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the-tao-of-fandom:

Can you imagine it though

the only thing that could possibly make Vetinari more intimidating would be a spinning desk chair

And then Leonard invents it (probably calling it the ‘chair-that-spins-at-the-slightest-provocation-and-if-you-stand-on-it-you’ll-fall-and-break-your-neck’)

Just imagine how boss he would look slowly spinning to face the Assasin Guild leader or Mister Boggis

They would be even more terrified than usual

I’m, like, 80% sure he did invent a swivel chair, and he called it the chair-not-good-for-standing-on-to-reach-things. Or something to that effect. I think it was in one of the Moist books?

If Leonard did invent swivel chairs on the Disc, it was well before the time of the Moist books, because there’s a reference to swiveling chairs at the end of the “historical” part of Night Watch (“Does this thing swivel?”  “I shall have a skilled swiveler here within the hour.”)

He could have a swiveling chair and chooses not to.


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Pacific Rim: Official Novelization Liveblog (Ch. 9 and 10)

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Chapter 9

Newt’s personnel dossier. He was born in 1990 but had received six doctorates by 2015 (age 25). I’m sorry, but no, that’s simply not how grad school works, even if you are the second-youngest person ever admitted to MIT.

AWWWW, Newt’s planning on putting a band together once the war is won. I am not at all surprised. 

Ooh, the Pons “had found its way into so many other applications.” Like what? I really want to know now. 

I love the description of Newt’s creative process. Creative processes are hard to describe, but this one is spot-on to what creativity feels like. I think I might like book!Newt even more than the movie version (which is not a slight against Charlie Day by any means).  I just connect more with what we see of Newt’s internal life than with the hyperactive tattooed dude onscreen. 

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Reblogging for science commentary and movie vs. book thoughts.  Also, excellent Herc gif


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The Losers

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DISCLAIMER: This liveblog was written for the amusement of a friend who isn’t good at actor names, so I use their previous characters’ names instead. Also, spoilery spoilers will spoil you completely. 

Paprika the cat and I have a box of cereal and The Losers on DVR. Time for a party:

Oh hey, John Winchester is leading a military unit in Bolivia in this movie

Captain America is part of that unit

Heimdall is too

Uhura will be joining later in the film, per the cast list

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Swiggity swag, knitted a Dire Ravenstag.

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So I seem to be hosting My Thoughts About Hannibal, I Show You Them hour (see also the hannibal tag I just acquired).  My followers, I am so sorry.  Last bit, I promise.

I’m seeing three axes in the show’s thematic construction: trust, control, and friendship.

I tend to see trust and control as opposite approaches, when one person is acting, but they’re complimentary, too, in that one must trust in order to accept someone else’s control (ETA: at least trust that they’re predictably evil).

Trusting doesn’t IMPLY control.  It merely opens the possibility.  But if you trust your friends, the possibility is there.

But even on the show, control isn’t necessarily negative - Will is striving to control his own mind, and Abby her history, and I don’t think they’re demonized for it.

I think the element of the narrative argument I’m missing is *deceit*.

Trusting without full knowledge leads to trouble inadvertent cannibalism.  Controlling without full disclosure is evil.  Seeking self-control without self-knowledge (deceiving oneself) doesn’t work.

Friendship is or can be a tension of trust and control - but if both parties are acting in good faith, it’s OK (see: Will and Alana).

Neither trust nor control are the problem - Crawford is very controlling, but he does give people the information they need - he presents it with plenty of judgment, and people are (understandably) cowed by him, but I don’t see him as deliberately deceitful.  Will is quite trusting, and he’s our hero.  The problem is deceit and lies, and the show seems to be focusing on them through the lens of friendship, and “friendships.”


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secretporcupine:

inlilac:

So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.And she died because she trusted her friend.

Ooh, I’d never considered this, but it’s a really great point. I haven’t seen it discussed much, but this show has some really interesting things to say about friendship, “friendship,” trust, and control.
As Inlilac points out, Beth dies because she trusts a friend - a real friend - of hers. Georgia, meanwhile, is grasping for control in an impossible situation, and as suggested by Will and Hannibal’s analysis of Georgia’s mental state, she no longer knows whom to trust.
I think this is a great bit of foreshadowing for what’s happening to Will (and what I assume will be happening) - Will is losing control as his encephalitis progresses, and thanks to Hannibal’s manipulation, he is starting to doubt those around him. Everyone except Hannibal, it would seem. Will’s trust in Hannibal will cost him, just as Beth’s trust in Georgia cost her.

Okay, the point about Georgia grasping for control in an impossible situation is really, really good.
So seeking control on this show gets people killed.  See also: Crawford, writing own rules, and Miriam, death of.  Even totem-pole killer guy and his ironic mistake.
Will has lost control over everything - his mind is not his own.
I want to see how the show differentiates control of others and control of self, or aspects of self.  Taking back control of one’s mind, health, one’s history - Abby is part of the argument, too, as she tries to control her story while Hannibal tries to control her (and she did kill someone on the threshold of being her own person, too).

secretporcupine:

inlilac:

So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”

You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?

Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.

And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.

And she died because she trusted her friend.

Ooh, I’d never considered this, but it’s a really great point. I haven’t seen it discussed much, but this show has some really interesting things to say about friendship, “friendship,” trust, and control.

As Inlilac points out, Beth dies because she trusts a friend - a real friend - of hers. Georgia, meanwhile, is grasping for control in an impossible situation, and as suggested by Will and Hannibal’s analysis of Georgia’s mental state, she no longer knows whom to trust.

I think this is a great bit of foreshadowing for what’s happening to Will (and what I assume will be happening) - Will is losing control as his encephalitis progresses, and thanks to Hannibal’s manipulation, he is starting to doubt those around him. Everyone except Hannibal, it would seem. Will’s trust in Hannibal will cost him, just as Beth’s trust in Georgia cost her.

Okay, the point about Georgia grasping for control in an impossible situation is really, really good.

So seeking control on this show gets people killed.  See also: Crawford, writing own rules, and Miriam, death of.  Even totem-pole killer guy and his ironic mistake.

Will has lost control over everything - his mind is not his own.

I want to see how the show differentiates control of others and control of self, or aspects of self.  Taking back control of one’s mind, health, one’s history - Abby is part of the argument, too, as she tries to control her story while Hannibal tries to control her (and she did kill someone on the threshold of being her own person, too).

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inlilac:

So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.And she died because she trusted her friend.
ETA: Someone please elaborate on how this interacts with the Hannibal/Will unhealthy and dangerous friendship dynamic in this episode.  Because this is a bleak and frigid reading of the ep, and analysis is my defense mechanism.

This is really good. I’ve wanted to verbalize this but I didn’t really know how. 
As for the Hannibal/Will’s horrific and unhealthy friendship, I think it’s totally metaphoric for later events (like, season-2-later) and foreshadows the encephalitis diagnosis.  Will trusts Hannibal. At this point in the story, he has no reason to not trust him.  He does things that Will considers weird or calculating, but Will doesn’t have any grasp of what Hannibal is thinking.  Why distrust a man who 1) is also hired by the FBI to be a source of specialty information, 2) also shares a professional and personal bond with other members of the team (Alana Bloom, Jack Crawford), and 3) also stakes a claim to being a father figure for Abigail Hobbs. To Will, this is a normal friendship.  He even came to Hannibal’s house to have a little freak out over kissing his friend and coworker, I mean, even to us that’s a normal friendship.  We don’t know about Beth and Georgia’s friendship before Beth was killed. We do, however, know the outcome of their friendship.  It was alluded that there was a sort of falling out a few years ago (at least, that’s what I remember from last week, correct me if I’m wrong) that prompted Beth and Georgia to not speak, but not on bad terms.  After Georgia’s diagnosis and escapade to Beth’s house, Will states that “he” carved into Beth’s face because the face is a sort of mask.  I have to be honest and say that I haven’t read Red Dragon, so I don’t really know what “mask” could be alluded to.  Hell, I’m probably totally off base and kind of rambling. The point is: Hannibal and Will have this same pattern going.  Will is pulling away from Hannibal— you could feel the tension at the end of the last episode when Will is still “not diagnosed” and his neurologist magically gets brutally slaughtered while performing Will’s second MRI. He’s starting to put things together.  Hannibal craves power and control fangirls can hate for this but why else would he “adopt” Abigail if not to control her to keep his secrets safe, so the tension from Will is proving to be vexing for Lecter, which I’m guessing we’ll see that frustration tonight in the finale.  A part of me is thinking that Georgia’s “mask removal” is foreshadowing Will’s future actions, not Hannibal’s. But the other part is still just waiting to be surprised again. 
TL;DR WILL/BETH HAVE A BEAUTIFULLY BLIND AND NAIVE TRUST OF THEIR MENTALLY UNSTABLE FRENEMIES HANNIBAL/GEORGIA THAT’S CAUSING ALL OF US A LOT OF HEARTBREAK
I don’t know I’m just rambling and trying to guess literary devices and I haven’t even read the books so I should just stfu and watch the series and then obsess in the books and revisit this at the end of the summer.

There’s this friendship/trust/control thing running through the show that I’m still trying to untangle.  I think the ~ mentally unstable ~ frenemies thing is the pattern that caught my attention, to be honest.  It is possible to have a diagnosable mental illness, and still be a good friend!  The majority of the people I choose to spend time with are not neurotypical, and I think this ep belatedly hit a “the hell did you just say about my taste in friends?” button.
More on this later.  Will is unstable, too, and seeking friends but not control…

politicallycharged:

inlilac:

So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”

You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?

Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.

And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.

And she died because she trusted her friend.

ETA: Someone please elaborate on how this interacts with the Hannibal/Will unhealthy and dangerous friendship dynamic in this episode.  Because this is a bleak and frigid reading of the ep, and analysis is my defense mechanism.

This is really good. I’ve wanted to verbalize this but I didn’t really know how. 

As for the Hannibal/Will’s horrific and unhealthy friendship, I think it’s totally metaphoric for later events (like, season-2-later) and foreshadows the encephalitis diagnosis.  Will trusts Hannibal. At this point in the story, he has no reason to not trust him.  He does things that Will considers weird or calculating, but Will doesn’t have any grasp of what Hannibal is thinking.  Why distrust a man who 1) is also hired by the FBI to be a source of specialty information, 2) also shares a professional and personal bond with other members of the team (Alana Bloom, Jack Crawford), and 3) also stakes a claim to being a father figure for Abigail Hobbs. To Will, this is a normal friendship.  He even came to Hannibal’s house to have a little freak out over kissing his friend and coworker, I mean, even to us that’s a normal friendship.  We don’t know about Beth and Georgia’s friendship before Beth was killed. We do, however, know the outcome of their friendship.  It was alluded that there was a sort of falling out a few years ago (at least, that’s what I remember from last week, correct me if I’m wrong) that prompted Beth and Georgia to not speak, but not on bad terms.  After Georgia’s diagnosis and escapade to Beth’s house, Will states that “he” carved into Beth’s face because the face is a sort of mask.  I have to be honest and say that I haven’t read Red Dragon, so I don’t really know what “mask” could be alluded to.  Hell, I’m probably totally off base and kind of rambling. 

The point is: Hannibal and Will have this same pattern going.  Will is pulling away from Hannibal— you could feel the tension at the end of the last episode when Will is still “not diagnosed” and his neurologist magically gets brutally slaughtered while performing Will’s second MRI. He’s starting to put things together.  Hannibal craves power and control fangirls can hate for this but why else would he “adopt” Abigail if not to control her to keep his secrets safe, so the tension from Will is proving to be vexing for Lecter, which I’m guessing we’ll see that frustration tonight in the finale.  A part of me is thinking that Georgia’s “mask removal” is foreshadowing Will’s future actions, not Hannibal’s. But the other part is still just waiting to be surprised again. 

TL;DR WILL/BETH HAVE A BEAUTIFULLY BLIND AND NAIVE TRUST OF THEIR MENTALLY UNSTABLE FRENEMIES HANNIBAL/GEORGIA THAT’S CAUSING ALL OF US A LOT OF HEARTBREAK

I don’t know I’m just rambling and trying to guess literary devices and I haven’t even read the books so I should just stfu and watch the series and then obsess in the books and revisit this at the end of the summer.

There’s this friendship/trust/control thing running through the show that I’m still trying to untangle.  I think the ~ mentally unstable ~ frenemies thing is the pattern that caught my attention, to be honest.  It is possible to have a diagnosable mental illness, and still be a good friend!  The majority of the people I choose to spend time with are not neurotypical, and I think this ep belatedly hit a “the hell did you just say about my taste in friends?” button.

More on this later.  Will is unstable, too, and seeking friends but not control…

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So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.And she died because she trusted her friend.
ETA: Someone please elaborate on how this interacts with the Hannibal/Will unhealthy and dangerous friendship dynamic in this episode.  Because this is a bleak and frigid reading of the ep, and analysis is my defense mechanism.

So, I just realized something perfect and heartbreaking and thematic about “Buffet Froid.”

You know the bit where Beth (Cold Open Girl) finds the hole in the ceiling and the wet footprints on the floor, and it is TERRIFYING AND GET OUT OF THE HOUUUUUUSE!!!!! and it’s impossible to understand how any sane person could look at them and keep walking?

Georgia was her best friend.  She knew her crazy best friend was missing.  Beth couldn’t know where she was, whether she was OK or needed help.  I bet she was terrified FOR her, even if Georgia did some crazy things before she disappeared.

And then Beth saw a girl’s footprints on her floor, and she followed them.

And she died because she trusted her friend.

ETA: Someone please elaborate on how this interacts with the Hannibal/Will unhealthy and dangerous friendship dynamic in this episode.  Because this is a bleak and frigid reading of the ep, and analysis is my defense mechanism.

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thatscienceguy:

Long exposure picture of a Lightning Bolt hitting a Tree!

thatscienceguy:

Long exposure picture of a Lightning Bolt hitting a Tree!