i really could write an essay on how shit is that we’ve completely abandoned the monster-of-the-week episode format even when rebooting shows that relied on it to replace them with grimdark edgy plotlines where nothing feels good or accomplished at the end of the day
fanfic speedrun: write the scene you want to write and skip the rest of the fic
(same goes on the reader side of things)
I’m seeing people on this post who think that what I’m saying is, “Write out of order, starting with the things you enjoy most.” And while that’s fine advice, it’s not actually what I said.
What I said was, “Only write the thing that’s fun, and don’t write the rest.”
Write one shots. Write drabbles. Write ficlets. If you have 5 interesting scenes but you can’t figure out how to tie them together into a fic, then write 5 separate ficlets, post them in a series, and when you get another idea for that series just plop it right in there and rearrange the works into the right order.
You don’t have to write longfic to write fanfic.
I love one shots. One shots are awesome. One shots don’t fuck around. One shots are a hit of pure, distilled fandom straight into the veins. They know what they’re here to accomplish and by God they accomplish it with as little extraneous bullshit as possible. Sometimes you don’t want a 30 chapter slow-burn epic five course meal; it too much. Sometimes you just want to down a double-expresso one shot of your favorite character and ride that high for the rest of the afternoon.
“This was the most physically taxing of all the film because of the lightsaber duels. Everytime I wasn’t shooting, I was rehearsing. Something that took weeks and weeks to shoot, even though it only lasts a few minutes on film. So it taxed me to the limit.”
MARK HAMILL “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back” BTS › 1980
Important relevant thoughts courtesy of twitter
I studied fashion for years solely to answer this question:
-Fitted t-shirts (notice how his collar and sleeves are snug against the body and not loose while also not being too tight; chest/shoulder/torso measurements really matter)
-Flare bottom/bell bottom/wide fit jeans (loose leg jeans emphasise a smaller waist, which combined with fitted t-shirts gives a lot of 70s dudes the illusion of the ideal powerful twink body)
-Medium length hair and bangs/fringe and feathered hair for masc people (pulling the hair back and away from the face emphasises angular facial structure and gives masc people a mature look, while bobbed haircuts that frame the face and cover the forehead gives a younger look; hair feathering created a feel of energy and brightness)
Voila, you have a good 70s boy right there if you follow the above instructions.
I went all through the notes to find the post I wanted to reblog and boom here it is. Also this training is for The Empire Strikes Back, which was filmed in 1979-80 and released in May of 1980. The person in the notes who said “I’m glad bell bottoms didn’t cut back” is a bit mistaken because they did come back somewhat, as “extra wide boot cut flares”. I adore his scruffy hair here, and his cowboy boots with heels and his arrrrrrrrms.
some of the best writing advice I’ve ever received: always put the punch line at the end of the sentence.
it doesn’t have to be a “punch line” as in the end of a joke. It could be the part that punches you in the gut. The most exciting, juicy, shocking info goes at the end of the sentence. Two different examples that show the difference it makes:
doing it wrong:
She saw her brother’s dead body when she caught the smell of something rotting, thought it was coming from the fridge, and followed it into the kitchen.
doing it right:
Catching the smell of something rotten wafting from the kitchen—probably from the fridge, she thought—she followed the smell into the kitchen, and saw her brother’s dead body.
Periods are where you stop to process the sentence. Put the dead body at the start of the sentence and by the time you reach the end of the sentence, you’ve piled a whole kitchen and a weird fridge smell on top of it, and THEN you have to process the body, and it’s buried so much it barely has an impact. Put the dead body at the end, and it’s like an emotional exclamation point. Everything’s normal and then BAM, her brother’s dead.
This rule doesn’t just apply to sentences: structuring lists or paragraphs like this, by putting the important info at the end, increases their punch too. It’s why in tropes like Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking or Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick, the odd item out comes at the end of the list.
Subverting this rule can also be used to manipulate reader’s emotional reactions or tell them how shocking they SHOULD find a piece of information in the context of a story. For example, a more conventional sentence that follows this rule:
She opened the pantry door, looking for a jar of grape jelly, but the view of the shelves was blocked by a ghost.
Oh! There’s a ghost! That’s shocking! Probably the character in our sentence doesn’t even care about the jelly anymore because the spirit of a dead person has suddenly appeared inside her pantry, and that’s obviously a much higher priority. But, subvert the rule:
She opened the pantry door, found a ghost blocking her view of the shelves, and couldn’t see past it to where the grape jelly was supposed to be.
Because the ghost is in the middle of the sentence, it’s presented like it’s a mere shelf-blocking pest, and thus less important than the REAL goal of this sentence: the grape jelly. The ghost is diminished, and now you get the impression that the character is probably not too surprised by ghosts in her pantry. Maybe it lives there. Maybe she sees a dozen ghosts a day. In any case, it’s not a big deal. Even though both sentences convey the exact same information, they set up the reader to regard the presence of ghosts very differently in this story.
the concept and idea of “you can always start trying to be a better person” is extremely important to me both in media and irl and i continue to be deeply deeply disturbed by the trend on this site pushing that these ideas in media are bad writing or even morally reprehensible
because theyd rather someone stay terrible or just straight up die than become a better person
from a compassionate point of view it’s deeply distressing and from a pragmatic point of view it’s outright frustrating
it’s fucked up.
What is the most important step a man can take?
I think part of the pushback about this is the idea that, to “redeem” bad people, their victims must first forgive them for unforgivable acts.
This is false. No one is obligated to forgive you. You can learn from your mistakes and become the best, kindest person on earth, and the
people you’ve hurt still won’t forgive you, and you’ll have to accept that. And that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to grow. Because we aren’t just “pure” or “sinful”, we’re complex.
Reading fanfic makes it quite obvious how overwhelmingly white fandom is, because usually, homophobia is treated as the only type of bigotry to exist (occasionally misogyny and, if the author is trans, transphobia get shoutouts). Because most people who write fic are white gays, fic authors know how to write about gay characters in the context of a homophobic society.
Writing about gay characters in a world where homophobia exists doesn’t mean just homophobic slurs left right and centre, and authors are pretty well aware of this. You can acknowledge that homophobia exists without making it the focus of your story—maybe a couple doesn’t hold hands in public, or they tell their landlord that they’re just platonic roommates. Maybe when a character buys flowers for their partner they say it’s just for themselves, or there’s some offhand mention of a distant or nonexistent relationship with birth family. None of those things make the story a story about homophobia, but they just acknowledge that the story takes place in a homophobic society.
You rarely see this with writing characters of colour in a white supremacist society—probably because the authors are white and either feel uncomfortable including racism (which is understandable enough), or they just forgot that racism exists (lucky you). Again, you can acknowledge that racism exists without writing a super heavy, angsty story all about racism. Maybe a cop is present and your character is on edge or just acts a lot more cautiously than usual. If your story is set in the 21st century Anglosphere, maybe your Muslim character doesn’t want to wear a hijab in public (even though they would like to ideally).
I’ll talk a bit about HP fic specifically beneath a cut on the off chance that this escapes R/S Tumblr and some people want to avoid Harry Potter content/discussion.
“Growing up as a Chinese person in Britain, I was friends with lots of other (poor, council flat tenants) Chinese kids. There’s a Chinese community in the UK and we can talk about the issues we face together—there is solidarity in community. I know there’s also a British Muslim community, a British Indian community, British Black Caribbean communities, etc. Your character of colour knows other people of their ethnicity and is probably at least somewhat conscious of the racism they face.”
SO MUCH YES.
All the points made here are great, but I had to highlight this bit. Just as teen and adult queer people are unlikely to be surrounded by straight friends, teen and adult POC are even less likely to be surrounded by white friends.
Can it happen? Sure. But it isn’t as common as the media makes it seem.
My kids, who are half white and 100% pass for Anglo, seem to subconsciously seek out non-white friends. Not a single one of my children has a white best friend. I didn’t even realize that, actually, until I thought about it right now!
Again: these are all kids who pass for white themselves.
So, for example, if Hermione Granger is a POC in your fanfic then I’m going to question why she hasn’t befriended Dean Thomas or Parvati Patil, rather than the Weasleys and Luna Lovegood. And oftentimes people make Lavender Brown a POC, too? Hermione really does not get along with either of these girls in the books, so it comes off a bit weird. All of this can be explained, of course. It just rarely is.
Anyway, tagging a Romani voice on to second this excellent post! So many good points here.
summary: Billy leaves, and comes back, time after time. This time when he comes back to London, Charlie’s got plans to visit John and Sarah in Midsomer. Billy goes with him, but can’t help but feel out of place.
Dino thunder AU Tommy is evil but this time after going through the hell that is higher education and then the job market, he is so tired all he does is plan his midterms for Wednesdays because smack in the middle of a week is the worse time to give a test. Dino thunder kids don’t understand he’s evil and just assume he’s a naturally grumpy guy. Like he tries to teach them to be ruthless in battle and they are but they’re still them and Ethan calls a time out in a fight to let ducks go by. Generally I’m imagining a Doofenshmirtz version of villainy from him that accidentally causes way more good than bad. I think him teaching them things like how to use the word “whom” because it sounds more evil when you have proper grammar and correcting other people’s grammar just to be a jerk would also be funny.
They seem really edgy to other ranger teams until they actually meet them and realize it’s like four kids and their 25 year old teacher who wears heavy eyeliner when he thinks he’s alone.
Tori: wow they’re all so dark and mysterious
Shane: me and you should be careful we don’t know what their intentions are
Connor, emerging from the shadows : actually it’s you and I.
Shane: I take it back they’re fucking nerds
Evil Tommy origin story: Tommy was always evil even before his ranger days but Jason convinced him it would be more evil to betray Rita than work for her and Jason has just watched it spiral out of control ever since
When writing always remember… a character flaw is only a flaw until becomes useful.
Is your protagonist manipulative? Well that’s awful… until they manipulate the antagonist into making a decision that saves the lives of their friends.
Is your protagonist a skeptic? Well that’s not good… until someone tries to lie to them.
Is your protagonist overprotective? That sucks… until someone they love is in danger.
Is your protagonist remorseless? Well that makes them pretty unlikeable… until a hard decision has to be made.
The flipside is also true!
Your protagonist is honest? That’s good… until their survival depends on them being able to lie convincingly.
Your protagonist is brave? That’s good… until they foolishly run headlong into danger without a thought for the consequences.
Your protagonist is forgiving and able to see good in everyone? That’s good… until they continually forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it, and get taken advantage of because they can’t fathom that some people just suck.
Your protagonist is funny? That’s good… until they piss off everyone around them because they don’t seem to be taking the situation seriously, and they keep avoiding dealing with their problems by hiding behind humor.
Most personality traits aren’t inherently good or bad. It’s all about context, and how far they go.
There are a lot of really dog shit things in the world of tech that can be solved with a bit of time, some stubborn googling and maybe some special hardware and piracy is only the tip of the iceberg.
Printers are notorious for claiming they’re out of ink when they haven’t come close to the suggested number of prints, and their cartridges literally still have ink in them. So after a bit of googling I found out how to ‘reset’ a cartridges automatic stopping system (its literally 1 physical wheel on the cartridge that you gotta turn back). The only downside is that I don’t get a digital ink monitor, but since it told me it was empty when still half full, I don’t mind.
Like, you can just jiggle with some shit and solve one of the biggest money making scams in the post-industrial world and I don’t think people realise its that easy.
Or, like, repairing your own technology. A few months ago, I swapped out my sister’s laptop screen. Did it myself, I removed maybe 4 screws, no vital parts were exposed and it cost me $40. I even got a choice of matte or glossy.
My point is, any walls that capitalist technology presents you with will be a false one. And one already broken by a dedicated community of interesting people working hard for free to break down that wall.
kids these days will be all “be gay do crime” and dont even know how to watch a cartoon without paying for it smh
piracy was definitely leagues easier a decade or so ago when thepiratebay was functional, megaupload was still running, and YouTube and Google made only the most cursory attempts to block copyright content. like let’s not pretend that the internet hasn’t got a lot more corporatised in the past decade or so. piracy is still possible and you can and should do it but it’s a LOT harder to do safely and reliably than it was.
Sorry, this is all wrong.
1) ThePirateBay is still functional. (It’s not the same pirate bay that it was back in the day, but let’s not get into Theseus’ ship territory. It’s still here and it still works, that’s all that matters.) There are plenty of torrent sites around, more than there were 10 years ago – although overall traffic has plummeted. Now as then, it’s a whack-a-mole game.
2) Why was it “leagues easier” a decade ago? Some countries, not all (not north America, for example), now mandate ISP blocking of torrent sites, but this new complication can be bypassed with one (1) step: a google duckduckgo search for proxies. No government agency or ISP can possibly keep up with proxies, it’s yet another whack-a-mole game. So yes, it was technically easier before, but I don’t see “leagues” anywhere.
3) It was safer before? Are you shitting me? Have you lot forgotten that the legal departments of MPAA and RIAA sued torrent sharers (not even uploaders) and asked for millions of dollars for damages? AND GOT THEM? (By which I mean they didn’t actually get millions since the people they sued didn’t have any, but said people were convicted and ruined and that was the goal in the first place. It was a deeply amoral and cynical scare tactic.) Well they stopped doing that at some point, and focused on hunting P2P and torrent sites. Running a site is certainly less safe today. Using one, though? Depending on where you are, the ISP may be allowed to block you after repeated instances, and that’s it. You’re not getting in trouble with the law or into crippling debt. And either way there’s only a minuscule chance that any of this will come to pass, which becomes zero (0) with a VPN. (Safety of course depends on the country, and in some cases piracy is the least of your concerns. Let’s not get into that.)
4) Ten years ago there was no Sci-Hub, and Library Genesis was in its infancy. If today it’s harder to find PDFs on google, it is orders of magnitude easier and more reliable to find them elsewhere. People just have to unstick their minds from the notion that stuff is either on google or doesn’t exist at all. Geez.
5) P2P still exists. IRC (the sharing channels in particular, #bookz and the like) still exists. Torrenting functions like it always did. All these methods are exactly as easy to use as before, i.e. not necessarily a piece of cake, there’s a learning curve. But it’s the same learning curve it was 10 years ago.
6) So what have we lost? Only YouTube (meh, the film/tv quality was appalling anyway, and music is still there) and direct downloads (at least the permanent ones: there are plenty of them still around, but files expire and you need to keep track of what goes up when. So this goes beyond knowhow, it’s about internet communities. Let’s not get into that either, it’s a huge subject.) It’s a loss, sure, but I wouldn’t call it a terrible blow.
7) And in exchange for that loss, we got streaming sites. This is piracy, too, and it’s much much easier than torrents, and tons of people do it. Any “piracy has declined” narrative either implies that we’re excluding streaming from the discussion for some reason, or is flat out wrong. Ten years ago, grandpa couldn’t possibly torrent a film, and it’s debatable if he even knew how to open the file you helpfully sent him. Now, as long as someone has set up kodi or similar, grandpa can watch it on his tv and it just feels like cable.
8) On why torrents in particular have declined in recent years, see here. It’s a big subject and I didn’t cover all of it, but the main reason is that people had access to easier methods to get what they wanted (some legal and affordable, some illegal and free), so they didn’t need to learn how to torrent. Ergo, they never did. There’s more of course, and there’s definitely a cultural shift too, but that’s a very long story so let’s not get into it. The linked post also includes some thoughts on why torrents aren’t dead and doomed just yet, and ooh, I forgot a very important one: you can’t stream photoshop.
To summarise, internet piracy is NOT more difficult, unreliable, and unsafe today than it was 10 or 20 years ago. For reasons why people (young or otherwise) seem less versed in it, please look elsewhere. I have thoughts on that too, but this is already a very long post, so I’ll just leave you with the best kind of thought. I’ll leave you with a doubt:
ARE people less versed in piracy? Are they really? Or is it simply that 20 years ago, internet users were computer geeks by definition, whereas now everyone’s online? Perhaps the percentage of skilled pirates in the general population remains more or less the same, and the only thing that’s dropped is the percentage of skilled pirates to total internet users. I can’t be sure without statistical evidence, but it’s a possibility.
You can literally google “watch _____ free online” and find most movies but the third result just download Adblock or popup blocker and you’re golden it truly couldn’t be easier
I’ve been meaning to make a piracy masterpost for awhile and what better time than now?
Materpost: A curated Githup tutorial of links to more torrent sites, software, VPNs, uBlock origin filters, ect. Basically everything you could ever want starting out. Do be warned though it doesn’t appear to have been updated in awhile so a few of the links are dead.
Vimm’s Roms: NES era->ps3 era roms and emulators to play them. Has user ratings on games. Cons: slow download speeds.
nsw2u: More switch roms. Check here if nxbrew doesn’t have the game you’re looking for.
Hshop:3ds games/updates/dlc. Very well organized and sorted by console region. Bonus ability to generate QR codes to scan with homebrew to begin download directly on your console.
Oldgamesdownload: Old 90’s-2000’s PC games and some gamecube games. Technically, all of the games here are abandon ware, meaning the original company/creator doesn’t sell nor make money from the games anymore period. If you’re into that.
Fitgirl repacks: Heavily compressed PC games, and other various consoles. Small downloads and faster speeds for the size of the games. Somewhat limited game selection.
Steam unlocked: Steam games with easy-to-use installers. Check here if fitgirl doesn’t have what you’re looking for.
Steam Underground: A user forum for piracy support, usually about installing cracked games. Does have some scattered PC game downloads.
shoutout to the poor person who tried to email the registrar and instead emailed the mailing list of all registered students resulting in every student at this university realizing, at 1am on a sunday, that they all had the power to send emails to every single student at once which in turn resulted in a grand total of 2,201 emails being sent in a two hour period to Every Single Student at this school. all of us. every single one.
things that have come out of this email chain:
a administrative investigation into a dude who was racist in the chain only to be immediately dogpiled by everyone else
a discord created for anyone at the school who wants to join, the link sent out in the chain
the email address used to make the chain (registered-students) being signed up for target emails, which worked
the same racist dude from before having pictures of his face sent in the discord so now everyone knows what he looks like in case they come across him
a girl with a funny name that i won’t say for the sake of. it’s her full name. becoming a meme and embracing it so hard. she has her own channel in the discord and people were wearing merch with her name on it yesterday i saw them in public (meaning i saw people wearing masks with her name written on them with sharpie)
discord user t.hanos who only ever sends that one gif of thanos where the t is on top of the rest of the word. they also have their own channel and it is Only that gif
all of the professors being mostly unaware of what’s going on bc there wasn’t a single person in charge on the chain it was exclusively students
the IT department having to explain why their mailing list for all registered students didn’t have any kind of security on it
everyone who’s ever tried to email somebody a question once ever wondering why all these people were awake to send emails at 1am on a sunday but cannot be reached ever when there’s an important question to be answered
As much as I mildly despair about the functionality of Tumblr, I’m forever grateful we don’t have the creative interface of other social media platforms.
I keep seeing youtubers talking about how the new algorithm on their creative dash is so detrimental to their mental health, both in terms of how they feel about themselves as creators and the content they make—dreading to find out their performance rating, regardless of whether they enjoyed it or not. And it’s the same across multiple other platforms, TickTock, Facebook, Instagram. Fuck, I’ve even seen people with business accounts complaining on Twitter.
And then there’s Tumblr. Where sometimes you can’t find your own posts even though you know you tagged it, time stamps are hidden in the ellipses at the top right hand corner of the post, your bread recipe keeps getting flagged as porn, too much punctuation causes asks not to send, and checking your activity feed causes the app to crash. You want to know your trending numbers? You want to know what’s performing well? Fuck you, guess.
You ever think about how they made the minions immortal so that they wouldn’t have to explain how they reproduce
?? they made the minions immortal???
Yeah it’s like the same 200 minions forever
They also trapped them in the Arctic for a long time so they wouldn’t have to show them working for hitler because canonically they’re evil and serve the most evil master around and they’re clearly ok with serving dictators because they were depicted helping Napoleon so the solution to keep hitler out of the story was just to trap the yellow blobs on an iceberg.
So these things have been alive since the dinosaurs and are basically minor spirits or gods that exist to serve the side of evil and during that whole time they remained grossly incompetent.
Does the universe in despicable me want evil to fail or win? Or are these stupid yellow sexless idiots meant to keep a balance of some kind? Because they do not seem to have a niche in any ecosystem that I know of so their origin must be divine somehow.
since the minions are technically the last of their kind (since they seem to not be able to reproduce) does this mean that they are a protected species?
See, I don’t think that they’re a species. I think that they’re something else. Because everything else in that universe seems to follow ordinary rules of evolution but the same however many hundred minions keep changing their appearance and not dying. I think that the minions were intelligently designed.
Roman, my guy, are you really saying that minions are evidence of a god in despicable me lore?
Not god per se but… something.
Evil vs good. Evil made minions, good made them stupid yellow blobs
So are you positing that maybe they came to be because of some primordial yin/yang type battle between energies in the ocean or something?
But they have to reproduce somehow, there are way more minions in the Despicable Me movies than the Minions movie
I was high off my ass last night and had this dream where I was in this dense ass forest and sitting there was a tall woman. She was so tall I couldn’t see her face but she was wearing gold and I was like “uh…hi?” And she said “I made you, do you know that?” And I nodded and she was like “I hear your thoughts. Why do you hate my creation? Why do you try to destroy yourself? I made you perfect as you are. Please don’t break my heart”. Then she started crying and it flooded and I woke up with fucking heart palpitations like what does it Mean™️????
inspiration struck and would not let me go until i drew this
sometimes you start reading a fic and immediately you’re like OH this was written by a child. okay. please know that i am proud of you but also i cannot keep reading this
“this kid is in eighth grade, and their teacher just told them that using ‘said’ is bad, so they’re plumbing the depths of the dictionary for every single other dialogue tag that exists - and some that don’t - and I’m proud of them for expanding their vocabulary, but I must depart all the same”
This needs to be like on this post for reals
It doesn’t even have to be a writing quality / lack of practice thing, sometimes it’s just the gap in experiences or appeal. Like, if they write an adult character acting the way a person their age would, that’s completely fair ‘cause they’re writing for themself first and foremost and this can simply be a way to relate to that character or work through things using that character as some kind of proxy! But it’s just not for me. I’m past that age, it doesn’t hold appeal for me anymore. That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily badly written, it’s just written for an audience their age.
And like, there’s fics i LOVED when I was like 15 that I’ve tried reading again now at 22 and can’t bring myself to get through. But I’ve also had the same experience with published books, where I loved it at 15 but can’t get through now.
Doesn’t mean they’re bad books or fics, just means they’re geared more towards a younger audience
By chance I stumbled across a photo of Larry Hovis’ father, Freeman Hovis! He was was 16 at the time this was taken!
You can really see the resemblance! The photo is attached to an five part series on the family, but only the first part is really interesting. You have to pay for a subscription to read the article, so I’ll post it under the cut for anyone who wants to read it!
“First in a five-part series
In 1929, a strong man came to southwest Mississippi. Though only about 5 foot 6 inches and 150 pounds, Freeman Hovis could bend iron bars around his neck, take on all comers in boxing and rip a New York phone book in two.
Hovis was only in southwest Mississippi a couple of years, but he left a lasting impression. “He was quite an athlete, and he made quite a splash in Liberty,” said Joe Hoff, 90, an Amite County native who now lives in Terrytown, La.
“He was there less than two years, but he became very famous there for his deeds, and he was a very likable fellow.”
Hovis’ legacy would extend far beyond the impression he made on local residents, however — halfway around the world, in fact.
Hovis married an Amite County woman named Ruth Shirley. Their daughter, Joan, became a Broadway singing star but gave up her career to marry a man named Allan Eubank and move to Thailand as a missionary.
The Eubanks’ son David — who shares his grandfather’s lean, muscular build — grew up in Thailand, joined the U.S. Army, served in the Special Forces, retired as a major, enrolled in seminary and became a missionary.
In 1997 he formed a group known as Free Burma Rangers. Burma, which borders Thailand, has been embroiled in civil war for some 60 years.
In 1989, the military government changed the name of the country to the Union of Myanmar, and in 1997 the Burmese army launched a major offensive against the Karen (pronounced Kah-REN) and other tribes. When the action broke out, Eubank hustled into the thick of things to help the refugees.
Inspired by a meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, he formed the Free Burma Rangers to bring medical supplies, food and other essentials to refugees — no matter the risk.
Forest Freeman Hovis was born Feb. 2, 1905, in Buckhorn, Mo., according to family records. The family moved to Olathe, Colo., in 1916. Somewhere along the line, Hovis reportedly won the title of Colorado lightweight wrestling champ. At Gunnison College he became friends with Audice Causey of Liberty, Miss.
In late 1929, with the national economy falling apart from the Great Depression, the two pals came to Causey’s hometown.
Liberty native Joe Hoff, who was Causey’s cousin, vividly remembers when Hovis came to town. Hovis and Causey stayed in the Hoff home behind the Amite County courthouse.
“He came in Christmas of 1929 to our house with my first cousin Audice Causey, and he stayed at our house there through the school year,” Hoff said.
Hovis gave demonstrations throughout the area, including at local schools. His feats made him seem like a super-hero.
“He was trained in riding horses or cows,” Hoff said. “He was into body-building and had muscles like a wrestler. He was an acrobat and chinned himself 100 times easily. He could walk on his hands and turn flips from the standing position. He could pick up a yearling and carry it on his back. He could bend iron rods into pretzels. He could blow up one foot of inner tube and burst it. He let a Model T car run over him on the ground.”
Hovis would lie between two chairs, head on one and feet on another, and have someone place a large rock on his chest and smash it with a sledge hammer. He could tear a New York phone book in two, and offered $100 to anyone who could defeat him in a boxing match.
Hovis broke wild horses and could play the fiddle and tap dance. He didn’t smoke or drink, and he bought a goat so he could have a steady supply of goat’s milk.
This writer’s father, the late Bob Herndon — who would be 90 if he were alive — used to tell about the time a fight broke out between players at a Liberty High School football game. Hovis, who happened to be in the audience, strode out to midfield, grabbed two of the biggest players by their belts and began power-lifting them — which brought an end to the ruckus.
Hovis got a job doing auto body repair in Liberty, Hoff recalled. Hovis married a local girl, Ruth Shirley, on Jan. 18, 1931, and they moved to McComb, where he did body work for a Chevrolet dealership.
But the Depression did away with that job, and the Hovises left the state in October 1931, Hoff remembers.
“They were going to the reservation in Washington. He had lost his job with the Chevrolet place. Everything shut down. You can’t imagine what a Depression that was.”
Funnily enough, Larry is given only a passing mention in this series which is why I won’t post the other parts. But if you’re curious and don’t want to pay for a subscription let me know and I’ll post them!
Also: It’s mentioned that because of the Great Depression they had to move to “the reservation in Washington” if I had to guess it was probably the Yakama Indian Reservation. Larry was born near there in Wapato, Washington in 1936!
If there was a way to run SUPER MEGA AD BLOCKER on this website I fucking would
“Please oh please open up your computer to a porn virus! If you don’t you’re evil!”
Freeloader Comin’ through!
We didn’t start this war internet users have with ads - We might have moaned about banner ads, but it was only when they started making noises when we might be listening to music or a podcast or whatever, causing two sound sorces at once, that we started trying to block ads universally rather than just a specific type of ad (pop ups).
And since then ads have gotten worse - Actual malware rather than merely breaking one of the fundamental sins of web design - though shalt not autoplay anything with sound. And the more aggressive a website is with ‘please turn off adblock’ the less I trust it to bother to vet ads and advertisers to make sure they’re not installing malware.
Not to mention that the idea that avoiding ads is “freeloading” is hilariously backward. Advertisement is a transaction between the platform and the advertiser, the user has no obligation to provide the views/clicks the platform has promised. Using an adblocker isn’t freeloading in the same way that leaving the room to get a snack during a commercial break isn’t cheating the tv network.
Ok y’all, I work as a web developer and I’m here to tell you that you are 100% right and that it’s shit. SO I’m going to tell you how to get around websites that block you from using their website if you’re using an adblocker.
Oh no! I’m blocked from viewing the website. It would be a terrible shame if I were able to right click and select the “inspect” feature
Click the three dots in the top right and open the “Settings” Menu