After seeing the Howl’s Moving Castle musical I am a changed person and I never want to see fanart of Sophie Hatter as thin and white ever again.
If you weren’t aware that there was a Howl’s Musical, here ya go. Go throw money at this production company and hope they release an album or a recording because the show was honestly fucking perfect. We were in the front row and all five of us flailed so hard that the cast thanked us specifically “for our enthusiasm and energy” after the show.
This Sophie, played by Seattle actress Sara Porkalob, is your new god.
She has miscro-expressions down to an art and the best comedic timing I’ve ever personally witnessed. You’ve been blessed. You’re welcome.
Sidenote but the night I saw it Howl was wearing a NEON PINK WIG and SPRAY PAINTED SILVER JEANS for almost the entire show and NO ONE will ever be a better Howl tbh.
And Lettie and Martha were also great! The entire cast was great! Their physicality on stage was unbelievable!! The writing was superb!!! I can never see another musical as long as I live because of how perfect this one was!!!!!
I go to school in Seattle Center (where the Bookit Repertory Theatre is) and Sara Porkalob co-wrote a script at my school recently???? like—Oh My God I Didn’t Even Know I Was Talking to Fucking Sophie Hatter This Whole Time But OH MY GOD IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE
also YES SARA IS SO ANIMATED AND I LOVE HER. QUEEN WAS GOING TO BE IN HER FIRST BROADWAY SHOW BEFORE COVID SHUT IT DOWN, WE STAN.
p.s. IM SO UPSET I DIDNT READ HMC BEFORE THIS PRODUCTION BC I LITERALLY LIVE IN SEATTLE AND I GO TO SCHOOL IN THE SAME BUILDING AS THE THEATRE COMPANY NOW JFKDJDJD
i found the FUCKING LINKS TO ALL THE SONGS ON YOUTUBE:
(listen now you gotta try and get the whole cast together again for one more show, it’ll be like that one Phineas and Ferb episode where they try to get Love Handle of whatever that band’s name was, WE GOTTA SEE THE SHOW ONE LAST TIME!!! PLEASE I’LL GIVE THEM ALL MY MONEY JUST PLEASE I HAVE TO SEE SOPHIE ACCIDENTALLY PUNCH HOWL AJSJSJS)
YES. I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO BRING IT UP NEXT TIME I SEE HER. lmao i told my HMC friends who go to school here too and we are all going to ambush her with the reunion show idea. OF COURSE.
ppl with tumblr blogs older than 7 yrs old have been getting deleted randomly in the epitome of Functional Website so given this blog is from 2012 if i disappear suddenly, know i did not purposefully delete
For folks with older blogs, might be a good idea to job down Tumblr’s direct support email address now:
(That’s what I’ve corresponded with in the past.)
I know someone whose partner’s blog got axed yesterday, but he had it back in a couple of hours after corresponding with Tumblr support.
Here’s hoping they figure out what’s causing this and FIX IT SOON.
IF THIS POST CREATES 1 NEW PUSHING DAISIES FAN MY LIFE = MADE.
Alright let me help out then:
1) Most of the cast is female. In fact only two main characters are male.
2) Both male characters take typically non-masculine hobbies. Emerson Cod knits almost non-stop and makes pop-up books. Ned is literally called “The Pie-Maker” because he bakes homestyle pies from his mother’s method. Both are shown to be very nurturing and even maternal characters. Conversely, the women? A pair of professional travelling show performers that have gritty sexual scandals the way men usually get (see the entire “Chuck’s father” storylines), a beekeeper who is the single most positive and optimistic character imaginable, and a former professional jockey- Three of four pro athletes.
3) You could very easily make the claim Ned is asexual.
4) Yes, the storyline is about romance. But it’s also about the positive side of a love story, and their only drama lies in overcoming their inability to actually share contact.
5) A very good friend of mine recommended this show to me as “Disney for adults.” I told her it was already on my list to watch because “It’s by Bryan Fuller, from Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me.” Bryan Fuller is now most known for “Hannibal.” The same camera methods and bright colours and lighting techniques Hannibal is known for? Perfected in this show, just using a different tone- The same colour methods in reverse, upping the vivid greens and yellows instead of reds and blues, which sells emotion both ways.
7) Probably one of the best examples of a modern day fairy tale possible.
8) Narrated by Jim Dale- The narrator for the HP audio books.
I don’t know if anyone’s already added links to this, but all of these here work and if you hover over the links, an episode description shows :)
recuva - accidentally deleted something in the recycling bin? recover it back with this program!
speccy - tells you the specs of your computer, among other things
defraggler - defrag the SHIT out of your hard drive and clean it right up
This is a great post what makes it even better is that most of these you can get from Ninite which will download and install the latest versions of all available software ALL AT ONCE without you having to worry about adware or the annoying clutter (toolbars, changing your default search engine) that sometimes comes with their individual installers. So, yeah. Have at it folks.
“<Company> has made their software so expensive lately and I’m pissed! 😤 I’m really worked up! 😠😠😠 So… here are some free and vastly inferior alternatives!” god just share some pirate links I’m begging you losers
if you recommend GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop in the year 2020 I just think you deserve to be mocked a little
anyways here’s photoshop cs6 uploaded by yours truly. no need 4 a vpn or a torrent client just dl it its a zip file and ur isp wont care
Hey guys! As a writer myself, it’s hard to have a lot of resources for writing in one place. That’s why I decided to create this masterpost, and maybe make more if I find future resources. I hope you like it, and expect to see more masterposts like this in the future!
Got the app back after I deleted it bc I wanted to prove that I can make the A-list in this pointless game. I hacked it, got rich and in less than 12 hrs I’m now #1 and slaying. I would like to thank my crab-ass manager Simon, my psycho publicist Maria, and my homegirl Kim K. Also I would like to mention that Willow Pape is B-I-C-T-H and still is wearing the same outfit from level 1 so the basic hoe needs to learn to stay in her lane
Here is the hack I used (I had trouble since I had no idea wtf I was doing and it took me 2 hrs to get it cus I suck at computer related things) but the video is easy to follow and the links needed are already in the description box: https://youtu.be/9UYdM1CEX2Y
PS: if you’re having trouble with putting the media fire link somewhere, download winzip and place the media fire download in there. It’ll open up and you’ll see all the files for your corresponding character.
Add me on Game Center and I’ll gift you stuff :)- SPA16
Edit**** I no longer have a working Game Center account so I’m sorry if those of you have asked for items haven’t received anything :(((
Brazil just had THE biggest and wildest political scandal in the history of planet fucking Earth, and it does not involve any of the people you’d think would be involved in such a scandal
this is Flordelis. She’s a brazilian gospel singer, congresswoman, and as we just found out this week, murderer and cult leader. She became relatively famous in the 90s by creating this image of a saintly, evangelical woman around her.
She had 3 biological children and had adopted 5 teenagers (one of them is Anderson do Carmo, who would go on to become an evangelical pastor, keep that in mind). Those are her A Kids. Why “A Kids“?
After a while, she started getting involved with social causes, and adopted a bunch of new kids, getting to the number of 55 adopted children. The other 50 children are the “B Kids”. Back in the 90s/early 00s, there were rumors going around that she was actually kidnapping the children, but her whole Good Godly Woman façade was absolutely Oscar worthy, so the rumors only made her more famous and beloved.
She became so Famous and Beloved, in fact, that she became a fucking movie in 2009.
(Flordelis: It takes but one word to change, 2009)
That wasn’t some B-movie shit either. Those are all some of the biggest names in brazilian cinema and television. The movie was Huge. All of the profit from the movie actually went directly to Flordelis, to help take care of her 58 children, with the actors even refusing to get paid for it. That’s how much everyone believe in her Good Godly Woman schtick back then.
After the movie, she released some gospel songs that became instant hits on every platform. Radio. TV. actually, just these two. it was 2009 afterall.
Now. Here’s when things start getting weirder.
On the left, we have Flordelis and her biological daughter, Simone. Simone entered a relationship with Anderson do Carmo, her adopted brother, when they were teenagers.
On the right, we have an older Anderson do Carmo and… Flordelis. If that pose seems a bit… suggestive, it’s because, after they became adults, Anderson broke up with Simone so he could marry his mother-in-law/his mother.
There were some some rumors that things were… unusual between the three of them, with some followers (reminder that Flordelis was/is a successful gospel singer and Anderson was a successful evangelical minister) allegedly seeing all of three of them coming out of the bedroom in towels, and that the couple frequented swing houses. But those rumors aren’t important, so let’s move on.
So, Flordelis and Anderson got married, and Anderson began to take care of the family finances, eventually becoming the one who controlled all of the family money.
He went on to become a really successful evangelical pastor, along with Flordelis, and the couple became THE power couple in the brazilian evangelical circles.
But here’s when things start getting darker.
While the biological kids and the first 5 adopted kids had pretty good lives, the B Kids lived in squalor, reportedly eating old pasta with sausages and dry bread every single day.
One of her sons told the media about an “initiation process” he went through when he joined the family, where he spent days dressed in white and locked in a room eating only rice and vegetables. He alleges that they used their own blood to write psalms and that, after a while, he was “purified” from the mundane world by sleeping with Flordelis.
Now, with the setup out of the way, we finally reach the actual scandal:
So, it is 2019, and Anderson wanted a divorce. We don’t know his exact reasons, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it was due to everything I just wrote. But Flordelis was obviously against the idea. Her reasoning can be divided in 3 parts: The Financial reason, the Probable Actual reason, and the Reason She Gave The Police When Shit Hit The Fan:
The Financial reason: If they got divorced, Anderson would take half of the family’s fortune, which, in Flordelis and the A Kids’ minds, seemed unfair, as half the money would go to Anderson and half would go to 58 people.
The Probable Actual reason: Anderson do Carmo was an influential evangelical minister. Flordelis had built her image of a Good Godly Woman for the past 20~ years, plus she had just been elected a federal congresswoman for the state of Rio de Janeiro, being the most voted woman in the state. They were The Evangelical Power Couple of Brazil.
The RSGTPWSHTF: Getting a divorce, especially between such a high profile christian couple such as they were, would “scandalize God”. So, obviously, she would have to find a less “offensive” solution to the situation.
Flordelis, along with Simone, Anderson’s sister and ex-girlfriend (who had began to resent him, according to some sources), tried to poison Anderson by spiking his drinks. They ended up poisoning a bunch of her children/his siblings in the process, but no one actually died.
Turns out they didn’t have to bother poisoning Anderson, as, later that year, he got “robbed” and murdered in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, on June 16th.
The murder instantly became national news. It was all people talked about for weeks. Even in the chaotic environment of late 10s/early 20s brazilian politics, the murder of a federal congressperson’s partner was HUGE news. News and social media alike were abuzz with theories of political conspiracy and persecution and assassinations. Flordelis gave an interview during her son/husband’s funeral, weeping, begging for justice to be done.
Fast foward to 2020, this very week. The case had pretty much been forgotten by the wider public. The maelstrom of wild, fast paced plots that is the brazilian political landscape (plus, you know, the whole pandemic thing) forced people to forget about Flordelis and her murdered husband/son/ex-son-in-law. Until there was a breakthrough in the case:
By accessing the phones of Anderson’s immediate family, police found out that, not only did Simone try to poison Anderson, not only were of the ALL of the A Kids plotting to kill the dude, but that the man who murdered Anderson was not a robber at all, but rather a hitman, hired by Flordelis herself.
Long story short, Flordelis, gospel singer, social activist, federal congresswoman, mother of 58 children, and a cult leader, is now in custody of the police, along with her daughter Simone. 2 of her other 56 living children were also arrested after Anderson’s assassination, but for unrelated causes: Domestic abuse and drug trafficking. And that’s where the story is at, as of 08/26/2020.
Mr. Rogers had an intentional manner of speaking to children, which his writers called “Freddish”. There were nine steps for translating into Freddish:
“State the idea you wish to express as clearly as possible, and in terms preschoolers can understand.” Example: It is dangerous to play in the street.
“Rephrase in a positive manner,” as in It is good to play where it is safe.
“Rephrase the idea, bearing in mind that preschoolers cannot yet make subtle distinctions and need to be redirected to authorities they trust.” As in, “Ask your parents where it is safe to play.”
“Rephrase your idea to eliminate all elements that could be considered prescriptive, directive, or instructive.” In the example, that’d mean getting rid of “ask”: Your parents will tell you where it is safe to play.
“Rephrase any element that suggests certainty.” That’d be “will”: Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play.
“Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children.” Not all children know their parents, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play.
“Add a simple motivational idea that gives preschoolers a reason to follow your advice.” Perhaps: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is good to listen to them.
“Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step.” “Good” represents a value judgment, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them.
“Rephrase your idea a ﬁnal time, relating it to some phase of development a preschooler can understand.” Maybe: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them, and listening is an important part of growing.
Rogers brought this level of care and attention not just to granular
details and phrasings, but the bigger messages his show would send.
Hedda Sharapan, one of the staff members at Fred Rogers’s production
company, Family Communications, Inc., recalls Rogers once halted taping
of a show when a cast member told the puppet Henrietta Pussycat not to
cry; he interrupted shooting to make it clear that his show would never
suggest to children that they not cry.
In working on the show,
Rogers interacted extensively with academic researchers. Daniel R.
Anderson, a psychologist formerly at the University of Massachusetts who
worked as an advisor for the show, remembered a speaking trip to
Germany at which some members of an academic audience raised questions
about Rogers’s direct approach on television. They were concerned that
it could lead to false expectations from children of personal support
from a televised figure. Anderson was impressed with the depth of
Rogers’s reaction, and with the fact that he went back to production
carefully screening scripts for any hint of language that could confuse
children in that way.
In fact, Freddish and Rogers’s philosophy of
child development is actually derived from some of the leading
20th-century scholars of the subject. In the 1950s, Rogers, already well
known for a previous children’s TV program, was pursuing a graduate
degree at The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary when a teacher there
recommended he also study under the child-development expert Margaret
McFarland at the University of Pittsburgh. There he was exposed to the
theories of legendary faculty, including McFarland, Benjamin Spock, Erik
Erikson, and T. Berry Brazelton. Rogers learned the highest standards
in this emerging academic field, and he applied them to his program for
almost half a century.
This is one of the reasons Rogers was so
particular about the writing on his show. “I spent hours talking with
Fred and taking notes,” says Greenwald, “then hours talking with
Margaret McFarland before I went off and wrote the scripts. Then Fred
made them better.” As simple as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood looked and sounded, every detail in it was the product of a tremendously careful, academically-informed process.
I really wish someone had told me this before I had kids. I had no idea how to speak to kids. Honestly, I still don’t. My daughter is 12 and has always been talked to as an adult which is both good and bad.