELTS OFF EVERY SUMMER I AM A FUCKING HUMAN SOUP AS WE SPEAK
you wouldn’t believe how many people reblogged this to whine about hot weather in the tags.
too cold? put on another layer!
too hot? change into thinner clothes!
still too cold? put on another layer!
still too hot? uh, get naked I guess?
still too cold? put on another layer!
still too hot? Ţ̡̜̮̗̟̯͘ͅA̛͈͎̤͙̳̦̱̜̺̪K̢̻̥̥̥̪̙̜̩̗̼̤̻̻͖͍̜͈͉͠ͅE̟͕̩͔̪͓͔̥̦͇̣͇̳͕͉͜ͅ ̠̝̥̖̭̦̼́͝O̩̦͓̠͉̲̲̱̪̹̻̼̭̯͎͈̕͢F̷̸̢̛̙͇͔̜̙̮̗̲̤͇̯͡F̧̨̱̤̲̫͕͔̼̭͙̠̙͙̹̻ͅ ҉̫̠͓̙̠͔̕͜͠Y͡҉̴̘̭̬̳́O̶̶̧͚̞̣̯̩̫̜̩͉̤͎͖̖͟ͅU̶̵̺̠̪̘̱̮̮̙̻͈̣̦̭͠͝͞R̨҉̦̺͓̩̺͖̘̪̥̺͚̱͚͔̪͓̖̰ ̷̸̺͇̳͇̖̥̻̳͚̗̥͙̪̣́S̡̞̳͖̭̯͉̻̠͔̥̹̫̣̼̹͇͜K͏̧͍̪̗̖̜̫̙̱̫͈̟̝̮͈̻̺̯̟̠̀Į̧̙͙͔̠͖̟̕͝Ǹ͖͎̳͍̪̱̞͇̺̘̩͘͜͠
The cold is easily shut out, the heat is inescapable hell
THE TRUTH COMES OUT.
Avoidance techniques for the cold:
-more coats, fire, hot food and drink, stay inside, fuzzy sweaters, ear muffs, become a burrito
Avoidance techniques for heat:
-die, I guess.
That Little Women quote, “but I’m so lonely” is EXACTLY the vibe of refusing to compromise yourself and your integrity and your ambition and your agency and your SELF for absolutely ANYONE and having to come to terms with the fact that it leaves you alone and you would rather stay silent than admit the shame to anyone that you are lonely because of it.
hi i just got into atla so I’ve been browsing lots of fanart and your Zuko is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen BY FAR 💖💖 you draw him so cute I want to WEEP
Not sure how Zuko would feel about my drawings of him being cute, but…
THank yOu! <3 I love cute things.
Your welcome for this dumb thing you didn’t ask for…I got a bit carried away.
Lmao did I seriously get called a bootlicker for holding the terrible oppressive opinion of “authors deserve to be paid for their work”? You’re not a radical for distributing other people’s creative work for free you’re just a dick.
Fucking wild how many of these people seem to believe both that books are so vital that it’s necessary they’re immediately available to everyone at no cost, and also that authors are bougie scum who contribute nothing to society, have nothing of worth to say, don’t deserve to be paid or not have their job security undermined, and should find another job… and they see no contradiction in this. Absolutely amazing.
#this is honestly not an exaggeration I have seen all of this in the past hour #also loving the assumption across the board that all authors are white able-bodied financially stable and otherwise not marginalized #which is HILARIOUSLY inaccurate in the circles I run in #and by loving I mean I want to punch people
#‘oh but if you buy books it goes to the publisher not the author’ #yeah usually but if you buy books it tells the publisher it’s worth buying ANOTHER book from that author #it means their next advance might be higher #it means they CONTINUE TO HAVE A JOB
Also, as I have said a million kajillion times? People who work in publishing deserve to eat too. Not just authors. Although authors also deserve this! Publishing isn’t the music industry. Editors spend many, many hours working on those books you like so that they’re readable. (Sometimes you can tell when an author has got too famous and they clearly have stopped listening to their editors. You can see the quality of the books decline.) Illustrators drew that map of the book’s fantasyland at the front; illustrators drew that double-page spread of a mediaeval town with the hundreds of people walking around. Photographers took the colour photos in the glossy insert. Permissions staff called around and cajoled that Scandinavian museum to secure the right to print that photo of that Viking ship. Typesetters and graphic designers made the interior readable, and made the eye catching cover. Heck, editors made sure that each paragraph of text was tagged correctly so that the book could be turned into an ebook, and checked it once it was done to make sure it hadn’t all gone weird in the conversion. If it’s a nonfiction book, there’s even a chance that the publisher sought out an author or author team to write the book, not the other way around – especially for textbooks.
There is an extraordinary amount of work that goes into publishing a book. Authors spend a horrific amount of time on each one, and so do staff at publishing houses. Almost none of us get paid particularly well. In my first job as an editor, I was alarmed to discover that I could get a 10k raise by quitting and going to work as a receptionist. I’ve been a receptionist before. It didn’t require me to work overtime, or to have a university qualification. I’ve played Solitaire on the computer as a receptionist. Being an editor had me regularly stay late at the office.
The thing about ‘x book has sold so well! All the money should go to the author’ is that it shows you don’t understand how publishing works. Most books don’t make very much for the publisher. Some don’t cover the cost of production. The reason why publishers can keep producing books, and can publish interesting or risky books, is those rare success stories. In Australia, our local publisher Allen & Unwin had the distribution rights for Harry Potter, which they did not produce. But the money they got for distributing the series bankrolled books by Australian authors. It meant they could publish Garth Nix’s children books, a beautiful coffee table book on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or the Phryne Fisher series.
Pirating books won’t hurt the few executives who make money at publishing. But it will hurt authors – most of whom don’t make enough from writing to classify their work as anything other than a hobby – and it hurts people like me, who make authors works look good.
Pirating books shuts down small publishers, or otherwise they get bought out by the same big publishers you rail against. Ours is not an industry with a large safety net. We really, I don’t know how to get this across to you, do not make much money. The reason why Hachette is large and makes a lot of money is because Hachette is an umbrella publisher that has something like sixty smaller publishers under it. I can’t remember the exact number from when I worked there, and it’s likely changed since, anyway. If you don’t want the five big publishers owning everything, you need to support the smaller publishers. Which means buying their books, or at the very least not pirating them.
Most people who work in publishing do it because we really love books. We’re really not in it to make money. Which is good, because people who work in publishing are really poorly paid. I have met more than a few who leave after five or ten years, who go to work in the government, or at universities, or in marketing, because the poor pay and the stress has finally got to them.
And you know what? If capitalism ceased to exist tomorrow, I’d be delighted to spend my days making books for no renumeration. I love books. I love editing! But that’s not the world we live in, and I don’t want to see my tiny industry basically cease to exist. I’ve already seen the number of jobs in publishing shrink and shrink in my country. I’ve seen publishers disappear and get swallowed up by others.
Authors and publishing staff are not the enemy. Why the fuck shouldn’t they get paid for their fucking labour.
Hi! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood professional copy editor!
I haven’t been paid in three months thanks to corona. I don’t get paid much when I do get paid. And if you pirate this biography of Charles de Gaulle that I am devoting my weekend to, I won’t get paid at all.
Books do not fly straight from the author’s head to your hands.
If you can afford it, buy your books. (And if you’re in the U.S., buy them from Bookshop.org because fuck Amazon.)
If you can’t afford to buy books, GO TO YOUR LIBRARY! THAT IS HOW YOU GET BOOKS FOR FREE! A librarian can help you get any book you want! And the library pays for the books! Publishers get money to pay their employees and you get the book for free! The library gets a boost in circulation numbers, which helps them convince the state government to please, please give them some of the tiny percentage of tax dollars that are still used to better the community.
You say you love books?
SUPPORT SMALL PUBLISHERS. SUPPORT SMALL BOOKSTORES. SUPPORT LIBRARIES.
i mean, also, not to be an asshole but even people who work for big 5s deserve to eat. like there are some otherwise good points made on this post but also, even PRH is not on the same level as amazon, and there’s not a lot of use in splitting hairs or throwing shade when publishing doesn’t pay its junior level employees enough even at the big scary five and pirating and amazon both significantly cut into the margins. you’re not sticking it to the man by pirating books regardless of who the publisher is, just don’t pirate them, please buy them from indies or go to your library. it’s just the right thing to do
TiL (click to go to the thread, which probably has more interesting tidbits I missed).
These are my people.
Betting I’ve reblogged this before. Betting I’ll reblog it when it turns up again.
In addition to the print terminology stuff: the visual shorthand icons and ad graphics for something about writing are still often pen-nibs, fountain pens and typewriters…
…while graphics of a monitor, keyboard and mouse remain visual shorthand for computing…
…even though most writers now use monitor / keyboard / mouse or even laptop / touchpad.
In addition, headers for “this blog / website is about writing” are often in one of the many imitation typewriter fonts complete with smudges, or just Courier.
The start and end call icons on most / all smartphones is still the handset of a classic desk telephone, and sometimes the open-app icon is a complete phone.
The term “hang up” for “end the call” refers to something even older - one of these…
And of course the Save icon is indeed a 3½ inch floppy disc.
Why it wasn’t a 5¼ floppy is a mystery. The icon version is just as distinctive.
Also, why various OP updates never changed “Save” to the graphic of a CD / DVD or flash drive is another mystery, and nowadays a Save icon should probably be a cartoon cloud.
Graphics and terminology are funny things.
Oh gosh shhhhhhkching the return of the typewriter
The whole reason keyboards are set up as QWERTY instead of alphabetical is because this design makes it possible to spell most common words without the arms crossing over one another and getting tangled
Will never be over the fact that Sulu’s canon personality is that when he’s stripped of his inhibitions he runs around shirtless with a sword and when he’s on a strange planet and finds a literal gun, he just starts firing it into the air
imagine how lonely humans must seem to Vulcans!!! to us they appear formal and distant but they all share bonds!! parental bonds, sibling bonds, marriage bonds, and the k'war'ma'khon— the metal linking of all Vulcans, the faint physic connection making them one people! they can share direct thoughts and feelings, no stilted and limited verbal translation to get in the way!! touch is so ritualised because it is such a massive show of trust, especially considering their history of violence and conflict! i can picture some Vulcan essay or commentary written on Terran studies: “It is impressive so many of them form such lasting relationships, given that they cannot fundamentally understand each other or share experiences. The loneliness is inconceivable; they touch and do not know each other.”
Friendly reminder that Dean is a much more complex character than we give him credit for.
1. He’s highly intelligent.
Sam is generally regarded as “the smart one,” but the only real difference between them in regards to intelligence is the fact that Sam pursued higher education while Dean stuck to hunting with his father. Had Dean pursued a college career, there’s little doubt in my mind that he would have been just as smart as Sam.
(Yes, I’m serious.)
Aside from the fact that he evidently enjoys reading some pretty heavy stuff (he’s referenced The Iliad, the Odyssey, Slaughterhouse 5, Cat’s Cradle, Aesop’s Fables, and even Shakespeare) and is secretly the biggest nerd in the entirety of the universe…
…We can’t forget the fact that he basically fully supported both himself and Sam since he was younger than ten. In their childhood flashbacks, we see him caring for Sam for days (and sometimes weeks) on end.
Even when he was approximately four years old, he showed a surprising amount of emotional intelligence: during his and Sam’s trip to heaven, we see him comforting his mother and reassuring her that John loves her.
2. He has a lot of typically feminine interests.
At first glance, Dean can appear to be the epitome stereotypical, hypermasculine white man archetype, so commonly present in almost all forms of modern media. Even casual fans should be able to decipher that this is not true, and I’m not even talking about the Taylor Swift music and pink satin panties.
Or the fact that he loves shows like Doctor Sexy M.D.
Or the fact that he’s what can best be described as really, REALLY high-maintenance.
He also loves cooking and cleaning.
And is extremely good with babies and children.
Not to mention the fact that he’s basically more of a mom to Sam than he is his brother.
3. He’s probably been the victim of sexual violence.
On a more serious note, Jensen and other cast members have stated that at some point in his adolescence, Dean probably had to do some form of prostitution in order to support Sam.
Not to mention the somewhat disturbing fact that he recognized the feeling of being roofied in The Purge. (Of course, he deflected this by claiming it was a precaution, which I personally don’t buy for a second).
Also, to believe that he didn’t undergo some form of sexual abuse during his forty years in hell is not only overly optimistic, but extremely naive (especially considering the way demons have approached him before).
Finally, Dean’s promiscuity and obsession with sex is a surprisingly common defense mechanism among survivors, stemming from a desire to regain control over their own bodies and sexuality.
4. He struggles with depression and alcoholism.
Dean has very visible bouts of depression at different points throughout the series, and he deals with all of them in similar ways.
The first appears to be after his stay in hell. He suffers from insomnia, nightmares, and drinks constantly.
We see him “coping” with Castiel’s death similarly in season seven, after which he has nightmares of the event in question, subsequent insomnia, and again, more drinking.
This becomes a more common event throughout seasons nine and ten, during his struggle with the mark of Cain.
Even Demon!Dean isn’t immune.
But on a more positive note…
5. He’s bi as hell (whether the writers know it or not).
I’ve heard people say Dean wasn’t “accused” of being bisexual until Cas was introduced. Well, I truly pity those people – it must be difficult to be visually and mentally impaired.
For one thing, his siren was male.
It’s implied he had sex with a gay dominatrix.
Not to mention his “summer of love” with Crowley.
But it’s true that Castiel takes the cake.
For one thing, they’re basically married, and have been since season four.
And they have a ridiculous amount of sexual tension.
And zero personal space.
Like, what the fuck even is this shit.
JUST FUCKING KISS ALREADY BEFORE ONE OF YOU EXPLODES.
There is literally no doubt in my mind that Dean is bi, whether the writers intended him to be or otherwise. They gave us great characters, and we can interpret them however we please.
If I ever see any of you in public, the code is “I like your shoelaces”
that way we know we’re from tumblr without revealing anything
I’m just going to say this to strangers until i find a tumblr person
must keep reblogering!! Im going to be so suspicious if any one tells me this now!
Remember the answer is: I stole them from the president.
always reblog tumblr identification
This is an absolute tumblr relic. I feel like an archaeologist right now. This is incredible that this is on my dash.
date of origin: 2nd of july, 2012.
Bro what it’s the second of July 2020. Happy 8th anniversary of this classic tumblr post!!!!
It occurs to me that the reason our culture thinks people can’t live without sex is that our culture thinks “living without sex” means living without any physical affection at all
People really hear “living without sex” and think it means “no kisses, no hugs from friends and family, no cuddling, no hand-holding or looped arms,” huh?
Probably because we are increasingly seeing those things specifically as precursors to sex, instead of inherently fulfilling actions on their own terms.
@celticpyro ^ That spesifically. There’s an attitude that’s views all physical affection as somehow connected to sex. Hence, a social norm that you can’t have those things in a nonsexual relationship.
In the United States, there is only two types of intimacy: family and marriage. If someone is not your family all affection is seen as a potential precursor to sex. And sometimes the family definition gets narrowed down even further to just being your mother if you are a boy and if your father never recovered from the pre 1980s taboo on men hugging each other. This is also why we often have to describe close friends as like family if we don’t want people to assume we’re having sex. A woman’s male friends must be “like a brother” to her and men must treat their women friends as their “kid sister” or else their relationship will immediately be assumed to be sexual. American traditions do not recognize platonic affection, only familial and romantic.
i can’t talk shit about the pirates of the caribbean films as if elizabeth swann becoming pirate king didn’t hand my entire ass to me and make me the gay i am today
these 2 looks basically defined my sexuality and i’m not afraid to admit it
things pirates of the caribbean got right:
1. will and elizabeth’s love story
2. elizabeth becoming pirate king
3. avoiding sexualizing elizabeth or the other female pirate characters in the first 3 films by allowing them to wear period-accurate pirate outfits that aren’t tailored to be revealing and impractical for ‘sex appeal’ just because they’re women
4. hans zimmer’s entire score but especially the iconic ‘he’s a pirate’ main theme
5. When the movie came out, morally-gray characters like Jack were actually not really a thing yet in pop culture, and it’s not Pirates’ fault that there are a ton of stupid shitty copycats out there.
6. I run a corseting panel at cons and literally use Elizabeth’s lace-up scene as a video clip of what historical corseting was actually like, because the only thing they got wrong in this scene is that tightlacing wouldn’t be a thing for about another 200 years (and you couldn’t tightlace with the corset style Elizabeth is wearing anyway). It’s one of the most accurate corseting scenes I’ve ever seen.
7. Will’s hat.
8. That scene with all the pirates on the gallows where that little boy starts singing Hoist the Colours? Yeah, that’s fucking legendary. The rest of AWE was kind of a trash fire, but that scene gave me goosebumps.
9. There’s this great shot in the first one where they really drive home the class differences inherent in this time period by having the governor talking about progress and civilization to Elizabeth in their carriage, and then they cut to a shot outside the carriage where a beggar gets splashed by mud from the wheel. It’s a perfect way to underline that everything is not, in fact, a nice little upper-class fairytale, and to give some weight to Will’s storyline, because he has a lot more in common with that beggar than with the governor.
10. For its time, the CGI was fucking amazing.
11. And let’s not forget the work of the makeup department, which had to actually invent new ways of putting on makeup for this movie.
12. The governor’s death scene. Holy shit.
13. They could have gone with a Jack/Will/Elizabeth love triangle, but they didn’t. There are some hints Jack is in love (or at least in lust) with Elizabeth, but he recognizes that she loves Will, and that’s that.
14. You’ve got to admit that wedding was unique.
15. The introduction of fantasy elements to historical fiction outside of Tolkein-esque fantasy, and how it contributed to and expanded the Fantasy Media boom we’re still enjoying today.
1. They had a woman of colour play a goddess.
2. They had a woman pirate right in the first film, when the tradition is to only show male ones (hell, the PotC ride at Disney had a wench auction scene until recently). And it was a female pirate of colour at that!
3. Elizabeth may not have known how to fight in the first film, but she wasn’t helpless either. Her first instinct was to fight, but she also had the brains to recognize when it was best to hide instead. Plus when given the chance she stabbed Barbosa that one time.
4. Elizabeth’s lack of fighting ability was not simply because she was a woman, it was clear it was due to her societal circumstances, since we saw other women of different socioeconomic backgrounds being able to fight (and when given the opportunity to learn Elizabeth took to fighting like a duck on water).
5. The Hoist the Colours scene where we see pirates of multiple ethnicities and their varying flags, reminding us that pirates came in all shapes and sizes and weren’t just white men.
6. One of the Pirate Lords being yet ANOTHER woman of colour. She may not have had much of a speaking role if memory serves, but even her presence is already a big deal.
7. The pirates accepting their King is a woman without much fuss.
Pirates is amazing I will not here a bad word
Davy Jones CGI is legendary and a ton better than some of the stuff done today 😄
I’m pretty sure that female Chinese pirate was a nod to a real, documented female pirate king who was Chinese and had a whole fleet of ships at her disposal but I can’t remember her name rn
My favorite part about the Bretheren Court voting wasn’t that they were against Elizabeth for becoming King as a woman and newcomer. They were pissed at Jack for being a chaotic neutral who broke the decades long tradition of an egotistical stalemate by voting for someone besides himself.
Also, the deleted scenes from Black Pearl and At World’s End that divulge more of Jack’s troubled past, like how he was branded as a pirate by the East Indian Trading Company because he stole a ship full of slaves and freed them.
in the words of the great Elizabethan wordsmith William Shakespeare, in Hamlet Act IV Scene V, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” or, in the words of the great Twitter wordsmith @Horse_ebooks,
this is 1947 Cincinnati Enquirer erasure
please do not forget your smash mouth
Ok but find it so interesting that Gandalf is always associated with fire imagery/powers because…
Usually In Lotr, the villains are associated with fire imagery.
Think: Sauron’s fiery eye, the balrog, the flames of Mount Doom, Saruman’s fiery forges and explosives, Smaug the fire breathing dragon, the Witch-King’s flaming sword, Denethor burning Faramir, etc
The heroes are usually associated with water/sea imagery, or tree/flower imagery. The elves longing for the sea, the ents flooding Isengard, the White Tree of Gondor, etc.
But that’s something I think is really interesting about Gandalf– he’s not like the other heroes. He’s associated with fire imagery/powers, the way the villains are.
Gandalf describes himself as the “I am the servant of the secret fire, wielder of the flame of Anor.” In the books it’s revealed that he bears Narya, the Ring of Fire.
Gandalf’s powers generally involve manipulating fire and light.
He’s invulnerable to flames, and can meet fire with fire.
He ignites things on fire:
He blinds people with light:
He redirects lightning:
And most obviously, he’s famous for his magic fireworks.
Tangentially related: Gandalf and Pippin are also the ones who light the beacons in the films…and Gandalf says “hope is kindled.” Because fire imagery!
So it’s like….
I think it’s relevant that Gandalf was offered a place in Sauron’s army. Saruman earnestly tried to recruit Gandalf to their side.
So Gandalf could’ve easily joined the villains. He had exactly the kind of powers they respected and wanted. He was exactly the kind of person they would want to recruit. He could’ve very easily become just like Saruman. He just refused.
And I think that’s so cool because Gandalf is ultimately….a hero who happens to have villain-powers?A hero associated with the villain’s imagery and abilities? He’s like…..someone who SHOULD have been a villain, but chose not to be.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the
timefire that is given to us”
why none of them got into The Good Place
What I love about this is its acknowledgment that Jason had no intentions at all
this is all 100% true but it always made me really mad that Chidi’s “crime” was having a severe anxiety disorder like he needed understanding and therapy, sending him to the Bad Place for something he had literally no control over was incredibly fucked up
I feel like a less-surface theme of the show is that they’re all in a situation where they have been forced into bad patterns by forces outside their control - Chidi has SEVERE anxiety; Eleanor was forced by abuse and neglect to adopt a self-centered attitude from early childhood and, like many people with traumatic pasts, responds by not dealing with difficult emotions; Jason was very overtly raised in an environment where he got no education and all his models for behaviour were criminal and/or self-destructive; and Tahani has been raised in an environment where everything is performative and she is shot down for any genuine expression of unhappiness or non-material want. Just as Michael and Janet are made one way but changed by their experiences, the moral of the story is that things outside your control shape you but you can move away from them. That could easily be really insulting, in a sort of ‘just get over it’ way, but the idea isn’t that they change solely because they decide to be better - all six of them change because their circumstances change and give them the OPPORTUNITY to be better, because they’re finally given the support system they lack.
I like The Good Place because the whole show has since day 1 been predicated on the idea that black and white moral judgements made in a vacuum are bullshit, and that moral choices are informed by things outside our control, whether that be education, behaviour modelling, unfair treatment or mental health issues. That doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible for our actions but it DOES mean we have to understand morality in the context of people’s varied experiences AND asks for the possibility that if their environment is improved, their ability to function as moral agents also improves.