like if a drink is gonna taste bad, then I want it to at least Fuck Me Up, and if a drink isn’t gonna fuck me up, then i want it to taste real nice. but you can’t have a drink that both fails to fuck you up, AND fails to taste good. that’s cheating. and that’s beer.
I CLAIM THAT SHIT
I don’t think I’ve reblogged this yet this week, but I did see it earlier today, and I got a new job!
And I went in assuming that it would just be a volunteer job, but I’m getting paid $15 an hour!
HOLY FUCK! I GOT A RAISE!!!
I came into work and bumped into my boss and she said that she was looking for me because she wanted to let me know about my raise. This shit worked in an hour omg
i fuckin need some good news right about now so pile it on
shoulda posted this on ig or something. aint no one on this site popular in high school
people who were popular in high school are legally required to donate to my paypal
if you were popular in high school you aren’t valid :/
hey so, as a man who works with other men, here’s a quick relationship tip: if he doesn’t much like cats, that might be just a personal preference. if he hates cats, if he tells you he hates cats as soon as he hears that you have a cat and love your cat, he’s an asshole. he’s telling on himself.
every guy i’ve ever worked with that makes a point of telling me how much he hates cats as soon as i mention that i have a cat and love my cat, is always someone who is regularly cruel for fun and who laughs in the breakroom about the mean things they do for fun to their girlfriends and children.
I wish I could articulate all the ways this makes sense and why it makes sense and stuff but it’s just like… something something misogyny something something resentment of creatures that don’t need you and don’t hang on your attention and approval all their lives.
You never forget your first Doctor.
I think a lot about the fact that Buffy was apparently popular in her old school, but on the show, she can only be bothered to interact with like 3 people (and whoever they happen to be dating at the time).
And I know part of that is just you know, slaying and secrecy and all that, but the result of which is that I never got the impression that Buffy was a particularly sociable person. I mean Anya even calls her out for that at one point, although she says this to her in season 6, so maybe it’s not fair to judge Buffy at her worst in terms of mental health. But still. And you take that into account with the fact that while Buffy is a very good person, she’s never been like a particularly soft one. Like she’s not ever shown to be very good at like comforting the victims of vampires that she’s saved, or showing the correct amount of empathy in the right moment or whatever.
Idk, the point I’m making is that Buffy Summers isn’t really a people person, and I don’t think that was necessarily a conscious decision on the part of the writers, so much as a character trait that developed out of circumstance, and I think that’s interesting.
Okay so everyone’s interpretation of a character is valid, and I understand how one could come to this conclusion, but- hear me out- I think Buffy Summers is actually *incredibly* soft. It’s just, that part of her got smaller and smaller as the years went by. My reasoning:
Welcome to the hellmouth- Buffy chooses to befriend Willow instead of Cordelia. She has the chance to regain her popularity, but decides to be kind to someone she recognized as being overlooked and not generally receiving a lot of kindness.
Witch- She is incredibly sweet, perceptive, and sympathetic towards Amy. Buffy barely knew her and she knew right away that Amy was In her mom’s body, and Buffy then tells this girl that she was gonna save her and make everything ok.
Moving forward into season 2: Buffy’s had some trauma. Jenny has betrayed them, Angelus has destroyed Buffy. And before that, Kendra made her feel insecure too (plus she’s still not even over the whole dying thing) so she’s pretty guarded and traumatized this whole season. But speaking of Kendra, they’re the perfect juxtaposition: Kendra is the stoic, business like slayer. See vampire, Kill vampire. Buffy is the emotional, bleeding heart slayer who lets saving others literally get her killed. This dynamic is made obvious immediately after they meet.
In fact, we see what a more Kendra-like Buffy would have been like later on in season 3, episode The Wish. Wishverse Buffy is definitely your hard, unsociable, can’t be bothered, isn’t a people person Buffy. Also in season 3, We have Earshot. Buffy doesn’t have to care about Jonathan and his suicidal feelings- all she had to do was take the gun away. But she talks to him. She empathizes with him. She helps him.
Season 4 is…season 4.
Now, getting to Season 5 is when Buffy actually tells us she can feel herself turning into stone. That being a slayer, a killer, is making her hard inside. She has trouble showing empathy or sympathy now- after their mom dies, she barely looks at Dawn. But this isn’t because Buffy doesn’t feel, Or love, or want human interaction. It’s because she’s turned away from it. One good example of this is Triangles- Buffy is uncontrollably crying over Xander and anya maybe having a rough patch. Of course, she’s actually crying because Riley left her, but she won’t let herself indulge in that pain. So the tears are finding their way out another way.
Season 6 is, uh, season 6.
Season 7, Buffy’s coming out of her depression. She admits she has anxiety- something which was painfully obvious all along. But she’s trying not to be so closed off anymore, and we see that best in the episode Help. She does Everything in her power to save Cassie. She cares so much. For all of those kids, but especially this sweet, depressed blonde girl who knows she’s going to die young. (I wonder what Buffy saw in her? Lol) She also develops a genuine soft spot for ensouled Spike. Of the handful of times we we see Buffy smile this season, it’s usually at Spike. She believes in him. She won’t give up on him. It would be easy, and completely understandable, for her to tell him to fuck off. But she recognizes the changes he’s made, and she opens herself back up. The end of this season, yes, she’s in battle mode, and the walls are back up with the potentials. But for the most part, this seasons Buffy is trying to embrace her previous softness when and where she can.
Long story short, i can see the argument that Buffy isn’t super personable a lot of the time, because being sociable like that requires time, (which she never has enough of) energy (which she uses to slay) vulnerability (which she refuses to let herself have after being hurt multiple times) and confidence (which she lacks while depressed or while feeling anxious) but none of this is because she has a lack of empathy, or isn’t sociable, or has a general dislike of people. It’s all because of her slayerness. Her softness is innate; her hard shell is what’s circumstance. At her core, I maintain that Buffy Summers is a total marshmallow. She’s just got a thick candy shell surrounding her.
I mean fair enough. I agree that Buffy is consistently very kind and empathetic. I’m just not sure these traits of her necessarily translate into her being a people person.
Like she definitely has empathy for others, but the way in which she expresses it can really vary. Like you said, she is incredibly perceptive towards Amy and Cassie because she relates to them on a personal level. But alternatively, I would argue she also relates very strongly to both Debbie, the girl who is abused by her boyfriend in Beauty and the Beasts, in that she relates her relationship with Angelus to Debbie’s relationship with Pete, and to Chloe, because Buffy has personally struggled with suicidal thoughts. And Buffy’s reactions to these characters to whom she relates to so strongly are decidedly less sweet. Now it’s not hard to see why that is: she’s projecting her self-loathing onto others. And while that’s definitely a response that stems from trauma, it’s still Buffy’s response, because when Buffy’s empathizing so deeply with someone, it can sometimes lead to overwhelming care and protectiveness on her part, and it can sometimes translate into a pretty nasty reaction.
So when I say that I read Buffy as not particularly personable or soft, I don’t mean that she’s not kind or empathetic. She’s incredibly empathetic. She just doesn’t always know how to express that empathy productively. And as the first slayer says:
You are full of love, you love with all your soul. It’s brighter than the fire… blinding… that’s why you pull away from it.
Pulling away from love is most certainly a coping mechanism, don’t get me wrong. But it’s a coping mechanism that I would argue Buffy utilizes specifically because spending time with other people doesn’t necessarily help her cope. Like, I agree with you that interacting with other human beings takes a lot of time and energy. I personally find it fucking exhausting, and I’m not the slayer. But there are a lot of people who find it more relaxing than exhausting. There are people for whom relaxing often necessarily involves spending time with other people. And I’m not sure that’s true for Buffy. Or if is, it’s only with people who already know her well enough that she doesn’t have to make much of an effort getting to know them.
What I’m saying is, yes, Buffy’s increasing detachment throughout the show is a response to her trauma, but this particular response is probably inspired by how she initially related to other people in the first place.
And regardless of whether Buffy is who she is because she was born that way, or because of just going through a lot, ultimately, I don’t think the character we see on the show, is necessarily someone who I would describe as a people person, or as particularly soft. And I don’t see that as a criticism of her, so much as a general observation.
im weirdly knowlagable in the history of soda i dont even drink soda why do i know so much about it
coke and pepsi taste different because coke was invent before refrigeration so it was designed to be drunk warm, while pepsi was designed after refrigeration was invented so it was designed to be drunk cold. as a result the tastes are different but if you drink pepsi cold and coke warm theyll taste the same.
Why the fuck do you know this
i honestly have no idea
coke’s recipe was originally green but the designers made it brown so it looked more like tea
Had they never seen green tea?
i dont even know if green tea was invented in 1886 but they wanted to make the public more open to eating the fizzy drink
alan i know about soda not green tea
i will trade u information abt bees and carrier pigeons for information abt the history of soda
no one knows where the origin of the name ‘7up’ started but it did have a mood stabilizer in the original recipe found in present day anti-depressants
i want facts about bees and carrier pigeons now
Carrier pigeons come from a species of Wild Rock pigeon, and their flights could be as long as 1800 km and were used as early as 3000 years ago.
You know in old cartoons where a character throws a beehive at someone, and you think ‘lol, but that wouldn’t work in real life’. Turns out it would, and did. People used to lob beehives at the approximate location of the enemy forces to expose them.
this is amazing thank you
Threads like this are pretty much the reason I come to Tumblr
where’s that one “pakige” post bc like
AO3, Basic Logic, God, Everyone: You posted a chapter five minutes ago, and should get comments gradually over the next few hours!
Me, .5 seconds after posting, sitting with my face pressed up against my AO3 inbox: commente
Legolas pretty quickly gets in the habit of venting about his travelling companions in Elvish, so long as Gandalf & Aragorn aren’t in earshot they’ll never know right?
Then about a week into their journey like
Legolas: *in Elvish, for approximately the 20th time* ugh fucking hobbits, so annoying
Frodo: *also in Elvish, deadpan* yeah we’re the worst
Legolas: ugh fucking hobbits
Merry: Frodo what’d he say
Frodo: I’m not sure he speaks a weird dialect but I think he’s insulting us. I should tell him I can understand Elvish
Merry: I mean you could do that but consider
Merry: you can only tell him ONCE
Frodo: Merry. You’re absolutely right. I’ll wait.
Legolas: umm well your accent is horrible
Aragorn: *hollering from a distance* HIS ACCENT IS BETTER THAN YOURS LEGOLAS YOU SILVAN HICK
Frodo: Hello. My name is Frodo. I am a Hobbit. How are you?
Frodo, crying: please I can’t understand what you’r saying
Ok, but Frodo didn’t just learn out of a book. He learned like… Chaucerian Elvish. So actually:
Frodo: Good morrow to thee, frend. I hope we twain shalle bee moste excellente companions.
Legolas: Wots that mate? ‘Ere, you avin’ a giggle? Fookin’ ‘obbits, I sware.
Aragorn: *laughing too hard to walk*
i mean, honestly it’s amazing the Elves had as many languages and dialects as they did, considering Galadriel (for example) is over seven thousand years old.
english would probably have changed less since Chaucer’s time, if a lot of our cultural leaders from the thirteenth century were still alive and running things.
they’ve had like. seven generations since the sun happened, max. frodo’s books are old to him, but outside any very old poetry copied down exactly, the dialect represented in them isn’t likely to be older than the Second Age, wherein Aragorn’s foster-father Elrond started out as a very young adult and grew into himself, and Legolas’ father was born.
so like, three to six thousand years old, maybe, which is probably a drop in the bucket of Elvish history judging by all the ethnic differentiation that had time to develop before Ungoliant came along, even if we can’t really tell because there weren’t years to count, before the Trees were destroyed.
plus a lot of Bilbo’s materials were probably directly from Elrond, whose library dates largely from the Third Age, probably, because he didn’t establish Imladris until after the Last Alliance. and Elrond isn’t the type to intentionally help Bilbo learn the wrong dialect and sound sillier than can be helped, even if everyone was humoring him more than a little.
so Frodo might sound hilariously formal for conversational use (though considering how most Elves use Westron he’s probably safe there) and kind of old-fashioned, but he’s not in any danger of being incomprehensible, because elves live on such a ridiculous timescale.
to over-analyse this awesome and hilarious post even more, legolas’ grandfather was from linguistically stubborn Doriath and their family is actually from a somewhat different, higher-status ethnic background than their subjects.
so depending on how much of a role Thranduil took in his upbringing (and Oropher in his), Legolas may have some weird stilted old-fashioned speaking tics in his Sindarin that reflect a more purely Doriathrin dialect rather than the Doriathrin-influenced Western Sindarin that became the most widely spoken Sindarin long before he was born, or he might have a School Voice from having been taught how to Speak Proper and then lapse into really obscure colloquial Avari dialect when he’s being casual. or both!
considering legolas’ moderately complicated political position, i expect he can code-switch.
…it’s also fairly likely considering the linguistic politics involved that Legolas is reasonably articulate in Sindarin, though with some level of accent, but knows approximately zero Quenya outside of loanwords into Sindarin, and even those he mostly didn’t learn as a kid.
which would be extra hilarious when he and gimli fetch up in Valinor in his little homemade skiff, if the first elves he meets have never been to Middle Earth and they’re just standing there on the beach reduced to miming about what is the short beard person, and who are you, and why.
this is elvish dialects and tolkien, okay. there’s a lot of canon material! he actually initially developed the history of middle-earth specifically to ground the linguistic development of the various Elvish languages!
Legolas: Alas, verily would I have dispatched thine enemy posthaste, but y’all’d’ve pitched a feckin’ fit.
Aragorn: *eyelid twitching*
Frodo: *frantically scribbling* Hang on which language are you even speaking right now
Pippin, confused: Is he not speaking Elvish?
Frodo, sarcastically: I dunno, are you speaking Hobbit?
Boromir, who has been lowkey pissed-off at the Hobbits’ weird dialect this whole time: That’s what it sounds like to me.
Merry, who actually knows some shit about Hobbit background: We are actually speaking multiple variants of the Shire dialect of Westron, you ignorant fuck.
Sam, a mere working-class country boy: Honestly y'all could be talkin Dwarvish half the time for all I know.
Pippin, entering Gondor and speaking to the castle steward: hey yo my man
Boromir, from beyond the grave: j e s u s
Tolkien would be SO PROUD of this post
If I remember correctly, in the “tree of tongues” material from The Lost Road, Tolkien goes into some detail about how the reason elves have so many dialects is that elves view language as a form of collaborative art, which they delight in, so a newly-coined word or grammatical construct gets spread around just like a new song would.
Elves may be immortal, but they’re also immortal nerd OCs and we must never forget this
Thank you for this addition which is both lovely and educational
So what you’re saying is, they’re us. They’re the internet. Sending “yeet” and “smol” and “I lik the bred” all over creation until two elves who’ve never met in their lives and be like “beans, amirite?” and “yeah I love kitter feets too.”
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
im reading about cowboy phrases and sayings and like 95% of them are just solid life advice
like idk how accurate these are but somehow they manage to be both peak shitposting humor and genuinely helpful suggestions
fuck self-help books and therapy, all i need to make it in life is my trusty Cowboy Tips™
I feel like if I went back in time and kissed Frank Sinatra he’d be fine with it. He wouldn’t initiate anything but if I did it he wouldn’t send his mob connections after me he’d just be like “huh.”
say what you want about this website but you sure can say frank sinatra would let you down gently if you tried to homosexually seduce him and 120 notes worth of people will be like “oh yeah no doubt”
elementary is literally like “sherlock holmes is not a superhuman. he needs to eat and sleep just as much as any other person. however he never showers or does laundry and looks like the NYPD found him in a dumpster and he’s been following them around like their pet dog ever since” and that’s why it’s the best adaptation
people adapting the character of sherlock holmes are often tempted to make him borderline superhuman in his treatment of his own body, such as commenting on how he never eats or sleeps, in order to portray his eccentricity. but really is there anything more in character than him walking around his house eating scrambled eggs out of a mixing bowl and offering some to the houseguest he suspects is a murderer
one really trivial thing I’m loving about elementary is that sherlock actually fucking eats
I also like the ground falling away from under Character B (a repressed person) when they think Character A might die, and B realizes in that moment how deep they’re in with A, and reacts by becoming really rigid and distant once it becomes apparent A is okay – and A is hurt because they think B doesn’t care, when in fact B is just overcome by panic and terror at being so attached to another human being
I will never ever ever ever EVER be over Character A barely surviving something and Character B being so overcome with relief they just have to clutch A and bury their face in A’s neck while A tells them it’s okay.
To stop it from conquering the planet they injected human brain cells from an incompetent weirdo into a seperate mouse and then put the two mice in the same cage so the silly mouse will always frustrate the terrifying genius mouse’s plans
I wonder what they’re doing tonight
The same thing they do every night.